With what LJ just did, and I'm sure I don't have to explain it to anyone, I'm always the last to know, this seems like the silliest possible time to be thinking of this, but seeing as it's ever sillier to assume the site is going to imploding for no reason in a few days I figure I'll go through with it just to prove the point...and because I've already wasted enough time on this post to stubbornly worry at it like a demented terrier until I GET something out of it!
Some of you know I used to have quite a lot of fun over at the icontest comm 100x100beauty
and will no doubt be doing so again now that it has reemerged from its slumber with pieds_joyeux
at the helm. I have also joined themed_icons
which looks to be fairly similar and a nice active place.
I know that should be more than enough to keep me busy, and yet I am considering making my own icontest comm now more than ever. Crazy, huh? But it's been going around my brain on and off for a while now, and my love for those places is at the moment only making my desire to do so even stronger.
I'm sure I could find a few more places that have rules that I find followable if I look hard enough. That's not really the issue, though it is true that 100x100 going away for a while scared me on that point. The issue is, I think it would be fun, and I'd learn even more, and that even 100x100 is getting to be a bit too structured for someone like the girl I was when I first joined it to consider doing so now.
I'd like to make a community that would still have enough interest and challenge for the kind of great, experienced icon-makers I admire but still be really laid back about certain things, without a whole lot of complicated rules and polls and things (of course there'd have to be some for it work at all, I'm not that stupid, but I just mean keeping them to the amount you'd need for it to function and explaining things up-front), and maybe with like a sister community where we could post tutorials and brushes and other stuff to help out the beginning types. Maybe even let said beginners pose questions there. It'd be a perfect playground for me, and I think it might have an audience that would find it very helpful...if my own experience is anything to go by (but really who knows if it is?).
So far I've been jonesing for more icon-making challenges, too. There hasn't been enough posting in those comms with the holidays and all.
Anyway, I can only imagine it as being a rather general icontest as opposed to one with an ongoing theme, probably I'd do the same thing as themed_icons
and just have people write a suggestion for themes and we use the winner's suggestion for the next challenge...or, I could do that and alternate whatever I feel like challenges so that I can force all these hypothetical wonderful people to make icons about subjects I like! IF THEY FEEL LIKE IT! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Yeah, 'cause I'm like, evil like that, and stuff, and junk, and whatnot. I think generally an upper limit of five icons per person is good, that really seemed perfect to me in the old days of 100x100, enough that I mostly didn't have to abandon ideas that I really loved but also few enough that I really had to come down to it and make some tough decisions and trim the fat. At the moment I'm leaning toward a two week time limit, with the whole being laid back idea, but that might change upon further reflection or if I get some helpful feedback explaining why it's stupid. Of course, doing that makes me want to make another contest be going on at the same time, a new one starting
every week but the first not finishing until the week after, but that kind of kills that whole simplicity idea. So yeah, that's not gonna happen.
So...basically I'm posting here to see if anyone would be even vaguely interested in helping me out with this. Some of my friends are really good icon-makers, but I have no idea if they'd want to help out. kirin76
for instance is a great icon-maker but hardly has time to post on LJ anymore and has quite enough icontests on her plate that adding one just because it's her friend's baby might not be such a great idea...besides that I know aracelebearwen
are good, but no clue if they'd care about this. I have a few ideas of people I don't know all that well but whose work I really admire that I'd like to invite if I saw a spark of hope for this thing. I'd need at least a couple people to start this thing off...hopefully I could draft my brother to help out with modding if not to enter the contests much.
Then there's the whole problem of banners for the winners. Sure, I could make them if I had to, but they wouldn't likely turn out to be the kind of thing anyone would want to display. So really if I can't figure out someone to handle that this is probably not going to work, unless I really surprise myself. I've never tried to make anything other than avatars before, and it's kinda a whole different world with that stuff. Not entirely of course, but close enough for me when I'm so mediocre at all of this in the first place, and severely limited in what I can do by only having Photoshop Elements, and still learning most of everything there is to learn about that program.
I'm so tired now. I should really, really be in bed now. I hope I was sort of coherent and I didn't revert to old versions of ideas in my semi-wakefulness. At this point I'm so sick of waiting I'm going to push post and hope for the best and leave the rest up to editing later.