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Icon Squee Meme II!

Another set this time ...

1. Reply to this post, and I will pick five or six of your icons.

2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.

3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.

4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon squee. Whoo!

scribblemoose picked ...

sarubaby did a huge, wonderful posting of Saiyuki chibis from prompts we all contributed. I specifically requested Hakkai reading and Gojyo sleeping against him, in bed on a cold day ... partially because this reflects me & the Mr. on a weekend morning! (I'm the sleepy kappa.) nanfoodle cropped them into icons, and here it is. I love Hakkai and Gojyo's slightly warped domesticity. I usually use this talking back and forth with smillaraaq, who feels the same way.
Fruits Basket was my first shoujo manga, and this is Sohma Momiji - the Rabbit. Momiji can be an awful brat, but he's also got a huge buried pain inside, like so many of the Sohmas. I just liked the feeling of astonishment and realization in this picture. The font is called Gigi - lots of fun, but not so good at teeny tiny size, so I was glad of a chance to use it relatively large here. I often use this when I've just remembered something I want to tell someone.
Gojyo as a small, battered boy, from flashbacks in Saiyuki. Gojyo's backstory - the abusive mother, the feeling of never being able to fit in - resonate with me. If you compare this with the icon I did of Kuro Karatsu (previous post), you can see progress in my hand-coloring. I have learned how to use the Multiply mode on a layer copy of the original B&W art to add the outlines back in over the color. I also changed the focus of his eyes slightly - he was originally looking sideways at his big bro. The quote is from an old Motown tune, and I used a border brush.
Rob Anybody, Chief of the Nac Mac Feegles from Pratchett's Discworld. The Feegles are basically the answer to all the twee little fairies from any soppy children's fantasy ever written: they drink, they steal, they swear in terrible Glaswegian-esque accents. They're absolutely hilarious and amazingly optimistic in the face of overwhelming odds. The caption is one of their mindbending battle cries. The original art is by Paul Kidby, who does most of the British covers and has done a lovely Discworld art book. Cutting Rob out of the background (top half) taught me a lot - what a pain.
This is actually from work! I do a daily column for our Intranet site: sometimes it's computer tips from the IT folks, or health advice from the office fitness center, but sometimes it's just trivia that I write myself. Every article has a graphic to set the tone - usually photos of people at their desks or in the gym or whatever. This is a reduced-size version of the image for an article on the month of August, and it's Augustus Caesar (of course). Because August is such a hot, sunny month, he has his shades (from an ad). I added the Latin-esque caption for the icon. This is one of my better photomanips.
And ... it's another Fruits Basket icon! This is Sohma Shigure: best-selling author, the Dog in the zodiac, shameless pervert (school girls in short skirts seem to be a favorite), and constant manipulator of the circumstances. I must say I'm rather annoyed at his eventual role in the end of the series, but he's still my favorite character in the series. Here, in his dog form, with a book, he's become my basic book review icon - recently eclipsed to some degree by the one of Doa from Blade of the Immortal.


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May. 16th, 2010 02:41 pm (UTC)
I love your icons, you always pick the perfect expression/picture to match the text :)
May. 18th, 2010 01:55 am (UTC)

Aww, thanks!

You know, I still owe you a few from that auction. And a couple of banners, if you want. You were saying to just do some Saiyuki or SDK things - have you had any other thoughts about that?

May. 17th, 2010 09:28 pm (UTC)
Heh, I never realized you redid the eyes on wee!Gojyo -- there are some very similar panels where he's looking straight ahead so I just always assumed you'd colored one of those. Nice and subtle!

(And I've finally got some new icons...and some recreated old ones -- now that the a la carte userpic thing is working, so you can tag me if you like without having to pick from things you've already seen a squillion times before. *grin*)
May. 18th, 2010 01:59 am (UTC)

Well, I know I moved his eyes ... now I can't remember which picture it was!

Tag, you're it. And yes, I noticed your new icon here - so cute! - and also at delux_vivens's place.

(Sorry I haven't been very chatty ... my temporary crown is still driving me nuts. I may have to call the dentist. I start out OK in the morning, but by mid-afternoon, it starts to hurt, and by bedtime, I want to cry.)

May. 18th, 2010 03:00 am (UTC)
Awwww, you poor thing! *hugs* That's horrible, how can they do something so ouchy and then send you home without any sort of pain meds? The non-Rx stuff only goes so far and it sounds like they really aren't cutting it for you! Aren't you due to get the real crown soon, at least?

(Don't you have to pick the icons first, though?)
May. 18th, 2010 11:26 am (UTC)

It's not so soon, for the permanent crowns - a little more than 2 weeks. I'll be a wreck if it keeps hurting like this. I slept badly last night too, so I will not be handling it well today.

D'OH! Um yeah, I need to pick the icons ... >runs to look<

May. 18th, 2010 02:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, no! You did mention earlier that it was about three weeks but somehow I misremembered it as being days. That makes me even angrier now to think that they'd send you home with just a blithe "go take some Tylenol" sort of handwave when you'd be suffering for so long! Is there some actual physical reason that they make you wait so long to get the permanent ones, or did they just not have any appointments? *big hugs*
May. 19th, 2010 02:35 am (UTC)

Awww, I really appreciate the fierceness on my behalf. But in all fairness to Dr. Marx and his assistant, this is the fourth time around for me with crown prep, and the second for a double crown, so they had no reason to expect that I would be having difficulties.

Also, today I think I figured out most of why it was hurting and seem to have got control of it. When it started up again this afternoon, and I was morbidly looking it up on the Intarwebs sgain, I found some New Age type talking about meditating sore tooth pain away. So I focused on it for a couple of minutes ... and realized that when I consciously relaxed my jaw, it pretty much stopped hurting.

And you know ... when things hurt, I clench my jaw. Wow, talk about a counterproductive reaction. So now, between conscious, mindful muscle relaxation (including sticking my tongue out puppy-style, LOL) and some ibuprofen, it's feeling a hell of a lot better.

May. 19th, 2010 05:20 pm (UTC)
Well, of course I sound fierce -- my sis is hurting and it seemed like nobody was doing anything to make it better! Plus inadequate pain control is something that gets me mad in general -- so often it comes down to those horrible "suffering is virtuous" attitudes, doctors downplaying patients' reports (especially female patients) as hysteria or attention-seeking, or medical protocols for appropriate pain relief being second-guessed by War-On-Drugs paranoia. That's angry-making stuff!

I'm happy that you've figured out a way to cut into the vicious circle of jaw-clenching causing more pain, but are you going to have the Dr. doublecheck it anyway to make it's not slightly misaligned and there's no sign of infection? It's worrisome that none of your other crowns ever set off such a negative feedback loop in the first place...
May. 20th, 2010 02:36 am (UTC)

Well now, I think I'm going to hold off taking myself in there ahead of schedule, because the only time it gave me trouble today was during an emotionally/ethically tense moment

So if I can un-knot my jaw when I'm angry/tense, it doesn't hurt. And I have no fever and no swollen glands, so an infection seems pretty unlikely. But I will keep an eye on these factors, sweetie.

I think he may have nailed too close to the nerve on that side of the jaw with the Novocaine jab, quite frankly. Because now that there are only faint twinges, I can ID the location a little better. And that would match up with why it never happened before. So as the inflammation goes away, so should the tendency toward pain. I will definitely tell him all about it when I go in.

May. 20th, 2010 02:52 am (UTC)
Yay, that's all very encouraging! Maybe warm compresses and/or gargles would help soothe the remaining inflammation, too.

(And hee, I was just thinking of your "ALL THE BEES ARE DED" icon earlier, when Rachel and I were exchanging stories of unlikely misadventures with dead bees.)
May. 18th, 2010 02:53 pm (UTC)
That's concept art from Okami of Ammy and little Camellia/Tsubaki (and Issun, too, the tiny glowing dot at the bottom). The wee girl is from one of the gentle little sidequests that make the game such a delight, and her faith and innocence are such that she's one of the few human characters who can see Amaterasu's "pretty makeup" -- the red divine markings are invisible to most people, who simply think Ammy is a big white dog. I've been wanting some Okami icons for ages but didn't have the space, and there's now an official promo site for the artbook with tons of great images so I went on a real-icon making binge -- I've got some more seasonal ones in reserve to swap around later in the year.

The notes on this icon give the nutshell version -- it's a 1710 portrait from life of Mohawk leader Hendrick Tejonihokarawa, one of the famed "Four Indian Kings who traveled to London as Haudenosaunee envoys to the court of Queen Anne. I love the mixed cultural imagery in those portraits, the way the "kings" are shown in dignified classical poses and elegant court finery that would convey their status as honored dignitaries from a foreign nation to English viewers, but they're also shown with cultural symbols meaningful to the subjects -- their respective clan anmals are shown at their feet, and Hendrick is holding a wampum belt rather than a sheaf of diplomatic papers. Politically, I love what this says about the historical precedent of respect and recognition for native sovereignty...and personally, my fashionista side beams with pride at how he is working those snazzy formal duds like whoa. ;)

O-chou from a climactic scene in the "Nopperabou" arc of Mononoke; the true form of the Faceless One's mask is revealed to be O-chou's own face, and she realizes to her horror that she is the mononoke, and all of her murder victims were actually her own self. It's a particularly haunting visual from a storyline that feels terrifyingly close to a symbolic retelling of my own life, and something I hope to cosplay eventually because nopperabou are so much more subtly creepy, IMO, than the more blatantly grotesque sorts of obakemono.

You probably recognize the captions there as the boys' respective last words -- the images are from a bonus CD-rom that came in an issue of Ward near the end of Gaiden's run. You know I'm such a sap for the reincarnation aspect of 10K/585, and the hope and promise of a reunion in those dying scenes just punch me in the gut every time. The quote in the icon notes is from Yeats' "Ephemera" -- it doesn't totally fit them but I love the elegiac tone.

Art by Pegge Hopper (you may recognize the style, I have one of her prints in my front room), quote in the icon notes is a bit it reminds me of from this sentimental 80's song. I love the way she uses color and her subjects make me all nostalgic -- so basically a little 100 x 100 px square of homesickness.

Lirael and the D. Dog, natch, as done for me by pentapus! Because much as I love the Dillons' cover, they didn't quite get Kibeth right IMO; because I love both those characters so much, identify with Lirael a bunch, and she got such a raw deal that I wanted to see them having some happy times together; and because there are so many cat people clawing up the furniture on the Intarwebs that I wanted a few more adorable canine icons to balance things out. Happiness is a warm puppy! :)
May. 19th, 2010 02:39 am (UTC)

I recognized 10K, and Ami, and Lirael, but I wanted to hear you talk about them, you know?


And the 10K art was new to me. (And your youkai!Hakkai came out better than the one I did for the other account.)

(You know, 10-K is the standard form for an annual report, at our place ... I do a little double-take whenever I hear that in my mind's ear.)

The four kings are really fantastic! Except now, of course, I'm thinking of them as part of a Tarot deck.

May. 19th, 2010 05:44 pm (UTC)
Hee...should we switch to calling the pairing TenKen to avoid the confusion, or is it a fun kind of cognitive dissonance? XD (And I should really zip up the Ward screensaver-and-wallpapers CD...most of it is stuff that's already been seen, especially in the latest Salty Dog, but there's one set of all the guys with sakura that I think might be new, or at least redone pieces with a new background; and there's a great hi-res version of the one with Kenren and Tenpou in uniform and leaning on each other that isn't sliced in half for book printing.

And hmmm...can't go with clan animals to determine suits, there's nobody from any of the avian clans for air and there's duplication, too (two Wolves, of course). So the best bet would have to be going with items held, which fits the Rider-Waite imagery better anyway. Wampum would simply have to be coins/pentacles, and that leaves the other three with weapons...hmmm. One's wearing a small curved sword (probably just an ornamental court-dress weapon) but brandishing a ball-headed club, and swords = air so I think I'd associate that suit with the bow-and-arrow; the slicing point is more cutting than any of the other weapons, and feathered arrows have more of a flight association than bullets; I'd put the rifle as rods/staves instead because that's got a fire association, plus visually the long gun is more staff-like in size and shape than the smaller, curved bow or ball-headed war club. And that leaves the club for cups, which works more indirectly for elemental associations because the Mohican sachem is Turtle clan, the only one of the four whose clan are water animals rather than land.
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