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THEMES
First Movement Smile Hair Funny
 
Group Top Past Eating Blend

CATEGORY - Colours
Green Blue Orange Yellow Pink

ARTIST'S CHOICE
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Date: 2010-06-28 04:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] devinecancerian.livejournal.com
Great icons! Faves are Smile, Funny and Group.

Date: 2010-06-28 05:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ozfroggirl.livejournal.com
Thanks. Those are some of my favourites as well. :)

Date: 2010-06-28 06:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] diana-hawthorne.livejournal.com
I really like First and Group! Taking, will credit when used.

Date: 2010-06-29 04:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ozfroggirl.livejournal.com
Thanks. Glad you like them. :)

Date: 2010-06-28 09:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] failing-angel.livejournal.com
Group and Top look great - thank you

Date: 2010-06-29 05:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ozfroggirl.livejournal.com
You're welcome. These ones were so much fun to make. :)

Date: 2010-07-07 11:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] radio-silent.livejournal.com
Okay, icons! I like these a lot, but I actually like your first set better! I think your first set had a bit more focus in a lot of the icons--sometimes these are blurry (which can work well, but I like to have at least one focused spot in a blurry icon that the blur brings attention to).

That said, "group," "blue" and "yellow" are pretty excellent. "Group" fits a whole lot of people into a small space without making everything look too busy, which is always a challenge. I like the way the observer frames the shot in "blue." And "yellow" is just awesome. I don't know. It just is? : )

(Also "blend" is very well done! That's also on my list of likes.)



Which are your favorites in this batch? : )

Date: 2010-07-08 05:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ozfroggirl.livejournal.com
Okay, icons! I like these a lot, but I actually like your first set better! I think your first set had a bit more focus in a lot of the icons--sometimes these are blurry (which can work well, but I like to have at least one focused spot in a blurry icon that the blur brings attention to).

That's interesting because I rather like this set of 'THEMES' icons better than the last ones, but I can see what you mean about the difference. This show can be a little tricky to work with at times because its age means that often the source material is quite blurry itself. More often than not I have to try and sharpen and/or lighten up any images before using them. That's just all part of the challenge/fun though. The 'ARTIST'S CHOICE' icons I'm less happy with. Those were a bit of a rush job because I ran out of time in the end. I'm not sure how that AC#4 got through without being sharpened up a little more. It's probably my least favourite up there. Other than that I'm pretty happy.


That said, "group," "blue" and "yellow" are pretty excellent. "Group" fits a whole lot of people into a small space without making everything look too busy, which is always a challenge. I like the way the observer frames the shot in "blue." And "yellow" is just awesome. I don't know. It just is? : )

I love the 'group' and 'yellow' icons too. The 'group' icon was the first one I made just messing around and liked it so much - especially when I got that text to fit that I couldn't not use it. The 'yellow' icon was maybe going to be one of the 'ARTIST'S CHOICE' icons but I liked the colour so much that I moved it to the 'COLOURS' category instead.

I also like the 'first' and 'smile' icons. The 'first' because most episodes of The Avengers start with Steed leaving Mrs. Peel that message in a different and silly way - in this case under the wallpaper that she was removing from her living room, like in the Doctor Who episode 'Blink'. The text was literally on the wall and not added by me in that icon so I'm rather happy that I got it as clear and legible as I did. The 'smile' icon just makes me smile. I like that it's a little brighter than the others and that although there's two characters in the icon it's the smile you focus on - perhaps because the other character is also looking at the smile. :)


(Also "blend" is very well done! That's also on my list of likes.)

I'm not 100% happy with the text on that one, but it looked incomplete without something there. I'm not sure what else I could have done, but I do like the way the blend part worked out.

I think the 'past' icon needed something more as well. That one probably gave me the most trouble of the lot.

I did have a few alternatives from this batch but I think the ones I chose worked better as a set than if I'd included these ones.


'Past' icon (I love this one but it also felt a little unfinished).




And a few more 'Colour' icons.





Hope you don't mind the mega rambling. It's just really good to be able to discuss such nice solid feedback. :D

Date: 2010-07-10 04:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] radio-silent.livejournal.com
Another thing to consider is that sometimes the way a monitor displays color really varies, so that icons that look really wonderful on one screen can look weird on another. So I wonder if that's an issue we have going on here!



The "first" icon is very impressive, then--I really thought you added the text afterward, it's so nice and clear!


I like "smile" too, and I agree that it works nicely with two people in there! I actually have this weird desire to try shifting the image to the left, so that we only see a bit of the important smile and see a bit more of the man looking at the smile? Almost teasing the viewer to want to see more of the main, focus-smile. I'm not sure it would work, but it's the way I instinctively want to play with the picture.


As for the "past" icon, you're dealing with something I have major problems doing--distinguishing two small people against a large landscape. Here's an icon by [livejournal.com profile] orangelusik that I think does it very well (and I'm constantly trying to imitate, because that's how I learn to make better icons):

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As far as I can tell the icon works so well because the coloring focuses the attention in the correct places...that said, I have no idea what coloring this required!

I like the alternative "past" icon a lot. Maybe I'm weird, but I tend to like icons with a lot of empty space.

Also, that third icon in "colour" is totally wonderful-- I like way you extended the shadows, and only used pink but managed to use multiple tones of the color.




I enjoy the mega-rambling! I sort of over-think things in my world, including icons, so it's really fun to talk through all these concepts with you!

Date: 2010-07-10 06:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ozfroggirl.livejournal.com
Another thing to consider is that sometimes the way a monitor displays color really varies, so that icons that look really wonderful on one screen can look weird on another. So I wonder if that's an issue we have going on here!

Yeah. It can also be a matter of taste too. Occasionally when gifted with icons or banners I've had to tweak them a little myself (nothing that you've made for me though) to get them looking the way I like. Whether it's because they showed up differently on my monitor or because I preferred them a little brighter/sharper/etc I don't know. It definitely is interesting though.


I'm not sure it would work, but it's the way I instinctively want to play with the picture.

A little something like this maybe.



Though I'm not sure if I like these any better than the one I already had. (I also don't like them any worse, they're just different.)


As far as I can tell the icon works so well because the coloring focuses the attention in the correct places...that said, I have no idea what coloring this required!

That is a gorgeous icon. I did play with the colouring quite a bit in that icon but just couldn't get it to look exactly the way I wanted it to.

I originally intended for the icon with the glasses to be my 'first' icon, as it's one of the first images that appears in the opening titles, even if it did seem like an image that came 'after' rather than 'before'. I was so pleased with my second idea (the "Mrs. Peel. We're needed.") that I went with that one instead.

Also a couple more alternatives from those opening titles.



I'm so glad you like that 3rd 'colour' icon. It was easily my favourite icon (and possible the best) of the ones I made this time around, even if I didn't use it for the voting. I do love the way the shadowing worked out, but thought maybe it was a little too pink to fit in with the rest of my 'colours' set. I think I'll have to add it to my userpics. :D

Date: 2010-07-10 06:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] radio-silent.livejournal.com
Though I'm not sure if I like these any better than the one I already had. (I also don't like them any worse, they're just different.)

The second is what I was thinking about, but, yeah, I'm not sure it worked all that well. So much of icon-making, for me at least, is messing around (and then sometimes deciding I liked the first option best)! : )

I like the second of the two alternatives--the coloring is so neat, with the blue and the long shadows!

Date: 2010-07-11 06:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ozfroggirl.livejournal.com
The second is what I was thinking about, but, yeah, I'm not sure it worked all that well. So much of icon-making, for me at least, is messing around (and then sometimes deciding I liked the first option best)! : )

Yeah. That's where most of the fun lies for me too. Just taking any image and seeing what you can get out of it. :)

Date: 2010-07-11 06:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] radio-silent.livejournal.com
Okay, also, just because I'm thinking about posting chapter 2 tonight, and I DID finish chapter 4 (yay!) I was wondering if you received/got a chance to read chapter 3 of my fic yet?

Date: 2010-07-12 05:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ozfroggirl.livejournal.com
Congratulations on finishing chapter 4. I did hear that it was giving you some trouble. Chapter 3 beta is on its way. :)

Date: 2010-07-12 11:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] radio-silent.livejournal.com
Yay! Thanks. : )

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