Power User Profile: Lime

I see so many various HeroMachine images, that they sort of blur together over time. It’s very unusual for one to stick with me so strongly that even months later, I go actively looking for it. Our Power User this week is Lime, who has exactly such an image and story. Here it is copied from her UGO Forums Archive; I include it at the beginning because I wanted you to see why I chose her to profile. Anyone who can do this is someone I want to know more about:

One day after school, a griffin followed me home. I asked my mom if I could keep it. She said no. I don’t know why. I promised I’d feed it.

Also, considering the passing of Peter Falk two days ago, I think her final line is very appropriate. So without further ado, it gives me great pleasure to introduce Lime!

  1. Online name used in HeroMachine environs: Lime
  2. A photo (or drawing) of you in “real life”:
  3. Real name: Alisha
  4. Real city/state/country: St. Louis
  5. Real job: Library Lady
  6. Real age: 33
  7. Gender: XX
  8. Relationship status (married, single, in a long-term relationship, dating someone, “it’s complicated”, etc): Married to a bald bearded guy.


  9. Online archive of your creations: http://s935.photobucket.com/albums/ad197/girlwiththelime/ (Exposed mermaid nipples may be NSFW. Claim it’s “indigenous nudity” if someone looks at you funny.)
  10. The best piece of HeroMachine art you’ve created: I tend to feel like whatever I’ve finished most recently is the best, since I’m always learning new things to do with HM. Still, I’m consistently fond of this one:

  11. Favorite all-time geeky movie if any: Can I count the entire “Lord of the Rings” trilogy? If, not, then I’ll say “Fellowship of the Ring.” I saw it 6 times in the theater.
  12. Favorite all-time geeky book if any: “Anansi Boys” by Neil Gaiman. I recommend it frequently at the library.
  13. Favorite all-time geeky TV show if any: “Firefly”. I was stuck home with pneumonia for two weeks in January, and passed some time watching the entire series. Then I had to find some way to spend the other 12 days …
  14. Favorite all-time comic book character if any: Death from “The Sandman”
  15. If you could have one super-heroic power in real life, you’d choose: Teleportation, because so many of the people I love live far away from me. And because I want to visit the Caribbean but hate to fly.

  16. In your leisure time you like to: Right now I’m working on adapting an obscure fairy tale, “The Black Bull of Norway,” into a young adult novel. (All the Norse-looking people in my HeroMachine creations are from that story.) I also have great gardening ambitions. However, much of my time gets sucked away by the Internet.

  17. Character design turn-ons (things you love to see that make for a good design): Being more a writer than a visual artist, I’m drawn to pictures that seem to be a snapshot from a story, or that invite me to imagine what the people in the picture are up to.

    I must say I totally envy the folks who are doing awesome things with poses and light in their HM creations!

  18. Character design turn-offs (things you hate to see that make for a bad design): Designs that are crowded with too much going on. Facial features being weirdly placed or proportioned (unless the face is supposed to be weird).
  19. Best tip for a HeroMachine newbie: Take your time getting to know the tools and don’t feel bad if your first attempts aren’t on the level of people who’ve been using it for a long time.

  20. Any personal message you’d like to share with the HeroMachine community about Geek Life: Never go against a Sicilian when death is on the line.

21 thoughts on “Power User Profile: Lime

  1. Kaldath Kaldath says:

    Welcome to the Club Lime 😀

  2. logosgal says:

    Hey, I’m from St. Louis, too! What library do you work at?

    Congrats on the profile!

  3. Lime says:

    @Kaldath: Thanks!

    @logosgal: Keen! My library’s actually over in St. Charles, on Elm.

  4. Lime says:

    Oh and btw, it’s Lime as in the fruit, not the mineral buildup. 😉

  5. McKnight57 says:

    Nicely done with the Princess Bride quote.

  6. Gero says:

    Huh, so I’m not the only person on here who works for a library…NOW WHAT DO I DO TO FEEL UNIQUE!?! T^T

  7. logosgal says:

    Lime (3): Awesome! I have some friends who live within walking distance of that library! You’ve probably worked with them before! :)

  8. Myro says:

    Congrats, Lime. Your art’s been pretty interesting, but I have to agree with Jeff; I love that story that goes with the griffin picture.

    Gero (6): Stay beardless, friend. That’s a good start.

  9. Panner says:

    So, I was looking through your photobucket, and I saw Elizabeth Bathory. Oh wow, that’s a great picture. So sinister! So foreboding!

    Anyway, glad to have you aboard!

  10. Dan says:

    congrats Lime!

  11. ajw says:

    Hey Sandman’s great!, Firefly too. All the things you said were awesome. Congrats.

  12. Anarchangel Anarchangel says:

    Good to see a power user without a beard (But if you did have one I’d be worried) It means there’s hope for me yet.

    Keep up the good work Lime. You always make great characters.

  13. Anarchangel Anarchangel says:

    Also glad to see another Firefly fan around these parts. That show is awesome :)

  14. Hammerknight says:

    Welcome aboard Lime. It’s funny how many of us use HM to help with writing. It would be a kick a$$ comic book if we all got together.

  15. TOOL says:

    Congratulations!

  16. Me, Myself & I says:

    Nice to see the profile Lime. It can be awful tricky to reconcile an image with a story as you develope preconceived notions of a character before you see it (if you read the story first anyways). I think you did a pretty good job.

  17. ams says:

    Congrats, Lime! Welcome to the fold!

  18. Vampyrist says:

    I know to never trust a Sicilian, but should I start a land war in Asia. Have you read Goldman’s original novel, which is basically word for word the movie?

  19. Acelyn is one of my all-time favorite HM characters. The use of eyebrows as streaming tears is genius. She conveys genuine emotion. Which, honestly, is very hard to do with HM.

    Especially juxtaposed against the HM2 / 2.5 original. A perfect example of how HM has evolved from “tacked together” pieces to a tinkerer’s delight.

    I should check out “Firefly.” Seems to have a strong following here.

    Nomination for Zyp.

  20. Myro says:

    Atomic Punk (19): Definitely watch Firefly. It’s just too bad it only lasted a season. I blame Fox for mishandling it.

  21. spidercow2010 says:

    Yay for Lime! [Like the fruit, not the build-up.]

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