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Character Of The Week: AMS- The Ankh

Ok, I’ll admit I was a tad mean with this weeks CDC curveball, but it’s not fun to be predictable. But the fact that he couldn’t enter it into the contest didn’t stop AMS from carrying on his redesigns of his character The Ankh, whom he entered into the HM1 contest and then recreated for the HM2.5 Contest.

So, it’s an AMS picture, y’all know what to expect. Fantastically simple costumes that still manage to knock your socks off (see the top, which is a nice combination of two tops and some shoulder items, masked so they all fit together like they were a single item), peerless shading (do I need to give examples here?), posing and expression (look how fierce the expression is) and that finishing touch that just takes his work that extra little way (in this case the background, which appears to be a combination of three different background techniques. The first being the stars, which are masked to a background square. Then you have a gradient circle, which is also masked to a background square, to give the black corners. Then finally, over the top of the previous two elements, there is the gradient square, which is set to Colour 2 as White and Colour 1 is set to 0% alpha, then flipped upside down, so it looks like the background is fading into the white base. Well, that’s how I’d do it anyway). So yeah, your standard AMS work. That is to say, it’s freakin’ sublime.

Open Critique Day #5

Alright! It’s time for another Open Critique Day!

As for how this goes, you post a work of yours, finished or WIP (aka work in process, for those who are new to abbreviations), and then others give you critiques on your work.  I do not mind if you post the occasional non-HM picture or piece of writing, but keep in mind that, though there are some, not all of us here are writers or do art outside of HeroMachine. All I ask is that you only post pictures that are your own design and not any that copyrighted or based off of copyrighted characters. As for pieces of writing, I’m not sure about whether fan fiction is allowed, but for right now, just in case, don’t post fan fiction either.

Also, again, if you post a work, it is highly recommended that you also give someone else a critique. Throughout the day, when I’m not busy with class, I’ll also post critiques.

The Big Question ♯28

This week we’ll keep it short and sweet with the Big Question. Like the previous 2, this one is going to be heromachine related.

So, question is, what Blog series, past or present, is/ was your favourite? Personally I’d have to go with the Power User Profiles. It’s nice to learn more about the people who use this site and, as we have a Hall of Fame for pictures but not one for users, it’s nice to reward those who contribute to the community.

So, over to you guys. What’s your favourite blog series that we’ve had on the Heromachine Blog?

Kaldath’s Caption Contest #53

Greeting boys and girls, it is once again time for our weekly caption contest! This week I ask of all of you to look at the following image and give me your best funny replacement dialogue for it:

Cobra 1

The normal rules apply, which are: You are limited to Three (3) entries which are due by 1:00 PM Eastern Time on Tuesday December 2nd.  Of course I as always expect you to keep your entries no worse then PG-13 in nature and that you follow all the normal rules of the forum when writing your caption for the above image. That being said I wish you all Good luck!

Kaldath’s Caption Contest #52: Results

Last week I asked you all to give me the best dailogue you could come up with for this image:

CaptCaveman 1

and the top five entries are:

*****

EnderX

If elected, me throw party!

*****

punkjay

Me new spokesman for Rogaine!
*****
redligerwing59
.LOOK! Up in the sky. Its a bird, its a plane, its a pterodactyl, ITS LUNCH.
*****
Skoul 
Call me a furry peanut one more time! I dare you!
*****
Herr D
Bang, bang; this is a stickup!
*****
And the winner is …………………………..

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Character Building with JR19759

As promised, part 1 of the new mini series of videos here on the Blog on Tuesdays, starting this week with posing. I did focus mainly on one pose, but I threw in a few other bits as well, and the principles I go over whilst making this pose can be applied elsewhere as well.

Hope y’all find it helpful. Oh, and sorry for my voice, the fan on my Mac was going crazy during the recording, so I had to filter and EQ the buzz out afterwards and it makes my voice sound a bit weird. Hopefully it won’t happen next week.

Remember to leave suggestions for costume ideas for next weeks video. If there are any things you’ve seen someone do on Heromachine that you’d like me to go over, feel free to say and I’ll see what I can do (it might be an idea to leave a link to the HM picture you reference if you do so).

Character Design Contest ♯100- Threedesign

*Puns*

I know some people think they’ve twigged as to what this weeks contest is going to be, and I have a feeling they are sort of right. But not exactly right.

So, over the last two weeks I’ve asked you to come up with characters using older versions of Heromachine (Heromachine 1 and Heromachine 2.5). This week what I want you to do is to redesign those characters using Heromachine 3. However, YOU CANNOT REDESIGN ONE OF YOUR OWN CHARACTERS. Instead you must redesign someone else’s entry, preferably more than one persons if you are going to enter multiple times. That’s why I said by entering the previous contests you are giving permission for your entries to be used in this contest, so no complaints from anyone please.

To make it easier to find those contest entries, here are the links to the contests-

HM1 Contest

HM2.5 Contest

As per usual, no limits on entries this week and the contest will close at midnight Saturday (blog time). The winner gets to claim a custom made item from dblade to be put into heromachine, so long as the item conforms to his prize rules, which you can find here: http://www.heromachine.com/forum/the-heromachine-art-gallery/dblades-whiz-bang-item-dispenser/. Please read the contest rules before entering, have fun and good luck.

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges that I am hosting: Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters, no characters based on RPG’s or other games. The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warnings. Only post pictures and images that you have either created for this contest specifically or you know for certain have never been entered to a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests and check.

Character Design Contest ♯99 (HM2.5) Poll

Character Design Contest ♯98 (HM1)- Winner

Ok, that title’s wrong for a start. Because, as very occasionally happens in these polls, this week ended with a draw. It was very close between the top three all week (and our third place entrant only finished three votes adrift) but one single last minute vote was enough to take this from being an outright win to a shared one. And the people who are sharing this win are GuyGenesis, for his Android, and Legatus, for his Father Fusion. Nice one guys, I’ll let you decide between you what you’re going to do about the prize, and well done to everyone else who entered, it was a great contest.

98 GuyGenesis-Android 98 Legatus-FatherFusion