tinny: POI - Reese and Carter in Central Park with Bear (poi_reesecarterbear feels good)
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Date: 2017-05-14 01:18 pm (UTC)
goodbyebird: Person of Interest: Root is looking at Shaw. (PoI we're perfect for each other)
From: [personal profile] goodbyebird
ABOUT YOURSELF
Name: Margareth
Age: 32
Place: Norway
Where do you post your icons: [community profile] spankulert, previously [community profile] forsquares. I also mod [community profile] smallbatchicons and [community profile] comicbook_icons.

Share Your Interests!
Favorite Show: The Americans. Supergirl. Steven Universe. Bates Motel. Jessica Jones. Top of the Lake.
Favorite Movie: Black Swan. Batman Returns. Galaxy Quest. Mad Max Fury Road. etc. [sneakily puts in placeholder for Wonder Woman]
Favorite Character: Joan Watson, Olivia Dunham, Sarah Connor, Selina Kyle, Kalinda Sharma.
Favorite Pairing: Not all too pairings-fixated, but will usually lean towards smoshing three people together if that's it.
Favorite Food: Chocolate is totally a food.

LET'S GET TO ICONING!!

What are your personal picks for the top 5-10 icons that you've made in the last year? (I'm taking that to mean "last 12 months")




Show us five icons that you think best represent your iconing style
Basically anything with a close-crop and as many hands in frame as possible ;)


What has inspired you this year? (techniques, subjects, challenges, other makers, etc.) Provide examples if you want.
I haven't really been in touch with the icon community much since around October, due to my workplace having very poor connection + having issues with my feet, causing me to lie on the bed whenever possible instead of sitting on the computer.

What's your favorite show and/or movie to icon and why? Recently started on Bates Motel and it's really agreeing with me. I'm very multi-fannish so I'm all over the place, but some sources give me such headaches!
Who's your favorite character to icon and why? All over the place. Badass ladies are my #1 go to though.
Closecrop or far-crop? Why? I'm completely smitten with close-cropping. I love getting in close and dealing with semi-obscured subjects.
Vibrant or muted? Why? BOTH. It very much depends on the mood I'm in atm, or the mood I'm trying to communicate.
Text or minimalistic? Why? ahaha I am the most minimalist. Whenever I try to put text on my stuff, 98% of the time it's like pooping on it.
What's your iconmaking goal this year? Just recently made my very first post of the year, so hoping that won't be an ongoing trend. There's also some shows in my life that definitely need more icons.

Let's Ask Some Questions!!
List three questions that you would like to be answered by other icon makers:
What's your favorite fonts?
What music are you listening to recently while iconning?
How long have you been making icons?

Any last words? Don't shoot!
A gif or image (or icon!) that describes you right now:

(we dock in a week so lots of stuff to do :p)
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Date: 2017-05-14 06:57 pm (UTC)
seraphina_snape: Parker from the TV show Leverage (Default)
From: [personal profile] seraphina_snape
Galaxy Quest is an awesome movie!

What's your favorite fonts?
I really like A Love of Thunder - it works pretty great at 8pt or 10pt. I also like God Bless America (awful font name, btw), but it's not a good one for icons since it gets harder to read the smaller you make it. (I was going to add Helsinki to this, but then I saw that it looks slightly different these days than my old version. I'm not very font of the "imrpovement".)

What music are you listening to recently while iconning?
I usually watch documentaries on the side and listen to David Attenborough or Other British Guys talk about animals and nature. Very soothing. *g*

How long have you been making icons?
For over ten years. I think maybe since 2005? Somewhere around then.

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Date: 2017-05-20 07:37 pm (UTC)
teyla: Ten hugging Simm!Master, Simm!Master looking disgusted. ([dw] doctor/master BFFs)
From: [personal profile] teyla
Whenever I try to put text on my stuff, 98% of the time it's like pooping on it.
Omg I know exactly what you mean. Text is so hard! D:

What's your favorite fonts?
As I am scared of putting text on anything, I don't use fonts a lot. But when I do need to use one, 9 times out of 10 I will go for a sans-serif.

What music are you listening to recently while iconning?
I've been listening to The Dreadnoughts a lot after finding them on Spotify while looking for Flogging Molly.

How long have you been making icons?
I had to go look at my journal to figure that out, but apparently since 2007! They were even animated ones. ;)
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Date: 2017-05-22 04:03 pm (UTC)
tarienemrys: (Elementary | Joan and Sherlock)
From: [personal profile] tarienemrys
I love your close crop icons <3

What's your favorite fonts?
I am not very good with fonts. I tend to use these fonts for my banners

Autumn in November
Dawning of a New Day


What music are you listening to recently while iconning?
I listen to Hindi songs mostly XD


How long have you been making icons
I started in 2008. I was active from 2008-2010 and then went off the grid and came back to it in 2014/2015. I went off the grid again for a little while in 2016. :D
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Date: 2017-05-14 06:48 pm (UTC)
seraphina_snape: Parker from the TV show Leverage (Default)
From: [personal profile] seraphina_snape
ABOUT YOURSELF
Name: sera
Age: 33
Place: Germany
Where do you post your icons: [community profile] raptor_inc

Share Your Interests!
Favorite Show: Leverage, The Librarians, some Teen Wolf, some Person of Interest, a few (dozen) others :p
Favorite Movie: Jurassic Park
Favorite Character: Parker from Leverage *glances at icon*
Favorite Pairing: too many to count
Favorite Food: Pasta.

LET'S GET TO ICONING!!

What are your personal picks for the top 5-10 icons that you've made in the last 12 months?



Show us five icons that you think best represent your iconing style


What has inspired you over the last 12 months? (techniques, subjects, challenges, other makers, etc.) Provide examples if you want.
see above. I really like fake backgrounds and negative space. :D

What's your favorite show and/or movie to icon and why?
Who's your favorite character to icon and why? Parker from Leverage. Because I love her. ♥ (But also because she gets to wear it all - slinky dress, plaid and jeans, weird duck singer costume...so many possibilities! - and she makes amazing faces sometimes.)
Closecrop or far-crop? Why? I think it depends on the screencap, but I generally favour the far-crop. Probably because you can't get much negative space into an icon if it's all face. :p
Vibrant or muted? Why? Somewhere in between? Muted can be cool and vibrant can be cool, but I tend to stick to the middle ground of bright and clear colours (but not over the top vibrant or dark and muted).
Text or minimalistic? Why? Text is for other people. :/
What's your current iconmaking goal? To experiment more with colourful textures. I've been trying to use more textures and use more colourful textures.

Let's Ask Some Questions!!
List three questions that you would like to be answered by other icon makers:
Have you used different programs to make your icons or have you stuck with one throughout?
Do you get your stock images from a specific site or do you just use google images?
Which part of the icon-making process takes you the longest?

Any last words? I watched Guardians of the Galaxy 2 yesterday, so all day I've been randomly squeeing as I remembered BAAAAABY GROOOOOOT! ♥
A gif or image (or icon!) that describes you right now:

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Date: 2017-05-16 09:56 am (UTC)
goodbyebird: Leverage: Parker is wearing a fugly bridesmaids dress and looks tired of this crap. (Leverage enough of this grown up stuff)
From: [personal profile] goodbyebird
hee I dig your community name, A+

Have you used different programs to make your icons or have you stuck with one throughout?
Photoshop from beginning to end.

Do you get your stock images from a specific site or do you just use google images?
If I'm doing pasted backgrounds, it's usually taken from the same source I'm iconning, textures from texture packs, gradients, or I paint in whatever color I want. Think I can count on my fingers the amount fo times I've used stock, and then google is my pal.

Which part of the icon-making process takes you the longest?
Unless I'm cropping the item out, it's usually whenever I get stuck and can't get the coloring to work/icon won't pop.

Looking forward to tiny Groot when I come home!

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Date: 2017-05-20 07:28 pm (UTC)
teyla: Ten with a lot of negative space looking off to the side. ([dw] ten bzuh)
From: [personal profile] teyla
Shiiit I love this icon:



That is such a great idea! Ngh.

Have you used different programs to make your icons or have you stuck with one throughout?
I used to work in GIMP; am now using CS5 (Photoshop). I did actually quite enjoy GIMP; the only thing that program can't really handle is text. Or at least I've never figured out how to make text look good in GIMP. It's the main reason I switched.

Do you get your stock images from a specific site or do you just use google images?
Google Images. I get my textures from Google Images, too, most of the time ... or, well. DeviantArt via Google Images.

Which part of the icon-making process takes you the longest?
Deciding on the color scheme/ main texture. I will go through four or five background textures, and various adjustments for each, before I find the one I like. It's difficult.

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Date: 2017-05-21 11:06 am (UTC)
sallymn: (love 7)
From: [personal profile] sallymn
I envy folk who can do negative space with a screencap...

I use GIMP, since I can' justify the cost of Photoshop just for icons. I have a few other little programs that I keep for just one thing, and have a trial Image ready I downloaded years ago that does my text beautifully :)

Google or make my own caps.

Thinking up the words :(

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Date: 2017-05-22 04:11 pm (UTC)
tarienemrys: (Cassandra)
From: [personal profile] tarienemrys
Love your librarians icons <3

Have you used different programs to make your icons or have you stuck with one throughout?
I have been forever stuck in Photoshop. I tried GIMP for a while but it didn't work out for me :(

Do you get your stock images from a specific site or do you just use google images?
I don't use stock much but I whenever I do, I use pexels

Which part of the icon-making process takes you the longest?
Coloring and lightening.

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Date: 2017-05-15 06:33 pm (UTC)
lavenderspark: (glasses)
From: [personal profile] lavenderspark
ABOUT YOURSELF
Name: Andrea
Age: 34
Place: Georgia, USA
Where do you post your icons: So far just on LJ on [profile] your_favorites, but will be posting some here soon as well! I have some posted to my LJ account as well, same name, I just don't use it any more.

Share Your Interests!
Favorite Show: I watch LOTS of shows, you can see them all in my bio, but my favorite show just got canceled (Emerald City). So now it's probably Timeless.
Favorite Movie: Only one?? I love The Wizard of Oz, Labyrinth, Dark City, Pan's Labyrinth, ...probably too many to list. :)
Favorite Character: Hmm. Don't really have one. I mean, I have favorites in my shows/movies, but not just an all time fave.
Favorite Pairing: Same as above
Favorite Food: Grilled cheese, mac & cheese... cheese :)

LET'S GET TO ICONING!!

What are your personal picks for the top 5-10 icons that you've made in the last 12 months?

Show us five icons that you think best represent your iconing style Those are probably it. I haven't made many recently. :(

What has inspired you over the last 12 months? (techniques, subjects, challenges, other makers, etc.) Provide examples if you want. Um, I mostly just wing it. I haven't been a part of a community for very long. I was inspired by [personal profile] tinny to start using masks. That has opened up SO MUCH for me. But I'm still pretty new to this, so I'm still figuring things out.

What's your favorite show and/or movie to icon and why? Usually whatever show I'm really into at the time.
Who's your favorite character to icon and why? Anyone that has good facial expressions
Closecrop or far-crop? Why? Depends on what I'm going for
Vibrant or muted? Why? I love vibrant icons, but muted has it's place too.
Text or minimalistic? Why? I'm a sucker for text. Not super good with it yet, but I love adding quotes on my icons.
What's your current icon making goal? No real goal, just to get better overall. Learn how things work.

Let's Ask Some Questions!!
List three questions that you would like to be answered by other icon makers: Can't think of any right now. :/

Any last words? Concrit is always appreciated! It helps me learn! :)
A gif or image (or icon!) that describes you right now:

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Date: 2017-05-22 04:12 pm (UTC)
tarienemrys: (Default)
From: [personal profile] tarienemrys
I love your last two icons. :D

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Date: 2017-05-16 06:00 am (UTC)
st_aurafina: Rainbow DNA (Default)
From: [personal profile] st_aurafina
ABOUT YOURSELF
Name: Danielle
Age: Older than Photoshop, that's for sure.
Place: Australia
Where do you post your icons: Tinypic or Dreamwidth

Share Your Interests!
Favorite Show: Person of Interest, but it'll change in five minutes.
Favorite Movie: Captain America: Winter Soldier
Favorite Character: ... I can't even with this! There are too many.
Favorite Pairing: Root/Shaw, Steve/Bucky
Favorite Food: ...I mean, it's easier to ask what I don't like: rhubarb

LET'S GET TO ICONING!!

What are your personal picks for the top 5-10 icons that you've made in the last 12 months?
I'd be really surprised if I made 5 icons in the last twelve months.. Let's see...

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Show us five icons that you think best represent your iconing style
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I really like colour and texture...

What has inspired you over the last 12 months? (techniques, subjects, challenges, other makers, etc.) Provide examples if you want. The increase in iconning activity over here on Dreamwidth, to be honest. I'd sort of dropped back to just making icons for my own use for the last few years.


What's your favorite show and/or movie to icon and why? At the moment, Person of Interest, because the screenshots show how well each frame is composed. It's a really pretty show with really pretty people.
Who's your favorite character to icon and why? There's so many. But I've noticed that Jum Caviezel often has his eyes closed or is looking down in screensots, and wow, that man has pretty eyelashes.
Closecrop or far-crop? Why? Close. Because ~drama.
Vibrant or muted? Why? Vibrant. Because you should use all the colours in the box.
Text or minimalistic? Why? For my own use, I usually leave mine textless, because it's hard to figure out what you want an icon to say, that you'll keep wanting it to say forever. But then sometimes the perfect phrase grabs you.
What's your current iconmaking goal? Get better at colouring, figure out curves. Get more imaginative with crops. MAKE MORE ICONS omg.

Let's Ask Some Questions!!
List three questions that you would like to be answered by other icon makers:
What even are curves? How do they work?
Can I make gifs with PS Elements? (I think I can with the latest version? But how?)
Um, I think that's actually four questions.


Any last words? Whale hello there!
A gif or image (or icon!) that describes you right now:
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Date: 2017-05-21 07:09 am (UTC)
seraphina_snape: Parker from the TV show Leverage (Default)
From: [personal profile] seraphina_snape
I can't answer any of your questions, so let me just say that I love this Bill icon and I really appreciate the waving humpback whale. :D

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Date: 2017-05-22 04:18 pm (UTC)
tarienemrys: (DW | River/11)
From: [personal profile] tarienemrys
Love your doctor who icons :D Specially Bill's one

What even are curves? How do they work?
I don't have an in-depth curves knowledge. I use it to make the cap bright.

Can I make gifs with PS Elements?
Sorry I'm not aware of PS Elements and sadly I make my gifs online then edit them in Photoshop.

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Date: 2017-05-19 09:10 pm (UTC)
sheliak: A mermaid stares in fascination down a chasm in the ocean floor, through which an underwater city is visible. (trot)
From: [personal profile] sheliak
ABOUT YOURSELF
Name: I'd rather just stick with Sheliak! I still feel a little weird about using my real name online.
Age: 20s
Place: California, USA
Where do you post your icons: sheliak.dreamwidth.org/tag/icons

Share Your Interests!
Favorite Show: I'm not really watching anything at the moment! Past favorites include Warehouse 13, Eureka, and Star Trek: Voyager, although I was never exactly in the fandom for any of them. (I'm more into books and comics.)
Favorite Movie: Depends on the criteria! Prettiest: Howl's Moving Castle. Most frequently rewatched: err, Muppet Treasure Island, probably.
Favorite Character: I have a lot of favorites! One of the most enduring is Nightcrawler from the X-Men.
Favorite Pairing: Zaki/Chacha, from Yumi Tamura's Basara.
Favorite Food: Avgolemono soup

LET'S GET TO ICONING!!

What are your personal picks for the top 5-10 icons that you've made in the last year?
I started about a month ago, so...


Show us five icons that you think best represent your iconing style:
Again, I started pretty recently, so here's a few just picked at random:


What has inspired you this year? (techniques, subjects, challenges, other makers, etc.) Provide examples if you want. Well, I was inspired to start making icons when I got this account and realized I had fifteen icon slots to fill, so there's that!

What's your favorite show and/or movie to icon and why? I'm actually working mostly with books—covers and interior illustrations. I'll probably branch into comics before I start on shows and movies. Currently I'm mostly working with the old John R. Neill illustrations of the Oz books—I'm very fond of them, so at least I get to stare at some of my favorite art while I make my mistakes!
Who's your favorite character to icon and why? Too soon to say! So far the two characters I've made the most icons of are Marla Mason (the lady with the cards) and Princess Ozma. But that's mostly a matter of having a lot of nice art of them to play with!
Closecrop or far-crop? Why? So far most of my icons have been close-ups, but I think that's largely an artifact of the starting medium—since I've been working with a lot of book covers, well, crop too wide and you run into the text! I've gone for far-crops when possible, except when that loses too much detail. So... still figuring things out, I guess?
Vibrant or muted? Why? Again, I'm new and not really comfortable doing color manipulations just yet! I have a weakness for black-and-white lineart icons, though.
Text or minimalistic? Why? Minimalistic so far—I'm really a beginner! I'm not really confidant in my ability to make text look good. I don't know what I'll prefer when I've got more experience.
What's your iconmaking goal this year? Learn to use GIMP better, and to add text to icons in a way that doesn't look terrible. Pretty modest goals, I think!

Let's Ask Some Questions!!
List three questions that you would like to be answered by other icon makers:
1) Recs for communities to post/link my icons?
2) Any advice for a beginner in GIMP?
3) Color manipulation? Help? Please?

Any last words?
Hi! (That counts, right?)

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Date: 2017-05-21 06:09 am (UTC)
seraphina_snape: Parker from the TV show Leverage (Default)
From: [personal profile] seraphina_snape
Your icons look great - I almost can't believe you're just starting out!

1) Recs for communities to post/link my icons?
Well, there's [community profile] graphics where you can post anything (icons, banners, gifs, wallpapers, even requests and things), but that's about the only fandom non-specific community I've found. I'm sure there are others, but I haven't been around DW long enough to know where they're hiding.

2) Any advice for a beginner in GIMP?
I've tried using GIMP and couldn't get it to do anything I wanted, so I'm probably not the person to ask.

3) Color manipulation? Help? Please?
[personal profile] tinny (I think) recently posted this link somewhere here and I found it was a very helpful tutorial for shading, but it also includes a section on colouring that could give you a good start on colour manipulation.

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Date: 2017-05-20 01:24 pm (UTC)
chacusha: (Default)
From: [personal profile] chacusha
ABOUT YOURSELF
Name: I go by Tako online
Age: 28
Place: U.S.
Where do you post your icons: [community profile] chacu_icons

Share Your Interests!
Favorite Show: Shows don't really stick with me long. My most recent obsession was Revenge. Right now I'm watching Steven Universe and Detective Conan.
Favorite Movie: Animated films, like Hunchback of Notre Dame, Pinocchio, Brother Bear, Last Unicorn, Swan Princess, Kiki's Delivery Service
Favorite Game: I'm adding this because games are my current obsession. I like Square's Mana series, Chrono Trigger/Cross, Final Fantasy (favorites are FFVI, FFX, and FFT), Kingdom Hearts. Soul Calibur, Puyo Puyo.
Favorite Character: This is hard so I'm going to name a character archetype I like and some characters who fit that: stuck-up, self-absorbed, queen-bee female characters who have antagonistic relationships with the main character but end up being reliable allies when the going gets tough. Examples: Vidia from the Disney Fairies series, Rulue from Puyo Puyo, Georgette from Oliver & Company, Cordelia from Buffy, etc.
Favorite Pairing: Seong Mi-na/Yun-seong from Soul Calibur
Favorite Food: Japanese-style curry

LET'S GET TO ICONING!!

What are your personal picks for the top 5-10 icons that you've made in the last 12 months?
I haven't made icons for like 5 years (!!), so I'm just going to pick from what I did ~5 years ago.



Show us five icons that you think best represent your iconing style
Light blobs, gradients, textures, playing around with text (esp. if the text is kind of silly)


What has inspired you over the last 12 months? (techniques, subjects, challenges, other makers, etc.) Provide examples if you want. Haven't had much inspiration for years orz But it's really nice that there's an icon-making community on Dreamwidth.

What's your favorite show and/or movie to icon and why? Sleeping Beauty is always a delight to icon because the art in that movie is so stunning. I'm so glad it's been remastered on Blu-ray!
Who's your favorite character to icon and why? Don't really have one...
Closecrop or far-crop? Why? Ahhh, I like both! I guess I do more far crops though. Close crops are hard without making the character look grainy, I think.
Vibrant or muted? Why? Vibrant because I like RAINBOWS
Text or minimalistic? Why? I like both. More of my icons are minimalistic, but I enjoy messing around with text -- I find it refreshingly challenging picking out fonts and laying out all the text
What's your current iconmaking goal? Make more video game icons, especially for my current obsession (Seiken Densetsu)

Let's Ask Some Questions!!
List three questions that you would like to be answered by other icon makers:
1. Do you like icon contests?
2. If so, what format is your favorite (regular contests, LIMS, rumbles, battles, etc.)?
3. Do you use Tumblr?

Any last words? He who is valiant and pure of spirit may find the Holy Grail in the castle of arghhhhhhhh
A gif or image (or icon!) that describes you right now:

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Date: 2017-05-21 05:52 am (UTC)
seraphina_snape: Parker from the TV show Leverage (Default)
From: [personal profile] seraphina_snape
I love how colourful your icons are! :D

1. Do you like icon contests?
It depends. Icon contests can be fun if the theme appeals to me and if they are challenging me to do new things. But if the same people win every single round, I tend to get bored with them.

2. If so, what format is your favorite (regular contests, LIMS, rumbles, battles, etc.)?
I don't know if I have a favourite. Probably not LIMS. I quite like the format of [Bad username or unknown identity: iconthat"]. Everybody posts their icons for a set theme and at the end there's a voting and a new round starts. Ages ago pretty much every fandom had their own weekly icontests where icons were submitted anonymously for voting. Not many of them are still around, but I did enjoy them.

3. Do you use Tumblr?
Yes. Sort of. I stop by once a week or so and load up my queue. Not because I don't want to be there every day, but because I don't have time to disappear down the tumblr sinkhole every day. It's so easy to "just quickly check my dash after I get home from work" and then suddenly it's eleven pm and I haven't done laundry or unloaded the dishwasher or done anything else at all.

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Date: 2017-05-20 07:12 pm (UTC)
teyla: Sam asks a car if it wants to be friends. ([lom] wanna be friends?)
From: [personal profile] teyla
ABOUT YOURSELF
Name: Teyla
Age: 30
Place: Germany
Where do you post your icons: On my journal! I never managed to properly get into the icon maker community; I just dabble on and off. I used to crosspost to various comms, but I've been away from LJ/DW for a while, so that was a long time ago.

Share Your Interests!
Favorite Show: The Thick of It, Doctor Who, Due South, Sense8, Community ... generally if it's British, Netflix, and/or quirky, I'll enjoy it.
Favorite Movie: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Quest for the Holy Grail, Kill Bill ... others. ;)
Favorite Character: Tenth Doctor, Jamie MacDonald, Hernando Fuentes, Dana Scully, Alison Hendrix, Ray Kowalski, Abed Nadir. Can't list them all!
Favorite Pairing: Right now, it's Malcolm/Jamie from The Thick of It. But it changes.
Favorite Food: a traditional German dish that involves Sauerkraut and various meats. It looks gross as hell but it's fucking delicious.

LET'S GET TO ICONING!!

What are your personal picks for the top 5-10 icons that you've made in the last 12 months?
I have not made many icons in the past 12 months, because as I said, I've been away from LJ/DW and so haven't felt the need or inspiration. But here's a selection of five icons out of the fifteen that I've made recently that I think work quite well.

    

Show us five icons that you think best represent your iconing style

I don't know if I have an iconing style. These five at least feature elements and techniques I like to use: grid patterns, blurry and low sat, far crops, off-center subject, and color blocking.

    

What has inspired you over the last 12 months? (techniques, subjects, challenges, other makers, etc.) Provide examples if you want.

Hm. I've been talking to [personal profile] tinny a lot about icons, so that's made me want to get back into it. I've also been working on a major fic project, and whenever I get stuck, I like to do manips or icon a bit--graphic design uses very different parts of my brain than writing, so it works quite nicely as a way to clear the writing cache. ;) Then there's Bill Potts on Doctor Who, whose outfits are amazing and so worth iconing. Generally, the new Doctor Who season (and also the new Sense8 season) I thought are quite visually inspiring.

What's your favorite show and/or movie to icon and why?
Doctor Who! I suppose because it's so versatile? They have everything (or, well, everything except non-white people, though that's hopefully changing). But when it comes to periodical or science fiction visuals, space or Earth, indoors or outdoors--it's all in there.

Who's your favorite character to icon and why?
I'm not sure. At the moment I quite enjoy iconing Peter Capaldi's various characters. He's got a great, expressive face. I used to icon David Tennant a lot, and John Simm, and Tim Roth ... I suppose I enjoy iconing British men with expressive faces. ;)

Closecrop or far-crop? Why?
Far crop! I don't know why, it doesn't make much sense, given the format. But it's rare that I look at a screencap and want to do a close crop. I suppose I enjoy the challenge of making a far crop look good in such a tiny format.

Vibrant or muted? Why?
I do actually quite like vibrant icons, but as for what I make myself, it's mostly quite muted. I think I'm a bit scared of colors--I have this issue when I draw, too; I never make the colors strong enough.

Text or minimalistic? Why?
Hmm. Both? I enjoy both visually. For making it myself, I suppose I prefer textless, because I find putting text into icons and making it look good really hard. Also, it's difficult to find a quote that fits.

What's your current iconmaking goal?
Maybe participate in some challenges? I'd like to hear what iconmakers in the community think of my icons; I've only ever posted on my journal, so I've rarely gotten concrit from actual icon makers (with the exception of [personal profile] tinny, of course).

Let's Ask Some Questions!!
List three questions that you would like to be answered by other icon makers:
- Which Photoshop/ Gimp tool do you use most when you icon?
- How many textures do you use per icon (on average)?
- What's your favorite adjustment layer?

Any last words?
Sorry that I'm so late entering this meme! I've been quite busy the past few weeks, so I'm very slow in keeping up with the f-list right now.

A gif or image (or icon!) that describes you right now:


Mostly because as I said, I've been quite busy--also it's funny, and I just watched the Sense8 episode where Sylvester McCoy shows up for the first time, and I love him so much.
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Date: 2017-05-21 05:40 am (UTC)
seraphina_snape: Parker from the TV show Leverage (Default)
From: [personal profile] seraphina_snape
Doctor Who! I suppose because it's so versatile? They have everything
And I think they use a lot of colours as well, so apart from the dark/gritty icons from some of the scenes, you also get icons with beautiful, vibrant colours.

Which Photoshop/ Gimp tool do you use most when you icon?
PaintshopPro (which I use) lets you record scripts, so that's what I use most often. I have several saved scripts of the basic steps of icon making (so brightness/contrast/basic colouring) and I pick one depending on my screencap. It cuts the time I spend making a possibly dark or overly orange-y screencap into a good icon base down to almost nothing.

How many textures do you use per icon (on average)?
I guess about two. There are some icons where I don't use any textures at all, just colour layers. And sometimes I end up with ten textures, partly erased and modified because they just need to be on that one spot in the corner but then there are four more for the rest of the icon. But that's the exception rather than the rule. So generally about two.

(I just checked the last five icons I made and the average was indeed two textures per icon.)

What's your favorite adjustment layer?
I don't know about favourite, but the ones I most often use are Curves and Levels to adjust brightness and to lighten up dark bases.

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sallymn: (heyer 1)
From: [personal profile] sallymn
ABOUT YOURSELF
Name: Sally M
Age: {mumbledy...} Old enough to know better.
Place: Australia
Where do you post your icons: On my DW and LJ (because of the sheer number, my collated collection pages are on LJ and unlikely to move).

Share Your Interests!
Favorite Show: Blakes 7, The Sentinel, Stargate SG1 and SGA, Magnificent 7, White Collar, Merlin, Primeval... and quite a few obscurities :)
Favorite Movie: The Czech version of Alice by Jan Svankmajer, always has been always will be (followed by the LOTRs)
Favorite Character: Umm? Too many to count :) Characters from all of the above.... plus a little collection of Beloved Oddballs no one else is fannish over.
Favorite Pairing: At least a couple from all of my fandoms...
Favorite Food: I'm Australian, folks. It's probably Vegemite.

LET'S GET TO ICONING!!
What are your personal picks for the top 5-10 icons that you've made in the last 12 months? I have been very slack this year, which is one reason I want to be here :)
        
        
Show us five icons that you think best represent your iconing style That's hard, but here are five I made for me that I think are, well, me :)
        
What has inspired you over the last 12 months? (techniques, subjects, challenges, other makers, etc.) Provide examples if you want. Usually just I simply go with an odd idea I get (some of the topics this year have been common to me - reading,writing, happy fannish ones... I do a lot of nonfannish ones just as the mood strikes me). I also do an art comm each August, and for my art do... icons.
What's your favorite show and/or movie to icon and why? Pretty much all of the above, plus I have a fondness for silent film caps because of the emoting :)
Who's your favorite character to icon and why? Different for each series, but it's usually the preety one who Suffers Beautifully (and has the best lines :)
Closecrop or far-crop? Why? Close, I like faces :) but far enough so I can get text in if I want.
Vibrant or muted? Why? Depends on the icon, I do both on occasion... I do have a fondness for blue and brown shades.
Text or minimalistic? Why? I like text - I like words and language and splashing them around and use a lot of it, though not always (I've done whole series, just on my favourite words, and reading and florally ones without text :) I do a lot of comic icons and quite a few quotes and they're wordy.
What's your current iconmaking goal? Just to do more, I find it relaxing and soothing/

Let's Ask Some Questions!!
List three questions that you would like to be answered by other icon makers:
How you blending pictures? (I'm not good at it - I use GIMP, so that may make it harder)
Where you get ideas (esoecially for text)?
Where do you get textures?
Any last words? I do love our little pics, just seeing them make me happy, and collect other folks' that appeal to me.
A gif or image (or icon!) that describes you right now:


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Date: 2017-05-21 07:17 pm (UTC)
seraphina_snape: Drawing of a girl from the blog Hyperbole and a Half with the text "HOLY CRAP!" on it multiple times (Hyperbole_ Holy Crap)
From: [personal profile] seraphina_snape
A Mag 7 and a Sentinel icon all in one comment? *makes a happy noise* And some Stargate, too!

How you blending pictures?
Honestly, I avoid it. If I can't avoid it, it involves a lot of cursing and careful application of the eraser brush. Sometimes I put in a cleverly placed texture to hide a part that wouldn't cooperate...

Where you get ideas (esoecially for text)?
I'm not a big fan of text, but if I have to add text for whatever reason, I usually pick a character's catchphrase or a quote of theirs. If I'm completely out of ideas, I pick random things like song lyrics of whatever song I listened to recently or whatever.

Where do you get textures?
deviantart.com - you can search for textures specifically. One of my favourite texture-makers is lookslikerain (here are their icon-sized textures).

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tarienemrys: (Default)
From: [personal profile] tarienemrys
ABOUT YOURSELF
Name: tarienemrys
Age: 30
Place: USA
Where do you post your icons: Lj ([livejournal.com profile] tarienemrys) and cross posts to DW at times

Share Your Interests!
Favorite Show: Shadowhunters, Supernatural, Merlin & Elementary
Favorite Movie: LOTR
Favorite Character: Alec Lightwood, Magnus Bane, Izzy Lightwood, Sam Winchester, Merlin, Arthur Pendragon & Joan Watson
Favorite Pairing: Magnus/Alec
Favorite Food:...Pizza

LET'S GET TO ICONING!!

What are your personal picks for the top 5-10 icons that you've made in the last 12 months?



Show us five icons that you think best represent your iconing style

I love doing minimalistic icons :)



What has inspired you over the last 12 months? (techniques, subjects, challenges, other makers, etc.) Provide examples if you want.

Getting into Shadowhunters had inspired me back into iconing.

Communities: [community profile] historamedy365 | [livejournal.com profile] monthlyinspo | [livejournal.com profile] 20muses

I used to love doing icons for challenges but that interest has gone down marginally. I like to leisurely make icons now :P [community profile] historamedy365 is great in that way. You get to choose themes that inspire you while making icons almost daily.

What's your favorite show and/or movie to icon and why? Supernatural and Shadowhunters mostly. They are my fav shows and I want to share what I love through icons.
Who's your favorite character to icon and why? Sam in SPN and Alec in Shadowhunters. As explained above. I like to capture why I love those characters.
Closecrop or far-crop? Why? I love both and it depends on the cap. If the cap is in better quality I prefer to do close crops.
Vibrant or muted? Why? I love both. It's also depends on the cap and the mood of the scene.
Text or minimalistic? Why? minimalistic. I'm horrible at adding text/ selecting fonts. Text has always been my last resort.
What's your current iconmaking goal? Complete my claims in [community profile] historamedy365

Let's Ask Some Questions!!
List three questions that you would like to be answered by other icon makers:
1. Any fonts that are good to use in text icons.

Any last words?
A gif or image (or icon!) that describes you right now:

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Date: 2017-05-23 09:32 am (UTC)
sallymn: (not happy 1)
From: [personal profile] sallymn
Oh, negative space! I do admire you folk who can do that - I always find myself filling up the space (and hiding any dodgy vutting) with textures and brushes....

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sallymn: (happy 16)
From: [personal profile] sallymn
I love how you use text! Much cleverer than I can do

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