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icon dump + bestof_icons 2016 results!

Doctor Who [2]
Dorian Gray (2009) [2]
Supernatural [2]
The Americans, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Captain America: Civil War, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Emperor's New Groove, How to Get Away with Murder, Once Upon a Time, Orange Is the New Black, Pretty Little Liars, Revolution, Rust and Bone (2012), Sense8, Sleepy Hollow, Stardust (2007), Teen Wolf, X-Men (2000) [1 each]

First, a couple of icons I've made lately for the7days & oddlyspecificon. Just wanna get these out of the way first before my next monthlyinspo set :) Snag anything you like! Very misc fandoms this time.

Doctor Who x2, Dorian Gray x2, SPN
SPN*, The Americans, BTVS, Captain America: Civil War, The Chronicles of Narnia
The Emperor's New Groove, HtGAwM, OUAT, OItNB, Pretty Little Liars
Revolution, Rust and Bone, Sense8, Sleepy Hollow, Stardust
Teen Wolf, X-Men

* 6 was inspired by this REALLY COOL song that was playing when I was iconing: The Widow's Bane - Don't Be Afraid, It's Only Death

and the second thing, the results of bestof_icons 2016 are in! I thought I'd give a small review of my top10 again, and what my personal favorites would have been. (There are a lot of ties so out of the 10 icons that got 6 votes I just picked the 5 I liked most)

[winners, personal picks + discussion]

- The winner is a bit unexpected but I like it, I had fun making it! it's much more textured than my icons usually are, so maybe this year I'll explore texture use a bit more :)
- 2 is alright, I like the vibrancy but compositionwise it was among the safest from that batch. But on the other hand it was a very good combination of subject + lyrics :D
- 3 was another really safe one, I knew it would place here but I was actually very uninspired during that challenge and just went with something I knew would work cause I wanted to be safe for another round at that lims. Not sure if that quote fits the text arrangement :p
- The rest of these are a bit more experimental which I'm happy about. Lots of text and even some dfifferent compositions. I really like the set that 4 and 7 come from and those two were my own faves from it as well, so I'm happy they placed here!
- 5 took more effort than it looks like so I'm glad it was well received. I like the coloring and the simple text.
- 6 is my personal favorite from last year cause it was really inspired and I love it when something I visioned in my head comes into existence almost the way I imagined it. I spent hours just looking for brushes and textures! I just love it.
- 8 is a happy surprise, it wouldn't be in my top 10 because it's such a weird and messy composition but at the same time I sometimes wish I could go to weird and messy places with my icons more often so I'm glad that those icons have their supporters.
- I really like 9, and 10 has grown on me. I felt like such an idiot for submitting such a ridiculous icon to turbo_rumble, lol. I WAS SO EMBARRASSED that this was my entry for the prompt 'hidden'. But now that I'm not taking it so seriously, I quite like that icon. The image quality is always an issue with gifs tbh but otherwise I like the paintiness and the animation and just the fun aspect of it :)

In general it wasn't the best icon year for me, but then again I say this every year, haha. But really, I had a few high inspiration months and a lot of low inspiration months. I only found like 30 icons that I really liked from last year. I think my problem last year was that most of the time I wasn't into any fandom that would inspire me, and the rest of the time I was into an obscure fandom I knew would not interest anyone (Free!, Dorian Gray, RuPaul's Drag Race, Survivor...) so I didn't see much point in creating icons or putting effort into them. Also, thesis stress was a major factor last year. I think I've laready done much better icons this year than anything I made last year. But, if I have to pick, these are my personal top 10 from 2016:

So, all my winning icons this far:

2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016

     Thanks for people who voted, nominated and otherwise participated! :) Hopefully there'll still be bestoficons this year!
Tags: !maker: jsfunction, movie: captain america - cw, movie: dorian gray, movie: rust and bone, movie: stardust, movie: the chronicles of narnia, movie: the emperor's new groove, movie: x-men, tv: buffy the vampire slayer, tv: doctor who, tv: htgawm, tv: oitnb, tv: once upon a time, tv: pretty little liars, tv: revolution, tv: sense8, tv: sleepy hollow, tv: supernatural, tv: teen wolf, tv: the americans, type: icons
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