15 January 2008 @ 05:40 pm
A week or so ago I decided to make myself a graphics journal. Noticing that I've been making more and more friends-only posts recently and having a too-big to handle F-list convinced me to make a separate journal for my graphics.

You can see my new graphics journal here:

[livejournal.com profile] equanimousicons [livejournal.com profile] equanimousicons [livejournal.com profile] equanimousicons [livejournal.com profile] equanimousicons

All of my old graphics are posted there and I hope to make my first new post this week. I'll be posting all my icons/headers/FO banners/colorbars there from now on, though I'll probably post links from here for awhile, at least.

SO, GO FRIEND MY GRAPHICS JOURNAL! Also, if you only friended me for my graphics and don't want to have my personal journal friended I'll totally understand.

In honor of my new graphics journal, I'm doing an Icon Progression Meme, the idea of which I stole from [livejournal.com profile] clearthe_area's journal.

It was interesting going back through all the icons I've posted to see how far I've come. I kind of hate looking at the older ones now, they're that bad in my opinion. I like the more recent ones a lot though.

So, without further ado, here is my ICON PROGRESSION:

Note: these aren't necessarily my favorite icons of the time. They're more the best icons of that time + the most indicative of "my style" at the time.

Before I started my Livejournal To October 2006

November 2006 To March 2007

April To June 2007

July 2007 To Present

A Few To Come

Some Observations:

  • It was amusing to read through the few comments that I got in my fist posts and see comments from people on my F-list that I regularly talk to now. I believe [livejournal.com profile] citibryd and [livejournal.com profile] caesaria82 were two of the first people that ever friended me, thanks to Queer as Folk Icons!

  • My older icons aren't terrible but I had to wade through piles of crap before I found ones that I wasn't too embarrassed to post.

  • I think I use better placed and more interesting text now than I used to.

  • I used to have an easier time making funnier icons. I've lost that ability for some unknown reason.

  • I think the biggest change in my icons is coloring, which I've worked hard on improving. I'm definitely better at color layers, brightness/contrast, and hue/sat then I used to be.

  • I think my second biggest change is in the use of textures. I sucked at it when I first started but I'm getting much better at it now. Properly learning how to use layer masks helped a lot.

  • I think my cropping has got more interesting, which is good because I've been working on improving that. I've become a lot more comfortable making icons where the subject is tiny or extremely close up.

  • I started making a lot more black and white icons in my later batches. I think I made some earlier but didn't end up posting them because they weren't very good. Yay for learning how to use levels and gradient maps.

  • At some point during the winter of 2007 I became obsessed w/making bandom icons.

  • I clearly need to make more Jossverse icons and resume making QAF icons.

  • I like everything I've made from July 2007 onwards the most. That's probably not surprising though.

Feel free to snag any icons that you want (though I don't really know why anyone would want the older ones).

ps: Check out the Doctor Who & Mighty Boosh spam I posted last night. :)
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[identity profile] citibyrd.livejournal.com on January 16th, 2008 05:09 am (UTC)
Ooh, it's always really interesting to look at how a style changes over time. Also, haha "Jam Hot"!

*friends your graphics journal*
[identity profile] equanimity23.livejournal.com on January 16th, 2008 07:57 am (UTC)
It was really fun going back through all my posts and seeing how things have changed, thankfully, for the better. It also gave me a chance to think about what techniques I want to work more on for future posts. *We're Jam Hot!*

[identity profile] all-feeling.livejournal.com on January 16th, 2008 09:48 am (UTC)
Wow, so now you have your own graphics journal, too *goes to friend it*

I think the biggest progression in your icons would be sharpening. Your icons are now clearer and smoother. Also the cropping is much better. I also like that before you used a bit "pink" coloring and moved to more "natural looking" which I recently fell in love with...I also fell for b&w icons recently so it's great to hear that you're making more and more b&w icons.

But I didn't know you made SPN icons *head -> desk* I'm so going to chceck your tags again *handpalm*
[identity profile] equanimity23.livejournal.com on January 21st, 2008 09:15 am (UTC)
Yes, yes I do. :)

I definitely love coloring that's natural looking and black and white icons rock.

I have made SPN icons. there's not too many batches but I plan on making more someday (there's too many things to icon and not enough time).
[identity profile] violateraindrop.livejournal.com on January 16th, 2008 03:42 pm (UTC)
It's nice to see how your style and everything else changed during that time :D
Actually I have to admit that I friended you because of your icons, but now I really enjoy reading the other posts, too, although I don't always have an answer to them ;)
[identity profile] equanimity23.livejournal.com on January 21st, 2008 09:20 am (UTC)
I think most of my f-list friended me for my graphics though I'm glad everyone's stuck around for the other posts. As far as not knowing how to answer posts, I'm totally that way too. I try to read every post on my f-list but my brain is frequently on vacation and can't think of how to comment. :)
[identity profile] lilyamelie.livejournal.com on January 16th, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC)
You're so good at iconing. :D Your first attempts are better than my current attempts. *is jealous*
[identity profile] equanimity23.livejournal.com on January 21st, 2008 09:25 am (UTC)
Thanks! My first posts weren't terrible if only because I'd already been using Photoshop (making larger graphics) for some time before I started making icons. I've also never posted any icons from my first few months making because I'd be too embarrassed by them. :)
[identity profile] abuse-myself.livejournal.com on January 17th, 2008 02:52 am (UTC)
It's interesting to see your progression. I noticed that a lot of your more recent ones are simpler, more crisp, and the colours stand out.

Totally friended your graphics journal, by the way :)
[identity profile] equanimity23.livejournal.com on January 21st, 2008 09:26 am (UTC)
I'm glad you noticed those changes as that's what I've been going for.

Awesome. :)
[identity profile] lordgroovius.livejournal.com on January 19th, 2008 10:36 am (UTC)
Hi, I've seen you around and was wondering if I could friend you? :)
♥ xo
[identity profile] equanimity23.livejournal.com on January 21st, 2008 09:30 am (UTC)
Of course! I'll friend you back as well. :)

ps: Patrick FTW!