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A few more moodicon avatars... - Micole Khemarrica
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A few more moodicon avatars...
Okay, here's three more and I'll just post the pics here instead of having them as my avatar image...
  The color is teal, the mood is 'bubbly'.  Essentially, khromat laughter.

The color is peach, the mood is mischevious.  Pastels 'soften' the emotion, and pink is notoriously thought of as a 'sex' related color, but in actuality the range towards coral pink -- pastel orange -- is the more carnal of the colors, whereas the cooler colors like rose pink -- pastel purple -- are more thoughtful.  Blushing, a combination of emotional responses (embarrassment) based upon thoughts, tends to be pastel red... carnation pink... 'naughty' thoughts can also cause a neon pink or pastel magenta color to present itself.

The color is periwinkle, the mood is wistful.  This is the opposite of the 'pensive' color, bright in hue to the extent of vibrant shadows, almost metallic in the way light creates strong contrasts.  Like 'pensive', the purple color refers to a mental condition -- in this case, remembering a happy event or fantasizing something positive.  Thinking about what you could do with a lottery win would produce a periwinkle color. :)

The limitations of human eyes, monitors and browsers means I can't guarantee the colors are accurate; Often a color name itself may be fuzzy (teal is more green than turquoise, even if the stone turquoise found in Arizona is significantly more green than the same mineral found in the Baltics which is what the colorname is referencing), so I'm only going to be making moodicon avatars for the most obvious emotional states.  And note that these are only for basic emotional states -- khromatai developed a language using their colorshift abilities which is much more complex, taking into account how the color appears on the fur, what part of the body the color appears, animations and transitions.  Before a khromat ever learns this more subtle use of their colorshift abilities, they only demonstrate 'raw' ideas -- emotional states -- and the most basic function of the ability, which is camouflage.

Current Mood: accomplished accomplished

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twentythoughts From: twentythoughts Date: May 14th, 2005 01:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very neat!

So -that's- periwinkle.
kagur From: kagur Date: May 14th, 2005 02:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very nice icons, indeed:) Those are certainly more expressive than the current LJ icons, which only allow one emotion or state to be expressed. I love the beautiful colors..are the new markers helping?
khromat From: khromat Date: May 16th, 2005 04:47 am (UTC) (Link)

Actually...

The LJ emoticon system has over 100 states, but as it uses a hierarchial structure that has basic emotional parents and more complex children states. If a mood, say 'giddy', doesn't have its own icon, then the system takes its parent's icon instead. This allows the icon builder to make a minimum number of images if they want and then make special icons for those specific moods that warrent it (tired as different from sad).

I'm still figuring out how I could translate my art style to the itty-bitty pixel size for LJ icons... the advantage of my emoticon avatar images is that there's a lot more room for subtlety in a 100x100 pixel, 24-bit-color PNG image. :D
khromat From: khromat Date: May 16th, 2005 05:03 am (UTC) (Link)

...forgot to mention...

I LOVE my Copic markers! :D

I've been drawing these emoticon avatar images on 'special paper' bristol, I did your avatar image on alcohol marker paper, and in general I've been trying out different papers and toying with techniques.

I don't have all my markers in the fancy professional cases yet, but at least they all fit into one (large) tote-bag so I can carry them with me to Anthrocon. I'm going to push doing badges and badge-buttons this year. I'm going to test out a few ideas as to the best paper for hand-drawn buttons but I do remember that the special inkjet paper I use for printed buttons has some interesting properties when alcohol markers are used on it, but it's actually rather expensive stuff so I'd prefer to use something less expensive and more artistic.
shaterri From: shaterri Date: May 14th, 2005 10:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Just wanted to say that these are *fantastic* -- the art and the color really both work together beautifully, so much so that the descriptions aren't even needed -- the art in and of itself is enough to perfectly convey the moods. I especially like 'wistful' -- the eyes and that smile are just so soft, so charming; and though I'd never thought of that lavenderish shade as a wistful color before, it's a perfect fit. Thank you for sharing these!
khromat From: khromat Date: May 16th, 2005 04:52 am (UTC) (Link)

Thanks!

The eyebrow on 'mischevious' isn't as visible as I'd like it to be (the usual loss with image reduction), but overall I'm having fun plotting out images to do.

If I thought it'd sell, I'd make a poster with all the high-res images... finish all the basic emotional states and do a rainbow mosaic. :3
spotweld From: spotweld Date: May 15th, 2005 09:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Interesting stuff. Pardon my rambling, but this species has always led me to ponder some of the (socio and political) ramifications of their most obvious traits. (Particularly for the actors)

This is a society where being even mildly color-blind could lead to some interesting and possibly embarrassing social faux-pas. (Hmm, might make for a good Khromatai Sit-com though).

If such a color change can be consciously controlled, it might make for some rather compelling perforamcne art, since personal reaction to such visual cues would only further entrance an audience (in the same way that subtle vocal and musical cues do in more familiar terran performances.).
khromat From: khromat Date: May 16th, 2005 04:29 am (UTC) (Link)

more on color body language

Khromatai biotechnology is advanced enough that they have very few genetic disorders that cannot be fixed with gene therapies. Prior to 'modern times', however, having a failure to activate one of the four color receptors in the khromat eye created a disability which was mitigated by their telempathic abilities.

Khromat actors have a significantly broader palette of language to use over humans, certainly -- they are more free to express color along with body language in a society that tends to keep such under control. Unlike Vulcans, khromatai freely admit to having emotions, but at the same time it's considered a sign of a disciplined adult to keep their peltcolors under control, only expressing a color-emotion consciously and voluntarily.

And obviously, yes, khromatai can consciously control their pelts' color. In fact, Micole's best friend Chroma is rather famous as a world class color-dancer -- she won a K'shastei event (K'shastei = the coalition of khromat worlds) by animating an erotic scene across her entire body while dancing (imagine a gymnastic performance with a video projected onto the performer... then take away the projector). Often, teenager khromat are seen talking about one thing and color-talking about a different subject.

Speaking of sit-coms, there *is* one that comes to mind: "All Shook Up", the improbable tale of life on a khromat university campus which featured a human who wanted to be a khromat, an L'Drey (fox race) that was raised by khromats, and their khromat roommates. Khromatai are most like humanity in that there are many cultures and ethnicities, so obvious plotlines revolve around poking fun at both ethnic and cultural eccentricities, and how the two non-khromats adapt to university life among them.
spotweld From: spotweld Date: May 16th, 2005 01:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: more on color body language

This is interesting stuff to be sure.
Would be alright if I added this LJ to my friends list. It's always enjoyable to watch others show off (and sometimes build) thier worlds.
khromat From: khromat Date: May 16th, 2005 06:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: more on color body language

Sure! I don't mind folks adding my rambles to their friends lists if they want. :D
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