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05 October 2006 @ 08:49 am
LIMS angsting  
I love taking part in LIMS challenges when the topic is something I'm passionate about, each contest drives me to something new, to experiment with graphics, to be better. I've been part of three challenges so far, the now defunct whedon_lims in which I got through to the final and am insanely proud of almost every icon I created for that; doctorwholims which is ongoing and which I am still in after six rounds; and the latest one spnlims which is currently voting for round 2 (and which I am still in and won popular choice in the last round - *gulp*). So although my confidence in my abilities is often shaky, I know just by the fact that I am still in those contests (which have some astounding icon makers taking part) that I can do it when I am challenged. That the graphics I make are liked by people.

What I am angsting about is simply this, a lot of the time with my graphics the end result comes through trial and error. I'm getting better at knowing how to get an effect in advance, but a good... 70% of the time it's luck. And then I go back and work out how I got there so I can repeat it in the future. It's a learning process still. But when I have to vote against or for an icon in a LIMS contest, I am expected/required to give technical reasons as to why I feel an icon works or doesn't. My angst revolves around the fact that I feel a little like a fraud there - I don't always know the technical reasons behind something, art is an aesthetic form not a science.

I completely understand and applaud the reasons behind asking for technical reasons behind a vote, but sometimes I wish I could just say "I just... don't like it." or "When I look at it I get goosebumps, it's that good."

And looking at my entry in spnlims, surrounded by all of the other entries, I want to change it. Not majorly but there's something in it that just doesn't work for me any more. Does that make me a perfectionist?

ETA monkey_matt? Sorry I laughed at your hair... That was mean of me... even if it did look a little funny...

And, randomly, How cool is this? Open access academic electronic journal (meaning anyone can get free full text). I think I'm going to spending a whole lot of my time today just reading this journal!
Current Mood: pensivepensive/angsty
Current Music: Lennon - Brake of your car (Career Suicide version)
smhwpf on October 5th, 2006 10:11 am (UTC)
Asking for technical reasons for liking or not liking art is a bit silly. Asking for reasons, which may include technical reasons if possible, would make sense.

I expect most people get good at this sort of thing by trial and error. You probably are a perfectionist, which is not a bad thing, it means you're always striving to get even better. But one way or another, you're darned good. One of the best in the biz.
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: willow/xander//embrace (pack) - mewhiskyinmind on October 5th, 2006 12:57 pm (UTC)
It's strange because what works for one person doesn't work for another. F'r instance, in the SPN Lims voting, I was chatting to Monkey about it and he said he didn't like one of the icons because it was blurred and out of focus. I liked that same icon because the soft focus lent it an ethereal tone. It was *almost* my favourite of the batch, but not quite.

I guess they're asking for technical reasons so that the subject matter doesn't come into play so much - as in, people aren't going to vote on the icon with Jensen rather than Jared just because it's Jensen... (if that makes sense, can you tell I'm a Jensen girl? *g*)
monkey_mattmonkey_matt on October 5th, 2006 10:49 am (UTC)
I'm deeply, deeply hurt. The emotional scars done to my hair may take, ooh, hours to fade.

Anyone know where I can get a decent paper bag?
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: dw//lunatic/t&c - aquirkofmatterwhiskyinmind on October 5th, 2006 12:58 pm (UTC)
And scars are bad.


Don't have a paper bag, but there's a plastic one in the drawer, and I've got an elastic band to hold it tight around your neck...

monkey_mattmonkey_matt on October 5th, 2006 01:10 pm (UTC)
Gee, thanks. It's really not getting any better, is it?
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: arrow of my love - mewhiskyinmind on October 5th, 2006 01:12 pm (UTC)
Any time.