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posted by [personal profile] jojodacrow at 07:08pm on 18/01/2011
Made for [ profile] otp20in20 



OTP quotesClose-upsSymbolsTwo ColoursSerendipity
StripesSinHumorThird PartySplash of Colour


Artist's Choice

Alts / Extras

/If you see an icon you like please let me know and credit me.

//These are my final icons for this contest. However, if you have crit for me I'd love to hear it. I won't be changing these past this posting and any updates I do to them will be after the voting ends. I am however always eager to learn new things and would be ecstatic to be pointed to tutorials or given suggestions on things.
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posted by [identity profile] at 12:39am on 19/01/2011
Lovely icons! I especially love Serendipity, the Position set and AC#2 and 4. <3
Congrats on finishing! :D
posted by [identity profile] at 12:56am on 19/01/2011
Thank you! The position one took me forever (we won't mention that center doesn't fit with the rest). ^_^
posted by [identity profile] at 06:58am on 19/01/2011
These are great! You outdid yourself! :D
posted by [identity profile] at 07:59pm on 19/01/2011
Thank you lady! I hope I did the series some justice (and made others want to read it).

Of course I know you aren't new to the series. XD
posted by [identity profile] at 12:40am on 19/01/2011
Hiiiiiiiiiiii, jojo! You know how I feel about them already <3

I love the humor one. You changed the font, didn't you? It looks better!
posted by [identity profile] at 12:56am on 19/01/2011
I did. I didn't like how clunky it looked. :)

posted by [identity profile] at 12:58am on 19/01/2011
posted by [identity profile] at 01:23am on 19/01/2011
Haha (I still hate it though. It is the worst of the bunch. Oh well! )
posted by [identity profile] at 12:42am on 19/01/2011
Love your set! The Symbol one is so pretty! <3
posted by [identity profile] at 12:57am on 19/01/2011
Thank you! I think that is the one I'm most proud of. XD
posted by [identity profile] at 01:15am on 19/01/2011
Oh my, such lovely icons! Congrats on finishing your claim, I'm glad to see more members submit.
posted by [identity profile] at 01:22am on 19/01/2011
Thank you! I is a relief to have them done. I've been fretting over them since it started. ^_^ Now I can stop stressing and enjoy looking through all the other icons!
posted by [identity profile] at 02:39am on 19/01/2011
*poke poke*
YOU GIRL!! have a stunning set!
so colourful and vibrant!
posted by [identity profile] at 02:50am on 19/01/2011
WEE! Thank you very much. That means a lot coming from you. ^_~

(See I worked hard not to embarrass myself! hahaha)
posted by [identity profile] at 03:55am on 19/01/2011
we are all working hard XDD
good job my dear~! khakha...
posted by [identity profile] at 02:54am on 19/01/2011
You made these?!?!?! You should hands down win every SML icon challenge, woman. I don't know what fandom(s) these are, but they're awesome haha. :D How abooout I pay you to make my SML icons for me? I am a fan of the splash of color one, I have always been partial to those kinds of things.
posted by [identity profile] at 02:56am on 19/01/2011
Hahaha, I pushed myself really hard on these.

This is a great series if you have never read it. I LOOOOVE it. Probably my favorite manga of all time.

And sadly I haven't entered any SML challenges lately. Been working on these. XD Soon I'll be back though!
posted by [identity profile] at 02:59am on 19/01/2011
Sooooo what manga is it? haha

Well, as your new Team Leader....get back to work!!!! xD I feel like I'm ordering my boss around.
posted by [identity profile] at 03:01am on 19/01/2011
Ahahaha. It is from Legend of Basara. The manga is licensed and complete from Viz. ^_^

I bet you could find it online too. XD

It was the first series I worked on when I was in scanlation (before it was licensed).
posted by [identity profile] at 06:25am on 19/01/2011
jeez these are amazing! girl why don't you look into graphic design stuff???
posted by [identity profile] at 06:32am on 19/01/2011
I've contemplated it. This was just something I took up while I was unemployed. Actually it happened accidentally. I was looking for ways to participate in sailormoonland and decided to try iconing. I apparently had a natural talent for it (although I have soooo much to learn).

I just don't know if I have enough talent to do more than this. I'm having a lot of fun with it though!
posted by [identity profile] at 06:33am on 19/01/2011
Like you said, get a day job and then take some design night classes. You'll learn it all there.
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posted by [identity profile] at 08:00pm on 19/01/2011
YAY! I'm glad to see people who know the series. I hope I did them justice. ^_^

Thank you for the compliments.
posted by [identity profile] at 03:20pm on 19/01/2011
Really beautiful icons!! ♥
posted by [identity profile] at 08:01pm on 19/01/2011
Aww thank you! I appreciate you taking the time to let me know you liked them. ^_^
posted by [identity profile] at 09:46pm on 19/01/2011
Beautiful set! I really like your Themed and AC sets. :)
posted by [identity profile] at 10:05pm on 21/01/2011
Thank you!! I appreciate you taking the time to let me know you liked them. ^_^
posted by [identity profile] at 12:50pm on 20/01/2011
Pretty icons! I especially love #1, #2 and the positions set ^^
posted by [identity profile] at 10:04pm on 21/01/2011
Thank you!! I appreciate you taking the time to let me know you liked them. ^_^
posted by [identity profile] at 09:40pm on 21/01/2011
I may have found a new pairing to want to ship.

I JUST ADORE THE Close-ups ICON! ♥ It's so shiny and clear and colorful and PRETTY! It was the first one to draw my attention!

But ALL your icons are absolutely great! *spazzes* You did an awesome job bb! xDD
posted by [identity profile] at 10:04pm on 21/01/2011
Thank you!!

This series is amazing. It is my #1 of all manga. The story is passionate and wonderful just like this couple. Their story is very heart-wrenching though.

I don't know if they have this in your country but I'm sure you can still find some scanlations of it online (I helped do them and have my own person collection of them if you want them).

DOH! That reminds me that I still need to send you those fonts. I FAIL.
posted by [identity profile] at 05:17pm on 25/01/2011
The Positions icons are all well done, nice job :)
posted by [identity profile] at 09:15pm on 25/01/2011
There are Basara icons in this world ;A;? *weeps* I especially love your Category set and your AC set, the colours are very bold and eyecatching :D Your icons are very expressive, it makes me wanna reread the manga just looking at these. *sigh* They were such a wonderful OTP.

Congrats on finishing :3 I'm happy that you were able to complete your claim. Thanks for participating in our challenge.

Also, because you asked for crits: I think overall your composition and colouring are fine, but your typography needs a bit more work (whose doesn't, text = the bane of most icon makers). I would suggest that stroking the text to make it stand out more clashes too much with the icons, and the text won't be able to blend in as well. Try bringing out your text in a different way; I usually use an outer glow in my text (for lighter icons), the colour of the glow usually the dominant colour of the icon. Otherwise, you can always try a subtle drop shadow on the text (1 px for everything on the setting) and adjust the colouring accordingly. Also, a swipe with a soft brush behind the text does wonder to make it stand out; you can then blur this area accordingly to make the text stand out more.

tl;dr this is how I get when people ask for tips *shamefaced*
posted by [identity profile] at 09:24pm on 25/01/2011
Thank you so much for that crit and for the compliments. I knew you loved this couple so I was patiently waiting to see what you thought. It is easy for people who don't know much about the series to say they are great but I always feel a bit closer to icons when I actually know the series.

Typography is the bane of my existence. I usually try to stay away from stroking things but for some reason I went back to it with this. I sometimes carry over my habits from scanlating to icon making and I'm trying to break that habit. (I'm actually a chicken and just don't use text when I can get away with it. ^_^;; )

I think my main problem is that I need to find more fonts that are suited for icon making instead of SFX. XD I'm getting better at it. I did hate the text on my humor one but I got so sick of looking at it that I just submitted it.

I will definitely try out some of the methods you gave me for bringing out the text on my next icons. Thanks again for letting me know what you think. I love getting crit even if it is harsh because it has made me better at iconing. So never worry you ramble too much with me. :)
posted by [identity profile] at 09:25pm on 25/01/2011
Um not that yours was harsh. Ahaha that came out wrong. I meant even if it HAD been harsh. ^_^;; Oy.
posted by [identity profile] at 09:46pm on 25/01/2011
Hehe, no worries I understood you XD♥ And dw text is the ruiner of my life as well, I have a couple of fonts that I like using (century gothic, nyala, georgia and roadway) and I tend to stick to those. Unconventional fonts like the ones used for scanlation SFX tends to work better in bigger graphics, but usually looks cluttered on a 100x100 icon.

I totes get what you mean about the habits from scanlating though, I used to do some editing for a couple of scanlation group as well and my font folder used to ALL be BlamBlamBlam, Wild Words, Anime Ace, etc etc basically, stuff that doesn't really suit icons XDD

For fonts though, I would suggest you use a font guide? Just search on google "font guide livejournal" and it should bring up a couple of neat guides. Otherwise, download a couple of the fonts I mentioned above? I also love this sans serif font pack here:

Also a couple of scripty fonts like chopinscript and windsong to jazz up your text (use them only in one or two words though) also helps with the aesthetics I think.

And fff I love Basara and your icons totally captured the mood and epicness of the series :Db Great job bb!
posted by [identity profile] at 04:46pm on 27/01/2011
Congratulations on finishing your claim! There are some really emotionally charged pieces in here and I'm loving your vibrant use of coulour :)
posted by [identity profile] at 04:03pm on 29/01/2011
Wonderful Icon and ++ on doing Basara <33


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