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So when I was perusing the list of nominees for Round 13 of [livejournal.com profile] wicked_awards the other day I completely forgot that my Mr Gordo icon for  [livejournal.com profile] whedon_elite Challenge 147 was also nominated in the Best Icon category.  And boy do I feel embarrassed because anyone who knows me knows I love me some Mr Gordo. Thank you [livejournal.com profile] freecat15 for noticing my oversight and THANK YOU again to whomever nominated it!
red_satin_doll: (Buffy Destructive  rocket launcher Innoc)
With a great many apologies for extreme tardiness (and being totally MIA): THANK YOU to whomever nominated my artwork for Round 13 of the [livejournal.com profile] wicked_awards. I have no idea who did but it's extremely gratifying. And I am THRILLED that one of the nominated works is the poster for [livejournal.com profile] herself_nyc's "Closure (is a silly word)", for Round 19[livejournal.com profile] seasonal_spuffy.  That poster is the one thing I made the last year that I would have chosen, if I had decided to self-nominate. I'm really happy with how it turned out and honored that someone liked it enough to nominate.

Thank you also to whomever nominated my Category 2 Buffy icon for Round 17 of [livejournal.com profile] btvsats20in20 . That took me by surprise as well and I am very grateful.

ETA: Also nominated was my Mr Gordo icon for [livejournal.com profile] whedon_elite. Thank you [livejournal.com profile] freecat15 for pointing out my oversight!  *pets Mr Gordo*

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But first things first: congratulations to [livejournal.com profile] boiiko for winning the banner competition for Round 19 of [livejournal.com profile] seasonal_spuffy - and deservedly so!  Her design is absolutely unique and although there were many lovely banners that round, this one deserved to be the winner. Very different to any previous winners and the perfect fit for the 10th anniversary round. Since I love it when artists talk about their process, I have to recommend her "making of" post.

Banner by Angelus2hot Nov 1 2015   Banner by Angelus2hot Nov 1 2015

Awards banners by [livejournal.com profile] angelus2hot

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THANK YOU to the judges of the [livejournal.com profile] wicked_awards, [livejournal.com profile] spankedbyspike and [livejournal.com profile] angelus2hot; winning a Wicked Award was something I wished for but didn't really expect to ever actually happen, so it was a total surprise when I got the news! Thank you for the beautiful awards banners and THANK YOU to the folks who nominated my icons, banners and wallpaper. I honestly do not know who nominated my work in three catagories and wish I could thank them properly. (Please feel free to out yourself/selves!)

Speaking of little birds, [livejournal.com profile] velvetwhip (Gabrielle)'s Answering Prayers won Best Series (as well it should) and I could not be more pleased! (Her fic Easy also won Best Dark.)That my poster for it earned Runner-up Honors is just the icing on the cake, and is as much her award as mine, IMO, because her story was the inspiration. (That my poster earned Runner Up, and my icon first place, when I consider the competition, is truly special and extraordinary.)

I'm really tickled about that icon; I made it for [livejournal.com profile] slayerstillness Challenge 47, "IWRY" a challenge I very nearly didn't enter because I'm not much of a Bangel shipper (or Angel fan), didn't submit my set until literally the last minute; but it's proved to be one of my winningest artworks. The Little Icon That Could.  :D

Congratulations to all the winners but most especially my friends (in the art categories): [livejournal.com profile] comlodge, [livejournal.com profile] chasingdemons, [livejournal.com profile] katekat1010 (her Giles banner is simply superb); [livejournal.com profile] snowpuppies; [livejournal.com profile] spikesredqueen; [livejournal.com profile] halliwell; [livejournal.com profile] debris4spike; [livejournal.com profile] sweet_lyri; [livejournal.com profile] sueworld2003; (in the video categories) [livejournal.com profile] double_dutchess; [livejournal.com profile] thedothatgirl; (in the fiction categories): [livejournal.com profile] punch_kicker15, s[[livejournal.com profile] the_moonmoth, [livejournal.com profile] spuffy_luvr, [livejournal.com profile] hello_spikey, [livejournal.com profile] aadler, [livejournal.com profile] beer_good_foamy, lion-hearted girl, [livejournal.com profile] snogged, [livejournal.com profile] shapinglight, [livejournal.com profile] dragonydreams,

Check out the entire winners' list here.
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Deadline for nominations in the [livejournal.com profile] wicked_awards Round 12 is today, August 31st - so if you look over the list and see any of your favorite authors, artists or fanworks missing from the list, procede post-haste. The Music Video nomination list is posted separately here. Make sure to read the Rules carefully before you procede.

THANK YOU to the folks who nominated my own artwork in three categories this round! - And no, I haven't a clue who nominated me but I am incredibly grateful for the honors!

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My poster for The Relish Collection Series (aka "the Femalehusbandverse") (2015) especially "The Female Husband" made for [livejournal.com profile] kerkevik_2014. This poster is an adaption of one I originally made for Ray as an unofficial banner (#8) for the [livejournal.com profile] wicked_awards at his request. He asked me to make some banners for his own nominated stories and wished for something female-centric rather than the male-centric official nominee buttons. I'd been meaning to make a fic poster for that series for some time and Ray's "commission" gave me an excuse:


Teasers: therelishcollectionbannerforkerkevik2014_style2.4warm_byRSD2015_750x365.png custom made nominee button at the request of ray jerk 2015 nomineebuttonbuffywickedawards275x128_rsd2015_1.1final.png






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Nominee button custom made for Ray Kerk for Wicked Awards 2015 2
For his nomination, he used #3 at his journal. It's not in the style of the official buttons but I liked the way it came out. I then made myself a Fuffy-themed banner that I really like but again - not in the style of the official buttons so I've decided against using it. (The beautiful textures in both courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] sweet_lyri.)

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[livejournal.com profile] angelus2hot gave me permission to make these but asked asked me to match the style and size of the official Angel and Lindsey ones made by [livejournal.com profile] angelstoy. (I also had in mind the style and coloring of the SPN and X-Files buttons.) She gave me permission to use these buttons - and I'm happy to share but please remember these are not official site buttons.
Images of Eliza, Amber and Sarah from The Chosen Two Gallery.


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~ Want? Take, have for personal use but please credit if used.
~ DO NOT RE-POST TO OTHER SITES (INCL. FANPOP) OR LJ COMMUNITIES WITHOUT MY PERMISSION!
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Deadline for nominations for the 12th Round of the [livejournal.com profile] wicked_awards is August 31st - check out the list of fiction/art nominees and music video nominees.
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The nomination period for Round 11 of the [livejournal.com profile] wicked_awards is OPEN through August 1st -  and I know this because a dear, precious little bird informed me that she had nominated two of my artworks: Prodigal Daughter in "Under Your Spell (Best Banner)" and "Guess Who? (Let a Smile be Your Umbrella - Vamp Willow)" icon from Round 2 of [livejournal.com profile] btvsats20in20 in "Something to Sing About" (Best Icon)!

And someone else (I know not who) nominated my poster** for [livejournal.com profile] clockwork_hart1's fic "Conclusive Etymology of a Summers" in the Banner category!

WOW! and THANK YOU!

I'll let my first benefactor reveal themselves publicly only if they wish, but I know - and I like knowing. In the second case, I have a short-list of suspects but nothing definitive, so my gratitude rides a warm embrace through the air to Whomever-You-May-Be.

 

I'm just - WOW. I never expected this.  In the art categories? SERIOUSLY?







Two years ago if anyone had told me I'd be nominated in any awards for fanart, not meta or even fiction category, my reaction would have looked something like this:



Then like this:



And then asked what the real punchline was. Because I was going to be all writerly and, you know, write meta and stuff. My sweetie is/was the "visual artist" as a painter and sculptor; that's her territory, not mine. She's the "artist" in the family.  Or that was the idea anyway. Making fanart wasn't even on my radar. (I hadn't even made a single icon since I'd wandered away from Moulin Rouge fandom a few years ago.) So this feels strange and a little surreal, in the best possible way.

It's also sweet because the nominations are coming from people whose work I respect and admire so much, in a fandom filled with amazing artists; (and because RL has been a bit on the sucky side lately. 'nuff said.) This is just a lovely surprise all around. THANK YOU again to the souls who nominated me and to everyone here who has welcomed me so warmly and openly, and supported me with friendship, encouragement, advice and tutoring.

These are happy tears:



REALLY.




An extra-special thank you to [livejournal.com profile] kwritten, whose icons I so admire for their layered delicacy, for mentioning one day, off-handedly that she used ipiccy and had I ever heard of it?  No I had not - but my work took a huge leap forward when I started playing with it. I know gimp and PS are more sophisticated and I will end up using one or the other no doubt, but ipiccy is free, user-friendly and similar enough to programs I've used before to transition away from Photobucket.



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Three things I love about the [livejournal.com profile] wicked_awards (among many many things):

1)  They have categories in Art, Music Video AND in Fiction.  This is the only award I know of in this fandom that does.

2) The winners are decided by judges (the "Inner Workings" post is a great read, check it out) rather than popular vote. Not to diss one or the other but there is definitely room for both types.

3) Moderators [livejournal.com profile] angelus2hot and [livejournal.com profile] spankedbyspike are all-around wonderful human being and ever gracious. (Which has been true of every admin and mod I've encountered since coming to this fandom and to LJ, to be honest. You folks are a rare breed and deserve many kudos for your work.)

The nomination period ENDS AUGUST 1st 25th - and I'm noticing a lot of empty spaces on the Nominee list. Remember that there is no limit to the nominations they accept in any category (unless it gets ridiculous, knowwhatimean?), a person can be nom'd up to twice in any category writers can only be nomm'd once per category, visual artists/vidders can be nomm'd twice per category *** (not including collaborative work) and DID I MENTION THE NOMINATION PERIOD ENDS SOON AND LOTS OF EMPTY SPACES ON THE LIST?  You know what to do, Gentle Reader  - make somebody happy - just make sure you real the Rules and Past Winners list first. If you're not certain, just ask the always helpful mods!

Along those lines, the mods not only welcome but encourage self-nomination. I did that last year with my Ted meta, which felt a little embarrassing at first but I got a pretty Runner-Up banner, and a few people saw my meta who might not have otherwise. Aside from the kudos and encouragement this is the point: to give people a chance to see, watch and read something that mightn't have crossed their paths otherwise. Sharing is Caring!


** I know "banner" is used for just about everything that ain't nailed down when it comes to fanart, but I like the term "poster". PS: the Etymology poster I swore I would always love instead of just seeing the flaws ten years down the road? Two months later, I'm already seeing the flaws and what I woulda/coulda/shoulda have done better. Durn it.

***ETA: [livejournal.com profile] angelus2hot gently corrected my errors re: nominating period and number of noms per category: a masterclass in graciousness, that's what I'm talking about.

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