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02 January 2015 @ 10:09 am
My 2014 in icons  
Not certain that I made any progress in skills but my coloring evolved a little towards the more vibrant end of the spectrum. Actually, just making icons was a surprise.

My first accomplishment was to icon! I had a three year hiatus. When I'd left off iconning, I had been feeling as if I'd finally developed an eye, was okay with text, and could manipulate images to be as I wanted. I wasn't the most talented maker out there but I felt competent. In the hiatus, I lost my hard drive, which meant my favorite textures, fonts, brushes, caps...everything was gone. Including Photoshop. Coming back? I couldn't remember the shortcut to stamp visible (one of my favorite tricks to preserve all layers). I had to set up all my favorite tool presets. Suffice it to say that there were a lot of reasons not to icon but I did it anyway so I'm counting that as an accomplishment.

April 2014

I wasn't confident about the crops or colorings I was creating; text became my ally in adding something as a new twist. I concentrated on color (1-3), texture (3, 7), dramatic shadows (4, 6), and creating parts of the icon (1, 8) from nothing when caps cut off at the wrong place.

May 2014

I liked only a few of the icons I made this month; mostly I was flailing. The previous month I'd heavily relied on icontests to identify interesting caps to icon. I'd lost my "eye" for picking interesting angles. I was back to choosing pretty close-ups of pretty faces. I stuck with text as a way to try to lift an otherwise "eh" crop/color job to something more interesting. Not having confidence that the image conveyed the mood/thought I was aiming for, I added text to spell it out.

June 2014

I'm very happy with these icons, which stand out amongst the over-topazed icons I made that month. In fact, I love these. I feel like the coloring is what I wanted. The shadows are dramatic when I wanted. Text was starting to bend to my will. Iconning a comic freed me compositionally. It's impossible to capture the fierce brilliance of C&H with just a crop and the comic as drawn & lettered is often illegible when cropped to 100x100. I was forced to work on my weakest skill, composition, in an attempt to convey the creator's intent. I worked on these C&H icons for months before posting them but I'm pleased with the results.

July 2014

I branched out into fandoms outside my mains and revisited old faves as an exercise. I thought the results mixed. Most icons were drably colored, although I was starting to figure out how to create more vivid coloring towards the end. I created a lot of close-up crops. Some of the things I was most proud of in that post are invisible. For example, icon #1 originally had an elaborate shower piping behind the character. I carefully created the background and was pleased with it; of course, nobody knew because it was literally not there!

August 2014

Stiles! His turn as villain yielded such delicious caps. Nobody seemed to love my pun "Migue-Hale" but I amused myself. I tried to move away from so many close-ups (#2 & #5) but I will always gravitate to pretty faces.

September 2014

Time was I HATED outdoors scenery caps but I've learned to love them. I love the first icon because the original shot was brown and dead. I ended up with an icon that looks autumnal, with pretty colors. My first (and only!) animated icon in the new PS environment. I struggled with the "gun to his head" cap multiple times. I knew there was an icon in it but it took me five different tries over a series of months to find it.

November 2014

Color. This post was about glorious, delicious color in various fandoms. Still lots of close-ups but also some outdoor scenery.
Joss: (tw games)aravishermione on January 2nd, 2015 06:46 pm (UTC)
I am glad you started iconning again, despite everything you had to go through to come back, because I found you!! You are one of my most favorite icon makers and a wonderful person too ♥ Happy New Year to you!!!
Mish: C&H -- Run For Joyhsapiens on January 2nd, 2015 07:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Awwww....thank you! Making icons has always connected me with the nicest people on the internet. I get a double-joy: the fun of playing with Photoshop and the fun of making others happy. I hope this is a year of happiness, prosperity, and good health for you! ♥ ♥
Joss: (c&h tacklehug)aravishermione on January 2nd, 2015 07:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Thank you!
*huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuugs* Thank you!!!
Nervous, Messed-Up Marionette: johnny woofsuperbadgirl on January 2nd, 2015 06:54 pm (UTC)
I envy your talent - to me even your "less successful" icons are gorgeous.
Mish: Misc -- Thumbs Up X-Rayhsapiens on January 2nd, 2015 07:20 pm (UTC)
I suppose that's fair because I envy you your eye for photography and writing skills. I love snapping photos but I'm not good at it. I love reading and I can edit but I'm no writer. It's nice to have some outlet where I can create. :)

I hope the coming year finds you and the cats settling nicely into your new house and enjoying happiness and contentment. *HUGS YOU*
Blue: TW :: Sheriff :: Time Travelingblue_meridian on January 3rd, 2015 04:28 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty happy to see your icons again as they always make me smile, but it's even better that you're enjoying it!
Mish: TW -- Stiles & Scotthsapiens on January 8th, 2015 12:02 am (UTC)
You've always been so generous to me. *SMOOSHES YOU* I AM enjoying it. I wish I were better skilled but in the meantime, I'm entertaining myself and chatting with folks so it's all good.
Jill aka Jo: V: Lagathasireesanwar on January 5th, 2015 08:48 pm (UTC)
You really make gorgeous icons!
Mish: Stargate -- Space Pyramidshsapiens on January 8th, 2015 12:03 am (UTC)
Thank you! ♥ ♥ ♥
aerynsun5: Gimme pie!aerynsun5 on February 5th, 2015 05:51 am (UTC)
I am so glad you're back again. I've always admired your work and have swiped many things.