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Another round is starting over at [livejournal.com profile] lims_btvs. Please sign up, folks -- the more, the merrier!

I enjoyed taking part in the previous round, so of course I'm going to participate again.


These were my entries for round 10:

1 2 3 4

Alternative versions:

3' 4' 4'' 4'''

It was very useful to get feedback on my icons, as it made clear where the icons could be improved or where I should have made the concept come across better. For example, for icon #2 I got some comments on the text (font too plain; too white; too overpowering) and the border, but the idea behind the text and the border had been to mimic the Smoking kills warning you find on cigarette packets. As it turned out, that didn't work for everybody.

For icon #3 I got the very useful feedback from [livejournal.com profile] teragramm that Willow needed more color and brightening. So I changed that, and it improved the icon immensely (see #3') .

Icon #4 is the one that got me eliminated from the round. Several people commented on the icon having too much contrast, Angel's profile blending too much into the background, and the skin colouring being too dark / orange. So maybe I should have gone for one of the alternatives of this icon (lighter and less orange). Personally, to be honest I still prefer the version I submitted. I just think that the contrast and the flame-lit orange hue of Angel's face go best with the background image. Of course, maybe I should have gone with an altogether different background.

Update: I've added a third variant of #4, based on [livejournal.com profile] chasingdemons' good advice. It's probably still a bit too dark, but definitely a lot better than the rest.

In spite of everything, icon #4 did get to be Chosen One (mod's choice), and so did #3. Here are the pretty banners, made by [livejournal.com profile] hermionesparkle:

Let's see how far I'll get in round 11!

Update 2: Many thanks to whoever nominated icon #4 for the No Rest For The Wicked awards! [livejournal.com profile] wicked_awards



Date: 2016-08-01 12:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] feliciacraft.livejournal.com
Wonderful icons! Personally I prefer 4 to both of its variants. I like the color of Angel's face being echoed by the background; the first variant is too pale as to be jarring, and the second is not a flattering skin tone.

Congrats on winning mod's choice!

Date: 2016-08-01 01:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chasingdemons.livejournal.com
Oh, this looks like fun. I won't sign up because I'm just not an icon maker. I have a lot of trouble working that small. In fact I have a lot of trouble seeing other peoples icons. I will join the community so I can at least watch. Can I give critique if I don't participate? I love your icons. But I agree with the critique on 4. I might have suggested having the orange color on the edges of his face and hair but maybe not throughout.

Date: 2016-08-11 04:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chasingdemons.livejournal.com
I like it!! Since the side of his face we see isn't directly facing the glow I would not expect that side to be completely orange. Are you using Photoshop?

Date: 2016-08-01 05:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thenewbuzwuzz.livejournal.com
...so how deadly is a smoking vampire? :D
Have fun!

Date: 2016-08-01 11:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] snogged.livejournal.com
I'm glad you're learning so much.
Both look great.

Date: 2016-08-01 11:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] freecat15.livejournal.com
Well, you know my opinion of most of these (they were all awesome), except maybe #2, cause I kinda didn't dare to vote that round? It would've been my favorite (again :D ). )

I also still prefer #4, though chasingdemons may be right - orange color only on the edges would've been worth a try.

You absolutely deserved to get that far, or even farer.
Good luck the next round!

(I signed up again, too :)

Date: 2016-08-02 09:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] freecat15.livejournal.com
Ha! I certainly won't beat you (and I kinda don't really want to either...), but thanks for the encouragement!

I'm somewhat unstable regarding the quality of my icons (I'm happy you liked those on WE <3 !), and I still lack so much technique! I got week knees when I read about a provided texture (uh - what??? I hope it means something that I can use like a cap...). Anyway, as long as it's fun :)

Date: 2016-08-02 10:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] freecat15.livejournal.com
Oh, thanks for the explanation! That's basically what I meant (I even used an image of water for the background of the icon #2 in WE before I threw it all in the bin and started anew), only that I had no idea that there are even images of paint strokes and such things! Wow, a whole new world opens...

Date: 2016-08-02 10:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] freecat15.livejournal.com
And thanks again :) I always thought those were some PS specific things when people mentioned their resourses (stupid me...). I'm going to have a look at those asap!

Date: 2016-08-02 11:20 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] rbfvid.livejournal.com
#4 is great nevertheless (as well as all others))

Date: 2016-08-02 06:50 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] teragramm.livejournal.com
I'm so glad my icon advise helped.

Date: 2016-08-11 10:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] freecat15.livejournal.com
Oh, I just saw you improved your icon after Chasingdemons' advice! It looks great! (It always did, though.)
Ah, and that's why I didn't see on your journal that you're nominated - you announced it in an update. Anyway, congratulations on the nomination!

Date: 2016-08-29 10:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nmcil12.livejournal.com
Good to see that are participating in this icon challenge community - your icons keep getting better and better.

I like what you did with the Smoking one especially the first image with the smoke. And I very much like your Angel & Sun #4.

congrats with winning the Mod's Choice.
Edited Date: 2016-08-29 10:32 am (UTC)

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