immortalje: Typwriter with hands typing (Default)
I have a shitload of icons. I have 11,164 images at my new image hosting site. 524 of those are award/participation banners. I created over 10,000 icons in 10 years. *jaw drops*

Unless I'm mistaken I posted my first set of six icons on August 26th, 2006. Original LJ Post Of course, as the post links to Photobucket non of the images are available, but still.

My last icon post on LJ is from March 24th, 2016. Here on DW it's actually December 26th, 2015 so I didn't actually stay up to date with the crossposting. Although, it appears that it's only that one post.

This is why I count 10 years. And even if it had been 11 - 10,000 icons is still a mindblowing amount.

While the overall quality improved in that time, I remember feeling too much like mass producing them while the first icons were more creative even if I lacked the skill to really make them better quality. I developed an eye for cropping, for colouring and even for text placement (to some extend), but I had some beautiful composition attempts in my early icons.

And while I loved photography before, I think it also influence how I took my photos. Mind you, I also took plenty of photos with the firm mind that I'd turn them into icons or icon textures and I very rarely did that. Especially on the texture front.

And okay, that also makes me feel old as it makes me remember how long I've been in fandom in total. I'm sure I wrote it down somewhere, but off of the top of my head: I'd say my first contact with fandom was late 1990s or 2000. I'm fairly certain I wrote my first English story in spring 2001 and I had some German tries (incl. finished ones) before that and I had been readong for a while before I first started writing. That's at least 17 years as part of fandom.

Man, now I feel old. I spent more than half of my life being a participant of fandom in one way or another - from reader to writer to icon/art maker. I even once tried my hand at making a fanvid (I gave it up after I realised how much work it was to create a half assed, badly cut, badly matched to the music fanvid. Still, it gave me a new appreciation for the fan creation that fanvids are!)

To think that it accompanied me from school to university to my first job to where I'm now. I'm also very grateful that I only ever heard of fandom wars, but never experienced them myself. I also think I only ever got one flame on my stories and the few critics I got on icons (outside of lims and rumbles) was constructive criticism. And in a way, I feel as if I saw fandom grow. I saw it grow from a few websites and some mailinglists to I don't know how many websites, to blogs, to entire communities. Sure, I've also seen fandom die somewhat with websites that disappeared, with authors that disappeared (and sometimes taking all of their stories with them) to fandoms just kind of dying as their tv shows come to an end, as movie series end or as movies are replaced with newer and shinier ones.

And this post was only supposed to be about the amount of icons. Instead it turned into trip down memory lane. And why not? Fandom has played a huge part in my life. It's been as much a comfort to me as music has been. I could sink my emotions into it and find something to resonate with it. Whether it was something to make me cry, to make me angry, to let my anger out (hello character bashing fics), to giving me confidence, to finding hope for the future.

Icons...

Friday, 28 July 2017 18:45
immortalje: Typwriter with hands typing ([dw] kate : long hair)
Am I just looking in the wrong places or aren't there any Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them icons?

New Layout

Monday, 24 July 2017 20:23
immortalje: Fawkes looking at Harry Potter ([hp] harryfawkes)
As part of coming back to dreamwidth, I figured a new facelift for this journal (and [community profile] love_sacrificed) is in order. It's been over a year since I really looked at any of my journals. Be it here or at livejournal or at insanejournal.

Even longer since I did anything but moderate one of my contest communities or post a batch of icons. To be honest: towards the end I was stressing myself more with this than anything else. I took a step back as I undertook some major changes in my life (new job, new city) and it took longer than I expected. However, I think I needed that time away.

Read more... )

Anyway, I've also started on updating my icons and I think this won't be the end of it.
immortalje: Typwriter with hands typing ([lotr] bilbothorin : hug)
I wish everyone a happy Christmas!

I hope it's merry, healthy, peaceful and filled with friends and family :)

a little picture )
immortalje: Typwriter with hands typing ([sherlock] sherlock : gun scratch)
I know its been awhile since my last post and this isn't really an update. Time's been flying by so far this year. Somehow it just started, but it's already April. How did that happen?

Anyway, after seeing winter soldier I was inspired to write some stories (lets hope the slot doesn't abandon me before i'm done) and I've got a question.

When did gay sex become legal I'm the US? I found the date for the end of "don't ask don't tell", but got a bit confused about outside of the military. The dates I found were far more recent than I had thought and were interwoven with the same sex marriage topics.

My intention is to have Sam bring Steve uptodate on the issue and I don't want to get it wrong.

Now I should get back to work though...
immortalje: Typwriter with hands typing (Default)
This isn't exactly the update on me that I had planned since the beginning of the year... time sure flies by. Way faster than I ever experienced. I can't believe that March is nearly over already. Hopefully this coming weekend will be better even if my to do list keeps on growing which just makes me avoid it all - which is so very helpful with reducing it!

Anyway, the reason for this post: I could use some more votes over on [community profile] lotr20in20!

round 03: tie breaker (round 2)
round 05: themes voting
round 05: category voting
round 05: ac voting

And for anyone who feels like making LotR/The Hobbit icons:
round 06: sign ups
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immortalje: Typwriter with hands typing (Default)
I could use some help with the round 2 tie breaker and round 3 voting for [community profile] lotr20in20! There aren't enough votes in any of the polls to close the voting. I'm hoping for at least 5 votes in each poll! So far there are only 2-3 for the round 3 voting and 4 in the round 2 tie breaker!

round 2: tie breaker
round 3: theme voting
round 3: category voting
round 3: ac voting

Even though there are only 5 days left you can still sign up for this round!
round 4: sign up
round 4: themes
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immortalje: Typwriter with hands typing (Default)
I wish everybody a happy new year!!



And of course, New Year's Eve isn't the same without Dinner for One