Power User Profile: Worf

Worf is one of the most frequent posters on the HeroMachine blog and the creator of some truly memorable pieces. I hope you’ll enjoy learning a bit more about him as much as I did. Also, I’m beginning to see how Batman wins all these polls …

  1. Online name used in HeroMachine environs: Worf
  2. A photo (or drawing) of you in “real life”: (if you HAVE to ask, I’m the one without the costume) ;)

    Also this one that I made for HK’s creator’s club:
  3. Real name: Ricardo
  4. Real city/state/country: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  5. Real job: Systems Analyst
  6. Real age: 40
  7. Gender: Male
  8. Relationship status (married, single, in a long-term relationship, dating someone, “it’s complicated”, etc): Happily married


  9. Online archive of your creations: https://picasaweb.google.com/ricardo.m.almeida/Stuff
  10. The best piece of HeroMachine art you’ve created: Hmmm… I don’t know about best, but I’m partial to this one as it’s the one I’ve spent the most time tweaking:

    (Click to embiggen.)

    • Favorite all-time geeky movie if any: Sci-Fi/Hero/Fantasy is my favorite genre, but to pick one movie….. I can’t… here are a few:
    • Cerebral (can’t miss a single detail): Primer
    • Most awaited (also I thought it would never happen): Lord of the Rings
    • Biggest Surprise (Specially because of all the subtext): The Matrix

    I’ll stop here ’cause I could list movies ’till next week. (I’m a movie buff and YES, I DO like Citizen Kane)

  11. Favorite all-time geeky book if any: I’ll have to say the whole Douglas Adams series. The Hitchhiker’s “trilogy” of 5 books and both Dirk Gently novels. That is some truly off-the-wall stuff. Funny as hell. Completely preposterous and yet, it works.
  12. Favorite all-time geeky TV show if any: There are a few so:
    • Favorite show that I wished bodily harm on the producers for canceling it: Firefly
    • Favorite show that amazes me it actually caught on: The Big Bang Theory
    • Favorite show that stayed on even after they totally screwed it: X-Files

    I could go on all day, but I’ll stop here :P

  13. Favorite all-time comic book character if any: Batman. AND I know it’s kinda cliche, but I was a fan WAAAAY before he was mainstream. I remember reading Batman comics in the 70′s, when he got re-imaged away from the campy 60′s.
  14. If you could have one super-heroic power in real life, you’d choose: In the real world? I’d have to agree with some of my other power user colleagues and go with telekinesis. At high enough levels of power it can double as invulnerability, flight and many other effects. Purely in the comics world? Batman’s “superpower” to beat any other hero/villain.

  15. In your leisure time you like to: Watch TV, play D&D, read, play computer games, mess around with HM, play some more computer games (if you ask my wife she’ll say I spend too much time on the computer)

  16. Character design turn-ons (things you love to see that make for a good design): Not to sound like a broken record but, detail. Making sure your lighting works; not clashing colors; ears;Making sure your pose works; Also Completely off the wall stuff that makes me go “HUH? How the hell did he/she do THAT?????”
  17. Character design turn-offs (things you hate to see that make for a bad design): “Broken” arms/legs/hands. Not masking stuff to hands (i.e. floating weapons and such). Missing simple stuff such as ears or eyebrows.
  18. Best tip for a HeroMachine newbie: Practice, practice, practice. If you’re not sure about a position, go look at yourself in the mirror. If your arm doesn’t twist that way and your character ain’t a double jointed, three-elbowed alien, then your humanoid character doesn’t bend that way either. Try to find reference photos or good comic book illustrators (NOT Liefeld) to see what can be done. One that a lot of people like for his realism (he does everything off of reference photos) is Alex Ross.

    Pay attention to other people’s advice here. I’ve learned a lot from the most innocuous comments, such as using eyebrows to add shading to the face. OCDs are also a great way to get better. Post, ask for advice, and look at the advice given to other people as well. Some great stuff there.

  19. Any personal message you’d like to share with the HeroMachine community about Geek Life: Geek life is a fun life. It’s about not being constrained by the cookie cutter world we live in. Worry more about how you feel about yourself, than what the world thinks of you. Consider the people you’re close to. If the clerk at the coffee shop thinks you’re weird, or the guy across the street is giving you funny looks, WHO CARES? Live your life as you see fit. If it makes you happy (as long as it isn’t purposefully hurting/killing people) then go for it. (can anyone tell that I’m in a “not please the world” place right now????)

About Jeff Hebert

Jeff is a 45 year old city boy who has somehow found himself located in Colorado, fulfilling his lifetime dream of making a living drawing super-heroes all day.

24 Responses to Power User Profile: Worf

  1. All hail the mighty Worf!

  2. Nice job on the profile, Worf. Hopefully this will help convince dblade that we are in fact separate individuals. :)
    Congrats on the Power User status.

  3. irongauntlet

    good job on the The best piece of HeroMachine art you’ve created picture. and i like what you did with the backround

  4. The “arrow hand” is a great technique. Thanks for showing how to do it!

    Love the Hitchhiker’s series. Disappointed in every attempt to translate it into TV and movies. Probably because it just can’t be done.

    Yet another vote for “Firefly.”

  5. Hammerknight

    Welcome aboard Worf.

  6. Qapla’ batlh je

  7. Congrats Worf!!!!!

  8. Great job, Myro…yeah, I’m on to you, “Mr. Worf”. Well deserved. Whoever you are. I’m watching…:)

    Go Firefly!!!

  9. So, your HM name is “Worf”, the picture of you in real life is next to a Klingon statue/wax figure/whatever that guy’s made of, and yet no mention in your profile of Star Trek? Also, love the Hitchhiker’s Guide books. I have a big book with all 5 and a short story about Beeblebrox all together in it. Adams was a great writer, and I think we’ll all miss him…

  10. Congrats worf…I too would like Batman (INEXPLICABLE) ability to defeat any villain/hero he faces no matter how unbelievable it may be. ;-)

  11. I hardly ever watched SNG, but when I did Worf was one of my favs. Excellent pick…and excellent pics! I wish I had the Klingon cajones to embrace the “geek life” as you do. I’m always awed at LARPers in the park, and yes I talk to them and tell them so. I scour D&D materials and construct characters/stories within Faerun (a la Theron), and I too spend entirely too much time (according to the Mrs) on ye olde compie – especially HM lately. I would salute you…if I knew how to salute a Klingon/Federation Lt without accidentally insulting him and winding up in the brig – or headless…Klingon, ya know.

  12. And hells yeah Firefly! Don’t give a good gorram what Nathan Fillion does in the future, he will always be Mal Reynolds to me!

  13. Thanks everyone. I’m humbled to be asked to participate. I’m amazed that no one commented on the fact that it’s another bearded person…. :P

    @The Imp: HAHAHAHAHA! Thank you!

    @Myro: Yeah, I think we’re gonna have to keep working on that (see dblade at #8)

    @irongauntlet: Thank you. I hope it conveys the “ship at sea” vibe I was going for.

    @The Atomic Punk: Have you ever seen the Brit miniseries? it was done by Adams himself.

    @HK: I am honored to be in such company.

    @TOOL: qatlho’ naDev jIH ‘e’ jIquv

    @Dan: Thank you. Are you the Original Dan or The Cloned Dan? :P

    @dblade: Ever noticed that the wedonverse is full of shortlived stuff like firefly? I don’t think he’s fully understood by the entertainment industry.

    @Gero: That is an actual person/Klingon (I believe he’s made of flesh and bones since he walked around and scowled at people). He used to work for “Star Trek: The Experience” at the Las Vegas Hilton. Sadly, that attraction has now been closed as far as I know. As far as mentioning Trek, I think that is overly implied just by my screen name (and the fact that even my e-mail is worfe@….. [it is old and required 5 letters at the time]) ;) Trek is always near and dear to my heart, specially for the hopeful message of cooperation and contribution.
    BTW, I also have that book… Bought it after my original copies fell apart.

  14. Me, Myself & I

    Nice to see you hear Worf. You’ve certainly made yourself a part of the HM community.

  15. @MScat: Thank you. Batman Rocks (I just had to say it)

    @ZombieGunslinger: Besides my liking the whole Honor thing (a lot is based on the Japanese samurai code of honor) Worf is also one of the two obvious outsiders. As such he gets to look in at the culture and make observations that other people fail to notice and to see things in a different way. The fact that he has a whole different (and sometimes very opposite) view on things makes it more interesting.
    On a side note, the fact that I can laugh at people when they mention esperanto to me because more people around the world speak Klingon, is a never ending source of joy.

    @MMI: Thank you. It’s a nice community to be a part of.

  16. OK i cant find that in my translator, it said heres some liquid but i dont think that is what you meant lol

  17. @TOOL: Hahahahahaha!!!

    translation:

    1) qatlho’ = qa (verbal prefix with I as subject and you as object) + tlho’ (verb: to thank) = I thank you

    2) naDev jIH ‘e’ jIquv = ‘e’ is a phrase connector…
    so A) naDev jIH = naDev (here) + jIH (me/I) = I here. Or better: I am here (remember that there is no “to be” in Klingon)
    and B) jIquv = jI (verbal prefix with I as subject) + quv (verb: to be honored) = I am honored
    So, C) with A + B + the connective ‘e’ we get: I am honored that I am here (or to better translate “I am honored to be here”).

    I wanted to say I am honored to be chosen, but couldn’t find a word for chosen. Such is the ways of a language with a limited vocabulary (of which half is devoted to warrior and battle stuff).

  18. Oh and try this site: http://mughom.wizage.net/ for Klingon translations.

  19. One more thing that I just noticed… wen you type the single quote sign here, the posting mechanism switches it for other characters so you’ll have to replace them with the original single quote, otherwise the site doesn’t understand the words…

  20. Wow…that really doesn’t look like a living, breathing person. His eyes and skin just look…off. Creepy…

  21. spidercow2010

    Well done, Worf.

  22. Good to know you Worf! PS Batman should win EVERYTHING.

  23. @spidercow: Thank you sir.

    @PapaKrok: I know, right? Though I seriously would like to see his plan to take down Thor. I guess it would have to involve taking possession of that hammer and then using his own power to kick the hell out of him. hehehehhehe :D

  24. Me, Myself & I

    Worf (23) Yah . . . no. Somehow I don’t see Batman being able to use Mjölnir (Thor’s hammer). You had to have a certain purity, nobility of heart to use it, in the comics anyways. Don’t get me wrong, its not that I think Batman’s character is week; its just that he has a different perspective and personality. Not exactly compatible. Other’s have proven they could use it (I recall Captain America actually wielding it once) but they were few and far between.

    That being said, Batman might be able to find a way to defeat Thor but it would likely be using different tactics.