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Battle of the Sexes - LIMS Talk

Brand new community battleothesexes was a Shounen vs. Shoujo battle! It was a lot of fun, and I have to say, although my team (shout out to team Sjoujo) lost... it was fun! 

I signed up as Atsushi Otani from Lovely Complex, and managed to pick the most girly picture of him I could find XD

Challenge 01 - Anything You Can Do...

original image

Rules: pick a skill from a list from the song Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better, and create an icon to show your mastry. Also, for bonus points, feature a character that matches your team (eg, for team Shoujo, feature a female character, for team Shounen, feature a male character) have the characer on a new background, and add lyrics from the song Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better.

I know... choosing a Lovely Complex image after signing up as Otani? But I guess I had LoveCom on the brain XD
I had a hard time choosing a skill, but in the end this seemed the best way to go... I usually remove the original background for icons anyway, so that part was easy... the recoloring was the hard part, but I was pleased. I remember having issues with pixilization, and I added the thick black border around Koizumi to reduce that issue, but sadly that was the fatal flaw with this icon... Should have made it orange DX

Challenge 02 - If You Can't Beat 'Em...
original fight / original romance
Fight won Mod's Choice~

Rules: Create an icon that revolves around the essence of the opposite team's genre (eg, for a Shoujo team, make an icon that revolves around fighting or battle, and for Shounen team, an icon that revolves around romance) Also, for bonus points: use a simple sans serif font, geometric patterns, and bold colors.

Also, as a bonus, you can make an icon for your own team with a script font, light textures or floral patterns, and soft colors.

I actually like using bold colors and sans serif fonts, so I was really pleased with how the icon turned out. I got a lot of compliments for using such a low quality image, but I really didn't think much about it, since it was the only thing I could think of with a battling female... for some reason I wanted to use a female fighter.

The second icon was harder, because if I think too much about doing something soft and romantic, it's harder then just doing one XD
I went through a lot of pain to get this to work out, and since I just made an icon using that image just a week or so ago, I was reluctant to use it again... but Kimi ni Todoke was sticking in my mind, and that image is one of the most romantic I have. I kept with the green coloration, because I didn't want to ruin their skin tone, and I don't like working with pink very much XD

Challenge 03 - Walk a Mile in Their Shoes...
original crossdresser / original boots

Crossdresser Rules: Make an icon with a natural crossdresser.
Boots Rules: Create an icon focused on footwear. Crop cannot be above the waist. For extra points add lyrics from These Boots Were Made For Walking

I immediately wanted to go with W-Juliet, because it's one of my favorite manga that never seems to get mentioned. I did a lot of serching, and I fell in love with that image. I was having a lot of trouble trying to do something original... I ended up doing those bars, because I liked how the text on the magazine cover was colored, and it matched them so well~ 

I love Aria, and Aria always has such nice legs, so I went with that. I knew I wanted something blue/green, since Aria revolves so much around water. The text gave me a lot of trouble, as it always does when I try to put too much text on an icon... I don't like putting so much text on an icon DX I think it ended up looking really nice, but obviously, it would be better as a hush icon XD

Challenge 04 - War or Peace?

original image

 Choose to have peace and make an icon for the team opposite of the team you signed up on, or war, and make an icon for your own team. For bonus points have three or more characters featured in your icon, a symbol or war or peace, have a central color of either red or white, and text that either suggests war, or peace.

I obviously chose war... I wanted to chose peace, but I couldn't find any peaceful, white Shounen images I wanted to work with. I had a lot of trouble, and I was rushed to finish the icon, which is why it looks so ugly. I tried to do something interesting with the text, but it also turned out ugly... and I forgot it was supposed to be an insult... /lame at coming up with insults

I think the only thing I did right with this icon was add the black at the edges... once again, I made an ugly VK icon...

In the end Team Shounen won... but I'm proud of what we Shoujo girls did! 
To see all the other beautiful icons, go check out the Round 01 Showcase!

Tags: community: battleothesexes, me: lims commentary

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