I chose extra hard mode, which means I'm showing the progression of my icons through both subjects and icon styles. :D
It was hard trying to recreate the old styles, trends and techniques and still making the icons look good, haha. Many of these are not what I would have made today if the theme was anything else. :P
But I tried recreating one style for each year from I started in 2007 to now.
There's an explanation for each icon at the end of the post and also an old icon to showcase my style at the time (I'm warning your eyes though) :)
01: I started making icons in 2007, and my subjects consisted of mostly Disney stars (I was 13 ok). For some reason I did a lot of close-crops with random brushes, words or of course the subjects name. example
02: In 2008, the coloring style that was popular, and a style I used on basically everything, was the very vibrant, heavy selective coloring technique. I tried to recreate it without going too far (as I did back then). My fandoms were still Disney stars. example
03: For 2009 I started making a lot of Disney icons, using mostly pastel colors if I remember correctly. Most of my icons from that time are lost to tinypic. :( example
04: So around 2010, dark, grungy, heavily contrasted icons was the game. My biggest fandoms were Fringe, Lost and Smallville. I had yet not taken the step to add much text, so most of my icons were textless (with the odd "insert subject name" here and there). example
05: 2011 was my era of blocking, light textures and bright colors! Fandoms were still Lost and Fringe with the occasional Disney and Merlin. example
06: In the beginning of 2012, muted, grainy icons were my game. My fandoms were Game Of Thrones, Once Upon A Time and still Lost and Fringe. example
07: 2013 was the year I really began using textures, experimental colorings and compositions. My main fandoms were Hannibal and Breaking Bad. example
08: My fandoms were all over the place in 2014, but I think Once Upon A Time seemed to be what I iconned most. Style-wise it was also a mix and match, but I feel like I tried more out-of-the-box compositions and also lot and lots of gradient maps! example
09: 2015 was filled with lots of text, brushes and gradient maps! My main fandoms were The Walking Dead and Sense8. example
10: In 2016 my main fandoms were Orphan Black, Stranger Things and Vikings. I started using the muted/vibrant coloring and continued to experiment more with text. There were also cases of hair-painting! example
11: 2017 wasn't that different from 2016 style-wise, but I did do more close crops with focus on little details. Riverdale, Stranger Things and Sense8 were my fandoms. example
12: 2018 Was a little more wacky style-wise. I tried more painting and vibrant colors. Westworld, A Series Of Unfortunate Events & iZombie was what I iconned the most. example
13: I didn't make very many icons in 2019, but the ones I made were either really gloomy or super bright and happy. The Umbrella Academy was what I liked the most. example
14: 2020 was not a good icon year for me, I haven't had the time or urge to make icons, but every now and then it feels nice to open PS again! I was late to the party, but I started watching X-Files this summer, so this and The Witcher would be my fandoms for this year.
15: I couldn't leave it at 14 icons, so number 15 is for the future! I chose The Witcher because I'm looking forward to season 2.
If you take any, please credit naginis or accios. :)
And comments make me happy :D