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Apr. 9th, 2009

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Spreading more spring cheer

This is the same as before. All of these are made from pictures that I took in the last few days. They can be used as icons or bases. (The flower ones are particularly suited to being bases.)

17 flowery
2 sunset
3 water

For the curious, the water is Puget Sound, and that's a ferry. : )

Total Icon Count: 22


TEASER! Icon 002 TEASER! Icon 008 TEASER! Icon 015

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Apr. 7th, 2009

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It's Spring!

It's spring, so I decided to make some flowery icons. These are just some that I got from playing around with Illustrator. Once my camera finishes re-charging, I'll be downloading some photos I took and using Photoshop to see what I can come up with.

Feel free to use these for whatever purpose you like, though I would appreciate credit. If you want some personalization, let me know!

Total Icon Count: 6


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Made using Illustrator CS4 and (obviously) no drawing pad.

Feb. 24th, 2009

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limited time offer

I've recently got a hold of a copy of Creative Suite 4 Design Standard and I'm looking for excuses to play with Photoshop. This mainly means images. My icons tend to be more text-based, so I typically use Illustrator.

I've been thinking, and I've decided that for a limited time I'd also offer to to do banners for LJ layouts, if anyone is interested. I've recently redone my own. (Of course, that was with Illustrator.) If you are interested, let's talk! If I can envision what you'd like, I'll give it a shot. Incidentally, I do know a lot about CSS and such so if you're intimidated by doing a custom layout, don't be! I can help you figure it out.

Jan. 23rd, 2009

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recent work

And by recent, I mean about two months ago. I redid my LJ layout. I did the header and icon in Adobe Illustrator after I discovered my love for all things vector. The butterfly is an homage to my grandmother, who loved them.

The header, or just view lyndsiefenele.

The icon, my name:

These are non-stealable, but if you'd like something similar, let me know.

I'm still taking requests, so see this post to make one.

Aug. 17th, 2008

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icon for 60sfreak

This is an example of not for everyone. I'm only putting it here to document my work and sources, really, and because I like it. Pretty!

This is not for sharing because it is a personalized name icon. She requested a vintage look.

I used textures from x_fei and coy_dreamer. I used a brush that I made for practice out of the Tengwar for the word 'carne', which was mentioned in the request.

Aug. 14th, 2008

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myownmuggle's request: sunflowers

So here's an attempt, but they are at least cheerful if not skillful. Hope you enjoy them, Julie!

Total Icons: 6

Icon #001
Icon #002
Icon #003
Icon #004
Icon #005
Icon #006

Credit where credit is due:
The sunflower picture is from MarcoMaru on MorgueFile.
The textures are from piemin and _iconographer.

I need more brushes. Used a couple that came with Photoshop.

Aug. 12th, 2008

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First icon

I'm posting my first icon! There's only one, because that's all I had time for, but it's exciting. This is the first icon I've made that was a serious attempt at something pretty, and not just words on a background.

Behold, in all its mediocre glory!

I took the picture of a flower in front of my house. I played with the brightness and contrast to make it appear more saturated because I have a texture layer in there that was lightening it up. It's a pink swirly from here and I actually figured out how to set it as a pattern layer. *is excited*

I used the swirly to be symbolic of cyclical continuation, because it is plant life, and they come back every year. The flowers were originally a much lighter pink, but over the years some mutation or something cropped up, and now they are this bright, vibrant color like in the icon.

The word is, of course, Quenya for 'large flower.'

(Made with Photoshop 6.0. Don't laugh, it works.)

Aug. 8th, 2008

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Questions? Concerns? FAQ

Have questions or concerns not on the list? Reply here.

I'll try to answer general questions about the Tengwar fonts and how to use them.

What programs do you use?
-I use Photoshop and Illustrator CS4, and maybe occasionally The GIMP.

Where do you get your fonts?
-I'm using mostly Dan Smith's fonts, available here.

Where can I learn more?
-The fonts themselves have some really great resource guides in the downloads. Following are a list of useful links.

Ardalambion - great site full of lots of links and resources
Quenya Lapseparma - for finding your name in Quenya

There's also the TolkLang mailing list and the Elfling Yahoo! Group.

More will be added as I remember them.
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Request Here

Please post any requests here. The more specific, the better. Things like the text you'd like, colors, size, and anything else you can think of are great to know.

Make sure you have read the community info and rules, available in here.
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I created this community to give myself a venue to post my work all in one place. Most of what I've done in the past has been with various Tengwar fonts (based on the scripts created by J.R.R. Tolkien) and his been rather uninspired as far as backgrounds and color choices. I'm hoping to remedy that shortly as I learn more about graphic design and iconning in particular. So, in short, I make icons and other graphic pieces that have Tengwar featured in them somewhere.

This community also will function as a request community. Let me outline my capabilities.

-I am fairly good at transcription, but by no means an expert. Please don't take my word as gospel or use what I transcribe for anything permanent, such as a tattoo. I could try to help you if you are stuck with your own transcription, but there are other communities that are better at this, such as tengwar.

-I am not very good at translating anything into Quenya or Sindarin. (Spanish, maybe...) So please don't ask me to translate something for you. I can, however, transcribe (put into Tengwar) something already translated. I have made many name icons, based off of the Quenya Lapseparma names list.

-I am in the process of learning much more about iconning, so my skills will be ever-evolving. Don't expect anything too fancy at first!

-If you have a request, make it as easy for me as possible. Provide exactly what it is you want to be transcribed and any colors that you want used (numerical color values are love, if you have them), or ideas for backgrounds. If you know of a technique you like and I don't know it, I'm willing to learn if you want to explain it.

-I have a lot of responsibilities, so my time is sometimes under a lot of demand. I may take a while to complete requests. I will try to keep you updated, but if you haven't heard from me in a while, a polite reminder/note is not out of line. ('A while' is usually defined as a week or more.)

That said, there are a couple of rules:

-Please feel free to watch the community (it won't be getting that many posts, so no flist clogging), but membership at the current time is limited to those who will be doing the posting, namely me. I may in the future be interested in letting others join in if they like making Tengwar icons, etc., but I'm not sure how likely that will be, and anyway 'nosta' is the Quenya translation of my name and therefore personal.

-To post a request, reply to the request thread. I'll post the result in a new one for you. There is no request template at the current time, but like I said, the more specific the better (text, size, color, etc.).

-Don't be a jerk. I don't talk to jerks, and jerks will not get requests fulfilled.

-I might make something that is meant only for a specific person and post it. Generally speaking, anything I make that is only for the use of the requester I won't post to the community, but if I do and I catch someone else using it, I will be displeased. But unless I know you and want to make you a gift or something, anything I make will be for anyone to use. In other words, just because you requested it doesn't mean that others can't use it, unless we have a special arrangement.

-Credit where credit is due. Please credit me in your use of my work. I get cranky if you don't.

-No hotlinking. Actually, I'd like to see someone try. The server I post all of my stuff to has hotlink protection, and any site not on the list of allowed sites will not actually be able to display the image.

So that's it! Welcome!