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2018 icon progression

Since I have been doing progressions for 2 years now, I felt like I really needed to do one this year although there isn't much to say.  This was a horrible iconing year but I can feel it in my bones that I will do SO MUCH better in 2018.

A QUICK RECAP OF MY GOALS FROM LAST YEAR:  I failed at all of them. therefore in 2018, I will be keeping the same goals with the following:
3 Steps for Icon Success (#3SFIS)

-Participate in mm comm challenges every month!
-Try more bi-weekly challenges at least 1x per month.

- Make more complex icons and gif icons!!

- Leave more comments because they're the best!!
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[hiatus notice] a brief goodbye and a contemplation of life

Dear my lovely comm watchers,

I'm taking a break.  I never thoght that I would actually write a whole post about it (this has been sitting in my browser for a few days and I didn't know if I should post it) but it's very theraputic.  I don't think I've ever posted about my personal life here but Tuesday was an awful day and in general, this year has been insane for me.  I've had so many things change in my RL and everything kinda just came crashing down on me Tuesday.

I don't know how the election results will affect my life, or even if it will affect my life personally. (update 1/30/17: life is still a mess and this election season was just as bad as I thought it was going to be and that sucks.) But, I did some soul-searching and finally decided to get my priorities in order. I love iconing, I really do.  I loved spending time at my computer, working on my graphics skills (which I've actually gotten to use in RL) and being creative.  But RL is sucking the life out of me and regardless of this week/election results, I know that personally, I need to make changes in my life.  I haven't been prioritizing my RL  (although it's not like online stuff is taking over my life) and I just haven't been focused.  I really need to be studying, writing essays, making friends, reading textbooks, etc. You know, boring stuff like that.

The only reason I am making this post is because I love and appreciate EVERY SINGLE COMMENT I have ever received here.  I hope that all of you will continue to watch the comm since I plan on continuing with my multimaker comms and modding elite-inspired and will occasionally post here.  Other than that, however, my presence in the iconing community will be limited.  I just wanted to let you guys know that I really, truly appreciate every comment I've gotten since January 7, 2014 and will miss hearing from you.  Every time I post something and don't repost to an icon-sharing comm and receive comments, it just makes my day so much better!!

I loved the four years I spent on the internet, I really did. But it's time to say good-bye for a bit - I will definitely be back.  Here's to new beginnings!
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#79 - More on Coloring with Gradient Maps

I feel kinda bad writing the first part of this tutorial since naginis over at accios did an awesome job explaining this concept of using the brown standard gradient map to color icons. Be sure to check it out here for a different viewpoint.  Because of the already great tutorial on the subject of muted yet vibrant coloring, I'll try to talk about different things but this may turn out to be more of a tutorial :)
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