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After two months on hiatus, I got back to banging around on PS last week, and good fucking grief, it was an uphill battle bringing this batch to fruition! This is mainly due to the fact that I was dumb enough to challenge myself to use all the words and textures provided in the inspiration post (focused on the four elements: air, earth, fire, and water), which actually hindered a lot of my creativity. I gave up on the texture portion of the challenge after utilizing half of them cuz the process just felt like such a drag when I was forcing myself to work with things that weren't fitting in organically. It didn't help that PS was being so damn impossible and wouldn't open on my computer despite repeated reboots and plenty of enraged howls and relentless cursing. (I almost threw my library book across the room in frustration, but somehow managed to refrain from doing it.) Anyway, I did manage to shape every icon upon one of the inspiration words (some far more loosely than others), so the idea wasn't a complete bust. There are a handful of pieces that I truly love right now, and there are also definitely a few that make me shake my head in regret, but I was running very low on free time as well as battling a non-responsive technological dinosaur, so I'm glad I finished this insane task at all. Besides, there's always stuff I love and hate in every single post, so I suppose this is really just the norm for me. Here's hoping you enjoy these many icons of the latest Man of Steal My Heart Steel, also known to most lowly mortals as Henry Cavill!

I hereby dedicate this post to the obscenely talented [livejournal.com profile] neversleeps. Mikell, laughing with you about male celebs in our conversations at [livejournal.com profile] ghostspoons brightened up gloomy days at work this year, and if I weren't too lazy to check out LJ more often, I would totally pester you all the time for more hilarious chitchat! Can you please stop producing icons though? I need one less maker to envy, and your coloring and text work have been making me weep bitterly for years. Please and thank you.

Let's keep it real, this is far from my best work, so any feedback or constructive criticism is tremendously useful and certainly appreciated. I have a knack for obscuring subjects to the point where they're difficult to make out or comprehend, which sounds senseless to most normal people, but I gravitate toward it like a moth to a flame. (Only did it once or twice here though...I think.)Feel free to ask me what the hell is going on in any of these icons if you can't make heads or tails of it! :P

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Henry Cavill

starlight in the middle of the ocean / opens up my heart tonight )

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It feels like quite some time since I posted anything, but I had a grueling 1D battle this past month, so I finally have new things to put out there. Half of the images I submitted were godawful to work with, and I did have difficulty getting myself started on the battle itself, but ultimately, it proved to be an excellent challenge, and I'm really grateful to my lovely partner, [livejournal.com profile] anassa_anemou, for organizing the activity. Please feel free to check out the actual battle post here and show some love for her as well cuz this whole thing was her idea, and she certainly did all the heavy lifting to make it happen! Some of the last few rows of icons are pieces I entered at [livejournal.com profile] rainbow_elite and as little gifts for my brilliant fellow makers at [livejournal.com profile] ghostspoons!

Who else could I possibly dedicate this to, but [livejournal.com profile] anassa_anemou? The only reason I made anything in the last few weeks was cuz I made a commitment and didn't wanna let her down, so thank you very much for fangirling with me, Gih, and getting me off my lazy ass to create new things! <3

It goes without saying that any and all feedback, constructive criticism, or general icon chitchat is extremely appreciated. Believe me, I never mind being told what I can improve upon cuz I know there's plenty of room to grow and strengthen my skills! Just please be gentle if you don't like something cuz time and effort did go into producing this stuff. :D

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One Direction

the ground, it started shaking / the bombs are falling / we could've walked away / we had a warning )

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library_of_sex: (a. garfield - what cuteness lurks in the)
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I can't adequately express just how much fun I had making this batch for the Pass-It-On round at [livejournal.com profile] 20inspirations! Basically, every icon has to connect somehow to the one preceding it and then also involve an additional element to be incorporated into the next piece. For example, my first icon is pink, so my second icon is pink and involves the theme of claustrophobia. Then the third icon focuses on claustrophobia as well as another visual or interpretive theme or effect. I thought it sounded daunting, but I actually didn't run into any real difficulties tying anything together. Plus, my subject is bizarre as hell, so it was easy to let my imagination run wild with her daring and dramatic photos. Just a few months ago, I could barely stand Lady Gaga, but ever since I saw her live in concert (cuz my mom didn't wanna go alone), I've come to adore her music and the spirit of defiance and freedom and unabashed confidence that she exudes. Proud monster right here, baby. What up!

I'm dedicating this super weird collection of icons to the one and only [livejournal.com profile] messdestruction, whose work I've admired for years and whom I've known longer than just about any other maker. Amaya, you've always shown such amazing creativity and thoughtfulness in your work, and when it comes to manipulating textures, I think you're pretty much the gold standard today. I bow to you and your bold, striking texture usage. Remember that Maroon 5 icontest you used to mod? Man, those were the days! You were kind and pleasant to chat with then, and nothing's really changed in that area cuz you're still as warm and supportive as ever, my dear! <3

Any feedback, concrit, or Lady Gaga squee will be gratefully received and acknowledged! I'm trying to be more mindful of preserving image quality when I add gradients and Curves layers to my work, so if anything here looks like it's got quality issues, please let me know and feel free to throw out any suggestions you have on how I might fix the problem(s) you've spotted! BTW, does anybody know why coloring in an icon might look really different in Photoshop than it does when I post on LJ? The "orange + text" entry doesn't look orange at all here, but it definitely had orange tones in PS. Do I have to change a certain PS setting or something? Any help is appreciated! :D

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Lady Gaga

what's so amazing / that keeps us stargazing / and what do we think we might see )

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For the latest round at [livejournal.com profile] 20inspirations, the mods decided to throw a strange curve...by having all participants complete a traditional 20in20 batch! We were provided with 10 interpretative themes as well as a category theme for a set of 5 icons (in this case, obscure crops) and then given free reign over the last 5 pieces, known as artist's choice icons. You might think that it would be harder to stick to themes rather than making whatever you want, but I enjoy having guidelines, so making the AC set tends to be the stranger part. Not really a big fan of my AC icons, and I'm a bit dismayed by the overwhelming recurrence of pinks and purples throughout this post. I don't know why I tend to settle on those hues when I'm coloring. but I'll certainly continue trying to improve in that area. I truly enjoyed working on the obscure crops cuz cropping has never been a strong suit of mine so I got to stretch myself to the limit there, and I'm rather pleased with that set!

I think it's sensible and fair to send this batch out to [livejournal.com profile] ionizable, a fellow maker whose hyperactivity amuses me to no end and whose icons have been blowing my mind over the last few months. Jen, I know we don't exactly know each other well yet, but that hasn't stopped us from sharing plenty of laughs and flailing over tiny 100x100 boxes together. I'm never around to comment much anymore, but I want you to know that whenever I see your work, I'm always thrilled and awed by your wacky compositions and your coloring, especially the wide range of blues you constantly achieve! <3

If any of you has thoughts or opinions on the stuff you see here, I'd gladly accept any feedback or concrit you can lend! As I said, crops aren't a particular strength of mine, so I feel that I hit the mark with my category set, but you may think otherwise, and I welcome your assessment. Also, any tips about how to break out of my odd pink/purple coloring prison would definitely be appreciated, too! :D

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Louis Tomlinson

you may not understand it / sooner or later / baby, you will learn )

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It's been two whole months since I posted any icons so I'm quite overdue. I honestly hadn't even thought I'd make anything in April, but the latest round at [livejournal.com profile] inspired20in20 just captivated my mind and so did a peek at my old Megan Fox image folder! This month's theme was "Masquerade," and the idea was to obscure the subject in every icon through heavy texture use, close or strangely angled crops, shadows and silhouettes, etc. Obscuring images is one of my fave things to do, so I had a fantastic time with the theme even though I did run out of steam by the time I was down to the last four pieces or so. I've used plenty of these photos before, and oddly enough, I ended up unconsciously achieving pretty much the exact same coloring in one of them as I did in a previous icon I made back in December '11. I found that so crazy considering you can go a bunch of different directions with this particular image since it's not a tough one to work with. Anyway, I hope I did a proficient job of maintaining an air of mystery in every piece. Ultimately, it seems like my claim is Megan's lips since that's all you can see in most of these icons! :P

I am proud to dedicate this batch to [livejournal.com profile] hamarakissa and [livejournal.com profile] iamabadwolf, two very awesome friends of mine who happen to appreciate Megan's face as much as I do. Val, we've been friends for years, and I'm constantly awed by your personal strength and how you always push through no matter how exhausting and painful your life gets. You deal with so much crap that you don't deserve, babe, but you're a warrior so keep up the good fight. And as for you Meg, consider this a belated birthday present, my dear! You've also been through a lot during the years that I've known you, but you're a fighter, too, so you never give up. I hope you both know that I'm always rooting for you and ready to lend a shoulder or an ear like you've always done for me. <3

To anyone kind enough to impart some feedback and/or concrit, I thank you very much for continuing to help me improve with this funky hobby of mine. I do this just for fun, but talking with y'all makes it feel that much more exciting and worthwhile! :D

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Megan Fox

feeling like i am now / lighting up the hall / i was used to standing in the shadow of a damaged heart )

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