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01 January 2012 @ 02:00 pm
My favorite 2011 icons!  
So to celebrate the GREAT icon year we’ve had in the Farscape community, I chose some of my favorite icons I’ve found this year from various iconers. But because there are a couple of really prolific iconers, from them I’ve chosen several and put them in the order of preference (which may seem pointless but hey, I’m always curious to hear which icons are the ’best of the best’, and think I might not be the only one!). So when there are many icons from the same maker, those are in my favorite order (1 being the best) but the makers themselves are in alphabetical order. (NOTE: even though I did try to search through as many comms as I could, I'm just human. So if you're not on this list, or if you're disappointed at how few of your icons ended up here, I'm really sorry, and the reason is probably that I couldn't find any/very many icons by you! If you still want to know which of your 2011 icons I like best give me the link to your graphics journal and I'll gladly do it!)


alexia88

1. 2.
THE CROPS. The lovely rich browns. Stunning.

beyondthepen (graphics at quadrupled )


One of my favorite icons. The intense coloring is perfection.

bizarra (graphics at bizarra_fics )
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
Bizarra's graphics are very varied - you never know what to expect, which is great. Some of her stuff is really creative, like that third favorite of mine - the more I look at it the more I love it and appreciate its originality. And that concept of profile shots for an AC set? Ingenious. She's also GREAT at blending, which can be seen in some icons but even more so wallpapers. So as a bonus I'll give you a link to some awesome wallpapers of hers.

book232 (graphics at erdbeerfelder )
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
What I love most about book232's work is the coloring. The light yellows of 3 and 6 are to die for. The crops also work great. Also check out this awesome picspam if you want more prettiness!

dizzyknee (graphics at quadrupled )
1. 2. 3. 4.
THE COLORING. Enough said. <3 Oh, okay, I'll also mention the texture use of the first two. Gorgeous!

erinm_4600 (graphics at 12to32 )
1. 2. 3. 4.
She's really good with close crops, or actually crops in general - really love that fourth one too. She picks really unique and interesting subjects to icon too, not just the stuff that everyone's doing already, and I always respect that!

everythingshiny

I wish I could find more of everythingshiny's Farscape graphics, if they exist, because everything she(?) did for farscapeland's icon battle was lovely. Really good at masking/fake backgrounds and center crops, and that's some of my favorite stuff in icons.

famira
1. 2. 3. 4.
Really prolific iconer - famira has done many episode-specific icon posts with a huge number of icons, so if you're in need of an icon from a certain episode, be sure to click the link. The interesting thing about famira's icons is that they're quite basic - no visible textures, text or crazy coloring - but the contrast and cropping are so gorgeous that they keep the icons interesting and pretty.

ghanimasun
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.
The coloring is stunning. THOSE CYANS. <3 Also the cropping is amazing, and all the pics look so clear, never too sharp or too blurry, just the perfect balance between the two. See esp. 1 & 2. I can't believe how HQ ghanimasun makes the images look!

_happyme_ (graphics at imagepacks )
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13.
Wow. _happyme_'s good at, well, everything. But especially at adding that little extra touch to the icons - see the intricate background work on 3 & 4? That. The colors are always gorgeous too and the use of text is great.

icequeen3101 (graphics at fandom_obsessed )
1. 2.
Sadly few Farscape icons this year (as far as I can find), but boy are these good or what?! The coloring is stunning, and those light effects are divine.

jasminago
1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
These are great alright, yet you have to see the whole sets to really appreciate them - that's what jasminago really shines at, making really cohesive sets with a strong theme. ...And pretty much everything else too, but I felt like giving a special mention to that aspect.

lifeistoobrevis (graphics at the_holodeck )
1. 2. 3.
Sadly little Farscape this year, but still, lifeistoobrevis remains one of my very favorite iconers ever. Her use of textures and text has always inspired me endlessly and I just can't believe how pretty her colors are. THIS IS A FLAWLESS ICONER and deserves everyone's worship.

mark_pierre (graphics at capricious_muse )
1. 2.
I adore especially mark_pierre's black and white icons and closeups.

maverick0324 (graphics at fckingfantastic )
1. 2.
Mav really knows how to use text! Also love the cropping.

mfirefly10
1. 2.
Could this coloring be any more perfect? Also, the composition on that first one is LOVE.

nebari_rebel
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17.
Ok, sorry for spamming you, but surely you don't mind when it's THIS GORGEOUS? nebari_rebel never ceases to amaze me with her graphics. She has a very distinctive style and her biggest strengths in my opinion are the unique cropping and her incredible ability to bring emotion into her icons. She can do amazing things with blur/softness and contrast, and I admire her way of taking most of her own caps herself. She's a truly creative icon artist and stays true to her signature style but at the same time surprises me with each set in one way or another. Also be sure to check out her episode picspams!

neonobility (graphics at shique_reverie )
1. 2. 3.
Neonobility's coloring is so bold and bright and just lovely in every way.

padabee

Sadly little Farscape from padabee this year, but I still have endless admiration for her colorings. They're really unique and some of my very favorite icons are by her.

watchpoint (graphics at nonewsteps )

Truly gorgeous crop.

pnr (graphics at pnr_meimei )
1. 2. 3. 4.
pnr is so freaking perfect at coloring. And her use of textures and text are just divine. That smoky effect she does a lot? LOVELY. She uses lowish contrast in an ingenious, creative way making it really work for the icon - something I've tried a million times and never quite got it.

prettypinkdork (graphics at paper_spaceship )

Lovely cropping and contrast.

ravenlullaby (graphics at mindfulraven )

Truly beautiful in every way.

regularamanda (graphics at fragile_basket )
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
regularamanda's vivid coloring is beyond pretty and her signature light effect (present at least on 6) works like a charm.

sabaceanbabe

I haven't seen many Farscape icons from sabaceanbabe, but felt that the gorgeous creativity of this one deserved a mention here.

sayuri_x
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17.
Another big favorite of mine. I see sayuri_x as a very creative, even experimental iconer, and her use of textures is among the best I've seen in farscape circles. And let's not forget the blending, the compositions, the coloring, the clever use of text here and there... Also, she's a really versatile iconer; the above excerpt shows how she can do anything from dramatic b&w to bright and funny. Everything she does is just right and her icons always have that extra something I can't quite put my finger on.

shan_3414
1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Shan's icons are really creative and her coloring strong and clear. She also uses textures pretty awesomely (that light effect on the fifth one is just beyond gorgeous).

spud66cat (graphics at big_blue_bin )
1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Wow, spud66cat's use of textures is insanely good. Coloring too. All the stuff I'm most attracted to in icons, I can see in these.

sunshinesky (graphics at sinking_theship )

The light effects are WOW.

thisisagift
1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Another REALLY good iconer, from whom we've heard sadly little lately. Thisisagift does amazing crops and uses textures so very well.

thyla87
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
Thyla has some creative and stunning crops and she definitely has some bold vivid colorings. She's also a very versatile iconer and can do some awesome stuff with textures.

whomever (graphics at sways)

Very little Farscape there, which is a shame judging by what we did see. This icon is simply gorgeous. The light.

And last but not least...

virkatjol
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
Our belowed mod is an interesting iconer. She's very good at using text and her colorings are usually bright and pretty. She doesn't use textures all that often but when she does, the results are gorgeous.




So here ends my favorite icon post of 2011. I apologize for the amount of icons, but really, don't they all deserve to be recognized? And so many great ones were left out!
Anyway, this is my way of thanking all these iconers for their contributions to the Farscape graphics scene. I'm in awe of your creativity and skills. You all make the Internet more beautiful every time you post an icon. Thank you, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! :)

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Bizarrabizarra on January 1st, 2012 01:41 pm (UTC)
Aww, thanks. :) I'm really glad you enjoy my work. It's great to see it being appreciated. I'm certainly working to better improve some things that I do... sometimes my icons can be too dark and I need to work on that. (Doesn't help that a lot of Farscape is dark LOL)

a random javascript function: chiana bugslifejsfunction on January 2nd, 2012 10:05 am (UTC)
Your work is lovely, which is why it's mentioned here :) but you're so right - while there are many brilliant birght episodes like Scratch'n' Sniff, the 'average' episode where they stay on Moya is quite dark.
ghanima sun: farscape - smileghanimasun on January 1st, 2012 06:45 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, I feel so special to be included with all these other amazing icon makers!
I'm surprised at some of mine that you picked out as favorites too, because I wasn't sure how well I liked them. And thank you for the specific feedback about mine, it's not something I had thought of or heard before.

Anyway this is a great idea and you did it wonderfully. Plus I discovered some Farscape icons and makers I hadn't known of before!
a random javascript function: sikozu compositionjsfunction on January 2nd, 2012 10:06 am (UTC)
Yay, good to hear! :D
Anna: Aeryn_ocelott_ on January 23rd, 2012 05:05 pm (UTC)
These icons are fantastic. Thanks so much for sharing them. Now I have to go on an icon-nabbing spree!