red_satin_doll: (Willow Tough Love post-impressionist)



My entries for [livejournal.com profile] btvsats20in20 Round 18; many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] starry_night for allowing me to submit this past the deadline; my computer has been crashing  continually the last few days. Not fun.  Thanks also to my fantastic beta-Muse [livejournal.com profile] velvetwhip.


Teasers:        









10 Themes
Full Body Black & White Plus One No Eyes Upside Down
First Appearance Nature Object Weakness Release
5 Category |PURPLE RAIN
Cat 1 Cat 2 Cat 3 Cat 4 Cat 5
5 Artist's Choice
AC 1 AC 2 AC 3 AC 4 AC 5








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red_satin_doll: (Willow Tough Love post-impressionist)
And while you're looking at [livejournal.com profile] whedon_elite Challenge 143 (deadline May 15), check out the entries that have been submitted so far by [livejournal.com profile] sweet_lyri, [livejournal.com profile] emmatheslayer, and [livejournal.com profile] lookslikerain here, here and here respectively. Everyone is bringing their A-game.

I hope to get something submitted but I'm helping get ready for my sweetie's upcoming exhibition so I may not be able to. Real life gets in the way and all  that jazz. Speaking of which, I apologize for being behind on finishing awards banners for Challenge 142, and also for [livejournal.com profile] episodes20in20 Round 5. They are in the works.  In the meantime congratulations to Challenge 142 winners [livejournal.com profile] sweet_lyri, [livejournal.com profile] nmcil12 and [livejournal.com profile] emmatheslayer (whose technique and artistry are growing by leaps and bounds lately, if I may say so.) And congratulations to Round 5 winners [livejournal.com profile] crucified, [livejournal.com profile] gabby227, and [livejournal.com profile] sandy79!

Last but not least THANK YOU to everyone who voted for my icons at [livejournal.com profile] btvsats20in20 Round 17 and THANK YOU to [livejournal.com profile] tempertemper for the gorgeous little gems of the awards banners she made us! Congratulations to the other winners [livejournal.com profile] crazycordy, [livejournal.com profile] vanishingspirit, [livejournal.com profile] sweet_lyri and [livejournal.com profile] debris4spike!

 

Pimpage!

Apr. 27th, 2016 11:58 am
red_satin_doll: (Kendra the Vampire Slayer What's My Line)


[livejournal.com profile] lims_btvs
Sign ups for Round 10 HERE; at least eight people are needed before the mods can start the round.





Seasonal Spuffy Round 20 banner poll HERE; deadline to vote is today, April 27th, 9pm EST (And no, I don't have a dog in the race this time. I'm going to kick back and enjoy being a voter and spectator.) Sign ups for Round 20 are HERE and it's filling up fast.
red_satin_doll: (Kendra the Vampire Slayer What's My Line)
[livejournal.com profile] btvsats20in20 Round 17 last chance to weigh on on three tiebreakers.

[livejournal.com profile] whedon_elite still has some ties for Full body challenge 141 so VOTE here if you haven't cast your ballot already. Speaking of [livejournal.com profile] whedon_elite, a few days ago I moped that I missed the "flowery" challenge over at [livejournal.com profile] slayerstillness but WE challenge 142 is giving us a second chance at the theme.
red_satin_doll: (Buffy Helpless A Father's Love TRGM)
And back from my perpetual AWOL-ery....

Tonight is the deadline to vote in Round 17!

Don't forget there are three posts for voting: Themes, Category Sets, and AC Sets;

There are only 14 - 16 votes cast so far in each post (there are always people who miss one, it seems), and for the most part I pretty much agree with how the vote is going; there are no egregious errors, no "wtf, people?"

The one exception is that I am surprised that the Content theme isn't more evenly spread; I thought that was one of the most difficult to decide among. (I confess  I really like [livejournal.com profile] debris4spike's Bangel icon from What's My Line? The "medieval" stained glass background is so richly and intensely colored, in contrast to the relative neutrals of Buffy and Angel's skin, hair and clothes. The dark shadows cutting across Buffy's torso and around the figures give them depth and solidity in contrast to the flat background, but the shadows also link the figures visually to the leading in the stained glass. It's a deceptively simple little icon but there's a lot of "there there" the more I look at it.

And don't even get me started on [livejournal.com profile] crazycordy's beautifully subtle Faith AC set.

Some of of my icons are doing fairly well and I confess that makes me happy; after so many gen icon sets, doing a Buffy set was like a homecoming.  When I was making the icons I had a "concept" for the AC set and put a lot of energy into it, but ironically the Category set, which I spent relatively less time on, is doing better, as it should. I think it came out more interesting and it's one of the better Category sets I've done.
red_satin_doll: (Kendra the Vampire Slayer What's My Line)
Voting for Challenge 66 of [livejournal.com profile] slayerstillness is up right NOW - and once again I have been absolutely abysmal at participation lately. (Which is dumb because I have all sorts of flower textures and imagery that I could have drawn on.) But if I didn't enter I can at least vote and encourage y'all to to do the same.

And voting for Round 17 of [livejournal.com profile] btvsats20in20 is also up NOW, and this one I did participate in, with delays. And I have to say I'm pretty happy with my set. It's not showy, the icons are more "naturalistic" but I'm happy with how they came out. But I think "naturalistic" is a pretty good description of the entries overall by [livejournal.com profile] sweet_lyri, [livejournal.com profile] emmatheslayer, [livejournal.com profile] vanishingspirit and [livejournal.com profile] crazycordy .The icons are "subtle" and "unshowy" in the best way, because it really forced me to stop and look at them, to pay attention to the details. And I love that. There's a lot of "there there" but you're not being stabbed in the eye with it.  No desperate "Look at me, look at me!" but rather an assured, "Oh, there you are. Yes, come in."

Don't forget there are three separate voting posts: 10 THEMES, CATEGORY SETS, and ARTISTS CHOICE SET


Question: Is it weird that I am willing to pimp the heck out of voting for icontests here (even ones I don't participate in) but never got onto LJ once to promote voting for La'Porsha Renae in American Idol?  I did that on facebook and it was like, I wanted to keep my fandoms separate? Or - I don't know. It was a learning experience. I never watched the show before and thank god it's over, I wouldn't want to do that again. Sheesh. The partisanship, the anger, the racial and sexual slurs, the nonsensical rationalizations...it all made buffyverse fan wars feel like a cakewalk in comparison.

PS to
[livejournal.com profile] velvetwhip : I see you over there voting!  *lol*
red_satin_doll: (Buffy Anne lilbreck)




For [livejournal.com profile] btvsats20in20 Round 17.  Many thanks as always to my Beta and Muse [livejournal.com profile] velvetwhip:

Teasers:        



Cat 2 nominated for Best BtVS Icon ("Something to Sing About") Round 13 [livejournal.com profile] wicked_awards, 2016: nomineebuttonbuffywickedawards275x128_rsd2015_1.2final.png






10 Themes
Angst Black Content Faceless Clock
Smile Levels NS + Text Far Crop Not Human *
5 Category |SING US A SONG **
Cat 1 Cat 2 Cat 3 Cat 4 Cat 5
5 Artist's Choice
AC 1 AC 2 AC 3 AC 4 AC 5





* Not Human: There were no episodes this season in which Buffy was "not human" (a la Vamp!Buffy in "Nightmares"), and because we haven't been informed at this point in canon that Slayer powers have demonic origin (aka the writers pulled it out of their derrieres ) I went with Angel vamping out to feed on Buffy in "Graduation Day 2".

** Category Inspiration: "Breathe (2am)" by Anna Natick: I decided to focus on the episode "Anne: for this set.

'Cause you can't jump the track, we're like cars on a cable
And life's like an hourglass, glued to the table
No one can find the rewind button, girl.
So cradle your head in your hands
And breathe... just breathe



Alts:                      1 - 6


                         7 - 11



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red_satin_doll: (Bangel by bangel_4e)
The theme for Round 2 is "starcrossed lovers" ; I had snagged "Buffy" as my claim before the theme was announced so of course, my subject is Bangel. (Dedicated to [livejournal.com profile] bangel_4e, who has recently announced she is going on hiatus from art and LJ for a while due to wrist pain.  I am still moping about this.*)   Also I have been dreadfully sick this weekend, hence the last-minute-ness of this post.

1 -5 represent star-crossed lovers, 6- 10 represent separation and longing, and we were allowed to have just one character of the pairing in these. As Buffy was my claim it felt natural for these to be Buffy-centric:

Teasers:     angel108_464_icon1a7_rsd.png buffy-and-angel_icon14f.png amendsbuffysleepingicon_rsd2016_1b3.png




1 - 5 buffy-and-angel_icon2c.png buffy-and-angel_icon5b2.png angel108_464_icon1a7_rsd.png buffy-and-angel_icon2c.png buffy-and-angel_icon10e.png

6 - 10 beautyandthebeastbuffyicon1d2016_RSD.png buffy-and-angel_icon11c3.png buffy-and-angel_icon13c_rsd.png buffy-and-angel_icon14f.png



Alts:

11 - 15 buffy-and-angel_icon15a.png   angel108_464_icon1a7_rsd.png   angel108_464_icon1a10a_rsd.png   amendsbuffysleepingicon_rsd2016_1c.png   buffy-and-angel_icon10d.png


* [livejournal.com profile] bangel_4e's Buffy/Bangel set is much more gorgeous-er, of course, be sure to check it out. Especially since it's apparently her last (for a while.) But then again all the other sets submitted for Round 2 thus far are well-nigh awesome and deserve your attention.

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red_satin_doll: (Kendra the Vampire Slayer What's My Line)
Yes, there are ties that need to be broken at [livejournal.com profile] whedon_elite but  [livejournal.com profile] setentpet has cleverly decided not to reveal what they are. She's simply requesting more people vote at the original post, which only heightens the suspense in my opinion.  Well played, indeed. Now goest thou and vote. ASAP.

Speaking of voting, only 13 ballots have been cast at Round 16 of [livejournal.com profile] btvsats20in20, which is kind of sad. Do you understand what that means? Never mind the long hours spent slaving over a hot stove in front of a computer making icons, that means only 13 or so people have appreciated [livejournal.com profile] bangel_4e's super-adorable Lorne banners for the round, and that just ain't right!

 So I'll make it easy for you to join in the fun:   THEMES       CATEGORY ICONS & SETS   ARTISTS' CHOICE ICONS & SETS

BTW, the rules forbid me from promoting my own work so I wouldn't and won't. However there is nothing to technically forbid me from saying that Set #1 in the AC sets deserves more looks than it's gotten. And I don't know the artist all that well beyond a few exchanges here on LJ and I won't even say their name. I just think it's a nifty set. And this is NOT to take anything away from any of the other wonderful sets. The rest of the competition?  I'm pretty cool with so far. I'd always like to do better than I'm doing but hopefully that will just push me to improve. (Once again I feel I've hit that "brick wall" stage of things. Or maybe I just keep running into different parts of the same damn wall.)

Weirdly enough, I am actually allowed to promote my own work when it comes to voting for Viewer's Choice at the [livejournal.com profile] rwsawards but I really haven't because...I like my own poster for "Closure" and am thrilled that it was nominated, but [livejournal.com profile] boiiko and Restfield's (aka [livejournal.com profile] rbfvid) entries deserve to be in the lead. Both of those posters are the total package in terms of aesthetic and technical merit.

I have no opinion to offfer on the Reader's Choice section - there is a list of terrific work, many by people I know, love and respect, and really not a bad one in the bunch. So you're on your own there. But do vote while you have the time. It takes but a minute.
red_satin_doll: (Jenny Calendar Janna IRYJ technopagan)





For [livejournal.com profile] btvsats20in20 Round 16. Many thanks to my wonderful beta-Muse [livejournal.com profile] velvetwhip!

Teasers: 248792749_willowlockersiryjicon1b_rsd2016.png   gilesquoteicon_1b_rsd2016.png   jennycalenderiryjicon1e1.png












10 Themes
Center Text Party Shadowed Profile Personification Plain Background
Bright Yellow Dream Flower Texture Touch of Color Fiery
5 Category |TELL YOUR STORY ICONING
1.The Beginning 2.Conflict 3.Climax 4.Resolution 5.The End
5 Artist's Choice
AC 1 AC 2 AC 3 AC 4 AC 5

I consider IRYJ to be one of the most underrated episodes of the series.  Sorry, but I do not get the hate. It's got the introduction of Jenny Calender (did I mention I'm a G/J shipper?); and right off the bat foreshadows the idea that she is not what she claims to be; some great dialogue; a Willow-centric episode; Buffy looking out for Willow's welfare (she was only concerned when she realized Willow didn't actually know this "Malcolm") and the first instance in the series of me being truly afraid for Willow and her proving that she's smarter and more resolute than I gave her credit for.

And some of the stuff about computers and the internet turned out to be rather uncomfortably true.

Alts/extras:

bookofmolochicon2b1a_rsd2016.png   bq_iryj0259_icon1b2b.png bq_iryj0259_icon1b1.png bqiryj0793_icon1b_rsd2016.png bq_iryj0166_icon1c1.png bq_iryj0259_icon1d3.png gilesandjennyiryjicon2b_rsd2016.png 1 - 7



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red_satin_doll: (Buffy Casablanca Poster v1 poppy wreath)
* Thank you to the voters at [livejournal.com profile] actress_ic Challenge 111 for voting my Lillian Gish icon Best Crop, and congratulations to the other winners [livejournal.com profile] erinm_4600, [livejournal.com profile] dragonydreams, [livejournal.com profile] vampgirl_nisha, [livejournal.com profile] ciuciuvaraworld, [livejournal.com profile] sandy79 and [livejournal.com profile] mops1980! This is my first time entering this icontest and it's very encouraging.
Thanks as ever to my darling beta-Muse [livejournal.com profile] velvetwhip for her input. My entries this round are dedicated to her because of our shared love of silent films; and she requested the Alice Joyce icon, introducing me to an actress I'd never heard of before.

1-4 are my entries, 5-6 the alts. 1, 2 & 5: Lillian Gish; 5: Dorothy Mackaill; 4, 6: Alice Joyce
lilliangishicon3b_actressic_jan2016_RSD.png    lilliangishicon2a2_actressic_jan2016_RSD.png dorothymackaill_icon1c_actressicjan2016_RSD.png alicejoyceicon2a5_actressic2016RSD.png      lilliangishicon1b_actressic_jan2016_RSD.png alicejoyceicon2c1_actressic2016RSD.png 1  - 6
Winner, Best Crop

Resources: "Frames" on 1 - 3 by [livejournal.com profile] scoobyatemysnax;  floral prints on 4 -6 by [livejournal.com profile] colorfilter.

Speaking of betas, the final slate of nominations for Round 11 of rwsawards have been posted and THANK YOU to the darling person who surprised me with a Best Beta nomination!  I understand these awards are judged (rather than popular vote) and thank goodness; becaus I can find so many of my favorite fics of the last year in any given category, I'd be paralyzed with indecision. I don't envy the judges one bit; the nominations slate is a Who's Who of some of the very best writers and artists in Buffyverse fandom right now. I'd name off all my friends who have been nominated but we'd be here all day so, trust, you're better off checking it out for yourself.

ETA: I forgot to mention that there's a tiebreaker post for [livejournal.com profile] slayerstillness for Challenge 61 going on right now. Oops. ( I shall have to go harrass poor [livejournal.com profile] feliciacraft.)

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red_satin_doll: (Buffy Casablanca Poster v1 poppy wreath)
Courtesy of the voters at Round 15 of [livejournal.com profile] btvsats20in20, and the splendidly talented [livejournal.com profile] tempertemper who outdid herself in her usual brilliant way. Thank you so much! I think my icons look the best they ever have in their lovely frames; the Light Texture and Close Crop icon really pop, and I can actually appreciate how nice the Category icons look as a set in ways I couldn't before. And I love the sly meta nod to the Category theme challenge (Silver and Gold) in the conception and execution.


Banner by tempertemper january 2016     Banner by tempertemper january 2016

Banner by tempertemper january 2016

This is why I enjoy winning because I get pretty pretty banners (and feedback and strokes); it's entirely pavlovian and I honestly don't care as much as I should. Even though I know it's probably childish of me. I really have never understood the folks who win at icontests and then don't ask for banners because they don't need them. You guys are better people than me, honestly. I'm shallow. Sue me.

And while I have your attention:

[livejournal.com profile] slayerstillness 26 entries in Challenge 61, "Touch Me"; voting deadline Tuesday Feb 2.

[livejournal.com profile] actress_ic has 28 entries in the very cool "vintage" theme of Challenge 111. Voting open until Thursday Feb 4.

GOEST THOU AND VOTE!
red_satin_doll: (Willow Tough Love post-impressionist)
Thank you VERY MUCH to everyone who voted in [livejournal.com profile] btvsats20in20 Round 15!  I won Close Crop, Light Texture, and 3rd Place Category Set.  Congratulations to [livejournal.com profile] crazycordy, [livejournal.com profile] sweet_lyri, [livejournal.com profile] midnightisclose!

Congratulations to the winners at [livejournal.com profile] whedon_elite Challenge 135 : [livejournal.com profile] nadya149, [livejournal.com profile] dixon, [livejournal.com profile] harlequinss_s, [livejournal.com profile] hermionesparkle, [livejournal.com profile] heterodynes, [livejournal.com profile] sweet_lyri; and for my Banner Maker's Choice Award, [livejournal.com profile] teragramm.  Congratulations! The theme this round was "red heads", check out all the winning entries and banners HERE.

My entries for Challenge 135 after the cut. Fandoms: BtVS, Avengers (MCU). Many many many thanks, as always, to my beta-Muse [livejournal.com profile] velvetwhip for her input:
willowTL380_icon1d4_rsd.png willowTough_Love_379icon1e_rsd.png willowtwothicon1a2b_we134_rsd.png blackwidownatashaicon2a1a_we134_rsd.png 1 - 4
Arranged roughly from most painterly/stylized to photographic/realistic.  I'm really pleased with how #1 and it's alts (below) turned out.  I layered several textures by [livejournal.com profile] lookslikerain that give it the look of a post-impressionist oil pastel by Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas or Toulouse-Latrec.

Alts and extras:
blackwidowscarletwitchicon1a_we134_rsd.png oafaicon1_we1332016rsd.png blackwidownatashaicon1b_we134_rsd.png 5 - 10
I couldn't resist stealing [livejournal.com profile] teragramm's idea to make the Buffyverse ladies redheads. (Teragramm's are much superior, of course.)
Jan.png     blackwidowscarletwitchicon1_we134_rsd.png    11 - 15
  willowTL380_icon1a_rsd.png       16 - 20





red_satin_doll: (Buffy Casablanca Poster v1 poppy wreath)
Banner for [livejournal.com profile] lookslikerain, [livejournal.com profile] whedon_elite Challenge 134 "Levels"; and banner for [livejournal.com profile] slayerstillness Challenge 60.  Thank you to everyone who voted my icon Most Creative! [livejournal.com profile] sweet_lyri won 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, Best Crop and Best Color; [livejournal.com profile] crazycordy and [livejournal.com profile] tempertemper earned Mod's Choice and [livejournal.com profile] teragramm was awarded the oh-so-prestigous* Banner Maker's Choice for her witty and fierce Dawn icon:

Teaser: ss60_redsatindoll_banner400x300_mostcreative_RSD.png



we134_banner2lookslikerain350sq_final_rsd.png     ss60_redsatindoll_banner400x300_mostcreative_RSD.png 1 - 2

#1 - Lens and optical flare light effects by daWiiZ on DeviantArt. The challenge this round was "levels" so I layered two or three light textures over one another, then created the repeat in ipiccy's collage setting. I also wanted a background that would suit the outer space setting of [livejournal.com profile] lookslikerain's Firefly/Serenity icons.

#2 - The base image of torn paper and the grunge overlay are by AmaranthusCaudatus on DeviantArt.  Thank you [livejournal.com profile] teragramm for the link to this resource!

*Who am I making fun of here? Myself, obviously.

Header banners for [livejournal.com profile] females20in20. [livejournal.com profile] mylengrave requested banners from members so that she can switch out a new one every month:

Teaser: OB-BethIMG_females20in20banner990x300_jan2016_RSD.png

All banners 990x300, click to view full-size.

OB-BethIMG_females20in20banner990x300_jan2016_RSD.png     punk-rose-alisonbriebanner_990x300_v1c_RSD.png 3 - 4
Tatiany Maslany, Alison Brie and Sarah-MIchelle Gellar
Jan.png     smgvintagebannerforactressic990x300_v1d_RSD.png 5 - 6
smgvintagebannerforactressic990x300_v2e_RSD.png     smgvintagebannerforactressic990x300_v2b_RSD.png 7 - 8


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Next projects on my plate:  icons for [livejournal.com profile] whedon_elite, [livejournal.com profile] slayerstillness and [livejournal.com profile] actress_ic;
                                           fiction posters for [livejournal.com profile] velvetwhip, [livejournal.com profile] kerkevik_2014 and [livejournal.com profile] dragonyphoenix
red_satin_doll: (Ms Miller OOMOOS btvs S1)
Or, the evolution of my New Year's greetings:
1) Here's to a happy new year!
           2) It has to be better than last year?
3) Let's hope it doesn't suck.

On the other hand: Viola Davis is looking F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S on the cover of InStyle Magazine.  It had this cover by Jan Welters at the doctor's office instead of the newstand version; and it looks more like the cover of Vogue circa 1977 than InStyle. I normally wouldn't line the bottom of a birdcage with that rag, but DAMN, that photoshoot. That woman.
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Moving on.......It's been a while since I did a good old-fashioned promo post isn't it? [livejournal.com profile] fassy is starting an new icontest comm and is seeking a mod or two to help run it. (There is already one volunteer but I imagine back-up can't hurt. And for the record, I saw Star Wars (the original of course) in the theater back in 19-mumblety-something, so I am still not used to seeing the name "JJ Abrams" in the same sentence with Star Wars.(Given the nightmare f**kfest that was the "prequels", I think I can learn to deal.)



Speaking of icontests:

* [livejournal.com profile] whedon_elite: Icons for Challenge 135, "Red Hair" are due Sunday, January 24th by 3 pm EST. Make sure to scroll down the page and check out
the fabulous entries already submitted by [livejournal.com profile] harlequinss_s, [livejournal.com profile] teragramm, [livejournal.com profile] all_malocks, [livejournal.com profile] dixon, [livejournal.com profile] emmatheslayer and [livejournal.com profile] sweet_lyri. And I do mean "fabulous"; everybody's brought their A-game. At least in this little corner of the world 2016 is off to a roaring start.


* [livejournal.com profile] slayerstillness: Challenge 61, "Reach Out and Touch Somebody" open for entries now through Friday Jan 29 midnight at your time zone.


* [livejournal.com profile] btvsats20in20: Voting is open for Round 15 NOW through Friday January 22nd. Be sure to cast your votes for THEMES, CATEGORY, and ARTIST'S CHOICE.

Make sure to click ALL the buttons before you're done, and if you have any questions, don't be afraid to ask the mods. There are about -19-20 votes cast right now which is super but more would be great! I don't think we've ever hit at least 30 votes in a given round but I always think "ok this is the round..." (Back to the Optimist vs Realist conundrum and in my heart I always want the Optimist to win out.)

And because you've made it this far here are some lovely parting gifts: alts and extras from Round 15 plus new alts/ extras from Round 13. I also have a thinky thought or two along the way:


Teasers:     


Round 13, "The Pack"

    1 - 3


      4 - 7

Crossovers with the movie "Possession" starring SMG.

Round 15: (Buffy-heavy at first. Of course. This is me, this is my brain on the Buffyverse.)
             8 - 14
            15 - 21

    
              22 - 28
After I cleaned the cap up I finally saw that the picture on locker behind Buffy is vintage comic book art, possibly a blow-/print of a Roy Lichtenstein piece, with the SDHS "Razorbacks" pennant covering the eyes of a pretty blonde woman in the picture. Meta commentary on the storyline or just an inside joke?  The fact that we see Cordy blindfolded later and no one can "see" Marcy Ross suggests either reading is possible. It seems to coincidental to be a, well, a coincidence.
         29 - 34


          35 - 40

        41 - 45
The flashbacks in the episode look great as screencaps but they're hard to work with; they're overlit as opposed to the rest of the early seasons material, which tends to be underlit.

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Also, I need to take some tutorials on working with skin tones for people of color, especially dark tones and not turn beautiful deep browns into weird shades of orange-red, or flat black. (We've just acquired PS btw, so I'm still fumbling along in ipiccy.)  #49: for the theme "green" I thought, well, I'll just tint the entire icon to go with the chalkboard behind her. Except that it doesn't look very good. Green skin? Usually associated with sickness or aliens? I should have known better. Plus, "black" skin reacts differently to tinting than "white" skin does.*
   
But it's the second association that bothers me. Our culture has a nearly long history of excluding black characters and actors from science fiction, horror and fantasy in literature, film and tv, except as background filler or literal "space aliens", demons and monsters. People of color as people just did not exist, with count-on-one-hand exceptions.

This may be changing now, I guess - slowly - but this is the reality I grew up with and "it's starting to get better" (by whatever yardstick you want to measure "better") doesn't undo decades of absence. So it just makes me uncomfortable, even if I don't "mean anything by it", I'd rather not go in that direction.**




*    I realize I'm still using phrases like "black" and "white" that were au courant when I was growing up...in the 1970's and '80's.
** Using my personal comfort as the yardstick here is arguably problematic.


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red_satin_doll: (Buffy Casablanca Poster v1 poppy wreath)
So we made it to the flip side - Happy 2016, my friends!  May it be better than 2015.  (I say that every year. It never is better, but I always hope anyway.)

This was my "last hurrah" of 2015 (Good-bye old year, I won't miss you. At all.) and my first hurrah of 2016, for [livejournal.com profile] btvsats20in20 Round 15.
Plus a special treat for the Giles/Angel shippers in the house! (Anyone?)


Teasers:











10 Themes
Close Crop Red + White Pastel Surprise B&W + Quote
Provided Texture Green Hair Light Texture Peaceful
5 Category |SILVER & GOLD
Cat 1 Cat 2 Cat 3 Cat 4 Cat 5
5 Artist's Choice
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For the first time ever, I attempted "slashy" Giles/Angle icons. Actually, this would be my first ever m/m slash-y* icons, period.  I'm surprised that Giles/Angel isn't more of a "thing". Somewhere in the world I am sure there's a website filled with G/A fic of the two of them screwing each other senseless, but I haven't come across it. Not that I want to, tbh.  (This may be a sign of the End of Days. Remember to pack a toothbrush.)
Enjoy - I think?


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* I actually hate the words "slash" and "femmeslash". I know where they originate in this context but I think it's time to retire them. And yet, saying "my first gay male icons" doesn't quite sound right either.


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red_satin_doll: (Buffy Casablanca Poster v1 poppy wreath)
And for my very last fandom award and icon challenge of 2015 it's only fitting that the marvelous [livejournal.com profile] tempertemper made the banner:

Banner by tempertemper for slayerstillness on LJ Dec 2015 - my last award of 2015


My Entries & Alts:


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My original intent was to only use caps amoung the examples Starry provided; it didn't quite end up that way. Nor did I recall planning on making them so consistent color-wise.  I did want to use unsual or rarely used caps as much as possible and I think I succeeded, especially with the two images from Where the Wild Things Are. The girlish pigtails bely the fact that she is someone who possesses a great deal of power and knowledge passed on by her mother and the women of her family. Tara's own power and knowledge are terribly underplayed after S4 and this is something I will never be happy about. Because it ends up being a double-whammy of the show's "issues with powerful women".

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If I could resubmit these, I'd switch out #6 for #5; the rest I'm satisfied with.

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red_satin_doll: (Buffy Casablanca Poster v1 poppy wreath)
This special 10th anniversary round of [livejournal.com profile] seasonal_spuffy was the first time I'd actively participated with regular posts; [livejournal.com profile] teragramm made special banners for all participants and customized this one for me. THANK YOU!

If you haven't had a chance to catch my three posts for Round 19, find them in the master list under "artwork" along with all the fabulous stories and artwork this round.

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Thank you for the Best Crop Award at challenge 56 of [livejournal.com profile] slayerstillness and thank you [livejournal.com profile] tempertemper for the beautiful banner!

Teasers:

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Thank you to Challenge 57 voters for Most Creative Award (a category I don't score very often so I consider it quite the desirable prize indeed), and thank you [livejournal.com profile] starry_night for the Mod's Choice Award!  The Dara in Becoming / Buffy in Halloween icons were all inspired by [livejournal.com profile] shapinglight's entry for the 2015 [livejournal.com profile] iwry_marathon , "Third Wheel". The costume Ethan supplies Buffy has somewhat different effects than in canon, linking Buffy and Darla telepathically across the centuries. Banners for this round by yours truly; vintage dancer image, and floral "frame" in icon #6, from The Graphics Fairy.


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Fun fact: when I looked very closely at the screencap of Angel's sketch of a lady in "Halloween", the text next to her reads, as best as I can decipher, "Sarah Goodfriend."  I've often wondered if the drawing was a actually a portrait of one of his victims.
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My awards for Round 14 of [livejournal.com profile] btvsats20in20; thank you for everyone who voted for my work!  Congratuations to [livejournal.com profile] sweet_lyri and [livejournal.com profile] gabby227 for their wins; their awards banners as well as all the winning entries can be seen here and here respectively. Banners by yours truly. For the background images I used my personal photos of New England skyscapes in a nod to this round's "In the Clouds" theme.

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This is the third time I've won the gold medal for Category set, so it's a nice way to end the year.  The Numbers icon is one of my favorites of this set, so I'm pleased and proud that the voters honored it.
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I love the subtly and understatement of [livejournal.com profile] gabby227's Faith icon, the way the softness of the light and coloring compliment the tenderness of the character's expression; bonus points for using an image I've not seen in an icon before.

 



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red_satin_doll: (Vamp!Buffy Nightmares RSD)
My set for Round 14 of [livejournal.com profile] btvsats20in20.
Beta'd by the fantabulous [livejournal.com profile] velvetwhip
Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] bangel_4e for allowing me a small extension due to illness.





Teasers:









10 Themes
Desperate In the Clouds Enemy Handwritten Nose Down
Negative Space Numbers Safe Circle Kiss*
5 Category |HORROR
Cat 1 Cat 2 Cat 3 Cat 4 Cat 5
5 Artist's Choice
AC 1 AC 2 AC 3 AC 4 AC 5




* There was no "kiss" in the episode so I used the next best thing.

The Cordy icons were some of the most challenging and interesting to do, partly because I hadn't planned on making any Cordy icons when I started. Her fear is played entirely for laughs in the episode, hah-hah, vain, self-conscious, socially-aware girl is terrified of being a nerd on the chess team who wears frumpy clothes and has "ugly" hair. Hah hah.

Well, not so funny when you consider what the loss of social status would actually mean (as we will see in Season 3, when she's left isolated by both the Scoobies and the Cordettes); not so funny when you consider the fact that she's been raised in a culture where a woman's self-worth is traditionally rooted in the kind of husband she is able to "catch", and her appearance is her main tool or weapon in pursuit of a husband.

And not so funny when you consider the racial implications of how smooth, silky, manageable hair is prized over curly or "kinky" hair. The "right" kind of hair is the kind that you see in the shampoo adverts; the wong kind is anything else, regardless of your race or ethnicity, although it's identified non-whites. Which is why I myself, as a white female, didn't appreciate my own thick, curly mane until I was well into my 20's, because it was the "wrong kind of hair" and ergo, the implication that something was fundamentally wrong with me. (Also not funny - catching said mane on the button of a professor's peacoat on the bus during a field trip.)

The more I looked at the images of Cordy, the more I also realized how well her fears reflected or paralleled those of the other characters and fit into the episode; and so I wanted to have one of her and the one of Vamp!Buffy touching her own face in the Category set.

Most of the nightmares can be catagorized as Appearance or Performance, regardless of the gender of the dreamer. So Xander shows up nearly nude in class, Cordy has ugly hair and clothes that mark her as a social outcast, Buffy is turned into a vampire (appearance); Billy is beaten nearly to death for disapppointing his coach, Willow is forced onstage to sing an opera she doesn't know and can't make a sound, Buffy's mind goes blank during a test, and Giles mourns at the sight of Buffy's grave (performance). But these two catagories often overlap, and so Buffy's failure to kill the Master (performance) leads to her becoming a vampire (appearance.)

For the AC set I originally wanted to do all Vamp!Buffy, but that felt like it would have been sort of copy-catting [livejournal.com profile] sweet_lyri's all-Buffy AC set.


Alts & Extras? But of course!

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6 - 11
#11 was inspired by a comment I read at the AV Club Buffy rewatch three years ago: "Would you think I was weird if I said I think Joyce is kinda hot?"  And I thought, dude, I'd think you were were weird if you didn't think she was "hot". WTF? Because she's over the age of 30? GMAFB

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17 - 21

22 - 25


26 - 31


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  38 - 43


44 - 47 suitable for customization. The background of 46 47 puts me in mind of an AU plot where Buffy and Joyce are in Istanbul and Paris fighting monsters, having grand adventures and doing a little shopping along the way: The Incredible Summers Women World Tour. (Featuring Dawn as Watcher Junior, of course.)

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red_satin_doll: (The Pack Possession Crossover Poster RSD)
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Congratulations [livejournal.com profile] sweet_lyri, [livejournal.com profile] entwashian, and [livejournal.com profile] harlequinss_s on your wins in [livejournal.com profile] whedon_elite Challenge 129! Snag your banners here .

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Congratulations [livejournal.com profile] spikesredqueen, [livejournal.com profile] starry_night, [livejournal.com profile] sweet_lyri, [livejournal.com profile] crazycordy and [livejournal.com profile] tempertemper on your wins at Round 13 of [livejournal.com profile] btvsats20in20!  Banners here in the comments thread including my BMC to [livejournal.com profile] gabby227's oh-so-elegant Cordy icon. BMC was a really tough choice this time around because there were so many I would have loved to honor: [livejournal.com profile] starry_night's Wesley Icon, which I've already snagged, her Darla and her AC4 icons; [livejournal.com profile] sweet_lyri's clever Crossover icon, [livejournal.com profile] tempertemper's Cat 3 Amends icon, [livejournal.com profile] crazycordy's Sepia+Profile icon (that theme was one of my favorites overall). So many beautiful things this round.

And if I didn't single out [livejournal.com profile] spikesredqueen just now, it's because I'm well pleased that her icons were richly rewarded; her Category and AC sets in particular just rocked.

All banners by yours truly, icons by their respective artists. The background of the WE banner is based on a photograph I took in Old Lyme, CT a couple of weeks ago; I wanted the bright colors to contrast against the dark icons.  The background of the 20in20 banners is a photograph by Susan Murphy from her art studio blog that I adjusted, adding addtional grunge textures to it for a warmer overall look. I love framing effects but I also love the back sides of frames and pictures; I like to see how things are made. I wanted to subvert the normal expectation of a pretty frame by showing off the beauty of the flawed backside. The font is meant to appear to have been printed on the paper except for the artists' names; I imagined a space there that someone filled with a big fat marker or paint brush.

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