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26 February 2011 @ 07:18 pm
My first banner attempts  
I've been trying my hand at banner work in my spare time.  My idea was to make a few 1000x460 banners for my fic, Clocks of the Long Now , with each banner having a different character focus and corresponding treatment.  Large versions of my first two attempts are under the cut.

Banner #1:
Skaya the Scourge

I wanted Buffy's parallel universe twin to have a treatment that conveyed something about her dark and violent world.   I settled on the motif of the clocks and gears as a reference to the role her fate plays in the overall plot.  I chose Charlemagne for the font because I like the sharpness of it's edges, and I beveled the edges slightly to enhance this a bit.

Banner #2:
Dawn Summers

Since the story takes place four years post-Chosen, I chose a more recent, more adult picture of Michelle for the base.  The nebulous green matter is a reference to her "Key" identity, while the sort of mismatched ransom note font points to her new life of secrecy in the world of the story.

I'm new to this, so both positive and negative criticism are very much welcome.  Thanks!
Abbyabelina on February 27th, 2011 12:40 am (UTC)
I like them! The red in the first banner especially I think helps convey the feeling you were going for. I like the picture you chose, too. Dark eyes, an enigmatic little smirk. There's more to that girl than meets the eye.

Dawn's expression in the second banner echoes Skaya's in the first - a hint of a smirk, suggestion of a secret she knows and we don't. You mentioned "secrecy", and Dawn looks like she has one.
lostboy_ljlostboy_lj on February 27th, 2011 12:48 am (UTC)
Thanks! Yes, the is something very mysterious and a little off-kilter about SMG in this pic. She seemed a little smirky and haunted.

Yeah Dawn's photo would have been perfect if it a little less "come-hither." But I still think it kinda works on the "I have a secret" tip.
Abbyabelina on February 27th, 2011 12:51 am (UTC)
I actually got "secret" out of it more than "come hither". I suppose it could be a come hither look, in a different banner. Here I think it works nicely.
lostboy_lj: choculalostboy_lj on February 27th, 2011 01:10 am (UTC)
I think it looked more sexy as a full color image. There were several from the same shoot where she was looking right into the camera, in a way that screamed SEX, but at least with this one her head was slightly turned.
aerintine: Dawn is drinkingaerintine on February 27th, 2011 12:40 am (UTC)
You know, I was JUST thinking about how Skaya needs her own banner. I'm not even kidding. These are beautiful! And The Key having her very own? NICE.
lostboy_ljlostboy_lj on February 27th, 2011 12:55 am (UTC)
Thank you Jammerz!
dampersnspoons: 4 8 15 16 23 42dampersnspoons on February 27th, 2011 12:41 am (UTC)
These are fantastic!! I love the coloring, and I especially love the font in the second one. Great graphic pattern in the red banner! WELL DONE, YOU!

More please!
Abbyabelina on February 27th, 2011 12:54 am (UTC)
lostboy_ljlostboy_lj on February 27th, 2011 12:58 am (UTC)
Thanks DNS!

I actually think I could have worked a bit more on Dawn's type set, but it's pretty close to what I wanted.
slaymesoftlyslaymesoftly on February 27th, 2011 01:16 am (UTC)
I think they're pretty awesome. Can't wait to see what else you come up with. :)
lostboy_ljlostboy_lj on February 27th, 2011 01:23 am (UTC)

I'm working on versions for Spike and Giles next.
aerintine: Pete is evilaerintine on February 27th, 2011 02:27 am (UTC)
Um, I have a suggestion? That there be accompanying icons to go with all these gorgeous banners. I would love an icon of Skaya :D. With her name on it. And then people will ask, Who is Skaya the Scourge? And I will smile devilishly. And tell them to get off their bums and read and find out. Heck, I want an entire CotLN icon collection. Please thank you.
lostboy_lj: venturelostboy_lj on February 28th, 2011 07:16 am (UTC)
I am so afraid of those tiny squares. I'm not even kidding.

I'll give it theoldcollegetry, though!
louise39: y  Dawnlouise39 on February 28th, 2011 06:07 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on your first banners!

I like the grown-up Dawn green cast. [Key-ness is not forgotten.]
lostboy_lj: choculalostboy_lj on February 28th, 2011 07:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks, louise!

Here's two more for Spike and Andrew: