January 19th, 2012

dorian's world of fun

Farscape icons for inspired20in20

Eek. This is my entry for inspired20in20 round 6, and also my first time participating in that comm. My claim was Farscape. So, the theme for the round was 'out of your box', to face our iconing fears, which sort of scared me because frell, when you go to a new community, you want to show what you can do, not what you can't :') But in the end I was really inspired by it all and had tons of fun. Most of these things I have wanted to learn anyway, now was the perfect opportunity to try.

I'm still not even sure what my 'box', is, but I know for sure that these things are outside it and I included one or more in each icon: muted colors, lowish contrast, no textures (the last 4 don't have a single texture! :O), very simple icons, blocking and other creative compositions, SUPER bright and bold and unnatural coloring on characters (I know I often do that for backgrouns, but not characters), using brushes (I always forget I have them o_O), cropping/composition in a way that the character isn't attached to the lower end of the icon (I ALWAYS do that automatically, blah), using other coloring methods instead of selective coloring and color balance, using tiny text again (like all iconers, I had my tiny text phase... now they mostly look awkward to me so yeah, definitely a fear!), monochrome with pastel/bright colors, text overlapping part of the character, and black and white (I make them but only when I absolutely have to, in other words when I've screwed up the coloring beyond salvage. This is why I sometimes even look down on my b&w icons and don't feel comfortable making them because I know what they represent. This time I wanted to make intentional b&w icons just to see if there's a difference, and yeah, there is! :D).

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* Credit john_scorpy if used.
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