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SPN Promo Icons...

Here's my dab in the icon making after seeing the latest promotional pictures for Supernatural. I'm very much a novice at this, so criticisms are much appreciated.

Preview:
      

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Plus a couple of alternatives I couldn't quite make up my mind about them:

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[1-6, 10] texture by meathiel
[7-9, 11-12] texture by ohfreckle
* Comments welcome
* credit appreciated

Comments

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ckll
Nov. 8th, 2010 06:22 am (UTC)
They are awesome, sweetie, i like the frames.
xwacky
Nov. 8th, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much sweetie for your kind feedback. I was very nervous about posting these 'coz I have very little experience in making icons. Your reassurance means a lot to me. <333
518tinhatzst
Nov. 8th, 2010 06:31 am (UTC)
Gacked no. 6. These are cool! :D
xwacky
Nov. 8th, 2010 06:12 pm (UTC)
Hee. You took the one which I dubbed "Family Portrait". *g*

Thank you bb for your kind words. I'm so relieved and honored you like these and found something you can use. <333
water_fowl182
Nov. 8th, 2010 08:12 am (UTC)
These are great - novice or no! Nothing to worry about :)
I particularly liked # 3 and # 10 - with 'haloed' Dean in the antiquated frame. There's such this epic, sinister badass, ranaissance air about him. Am I the only one to guess he'd make a way hotter Warrior Angel, that Michael ever could? ;)
xwacky
Nov. 8th, 2010 07:49 pm (UTC)
Oh hon, thank you so much for your kind words. My skill at icon-making is rudimentary. Yet I had this idea (and urge) of "framing" the halo-ed Dean ever since I saw the promo pictures. So I'm really glad you liked these. :-)

You are not the only one to think he'd make a better warrior angel than the "Michael" we saw. Don't even get me start on this girl! I'll just be brief and say that I had no problem with Kripke steadfastly keeping Dean human (I love it even), but what got me disappointed with Kripke is he gave us a weak watered-down substitute instead. He could have kept Michael off screen when Dean refused to acquiesce, that would not have changed the essence of his story one bit (except avoiding lackluster acting during a climactic scene).

By the way, making these took an inordinate amount of my time and attention, I'm totally behind replying to your comments and catching up with LJ. *facepalm* But I shall do those as soon as I have a bit of time. 
water_fowl182
Nov. 9th, 2010 06:51 am (UTC)
Yeah, I too was glad they opted to ultimately *not* insert Michael into Dean. Refusing his part in the *epic destiny*, somehow, made everything great, and human, and powerful about Dean's character stand out tenfold (then again, I'm not all that much into characters with cool otherworldly destinies getting a pass for indulging mundane frakwittage - I'm looking at you, Kara Thrace!).
I just keep wondering if they're still going to keep Dean out of the *supernatural* span of the mythos, or the whole Cain vs. Abel confrontation is to be revamped again. The show has decidedly run out of *extra* Winchesters by now, unless Ben *is* indeed Dean's biological son, of course.
xwacky
Nov. 11th, 2010 08:48 pm (UTC)
Oh dear, I couldn't agree with you more. At one hand, I love the connection between Dean and the warrior angel, but I adored him more for staying human. Like you said, Dean's humanity is what made the Winchesters saga so compelling to me (oddly enough the trials and tribulations of souless!Sam isn't).

I've noticed since last season that up until the end of S5, Dean was the only main character remained free from supernatural possession, and I suspect that was Kripke's conscious decision. But "Live Free or Twihard" changed that record. In that sense, even though I enjoyed that episode, I still can't say I feel entirely okay with turning Dean into a monster, albeit for such a short period of time. I wonder if this means SPN is going to explore further into the "humanistic" aspect of the monsters. In the past, I think "Monster Movie" and "Metamorphosis" did a pretty good job on that. I'd actually like to see more exploration along that line.

Speaking of Kara Thrace, I have a little confession to make: part of the reason I fell so in love with Dean Winchester is because this character answers and makes up for all the disappointments I had in the characterization of Kara Thrace. No lie, I have never tried so hard to like a fictional character as I did Kara.

As for Ben, I'm really hoping, no make that prying, he is NOT Dean's biological son. Selfishly, I enjoy too much of Dean as a brother, so I'm not interested in seeing him being a father to Ben more than what we've already seen.

p.s. So sorry it took me so long to respond. I've had a busy week. I wish I could spend more time catching up with LJ. I have a list of places I want to "stalk", and yours is on the very top!

ETA: oops, I decided to switch the userpic for this. I almost forgot I had this one in my collection.

Edited at 2010-11-11 08:51 pm (UTC)
water_fowl182
Nov. 12th, 2010 09:13 am (UTC)
So sorry it took me so long to respond. I've had a busy week. I wish I could spend more time catching up with LJ. I have a list of places I want to "stalk", and yours is on the very top!

Oh, don't worry a single bit about it! I do know a thing a two about 'busy' :) It's great you still managed the time to respond. Thanks!

One of the reasons I'm more okay with the whole soulless!Sam scenario, as opposed to Lucifer!Sam, let's say, is 'cause it does have a potential to provide for some compelling fodder drama in terms of Dean's character development. How is Dean to deal with thus 'enhanced' Sam? How long can Dean go on side by side with a brother who doesn't care to *care* anymore? Can he bring himself to love Sam still? Sure enough, Dean's love for Sam is an integral part of his personality, but so is the need to be loved back. So I'm really looking forward to some delicious angst here.

I did have an impression Dean turning a vamp in "...Twihard" was more of a plot device to advance most of the plot-lines where the writers need them at the crux of the season - 'Sam-came-back-wrong-and-heartless', there're Alphas to all the monster species and 'they have a Plan', Dean has burnt all bridges and has nowhere to walk away to from what's going on with Sam - than the exploration proper of 'monstrous humanity'. But I can see your concern too. Especially since the Alpha Vamp specifically pointed out that Dean was his *son*, however briefly. Wonder if this's gonna pan out further.
The kind of development I could put up with in this respect, given proper execution, would be Dean's vampire experience as a ruthless 'perfect animal' (upon having taken out the whole damn nest singlehahndedly) as *possibly* instrumental to connect to Sam's current state of mind and state of zero-soul, somehow. For unless Dean figures out a way to forge a working relationship with Sam 2.0, founded on some semblance of common ground, I'm pretty sure he's going to snap fairly soon.

Lucky me, for I, apparently, just complied fairly early on (as early as the Miniseries, to be honest) that it's not necessary for me to *like* Kara's character (or for her character to come across likable, for that matter) in order to perceive it as an integral part of the plot and conflict framework. However the show, indeed, tried very hard to tip the scales on the 'likability' factor, what with destiny, and alleged badassery, and angelic undertones in the end, I can give it that. Just never quite worked for me as a viable or endearing character development.
Oddly enough, I've always kinda perceived Dean as fitting Lee's 'profile' more than Starbuck's. Promiscuity and attitude aside, Dean's all 'Big Brother', 'bleed your heart out for the ones you deem family', 'wrench your heart over the wrongdoings of the world and your own', 'deem yourself a worthless, hopeless frak-up, whence you're anything but', 'do-it-rigt even if it kills you', 'earn your father's pride but never quite unconditional love', 'long for normal and happily-ever-after, yet believe yourself inapt to pull it off'. Of course, the character parallels are not identical in any way (and if anything, Sam's AWOL-stint to law school, of all places, against daddy's wishes, rings a rather pronounced 'Apollo' bell as well *g*), but I've always managed to get a potent 'Lee'-vibe off Dean's characterization. One of the reasons to invest into Dean's character even more, for me.

Can't but agree on the Ben aspect here, as well. For indeed, 'biological' kinship won't add up anything more into Dean's perception of Ben, since Dean had 'appointed' the boy his son all the way back in 'The Kids Are Alright', regardless of genetics. Though I too enjoy Dean as a 'brother', foremost, and this season's premise leaves a vast scope of territory yet to be covered in this respect, still I do hope they don't abandon the Dean & Lisa/Ben story-line altogether, if for no other reason than it would supply a glaring plot-whole, rendering three seasons of Dean-longs-for-normal-and-family characterization underlying set-up pointless. And I wouldn't want any morsel of Dean's characterization to work for naught.

ETA: That userpic of yours is absolutely cracktastic! :)))
anastdean
Nov. 8th, 2010 08:17 am (UTC)
I love these to pieces, lots of hugs. Happy new week sweetie.:)
xwacky
Nov. 8th, 2010 07:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much sweetie! So glad you like these. Your words meant a lot to me, your hugs alway put a smile on my face and bring me lots of happy memories. *hugs you tight*
layne67
Nov. 8th, 2010 08:33 am (UTC)
These are lovely, Jane! My favourite is #8 :)
xwacky
Nov. 8th, 2010 08:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you sweetie! So glad you like these. <333

I showed these to my son before I posted (yeah I was insecure), he picked out the same one as his favorite also. :-)
savedean
Nov. 8th, 2010 07:09 pm (UTC)
These are neat! Love the frames!!
xwacky
Nov. 8th, 2010 08:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you sweetie! Your kind words meant a lot to me, especially since you are one of my favorite fanartist! <333
savedean
Nov. 8th, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC)
Awww, anytime sweetheart! And thank you so much ♥!! *hugs*
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