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Hi! You've reached Obsessive Icons, a community created by enriana, and run by her and bases_by_maggie, callispi, feathered, iikhushi86ii, ladytalon, lady_akatari, and sunlitdays. We make all sorts of icons and bases, though we try to veer away from whatever silly "trends" are currently floating about. Our less active but still beloved designers are: dandelion, eofs, emmavescence, jiatra & skellorg.

We each have our own style, and we're all fully addicted to icon making.

If you're looking for our challenges, head over to be_obsessive.

Read below to learn more about how we work, what to do and not to do, how to request, and visit some truly great journals/sites.



Our Designers


bases_by_maggie: My name is Magda, but you can call me Maggie. :) I'm 27 years old and I'm Portuguese. I've been making icons since 2005. I usually use stock photos, brushes, textures, lyrics and famous quotes. They are posted in specific themes or totally random! My bases consist of stock photos (random or with a theme) but eventually (not many times, though) I make fandom bases. My posts are always members-only.

callispi: My name is Cal, and I'm 22 years old. I've been making graphics for over eight years, starting with PSP then migrating to PS CS5, but I've only seriously started to make icons since June 2010. I'm loving it. :) I have many different styles, but my constants are daring cropping and tasteful coloring. I usually make themed stock icons, some fandom icons, and text-only icons, though I am willing to diverge. Enjoy!

enriana: My name's Ariel, I'm 19 & I started OI back in May '04. I've been making icons for six and a half years as of December '10, making graphics longer than that. I started with Paint Shop Pro 8 and now use Photoshop CS4. I love making big icon & base posts of just about anything and running lots of memes and the occasional (hah) poll.

sunlitdays: My name is Christina, I'm 39 (why yes, I'm really that old!) and I've been making graphics for around 7 years. I started on Paint Shop Pro but after I found the light and switched to all things Mac, I've been a Photoshop gal and never looked back. I enjoy photography and looking at pretty things - two hobbies that have only helped feed my icon obsession. I enjoy using different colourings and making simple (ie, unfettered, untextured) types of icons, but I'm always interested in trying new things! I do mostly stock, but have been known to go crazy and try a fandom or two. Enjoy!




Rules


Our rules are basic, really.

1. Comment. If nothing else, comment! Comments feed our souls and make us better people, as well as let us know which icons/bases are popular - so we can produce more of those popular icons. Please try to mention which icons/bases you took, by filenames, by description, by 'I took every icon on the first, third, and eighth row'. Something, please! It's so simple, and it makes us SO happy.

2. We'd love it if you credited. However, we know there's no way to make sure everyone credits. But, if you really like our icons, please credit in keywords/userpic comments. Better yet, put a link to us up in your userinfo.

3. Enjoy! There's no point or fun in making our icons if you don't enjoy them.

See? That wasn't hard.




FAQ



I have a request/suggestion/idea.
Our request post is defunct, but we have The Great Big Suggestion Post in its place. If you'd like to contribute an idea, suggestion, or request for icons, bases, friends only banners, or colorbars, comment there.

Can I use this icon on my journal?
This question pops up surprisingly often. Unless it's one of our personal icons (the ones we have by our name when posting), the answer is YES!

Can I customize your bases?
Another question that pops up surprisingly often. Although a lot of people (myself included) often use bases as textless icons, they were originally around in Icon Land solely for the purpose of being customized, so - yes, edit them however you'd like.

I want an icon! How do I upload userpictures?
First of all, read LiveJournal's FAQ. They have a section on userpictures that outlines how to upload a userpicture. If you are still confused after this, comment on one of our posts outlining exactly what you do not understand. I will attempt to explain, and then add it to this section. Because, you know, I really can't think of different ways you'd still be confused after reading LJ's FAQ.

Can I use one of your icons on my DJ/xanga/Facebook/other site?
The answer is also yes. We'd love it if you link to us whenever/wherever you use our icons, though. :)

I want a customization of a base/I have a request!
Read here for more info on that. :)

Would you like to be affiliates/exchange links?
Sure! Just make sure you have a link to us up in your userinfo/affiliates page (button below), then comment on this entry with a link to your community, asking to be affiliates. We'll place your link up shortly.

Why don't you number your icons/bases? There aren't that many, and it'd make it easier for me to tell you which ones I took.
Some of the designers choose to number their bases/icons, and some don't. This is a personal decision, please respect it.

How are the bigger posts memoried/tagged?
This was never asked, but I thought I'd add it, just in case. ;P The really big posts (usually base posts) that have a wide array of topics are hard to add to memories that're limited to only five keys words. These posts are usually marked by 'lots', 'misc', and 'random'. If you want a wide array of bases, try one of those topics. :) With the addition of tags, you can search for bases with more specific terms. Currently, the list of all the tags we use can be found here. We're working on incorporating it into the style.

Can I have posting access?
We really did not think we had members thoughtless enough to ask this question. It distresses us that we do. No, you cannot. Only 11 people get posting access - dandelion, enriana, eofs, fantastiche, feathered, jiatra, ladytalon, lady_akatari, skellorg, & sunlitdays. The eleven maintainers/designers. No one else has a reason to need it.

I added you, add me back please!
We get this a lot.

First, if you added one of us (dandelion, enriana, eofs, fantastiche, feathered, jiatra, ladytalon, lady_akatari, skellorg, & sunlitdays) as a friend on our personal journals, it's entirely based on the individual whether or not they add you back. Please respect their choices. :)

Second, if you added the community (obsessiveicons) as a friend, great. But, being a community, we can't add you back. Joining the community would probably be a better thing to do. :)



Links & Resources


The Big List of Credit and Resources has now been made into its own entry, in order to tidy up the userinfo.

Affiliates


A complete list of our affiliates is located here.




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