In lieu of actual content for the month of February, allow me to present to you some junk I just threw together.
I created a little ‘me’ favicon for writegeek a good while ago, but it never really occurred to me until this evening that it was in black and white, and not for any good reason, at that. I guess it matches my current theme, but that wasn’t my intent — or my theme — at the time I created it.
So I added some color.
Here is the original version.
Here is a new version I was considering. While it better represents the shape of the, um, pointy thing my hair does, it makes my hair as a whole look thinner than it actually is.
Here is what I ultimately went with: the original version with color. I think it’s a pretty good representation of my hair, and reminds me why I didn’t try to get too realistic in the first place.
Creating a favicon is a pretty cool challenge… at 16x16 pixels, talk about a limiting medium! Its limitations help, though; I’m not really visually talented, so there isn’t any expectation of anything complex. It seems like, for the most part, there’s really only one way to do things.
It’s also pretty amazing what a couple of pixels’ difference can make.
Thoughts? Feelings? …Improvements?
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Strangely enough, I think the b/w version stands out more. Maybe I’m just used to seeing it, but I think I still prefer it.
You have a point, Linda. It may help if I were to add a colored (or even white) background behind the head. The only problem is that, because of the 16 pixel limit of the format, the head (15 pixels wide) is one pixel off-center in the image, and will always have to be unless I re-draw it. It’s nothing you can see when there’s no background color, but it will be noticeably off-balance if I add one. There is one column of space to one side of the head, and zero columns on the other…
Another thing I prefer about this one is that, with one color, it looked like I was wearing headphones (when really I just wanted to get across that my head features both ears *and* sideburns. :)
I really like the new version. My only suggestion would be to try darkening the nose and mouth a little, because they’re a bit difficult to see. But other than that, I like how you kept the hair. Cool!