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11 June 2008 @ 07:10 pm
 
ICON TRUTH MEME 4


I've done the icon truth meme 3 times before, and they seemed like fun, so I'll do it again.
If you want to see the first three, they are here:
- part one
- part two
- part three

Comment with your username and people will comment with what they feel about your icons. COMMENT TO THOSE PEOPLE ANONYMOUSLY, even if it's good or bad. Feel free to use examples, but please try not to hotlink. If you need to, use a regular link to an image.
Of course you don't have to comment anonymously, but I would strongly suggest it.

Anon is on and IP tracking is off. So, TELL EVERYONE TO PARTICIPATE!

And please don't be rude when commenting, there is a difference between constructive and destructive criticism. Also, even if you feel like you're not the best icon maker, please comment anyway, or comment to other people. This is supposed to help people grow, and see their strengths and weaknesses.

(If no one comments to this or anything, I will be so sad)
 
 
 
(Anonymous) on June 12th, 2008 03:40 am (UTC)
I honestly don't love your icons as much as everybody else seems to. I really don't mean to be mean, but this is the icon truth meme and I felt it was time for the icon truth to come out. :P

I really like that your icons are very easily distinguishable as yours, but I don't like it how there's often only one or two colours in an icon. I've always been a fan of varied colours in icons. And I feel that using gradients isn't the best colouring technique, because the icons end up being sort of two-dimensional.

I know a LOT of people love your icons and love your style, but as far as I'm concerned they look amateurish. *runs away* :(
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(Anonymous) on June 12th, 2008 12:50 pm (UTC)
Obviously I don't expect you to change your style. A lot of people love it, but to me it just seems to simple. I mean, I'm all for simple icons as long as they're technically complex. Judging from your latest tutorial it seems to me that you just chuck a couple of gradients onto your pictures and that's that. I feel like there should be more to iconmaking than that. It also worries me that you don't work off of the original colouring of the picture.
See... here, http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v625/LAURA4LAD/ATOMICREDSOX/sn1.png, the only colours are the ones you've added. Oh, and that's also a good representation of the 'two colour' thing I was talking about. The only two colours in the icon are the two colours of your gradient. I also don't like how in that icon you've lost the contrast of the original picture. And the picture of Sam thrown off into the corner seems like a bad mistake someone who doesn't know their way around an icon would make. It doesn't really make sense to be there, you know? The icon was fine without it.
Also I'm not a big fan of the pinky tone you use for skintones. In icons like http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v625/LAURA4LAD/ATOMICREDSOX/lost25.png, people end up looking flat because of the way you've used the gradients.

Oh lord, this is hard. Umm... I think just overall my biggest problem is that you don't draw from the original colouring of the picture. Well, that combined with my natural distaste for gradients. :P

Although I must admit I love this one: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v625/LAURA4LAD/ATOMICREDSOX/bsg19b.png. The red and the blue and the curves and the texture! It's all just working! :D
Don't ask me why I like it compared to all of the others, I thought about it for like 20 minutes and I have no idea :P. I think it might have something to do with how everything connects? The cyan in the sky gradients into the red, which blends up into the curve. The curve creates a border that the texture adds to? *shrug* as I said, I'm not totally sure.

Do you want more? I'm trying to be as constructive as possible, just let me know I wasn't enough.