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22 August 2005 @ 08:50 am
Whee! I rock ;) 100contest closed voting - and I got mod's choice for one of my icons :)

banner for winning

The other icon I entered was:

green Wonka icon

And I'd made 2 I didn't enter, the first of these I actually like better than the green one of the two I entered, but it's not really the sort of thing that works well in that contest. The second one didn't work, really.

goggles icon ticket icon

I'm so not sure what to do about the next contest though - it's apparently a 'base challenge' ... but I'm not sure if that's just no text or if there's something else that makes a 'base' a 'base' and not an icon without text. And the pictures aren't pictures that make me think 'ooh' at all. Ah well, I've got till Friday to think of something.

Yesterday was mostly spent reading and cooking, with a little bit of random mayhem thrown in for good measure. I wasn't really in the mood to play much Q3:TA though - that headache hung around all day, I ended up taking a painkiller which didn't do very much. Clearly not alcohol, caffeine or hydration related, coz I covered most of those options ;) Mostly better now though, so that's all good.
Current Mood: awakeawake
Current Music: Simon and Garfunkel "Bridge Over Troubled Water"
Rillaithrillaith on August 22nd, 2005 09:50 am (UTC)
In theory, a base is something that can be modified to form an icon. Usually, it boils down to creative cropping, but some people do do "glorified" bases. Lemme go get some examples...

Example #1: Glorified Bases - these are typical "bases" with brushes/textures already applied. They do work rpetty well as textless icons too, mind, but you can usually see where you could add to them without destroying them.

Example #2: More than just cropped bases - they've got borders and may have been cleaned up in some way; most people would still add significantly to these to make them into icons.

Example #3: Just a crop - these bases are basic bases - no borders, just a crop of the original image. basicbases has oodles of these.

Example #4: Textless Icons - these are harder to find and close to glorified bases; a good half of the ones here are basically textless icons.

It's a fine line, really. A lot of it is the intention of the creator; I've seen "textless icons" that I would have classed as bases, but the poster has specifically said they're intended to be textless, editing them is not allowed. I think my only suggestion would be to make something that you look at and it makes you *want* to do more with it.

(And between you and me? My personal opinion is that the first entries I saw are less "base" and more "textless icon". They're very busy.)

Margaretpling on August 22nd, 2005 10:02 am (UTC)
Thanks, that helps a bit. I think the problem is mostly that icons I like tend to be simple & uncluttered & textless (even though the ones I make often have text), so actually I'd use any of the 'bases' as icons. And thinking about it - my actual icons (ie the ones I use) are all 'bases' really.
Rillaithrillaith on August 22nd, 2005 10:28 am (UTC)
So are most of mine!