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21 January 2016 @ 04:51 pm
20muses - Challenge 01: Arwen Undómiel  
Okay, so I've tried to upload these icons on Photobucket since yesterday, but the site has been under maintenance and today it is still "a little" slow. If there is one thing that can annoy me is when sites don't load fast. *rolling eyes*
Anyway, let's go to this new set! The inspirations at 20Muses were so interesting and stimulating that I've tried to give my best to turn out washed out screencaps in something more acceptable. I hope that you like them, since they're very experimental and a little out of my comfort zone. But I think it's always a good think to try new techniques and achieve new results, so I'm happy of how some of them turned out! Enjoy!

20 Arwen Undómiel (The Lord of the Rings) icons for 20muses

1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20

[icon talk]
1 to 3: Alonsa Guevara. For this three icons I've been inspired mostly by the vibrant colours used by this artist. I've always thought that the screencap used for 1 is a piece of art, so I tried to push out the colours, even in an unnatural way, put in some flowers (okay, I'm nearly obsessed by that neatmonster texture) and used a bit of topaz for giving to the icon a painted look. For 2 I focused more on the colors used by the artist and for 3 I've tried to underline the beauty of the character as a female, added a little more of magic with soft colours and put tiny flowers under her ear.
4 to 5: SIT. In these two icons I used grey colours, since they're a characteristic of the artist that give me the inspiration. In 4 I've tried a technique that I usually don't like and use, because scares me to death: I just don't like empty faces, they give me shivers. But as the artist suggests in his works feels of death and degeneration, I've tired to do somethin more grotesque. Since I don't like empty faces, I've put on her some butterflies, because I think that beauty can be find even in decadence. For 5 I've tried to extened the character's feature through her hair and wholly repainted them for giving to the icon a floating feeling.
6: Line Osmundsen. I've put in this icon the colours mostly used by the Norvegian artist and used a splash of colours that can be a reminder of her colour drops.
7 to 8: Louise LeBourgeois. I've been tempted to make more icon inspired by this artist, since I think he's the one that mostly represent my character: his way of capturing the essence of the sea, of the movement, of the deep blue calm, it's just near to the inner souls of the elves. So, in 7 I've captured the delicacy of the movement and in 8 the deep feels that characterize that sad moment. And obviously I used a melancholic blue to underline everything.
9 to 10: Fran Williams. Her art suggested me to show the vulnerability and emotions felt by my character. In 9 I've put the focus on her mourning silhouette and in 10 I've tried to portray the sorrow by focusing on the falling teardrop.
11 to 15: Richard Whadcock. I had to make at least five icons inspired by this artist because I just love the soft atmosphere and the charoscuro that are in his productions. In 11 I've used the same colours that I've seen in one of his paintings(?) and tried to give to the icon an overall soft look. In 12 I've used a muted tone coloring and used a very dark background for underlining the conrast between light and dark areas. For 13, 14 and 15 I focused in close crops and chiaroscuros.
16 to 20: Xue Liang. I think these are the icons that turned out better, because the artist gave me a strong inspiration. His landascapes are so beautiful that I had to reproduce something similar in my works. So in 16 I've add a fake background and in 17 I've tried to deconstruct the natural landscape of the cap for giving a reminder of the different levels that are in the paintings. In 18, 19 and 20 I've focused the attention in the natural landscapes that characterize this beautiful saga. Moreover I tried to give to all these icons a vintage look, using earthy or pastel colours.
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Miren: bones las vegasloka_bones on January 21st, 2016 04:35 pm (UTC)
Arwen <3! Love #1
Lady Turner: Legolaslady_turner on January 21st, 2016 05:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks a lot!
Lilyburntheflaws on January 21st, 2016 04:40 pm (UTC)
I like the crop in 2, and the coloring is also very pretty. 10 is another one with a great crop. It really emphasizes the emotion of the cap.

Edited at 2016-01-21 04:41 pm (UTC)
Lady Turner: Edith Cushinglady_turner on January 21st, 2016 05:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! :D
apinkpanthress: KSmith in Sanctuaryapinkpanthress on January 21st, 2016 05:10 pm (UTC)
Awesome pack! :) The atmosphere & compositions of these are great!
My top faves are #'s 04, 11 & 17...
Lady Turner: Jane Austenlady_turner on January 21st, 2016 05:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks a lot! :D
I'm a balancing force of maturity... Or not  ;)erinm_4600 on January 21st, 2016 05:23 pm (UTC)
Lovely icons! All of them ♥ #18 FTW
Lady Turner: Legolaslady_turner on January 21st, 2016 05:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks a lot! ♥
Peter, is your social worker in that horse?naginis on January 21st, 2016 06:01 pm (UTC)
These are really beautiful! Love both the muted and the vibrant coloring. Really great cropping too :)
Lady Turner: Magnetolady_turner on January 22nd, 2016 03:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks a lot! :D
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Lady Turner: Legolaslady_turner on January 22nd, 2016 03:10 pm (UTC)
OMG, ma grazie per questa miriade di complimenti! Davvero, mi fa tanto piacere che ti siano piaciute così tanto! ♥
(her head was full of fairy tales): stardustrizbef on January 21st, 2016 07:40 pm (UTC)
Lovely set! #4 is so beautiful, and I also love #1 and #20
Lady Turner: Yvainelady_turner on January 22nd, 2016 03:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
Amayaneatmonster on January 21st, 2016 08:38 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous set! 4 is stunning *___* Love the overall muted coloring, for the most part, in all these. Glad you're giving my texture a good use, I didn't thought people would use it so much back when I made it.
Lady Turner: Magnetolady_turner on January 22nd, 2016 03:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks a million!
Your texture is so beautiful in its simplicity! I'm always tempted to use it! I'll never be able to thank you enough for making it! ♥
asfaloth14asfaloth14 on January 21st, 2016 08:47 pm (UTC)
Good job ! I like a lot this with his horse Asfaloth :) !
Lady Turner: Legolaslady_turner on January 22nd, 2016 03:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you! ♥
Delamortdelamort on January 21st, 2016 10:25 pm (UTC)
The whole set is beautiful, but the last 5 icons are especially amazing! The vintage feel is really well done, and icon 16 is just PERFECT! <3 So beautiful!
Lady Turner: Elizabeth Swannlady_turner on January 22nd, 2016 03:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! The last five are the one I'm more satisfied with too! :)
Lady d'Arbanville: Cinderellalacrimadargento on January 22nd, 2016 12:00 am (UTC)
Questi sono proprio dei piccoli capolavori, talmenti belli che non riesco a smettere di ammirarle. Le mie preferite sono la 4, 7, 12, 16, 17, 18 (♥), 20. *_*
Lady Turner: Johnny Depplady_turner on January 22nd, 2016 03:20 pm (UTC)
Aww, ma grazie! ♥ Mi sono impegnata davvero tanto a crearle, quindi sono contenta per il tuo apprezzamento!
i'm not really a waitress...raiindust on January 22nd, 2016 09:42 pm (UTC)
These are so lovely. #4 is so incredible,the texture work is beyond perfect, and the under-contrasted style works so beautifully to highlight the slight pops of colour. #9 has such a fantastic use of space, and the texture work and placement creates such a great focus within the icon. And I love the vintage tones that #16 has, from the gorgeously slightly muted but also still slightly bold colouring, and amazing use of negative space.
Lady Turner: Yvainelady_turner on January 24th, 2016 09:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you so mcuh for you detailed comment! I'm happy to know which one you prefer! ♥
ever_maedhros: purple livever_maedhros on January 23rd, 2016 05:55 am (UTC)
*shrieks for a millenia* Gah, these are perfection! I love every single one, and if I have to choose my favorites, they would be #1, #2, #4, #5, #6, #10, #15, #16, and #18. Going to use #1 and #2 and credit all over the place. :D Thanks for sharing these!
Lady Turner: Legolaslady_turner on January 24th, 2016 09:39 pm (UTC)
Aww, thanks a million, sweetie! ♥ I'm so glaaad that you like them!
sapphire2309sapphire2309 on January 23rd, 2016 05:38 pm (UTC)
5 is just lovely. 8 is really soft somehow. 10 us heartrending. 20 is quietly elegant. Lovely set!
Lady Turner: Uhtred of Bebbanburglady_turner on January 24th, 2016 09:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks a lot! :D
thyla87: Emmathyla87 on January 23rd, 2016 06:46 pm (UTC)
Absolutely gorgeous set ♥ Exposure and contrast are just incredibly gorgeous!

I love the flowers of 1 and the lighting of 2! 4 is just incredible! I adore it!! ♥ The crop of 10, 11, 15 are amazing. The color and the earth color are amazing of 16, 19 and 20! ♥ :)
Lady Turner: Will Turnerlady_turner on January 24th, 2016 09:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks a million, hon! ♥ I'm very happy to hear what you think of them!