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02 September 2008 @ 06:59 pm
elise needs feedback!  
I'd like your feedback on some schtuff as I continue making icons, etc. Because feedback helps me improve, and improvement is pretty awesome. I've been playing around with using more textures and stuff in my icons, and I want to know what you think.




ETA: The two other icons I've made recently. They're a bit more reminiscent of my old style, so I didn't post them originally. But here they are. I think I like them better, to be honest. I don't know what that says.



I know that in the past I've been the icon maker who's been all, "Yay! Simple icons! Bright coloring!" but I recently applied to elitarts (and got in! Yay!) and ch4ndler (a really awesome icon maker, you should definitely check out her work if you haven't already) suggested that I do some more stuff with textures, etc. SO. I've tried some new stuff, and I want to know what you think! POLL TIME!

Poll #1252708 A Wonderful Little Feedback Poll!

What do you think of the new, texturized style of icons?

Super awesome! Make more, please!
2(25.0%)
They're pretty good.
4(50.0%)
Eh. I don't really care.
0(0.0%)
OMG EWWW!!1!
0(0.0%)
These are nice, but I liked your old style better.
2(25.0%)

Which do you prefer: smaller, more frequent posts, or larger, less frequent posts?

More smaller posts!
8(100.0%)
Less larger posts!
0(0.0%)

What fandoms would you like to see more of?

Gilmore Girls
1(12.5%)
Gossip Girl
0(0.0%)
LOST
1(12.5%)
Skins
0(0.0%)
House
0(0.0%)
Greek
0(0.0%)
Bones
0(0.0%)
Harry Potter
0(0.0%)
Stock
1(12.5%)
Other (specify in the comments)
0(0.0%)


So yeah, if you could fill that poll out it would be super-helpful for me. Really. I will love you forever. And now I should go do homework. Thanks!
 
 
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Current Music: Loosen Your Tie by The Remus Lupins stuck in my head
 
 
 
kim ; as constant as a northern star: SPN | Sam | Stupid Adorable Woobie Samassuringlynerdy on September 2nd, 2008 11:44 pm (UTC)
SKINSSSSSSSSS!

Also, super duper congrats, bb!

But I am a huge fan of your old style. And what you have as examples can work SOMETIMES, but I don't know if it works spectacularly well for the images you've selected? Like, it works well for the first one and kind of the third one, but the second one just looks ... dirty, as if someone ran over it with a sand-truck or whatever. The fourth one is nice too, but I think that the contrast is too high, or something like that. And maybe if the texture in the fourth was flipped vertically and put to fill the empty space? I dunno, I much prefer not using textures and what have you, but I'm sure they can be very nice or whatever.

Just remember to change your style to match the image at hand. What works for one may not work for the other, you know?

And damn, that's one long comment. Anything to get away from fucking Spanish, eh?
Elise: stock: bookscolorxmexinsane on September 3rd, 2008 12:28 am (UTC)
Haha. You're actually sort of right about the sand truck comment. LAWL.

The only problem that I have with my old style is that it feels like it's all really similar. Like, for Gilmore Girls, I almost always use the same coloring. When I color icons from a certain show or movie, I usually use very similar colorings for all of the icons from that show/movie in that batch. Like The Notebook icons I just posted? Basically identical coloring for each of them. And I almost never use textures or text. So I feel like I'm sort of... relying on my cropping to make or break the icon. And I don't really know if I'm good enough at cropping to do that, you know?

But at the same time it takes FOREVER to color each icon in a set based on its own particular coloriffic needs. And to add textures, etc. Like those four icons up there? Probably took an average of ten minutes each. That is not conducive to making a lot of icons. But then you have to consider, is it worth the extra time if all of the icons are unique and snazzy and textured up? I don't know.

ANOTHER LONG COMMENT. I REALLY DON'T WANT TO DO THE APUSH READING.
kim ; as constant as a northern star: SPN | Dean & Sam | Badass Mother Fuckersassuringlynerdy on September 3rd, 2008 12:42 am (UTC)
You sound so surprised. xD

Yeah, I get that feeling sometimes. But it ultimately depends on your preference. Don't make super tricked out icons that you know you wouldn't want to use, you know? If you like the icon, chances are someone else will too, and chances are you're better at making icons like that than icons that you don't like. And that sentence didn't really work, but you know what I mean. I assume.

Yeah, I get your point there, bb. When I read that section, I automatically thought of boxed (gorgeous icons, by the by). Her icons are, as previously mentioned, absolutely gorgeous, but she only posts like ten at a time every month or something like that. But each of them is completely unique and what have you.

In my opinion, as long as they aren't exactly. the. same., you're all good. Don't try to fit yourself into a style that you don't like.

OMG, I KNOW. ANYTHING TO NOT WRITE FOR EURO OR DO CHEM OR READ ENGLISH (all in like 15 minutes before Greek), PLEASE GOD.
Elise: oz: poppy fieldscolorxmexinsane on September 3rd, 2008 12:49 am (UTC)
Well I didn't really think about it at first, but you do have a point. And luckily I've still got the file open in Photoshop, so I took out that layer, and it looks a lot better. Although it feels sort of blank now. Hmm. IDK, MY BFF JILL?!

Yeah, I know what you mean. I dunno. I like my old style, but I get bored with it sometimes (increasingly frequently, to be honest). SO I SHALL COMPROMISE! (And not like the Three-Fifths Compromise, where the slaves got the sucky end of the deal. EVERYONE WILL BE HAPPY. YAY!)

OH RIGHT. GREEK TONIGHT. AND WE DON'T HAVE TIVO INFORMATION. SHIT MONKEYS.
lostspaz18lostspaz18 on September 3rd, 2008 12:05 am (UTC)
that 'FUCK' icon is amazing.
Elise: skins: be badcolorxmexinsane on September 3rd, 2008 12:29 am (UTC)
Yay! Thank you Philipa!