Trying to come up with something that said "me", I was torn between something wizard-y, and something more specific. archmage originally came form my long-standing 'Net handle, "Archmage Chaos Blackflame", but the 'wizard' angle just didn't define me. Try as I might, nothing I could come up with felt like it was me, there was always something else I felt should be added. Finally, I had to just admit to myself that only Chaos, the one thing I truly believe in, sat right in my head, and the symbol thereof, which marks me for life, was the icon for me. But I have an icon with that symbol, so this had to stand out.
Starting with this image:
I cleaned the pic and erased the background, then duplicated it 9 times (one for each "arm" and one for the ring), erasing the excess on each layer, then set about animating the movement. Interesting trick: this was animated in reverse, starting from the completed symbol and animating each arm's movement away, then reversing all the frames, so that they came together. A quick add of my name at the bottom, and I was finished...except that the damn icon was 80+kb in size!
It dawned on me that, in erasing the background, the icon was being treated as transparent, so I added the white background, and *BAM*, 37 kb. It's always the stupid little things...
Anyway, it's probably my longest icon animation to date, and I'm very happy with it