Power User Profile: Logosgal

A fixture in the comments sections, always positive and engaging, and a definite up-and-comer for a contest win, I am happy to present a little more information on one of the most active members of our community, Logosgal!

  1. Online name used in HeroMachine environs: Logosgal
  2. A photo (or drawing) of you in "real life":

    What’s that? You say you wanted a picture of my face rather than of me hiding behind a professor and giving him bunny ears?

    Picky, picky…

    (Click to embiggen.)

    My friends said I look like a nerdy superhero in this, so I guess it’s an appropriate one to share with the HeroMachine community. 🙂

  3. Real name: Lydia
  4. Real city/state/country: St. Louis, Missouri, USA
  5. Real job: Undergraduate Majoring in Linguistics, Writing Tutor Consultant, and Day Camp Counselor. If I survive doing all those things concurrently this summer, I should graduate next year, and I hope to eventually become a linguist for a missionary organization and/or a novelist.
  6. Real age: 21
  7. Gender: Female
  8. Relationship status (married, single, in a long-term relationship, dating someone, "it's complicated", etc): Single.

  9. Online archive of your creations: I just started this thread, so there’s not a lot up yet, but that’s where they’ll go eventually.
  10. The best piece of HeroMachine art you've created: I consulted a professional artist (my mother), and she narrowed it down to two for me. Since I’ve already inflicted my “Pisces Pieces” poster on most of you, I’ll go with this one:

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    It’s sort of an in-joke from one of my linguistics classes.

  11. Favorite all-time geeky movie if any: I’m not usually very good about “all-time favorites,” because I tend to like lots of things and have a hard time picking one I like best. That said, I guess I’ll go with Stranger than Fiction, mostly because the fiction writer in me loves the scene where Karen Eiffel meets Harold face-to-face, and because I want to take a class with Prof. Hilbert. If that’s not a geeky enough movie in general, I also really liked the recent Star Trek movie.
  12. Favorite all-time geeky book if any: There’s a favorites question I really can’t answer. Reading is pretty much my all-time favorite thing to do, and I don’t think I could ever pick just one book for all time. I will say, however, that the best thing I’ve read recently is the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson, who is a genius when it comes to plot twists.
  13. Favorite all-time geeky TV show if any: Doctor Who.
  14. Favorite all-time comic book character if any: Assuming we’re talking about characters that mainly come in physical, published comic books, Spider-Man.
  15. If you could have one super-heroic power in real life, you'd choose: Flight. Preferably powered by telekinesis so that I could also use my powers on things I’m too lazy to stand up and get from across the room.

  16. In your leisure time you like to: Ideally? Read, write, play violin, bake, collect rocks, draw—pretty much anything generally creative. In reality, I often tend to play Flash games and read webcomics instead of engaging in my more productive hobbies. And of course I also spend a good chunk of my leisure time with HeroMachine.

  17. Character design turn-ons (things you love to see that make for a good design): Tell me a good story and I’ll always have something to like about you. In terms of HeroMachine designs, I also love the pictures that use items in creative ways and don’t necessarily even have people in them, or that do something amazing that I wouldn’t have thought of or can’t easily figure out how it was done.
  18. Character design turn-offs (things you hate to see that make for a bad design): At the risk of repeating every other Power User, details. I think I what find most disturbing is when proportions are just slightly off, especially when you can tell something was resized because it looks obviously stretched. It’s also annoying when lines or pieces don’t match up quite right. I can be pretty big on the perfectionistic stuff.
  19. Best tip for a HeroMachine newbie: The “transform” tab is the real magic of HeroMachine 3. Experiment and have fun with it! Most features are pretty self-explanatory, but there are a couple that I wish I’d understood better when I was starting out.

    One: Masking. I didn’t start using masking outside of basic putting patterns on things and making it look like hands are holding things until recently. So I’m not really the person to explain it, other than to say that you can do a lot more than just put patterns on things and make it look like hands are holding things. The Custom Item Archive on the UGO forums has some amazing examples of masking tricks, though.

    Two: The “All Items” grouping. I’ve seen this feature take some criticism in the forum and blog comments, but I think that like the best of villains, it’s just misunderstood. It doesn’t behave the same way as the other groupings do, but to me it’s been the most useful grouping of any. The trick is to think of it as a “temporarily do something to the whole picture” button. Need to see what’s on the sides of your widescreen picture? Use the move arrows to move the picture until you can see the part you want. Need to work on little details? Do the same thing in headshot view. Having trouble with the face of a character who’s upside-down? Rotate the whole picture and work on it rightside-up. (I admit that I still haven’t found a use for changing the size of the whole picture, because it’s hard to keep the proportion right.) Changes you make using that grouping won’t save, so it’s easy to move the picture back to where it started by clicking “reset.”

  20. Any personal message you'd like to share with the HeroMachine community about Geek Life: One thing about most of the geeks I’ve spent time with is that we love a good argument—Star Trek vs. Star Wars, Mac vs. PC, transformational linguistics vs. non-transformational, Marvel vs. DC, and on and on. That can be a great thing, but sometimes, especially when talking to a non-geek, I think we can take that argument too seriously and discourage future interaction with said person. There are times when it’s best to fight to the last, and there are times when it’s best to let the other person be wrong. If you can learn to tell the difference, you will go far among geeks and non-geeks alike.

    Also: Enjoy what you do even if you can’t do what you most enjoy, learn new things, get fresh air every now and then, don’t forget to be awesome, and thanks for being such a welcoming and supportive community!

Thanks for sharing that with us, Logosgal, I know I speak for the whole community when I say how much I appreciate the time and kindness you bring to every discussion. Also, I heartily endorse your movie and book choices. Sanderson rules. In a similar sort of vein I'd also recommend Patrick Rothfuss and Brent Weeks for anyone looking for modern, well-written fantasy books that are not in the typical "Lord of the Rings" vein.

On that note, I am now out of Power User Profiles, so if there's someone you'd like to see profiled here, please chime in in the comments and let me know who you'd nominate.

31 Responses to Power User Profile: Logosgal

  1. Anarchangel says:

    “There are times when it’s best to fight to the last, and there are times when it’s best to let the other person be wrong.” I really like this quote and agree completely.

    Congrats on the power user status 🙂

  2. Anarchangel says:

    Oh and on the subject of future power users Jeff, how about seandavidross? He’s done some excellent work on poses.

  3. Kaylin88100 says:

    Oh good, I’m not the only one awake…

  4. Kaylin88100 says:

    Hey Jeff, how about YOU? Have you done a profile on yourself?

  5. Jeff Hebert says:

    I think we hear plenty about me already, Kaylin 🙂 I want this to be about the rest of the community, not me.

  6. Myro says:

    This was an awesome profile. Congrats logosgal. Good to have you aboard.

    Let’s see, I’m sure I can come up with at least a dozen people I could nominate.

    How about:
    Zyp, SeanDavidRoss, Watson Bradshaw, kytana, Dan, Worf, Vampyrist, Anarchangel, Frevoli, ajw, William A Peterson, or Danny Beaty?

    Let’s see…4, 9, carry the 8. Yup, a dozen. That didn’t take me all that long either.

  7. Kaldath says:

    Congrats logosgal and welcome to the club!

    As for nominations; The Creator, Isia, and of course the Winner of the very first EVER Heromachine contest Scorpidius all come to mind.

  8. Danny Beaty says:

    Thanks Myro, but in order to be a member of the Powerclub you have to have one superpower that is not possessed by the other members.
    @everyone: Have a safe and happy Independence Day weekend!

  9. Dan says:

    congrats logosgal!!

  10. logosgal says:

    Thanks, everyone! You’ve all been so friendly during my short time here! I’m looking forward to being a part of this community as it grows and changes in the future! 😀

    So, how has seandavidross not done one of these yet? Talk about active and helpful users! I didn’t even think to nominate him because I assumed he must have had one already.

    Kytana was the first person who came to my mind for nomination.

  11. Jeff Hebert says:

    I’m pretty sure I sent SeanDavidRoss a request a month or so ago, but never heard back. SDR, if you’re listening, get in touch! afdstudios@gmail.com.

  12. Panner says:

    Welcome in the club, logosgal!

    I like your backgrounds a lot, especially the last one you posted – the bank. That portrait of a fat manager speaks volumes!

  13. Zyp says:

    Of course! I don’t know why I never thought of using the “move all items”-function to move the desired area to the headshot view! That will be quite handy! Thanks!
    Great profile! Congrats Logosgal, I’ve always liked your stuff! 😀
    (My previous comment just vanished and I sure hope I’m not doubleposting right now… Wouldn’t that make me look like a true n00b…)

  14. logosgal says:

    Thanks, Panner! 🙂 I had so much fun with that portrait! It was just going to be a simple fat executive in a suit, but I ended up with a whole backstory for him by the time I was done. I think backgrounds are my favorite part of a picture to do because it’s so easy to pack a lot of story into them.

  15. Worf says:

    Congrats logosal. Great profile.

    @Myro: Thanks for the nomination. dblade might take issue with that as he seems to think we’re one and the same. hehehehehe 😉

  16. Hammerknight says:

    Welcome aboard young lady. Nice to see that not all of us are old and bearded.
    I also nominate Isia, if we can talk her into it.

  17. Tool says:

    Ok so I have been just using the itmes in parts and going back and forth from 100% resolution to 400% trying to get it right till you said something about the mask button and i found it, I had a head slapping moment LOL. Thanks for the note 😉 I like the color all hair/skin tab too, it can be a good time saver if you want all hair/skin to be one theme.

  18. Tool says:

    I hope one day I can earn my way to the list of Power users too. I think I have grown a lot from when I started and try to be helpful to others when I can but I still have a lot to learn from what I see others doing. Congratulations!

  19. Myro says:

    Worf (14): LOL! The thought has crossed my mind as well. 😉

  20. logosgal says:

    Glad you found it helpful, Tool! I think we all probably still have a lot to learn from each other here. HM3 is such a powerful program that I’m sure there are a lot of cool tricks that haven’t been tried yet.

  21. Me, Myself & I says:

    Great to learn more about you logosgal. Hey, another Spider Man fan. We need to stick together. 🙂

  22. Me, Myself & I says:

    Don’t worry about not having a beard. We won’t hold it against you, eh Myro? 🙂

    Welcome aboard logosgal

  23. Watson Bradshaw says:

    Any fan of Doctor Who is alright in my books 🙂

  24. Transformational versus non-transformational linguistics? The real question is diachronic versus synchronic!

    I enjoy your CC entries. Your Custom Archive contributions are very helpful.

  25. logosgal says:

    @ The Atomic Punk: I don’t know, I find both diachronic and synchronic analyses useful and interesting; I think the dichotomy there is mostly because they tend to ask different questions and have different purposes. I mentioned the transformational/non-transformational debate because for one thing it was on my mind after a semester of Syntax class in which both methods were taught, and for another it strikes me as one of the more pointless debates in the field, sort of on par with Mac/PC: they’re pretty much just different systems for doing the same thing, but people who support one or the other often can get a bit rabid about it. Yeah, there are differences in the underlying theory, but is it worth getting so worked up over?

    …I’m more into phonology than syntax.

  26. Gero says:

    Nicely done. I think this was the longest one so far, but it did nothing to make it less interesting. I really like reading about everyone else on here, and the “favorite x” section always serves to give me ideas for things to read/watch/try next. Also, your “geek life” advice should really be taken to heart by everyone. Nerd Rage is the greatest relationship destroyer ever concieved…

    P.S.-@Myro: Great list, should keep us reading profiles for at least the next couple of months if everyone accepts (which you all should, it’s your punishment for being power users and you must face it!)…

  27. Myro says:

    Gero (26): Funny thing was, I felt kind of tapped out when I came up with the first dozen, and I had to go get ready to leave the house. But after I turned off my computer, even more names kept popping into my head (yours, for example). So, even if Jeff uses all my nominations, I’ve still got more people he could put up in profile.

  28. Gero says:

    @Myro 27: You’d need to think of another few dozen before I’d let you suggest me. There are a LOT of people who are far more active on here than I am…

  29. spidercow2010 says:

    Well earned, logosgal, and Welcome, despite using all them big words what I don’t hardly understand in #25 above up there.
    How many Heromachinists are out there whom Jeff has invited but haven’t responded? Respond already! You’re worthy, you’re worthy. Hell, if I am, you are.

  30. X-stacy says:

    Wait, wait, there are two cunning linguists on this site, and nobody told me?

  31. dblade says:

    @Worf/Myro (15,19): Very clever having a conversation between the “two” of you. I’ll get to the bottom of this if its the last thing I do!!!!