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Some PG-13ish Icons

It seems that feeling sad and introverted is good for the creativity. Spent a few hours doing Photoshop this weekend. I produced a couple icons, which I think turned out passably well. (I swear, someday I'll make something bigger than 100X100 pixels.)

Since I posted a sort of a femslashy icon earlier, here are two others to "round out the set," if you will.

This is, of course, from the infamous scene in Crash (1996) that made people leave the theater. All the perverse stuff with crash victims earlier was fine, but we can't have two boys kissing, now can we?

I thought this screen cap was especially pleasing, at least partly because of Ballard's thumb on Vaughn's lower lip. Not sure exactly why, but it's compelling.

I wanted to do one of those multi-layered icons with about half a dozen textures and gradients and small text that everyone's so fond of these days. I used this cap because (I kid you not) it was this image that compelled me to read SG-1 fic when I stumbled on it at the Gateworld site. Even having seen the episode, I didn't quite notice the chemistry until I saw this image. Hoo, boy. Of course, most of what I read these days is slash, but I readily admit that the Sam/Jack dynamic can be quite sparky.

I've noticed that my icons often look fine in photoshop, but once they're posted to LJ they look kind of foggy and washed out. I wonder why that is? I'm not actually trying for a fuzzy look. Odd.

Anyway, if you happen to like any of the icons I post, feel free to use them. Just be aware that I will probably also be using them too, so you don't get sole proprietorship.

You can't, like, own an icon, man.


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Jun. 27th, 2005 12:29 am (UTC)
The wife and I love Crash. In fact, our second son's middle name is Vaughan, partly for that character.

The scene that squicks me is the one where Ballard licks Vaughan's fresh tattoo. It is the same scene, actually, but squicks me for a totally different reason. Me being a tattoo artist that actually works cleanly and all.
Jun. 27th, 2005 12:39 am (UTC)
I love Crash, too, and that is my favorite scene in the movie. *grabs icon, though she knows not what she'll use it for*

My lovely fenriss, would you be willing to take a teeny bit of constructive criticism? In the second icon, can you turn the "sssssh" black? Unless you want it to be so subtle as to be almost unnoticed, which actually, come to think of it, fits the idea of the icon...
Jun. 27th, 2005 01:04 am (UTC)
*grabs icon, though she knows not what she'll use it for*

I figure I post about my obsessions often enough that I'll have lots of ocassions to use it.

can you turn the "sssssh" black?

Huh. I *do* want it to be extremely subtle... if you were able to figure out what it was supposed to be, I figure it's maybe just legible enough. I want it to be almost subliminal. So, yeah. I'll probably keep it as it is. But if you want a version of this with a clearer "shhh" I would be happy to provide :)

And thanks for the concrit, sweetie. I'm totally OK with that, especially from you.
Jun. 27th, 2005 01:10 am (UTC)
Yeah, although I adore that scene, I could do without the tattoo licking. All I can think is "dude, that's so totally going to get infected!" And I'm pretty sure that Vaughn must have some kind of communicable disease that can be transmitted through blood.

Jun. 27th, 2005 02:04 am (UTC)

Why did you have to go and do that to me? I didn't even think about the disease aspect.

You are an evil, evil woman...and we love you for it.
Jun. 27th, 2005 02:34 pm (UTC)
:) We aim to please!
Jun. 27th, 2005 01:58 am (UTC)
Not sure why the phallic and dominant thumb on the lower lip in a scene with two boys is compelling?

Me either, but it sure is hawt.

(own: hippy.) (yay!)

Jun. 27th, 2005 05:57 pm (UTC)
I once spent an entire year flirting with a guy on the West Coast just because he could perfect immitate James Spader's voice. Crash was great. He usually picks wonderfully odd roles to showcase his talent. Did you every see White Palace with Susan Sarandon?
Jun. 27th, 2005 06:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Yeah.
Never saw White Palace, but I love Susan Sarandon.

Spader is a fascinating guy, but I don't think I'd like to know him as a person. He seems like a bit of a tosser, really. Although I guess one really can't say wihtout meeting him in person.
Jun. 28th, 2005 03:28 am (UTC)
Spader in a same-sex kiss...*uncontrollable drooling*
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