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07 April 2012 @ 03:50 pm
Wiki-linked essay & the Cousins of the Knight  
A couple of days ago, the wiki article on LaCroix had an external link added by some anonymous contributor. I've already posted it to FORKNI-L, and I figure people here may also be interested. "Can A Villain Want To Be Evil? Case study: LaCroix" is a character analysis by Ken Hughes.

Almost immediately, I got an e-mail from Margie H., who is a member of the Cousins of the Knight. She explained that, having read the essay, she pinpointed a dissatisfaction with the icon I did for that faction. Specifically, she felt that the crossed swords, upon which all the other elements had been laid, were thus diminished in their effect, especially in relation to the watch (similar to the one that Nick gave LaCroix at the end of "Father's Day"). Until she had read the essay, Margie said, she had not realized just how significant the symbolism of the crossed swords was to the CotK. Could I, she asked, rework the icon so that they were more prominent?

Perversely, the only way I could find to do this was actually to make the watch larger!

However, as you can see, it is larger because it is now in the background, with the other motifs overlying it. I also altered the angle of the crossed swords so that they are less occluded by the men's heads.
Foxy11814: Lacroix and his family by me!foxy11814 on April 7th, 2012 10:33 pm (UTC)
I like it!!!
greerwatsongreerwatson on April 8th, 2012 12:19 am (UTC)

From a design perspective, it's a stronger layout, too; so Margie did me a favour.
Foxy11814foxy11814 on April 8th, 2012 12:46 am (UTC)
I quite agree! I like both, but I think this one is more appealing. =)