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Forever Knight character colorbars 
9th-May-2008 09:36 pm
Nick & Nat
For a few weeks I was working on a couple of Forever Knight colorbars. I'd signed up to pimp Forever Knight over at smallfandomfest and in the process of trying to decide how to best sell the show I kept going back to the show's visual appeal, especially its actors. With that in mind I set forth to pimp the show's pretty. I may be artistically challenged but I figured that colorbars would be nice and fairly straightforward. If it were up to me I probably would have posted pics up the wazoo but by going the colorbars route I could keep it clean and within reason.

The fandom pimp is up here for anyone interested. I'll probably post it here in its entirety eventually (along with some much need revisions) but for now here are the colorbars.

If anyone wants to snag for their journals feel free. A few of the pics I capped myself but almost all of them came from the awesome Knight Watchman website.

For the vampires I wanted to get one image of them when they were mortal, at least one of them from a flashback, and at least one when they are vamped out. I pretty much succeeded with that--with one exception, Vachon. It would have been so cool to get an image of him in his conquistador gear but every cap I tried to make didn't sufficiently show his face.

The final Schanke and Tracy colorbars are interesting. Tracy has a reputation for being perky. Her forkni-l affiliation is after all the 'Perks' but I only have one image of her being really smiley. And as for Schanke, he's a fairly jovial guy and even though I have two images of him smiling, I feel that his bar is pretty somber. I guess that's why I wanted his accompanying quote to have a Schanke-ism that really sold his personality. Horror of horrors I completely blanked where that was concerned so I had to take the problem to the quick minds of forkni-l. They promptly responded with several great possibilities. Just for fun I'll probably post his colorbar with a few of the other great Schanke-isms that were suggested.

In seeing them all together like this I wish that I was able to get all the picture dimensions the same. That would have been really pretty. Oh well. That's something to try for my next attempt, whenever that may be.
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11th-May-2008 05:45 pm (UTC)
Grab away! That's what they're there for. I'm glad you liked them. Hopefully I'll be able to create more sometime in the future.
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12th-May-2008 04:15 am (UTC)
You have totally read my mind. There were so many good images that I left out that the chance to use them for other colorbars is ripe with possibilities.
11th-May-2008 06:34 pm (UTC)
They're lovely! I really like the Janette one.
12th-May-2008 04:13 am (UTC)
Yay! I was so close to including a shot of Janette wearing the dress from your icon, which is awesome by the way. So many possibilities so little space.
12th-May-2008 04:23 am (UTC)
Thanks :)
11th-May-2008 11:45 pm (UTC)
They're beautiful. I'm grabbing the ones for Nick and Lacroix...perhaps, Nat, too! Thank you so much for creating them. And, don't worry, I'll credit you!
12th-May-2008 04:16 am (UTC)
Go right ahead. It makes me happy to know that they're going to good homes.
12th-May-2008 11:13 am (UTC)
Thanks, and I added you over at my journal. Oh, and love your icon, btw! LOL
14th-May-2008 01:07 am (UTC)
Erica and her goofy facial expressions always make me smile.
12th-May-2008 12:06 am (UTC)
I had not previously encountered "colorbars" -- this is quite new to me. (Would you be interested in explaining their origin and use?) They're all delightful, though.

Are they all in chronological order, within the story? At first glance, they seem to be.
12th-May-2008 04:51 am (UTC)
I had not previously encountered "colorbars" -- this is quite new to me. (Would you be interested in explaining their origin and use?) They're all delightful, though.

My self-taught education in colorbars is fairly recent so you're certainly not alone in not having heard of them.

My definition of a colorbar at its most basic is: A horizontal collection of about 5 images of similar dimensions, usually icon shaped, that together create a banner to articulate a fannish interest.

I guess by that definition even my thrown together Clark Kent banner is a qusi-colorbar.

I'd seen more elaborate bars in the profile section of some user profiles but I didn't think much about them until I saw some really striking Smallville colorbars. One of the things that I loved about them was that they were very simple and clean. I got to thinking that perhaps even I could create them.

I believe they're mostly a livejournal thing but I could be wrong on that. I suppose they could also work in the signature portion of one's message board membership. However they aren't even colorbars in the strictest sense, which dictates that each image be tinted a different color. I've seen bars similar to the ones I made sometimes referred to as "natural" colorbars, but only in some occasions.

I hopes this helps. I'm really shooting blind here so I could be way off. I simply appropriated them for my own use, which was mainly to have pretty pictures all lined up in a nice convenient package. :)

Are they all in chronological order, within the story?

Yep, they sure are with the exception of Vachon's. I couldn't get a decent enough grab of him as a mortal so I substituted one from a flashback where the lighting made him appear as if he had a slight tan.
18th-May-2008 05:29 am (UTC)
Thank you very much for the explanation! I appreciate it.
12th-May-2008 01:25 pm (UTC)
Lovely colorbars!
14th-May-2008 01:08 am (UTC)
Thanks! Pretty icon. :)
13th-May-2008 01:38 am (UTC)
snagged Nick!

will credit when i put it in my user info....
14th-May-2008 01:08 am (UTC)
Awesome. I hope you thoroughly enjoy him. ;)
14th-May-2008 02:06 am (UTC)
oh i do!! *guh*

and thanks!

Edited at 2008-05-14 02:07 am (UTC)
29th-Jul-2008 01:19 am (UTC)
I just snagged the Vachon one and I'll certainly credit. It's awesome. The quality of the pictures are so much better then anything else I've seen online.
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16th-Feb-2009 05:08 pm (UTC)
27th-Jun-2009 09:55 pm (UTC)
Late to the party, but these are lovely! Will credit you when I use them.
30th-Jun-2009 05:46 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you liked them. Use them in good health! :-)
1st-Sep-2009 09:02 am (UTC)
These are wonderful. It's so strange to see the smiling mortal Lucius! I had forgotten about that totally genuine expression, so different from LaCroix's customary smugness. It's been quite a while since I've seen the series.

About Tracy...sometimes tropes get so entrenched in a fandom that people forget they might have been derived from very minor instances in the actual canon. I never really perceived her as being particularly perky myself. And Sckanke, while a very funny guy, was often not taken as seriously in fanfic/fandom as he was in the actual show where, along with being the comic relief, he often demonstrated seriousness and determination.
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