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PART 1 of my btvsats 20in20 Round 5 Alts and Extras: Willow

As I have several alts/extras including posters I've decided to roll them out in stages rather than overwhelm everyone with a single post. You're welcome, by the way. This post is especially for my friends in Willow fandom.

All of the Willow icons below were "contenders" for my
Round 5 entries for btvsats20in20 "Rainbow" theme challenge.  See my final entries are here - and THANK YOU very much to everyone who stopped by for your lovely encouraging comments and feedback. And thank you to the moderator this round starry_night for being generally wonderful and all-around awesome as always.) This round convinced me that I do want to do more early seasons work with Willow and Buffy in future.






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Table generated using angelamaria's Icon Table Generator.
Icons by red_satin_doll.




And now on to the gratuitous commentary track!


[Artist's Commentary below the cut....]


My personal favorites: 1-5 and 9-10, which covers all the WIllow-VampWillow meta-icons. I did a lot of work with layers this round, and I love the meta possibilities of the technique.  I have to laugh because back in Round 1 I didn't even know what a "layer" was, or what comlodge meant when she advise me to master "blending" technqiues; now I'm absolutely addicted.  I'm a little surprised by how many icons I did in orange here because it's not my favorite color IRL, but it has a warmth that yellows sometimes lack (especially when they're on the greenish side) which makes it less dramatic and friendlier than red with it's association of blood, passion and death.

Every one of those was "almost" an entry that I dropped at the last minute, especiallly #1; it was originally the segueway icon between green and blue on the rainbow, and I'm not sure now why I dropped it except that it repeated the image from Prophecy Girl in my entry icon #1, and there is a line along the edge that looked to me like a mistake in cropping rather than something done intentionally.

#2 I think is an awesome icon; it's unlike anything I've ever done before but I've admired in professional graphics on book covers and movie posters. But it's so muted I couldn't find a way to place it in the rainbow, and I admit I worried that the fact that the faces don't line up perfectly would be considered a flaw by voters. Which strikes me now as a really silly thing to worry about.

Both #4 & 5 were very nearly my Red entry in the rainbow. If you've seen my Round 2 Category set entries you know how much I adore that image of VampWillow in #4. I really like the faded photo effect here; she looks entirely like a queen of the silent movies. But I have worked with the image before and this really isn't saying anything new, the blood spatter is nifty but looks to me like I slapped it on and called it a day. Looks neat though.

5 is a really weird icon IMO - I like it, a lot and I can't explain why (except my fallback mantra: pale skin, red lips ). It's interesting to look at; her hair and face look like they are reflecting something and very glossy. But it's also "off" somehow. I kept taking it in and out of rotation until I looked at it in the slideshow format in Photobucket and saw the pixilation and flaws in the image more clearly.

#6 made me realize why some of my friends in Willow fandom prefer the early seasons to the late one; and if I were a Willow fan, I would probably feel the same. All of these were tons of fun to make except #6. No offense to those who enjoy her but I honestly hate working with S6 DarkWillow imagery - absolutely hate hate hate loathe it. (But then I also didn't think that Lily going red-eyed with rage in HIMYM was at all funny. Oh, Tara.....)

If anyone else had made #7 I'd be completely agog and over the moon over it, and wonder how in the world they achieved that look.  I finally make one that looks like this and my reaction is - meh, whatever. It's pretty, it's smooth, it has a nice graphic quality that will make for an eye-catching icon, it just doesn't move me in any way or make me want to look closer.

I'm more interested in #9-12, which are variations of my #4 entry.  My actual entry uses an orange cloudscape from a photo my sweetie took recently as the texture that links the two Willows; although alt 12 might actually achieve that link with a more unified look and without the distraction of the texture. (But the one I chose for my entry just made me happy. Sue me.) My favorite alt here is #10 because I love the grunge quality in the back - it looks to me like VampWillow's image is part of the wall behind Willow, an old poster or mural that has faded over time; but I also like the warm orange color of #9.


BTW, while working on this round the on Monday I goofed and decided to move all my 20in20 entry folders in Photobucket - forgetting that would break all the links. NOT GOOD. So if you've been looking at my previous 20in20 posts and see a lot of blank spaces - that be the reason.

The usual disclaimers - snaggage is much encouraged, but taking without giving proper credit, or hosting on another archive or site without my permission especially when one is making money on the venture, will be met with stonings, canings, and confinement in a locked cell on a bread-and-water diet, in the company of a certain red-headed female vampire who will make short work of every single bone in your body before draining you dry. Which means you probably won't even get to the bread and water anyway. Savvy?
I LOVE THESE!!!!! OH THE AWESOME!!! IT SHINES!!!!

Okay, that being said, I have some preferences: #1, #2, #4, and... don't hate me... #6. (Even though Dark Willow is NOT in any way a favorite of mine.)


Your work is just stupendous!


Gabrielle
Oh silly I could never hate you! *hugs*

I actually think #6 is a good icon but it wasn't fun to make the way 1 & 2 were, but I'm glad you like it.

And I KNEW you'd like 1, 2 & 4! Those three are my favorites here and they all almost made it as entries. (If I had done a Willow/Vamp Willow set they totally would have made it - and now I'm almost sorry I didn't. next time. :) )

Thank you so much for your delightful feedback, Gabrielle.
Thank you! I don't icon Willow very often but I should do it more, because the results are usually good. Aly gives good face. And Vamp!Willow is so much fun it's ridiculous.
- (Anonymous)
OMG I almost name-checked you in this post because I kept thinking "pickamix (and velvetwhip and snogged) are gonna love #4 - or I'll eat my hatpin" *lol* Very nice to not be proven wrong! Which is to say thank you for the feedback sweetie, I'm so glad you like - it was very important to me that these passed muster with Willow fans.

Orange does have a warmth that no other color can pull off. Probably because it's the real color of fire.

oh VERY good point! And as many fires as I've burned I ought to have thought of that. (Maybe I'm still blocking thanks to the housefire we had last last August?) But you're absolutely right about that.

I used to love watching flames. I miss that. *le sigh*
I whole-heartedly approve of the Willow love you have shown in this post! You did some really cool things with blending.
I hoped you'd enjoy these, sweetheart! You know how anxious I always am that my Willow icons meet the approval of my "Willow Posse" but I felt pretty un-anxious and positive about these.

And I wondered which ones you might like specifically. (like, the bloodsplash in #4? I thought you might like that one, but I always hate to assume.)

You did some really cool things with blending.

THANK YOU for noticing that! I've been working really hard on improving my technique with blending.
These are great! And I love the commentary on each of them. Your work keeps getting better and better, and I love that you keep your alternates (me, I tend to delete them once I've made my set, because...well, actually I don't know why).

And thank you to the moderator this round starry_night for being generally wonderful and all-around awesome as always.)

Aw, thank you hon. And it is a genuine pleasure to have you as a member :)

BTW, while working on this round the on Monday I goofed and decided to move all my 20in20 entry folders in Photobucket - forgetting that would break all the links. NOT GOOD. So if you've been looking at my previous 20in20 posts and see a lot of blank spaces - that be the reason

I'm actually doing this right now with all of mine. I looked at my PB library and didn't like how it was set up. So now I'm very slowly working my way back and updating all the links in my entries and at comms I entered.





Edited at 2014-11-16 04:01 am (UTC)
Oh gosh, thank you!

I love that you keep your alternates (me, I tend to delete them once I've made my set, because...well, actually I don't know why).

I have no idea why I make so many it's just how my brain works. I culled a lot of my alts this round after I posted my set - more of my alts this round were banners and I haven't posted any of those yet.

So now I'm very slowly working my way back and updating all the links in my entries and at comms I entered.

Ah but you're doing it on purpose at least! I don't know if I can begin to rebuild the posts I've broken the links to (my prior 20in20 posts) or if I should even try.
Oh, I love both - the icons and your commentary on them!
And absolutely snagging #4. I just love that shape of "bloodstains" near her lips.
*swells with pride*

Thank you for the feedback and compliments! And yes please do snag and enjoy! I love to know my icons are getting loving homes.
I really like number 4 and it's actually strange because I generally don't like bloodsplash graphics, but it's so pretty and vamp!Willow face on the background is so elegant.
Thank you Kiki!

And I agree, there is an elegance to this icon - this is the most restrained "bloodsplash" texture I have (more a spill than a splash; I tried out other bloodspatter patterns that were more realistic and messier and they didn't go with the formality and elegance of the background.) And you know me, I love making Sarah and Aly look like silent movie stars.
#5 is my favourite! I'll be snagging that one!

By all means do, and thank you for the compliments! I'm incredibly flattered to be included in your first "art gallery" (I think of userpic pages as art galleries)

Something I forgot to add when we were talking icons on your journal: I am more than willing to add text, at your request, although I confess I am not the best person when it comes to text, there are others who have truly mastered it
You know I love Willow and I love your icons here! I am going to snag 3 and possibly 7 in this set. Number 3, I think, will match some fanfics I will be working on. Love it!
Oh my gosh, thank you so much! Please, snag away! (how much icon space do you have?)

You know, the version of #3 that i entered with the pale coloring was one of my most popular icons of my set, but in hindsight, I like the alt better in some ways. The entry version is artsier and therefore somewhat distanced from the emotion of the scene; the alt is more vivid to me.

Both the ones you singled out were almost entries but to be honest, so was #4 and almost any one of these. #7 is one of the first icons where I achieved a very smooth effect I've admired in other people's work (including your own).

Number 3, I think, will match some fanfics I will be working on. Love it!

Thank you! My brain is already mulling on banner possibilities - although you are more than capable of making your own, but should you be interested, let me know. I love making banners now more than making icons, so many possibilities of form.