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02 April 2012 @ 12:22 am
everybody go read this tutorial by pamkips because it's amazing and inspiring and reminded me of why I love icons and art and all of that. SPECIFICALLY the video, watch that video because it's full of so many fun ideas (done very very slowly :P I also recommend skipping through the slow parts)

anyway, that inspired me to make my first icon in months for my icon battle with neversleeps


I want to do that thing where I evaluate the pros and the cons of the icon, but I literally finished making it 5 minutes ago so my thoughts are still all very fresh but whatever, I'm giving it a try

First of all, I LOVE being inspired on this level again. I keep on forgetting how broad the icon genre can be and how many infinite possibilities a cap can hold. But most importantly while I was massively inspired by pamkips's tutorial, it still looks like one of my icons. I feel like it could have been very easy to fall into the trap of having my icon look exactly like one of hers

I love the subtle gradient to her skin, I love the noise in the blues on the left. I'm all about the blues in the shadows but I think maybe the blues on her shirt are a little too bright. There's a greenish screen gradient running along the bottom and I love that because it brings in a lot of tones that remind me of renaissance paintings.

I LOVE the top colours because I've previously been using a lot of black bars to break up the monotony of the 100x100px square, but with this there is not only a bit of colour but having the two colours adds another dimension that I didn't foresee.

If I were to critique this now, I'd just say I'm itching for more blending. Having the 'one cap per icon' thing is getting a bit tired. I'm just not sure what I would like to have done instead? I need to do some blending research...
Current Mood: dorky
alex_phaust_ on April 2nd, 2012 02:29 am (UTC)
Oh, freaking yes to all of these. I've looked through that tutorial and video at work and just couldn't just wait to come back home and just try something new. And yeah my tablet is not that funky but he got everything right, and i got my painty brushes. Pen pressure is amazing.

I don't really want my icons be just a cheap knock offs, but damn that's like a whole new world and that is freaking exciting :]
Joshblueymcphluey on April 2nd, 2012 02:34 am (UTC)
YES! I remember a stage in my icon-making when I had the huge revelation that the smudgey letsey-x light blobs (that I was using ALL the time) didn't just have to be white... I could add any colour anywhere I want. And I could change the original picture as much as I want without having to be restricted by the colours of the original picture!! There are infinite possibilities!

But... along the way, that kind of got lost. And this tutorial brought it all right back!
alex_phaust_ on April 2nd, 2012 03:13 am (UTC)
DOUBLE YES!! Not only you can adjust the existing colours of the image but you can bring your own to the table. I just love that feeling of freedom.