I signed up as Vash the Stampede this time around!
Challenge 01 - Leave Your Heart in San Francisco
Rules: For the first week we were given the straightforward challenge of using lyrics from Music Is The Victim by The Scissor Sisters. For bonus points, we had to incorporate a character in movement, use a provided resource, and use lyrics that had been bolded, indicating that they were more challenging lyrics to use.
I think this is probably the best icon I made for the whole LIMS... it was really tough to choose an image, and I was determined to use something with wings. I finally found that image, and had a blast getting Van's skin to look normal-ish (because he's pretty much orange in the original) and trying to get that provided image to show up in the sky. I was super happy with the icon at the end, and I got some decent comments on it.
Challenge 02 - I Believe in a Thing Called Love
original image / coloring
Rules: For this challenge we were given the lyrics I Believe in a Thing Called Love by The Darkness and given the additional challenge of having to make a shape out of our text (and no squares/rectangles!)
There's nothing worse then spending hours cleaning screentone, redrawing lines, and coloring manga only to make an ugly icon out of it. But I was desperate to get my entry in, so what you see is what you get. I also had a lot of trouble with pixilized lines... I just don't know why images hate me when I to size them down. Does anyone have any suggestions for that?
Challenge 03 - Dead Language Week
Rules: As promised by astrokittie, we got to work with a dead language! We were given lyrics from a Gaulish song called Slanias Song by Eluveitie. As a bonus, we could feature a character wearing armor or a uniform, and/or provide the English translation along with the Gaulish.
The theme was surprisingly easy all things considered. At first I wanted to work with Bleach, but that didn't work out so good, so I went with Sango and Kohaku, because it fit the lyrics really good, and they wear their slayer uniforms... too good to pass up! I can't say I was very pleased with the icon when I was done, but I got some awesome comments on it, so I guess I did a good job?
Challenge 04 - People Are People
Rules: For this challenge we had to incorporate two people in the icon, as well as lyrics from People Are People by Depeche Mode.
A pretty straightforward theme... but for a peacemaker shoujo-girl like me it was hard to find something for the lyrics. I did end up using Bleach this week! Yay GrimmIchi. I worked pretty hard on this icon, and I really liked it. I felt like I was breaking my streak of making ugly icons (I really did sign up for too many LIMS all at once) but sadly nobody really liked the icon... why? I really didn't get any feedback either, so I feel pretty let down to have it rejected without really knowing why.
Challenge 05 - Get Crazy
original image / manipulation
This icon won Mod's Choice!
Rules: So basically this last challenge was a party of epic craziness and cheese. We needed to use lyrics from Loser by Beck (which has the most insane lyrics I've ever seen.) and have a predominantly yellow/orange scheme. And for bonus points we could feature a character with piercings, incorperate a jar of Cheese Whiz or a can of Easy Cheese, and use some of the bolded lyrics in the icon.
Basically at this point I knew I couldn't win, so I just did what the challenge was asking for XD
I had a lot of fun with the manipulation, and this image was totally perfect for it! I tried to do a graffiti look for the background, but obviously I failed.
In the end I ranked 7th... I guess giving the Mod what she was asking for payed off? 'Cuz I was 10th pretty much the whole thing XD
If you want to see what the talented people did for these insane themes, head this way~
And you should join rocknrumble while you're over there... it really was a blast to work with crazy lyrics!