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07 December 2009 @ 12:23 am
 
1. I'm insanely hooked on Legend of the Seeker this season, it's incredible how much it's improved since season 1. I think the addition of Cara was excactly what they needed; she's so sexy (right on par with Richard and Kahlen) and provides some really exciting tension in the group along with a much-needed immoral point of view. The writing feels like it's been kicked up a knotch; in season 1 I drifted off to sleep every other minute but I can't keep myself away from these latest batch of episodes. The stories are progressing a lot faster and it feels like they've removed all of the boring characters and plot devises and replaced them with significantly more interesting ones. Also this is still Legend of the Seeker so it should go without saying but aesthetically it's flawless; definitely my prime photographic inspiration right now. (Now lovers of pretty things, I'm looking at you; this show will make you cry yourself to sleep with glee)

2. Another show that should definitely be on your watch list this season: Dexter. Season 3 was a bit dry but 4 is bringing it like you wouln't believe. The plot twists continue to keep coming and knocking me square off my seat. Also I can't remember season 1 and 2 very well, but it's been really creepy, which I think is fun and appropriate given it's the story of a serial killer. :D

3.

a)
ugh, wow. I think this is the best icon I've ever made. The colours are nuts, the textures are subtle yet are ingrained and give it a kick it wouldn't have otherwise. Filling up that empty space at the bottom of the original version does wonders for the composition. For the reference this and my Natalia icon (my second favourite I've made) were both made for a challenge at theskilltester which required all layers to be set at a maximum of 50% opacity, so I think I'm onto something with that.

b)
not... quite as amazing... I'm finding myself at a bit of a loss for what to do with the latest paths-based theskilltester challenge :/

c)
also made for theskilltester (don't you love how subtle my pimping is?) That texture was so interesting to work with, I wish I had the motivation to put more colour into it and make it even better.

d)
I feel like I should like this, it's got all of the things I like: colours, textures, Anna Selezneva... but it just doesn't feel organised enough. Sloppy, as if I didn't put enough effort in, which is weird because I gave it all I could but it just wasn't working :/
maybe I needed to set my laters to less than 50% opacity ;)

e)
I really like this. The colours on the right feel like an explosion of glee, but the red covering the majority of the icon feels like it's holding them back. I made a version with the red masked back selectively, but it doesn't have the same intensity to it, so I don't know... :/

f)
I really like this composition of this, it was put together using about four caps. And I like the soft colouring, but I felt like with more saturation and contrast it would have been a lot more striking.

g)
eek, not better :/ the colouring's WAY too warm

h)
there we go! I really like the way the yellows have turned out, they're bright but they're not blown out. And the added greens and purples work off each other nicely I think. My main fault with this is that it's missing my favourite new Mord-Sith, but also from a technical point of view I feel like the textures look like they were added as an afterthought (which they were) so I'm planning on doing my texturing before my colouring from now on (because looking back, the ones which I've done that for have been my best).

i)
I like that I can feel my point of view coming from this. It's dark, it feels like me. I'm not crazy about how it looks though - there isn't enough variety of colours and the texture doesn't really fit I don't think

4. I got tagged by iladora and motorized for an icon meme!

1. Reply to this post with 'ICONS!', and I will pick five of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon squee. Whoo!


it's no secret that my favourite aspect of Torchwood was Toshiko (I'm still grieving!) and this is the icon where I think she looks the best. I feel a bit rude saying that because you can't see her face, but I think it's really beautiful and subtle and it's not often that I'm impressed by cropping/cap choice.


I'm digging Anna Seleneva so much right now. She's got a personality that it's impossible to ignore; so cute and exciting. And the structure of her face is so severe it gives her modelling style a lot of flexibility which she takes advantage of by trying unexpected poses and angles. However this is a temporary icon, I intend to switch it out with something better ultimately.


I love Glee, but I don't think this does the show justice, it doesn't capture all of the elements that I love about the show. It'll definitely be switched out as well.


eek, this is awkward. I'm probably going to delete this when all of the episodes have finished airing :P
I've been really underwhelmed with the show as a whole and while this was my best icon for a long while, it can't hold a candle to what I've been producing recently.


love this. Rose looks undeniably beautiful here and I think it's one of my better icons, showing a different side of my abilities.


I loved Veronica Mars season 1, Kristen was so cute with the short hair :P I love the shapes that this icon makes and how strong they are from a design point of view. For once I don't wish that there was more saturation and contrast and I think that's really impressive.


placeholder Tru Calling/White Collar/Matthew Bomer icon :P It's my favourite one I've seen of him (when it comes to the style of icons I use) but it could be a lot better.


I think Jessica Stam has a really beautiful profile, I like the simplity, I like the colours, I like that one of the graphic makers I look up to most: uglybusiness complimented me on it XD


no offense to hellododger but this is a temporary icon. I love it (the textures are perfect, subtle yet they make a big difference), but there's not nearly enough variety in the colours for it to be a permanent one.

5. Okay, I have seven Google Wave invites so roll up, roll up and I'll send you one! :D
 
 
Current Mood: impressedimpressed
Currently Watching: Legend of the Seeker - 2x02 - Baneling
 
 
 
i'm not crying. it's just been raining on my face.: Dglucoze on December 6th, 2009 02:03 pm (UTC)
i didn't know you liked anna!
Josh: fashion ; seleznevablueymcphluey on December 6th, 2009 03:32 pm (UTC)
of course, she's too cute/stunning/etc for words! I'm banking on her being the next big thing
Dana: Dollhouse > Victor/Sierraletsey_x on December 6th, 2009 02:24 pm (UTC)
Heh, I've JUST started downloading Legend of the Seeker S1 so I could start watching it myself, after seeing such gorgeous picspams/icons of it all the time. And I think your icon h was the final push I needed to explore The Pretty;)

I actually love icon b. It has a paint-effect, but it's still subtle and not too grainy, which IMO d,e and i are a bit.

Are you still underwhelmed by Dollhouse? I've been loving the hell out of S2, since they've finally moved the focus from Echo/Ballard to the whole group/ensemble. Not to mention- Summer Glau!
Josh: legend of the seekerblueymcphluey on December 6th, 2009 03:38 pm (UTC)
you might feel the need to drill your brains out at a few points in season 1 (generic lotr-esque medieval plot stuff), but if you keep at it, it's completetly worth it. I kind of want to icon every single scene, but I know I'll only use ones with the three main characters (who inconviently are in very few scenes together looking amazing at the same time!) so I just oogle instead :P

yeah, I'm trying to ween myself off of the grainy textures :P

Oh, I haven't seen the latest two episodes and I'm willing to be swayed, but it hasn't been doing much for me I'm sorry to say :/
Cara: etc - cover upmefan on December 6th, 2009 05:20 pm (UTC)
I like b. It looks like a painting. I've never really loved super contrasty/dark icons (at least I've never loved making them) but I really like that one. And I've always liked the Rose icon b/c it's kind of light and bright and pretty.
Joshblueymcphluey on December 7th, 2009 01:42 am (UTC)
:D thanks
jessiieeeeee: (dollhouse) priyailadora on December 6th, 2009 11:31 pm (UTC)
Cara *is* gorgeous, isn't she? I think I'll start watching again, I was rather bored with 2x01, but if you say so, I will try it :)

2x04, 2x05 and 2x06 have been the most amazing Dollhouse episodes ever. EVER. I do love that icon - I think the colours are there, but still subtle.

ooh, and I love (c), I think the monochromism works really well.
Joshblueymcphluey on December 7th, 2009 01:45 am (UTC)
definitely!

ok ok ok, watching them now ;)

thankyou! :)
Michelle.: dollhouse | topherflatlined on December 7th, 2009 08:34 am (UTC)
I've been meaning to watch Legend of the Seeker since season one started but I just- haven't.. I think I'll go download it now.
Josh: dollhouseblueymcphluey on December 7th, 2009 12:59 pm (UTC)
excellent, excellent. Watching the latest Dollhouse, thinking of you in the insanely adorable Summer scenes :P
katemotorized on December 7th, 2009 11:01 pm (UTC)
1. I've been meaning to watch this for aaaaages. I might get it over Christmas and just indulge. Everybody keeps saying that it's pretty, so I guess it must be. I'll add it to my list.

2. I'm ridiculously behind in Dexter, which makes me sad because JIMMY SMITS! And the fact that I've loved the show since s1. Just like I'm behind in V, White Collar-- everything. guh.

3. Iconsss! Okay, you know that I'm in love with a. I'm actually thinking of having its children, fyi.
b kind of reminds me of those paintings that you see in galleries that are getting restored. idk. C = VAVAVOOOM BABY. That is incredible. I reaaaally love it. I even like it without the extra colour. I think the simple colour palette enhances the texture.

4. lol. I picked all the temporary ones. :P
aaand I can't wait for your next Bomer icon.
should I do this meme again? I might as well. ICONS.

5. What's google wave?
Joshblueymcphluey on December 8th, 2009 01:33 am (UTC)
1. oh no no no my friend, not just pretty. The visuals WILL make you cry, especially since you're of cinematographic nature yourself.

2. Catch up!! V and White Collar are turning out to be lame anyway :P

3. :D thankyou! Just wondering, how does 'e' make you feel?

4.

5. It's the new version of e-mail. Basically it's a note that a whole bunch of people can edit so you can collaboratively work on something. I'm surprised you haven't heard of it actually, there's been a lot of buzz. It's going to be ~the next big thing~ and ~put e-mail to shame~ ... or something.

Edited at 2009-12-08 01:33 am (UTC)
katemotorized on December 8th, 2009 01:53 am (UTC)
1. I'll get right on it then!

2. Really? Nooo! V had so much promise - I liked the first 2 episodes so much! Damn.

3. 'e' reminds me of this mural at my old holiday house. :D I have to admit, I like the right side better, but the left side kind of looks like terracotta, which is pretty neat. I think the only problem with it is the image quality/grainyness... I think the same with with maybe less grain would look good. If that makes sense. But it's heading in the right direction. :D

4. Yay, you chose new ones!

5. I pay zero attention to most things on the internet. :P Sounds pretty cool though. Mind if I snag an invite?
Joshblueymcphluey on December 8th, 2009 02:23 am (UTC)
1. go go go! and post reactions and stuff!

2. oh, well I didn't even like the first two episodes, so maybe you'll like it... :/

3. aw, but it's supposed to be grainy!

4. yeah, I'm interested to hear about where you currently feel you are in your abilities.

5. I'll send it to the address I've got you added on msn under (speaking of which, way to not come online ever ;))
katemotorized on December 8th, 2009 10:47 pm (UTC)
I PROMISE I'LL COME ONLINE SOON!

Also, btw, -cough-newyorkpost-cough-
Joshblueymcphluey on December 9th, 2009 12:48 am (UTC)
it's coming it's coming! it's just... really really big XD
I retouched 10 more photos yesterday!
johny hit and run paulenegertruded on December 9th, 2009 03:58 am (UTC)
i feel like dexter is the kind of show i would watch if it weren't for the fact that I CANNOT SEE MICHAEL C. HALL AS ANYONE EXCEPT THE PANSY GAY GUY HE PLAYED ON SIX FEET UNDER. also, i have no idea what legend of the seeker is about other than there are sometimes ads for it during supernatural (which btw you cannot talk to me about bc i haven't seen any of this season yet omg fail!)

i am so uncultured, usw :(

your icons are so stunning! i will always associate your username with your natalia one :) and i would ask to participate in this icon meme if it weren't for the fact that i only have like 10 icons and they are all mostly just lolzy ones...
Josh: fashion ; vodianovablueymcphluey on December 9th, 2009 05:19 am (UTC)
you haven't seen much of Dexter then? I haven't seen all of SFU, but I keep on forgetting that he's even the same person, he's just SO different :P

LotS is amazingly. It's basically what you would get if Lord of the Rings, Buffy and The Sarah Connor Chronicles had a baby :P Also whoever's in charge of the cinematography is a genious, every frame is flawless

aw, thankyou! I feel like my icons go unappreciated in fashin because everyone's got crazy ones and mine are so serious :P
Steph: supernatural: dean and sam climb a treeharbourlight on December 11th, 2009 09:07 am (UTC)
Omg! I just watched Glee. It was amazing :D Who didn't like it? They're crazy.

I might have to give Legend of the Seeker another try if season 2 is as good as you say it is.
Joshblueymcphluey on December 11th, 2009 09:33 am (UTC)
I'M OBSESSED I TELL YA! This TV season has been SO AMAZING, I don't know what to do with myself.

Yeah, definitely, it was hitting on something good near the end of season 1 and they've really pushed that to the next level :D
Steph: celeb: johnny makes smoking look goodharbourlight on December 11th, 2009 09:48 am (UTC)
I know! I almost starting tearing up a little when Will was listening to them on the phone :P

I think I only watched the first 3 episodes of it. Must have just fallen through the cracks somehow.
Joshblueymcphluey on December 11th, 2009 09:52 am (UTC)
I know I know! And that final scene ♥ I don't even ship them and I was getting excited!

get on it! write reactions and stuff! :D
Steph: celeb: hilarie burton looks happyharbourlight on December 11th, 2009 10:05 am (UTC)
Haha, I will. I'll go find a season 1 torrent and start catching up.