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03 March 2012 @ 08:15 pm
Lots and lots of iconses for various challenge comms!  
OMG I MADE IT. 'It' meaning two 20in20 sets in about 8 days. Although tbh, this was only because both communities granted a bit extension which totally saved me. Thanks. ♥ I'm also posting an icon battle set for farscape_land.


40 Farscape
6 Buffy the Vampire Slayer
2 Game of Thrones
2 StarGate sg1
2 Battlestar Galactica
2 Star Wars
1 Star Trek TOS
1 Dollhouse
1 Terra Nova
1 Rango
1 The Big Bang Theory
1 Ratatouille

* Comments would make my day
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1. These icons were for the icon battle at farscape_land.

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2. My set for the 15th round of the always amazing farscape_20in20. My claim was the episode 3x11: Incubator.

I don't really know how to put this, but something has really changed in my iconing during the last month. I think I'm finally at a point where I don't desperately need validation from others; in other words, yes, I'm over my winning obsession and yeah, I'm sorry for how insufferable I have been. So instead of fishing for votes, I want to try crazy new stuff now, and I think I really did in this set.

I'm awfully proud of this set, because while I've been really happy with some of my previous sets for this community, this is the one that feels most like me, and it feels incredible, like I've been set free from the little prison I put myself into. Iconing itself feels so much better too. Right now I don't think I'd mind if none of these icons received one vote, I still know that I loved making them and how they turned out. (Um, except the category maybe. Not a fan of that set, would have changed a few from it had I had the time).

Ok, enough rambling, onto the icons!

beginning simple opposites touch 23.45
monster complex two-toned text emotion end

01 02 03 04 05

01 02 03 04 05

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3. My set for big20in20! This is my first time participating there so I was super nervous making these. There are still a few that I'm a bit hesitant to post, and the others at that comm are ridiculously talented, so I'm bound to feel inferior (:D), but I'm quite happy with most of these too! At least I loved making them, I just have crazy awesome inspiration phase right now. The really interesting themes helped a lot.
The main theme for this round was Academy, and we combined different 'awards' with technical and interpretative themes.

1: best hairporn/in the air | 2: best love story/window | 3: best season finale/reflection | 4: worst snub/inspired by another makers style | 5: most underrated/legend

6: best new tv series/orange-blue contrast | 7: best team/catch phrase | 8: beautiful only/vertical levels | 9: best animation/void | 10: best villain/raw



Some comments:
1: Dany from Game of Thrones
2: Daniel/Vala from StarGate sg1. I pretty much dislike all canon romances so this was a difficult theme for me, but if Daniel/Vala can be seen as a 'romance' (it was there, but not in your face - it was 'sort of canon' more than canon, that's what I loved about it most. The only canon het ship that has really touched me in a while! :)
3: Battlestar Galactica, season 3 finale. Amazing in every way.
4: Dollhouse. Scifi gets always snubbed but this one maybe the worst. Um, this one was inspired by the lovely glowy style of ellaangelus. I don't know if I really succeeded, I'm very shy to try themes like this cause I always feel like I'm committing blasphemy or something, I hope not! :P
5: Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. I must be the only one who actually LOVES the prequels and prefers them to the original trilogy. So much more character depth, totally underrated movies!
6: Game of Thrones, OF COURSE :)
7: Kirk, Spock and McCoy form Star Trek the Original series. No team will ever beat this trio.
8: Terra Nova. The scenery porn is amazing, but I'm afraid I'm not really feeling most of the characters yet.
9: Rango
10: Scorpius from Farscape, the best enemy ever to grace my tv screen. He's in my freaking username.
11-15: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
16: Chiana from Farscape
17: Vala from StarGate sg1
18: Kara Thrace from BattleStar Galactica
19: Buffy from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
20: Penny from the Big Bang Theory

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A few alts and extras for all the 20in20 sets:

Current Mood: happyhappy
Love the one who saw you when you were invisible.tomycoffee on March 3rd, 2012 02:38 pm (UTC)
Oh! These are great! Lovely colorings and crops!
Im so going to take Penny with me when I leave, its fantastic :)
a random javascript function: obi-wan greenjsfunction on March 4th, 2012 02:27 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you so much!
I'm a balancing force of maturity... Or not  ;): Rygelerinm_4600 on March 3rd, 2012 02:43 pm (UTC)
The Farscape set is gorgeous! As are all the others, naturally. ♥
a random javascript function: dany strong yellowjsfunction on March 4th, 2012 02:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks, you're too sweet :)
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a random javascript function: crais sepia closecropjsfunction on March 4th, 2012 02:30 pm (UTC)
You shouldn't be afraid to the talent there, you're as talented as others!
Aw, thank you so much, this means a lot ♥ I'm glad I participated too, it's an amazing comm! ^^

Bizarra: Aeryn colorful smilebizarra on March 3rd, 2012 03:15 pm (UTC)
WOW! These are amazing!

It's nice to see you branching to other fandoms and that 20in20 looks interesting (Though I see the same people win over and over, which kind of annoys me.. but.. *handwave*) I may see about doing a set for them next round.

You're using a lot of text this time, and some different texture methods. I like!

23:45 and Two toned text are my favorites of this set. Love AC2 and AC3.

For the other set...

I really like the texture use. Love the texture on the Daniel/Vala one. The TOS one and the Vala ones are also great. I may snurch the Vala one. :)
a random javascript function: harv john holidayjsfunction on March 4th, 2012 02:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, your comments are always so awesome! ♥ Yeah, big20in20 is great, it would be great to see you there too :) Hm, I tend to think that if someone really is that great, they probably deserve to win all the time :> so I have no problem with that. Srsly, it would make me beyond happy to get just one vote in total there, it's no shame to lose to people that talented!

Yeah, went crazy with text and textures :D glad it works, those are some of my favorites too, yay! And there's never enough Vala icons! ;)
Sayuri: TV - Supernatural - Dean_kidding mesayuri_x on March 3rd, 2012 06:47 pm (UTC)
Ok, I am kind of at a loss for words at how fab these are. Srsly, have you been swimming in mojo lately?

I plan to come back and say some mildly coherent things about this batch, I just need to absorb them.

of course you have made me wildly jelus and I feel so incompetent now.... LOL Maybe I should nake an actual icon, yes? LOL
a random javascript function: one-eyejsfunction on March 4th, 2012 02:37 pm (UTC)
Srsly, have you been swimming in mojo lately?
Pretty much yeah! :D I just love iconing more than ever, it's awesome! But omfg you're being way too nice and amazing. Thank you so much. ♥ Also, you're way way better than me so I hope you were kidding about the jealousy :D :D

Maybe I should nake an actual icon, yes? LOL
jacqueleejacquelee on March 3rd, 2012 06:57 pm (UTC)
OMG, they're all gorgeous. My favourites are 15 and 17 of the big20in20 set, but I love all the Buffy icons too, and since you opened that door ;) I'd love tutorials on all the Buffy icons, especially 11 and 14 and on the Daniel/Vala one. Thanks!
a random javascript function: viserys levelsjsfunction on March 4th, 2012 02:40 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you so much for the amazing feedback!! :D Also omg, I wasn't at all sure about the D/V one so this makes me really happy. The Buffies (okay, that's definitely not a word) were quite simple so tutorials wouldn't be much work at all, I'll see what I can do! :)
twirl on the tips of your toes: merlintiptoetwirl on March 4th, 2012 03:21 am (UTC)

I love your use of text throughout this post but two-toned text is probably my favourite. I actually really love that icon as a whole. The colouring is beautifully subtle, your contrast and sharpening is spot on, the textures you chose are amazing and I really can't speak enough about the composition. That's one icon that's going into my inspiration folder :)

I'm not sure what you don't like about the Magnifying Glass set because I think you've executed the theme really, really well and I love the cool tone of the colourng :)

Worst Snub is another really amazing icon, it's a difficult style to pull off and I think you've done really well!The Buffy set is out of this world. Having agonised over the latest challenge, I know how difficult it is to tell a story with icons but you've done with 5 icons what only just, by the skin of my teeth, managed to pull of with 12! Another thing I love about this post is your use of light throughout. Really great job!!
a random javascript function: crais sidecropjsfunction on March 4th, 2012 02:46 pm (UTC)
OMG this comment is made of win!! Thank you so much for the detailed opinions. Also yay, this must be my first time of ending up in someone's inspiration folder. I have one too, it's gigantic already and I've been building it for just a few weeks. I'm pretty sure I have something from you there as well!

I'm so glad you like the Magnifying Glass thing, my main concern with it was image quality which I felt was really bad on some of them.

Yeah, that Story theme was super hard but also fun.

(Btw, congrats for making it into the inspired20in20 inspirations! Totally deserved, I love that icon!)
twirl on the tips of your toes: gleetiptoetwirl on March 4th, 2012 02:57 pm (UTC)
That totally still makes me smile, I couldn't believe it when I saw it!
I have a couple of your Harry Potter icons from the last inspired20in20 challenge in my insporations folder as well. You're a good icon maker and, even though I've only been seriously iconning for a few months, I've learned that pushing yourself by trying to produce something on the level of the makers that inspire you will only make you a better artist.
Concrit helps as well. I've applied to 20inspirations twice now and both times I've been rejected but the feedabck's been invaluable! I'm hoping to apply again once I've completed this months post for inspired20in20 and for big20in20
twirl on the tips of your toes: gleetiptoetwirl on March 4th, 2012 02:59 pm (UTC)
P.S. I'm reading back over my original comment and I've seen that I never calrified that the story challenge I tried was for the latest challenge at turbo_rumble. Super, super difficult!
a random javascript function: pilot sepiajsfunction on March 4th, 2012 05:43 pm (UTC)
I have a couple of your Harry Potter icons from the last inspired20in20 challenge in my insporations folder as well.

Omgwow, that makes me doubly happy!

pushing yourself by trying to produce something on the level of the makers that inspire you will only make you a better artist

WORD! At first I was like 'even looking at all these amazing icons makes me depressed cause I'll never be half as good' but now I'm much more defiant, like 'of course I can be if I work hard enough!', and I love nothing more than browsing gorgeous icons! :)

I'm sure you'll get in 20inspirations eventually! It looks really amazing, I mean I love inspired20in20 so of course I'd love to be part of 20inspirations too, but I've never applied to an elite comm and I'm a bit shy to try, not because I couldn't handle rejection but because I'm afraid that others seeing it would roll their eyes at me thinking that I'm delusional enough to believe I'd fit in at an elite community, or something. That's actually really lulzy and stupid now that I see it in written form, LOL. I think I might try soon, but not yet. Also I definitely got that you meant turbo_rumble, love that comm too! I didn't participate yet but I'm very much following it and voting :>
twirl on the tips of your toes: federertiptoetwirl on March 5th, 2012 04:15 am (UTC)
I totally felt the same way, it's not stupid at all. We all have insecurities when it comes to joining a community that houses people we look up to. I'm not sure if you follow tennis but at last years Australian Open, Rafael Nadal was playing Bernard Tomic, a 19 year old who'd had a good run and defeated a couple of top players to reach the 3rd round. During the match with Nadal, Nadal hit a shot that for him was pretty darn amazing but also something he'd been known to do. Tomic actually applauded and the look he gave Nadal was so admiring that you realised, this kid is playing in a major tournament against someone who's only 3 years ahead of him in age but is almost certainly a role model to Tomic.

Anyway the point is, it's not stupid to feel that you don't belong as long as you don't let it stop you from doing something you want to do :)

P.S. Totally didn't mean to turn this into some sort of pseudo-inspirational speech :P
a random javascript function: buffy alivejsfunction on March 5th, 2012 12:47 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks for the great words! That makes a lot of sense. And no problem, I love the occasional pseudo-inspirational speech, everyone needs them sometimes :D Actually that just moight have given me the extra push to actually apply after the 8th inspired20in20 round is over. We'll see! Although it will probably take me a whole moth just to decide which icons to apply with...
twirl on the tips of your toestiptoetwirl on March 5th, 2012 04:41 pm (UTC)
God, don't I know it! One little tip if I may? The simpler the better, I've found. Although they'll check through your journal anyway most likely.
Also, I'm glad to hear you'll apply. I'll be applying again as well around the middle of this month, once I have a couple more posts up to show improvement :)
All the best with your application, I'm sure you'll get some great feedback :)
nymeria_55nymeria_55 on March 4th, 2012 09:25 am (UTC)
A full immersion in sci-fi & fantasy. In icons.


a random javascript function: chi john ckjsfunction on March 4th, 2012 02:47 pm (UTC)
Aw, once again you're being way too kind ♥ Thank you so much!
virkatjol: [farscape] aeryn - only ever himvirkatjol on March 4th, 2012 10:33 am (UTC)
YAY YOU FINISHED YOUR FS20in20!!!! I love it!! I think 2toned text is my favorite. I'm not even sure why though... I just love the look. Also the whole category set! HEE JOHN.

a random javascript function: sikozu sideclosecropjsfunction on March 4th, 2012 02:49 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks for the amazing comment! And great to hear you don't hate the Category, I was so unsure about it.

LOL, didn't expect you to love the D/V thing :D Maybe I'll try making a few Cam/Valas one day. Maybe when I find SG1 caps that don't suck (something I sadly learned when making these icons... sigh!).
virkatjol: [stargate] c/v want you right nowvirkatjol on March 4th, 2012 03:14 pm (UTC)
i use gateworld.net for caps, but they aren't always the best. You'd think with all the fans out there there would be better ones...
blue lantern: twilight - esme in redblue_lantern on March 4th, 2012 06:41 pm (UTC)
Holy shit these are amazing! Each one really shows a high level of inventiveness and creativity, and it's wonderful use of texture and color :D I really like 23.45, The Orange/Blue ASOIAF one, and OMG that ST: TOS one is perfect!!
a random javascript function: dargo textboxjsfunction on March 5th, 2012 12:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for this awesome comment! Really, I'm super glad and flattered to hear that :') ♥
oxoniensis: fandom: farscape i do i thinkoxoniensis on March 10th, 2012 05:15 pm (UTC)
Pretty! I so love the colours in the very first one for the icon battle, the composition in 'two-toned text', the way you've captured the vintage style and colouring in '7: best team/catch phrase', and the cropping in the 4th of the alts and extra.
a random javascript function: crais sidecropjsfunction on March 20th, 2012 07:25 am (UTC)
Aw, thank you so much for the sweet comment!