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Character Design Challenge ♯155 (Tattoos) Winner

Honourable Mentions: Superfly30- Amun-Apep & Sebastien Bembeneck- Ink Queen

Winner: Melmo44- Sareene

Character Of the Week: Kicktar- Edith

Once again we're dipping into the world of DeviantArt for our character of the week, this time for a pic by Kicktar, who some people may be familiar with already. Either way, just take a look at this picture before I start talking about it.

Ok, so what we have here is a top down perspective of someone lying down on their back, which is a very nice and very simple way of changing the perspective without having to make a painfully complicated custom pose. The main posing has gone into the arms and the legs are slightly rotated as well, which is really all that was needed to give a very relaxed feel. The shading is very subtle but really sets off the picture, especially the hair and the face. Then we have the face in general. I personally love using the slightly smiling mouths with a small rotation as shown in this picture, it is a great way of adding that extra bit of personality to a character. Personally, I would have moved the eyes and nose down a bit in relation to the ears, but that's not really a complaint, more an observation. Costume wise, it's very simple, but it leads on to two interesting points. Firstly, I have to point out the necklace. I didn't really notice it first time I looked at the picture, but I saw it second time out and for some inexplicable reason I just really like it. I like how the cord doesn't seem to have an outline except for the shadow it casts on the characters skin beneath it, that's really cool. Secondly, the colour contrast between the foreground and the background. Tip for any novice 'machiners out there who are thinking of trying backgrounds, make sure the foreground character stands out from the background. The best way to do that is to use different colours, especially different types of colour. Here we have a dull grey set against magenta and it really stands out, or orange against black. It makes the picture pop as much as shading. And finally on this picture, I would like to point out that Kicktar thought to put creases into the blanket to show that the character is actually applying pressure on it by laying there. Details like this are everything and will definitely get you at least an Also Awesome nod from me, but the fact that it just makes the picture look so natural just makes me very happy. You'll probably see more impressive pictures below the jump, but this is my pick for the best of the week because of those details.

Gallery- Kicktar on DeviantArt

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Anime Talk: Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet

Sorry if this Anime Talk's a little late!

Quick summary:

Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet is a 13 episode long anime about Ledo, a young soldier in the Galactic Alliance of Humankind who, while retreating from a battle against the Hideauze, finds himself with his Machine Caliber Chamber on the planet Earth, which has been completely covered by the ocean and humans now live on large groups of ships called fleets. On Earth, Ledo meets and joins up with the fleet Gargantia and slowly gets accustomed to this new way of life.

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Creators Club Entries NOW CLOSED

Ok guys, submissions for this years Creators Club are now closed. Thanks to everyone who sent stuff in this time out. The poster will be up sometime next week, once Stulte has finished it.

Character Design Challenge ♯155- Tattoos

Fairly simple challenge this week. What you are required to do is to create a character who has one or more tattoos. The basis of this challenge is to test your creativity when it comes to item usage, masking and colour, so don't expect to mask an insignia to an arm and win, I'm looking for intricacy more than anything.

As per usual, no limits on the number of entries and the contest will close at midnight Saturday (blog time). 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 characters 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 Challenge ♯154 (On TV) Winner

Honourable Mentions: Cliff- American Eagle & Brons- Miss Pringles Watches Her Favourite Show

Winner: Melmo44- The Show Must Go On

Anime Talk: Top 10 Rom-Com

Rom Com

Considering Valentines day is right around the corner I decided on this edition of Anime Talk I would give you my personal top 10 list of Anime Rom-Coms or Romantic Comedies! So without further delay we will begin with number 10 right after the Jump ....

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Character Of The Week: HermanSmellville- Ilwrath (Star Control)

So, this week, we're venturing outside the realms of the forums for our COTW. Whilst he does have a thread on the forums, HermanSmellville is much more active on DeviantArt, and it's quite disappointing that a lot of people don't get to see his work. He's kinda like HerrD or Snail-Male in the fact his stuff is really out there and a bit crazy, but if you look past that his details and item usage are superb and his creativity is amazing (and a bit scary).

Gallery- HermanSmellville on DeviantArt

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Anime Talk: Log Horizon

Hello everyone! Since Kaldath hasn't been feeling well as of late, I thought I would take over doing the Anime Talks for now. Just as a note, I shall be reviewing these animes based on their own merits, and not on how they follow the source material. After the break, my first review!

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Update On Me!

Hello Machiners,

Just wanted to write this to let you all know I am still alive and kicking! I am mostly recovered and should be back to posting things again soon. If not for the Blizzard that hit my area this past weekend I would have likely already been back but the storm gave me a little set back. The storm itself hurt me and then shoveling my car out from 2 feet of snow  on 3 separate occasions to get back and forth from work didn't help matters either! I believe that  I will likely stop posting the Choose your Own Adventure Wednesday posts and just stick to random Kaldath's Corner and Anime Talk posts for the time being, at least  until I am certain I can begin posting on a regular schedule again. At that time I will decide what my normal weekly post will be, your suggestions are welcome but I make no guarantee on those suggestions being used.

Anyway I just wanted to keep you all updated on my status and I hope to e able to have something up and posted this weekend. Thinking of doing some first impression reviews on some of the new 2016 anime that has been released in the last couple weeks! Lots of good shows to talk about!