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30 July 2008 @ 11:49 am
 
1. Hey, guess what? _rhea and mouthfullofdust friended me! For those of you who don't know (aka. harbourlight) these are two awesome iconmakers you most definitely need to check out! Hello _rhea and mouthfullofdust! :D

2. Hey, guess who? ... I saw on Burn Notice the other day! For those of you who have seen ANTM, it was Janet of cycle 9. Pretty random, eh? Anyway, I thought I should let the good people of topmodel know, which you can see here. Bad plan. The next morning I am bombarded by a million e-mails, with people informing me that "oh, it looks like her" as if I couldn't figure that out for myself. *headdesk*

3. I checked out the leaked Fringe pilot. I didn't love it for the same reasons I haven't been loving the last couple of Lost seasons: hundreds of questions are asked and none are answsered. The first half of the episode was rediculoudly boring (except for the guy's jaw falling off, that was just gross) and the second half was mostly Josh Jackson saying "you're crazy" while the other characters do crazy stuff with special effects.

4. I started watching The Tudors. I think it's pretty boring, but that's probably because I know nothing about that period or what's going on. I do love the beginning credits though. They're amazing and very probably my favourite beginning credits ever. Oh, and I'm rediculously head-over-heels in love with Natalie Dormer. I need her as my wallpaper.

5. I've been swept up in the awesomeness of icon_battle. If you haven't joined there yet, go do that right now. I've just been posting the next six pictures I was going to make icons out of, but in addition to that I (essentially) get requests for those same caps, you get to directly compare iconing styles with someone else, you can get to know your fellow iconmakers a little better and you get 6 other caps to work with that you theoretically wouldn't have otherwise! Also, it seems to bring out a competitive edge in me and inspires me to be more creative than I would otherwise. What's not to love?

Oh, and saeva, _rhea and I are participating in the very first 3-way-battle :D

6. I made lasagna for the very first time the other day. It was burnt, dripping with fat and unbelievably delicious.

7. I seem to have spontaneously started drinking coffee. I was repulsed by it until 4 days ago, when I randomly started drinking it religiously. Weird...

7. Have you guys heard of bravenet.com? Well, it's awesome. It's got tonnes of features, none of which I have had a chance to check out because I'm so entranced by the calendar feature. It's fantastic and everything I want in a calendar: it's easily customisable, it's visual and I can log online anywhere to view it, it's not stuck on my computer or my wall :P
Seriously, if you've ever had a tough time organising stuff/your life, I'd definitely check it out. My life has been in crazy shambles this last 3 months, but not so much anymore :D yay for that.

9. When organising my spiffy new calendar last night, I realised that I had an appointment at 10:00 this morning I'd totally forgotten about! And this wasn't just a random old eye checkup, this was important! Seriously, what are the odds that I would find that appointment slip less than 12 hours from the time of the appointment? Coincidence? I think not! This isn't the first time something like this has happened to me, either. This stuff happens all the time! But this is just another thing to put in my 'things that give me a reason to believe that the whole of existence is planned on an unbelievable level of perfection we can't even comprehend' list.

10.

a) Photobucket I don't like this at all. The crop is alright, not awesome, and my colouring sucks.
b) Photobucket this is the most recent icon I made. I hate it, it's just so boring. I feel like I'm getting into another iconing rut...
c) Photobucket I think this is fantastic. It's nice and dark and moody, which is fun. I think that having the bars at the top and the bottom in addition to that font (called Iron Mathbook by the way) could be my thing :D
d) Photobucket I liked this a lot more when I was making it. The purples are just WAY too intense.
e) Photobucket and Photobucket I kind of like the second one, but *sigh* what on earth was I thinking?
f) Photobucket I think this one is pretty good. The colours are nice, it's bright, the crop is alright. It's just not outstanding in any way whatsoever.
g) Photobucket yet another icon I liked a lot more as I was making it. I like where the light is hitting her face, but where she's got the shadow it looks horrible.
h) Photobucket I love this crop. The colours on the other hand, I'm not a big fan of.
i) Photobucket I like the over-intense colouring here, but something is off and I can't pinpoint what I think that is exactly.
j) Photobucket Wait a second... haven't I already made this icon... *cough* 'e' *cough* did I mention I think I'm falling into an iconing rut?
k) Photobucket I think this is fantastic. It's a brilliant crop, the colouring is great and I love this scene :D
l) Photobucket I think I should have tried harder to tone down the cyans and the blues.
m) Photobucket I think it could do with a few light splodges.
n) Photobucket I really like this. Giving people a background they don't actually have is something I don't do often, but I want to do more.
o) Photobucket see 'n' comment. Also, I'm really glad I added the blue bars on the left and right edges, because I think it adds quite a bit to the overall colourscheme.
p) Photobucket attempt of making an icon out of this cap #1.
q) Photobucket attempt of making an icon out of this cap #2
r) Photobucket I really like this. I think the added textures help a lot. Which reminds me, along with changing peoples backgrounds more, I need to use textures more...
s) Photobucket I don't know about you, but I think this feels dramatic. Although I'll admit, I don't think my light splodging technique is that fantastic.
t) Photobucket I'm glad saeva chose this cap, because it was a really fun icon to make.
u) Photobucket something seems off, and I don't know what.
v) Photobucket my personal favourite of this batch. The colourscheme overall is working for me :D
w) Photobucket I like this crop and the fact that her skin is glowing yellow doesn't bother me at all.
 
 
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jessiieeeeeeiladora on July 30th, 2008 07:59 am (UTC)
5. Icon battle! bit too busy right now, hopefully i'll be less busy on the weekend!

7. i use google calendar- cos it synchs with my parents' and friends' calendars >.<

10.
you're right, (v) is absolutely gorgeous- it's balanced and the colours are so bright and pretty.

(w) is what i think your style was a couple of weeks ago, when i friended you (I love the colouring)

for (e), i'd move the girl and splode slightly to the left, so it balances more- just what i'd do!

(n) reminds me of letsey_x 's icons, a bit :) - in a good way
Josh: supernaturalblueymcphluey on July 30th, 2008 08:12 am (UTC)
7. yeah, I was actually thinking of converting cos I just found out some of my friends and my dad use it, but I figured since I've already put all of my appointments in... eh.

10. v) <3

w) in all honesty do you think my style is getting better or worse since when you first friended me?

n) oh, that's always a good comparison :D
jessiieeeeeeiladora on July 30th, 2008 10:54 am (UTC)
I think your icons are less consistent, which is good and bad.
The goodness is because many of your new icons are wonderful; eg,
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i46/BlueyMcPhluey/DW-somethingnewcopy.png
http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i46/BlueyMcPhluey/SN-crossingthelinecopy.png
(t), (v) ...
and you still have some of your 'old' style, (m, p, w).
bad because some of your icons i don't really like as much as your old style. (s, a)
BUT your should so keep doing new stuff, cos then we can have awesome new stuff.
+ don't stop doing your old style, because I love it! (uniqueness is something i want in my icons)
Joshblueymcphluey on July 30th, 2008 01:26 pm (UTC)
thankyou for your comments. As you probably know, it's always good to hear specific thoughts on your icons, potitive and negative :D

Oh, and just out of curiosity, which exactly is it about the icons that represents the 'old style' to you?
jessiieeeeeeiladora on July 30th, 2008 01:36 pm (UTC)
REALLY bright, almost orange skin, more colours on the edges of things, lots of yellow, red and cyan. contrast between the background + subject in terms of colour. (not always all at once, though :) )



Ah, what fun, I love icon discussion - thanks for your comment btw :D
Josh: american dadblueymcphluey on August 2nd, 2008 02:15 pm (UTC)
I know, I love a good icon discussion :)

It's so interesting hearing these things said about the things I make, because I haven't ever thought about any of it :P :D
Rhea: [leighton meester] colors_rhea on July 30th, 2008 02:29 pm (UTC)
Hi. I love how you post your icons and comment what you like/dislike about them. :D
Joshblueymcphluey on July 31st, 2008 07:22 am (UTC)
I worry that people don't care about/get bored of my comments, so thanks for saying that :D
Steph: text; coffeeharbourlight on July 31st, 2008 05:18 am (UTC)
Wow this is a long post...

3. I still think you're crazy ;)

4. So do you think I should give it a chance or what?

7. COFFEE!!!!! :D

8. I used to use Bravenet for forms and stuff on my website ages ago. I've never seen the calender or anything though. I just use my phone. I can access the calender on my phone online so its pretty easy.

10. (c) I love the coloring and the black bars but I don't really like the font.

(n) I really love the text and coloring here!
Josh: supernaturalblueymcphluey on July 31st, 2008 07:29 am (UTC)
4. Well... I think you've got some other stuff you should check out first *cough 30rockantmbostonlegalchuckdoctorwhoflightoftheconchordssytycdtheofficetorchwooduglybetty cough*. But yeah, it's managed to get me obsessing over the actors after only 2 episodes :P

c) I thought that would be a popular opinion. I wanted the text to be obtrusive and the font to be unpopular. Don't ask me why :P

n) thankyou :D