Some from 2014
I was very much a beginner but I was also very experimental because of that,so I always tried out new things with lighting,text,rotation and vibrant colours.Levels/split type of icons were one of my favourite things to make so I often made those.:)
I think I'd finally learned how to cut out subjects from the BG and use fake BG so I moved away from my split/levels type of style and gone more for single characters with somewhat centered cropping.
I used a lot of texture over the characters and played with lighting. 33 and 34 are styles I realise now that I still use them but differently. The 35th icon is one of my best ever and it was such an accident,that to this day I don't know what techniques I'd used to create it!T_T
What was I thinking with the 42nd icon?!UGLYYY!! I started trying to do some pastel/softer colouring too.My anime icons were more vibrant though.
I started posting on DW so there were loooads of challenges for me to really try out things.Learned to do smoother animation and can you see the pale/muted colouring start to be a part of my style?
Okay,I didn't mean to put so many of the icons buuuut, can I just say that Blocking is such a hit and miss,at least it was at this point. See 61 and 68! 61 is UGLYYYY!>_< I definitely enjoy using text now and there's a lot of it going on in 2019 already!:D
2020 so far:
Soooo,we've reached the end of this post now!XD If you've kept up this far, THANK YOU SO MUCH!
A brief progress below:
I do use a lot of text now and if I don't,then I use textures,multiple of them at times Animation ftw!XD
While making this post I kept thinking that I used to be way more creative and unafraid to try various things.Some of it is true but overall,I'm definitely happy to see the way I've gotten better at composition,especially composition. My colouring style has changed a lot and now even when I try to do my very vibrant style from the 2014s,it's really hard to do so. But hey,I made a split icon in 86 and should try out more of those again.
That's it for now,sorry for the long post and icon spam,lol!