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Short:64 Colour icon set
Author:ash at absurd.demon.co.uk (Ash Thomas)
Uploader:ash absurd demon co uk (Ash Thomas)
Type:pix/icon
Architecture:generic
Date:2000-07-14
Download:http://aminet.net/pix/icon/ArtistIcons.lha - View contents
Readme:http://aminet.net/pix/icon/ArtistIcons.readme
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With the amiga dead - why do it?
Well firstly (and most importantly) I draw for myself & I draw
for pleasure. I really enjoy it, it relaxes me. I dont care how
few (or many) people use or like them. If you dont like them,
thats fine - use another set. If you do like them then it would
be nice to get an email to encourage me to improve them. If
you have any suggestions, I normally take them on board (if
I agree) so mail me with comments.

Why Another Icon Set?

Well I am a big fan of NewIcons, its was one of the best icon
sets available for the amiga. However it has many flaws which
this set aims to correct.

I wasnt as impressed with release 4 of AES's icons as I felt
they could have been better, they were backward compatible which
meant that the palette was restricted (PC's suffer from having to
be backward compatible!). The icons still looked like stick drawings
and some of them looked rushed.

My philosophy: To draw the best icons I could, and not release
the set until I was 100% happy with EACH icon. This meant it
has taken ages! I would sometimes change just one pixel as I
feel that every one counts and you should make the most out
of each one. Realism was important, for the printer icon I cut
out pictures from a magazine of the Epson Stylus Photo 750 and
drew it as best as I could from this picture. A lot of the art
work is thanks to me discovering great lighting effects. This
is shown on the KeyShow, FixFonts and HardDrive icons. The
lighting effect shows corners without black lines (Look at
your computer, there are corners but no black lines!). Another
effect was to avoid white (on the top and left) and black (on
the bottom and right) on objects. A much better effect is to
use lighter and darker colours around the object (see disk
icons). Finally soft gradient fills improve 3D objects, see
Drawers, Text, Palette and clock icons.

What is wrong with current sets? All sets mentioned here show
great artwork, however they are not what I want (so dont get
offended :-) or to my taste. I am sure my set isnt for everyone
and that some people will prefer other sets. The following is
my opinion based on my taste:

MagicWB:  Very good art work, but only 8 colours and mostly grey.
          Great if you dont have a graphics board or a fast Amiga.
GloIcons: This shows potential, but the icons look bad when they
          are clicked on. Who really cares which icons are selected
          anyway?
          The artwork looks cartoony with the hard gradient fills
          looking far too obvious. Some dont have the `glo' selection
          (Hack, TrapDoor and more), and the shadows drawn directly
          onto the backdrop looks terrible unless you have a grey
          background!?
NI4:      Best set available. However there are many flaws:
          1. OverAnimation: The pointer and sound icons animate too
             much and confuse the eye.
          2. External Antialiasing: The serial and classact icons
             appear horrible with a dark background. Light pixels
             can be seen around each icon.
          3. Bad artwork: The trash and calculator icons look like
             they were drawn in a few minutes. They let the set down.
          4. Stick drawings: The pointer and FixFont icons use black
             lines which look like a child drew them.
          5. Inconsistency: The drawer icons have incorrect lighting,
             the side on the left is dark, the light is suppose to
             hit this side of the drawer. The default tool
             icon has a hammer which, when selected, suddenly has a
             black outline around it. Some of the prefs icons have
             the logo in a different place which is unnecessary. And
             the printer icon in Devs is different to the printer
             drawn in prefs.

I looked at many sets for inspiration (NI4, Glo, MagicWB, IconGraphics,
Aristicons amongst others) and considered in depth each feature.
The reasons for my decisions are as follows:

Platforms: Shadows make the image look more 3d, shadows drawn
directly to the screen look very bad. Platforms enhance the
image by allowing shadows which look good on any background. The
platforms were improved to make them look more three dimensional

Isometric: I hate flat images, 3d icons look so much better
and more modern. Dont email me asking for flat icons, if you
want some - draw them yourselves.

Colours: 64 colours didnt appear to increase the speed of drawing
the icons too much - I may even do a 128 colour set. The palette
was decided as I drew each icon, this way the most was made out
of all available colours.

Drawers: All drawers should have a picture on them when
selected and unselected.

Animation: All drawer icons should have their image animate when
it is clicked on. All icons should animate, but not too much 

External Antialiasing: No icon have antialiasing on the
outside.

Outlining: For most icons a black outline looks best, however
if an outline can be avoided it will have been.

Professional: The icons should look like time and care has been
taken to make them as good as possible.

Please do not change this archive or use parts of the artwork
without my permission.

Sadly, this set is unfinished. I havent done any work on it for
over a year now (last touched June '99, it is now July '00).
I dont have time to draw anymore, my new passion is in programming
c++ for the PC and Windows. I hardly use my Amiga anymore - believe
me I wish that wasnt the case. I am releasing these in their
'as is' state because I hope someone enjoys them (they are doing
nothing on my hard drive)



Ash Thomas
ash at absurd.demon.co.uk


Contents of pix/icon/ArtistIcons.lha
 PERMSSN    UID  GID    PACKED    SIZE  RATIO METHOD CRC     STAMP          NAME
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[generic]                 1212    2238  54.2% -lh5- 62a1 Jul 11  2000 ArtistIcons.info
[generic]                 1327    2220  59.8% -lh5- 3670 Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Devs.info
[generic]                 1857    2740  67.8% -lh5- 2fc1 Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Devs/Datatypes.info
[generic]                 1351    2189  61.7% -lh5- 74cc Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Devs/DOSDrivers.info
[generic]                 1281    2113  60.6% -lh5- 8e19 Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Devs/Keymaps.info
[generic]                 1593    2265  70.3% -lh5- 5d6d Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Devs/Monitors.info
[generic]                 1610    2272  70.9% -lh5- 38cd Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Devs/Printers.info
[generic]                  923    1369  67.4% -lh5- 12a2 Jan  3  1999 ArtistIcons/i.info'
[generic]                  990    1804  54.9% -lh5- f984 Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Misc.info
[generic]                  989    1804  54.8% -lh5- 1bdc Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Misc/AltIcons.info
[generic]                  919    1369  67.1% -lh5- de2c Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Misc/AltIcons/NoFastMem2.info
[generic]                 1316    2394  55.0% -lh5- 9455 Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Misc/AltIcons/Picasso-CyberGfx.info
[generic]                 1265    1932  65.5% -lh5- c66e Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Misc/AltIcons/Serial-Grey.info
[generic]                  990    1804  54.9% -lh5- fab5 Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Misc/BlackOutline.info
[generic]                 1066    1571  67.9% -lh5- e267 Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Misc/BlackOutline/KeyShow.info
[generic]                  979    1514  64.7% -lh5- bf02 Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Misc/BlackOutline/KeyShows.info
[generic]                 1123    1837  61.1% -lh5- e6a1 Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Misc/BlackOutline/ShowBoard.info
[generic]                 1009    1763  57.2% -lh5- 1010 Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Misc/BlackOutline/ShowBoards.info
[generic]                  993    1804  55.0% -lh5- 198b Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Misc/Disks.info
[generic]                 1043    1884  55.4% -lh5- 353c Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Misc/Disks/AiDisk.info
[generic]                  935    1865  50.1% -lh5- 4aea Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Misc/Disks/Disk.info
[generic]                 1113    2152  51.7% -lh5- 901c Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Misc/Disks/HardDrive.info
[generic]                  650    1579  41.2% -lh5- 159e Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Misc/Disks/PCDisk.info
[generic]                  896    1401  64.0% -lh5- ade6 Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Misc/Disks/Ram.info
[generic]                 1104    1747  63.2% -lh5- 21a7 Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Misc/Disks/WinDisk.info
[generic]                  943    1747  54.0% -lh5- 22b8 Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Misc/Drawer.info
[generic]                 2583    5583  46.3% -lh5- df32 Jul 11  2000 ArtistIcons/Misc/IconInfo
[generic]                 2403    5237  45.9% -lh5- ff5a Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Misc/IconInfo.bak
[generic]                 1471    2454  59.9% -lh5- 13ce Jul 11  2000 ArtistIcons/Misc/IconInfo.info
[generic]                  987    1804  54.7% -lh5- 52ad Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Misc/NonSystem.info
[generic]                 1583    2411  65.7% -lh5- a595 Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Misc/NonSystem/Egypt.info
[generic]                 1114    1599  69.7% -lh5- a3de Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Misc/NonSystem/MUI.info
[generic]                 1119    1837  60.9% -lh5- f41f Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Misc/NonSystem/ShowBoards.info
[generic]                 1162    1785  65.1% -lh5- a24e Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Misc/NonSystem/Text.info
[generic]                 1178    1988  59.3% -lh5- 93fb Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Misc/Printer.info
[generic]                 1091    2275  48.0% -lh5- 72a6 Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Prefs.info
[generic]                 1474    2244  65.7% -lh5- 4ab4 Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Prefs/ClassAct.info
[generic]                 1151    1663  69.2% -lh5- b559 Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Prefs/Font.info
[generic]                 1408    2784  50.6% -lh5- ba90 Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Prefs/IControl.info
[generic]                14311   25268  56.6% -lh5- 0971 Sep  2  1992 ArtistIcons/Prefs/Input
[generic]                 1052    2059  51.1% -lh5- cf19 Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Prefs/Input.info
[generic]                 1040    2172  47.9% -lh5- 813a Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Prefs/Locale.info
[generic]                 1241    1859  66.8% -lh5- 78aa Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Prefs/MUI.info
[generic]                 1608    2131  75.5% -lh5- 21fd Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Prefs/NewIconsPrefs.info
[generic]                 1164    2344  49.7% -lh5- 9c3d Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Prefs/Overscan.info
[generic]                 1710    2590  66.0% -lh5- 0ba8 Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Prefs/Palette.info
[generic]                 1073    1532  70.0% -lh5- 55cb Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Prefs/Pointer.info
[generic]                 1562    2275  68.7% -lh5- da7b Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Prefs/Postscript.info
[generic]                 1340    2136  62.7% -lh5- 62d6 Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Prefs/Printer.info
[generic]                 1626    2336  69.6% -lh5- 1f60 Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Prefs/PrinterGfx.info
[generic]                 1310    2341  56.0% -lh5- 5a52 Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Prefs/ScreenMode.info
[generic]                 1139    1941  58.7% -lh5- cb82 Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Prefs/Serial.info
[generic]                 1161    1713  67.8% -lh5- c91f Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Prefs/Sound.info
[generic]                 1023    2328  43.9% -lh5- 553d Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Prefs/Time.info
[generic]                 1749    2584  67.7% -lh5- 5dc8 Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Prefs/WBPattern.info
[generic]                 1183    1875  63.1% -lh5- 612b Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Storage.info
[generic]                 1213    2238  54.2% -lh5- 7b82 Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/System.info
[generic]                  870    1329  65.5% -lh5- f486 Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/System/FixFonts.info
[generic]                 1148    1698  67.6% -lh5- 407c Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/System/Format.info
[generic]                  821    1334  61.5% -lh5- c596 Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/System/Intellifont.info
[generic]                 1145    1706  67.1% -lh5- 675e Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/System/NoFastMem.info
[generic]                 1092    1726  63.3% -lh5- f9c7 Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/System/RexxMast.info
[generic]                  665    1606  41.4% -lh5- 1ddb Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/System/Shell.info
[generic]                 1279    2206  58.0% -lh5- feac Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Tools.info
[generic]                  850    1592  53.4% -lh5- 1d9d Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Tools/Calculator.info
[generic]                 1292    1789  72.2% -lh5- 3bc6 Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Tools/CMD.info
[generic]                 1679    2488  67.5% -lh5- 1cea Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Tools/GraphicDump.info
[generic]                 1123    1649  68.1% -lh5- 48ef Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Tools/HDToolBox.info
[generic]                 1286    2182  58.9% -lh5- a252 Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Tools/IconEdit.info
[generic]                 1315    1822  72.2% -lh5- d6b5 Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Tools/InitPrinter.info
[generic]                 1111    1708  65.0% -lh5- 8696 Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Tools/KeyShow.info
[generic]                  840    1495  56.2% -lh5- ae35 Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Tools/Lacer.info
[generic]                  882    1821  48.4% -lh5- a278 Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Tools/PrepCard.info
[generic]                 1404    2243  62.6% -lh5- ed10 Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Tools/PrintFiles.info
[generic]                 1181    2090  56.5% -lh5- 07cd Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Tools/ShowConfig.info
[generic]                 1369    2217  61.8% -lh5- 2484 Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Utilities.info
[generic]                  984    2222  44.3% -lh5- 9fa8 Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Utilities/Clock.info
[generic]                 1812    2662  68.1% -lh5- e71a Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/Utilities/Multiview.info
[generic]                 1184    2192  54.0% -lh5- 60e6 Jan  4  1980 ArtistIcons/WBStartup.info
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 Total        79 files  110038  186540  59.0%            Jul 14  2000

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