I am not going to be posting here anymore. My icon journal is now this:
SO GO JOIN THAT INSTEAD, K GUYS?????????
OH FOR THE LOVE OF GOD. FORTY-SEVEN. FORTY-SEVEN PLATO ICONS. CLEARLY I AM INSANE.
Yeah, so, these are all of the character John "Plato" Crawford from the 1955 film Rebel Without A Cause. Um, he's the little gay kid. Played by Sal Mineo, who, though only sixteen at the time, was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance. And who, at the moment, I'm kind of... madly, desperately, hopelessly in love with, in case you couldn't tell by the billions of posts about him in my personal journal & the fact that I MADE FORTY-SEVEN GODDAMN ICONS OF THE SAME CHARACTER. And when I describe my love for Sal as "hopeless," it's a bit of an understatement, given the fact that he's dead. And, before that, gay. But hey, that's never stopped me before.
Obviously there are other important people in this movie, namely James Dean, who everybody just loves cuz he's James Dean & blaaah blah blah. Though, for the record, I love him too, I think he's just peachy. But you know? Overkill. (Pardon the tasteless pun.) So when I first started this set I was like, "JAMES DEAN IS NOT ALLOWED TO BE IN ANY OF THESE ICONS!" But then I got over it. Because you can't have the slashiness without Jim, & I do actually love James Dean a lot. (And if you think I am being ridiculous by making Jim/Plato slash icons, you obviously have not seen this film. GAYEST MOVIE EVER.) I even allowed Natalie Wood to show up in some of them, though for the record I HATE NATALIE WOOD & HER CHARACTER JUDY RUINS THE WHOLE DAMN MOVIE & THE ONLY REASON SHE EVEN GOT THE PART WAS CUZ SHE WAS SLEEPING WITH THE DIRECTOR SO THERE. But yeah. My point (& I do have one) is that a lot of these do include the other two members of the little Rebel family, but the one thing they all have in common is Plato. Darling, beautiful, broken little Plato. (I may be just a leeeeeetle obsessed...)
BTW: I did kind of try to really up the ante with these, meaning I really did the best I could & didn't save anything I didn't think was up to par. So even if you're not interested in the subject, I would still like to hear your comments/criticisms on the quality/style of these. Thank you very much & please enjoy your meal.
07. 11. 45.
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AND THEN THE MOVIE ENDS & EVERYTHING'S FINE & NOBODY GETS SHOT OR ANYTHING. AND THEY ALL LIVE HAPPILY EVER AFTER. EXCEPT JUDY. SHE TURNS OUT TO BE A COMMUNIST. AND JOE McCARTHY EATS HER OR SOMETHING. WHAT THE HELL I NEED TO GO TO BED.
Oh, & by the way, hi kids! Long time no see. ;)
Hey kiddos. I never thought I'd do this, but I've made my first tutorial.
Transform to in eleven kind-of-easy steps!
Fairly simple, though it does use Curves. Made in PSP6 (ANCIENT), but I can translate most tutorials for other programs, so I assume the reverse is true. Image heavy, I guess, but they're all small.
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Cross-posted to icon_tutorial.
Oh, by the way, I've been winning hella awards, you should check that out.
Lately I really seem to specialize in icons nobody but myself would ever want to use. I think I just start looking for icons for myself & am not able to find any (usually for good reason), so I end up just doing my own & making too many & "sharing" them with all of you, my unwitting victims. But really, I think this is more your problem than mine. It's not my fault you're so uncultured. Go out, rent whatever it is I'm talking about, fall in love with it, & come back & take an icon. It's for your own damn good! Heathens.
That being said, I've iconized the 1919 German silent film Anders als die Andern (Different From the Others). Co-written by renowned sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld & starring Conrad Veidt (my dead spindly German Hitler-bashing bisexual boyfriend!), Fritz Schulz, Reinhold Schünzel, & Anita Berber, this was the first movie in history to deal explicitly with the subject of homosexuality. It was created partially to educate the public about Hirschfeld's ideas on homosexuality (namely that it's, shock, perfectly natural) & to protest the German anti-gay laws entailed in Paragraph 175 (not fully repealed until 1994). It is available today only in a fragmented form; when the Nazis seized power, one of their first actions (May 6, 1933) was to destroy Hirschfeld's entire library, including many prints of the film. I got it from NetFlix, & you should too, because it's amazing.
I got real bored with fancy brushes, that's why all these are pretty clean & simple. And all greyscale, except one.
07. 14. 15.
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I swear I'll make some good ones soon. Ones you'll actually want. Uh, maybe.
Ooo, looky, I'm on a roll.
These are from the British television show "Rock Profile." I know absolutely nothing about it, except that a "Best Of" featurette is included on my "Little Britain: Series 1" DVD set & it's funny & I wanted to cap/iconize it. I also know that it stars Matt Lucas & David Walliams (of LB fame, which is why it's on the DVDs) & some guy called Jamie Theakston. And I know it's all about them dressing up as & making fun of music peoples, many of whom I've never heard of. So, hey, maybe I know a lot. Kind of.
Again, these are from the "Best Of," & feature ABBA, Shirley Bassey, Blur, George Michael, Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice), Steps, & U2. Er, that is, not the real ones. Just Matt & Dave dressed up. (Which is just as good or better?)
03. 06. 14.
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I was just counting to make sure I gave both the boys equal icon love, & you know what's weird & totally unintentional? There are five Matts, five Daves, & five together. I PWN AT EQUALITY.
The following highly disturbing icons are from Conquest of the Planet of the Apes. The fourth installment in the Apes series, this prequel/sequel takes place twenty years after Cornelius & Zira come back in time to pre-ape Earth & are brutally murdered by the human government. (Even though they were from the future, so no matter what humans do the world will still be taken over by apes eventually... Hasn't this movie seen any other movies?) Their super-intelligent baby was rescued & hidden away by a benevolent circus owner, brilliantly portrayed by the ever-subtle Ricardo Montalban. Conquest takes place in the bleak futuristic wasteland of 1991, where eight years prior a plague from space (that's what I said) has managed to wipe out every dog & cat in the world. Humans were forced to replace their beloved housepets with apes; they soon discovered that these new pets were very easy to train, & decided to enslave them. Now, for some reason, after allowing him to live in ignorant bliss for the past twenty years (but apparently teaching him American history as well as training him to speak with a British accent), the circus owner brings the highly-evolved son of Cornelius & Zira to the dangerous big city. The heir eventually names himself Caesar & leads the slaves in an ape revolution. (Yes, that's right; in an ironic twist, the son of the human-loving Cornelius & Zira is the very instigator who encourages the apes to subordinate the humans in the first place.) Have I mentioned this film is also an allegory for race relations? Oh yeah, it's magnificent.
This set is dedicated to molly_bot.
03. 07. 13.
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I apologize for #2, 3, 4, 5, 6, & maybe 10. This movie makes my brain go fuzzy.
Judy... Miss Garland if ya nasty.
Cameo appearances by Liza Minnelli (the toddler years) & slivers of Mickey Rooney (I mostly blocked him out with brushes... not on purpose).
07. 11. 16.
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It's cute how you can tell when I decided to stop being lazy (around #5 or so).
P.S. This settles it. I am a gay man.