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Awards and nominations, yay!

Recently I participated in my first icon challenge: Challenge 122 "Bright and Shiny" at whedon_elite. I was amazed to win a third place with my Spuffy Storyteller icon (#4). Many thanks to everyone who voted for my icons! Here are all my challenge entries:

1 2 3 4

In the icons I used textures from colorfilter and burnedbreads.

In addition to being awarded third place, I also got the Banner Maker's Choice for my Spike soul icon (#3) by the lovely red_satin_doll. Here are the beautiful banners she made for me:


RSD made some very thoughtful comments on #3, saying among other things, "I love the scratched texture that reflects Spike/William itching to "crawl out" of his own skin". This observation inspired me to make a variant of the icon, adding the image of Spike with his scratched chest in Lessons. You can see it below, together with another variant and also a few variants of the Dawn icon I submitted for the challenge:

5 6 7 8

But there's more! Some lovely person nominated my Dawn icon (#2) for the No Rest for the Wicked Awards (wicked_awards):

And I got two other "Wicked" nominations: one for my most recent vidlet, Broad Daylight, and one for the story banner I made for sparrow2000's story Searching for Jim. Many thanks to the nice people who nominated me!! I intend to do some nominating of my own soon.

And one last thing to be proud of: I made Giles smile by making a Giles+tea icon set for summer_of_giles. It was my pleasure!


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Aug. 7th, 2015 10:27 pm (UTC)
Fantastic icons! Kudos on your awards and on your nominations!!!!

Aug. 7th, 2015 11:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much!
Aug. 8th, 2015 03:36 am (UTC)
Congratulations sweetie! I was thrilled to see the noms at the wicked awards - in fact I went over there to nominate Broad Daylight and saw that it and Searching for Jim were already on the list, so I was thrilled for you not just that you'd been nominated but to see that other people also appreciate some of the fan creations I've loved too. The nods are VERY well deserved.

And I'm thrilled you love the banners for WE because that's my goal when I make them: to create something that honors the winners and is something they truly enjoy receiving. Knowing that you do makes my day and then some.

This observation inspired me to make a variant of the icon,

I'm tickled that I could be an inspiration but I was just seeing what was already there, obviously! i LOVE it when artists go meta with icons and you know I adore layering in service of that. IT's amazing how much can be communicated with an icon. I do have one concrit about #5 and that is, the "ghost" image of Spike from Lessons is so faint to my eyes that I wouldn't have known what it was if you hadn't told me. But that could just be my eyes or even my monitor. (And lord do I know the challenge of doing layers and not having them "fight" for visual dominance.)

Really looking forward to what you have in store for future for us in every medium!
Aug. 8th, 2015 11:35 pm (UTC)
Many thanks for the concrit on #5. That was very useful; I think you are absolutely right. It's definitely not you or your monitor, it was me :-) In trying to keep the added image from competing with the other one, I made it too unrecognisable. So I've tried again:

 photo spike soul lessons2.png

This seems a lot better to me. What do you think?
Aug. 8th, 2015 11:54 pm (UTC)
Better, definitely! And now the red line is more noticeable, echoing the scratches and the blood, sweeping across the composition and tying it all together. Well done!
Aug. 9th, 2015 12:18 am (UTC)
Thank you. I couldn't have done it without you! So, many thanks again for the inspiration and the constructive feedback.
Aug. 9th, 2015 03:08 am (UTC)
I'm glad I could help!
Aug. 8th, 2015 06:53 am (UTC)
Whoo Hoo, you do such brilliant work, hon.

s x
Aug. 8th, 2015 11:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much. And likewise!
Aug. 8th, 2015 10:44 am (UTC)
Aug. 8th, 2015 11:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And I'm in good company, as I see some of your fics have been nominated too. So congratulations to you too!
Aug. 8th, 2015 12:52 pm (UTC)
Congrats! =)
Aug. 8th, 2015 11:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And I should probably say that more than once, as you're one of my suspects :-)
Aug. 9th, 2015 10:24 am (UTC)
I take the fifth =)
Aug. 9th, 2015 11:48 am (UTC)

By the way, I take back what I said before about being good with deadlines. I was so happy to have finished "Broad Daylight" just in time, but after having posted it, I kept seeing things that needed to be improved. (I made a final tweak today; see if you can spot the difference!)
Aug. 9th, 2015 12:25 pm (UTC)
Hee, that tweaking thing could be endless =) Nah, can't spot any changes... something minor?
Aug. 9th, 2015 12:42 pm (UTC)
Well, yes, of course something very minor -- you know me :-)

There's this HLOD clip of Buffy coming at Spike with her stake, which I followed up with Spike's dream from OOMM that has Buffy kissing instead of staking him. But it bothered me that Buffy was coming from the opposite direction in the OOMM clip, so I flipped it so that it flows better from the HLOD clip. I'm sure nobody ever had any problems with the old version, but I couldn't look at it anymore without itching to improve it!
Aug. 9th, 2015 01:04 pm (UTC)
=) That's basically what's all post-release changes are all about.
Nov. 11th, 2015 03:44 pm (UTC)
I'm trolling for icons since someone gifted me more icon space :D Snagging #7 from this set
Nov. 12th, 2015 09:56 pm (UTC)
You are very welcome to it! And what a nice gift (one can never have too many icons).
Mar. 20th, 2016 04:27 pm (UTC)
Hi, do you mind if I snag #2 (Green Dawn) from this set?
Mar. 20th, 2016 04:57 pm (UTC)
Not at all, I'm always happy if people want to use any of my icons. So you are very welcome to it!
Mar. 22nd, 2016 02:39 am (UTC)
Thank you!
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