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17 October 2013 @ 11:35 pm
I really haven't been making icons/graphics for that many years, but I do believe I've learned a lot about the styling over the years and have improved a lot since I first began. I've stuck mainly with icons and mixes, but after getting onto tumblr fell into the trap that is tumblr graphics. And with my mixes, I went from just making covers to also creating mini picspams or lyrics graphics to go along with the mix. I think my biggest improvement is probably cropping, since before I would just take any picture, resize, and go from there. Now I'm more specific and try to choose caps that I think could be cropped in an interesting way, and then I experiment with the cropping before deciding on which to use. Text is another big thing for me. I've loved typography for a long time and was always scared to try it myself, especially when I was doing so on such a small canvas. But I did, and at first I wasn't knowledgeable on all the smaller aspects so I was really just typing and stamping it onto the icon. Maybe I would go big and change the colour, text, or size-but that's not very exciting and doesn't make for a very interesting end result. Over the years I've learned more, though, and am still learning. Still, I'd say text is definitely my second best in improvements.

Here are the icons I'm most proud of:
I wanted this one so badly, but at first the crop just wouldn't work. They both wouldn't fit, and I wasn't yet that experienced with extending backgrounds so it was a no go. I didn't want to completely removed the mountains, either, so I was stuck. Eventually I cropped Ennis in one rectangle, Jack in another, and just pushed them closer together until they fit in a square. I love the colouring I did with this as well. Simple, not too vibrant, dark but colourful.

Although it seems a bit too vibrant now, I've always loved this one. It's simple but not.The colours are very one toned and not overbearing. Tommy looking off to the side, yet I still decided to crop him dead center because it seemed to work better. I then duplicated and motion blurred and screened that layer over top to get the kind of blurred/grunge effect. The b&w one I just added a gradient over top and adjusted the levels to make the shadows less dark and lighten up Tommy's face a bit more.

I love b&w. It's my favourite thing in graphics and photography. I love it best in emotional graphics and pictures because the no colour, shadows, and darkness adds so much more to the emotions. This is a simple icon and something everyone made after the episode but it's still a favourite. Good crop, good colouring (I think, anyway).

John&Mary foreverandalways<3 I just really like the crop, even if it's a bit odd and cuts of faces. Simple colouring, but I was focused more on brightening the characters and keeping the shadows and background darker.

Text. I was really proud with how this turned out. Simple black and white colouring because I couldn't get a good colouring with this stupid cap I felt it fit the scene better.

I had never tried blocking and blocking before. This one happened by accident but I love how it layered like that.

Incredibly simple icon but I wanted to icon this cap so badly because of the lighting and shadows, and the way the characters are positioned.

Again with the blending and blocking, but this time it was intentional :P

More blending experimentation. Added textures to cover up some too distracting spots and help blend more. Text because it seemed too empty without.

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Again some accidental leveling that turned out actually okay. I had the colour version but decided B&W as well because it toned down the image and brought more focus to the characters instead of the water. The last because that spot was begging for text.

Usualy when I crop faces it's simple and like every other crop in existence. With this, his head is tilted down a bit so it was impossible to do a clean crop so this instead. It didn't look horrendous, though, and it still portrays the emotion really well. B&W again, plus some texture use to fade out the top because his forehead seemed too distracting, ha.

Had him cropped dead center. Things at the sides were too distracting. Added the texture to cover those up and to frame Daryl a bit.

Again with facial cropping. Usually I crop to the side, not to the top. But while moving the image around this one happened and I decided to keep it.

I had just the top image but decided the bottom looked too empty and leaving in his body looked weird. I was going along with the lyrics as well and decided to add in a smiling Mitchell to go with lyrics and fill in the bottom. Texture because the side there was really bright and white and uber distracting.

Started getting into background replacement this past year. I am glad I managed to figure it out because sometimes you really want the screencap for the character but the background is horrendous. Easy fix, that:)

Another obscure facial crop for me. I also like how the ~texture~ turned out like that. It was around the time that whole paintbrush effect thing was in craze and I always wondered how people made icons that way. I sort of did it accidentally and was all :O :D

Another where I stumbled upon a paintbrush effect, ha. How the hell do I do this? I still don't know how it happened. Blackened out beside and under to focus more on Emma's face.

Dov Epstein that's why. I have no idea how it happened but I cut out the background and wound up with a 3Dish looking image. Black and white because the colours looked too bland.

More paintbrush with added 3Dishness. Man, I need to remember how I do these things because I really like it. Simple colouring, onetoned to match the shirt.

Another proud of the text icon. Added the texture to cover up parts of his shirt/body that seemed distracting, then the text when the texture looked too overbearing and out of place on the side.

Simple centre crop, focusing on the face because eyes/beard/scrapes. B&W after coloured seemed too bright and took focus away from eyes (emotions!)
Current Music: Social Distortion - Don't Drag MeDown
11 October 2013 @ 10:46 pm

i can't see because i'm staring at a blank wall
i can't breathe because my fucking thoughts are choking me now
i can't grieve for the souls that are so lost
i can't leave because my fucking self is holding me down
imagine cold hands up to your throat
the thought alone makes you swallow your hope
and now it's harder to cope and i don't know where i'll go
these fallacies i don't believe and fear that nobody knows

every word from your mouth is a knife in my ear
every thought in your head is like poison to hear
like a snake in a suit spitting into the air
with a tongue like a needle and we're shot full of fear

an ocean of anger flowing through me blood-stained and broken
from what I failed to see and just like a snake charmer you led me astray
living in distress hoping help was on the way
in the midst of a storm searching for shelter i came upon one single feather
a half-hearted wish for something better gracefully cursed i thirst

have you seen my hands just look at em shake
and the song just keeps on repeating drop the needle again.
and i dance with your ghost but that ain’t the way
i can’t move on and i can’t stay the same

you caught me on the way down please hold my hand before i drown
tie my hands before i burn this town you caught me on the way down
feel like a shell of yester-years gone by bad decisions like ghosts that just won't die
i'm so sorry that i can't apologize for what comes next is another long goodbye

graceless is there a powder to erase this? is it dissolvable and tasteless?
i'm trying but i'm graceless don't have the sunny side to face this
i am invisible and weightless you can't imagine how i hate this graceless
i'm trying but i've gone through the glass again just come and find me
god loves everybody don't remind me i took the medicine when i went missing
just let me hear your voice just let me listen all of my thoughts of you

young and bright but now just a dim light off in the distance
a falling stone following the path of least resistance
if i still fight it's just that i'm afraid i'll slide under that spell again
taken for a fool yes i was because i was a fool

upload on request
Current Music: Hollywood Undead - Hear Me Now
31 August 2013 @ 12:12 am
dylan o'brien picspam

i just happened to step into acting
and now i can't imagine myself doing anything else

describe your character dave in the first time in three words
Wow, just three words?
That makes it so much harder.
He’s sweet, vulnerable and a guy.
I love how I led off with sweet, but really, he’s such a dude.
Just one of those sweet, sappy dudes.

so we had to ask "has dylan ever interned in real life?"
No, I haven’t. I’m just 21 now
so my intern experience was literally shooting this movie,
doing all the crazy stuff that we did-
so basically like strip clubs and Quidditch,
that’s what I think an internship consists of

i never have an opinion about clothes
and know nothing about fashion

part of growing up is realizing you learn to love so many people
it's about forming those relationships and finding what will last forever
Current Music: Spice Girls - Love Thing | Powered by Last.fm
24 August 2013 @ 05:41 pm


Where do you stand in the fight for Beacon Hills? Are you a proud hunter or a determined werewolf? Join beacon_hills, an interactive challenge comm for MTV's Teen Wolf and find out. The 5th Phase is starting and it'd be great fun to have some new members join in the fun.

You can either become a Hunter or a Werewolf, but both teams are great and you'll have fun with which ever one you are sorted into.

Apply here, let them know I sent you | Got a question? Ask here

28 July 2013 @ 04:59 pm

stiles stilinski for character20

anger beginning bottom emotion end
funny love purple secret tears

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Current Music: Pennywise - Just For You | Powered by Last.fm
10 July 2013 @ 12:27 am
2 picspams+mix
a (slightly) darker stiles

[some songs may be seen as sterek (coughcough)]


Have you completely lost your mind?






I'm fine.


Alkaline Trio - In My Stomach
in this shadow i shrink and it knows i can't move i can't sleep
terrified by my own bloodshot eyes so i'll wait here and pray

Frightened Rabbit - The Loneliness And The Scream
i have fallen in the forest  did you hear me in the loneliness
oh the loneliness and the scream to prove  to everyone that i exist

Anberlin - Type Three
no one else here has conversations that drowned their head
sixteen is nothing and never will be til i am dead

All Time Low - Therapy
a hand full of moments i wished i could change
and a tongue like a nightmare that cut like a blade

Of Monsters and Men - Slow Steady
i spend my night dancing with my own shadow and it holds me and it never lets me go
passing by all the monsters in my head and i'm never ready cause i know i know i know

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus - Grim Goodbye
and darkness is fading in and darkness is real
this is taking me over and my dreams complicate it

Foxboro Hot Tubs - Dark Side of the Night
made of flesh and blood my soul's made of stone
my flame is burning out now darkness nightmares alone

Mumford and Sons -  The Enemy
give me hope in silence it's easier it's kinder tell me
not of heartbreak it plagues my soul plagues my soul

*if you want any songs/whole mix uploaded, let me know and i'll work on that :)
Current Music: Pennywise - Broken | Powered by Last.fm
10 June 2013 @ 08:44 am

01-27 Teen Wolf; 28-30 Bates Motel; 31 Misfits; 32-37 Rookie Blue
38-40 Supernatural; 40-44 Star Trek TOS; 45 The Walking Dead
46-47 Ferris Bueller's Day Off; 48 Fight Club; 49-54 LOTR; 55 The Hobbit
56 Harry Potter;57 Into the Wild; 58-60 The Losers; 61 My Soul to Take
62 On the Road; 63 Hobo with a Shotgun; 64 Push; 65 The Green Hornet
66 Sunshine; 67 The Breakfast Club; 68 My Chemical Romance

02 June 2013 @ 12:17 am
stiles stilinski mix-islands of violence



You know when you’re drowning you don’t actually inhale until right before you black out.
It’s called voluntary apnea.
It’s like no matter how much you’re freaking out,
the instinct to not let any water in is so strong that you won’t open your mouth
until you feel like your head’s exploding.
Then when you finally do let it in, that’s when it stops hurting.
It’s not scary anymore, it’s…it’s actually kind of peaceful.


I'm fine. Yeah, aside from the not sleeping, the jumpiness,
the constant, overwhelming fear that something terrible’s about to happen.
It’s called hyper vigilance. The persistent feeling of being under threat.

Maybe it’s not just a feeling though, right, it’s…it’s like it’s a panic attack.
Y’know, like I can’t even breathe.
Like you’re drowning.


So, if you’re drowning, and you’re trying to keep your mouth closed until that very last moment…
what if you chose to not open your mouth?
To not let the water hit?
Y-You do anyway, it’s a reflex.  


But…if you hold off, until that reflex kicks in, you have more time, right?  
Not much time.


But more time to fight your way to the surface.
I guess.


More time to be rescued.  
More time to be in agonizing pain.
Did you forget about the part where you feel like your head’s exploding?


If it’s about surviving, isn’t a little agony worth it?  
I mean, what if it just gets worse?
What if it’s agony now and…and it’s just hell later on?
Then think about something Winston Churchill once said: If you’re going through hell, keep going.  


Current Music: Ellie Goulding - Human | Powered by Last.fm
01 June 2013 @ 11:16 am

Where do you stand in the fight for Beacon Hills? Are you a proud hunter or a determined werewolf? Join beacon_hills, an interactive challenge comm for MTV's Teen Wolf and find out. The 4th Phase is starting and it'd be great fun to have some new member join in the fun.

You can either become a Hunter or a Werewolf, but both teams are great and you'll have fun with which ever one you are sorted into.

Apply here, let them know I sent you | Got a question? Ask here

Current Location: room
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Ellie Goulding - Human | Powered by Last.fm
29 May 2013 @ 03:44 pm
for tvcharacter20
claim: dylan massett (bates motel)

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surprised sweet text texture white

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