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20 August 2015 @ 04:08 pm
[#102] Sense8  
Holy baloney, has it really been over a year since my last post? Where has the time gone! Well, if anything is going to get me iconning again, it's a new fandom and a new 20inspirations round ;)

30 Sense8 icons
daynawashere_sense8_badass daynawashere_sense8_30 daynawashere_sense8_04

First of all, yikes, I am feeling very rusty. My photoshop skills were definitely feeling shaky as I started things off, but I think I sort of settled into a groove. The good thing about this round was it forced me to practice basically all of the skills I ever had, so that was good. So the challenge was to make icons that inspired by ten different styles. I decided to try to do two of each style... with some success but a bit of cheating. Many/most of these icons can be classified under multiple styles, and some of them ended up in categories that wouldn't have been my first thought, in order to balance out the numbers. Ah well, I tried. It kind of just ended up being a way to organized this very, very scattered post ;)

daynawashere_sense8_14 daynawashere_sense8_30 daynawashere_sense8_16 daynawashere_sense8_10 [01-04]

daynawashere_sense8_08 daynawashere_sense8_09 daynawashere_sense8_readyforlove daynawashere_sense8_07 [05-08]

daynawashere_sense8_badass daynawashere_sense8_02 daynawashere_sense8_13 daynawashere_sense8_17 [09-12]

daynawashere_sense8_03 daynawashere_sense8_20 daynawashere_sense8_05 daynawashere_sense8_32 [13-16]

 photo daynawashere-sense8-23.png daynawashere_sense8_04 daynawashere_sense8_15 daynawashere_sense8_11 [17-20]

Some specific inspirations (some from the inspiration post, some not) and thoughts:
[Wordy (as always)]
#1: I was thinking with the text that's it's like an "8" but because it's rotated it's also like an infinity sign? One of those ideas that cooler in my head, perhaps.
#2: This one obviously lives and dies from its texture use, which is this one by transfuchsian.
#3: Inspiration: this icon by endearest
#4: Inspiration: this icon by trespassings
#5: I felt while I was making this that it reminded of me some other icon, I was trying to figure out which one, and then I just had a brainwave that the blue/purple colouring in the shadows reminds me of this classic amazing icon by blueymcphluey. I think. Hopefully this isn't actually an even more obvious knockoff of somebody else's work.
#6: The goal here was a combination of the Seoul skyline, with an image of a Nairobi desert overlayed on it, trying to play off the idea that they are in both places at once.
#7: Inspiration for the background colouring: this icon by juanxyo
#8: The subtle texture in the background is an old map of Nairobi that I found through google. I tried to do a whole series of icons with each Sense8 and a map of where they live but then I got bored with the repetitiveness and ended up just making this one.
#9: Haha so the text is from this meme and I just thought it fit ;) The warm/cool colour contrast was initially inspired by this icon by jsfunction.
#10: I love these textures by pamkips so muchhhh, definitely my go-to when I want to add some texture to a background. I wanted this to be brighter and more colourful and originally it had lots of rainbow-y paint textures, but it looked sloppy but I ended up making the focus some bold text instead. Might redo this one at some point and try the colourful look again.
#11 & 12: Not much to say about these ones, except that I went so long only making clean and simple icons (if you go back through the first 70+ posts in my comm, they're mostly minimalistic icons like these, and probably 90/100 posts on my comm are mostly textless) and now I find it so hard to not want to add stuff! Even now I'm thinking, hmm, I could have added some textures to #11 and some text to #12. Not that one style is better than the other, and not that I don't like these, but I just have a hard time now letting the colour and crop speak for itself.
#13: Same cap as #5, oop. It was too pretty to not use again.
#14: Alllllmost rejected this one, I like the colours but I couldn't get the sharpness quite right.
#15: Tried to do something really different here since silhouette caps can get really over-used. I wanted the focus to be on the words "fist fight" (which is a thing on it's own) and then fit the rest of the quote around it in a more subtle way. Idk, I kinda like it xD
#16: LOL not sure about this one. It kind of came about by accident, I coloured the image really brightly, and then just decided to go with the Roy Lichtenstein vibes?
#17: I really like the dull blue highlights in this one, inspired by (among others) this icon by reebeecaa and this icon by oveido
#18: The text in particular was inspired by this fabulous tutorial by theotherayn
#19: There's a version in colour in the alternates, couldn't decide which one I liked better.
#20: The high-contrasted look is definitely inspired by motorized and icons like this one.
+ a few alternates/rejects:

daynawashere_sense8_24 daynawashere_sense8_33 daynawashere_sense8_ready2 daynawashere_sense8_23 daynawashere_sense8_12
daynawashere_sense8_06 daynawashere_sense8_29 daynawashere_sense8_21 daynawashere_sense8_19 daynawashere_sense8_26

Comments would be amazing if you guys like them, but I'm mostly just happy and excited to have opened Photoshop again for the first time in a year :D I missed you guys!
i'm on a website where people fuck fruit: Sense8 Will+Diego churchgeckoholic on August 20th, 2015 09:13 pm (UTC)
Okay, wow, that's a stunning set. :D
Amaya: SENSE8 → nomi x amanitaneatmonster on August 20th, 2015 09:48 pm (UTC)
Wow, these are gorgeous, saving a bunch :)
Alex: TV: Kala [Sense8]sietepecados on August 20th, 2015 09:50 pm (UTC)
These are amazing! Saving a lot! :)

Edited at 2015-08-20 09:50 pm (UTC)
Lady Mercury: AmyRoryPostcardsladymercury_10 on August 21st, 2015 02:20 am (UTC)
These are soooo pretty!
Lily: Breaking Bad - Jesse - Cleanburntheflaws on August 21st, 2015 06:00 am (UTC)
Well then, this post is absolutely wonderful. I loved Sense8 and it's great to see so many icons gorgeously dedicated to it. I love the pastel coloring and softness of 3. The vibrant coloring and text use in 4 are great. That was probably my favorite scene in the whole show (and it reminded me a lot of "Wild World" from Skins, if you watched that show).

Fantastic text use in 5-8. The painty textured look of 5 is gorgeous and also gives me motorized vibes. 6 is one of my favorites in this batch. Fantastic clean composition and earthy colors.

The close crop of 13 is stunning. 16 is so funky and wonderful. I love it when polka dots are used well in an icon, as you've so clearly demonstrated.

The muted section is fantastic as well. 18 is such a striking composition, and I definitely see where you drew inspiration from theotherayn but at the same time the coloring is so very you. Beautiful contrast in 19 and 20.

Even the alternates are great. Love the text use and almost vintage-looking-but-vibrant coloring in 24, as well as the lighting and faded coloring in 25. I dig seeing you pull off all the different icon styles all while staying true to your own.
S.: Sense 8 | Wolfgang ♥shameless666 on August 21st, 2015 06:59 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you opened PS again, because these are amazing! ♥
My favourites from the set are #6 (the composition with overlayed Seoul and Nairobi is excellent as are the blending and the coloring), #8 (again, beautiful coloring and composition), #12 (I love how simple the icon is and it has a great coloring) and #18 (hands down this is my absolute favourite, love everything about it). Great set, saved a bunch! =)
Zugmauglybusiness on August 21st, 2015 08:36 am (UTC)
These are gorgeous! Saving a lot, thank you very much!
Laura: Kingsman: The Secret Serviceviolateraindrop on August 21st, 2015 08:10 pm (UTC)
I really like your use of text, especially on 9 and 15. My favorite is 2, I just adore the composition :)
l.m.incandescent on August 22nd, 2015 01:36 am (UTC)
Oh gosh. *fans self* These are FANTASTIC!

I mean, the coloring of 1 and 2 is impeccable. The compositions of 3 and 4 are so well executed, and the textwork on 4 is gorgeous. (What font?) The texts on 7 and 8 are... ugh, so good. AND 9, 10, 11, 12! Bright, beautiful colors! The experimental icons are gorgeous, especially the text on 15 and the Lichtenstein work on 16 (HOW???). The crop on 19!

I just... wow. This is a really good set of icons. Thank you!
outoftime on August 22nd, 2015 02:43 am (UTC)
This is such a lovely set!I adore the colors and the creativity. I'm snagging 3, 4, and 9.

My eye also keeps being drawn to 15 & 16 - such cool icons - may come back and snag them.
jørgenvetica on August 23rd, 2015 09:42 am (UTC)
WOW! The whole set is beautiful! I absolutely love 5, 9, 12 and 16.
Océanepetite_tomate on August 23rd, 2015 05:12 pm (UTC)
YOU CLAIMED SENSE8 AND I DIDN'T EVEN REALIZE! I've always been in love with your icon, so you iconing my latest obsession is like a gif from heaven.

As always, your coloring is magic, I love how your work with pastel colors as well as vibrant colors at the same time. #3 is so beautiful, I think the blue looks very cold and it fits Riley so well, I love it. The composition of #6 is crazy and so well found, and the little text adds so much details imo! We used the same screencaps for #9 but I have to say I absolutely LOVE LOVE yours, it looks so BADASS indeed, with that deep red and the blue of his shirt! What to say about #10 beside that it's gorgeous? The use of the text is so appropriate. #11 is so pretty too, I can't do icons like this anymore either, it's hard not wanting to add something to it. It's so simple but everything is in the crop and the coloring, and you did both so well, I really think you should do them more again because they're AMAZING! #16 looks great too. Your b&w have always that deep deep black, and that smoothness, I can't even. What a gorgeous batch!!
Nikki: Teen Wolf - Scott Stilessucksucksmile on September 11th, 2015 10:09 pm (UTC)
i saved like half this set i swear.
i love your more complex icons, something i always aspire to do but never end up actually doing.

your textures and text use are just wonderful.