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Icon Memage

Oops. I did this meme without realizing quite how self-explanatory my icons are, which makes it more boring. But that won't be true of those who reply.

Taken from dagas_isa:

Comment with the word "ICONS" and I'll select six of yours for you to talk about in your journal.

"Butterflies!" When I started my fandom LJ, I  needed a happy icon, but neither Lulu nor Auron ever look happy. I saw this painting floating around, and after much hunting tracked it down. Problem: the website was all in Japanese except for a teensy caption saying "I  do not understand English"  and "Do not take without permission." So I emailed a screencap of my userpics page with this icon superimposed above it, circled in red with an arrow pointing to a gap between two icons and the question, "Permission?" I  repeated the request in the body of the message in Japanese by translating it into Japanese using Apple's dashboard translator, then translating the result back into English using 3 different translators. I figured if all 3 made sense, the Japanese probably wasn't too badly mangled.

The artist wrote back: "YES". Alas, I see that website has disappeared. The full painting is posted here, but there were many other good fanarts, so I'm guessing that's not the real artist's page.

Meet Samhain the Cat. Of course, she has her own shrine, because she is a goddess.

Chapter 9 of Love Her and Despair took place during a blitzball tournament, and I was having too much fun spoofing the atmosphere at the baseball games I attend at the stadium. I don't know about other sports, but baseball has these stupid free bobblehead giveaway nights that draw sellout crowds (at least for the Dodgers). So...who would they make into a bobblehead in Spira? Oh... of course!

One of my best icons for 100variations. It's how I imagine Auron/Lulu: fleeting, bittersweet, quiet moment of connection between two old souls well-acquainted with loss, stubbornly snatching an instant of life before they say goodbye.

I see Auron as like King Arthur yearning to go to Avalon to rest, making Lulu the psychopomp that befriends him during the journey. After all, spent most of her life learning how to let go of those she loves: her parents, Chappu, Ginnem, and (she thought) Yuna. I've also described my "Resurrection" image of Auron and Lulu as an inverse of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, in which Eurydice accompanies him to the edge of the Lethe, bids farewell, and comes back to live a full life.

A variant of this icon had "Just for now..." on it, a reference to an Imogene Heap song.

 "This IS my happy face!" This was one of my earliest icons, but I  recently redid it now that I understand lighting better. (Foolishly I keep using my laptop with to make icons while watching TV, and I think I'm super-saturating them). 

It was first attempt to portray Lulu as a final aeon, even before I wrote the pre-LHAD drabble that eventually turned into an 80K word saga. I love elemental magic and see her as alternately fiery, icy or thunderbolt-sharp. (Like owlmoose , I find water seems less obvious for Lulu.)

The orignal screencap was Lulu saying, "Don't you think we tried to stop her?"  This expression shows just how thrilled she was about that! Yet I love the fact that Lulu can be protective without being overprotective. She'll support Yuna, even if that means supporting her in a career move Lulu fiercely opposed.


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 29th, 2009 05:10 am (UTC)
May I play, if I answer only in comments rather than as a new post?
Sep. 29th, 2009 07:30 am (UTC)
Holy Squee, that's a lot of icons. (I'd forgotten how many of yours I adore. O SHIT IT'S AN ENTITE GET BACK IN THE CAR) And all the ones from old games I haven't played...

This was you for a long time, and I have no idea who she is.

Sep. 29th, 2009 01:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Sure!
*prrrrr* Some of my favourites!

- This one is a character from an original world that rabbitbenrin and I have been playing with for a while, half of our duo of protagonists. He drew her for me once a while back. Her name is Serena, and she is blind (hence the silvered eyes.) The black streak in her hair is because she can claim a dual heritage from two groups that, uh, do not often interbreed for a number of social and cultural reasons, and that becomes really important at a later point.

- Firefly! Oh Firefly, you died far too young. This screencap is from the episode "Our Mrs. Reynolds," in which the captain of Serenity accidentally acquires himself a VERY young bride, and the shepherd (pastor, loosely) of his ship warns him that "If you take sexual advantage of her, you're going to burn in a very special circle of Hell, one they reserve for child molesters and people who talk at the theater." I love that quote forever, and about half the time it's applicable to my fandom experience, thus.

and are rather a matched set. Both come from the series Kushiel's Legacy by Jacqueline Carey, which is set in an alternate-Earth with a lot of gorgeous meta and world-building. Also language. Holy cow, language. The opening sentence of the first book, Kushiel's Dart, is "Lest anyone should suppose I am a cuckoo's child, got on the wrong side of the blanket by lusty peasant stock and sold into indenture in a shortfallen season, I may say that I am House-born and reared in the Night Court proper, for all the good it did me." The Night Court is an association of sacred prostitutes with thirteen Houses for the thirteen aspects of the goddess of love, Naamah. Two of those houses are Valerian (masochists) and Mandrake (sadists). I have a lot more Valerian days than Mandrake, but I loved both of these icons when I saw them. Mmmm, corsets.

is an altered screencap from Final Fantasy VI - the Goggles actually protect the character from the Blind status ailment, but I saw this variation on jpegasus's entry one day and had to have it, because it just makes me giggle incessantly.

is also Kiwi's fault. She drew an absolutely adorable picture of Gabranth and Drace for me in het_challenge on Insanejournal, and everyone was quite taken with the tiny grumpy crab (who is even more awesome in picture-context), so someone made an icon of him. He is my general "grrr argh!" icon. :D
Sep. 30th, 2009 01:42 am (UTC)
Re: Sure!
I am so glad to have all of these explained. There's a lot of icons where I go, "wonder what fandom that is?" and move along.

The crab is fabulous. I had not seen that picture.
Sep. 30th, 2009 07:45 am (UTC)
Re: Sure!
:) Even if it's not meme day, I am always happy to explain any icons about which people are curious, so if ever I throw one up and you wonder, just ask! I am always happy to yammer.

The crab is fantastic. I think he was my favourite part of the entire gift.
Sep. 29th, 2009 06:06 am (UTC)
I've done this meme before, but never for you, so I'll bite. :)
Sep. 29th, 2009 07:46 am (UTC)
yay! I keep forgetting to ask about one of these..

(why a beclem icon?)

(don't worry, this isn't rivalry related, I'm just curious ):

Edited at 2009-09-29 07:54 am (UTC)
Sep. 29th, 2009 03:45 pm (UTC)
Re: yay! I keep forgetting to ask about one of these..
Whee: http://owlmoose.livejournal.com/430569.html

Thank you, this saved me from the dullest conference call ever.
Sep. 29th, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC)
Can I play?
Sep. 30th, 2009 02:02 am (UTC)
Yay, sure!

(I adore this one)

Wow, so many pretties...
Sep. 30th, 2009 01:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Yay, sure!
I love my permanent account for that, at least.
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