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Vote NOW (or reasonably soon) at btvsats20in20 - and what did we learn this time?

bangel_4e has the voting posts up for ROUND 2 btvsats20in20 :  1) THEMES,   2) CATAGORY (same image), and 3) ARTIST'S CHOICE.  Make sure you scroll down all the way to the end of each post so you don't miss any poll (says the newbie to these things.)

Voting closes on July 17th. Believe it or not I've already voted, which may be a record for me. I guess I'm just in the right mood? It's not that there's this one standout and it's oh so easy. Nope. Once again, there's so much of pretty equal quality to my eyes, it's the old apples and oranges game, with very pretty fruit in the bowl.

BTW - notice the new Xander icon from round 1 by mercurialdragon, snagged with permission? I just added it today - the brand new paid subscription I was gifted with includes FORTY icons spaces.*hugs my benefactor tight" Of all the icons from round 1, it's the one that has stuck in my head ever since I saw it, the minature masterpiece that I HAD TO HAVE.

I don't know that I'll be able to pimp this round as consistently as the last one because I'll be away from home and thus the computer for over a week (and weekends are not good for me for 'puter time.)  So do me a favor dears and PIMP THE HECK outta this contest for me, and I will be there in spirit - until I get back anyway.

I feel rather sanguine about it at the moment because I accomplished what I wanted - make Vamp Willow icons that would honor the character, be a little different to what I've seen before; and most especially my beloved Willow Posse on my f'list, two of whom have already snagged icons for themselves.

THAT is the biggest vote and the biggest win in the world, as an icon artist. (Not that I'll refuse other prizes and squee with childish delight but that's the gravy.)

I also found a couple *ahem* more Vamp Willow alts from my set I'd forgotten to post yesterday .

Lesson #1 - it's a lot easier to work with an image or subject I am fascinated by / love / am familiar with. Struggling with VW icons? I'd pop off some Buffy icons or banners just for the fun of it. I think my best and favorite icons here, or the ones that were most fun for me to make, came at the begining and the very end of the process (I finished the last one yesterday.)  In the middle was nearly a month-long slog, or so it felt.

[ Images to be replaced Coming soon!  ]      (1-5)

Lesson #2 - I love this shot of VW something FIERCE.  In fact, loving it too much was one of my biggest problems. I know that image so well, the way I know so many images of Buffy, that it made working with the ones I wasn't familiar with seem that much harder.  And to be honest - my Catagory set is really, in my mind, my AC set. I adored the way some people made their AC sets very of a piece last time, (spikesredqueen's Cordelia set comes immediately to mind as one of my favorites in that regard); so I ended up trying to give the same attention to Catagory this time almost by mistake; so that when I finished those I realized, oh, I have to come up with five more? Rats.


[ Images to be replaced Coming soon!  ]       (6-10)

Lesson #3 - I ship Vamp Xander and Vamp Willow SO HARD.  Aren't they adorable? - in a sick, twisted, pseudo-incentuous "this is why Xander and Willow would be wrong wrong wronged-y wrong but still really HOT way?" Am I the only person in fandom who was disappointed they didn't bring Vamp Xander back for Dopplegangland? Because I'm not into the fellas as you know but DAMN...
Now I have a sort-of-kind-of bunny for a "Vamp Xander comes to Sunnydale" fic. Darn you!

Love your icons deeply, hon!!!!



Gabrielle

Edited at 2014-07-11 05:39 pm (UTC)
Write it! WRITE IT! WRITE IT! *wicked cackle*

Love your icons deeply, hon!!!!

Oh sweetie *blushes, cries, smiles, not necessarily in that order* You are one of the the godmothers, elder stateswomen of Willow fandom in my eyes (and that's no joke). So I'd already be pleased and proud anyway but I'm thoroughly humbled that these work for you. (And of course, all the support you've offered so freely, so it finally feels like I'm able to give back a little bit.)

And I love seeing my icons (yours now) used back at me, I won't lie.

FYI - I will be pretty unavailable starting tomorrow - I might get to check my email once a day or something until we get back to town, so know that I'll be thinking of you while I'm away.
Honey, don't worry about not being able to pimp this round..you already so much, I thank you :)

And VAMP XANDER WAS HOT...shame they didn't bring him back really... :(
You're welcome hon, I enjoy doing it!

I've finally noticed that the icon contests in general I participate in are decided by a very small number of voters (despite the size of the fandom and number of people on LJ, etc) so I like to encourage participation and not be "clique-ish". OTOH there's something to be said for the small but discerning and discriminating audience....

VAMP XANDER WAS HOT...shame they didn't bring him back really..

Right? There has to be a corner of V X/W shippers somewhere in fandom. I don't get why not. When he throws the matches to his mate and says "I like to watch" - YO, that teensy little hetero part of me I'd forgot existed swooned.

You are definitely not the only one disappointed.. Love Vamp Willow and Xander!!

Lovely set of icons especially no 6 and 10.
You are definitely not the only one disappointed.. Love Vamp Willow and Xander!!

Nicholas made me shiver in a good way when I watched the Wish - he's part of the reason why I prefer it to Dopplegangland. (And guys rarely get to me that way.) Such a great pair, I don't know why there isn't TONS of Vamp W/X shippy fic. WHERE IS THE LOVE?

6 and 10 were almost entered instead, so I love them too. Great choices. :)
GIRL I VOTED A BUNCH OF WILLOW ICONS AND I'M PROUD.

Seriously. And generally you know that I tend to prefer Buffy icons (Or at least, I tend to use her as my avatar so I take Buffy icons much more), but in these two rounds the Willow icons are so excellent and your icons beautifully portrayed her. I feel like every Willow fan should be proud, plus she's an awesome character and deserves the appreciation.

This time I love more the icon you used for the challange, but among these ones I really like 1, 5, 6 and 10. Also the 4th icons seems an old picture. Alyson Hannigan looks portrayed like a lady of the Twenties!
Also the 4th icons seems an old picture. Alyson Hannigan looks portrayed like a lady of the Twenties!

That's exactly it! She has the 1920's beestung mouth - and it looks like a colorized black and white picture!
I think Vamp Xander and Vamp Willow is the only combination with Vamp Willow I haven't seen much of--at least from what I remember. Which is a shame! It's also the only X/W version I'm really into.

With regard to the first four icons, I don't think I'd ever appreciated that shot of Willow so much until now.

And I really like the coloring in seven; it reminds me of lion illustrations, with her hair around her like a mane.

I think Vamp Xander and Vamp Willow is the only combination with Vamp Willow I haven't seen much of--at least from what I remember. Which is a shame!

I feel like we're tappin' into something here; like, if they had a ficathon or comm for those two, would anyone come out and play? There seems to be some real VX/W love here.

It's also the only X/W version I'm really into.

So much word. (It's the only version of Xander I'm into, for that matter.)

With regard to the first four icons, I don't think I'd ever appreciated that shot of Willow so much until now.

Thanks! *dusts off hands* I made icons from that shot for the first time back in May and wanted to re-explore that image. It's one of those rare caps I can saturate, desaturate, increase or decrease contrast, etc and it looks good any which way.
http://red-satin-doll.livejournal.com/38760.html

it reminds me of lion illustrations, with her hair around her like a mane.

Oh nifty, I'd never thought of that!

I went and voted. YAY! It looks like there was a great turn-out and it was hard to choose favorites. I think I managed well enough though.

I'm glad you're enjoying all the shiny icon space.

Vamp!Willow is definitely one of my favorite characters on the show and I felt you handled her well.

Also, I agree that Vamp!Xander is one sexy man-beast. Would have loved to see what happened if he had shown up a la "Dopplegangland."
I went and voted.

Hurrah!

I'm glad you're enjoying all the shiny icon space.

*hugs you* I'm even enjoying the anticipation, because I'll probably wait until I get back from vacation to fill any more up. (one of these vamp Willow catagory ones will be filling a slot, I just have to decide which one!) You're a dear, dear friend, did I mention that before?

Vamp!Willow is definitely one of my favorite characters on the show and I felt you handled her well.

I'm really honored that you think so, it was one of my goals here!

Would have loved to see what happened if he had shown up a la "Dopplegangland."

I was disappointed that he didn't! And that's no small thing because it's rare for me to find a guy (actor or character) sexy. Not just "handsome or sexy in the abstract" but "gives me chills like whoa."
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You snagged one my VERY favorite icons of that entire set! *squees* It was originally going to be my levels icon. My it looks pretty.

I pretty much only like the alt!Xanders ... Hyena, Vamp, Army ... I like those guys ... normal Xander annoys the crap out of me for reasons.

Yup. I bet we have similar reasons.

So if I just watch my griping on the topic ... think we can try again? We get along so well on things that don't include that ship and well ... I just kinda miss you.

Sure, I'm willing to give it another go! We do have lots in common don't we?

If we practice mutual respect and courtesy, hold one another's hearts dear (I've learned some lessons) and back away from certain sticky topics, we can make it work.

ETA: I am really still bowled over that you think so highly of my artwork. *blushes*



Edited at 2014-07-12 01:47 pm (UTC)
I voted and it wasn't too hard because there weren't a ton on entries. Which is good and bad at the same time! BTW... I love your #5 icon! Great coloring!!

P.S. I hope my comments in your last post helped. My Boss' FIL always say "you can't learn if you don't ask questions" ~_^ So, I hope I answered all your questions.

Edited at 2014-07-12 12:25 pm (UTC)
Oh yes you did thank you! I hadn't had a chance to get back to you and I apologize (we're getting ready for a trip away.) I was going to ask if I could borrow one of the textures?

I don't understand everything you wrote but I understand some and I'm learning more every day.

I'm not sure what the etiquette is on finding and using textures online and crediting. (I've made my own yogurt jar texture, but that was just me cropping my own photo)

The questions I really want to ask are "How did you make the banners for Enchantment Passing Through" "Dawn as Earth Fairty" and "Spuffy Aspect of Their Eyes" because those are three of the loveliest things I've ever seen but that's probably a question for down the road and much learning.
Me! I was extremely disappointed not to get any Evil Vampire Xander.

During Season 3, which has almost no Spike and absolutely no Drusilla, we sometimes talked about how Spike and Drusilla should have their own spinoff show, which would be a 1970s style variety show, kind of like The Gong Show meets Sonny & Cher. (Bad performers would be eaten.)

Evil Vampires Willow and Xander joined the cast midway through. One of the running jokes was people trying to get Vampire Willow to sing, and she would just eat them instead. Vampire Xander did stage magic.