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01 August 2009 @ 11:22 pm
also I had braces put in... again  
1. I made a mathbook-style layout for one of the challenges that have been running recently at theskilltester if anybody wants to use it :)

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style: Flexible Squares
compatability: everything as far as I know

2. I've shown you my favourite 25 icons by me (which is already out of date :P) and now here are my current 25 from everybody else


just comment if you want to know who made any of them :)

3. I've been rewatching The Inside and thank god it's just as good as I remember it being. I first watched it four years ago when I was young and naive and fell in love with how incredibly dark and sinister it was. It was definitely one of the shows that has changed me from who I was to who I am.

For those of you who are persuaded to watch shows based off of the prettiness, it is INSANELY pretty. The lead actress is Rachel Nichols and she's pretty much flawless. The lighting is really fantastic and much like the overall style of the show, very dark. It reminds me of something Joss Whedon said in the audio commentary about whoever lit Serenity and how they don't just light the scenes with light, they also light with shadows.

Also it's written like a dream. Everything is so psychological and the writers are always thinking a step ahead. And while it's very dark (I know I sound like a broken record, but I can't emphasise it enough. Blood and gore everywhere, but it's not traumatic at all if you're not into that kind of thing) it still has ingenious little flashes of humor that somehow don't break the mood at all. Jane Espenson and Tim Minear are behind the writing of it and you can tell. Neither of them has ever failed to deliver.


a) Photobucket I think maybe it's a bit too brown overall, something about it just looks very bland to me. Oh and this was a colourization, by the way :)

b) Photobucket haha, I would've never thought in a million years I'd make a Settlers III icon, but it seems lately I've been in a gaming mood :P I really like the magentas of the buildings and the cyans in the water.

c) Photobucket I was inspired by toastandtea, my most recent icon muse (if you couldn't already tell ;)) but I think this came off looking ugly :(

d) Photobucket I LOVE the softness and Melissa George's lips are amazing, but something about the colouring isn't flooring me.

e) Photobucket boring beyond belief

f) Photobucket I think this may work without the light textures because the section on the right that has none has some really fun depth to it.

g) Photobucket this reminds me a bit of blindbeats, but on a day that blindbeats went insane and made horrible icons with blown-out red shadows.

h) Photobucket the softness and colouring really work for me, but it needs something going on with textures or other colours or something.

i) Photobucket let this be a lesson to me: never sharpen your icons ever, even if you think they're blurry. It's a lesson I've told other people so many times you'd think I would have learnt it by now :P

j) Photobucket I actually like this a bit. Having the drawn in effects kind of works for me. I mean, it could definitely be better but I think it could be a whole lot worse.

k) Photobucket Bland. Average.

l) Photobucket I love this. A lot. The darkness, the colours, her bone structure, that dance's choreography. It represents so many things I find beautiful about the world packed inside of a 100x100 square :D

m) Photobucket Horrible. Absolutely horrible. I went nuts and blew out the yellows in the blue channel with curves, which I hate so I don't know why I did it. Also I blew out the reds. And the blues. And the greens. :/

n) Photobucket I like this but I feel it needs some highlights. I'm okay with the whitest part of the cap being dark, but I feel like something else needs to be added to make up for it.

o) Photobucket I made this recently and haven't quite got an opinion on it yet. I think I like it. The repeated images irks me slightly, but I also like it because it's kind of like an alter ego thing. And the colours are nice. I've been trying to work off of a compliment motorized gave me, that my colours are always 'rich' because I realised that's what I'm always subconsciously aiming for and I think I achieved richness... maybe? :P

p) Photobucket o alternate, duh.

q) Photobucket I liked this a lot when I was making it, the colours seemed to interact really well with each other, but then I resized it down to 100x100 and it just looks like a mess now. But... maybe it's a good mess? This is another one where I haven't settled on an opinion yet so feel free to weigh in :P

r) Photobucket Horrible, average, etc.

s) Photobucket I'm crazy about the richness to the greens and cyans but the shadowing in the bottom left hand corner is just awkward

t) Photobucket I really like this, but ultimately I just feel like it's a worse version of this

u) Photobucket I like this, but I think there's a bit too much orange. I suspect it would look nice with a colder colourscheme

v) Photobucket Average

5. I just found some very fantastic textures here. They're very similar style-wise to elli's infamous paint/grungey textures (if you use the paint/grunge/wood tags), but they're a lot bigger and a few of them are seamless so you can use them for large and unusually sized wallpapers without any problems :D
Current Mood: busy
Currently Watching: Zoolander
Dana: DW > S5 Team Tardisletsey_x on August 1st, 2009 10:09 pm (UTC)
Ooohlala, those textures are fantastic! thank you so much for pointing me to that site, because I had never seen it before.

Who's the maker of that Locke icon in your favorites? I'm thinking either tihana or schmiss?

For those of you who are persuaded to watch shows based off of the prettiness
You're talking about me, right?;) Speaking of pretty shows, you watch Legend of the Seeker, no? Is it more than a very pretty show? Or is it cringe-inducing, but pretty?

I love 4.h - it makes me think of blindbeats more than g, yet it's still very much your style.
I'm not too fond of j,l,m,q because they seem to be lower quality, they're quite grainy.
Joshblueymcphluey on August 2nd, 2009 03:58 am (UTC)
my pleasure! I've been on a crazy texture-finding spree lately (there are SO many amazing gigantic textures out there if you're willing to looking for them) I just had to share a few of my results :D

Yup, that's schmiss for ya

haha, that sentence may have been directed at you and you alone :P Watch The Inside! It's so much fun! But don't be turned off by how generic-cop-show-like the first episode is.

I'm not too fond of j,l,m,q because they seem to be lower quality, they're quite grainy.
yeah, thanks for this. For some reason I thought I'd sharpen a few of my icons this time, but I've definitely learned my lesson now :P
katemotorized on August 2nd, 2009 03:37 am (UTC)
Fabulous texture site! Thanks for the rec!

With the icons, I'm gonna bug you about who made some of them. =) Who made the first one in the second row, and the first one in the third row?

And now on to your icons. I always feel like I should thank you when you post them or something... don't ask me why. XD Anyway, A, L and O are my favorites. I love the texture (or lack thereof) in A, and the colours in L + O are incredible. F is good, but I think it needs something on that left hand side to balance out the really POW colours on the right side (technical language right there XD). Er, what else? Oh yeah, R and S have a great colour scheme, but they're a bit grainy. Other than that, great.

Oh, and one more icon related thing, this is one of the best things you've ever made just fyi.
Joshblueymcphluey on August 2nd, 2009 04:04 am (UTC)
No problem :D

First one second row - toastandtea
First one third row - schmiss

Anyway, A, L and O are my favorites
YAY! They're my favourites, too :D

Thankyou for the concrit, I hadn't thought of those things but I think you're right :D

Oh, and one more icon related thing, this is one of the best things you've ever made just fyi.
Thankyou! I've been trying and trying to make a new Rachel Nichols icon (as you can see) and better that one, but it hasn't been working, so maybe that's why :P
katemotorized on August 3rd, 2009 07:16 am (UTC)
Thanks :D

First time I saw the Rachel Nichols icon that you were using (but I'm loving its replacement) I did a double take, then died. XD
Steph: celeb: close up on aly hanniganharbourlight on August 2nd, 2009 04:05 am (UTC)
Wow you made the layout yourself? That's great. I love it :)

Is that Rachel Nichols I've seen in the GI Joe promo's? Might have to go and see it just for her.
Joshblueymcphluey on August 2nd, 2009 05:28 am (UTC)
Dad helped me out with a few things, but it was mostly me :D thankyou

It certainly is! I really hope she doesn't have to wear that bodysuit for the whole movie XD
Steph: dollhouse: ballard looks at the groundharbourlight on August 2nd, 2009 05:31 am (UTC)
Oh god. That's just not flattering at all.
M: Movies Ameliespankulert on August 2nd, 2009 07:21 am (UTC)
I've never heard of The Inside, but I'll be sure to look it up in the future. Thanks for the tip!

...and those are some saliva-inducing icons ♥
Joshblueymcphluey on August 2nd, 2009 11:49 am (UTC)
not that this has to be said again because this entry kind of says it all, but it's well worth watching :D

thankyou :D
but yes!xmaidelx on August 3rd, 2009 01:04 am (UTC)
but yes!xmaidelx on August 3rd, 2009 05:08 am (UTC)

lice on August 3rd, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
member of ontd ff is open
You want to have my babies.eroticcakejob on August 28th, 2009 09:15 pm (UTC)
added you
Hi. I googled "i'm so livid with you turkeys" and your LJ was the second thing to come up.
Just because of that - I want you as my friend.
Josh: flight of the conchordsblueymcphluey on August 28th, 2009 11:50 pm (UTC)
wow, that's so completely awesome! :D