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08 February 2015 @ 09:03 pm
64. 70 Icons: TW, SPN, Jensen, BtVS, FF, Stock  
Contest Entries!
30 Teen Wolf
30 Supernatural (incl 5 Jensen Ackles)
5 Joss-Verse (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly)
5 Stock
70 Icons

LOTS of contest entries & alternates here. For inspired20in20, I was particularly taken with the close-up inspirational icons. I love seeing a character's expression but my super-close crops are usually awkward. I worked on that skill here, perhaps a little too much. Inspirational words such as "quiet," "fair," and "understated" left me at sea because I'd chosen Teen Wolf, which would be the polar opposite of those words. It's all angst and action and music and brash-ness and dead family. For quiet, I chose to make them all textless -- except for one because I needed to use the chosen fonts. (And one other but the text is more subtle than my added text normally is.) Hover over the icons in the set to see what inspirations I chose for each.

I'm having a blast over at thehuntergames even if I'm seriously outclassed by other participants. In contrast to the Teen Wolf set, most of these icons have text because I'm trying to develop text skills. Some worked out; some did not. I'm also playing with bright colors, which feels like an oxymoron when iconning Supernatural but pretty boys (and girls) look pretty in pretty colors.

1-5 - Year of the Goat = inspiration Hover over the first 20 for inspirations used




21-25 Alternates

26-30 Alternates x3 | Because I must have more colors x2

31-35 Chakra-inspired entries for thehuntergames

36-40 Chakra Alternates

41-45 Chakra Alternates

46-50 Weapon-visible entries for thehuntergames

51-55 Weapon Alternates x3 | Just because S9 Sam is HOT x2

56-60 JENSEN ACKLES HEADSHOTS for iconsomething

61-65 Emerald Green for whedon_elite BtVS x3 | Firefly x2

66-70 "Empty"-inspired entries for sparkyourmuse that I forgot to enter Pripyat x4 | Seashell

steal + watch this comm
do unto others...first + screencap credits + resources
My Hunter: Cat wrigglemeus_venator on February 9th, 2015 05:18 am (UTC)
LOL! You included a Bendy Sam! Oh you doll you!!!!!!
* runs away with icon *
Mish: Jared -- Sexy Beasthsapiens on February 9th, 2015 05:44 am (UTC)
Hee! I most certainly did! When much of S9 aired, I was not able to watch (drat you, real life!!). I knew there had been an episode where Sam wore a lovely, fitted black jumpsuit -- I'd even caught snippets of it -- but somehow I was utterly ignorant of Yoga!Sam. I was innocently rifling through my caps for something that I hadn't already iconned a thousand times before and recalled that cassiopeia7 had posted GORGEOUS S9 Sam promos. And THAT's when I happened upon Yoga!Sam. I damned near swallowed my tongue.

I will be iconning him more in the future, I assure you.
vamplover85: pic#122260078vamplover85 on February 9th, 2015 05:38 am (UTC)
pretty colors
Mish: BtVS -- Willowhsapiens on February 9th, 2015 05:45 am (UTC)
Thank you! :)
the silver lady: Snow forest name by dhamphiracciochocolate on February 9th, 2015 06:33 am (UTC)
Saved 66, and 68-70, and will credit w/ use. :)
Mish: Misc -- Thumbs Up X-Rayhsapiens on February 10th, 2015 12:17 am (UTC)
Yay! Thank you! :)
Sydney: spn >> lost boy.1lastdanceluv on February 9th, 2015 07:02 am (UTC)
Lovely icons! Love the crops on 16-20 & the SPN icons are so vibrant!
Mish: TW -- Stiles Team Chaoshsapiens on February 10th, 2015 12:29 am (UTC)
Thank you! I feel as if I have a better grip on the "super-close marvel-at-my-lack-of-pores" crop than before I tried this challenge. :)
lazy_8s: shitlazy_8s on February 9th, 2015 11:32 am (UTC)
Gorgeous!!! I snagged a couple of Teen Wolf and a Castiel icon. Will credit. :)
Mish: TW -- Stiles Team Chaoshsapiens on February 10th, 2015 12:30 am (UTC)
Thank you! <3
Blue: SW :: C3PO :: We're Doomedblue_meridian on February 9th, 2015 02:08 pm (UTC)
I randomly made off with 11 and 51. :DD
Mish: TW -- Stiles Team Chaoshsapiens on February 10th, 2015 12:33 am (UTC)
Glee! I'm so glad that the Holy Water + Demon Knife found an audience. I don't think that I did it justice entirely but my brain kept going, "what about non-traditional weapons like holy water and containment circles and exorcism and..." but I knew that wasn't the point of the challenge. It's good to know I'm not alone on my brain tangents. ♥
sometimes, red riding hood will eat the wolf.: [tv] ☾ boy you're astydia on February 9th, 2015 03:37 pm (UTC)
These are all so gorgeous! I love the Teen Wolf and SPN ones! That animated Lilith icon threw me for a minute lol I thought I was seeing things :D
Mish: SPN -- Lilith The Snakehsapiens on February 10th, 2015 12:35 am (UTC)
Thank you! YAY! I'm glad that icon made you wonder if you'd seen what you thought you saw. I wanted the animation to be reasonably subtle. It isn't the point but I hoped it would make someone smile or even laugh. :)
thrace_adams: Teen Wolf Malia Closeupthrace_adams on February 9th, 2015 04:02 pm (UTC)
Really loved the Teen Wolf ones - they are exquisite. I love the clarity. Will credit.
Mish: TW -- Stiles Team Chaoshsapiens on February 10th, 2015 12:36 am (UTC)
Exquisite is high praise. Thank you! ♥
There's a scientific explanation for that: Dean - awesomehugemind on February 9th, 2015 09:29 pm (UTC)
These are pretty! I grabbed some SPN ones (yay, bendy!Sam!!) and will credit. Thank you! :D
Mish: SPN -- Sam in Bedhsapiens on February 10th, 2015 12:38 am (UTC)
*takes a moment to reflect on Bendy!Sam* I might have...stared...at those caps a little longer than most. Just to be sure to get a good crop and the clearest cap, mind you. In fact, I think that I should quadruple check that. Like, right now.

Believe me, it's my sincerest pleasure to make icons of Bendy!Sam.
Jill aka Jo: BSG: By Your Commandsireesanwar on February 9th, 2015 10:11 pm (UTC)
These are awesome icons. I took some of the SPN icons and will credit. I love 66. It is just so neat.
Mish: Misc -- Thumbs Up X-Rayhsapiens on February 10th, 2015 12:40 am (UTC)
Thank you! I thought about talking about #66 and what I was trying to do and hoping I wasn't culturally appropriating somebody else's event and...well, in the end I decided to let it "speak" for itself. The photojournalist who snapped the photo got a great shot, no?
Jill aka Jo: SPN: Dean denialsireesanwar on February 10th, 2015 12:58 am (UTC)
They did. I love it.
sandy79: bomersandy79 on February 10th, 2015 01:31 am (UTC)
Love, love, love them! Especially the SPN ones, with #31 and the Jensen-centric row as high favorites. Snagged them, will credit of course when use.
Mish: Ackles -- Prettiest Bastard Alivehsapiens on February 14th, 2015 10:24 pm (UTC)
The camera loves Jensen; his face was MADE for pretty icons. :)
aerynsun5: Atmospheric cowboys!Sam and Deanaerynsun5 on February 10th, 2015 05:20 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you're doing this again! That Sam is awesome. Also, love the Lilith gif. Too funny!
Mish: SPN -- Lilith The Snakehsapiens on February 14th, 2015 10:25 pm (UTC)
*snuggles you* Lilith had to happen. I stink at this new animation interface PS has going but it was worth forcing my way through because she's just...to serious otherwise. She needed a little levity. :)
Charmander: snoopy messy by filmowepokecharm on February 12th, 2015 12:59 am (UTC)
fab set!
Mish: C&H -- Run For Joyhsapiens on February 14th, 2015 10:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Dorota: star wars - leia in whitexafirah on February 12th, 2015 04:27 pm (UTC)
Hey! :) :hugs: It's been a long time since we spoke but I see you're still making icons and improving! I've been peeking at your journal since new year and trying to decide if I wanted to get back to this icon business...
Your posts are really inspiring (as usual), I noticed you changed your style a little - more vibrant colors, experiments with text and textures. I enjoy seeing your "evolution" as icon maker :)
My favourite icons from this batch are: #31, #36, #57, #61, #62, #65, #64 - perfect use of colors yellow/green.
Mish: SPN -- Crowley Hello Darling!hsapiens on February 14th, 2015 10:35 pm (UTC)
Dooooooooooooooooor! OMG! You're here! I have missed you something fierce. I think of you often, hoping that the reason for your radio silence is because analog life is just too awesome and wonderful for you to have time for LJ. *SMOOSHES YOU*

*nods* Definitely more vibrant. I'm heavily influenced by the work of makers like naive_astronaut, second_love, john_scorpy, sietepecados, and shameless666. I absolutely adore their use of saturated, vibrant colors and I've trended in that direction. I'm pushing myself on text these days. Someday I'll be a Real Girl and have a knack for text but it's slooooow going. I create icons despite my brain, not because of it.

perfect use of colors yellow/green
I gotta say, I did not think that would ever be said about anything I made. EVER. Those colors are the hardest for me to work with so it's especially appreciated. Thank you, sweets!

I've missed you, truly. Hope that all is well in your corner of the world. *clings*
Dorota: spn - dean - looking downxafirah on February 18th, 2015 06:20 pm (UTC)
Yes, I'm here, after all this time! ^^ I almost forgot about livejournal and how awesome it was to be here with all those wonderful people... :') I miss the times when I couldn't imagine one day without livejournal...
I vanished from livejournal after I started playing Star Wars The Old Republic - it was really time consuming. I met new people, new friends... I was active in the other corner of the Internet ;).
I didn't stop watching SPN and other shows but I didn't feel like making icons anymore :(
You had a break from livejournal too, right? Hope everything was/is ok? :)

And I missed you too - you are amazing person that is always kind, helpful, funny - not easy to forget, you know? :)

In my opinion you don't need to improve your Photoshop skills, your icons are perfect (ESPECIALLY if you use text - that can't go wrong, believe me)! The thing I noticed is that trends change and now some more vibrant colors (fluorescent! :P) are more "trendy". Also icon makers tend to make complicated (creative) compositions which are very risky - some look great, some are "too much".
My favourite style is negative space and I will probably stick to that (if I decide to make more icons) . Creative compositions take too much time and I can't be patient :P.

Btw - I haven't been using English FOR AGES, sorry for any mistakes!
Mish: Dean -- Lucky Day/You Will Livehsapiens on February 18th, 2015 09:52 pm (UTC)
It's eerie how we've walked similar paths. I forgot how much I enjoy LJ and the people. My time away was for sad and tragic reasons. One result of that was giving up on my dream of becoming a diplomat because I have family to take care of now who would not be good at traveling the world. THAT depressed me for a while and I wasn't up for talking to anybody. I'm better now and I have a job I love, working with some of the most amazing people I've had the pleasure of working with/for so it's all good but it was plenty of stinky before now. :)

you are amazing person that is always kind, helpful, funny
I feel the same way about you, bb. It's really lovely to reconnect with you. *hugs*

I cannot agree with you about the "perfection" of my icons but I suspect we're all like that, much harsher in judging our own work compared to that of others.I agree with your assessment of current icon trends. I've been thinking that the trend to complex compositions are the influence of Tumblr. Plus, SPN has been around so long that making a pretty Dean or Sam or Dean and Sam or... icon is adding a million-and-one-th icon to the heap. I can appreciate that people are looking to do new and interesting interpretations of the characters or story lines but often image quality is sacrificed to get a lot into a box, which makes me sad. I prefer clear, crisp images.

I'm neither patient nor skilled enough to make tiny stories like that in a 100x100 box. I admire the skills of those who can -- but I tend to find that I still prefer the simpler compositions. But perhaps that's because that's what I can make! ;) I think that spud66cat has a gorgeous balance of image clarity and composition these days.

Your English is excellent, certainly better than my non-existent Polish, so while I understand being insecure in using a language after time away from it, I assure you that your English is still very, very good!

Edited at 2015-02-18 09:56 pm (UTC)
cozy_coffee: Jared: dimplescozy_coffee on February 16th, 2015 10:12 pm (UTC)
♥ These are stunning!! ♥
Mish: Jared -- SERIOUSLY HOT in NY Minutehsapiens on February 18th, 2015 09:59 pm (UTC)
♥ ♥ Thank you!

Edited at 2015-02-18 09:59 pm (UTC)
Bizarra: Aeryn Artist choice 2bizarra on February 21st, 2015 03:34 pm (UTC)
Love the crops! Close-up crops can be awkward, but you did some fun things with them! Excellent work!
Mish: Einstein -- Relatively Happyhsapiens on April 19th, 2015 11:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you! My close crops have always looked so awkward so I'm pleased that several of these don't. :)
Kirke: SPN: Sam (believe)kirke_novak on April 19th, 2015 01:34 pm (UTC)
Taking Sam 35, it's beautiful.

Edited at 2015-04-19 01:49 pm (UTC)
Mish: SPN -- Sam Paved w/ Good Intentionshsapiens on April 19th, 2015 11:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I just adore early am, so eager to believe in good in the world. It's so wonderfully angst-y knowing what's to come for young Sam. *sniffle*
lipglosskaz: Dean Sam i am kingkazluvsbooks on April 20th, 2015 06:12 am (UTC)

I took 35 and 54 <3
Double Dutchess: Vamp Willowdouble_dutchess on May 3rd, 2015 11:53 pm (UTC)
Hi! I love your Willow icon 61; I hope it's OK if I snag it. I will credit you of course!