[admin post] [sticky entry] Admin Post: Sticky: Current active iconmaking communities

Apr. 15th, 2017 02:10 pm
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Communities for sharing and finding icons

[community profile] icons
[community profile] comicbook_icons - icons from comic book sources
[community profile] dwrp_icons - avatar icons for role playing
[community profile] fandom_icons
[community profile] iconic
[community profile] smallbatchicons - only 5 icons at a time

Icon Challenge communities

[community profile] disney20in20 R1 (Free Round) - July ?th - 20 Disney/Pixar icons in 20 days
[community profile] horror20in20 R2 - July 4th - 20 horror icons in 20 days
[community profile] iconthat R61 (It Takes Two) - July 1st - up to 3 icons every two weeks
[community profile] icontalking next activity coming up - 5 icons in three weeks
[community profile] ladies10in30 R2 (Up Close & Far Away) - July 15th - theme + female subjects: 10 icons in 30 days
[community profile] spn20in20 R2 - July ?th - 20 Supernatural icons in 20 days

NEW: [community profile] 10variations - choose a theme set and make 10 icons from one image
[community profile] allbingo - monthly bingo challenge comm open for icons (and fic and other media)
[community profile] historamedy365 - claim anything and make 50 (100) icons of it in 6 (12) months [also on LJ]
[community profile] nexticon - pass-it-on challenge
[community profile] tic_tac_woe - apocalyptic challenge comm open for icons info post here | claim a bingo card here
[community profile] who_allsorts - claim 3/6/9/12/15/20 prompts and make Doctor Who fanworks (incl. icons)

Our sister community on LJ

[livejournal.com profile] icontalking - Join here!

Last updated: June 21st 2017
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This is a direct copy of the post at [livejournal.com profile] icontalking here.

This list is updated about once a week with new challenges and/or challenge extensions. Each list has the currently closest deadline at the top and the furthest away deadline at the bottom of the list, then listed by alphabetical order of comm. All deadlines are just the date, not the time, so each deadline for one day will be different - check and don't rely on them all being at the same time!

[comm name] challenge number (challenge theme) - sorted by current deadline - Short explanation of the challenge

Battles, LIMS, Rumbles & Land Comms
[livejournal.com profile] lims_movie R35 (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) Sign-ups currently open

[livejournal.com profile] calendarsquares Spring Rumble (TGIF) - ongoing
[livejournal.com profile] lims_btvs R13 (Characters) currently mid-round - Buffy LIMS
[livejournal.com profile] movieslims R18 (Guardians of the Galaxy) - ongoing - LIMS with movie screencaps
[livejournal.com profile] tvlims R8 (Multifandom) currently mid-round - TV shows LIMS

20in20s (& similar):
[livejournal.com profile] once20in20 C40 - 15th June - Once Upon a Time
[livejournal.com profile] character20n20 C94 - 20th June - Any TV or movie character
[livejournal.com profile] btvsats20in20 R25 - coming up - June
[livejournal.com profile] episodes20in20 R16 coming up - June
[livejournal.com profile] pirates20in20 C46 - June coming up - POTC
[livejournal.com profile] redheads20in20 R10 coming up?
[livejournal.com profile] spn20_20 R22 coming up - June
[livejournal.com profile] gents20in20 R15 - 30th June
[livejournal.com profile] monthlyinspo C6 (Sorting Hat) - 20thJune - Monthly inspiration challenges

Misc Icontests:

[livejournal.com profile] birthday_celebs C306 (June 1 - June 14) - 4th June - Celebrities by birthday
[livejournal.com profile] capchallenge C164 (Lucifer) - 4th June - Given screencaps
[livejournal.com profile] capicontest C32 (Vintage) - 4th june - Choose from 40 given caps from capspiration
[livejournal.com profile] color_inspired C54 (Mr. Monster) - 4th June - Given color themes
[livejournal.com profile] comics_ic C121 (Plain and Simple) - 4th June - Comic adaptations/fandoms
[livejournal.com profile] elitesimplicity C193 (All Eyes On The Clothes) - 4th June - Simple icons
[livejournal.com profile] actress_ic C142 (Weddings) - 5th June - Actresses
[livejournal.com profile] basic_icontest C262 (Daffodils) - 5th June - Stock icons from provided bases
[livejournal.com profile] musketeerstills C64 (Looking Down) - 5th June - The Musketeers (stills = no animated icons)
[livejournal.com profile] sga_icontest C524 (The Avatar Chronicles) - 5th June
[livejournal.com profile] shire_icontest C60 (Circular) - 5th June - LOTR + Hobbit
[livejournal.com profile] outlanderstills C26 (You've Been Framed) - 7th June - Outlander (stills = no animated icons)
[livejournal.com profile] tv_movie_icons C335 (Hayley Atwell, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Powerpuff Girls) - 7th June
[livejournal.com profile] famestills C51 (Elizabeth Olsen) - 8th June - Famous people
[livejournal.com profile] food_stillness C297 (Smores) - 9th June
[livejournal.com profile] merlinstills C241 (Green) - 09th June - Merlin (stills = no animated icons)
[livejournal.com profile] riverdalestills C7 (Different Cropping) - 9th June - Riverdale (stills = no animated icons)>
[livejournal.com profile] total_icontest C334 (Letter) - 9th June - Prompts
[livejournal.com profile] elite_inspired C137 (Nautical) - 10th June - Thematic inspirations
[livejournal.com profile] iconanimated C57 (Muted Colors) - 10th June - Animated Fandoms
[livejournal.com profile] moviefilmstills C124 (Emotions) - 10th June
[livejournal.com profile] twilight_con C353 (Facial Expressions) - 10th June
[livejournal.com profile] jjabrams_ic C24 (Green) - 11th June - JJAbrams fandoms
[livejournal.com profile] ouatchallenge C27 (Favorite Moments) - 11th June -
[livejournal.com profile] tvshowsic C180 (Non-Humans) - 11th June - TV Fandoms
[livejournal.com profile] whedon_elite C171 (Profile + Text) - 11th June - All Joss Whedon Fandoms
[livejournal.com profile] your_favourites C21 (Scifi Movie) - 11th June - Icon your favorites
[livejournal.com profile] h50icontest C195 (The Love Gives Life Within Chronicles) - 12th June
[livejournal.com profile] slayerstillness C90 (These Dreams) - 16th June - BtVS & Angel
[livejournal.com profile] marvelmade_tv R1 (Warm and Spacious) - 18th June
[livejournal.com profile] oddlyspecificon C13 (Monotone + Text + Close Crop) - 30th June - Submit icons anonymously and guess the maker
[livejournal.com profile] splash20in20 R7 (Green) - 30th June - Color themes
[livejournal.com profile] dwstills C65 coming up - - Doctor Who (stills = no animated icons)
[livejournal.com profile] iimpossibletask C82 coming up - - Fairy Tale Fandoms
[livejournal.com profile] outlander_ic R2 coming up in June

Other Graphics Comms/Challenges:
[livejournal.com profile] calendarsquares due to the rumble, only one icon slot left in June - see here for open calendars

Last edited: June 4th 2017
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Ask The Maker 2017 banner at icontalking

It's time for our next activity!

This time, it's not an icon challenge, it's Ask The Maker!

Ask The Maker is where you can ask your favorite makers about how they do that thing. You can ask for tutorials, guides/"How to", or ask any other questions related to their work. Check out the Maker thread (below) for makers who have signed up and are ready to answer your questions.

This time, you can also ask questions to the community at large, and hope that someone is able to answer them. Do this in the Questions thread (below).

Ask The Maker is one of the most popular yearly activites for iconmakers on LJ and it always takes place in June. Who knows, maybe it'll turn into a tradition here on DW, too?

The results of the poll we did here this month were tied on doing it maker-driven or question-driven, so there's going to be both! :D I've taken the rules for the maker-driven part directly from the original comm [livejournal.com profile] icon_talk. I hope they are working for everyone. The second part is all new, let's see how it goes!

1) Maker-Driven

rules for makers who want to sign up )

2) Question-Driven - I have a question and anyone can answer

rules for questions to the community )

What's What

question categories and examples )

Maker thread

Questions thread
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Here are the results of our second activity! 11 makers helped create a huge rainbow set. Hover over the icons to see the fandom names.

All comments on this post here are very welcome! Praise, pick favorites, squee about all the beautiful rainbows!

Huge Rainbow Under Here )

Hey June

Jun. 10th, 2017 11:38 am
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June is the month where iconmakers on LJ run the popular "Ask The Maker" activity. I thought we could make our third activity centered around icon tutorials and iconmaking guides.

I have prepared a poll for this:

Poll #18477 Activity #3 - Ask The Maker
This poll is closed.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 14

How would you like to see Ask The Maker done here?

View Answers

Maker-driven: Makers post a comment and you can ask them questions
8 (57.1%)

Free for all: Within the three weeks of the activity, everyone can post tutorials and guides
4 (28.6%)

Question-driven: People comment with icon questions and everyone can answer them
9 (64.3%)

Other ideas (in comment thread below)
0 (0.0%)

There is still one whole week for you to make a rainbow!
We already have six beautiful sets!

Show us your latest creations
Share beautiful icons you found lately
Activity #3 Poll Discussion
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I've updated the list of challenges on LJ here.

And there's one brandnew comm:

[livejournal.com profile] marvelmade_tv is a two weekly icon challenge community for icons from the MCU television shows
please join the community and join in the fun!
join | info & rules

[admin post] Admin Post: Community Layout

May. 30th, 2017 06:58 am
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I just changed the community layout because the original one didn't display user icons at full size, and that just won't do for an icon community. :D

The current one is now Academy for Skittlish Dreams. It looks responsive, as it should, and I hope contrast is high enough for everyone to be able to comfortably read it.

But since we're a bunch of graphics enthusiasts here... does anyone feel like making a Theme for the community?
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How are y'all doing? I judge from the amount of discussion that you all enjoyed our first activity! I'm very happy to hear that, and hope you'll have just as much fun with the second one.

The list of active challenge comms is now up-to-date again.

Even more good news: a new challenge community has seen the light of day:

You claim a theme (be it a single character/person, episode or fandom), and then make 10 icons of that theme in 30 days. One or more women must be present in all your 10 icons.
[community profile] ladies10in30

And another two:

[community profile] spn20in20

[community profile] horror20in20

Show us your latest creations
Share beautiful icons you found lately

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Inspiration & Textures )


* Make a rainbow! It works like this:

* Choose five consecutive colors from the color bands in the inspiration section above and make five icons in these five colors

* Each icon has to be primarily in that one color, but not strictly monochrome, as you can tell from the inspiration examples.
* You may (but don't have to) use the textures provided in the middle part of the inspiration section.
* If you can't finish your set, it is okay to enter fewer than five icons, but the colors of the icons you enter still need to be consecutive.
* Please submit your icons (icons and URLs) to this post, all in one comment (if possible).
* Everyone can participate, you don't have to be a member of this community.

* I collect all the icons from the comments and make a result post
* Everyone can leave comments on the inspiration and activity result posts
* There is no voting

Deadline: Saturday, June 17 2017, your end-of-day
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Our first activity was a full success! We have no fewer than 14 gorgeous entries! Hover over the icons to see the fandom names.

For everyone who added comments and explanations, those are visible each under their own cuts - including a link to each maker's submission thread, if you want to comment to the makers directly.

Of course you can also comment on this post here, praise, pick favorites, and generally squee about the beautiful icons! *G*

[personal profile] ariane
1 - First 2 - Current 3 - Big 4 - Tiny 5 - Love
explanations )
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[personal profile] chacusha
explanations )
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[personal profile] dreamwriteremmy
explanations )
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[personal profile] fueschgast
1 - First 2 - Current 3 - Big 4 - Tiny 5 - Love
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[personal profile] lavenderspark
explanations )
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[personal profile] rolliraserin
tiny fandom - anne of green gables - especially the 80s tv version, but I know every version *lol*
Comment here
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[personal profile] sallymn
1 - First 2 - Current 3 - Big 4 - Tiny 5 - Love
explanations )
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[personal profile] sheliak
explanations )
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[personal profile] st_aurafina
explanations )
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[personal profile] teyla
1 - First 2 - Current 3 - Big 4 - Tiny 5 - Love
explanations )
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[personal profile] threedices
explanations )
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[personal profile] timetobegin
fandoms )
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[personal profile] tinny
1 - First 2 - Current 3 - Big 4 - Tiny 5 - Love
explanations )
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[personal profile] tree
explanations )
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One of the things you asked for in our base poll was a friending meme. Here we go:


Copy this code and tell us about yourself:

Promote the meme using this code:
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I updated the current challenges post, and added two new challenge communities:

Current active challenges

[community profile] iconthat R58 (Blue) - May 20th - up to 3 icons every two weeks
[community profile] icontalking Activity 01 (Got Fandom?) - May 20th - 5 icons in three weeks

NEW challenges without regular deadlines

You can claim prompts/a bingo card and then make fanworks for each prompt/square:

[community profile] tic_tac_woe - apocalyptic challenge comm open for icons info post here | claim a bingo card here
[community profile] who_allsorts - claim 3/6/9/12/15/20 prompts and make Doctor Who fanworks (incl. icons)


May. 6th, 2017 08:34 am
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You still have 2 weeks to enter our current activity here.
tinny: Rae Earl (My Mad Fat Diary) (mmfd_rae)
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By popular request, there are going to be icon challenges in this community. Since I don't like the word "battle", and there is really nothing competitive about them, I'm going to call them "activities".

These activities will work like this:

* I make a post with all the information you need
* You have three weeks to make icons and post them in a comment to the information post (not screened)
* I collect all the icons (and whatever you have to say about them) from the comments and make a result post
* There is no voting
* Everyone can leave comments on the inspiration and activity summary posts

My current plan is to run one such activity per month, but we'll see how it goes and if you even like what I come up with.

But now, on to our first activity! What better way to get to know each other than by showing each other what fandoms we like:

For this activity, you should make five icons. You have until May 20th (end of day) to submit your icons as comments to this post.


Some notes:

* It is okay to enter fewer than five icons (but the final results post will look nicer if every slot is filled :)).
* Please submit your icons (icons and URLs) to this post, all in one comment (if possible).
* You don't have to icon five different fandoms. If your first fandom happens to be a tiny fandom and your true love, no problem!
* Everyone can participate, you don't have to be a member of this community.
* For each icon, please add at least the name of the fandom to your comment.
* Feel free to tell us more about what you like about the fandom, or what makes it special for you, in your submission!

Deadline: Saturday, May 20 2017, your end-of-day
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Come join icon that a challenge community for icons!

[personal profile] timetobegin revived the [community profile] iconthat community! Come join, the first challenge is:

" Nostalgia - Dust off those fandoms that are 2, 5, 20 years old! "
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We have 35 subscribers now, woot!

21 people took the base poll (at the time I'm posting this. I'm going to leave the poll open). These are the results right now:

Answers to poll question #1 - lj or dw

The majority of people who are still on LJ, but a large part is exclusively on DW now.

Answers to poll question #2 - skills

The majority of people say they're medium to good iconmakers, and we also have beginners and newbies. This distribution is great, because it means we have many good people to share their skills with those who want to learn.

Answers to poll question #3 - expectations

This last one is the most interesting part, of course!

The most popular choices are information about active icon challenges on DW and promos for icon comms.

This means there is a lot of interest for icon challenges! If any of you feel like running an icon challenge comm, this is your chance to go and start one! If you need advice or help, ask. I will of course regularly post the list of current challenges here. I'm counting on all of us to get more challenges started together!

I realize that I didn't phrase the question about icon community promos clearly - does it mean personal icon journals, or challenge comms? I personally would like to avoid having a lot of personal icon journal promos here in this comm. My suggestion is that everyone who has an icon comm where they post their icons can link it in the upcoming friending meme. So we can all subscribe to each others' icon communities, if we want. Also, there's an open community where you can promote your icon community: [community profile] ipromo.

The next point is interaction with other iconmakers. Yay, this is already happening! Every post in this community is an invitation for you to share your work, to ask questions, to squee about icons you've seen, to get to know each other. A few people also mentioned they'd like to add other iconmakers to their circle, which ties into this. I will make a dedicated friending meme post to this community soon.

The next points are icon tutorials and icon challenges to be run within this community. I've already put some thought into this. There are lots of great iconing tutorials around, and I'm planning on going through them and posting links to good ones here. I will also run an icon battle here soon. (If you have requests or battle ideas, let me know!). So those things are all going to happen! :D

Last but not least, people asked for concrit and for the list of current LJ challenges. The concrit comments are always part of the regular posts here (this one, too). So this is ongoing, and nobody is forced to use it, but everyone is welcome to make use of it.

A list of current LJ challenges will be posted regularly, too. I will tag it 'lj', so if you want to keep that off your reading list, you can filter it. But since the majority of people said they have no preference whether challenges are on DW or LJ, I'll definitely post that list. There are still a lot of active communities on LJ, and they all welcome participants with open arms.

So far, so good! Thank you all for joining the community and showing interest in the wonderful hobby of iconmaking!

Feel free to promote this community to your heart's content and tell your friends about it.