I follow you because you post nice art. The longer answer is that at first it was kind of an ego thing because you drew fanart for my fic. It was great and I loved it but now I also like you as a person.
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1. i use canva.com to create my icon art !! it’s free (yay webapps!!) n easy to navigate !! u have to sign up before using it,,, so go do that first
2. figure out a color scheme!! here are some resources for inspiration (xx). (lazy hint: pastels/muted tones generally make pretty foolproof color combinations)
3. find a subject! google images is your best friend. for the banner of this tutorial i chose a kikki k planner (here’s my reference image) and simplified it a bit. note that anything with uncommon shapes will be a bit more difficult to do based on canva’s relatively small shape selection. (ex: things like notebooks are easy to do in canva because they’re rectangular, but,,,,,say,,,, a starbucks cup might be a little harder because it’s a unique shape)
4. go to canva and click “custom dimensions” !! i generally have my icons around 400x400 px but it’s up to you! just make sure the length and width are equal
5. click on “background” > “document colors”. pick a background color from ur color scheme,, note that if you have a darker background you might want to have a lighter subject to create contrast and vice versa
6. click on “elements” > “shapes”. if you chose a rectangular subject like i did, then this should be rly simple – just pick the square and tweak it following the rough proportions of ur reference image. you can change the color of the shape by clicking it and selecting the square top left icon in the little toolbar that pops up !!
if you chose something a bit more complicated, like a pen, then use a combination of the shapes available and layer them on one another to form the shape. (ex: if i chose a basic pencil, then i might use the rectangle shape as the base of the pencil and the triangle as the point.) there’s no polygon tool or anything close to it in canva, so this is rly not a good time,, but alas. feel free to msg me if u need help !!
7. great great u got the base of ur subject down !! add a backshadow behind it! do this by selecting the shape(s) you just made and copying them !! select the copy and change its color. to access the color panel, select the new shape(s) and click on the little colored square in the top left corner.
now,, what color do we make the shadow?
in these icons, i make my shadow hue by copying the background color (go to “document colors” to find the bg color of the doc) and decreasing the original background’s brightness enough to make the subject “pop”. then, select your shadow and click “arrange” > “back”. now, offset the shadow– i generally just move it a tiny bit down and to the left of my subject. you’ll know when it looks right when the subject appears to have some depth.
8. add details to your subject !! here, you want to add anything on the surface of your subject !! some examples of things i have added to various subjects on this step are brand labels on stationery, lines on paper, buttons on a calculator,,, etc. play w it a bit !!
9. (optional) add a shine to your icon or object! go to “elements” > “shapes”. i generally have my shape cut across the center of the object/icon at a diagonal, so the triangle or circle are usually the best to use for this !! select whichever u choose and change its color to white. then, change its transparency by clicking on the upper-right checkered button. i usually choose a transparency anywhere between 10% and 30% !!
i hope that was helpful !! feel free to shoot me an ask/msg if u have any questions ♡
it’s… LONELY. to be more powerful than any man you know, and have to live like a shadow. to be SPECIAL, and have to pretend you’re a fool. i know how it feels, i… understand. ( where does it say my destiny involves murder? ) ⟶ WARLOCK.
Asks sent to my main, answered here. Themes - what’s a true name, exactly?
said: So what happens with people who have officially changed their names? I’m
thinking especially for trans students who change names to match their gender,
but anybody who’s gone through the process of legally changing names. Would
their deadname still be their “true name” as far as the Gentry are
said: how would the name
thing work with deadnames? would the deadname be the “real name” or
the name from birth?
said: What if you
legally changed your name? Would that still hold power or something or just
your birth name?
said: More for the name
things: What about trans students? My name is Lucian but my birth name is
completely different. Which one would count as my true name?
said: In terms of trans folks at EU, would their birth name be the one that
could control them? Or would it be their preferred name?
said: About the name thing, how does that work for trans people? Do the fae go
by birth certificate or what you believe as your name?
said: What about preferred names? Like I don’t feel any attachment to my
birth/legal name and no one calls me by it. What would be considered dangerous
orendork said: EU question: Would a trans
person’s real name be their birth name or their chosen name?? Like would it be
safe to go by a chosen name?
lupus-lunarem submitted: At
elsewhere University if you have a legal name change which name is then used
against you? Your birth name or changed name?
Anon said: In response to the question
of “true names”, I wonder if the Fae could be tricked by the giving
of a deadname. Perhaps a trans person/someone who changed their name for
personal reasons might be able to give a member of the Folk their deadname as a
part of a bargain & the faery would accept it as a part of the bargain,
since more antiquated traditions might designate that as the “true
name”. However, since the person’s deadname doesn’t really have power over
them, the bargain could be safe while remaining valid
zeromylesperhour said: I rly
liked your idea of the trans kids playing games for simple things like voice
changes. I’ve also always thought about how true names would work in that
situation! Like a faerie might think it has power over a trans kid because it
knows their “name” but it’s their birth name and not their real name.
Especially in a place where belief
holds such power as it does at Elsewhere University, your true name would be
your preferred name - the one that means you,
heart and soul. While on campus, you should keep it secret from all but those
you trust with your life. Your deadname would have no power over you. The legal
status of your true name doesn’t matter; it draws its power from the weight and
identity you give it.
As far as the Gentry are concerned, in
folklore one’s true name was often synonymous with one’s birth name, and I
imagine that because of this, for a time after Elsewhere began to seep back
into the world, they would ask a birth name as a price for a boon, and
occasionally be very, very surprised when it was given without a fight and held
no power at all. They have learned to be more careful for what they ask for
since then, but not after several rather embarrassing deals, and every once in
a while one of the more antiquated Fair Folk will make this mistake over again.