Sharing Day, Gravatar edition

A gravatar or avatar is the little icon that appears next to your comments on various online sites. So my question for you on this Sharing Day is:

Why do you use the avatar or gravatar you have?

I’d love a description of what it actually is as well, if it’s not blindingly obvious. I really enjoyed hearing your stories about why you use the name you do online, so I look forward very much to hearing the story of your visual id too.

If you don’t have a gravatar or avatar, I encourage you to make one, then post it here.

If you like, in return for answering my question to you, you may ask a question of me on any topic and I’ll do my best to answer honestly and completely. Just leave your reply (and question, if any) as a comment. The goal is to learn a little more about our community!

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62 Responses to Sharing Day, Gravatar edition

  1. My “gravatar” was constructed when I made this team of heroes from Canada. http://forums.ugo.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=77528&d=1305299744
    I liked it and it became my avatar in the old forum. So when it came time to add one here, I still liked it and used it again.

    I get a kick out of seeing where people are from and being able to talk to machiners around the world. I recommend in the forum, contributers at least add the country they are from so we can see where all these awesome pics are being created.

    Cheers!

    Question – How do you feel about the inclusion of gay characters into comics? I think it’s primary a publicity stunt and not really going to make big waves for the big 2. I feel if it fits the storyline and makes for a good read. than what the heck. You would think that the violence in some comics is more offensive than someone’s sexuality. Anyway I highly recommend “Earth 2″ from DC new 52 for re-introducing the Justice Soceity. So far, so good.

  2. ams: Question – How do you feel about the inclusion of gay characters into comics? I think it’s primary a publicity stunt and not really going to make big waves for the big 2. I feel if it fits the storyline and makes for a good read. than what the heck. You would think that the violence in some comics is more offensive than someone’s sexuality. Anyway I highly recommend “Earth 2″ from DC new 52 for re-introducing the Justice Soceity. So far, so good.

    I don’t find sexuality offensive (presuming we’re talking about consenting adults) in any way, so personally I think it’s great so long as it’s a good story.

    Reboots have changed male characters into females and vice versa, heroes into villains and vice versa, humans into aliens and vice versa. They’ve annihilated entire universes for the sake of being tidy, killing untold trillions. They’ve changed powers, abilities, secret identities, girlfriends and boyfriends. They’ve written the United States of America completely out of existence, had it overrun by Nazis and the KKK, and made it into a global dictatorship. We’ve had plant-people impregnating meat people, we’ve had animals and humans breeding, and of course aliens and humans doing the nasty almost from the beginning.

    Hell, they had Spider-Man make a deal with the devil — THE DEVIL! — to obliterate his heterosexual marriage!

    And yet retconning a previously straight character into a gay one is what sends people over the edge. It’s a little unreal.

    Gay people not only actually exist (unlike super-powered aliens shooting lasers from their eyes), they are responsible for a big chunk of the very comics we all enjoy. The only offensive thing in all of this is that gay characters haven’t been a part of mainstream comics all along.

  3. my current one is of the elf character that i imagine i am in any fantasy lotr/D&D world. it’s sort of a hype in anticipation of the movie The Hobbit coming out in December(the trailer is AWESOME:http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=thehobbittrailer&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CFkQtwIwAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DG0k3kHtyoqc&ei=TRHST-WHHoWT6gHz8vH4Ag&usg=AFQjCNH3HqTssb3yZXZp14FC8xHKyrDBJw&cad=rja).
    my previous gravatar was/is my pseudonym made with insignias in HM3, and i am proud of that composition.

  4. My Avatar is a cropped out headshot of a Picture of my Character Kaldath and his betrothed Salara which was drawn for me by Jeff when I won the Patriotic Hero Character Contest. Salara is was roleplayed by a very good friend of mine, whom I admit I had fallen in love with, though she did not feel the same for me. Despite the disappointment in the romantic department she still remains my best and dearest friend, so in addition to my Avatar actually being a picture of my online namesake, I use it also as a way to Honor my friendship with her.

  5. alphaalpharomeo

    http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/ae99/dhabirunner/My%20Xmen%20team/hm3-beta-1.jpg

    I don’t have an avatar, but I did this would be it….Not because I think I’m tough or particularly smart like beast, but I’ve always felt like I was this big blue freak that everyone looks at with disapproval. I’m transgender so that adds to my feelings of inadiquassy and reasons for people to think of me as a freak of nature who doesn’t belong, no matter how kind or gental I might be.

    Jeff my question to you is, if you could hook up with any character in the comic book world who would it be

  6. sorry Jeff but I need to ask you one thing: how do you change your avatar to a new one?

  7. alphaalpharomeo: Jeff my question to you is, if you could hook up with any character in the comic book world who would it be

    Hm … She-Hulk! I like strong women :-)

  8. Jeff Hebert:

    And yet retconning a previously straight character into a gay one is what sends people over the edge. It’s a little unreal.

    Gay people not only actually exist (unlike super-powered aliens shooting lasers from their eyes), they are responsible for a big chunk of the very comics we all enjoy. The only offensive thing in all of this is that gay characters haven’t been a part of mainstream comics all along.

    Well said! But haven’t there been gay characters in comics all along? Or is it just the gay marriage aspect that the big 2 are trying to make money off?

  9. fudgee:
    sorry Jeff but I need to ask you one thing: how do you change your avatar to a new one?

    You have to do it through Gravatar.com.

  10. My avatar is the infamous snowman Calvin made in the Calvin and Hobbes strip where he designs it to mimic society’s average complacent moron with a shovel. He then gets pummeled in the face for no apparent reason. Good times.

    The snowman itself never ceases to make me laugh every time I see it.

  11. fudgee: eed to ask you one thing: how do you change your avatar to a new one?

    Registrate in gravatar.com – You gave the email what you use to post here. Choose an picture and voila. That your avatar. Or you registrate in the forum give an avatar and post here when you logged in the forum.
    Hope thats help you.

  12. ams: Well said! But haven’t there been gay characters in comics all along? Or is it just the gay marriage aspect that the big 2 are trying to make money off?

    Not really, no. There was the Rawhide Kid fiasco from a while back. And I think Northstar (one of the two getting married) came out in the late Eighties, maybe? This Wikipedia article goes into the history a lot more.

    I do take exception to the way the question is phrased, though. It’s as if two men getting married is some sort of crass marketing trick “to make money”. As if pitting the Avengers against the X-Men in a massive, company-wide crossover event that just happens to coincide with the movie were done out of the goodness of their hearts and not “to make money”. Or gutting the entire DC Universe … again … under the aegis of massive publicity and Jim Lee to make their characters more “movie friendly” isn’t “to make money”. They’re a business, making money is what they’re all about.

    Or in other words, this event is just “to make money” the same way Peter Parker and Mary Jane getting married was just “to make money”. But since they’re two men instead of a man and a woman, we have to sneer at it and make it about something other than being a story about two characters.

  13. Jack:
    My avatar is the infamous snowman Calvin made in the Calvin and Hobbes strip where he designs it to mimic society’s average complacent moron with a shovel. He then gets pummeled in the face for no apparent reason. Good times.

    The snowman itself never ceases to make me laugh every time I see it.

    I love Calvin and Hobbes in general, but his snowman stuff in particular I always thought was another whole level of genius.

  14. My avatar is from the Ultimate 80’s Nerd, Eddie Deezen. Most peole know him from Grease, but the picture I chose is from the classic 80’s movie Midnight Madness, staring a young Michael J. Fox, David Naughton (the Dr. Pepper / American Werewolf In London guy), and Stephen Furst (Flounder from Animal House). Eddie played Wesley, the leader of the White Team. It’s not a great movie, but it’s one of those movies that for some reason I love.
    Jeff (and everyone else too) did you ever watch The Avengers : Earth’s Mightest Heroes show? I just read that it got cancelled and will be replaced by a more “movie friendly” cartoon. I’m super bummed, because EMH was by far one of the best super hero cartoon I’ve evern seen. Now EMH can join Wolverine And The X-Men and Spectacular Spider-Man as being cancelled for being too good. :(

  15. Dan: Jeff (and everyone else too) did you ever watch The Avengers : Earth’s Mightest Heroes show?

    I was recording it the first season, but eventually dropped it off my DVR because I just wasn’t watching them and I couldn’t handle the guilt. I saw the first two episodes, I think.

    It does seem like super hero cartoons have a shelf life of about two years before they get canned. I don’t know why that is.

  16. Mine’s pretty simple. It’s me. Well, sort of. It’s me if I were in superhero shape and still had all my hair. It’s not even close to my actual physique. My build is one only a wife could love. I originally created my avatar as a joke for my Facebook profile and it stuck. I’ve made a couple others like it since then but this one is still my favorite.

    For the record, several retcons have thrown me over the edge and induced tremendous amounts of Geek Rage.

  17. Jeff Hebert: I was recording it the first season, but eventually dropped it off my DVR because I just wasn’t watching them and I couldn’t handle the guilt. I saw the first two episodes, I think.

    It does seem like super hero cartoons have a shelf life of about two years before they get canned. I don’t know why that is.

    They have the 1st season on Netflix instant watch, if you wanna get caught up.

  18. Tik Tak Tik Tak Here is the Clown

    So i always change my avatars. In the first time i don’t like the faces what i made for characters. Now i like my faces, the reason is not the manga and that to made myself. I like the expression what shown the character feelings.

    My new avatar is based for this http://www.heromachine.com/wp-content/legacy/forum-image-uploads/tarkabarka/2012/06/Harlequin.png
    Harlequin the broken heart
    Not join for Harley Quinn
    It shown my statement, im the clown whose sad, happy, angry, nasty and my statement always change. I hate the Tarkabarka name, and i see to Martian Blue change it i made a decision to change for Harlequin. I always like that clown.

    Jeff i have two question. Sorry the first is technically. – I need to login in the forum to post here with Harlequin because the site memorize the Tarkabarka, can i change that?

    And the second. – Have you ever think when you create HM3 to a lot of great stuff going out. I think the great pieces of AMS, The Nice coloring of Dblade, The storytelling stuffs of Kytana, The art of PapaKrok, (I hope he is allright), and my custom faces, poses,. So you think to a this is lot of things in deeper in HM3.

  19. Harlequin: Jeff i have two question. Sorry the first is technically. – I need to login in the forum to post here with Harlequin because the site memorize the Tarkabarka, can i change that?

    And the second. – Have you ever think when you create HM3 to a lot of great stuff going out. I think the great pieces of AMS, The Nice coloring of Dblade, The storytelling stuffs of Kytana, The art of PapaKrok, (I hope he is allright), and my custom faces, poses,. So you think to a this is lot of things in deeper in HM3.

    Hm, I’ll have to look into the login thing. I thought the forums and the main blog site shared the same IDs. You could try clearing your cache, I suppose, as maybe your id in the blog is cookied or something.

    And no, I never imagined that the HM could put out such awesome images as I see every week in the contests. Sometimes I look at them in utter disbelief. It has really proven that people are tremendously creative and just need the right tools to be able to express it.

  20. Ok i only test to work it.

    Opssss. And sorry i respect anyone works, but these names are first in my mind. There is a lot of talented guy and girl here.

    Cache clearing is working. Thanks Jeff.

  21. Mine is one of several symbols used for arsenic in alchemy. The old Forgotten Realms encouraged unique sigils for individual wizards, and I used a lot of them for my characters.

    Have you ever read Transmetropolitan? He may be something of an acquired taste, but Warren Ellis is probably my favorite comics author ever.

  22. My avatar is a logo I made to represent Vampyrist, my profile name. It is a bat-like symbol enclosed in a red circle, so the bat part of vampire is covered. If it is not that logo, then my avatar is the Seal of Rassilon, because it looks awesome and I was grown up on Dr. Who.

    It is sad that superhero shows unfortunately have a two year life. Spectacular Spiderman was amazing, albeit it perished after two years. Young Justice is also on and it is great, although that timeskip still bugs me.

    My question is which comic book character would you like to just hang out with? Not She Hulk hang out with, but have a few beers with or do something with.

  23. Hello, hello! I’ve been feeling a touch less shy of late, so I guess I can pitch in with these as well. I don’t have an avatar for this site yet, I really need to get around to that, but the one I use for My deviantart is My NWN character Melandra. I used to play NWN with my dad when I was a kid, and his elf characters were always drow. So when I started playing by myself, I made her as a memorial to all the good times we had. Yes my dad is alive and well, we just do as much as we used to. Here she is on the DA:
    http://monalux.deviantart.com/gallery/37124436#/d4y7asf
    My question would be if you knew anything about being an author. I really, really, REALLY want to write. I do write actually, it’s just getting people to read stuff. I’m always looking for peoples opinions on how to improve, or just tidbits of useful information.
    And thank you for coming up with heromachine, those of us who are confined to stick figure drawing are very grateful.

  24. This has just reminded me that I really should get myself an avatar at some point. Only trouble is, when I try to log into gravatar.com with my forum username and password, it says my password’s incorrect. Anyone know why it’s doing that?

  25. Trekkie:
    This has just reminded me that I really should get myself an avatar at some point. Only trouble is, when I try to log into gravatar.com with my forum username and password, it says my password’s incorrect. Anyone know why it’s doing that?

    Gravatar is totally different company, the only thing it and I have in common is that if you use your email address to register here and the same email address on Gravatar.com, they’ll automatically add your Gravatar to your posts here. Or anywhere else that supports Gravatar and where you sign in with the same email address.

    The forum password and username aren’t the same as the Gravatar ones, though.

  26. Jeff Hebert: Gravatar is totally different company, the only thing it and I have in common is that if you use your email address to register here and the same email address on Gravatar.com, they’ll automatically add your Gravatar to your posts here. Or anywhere else that supports Gravatar and where you sign in with the same email address.

    The forum password and username aren’t the same as the Gravatar ones, though.

    Ah, I think I see now. It’s just that it said on their website something about a WordPress account working with Gravatar, so I just assumed that my username and password here would work there too.

  27. As of this moment, I’m avatarless, but the one I have intentions of making is like my previous MartianBlue avatar, the classic head and shoulders shot of GuyGenesis. GuyGenesis will be a very powerful character in like a watcher role of sorts I guess? He will be the comic expression of my real self within the actual Genesis Universe. In no way is he the most powerful of all characters, he’s more of a dimensional being as it were.

  28. Bael: Have you ever read Transmetropolitan? He may be something of an acquired taste, but Warren Ellis is probably my favorite comics author ever.

    I haven’t, no, I’ll have to check that out. Thanks for the recommendation!

  29. Vampyrist: My question is which comic book character would you like to just hang out with? Not She Hulk hang out with, but have a few beers with or do something with.

    I’d be too intimidated to hang out with the likes of Tony Stark or Reed Richards, they’re too smart and successful for me. Captain America seems a little too rigid, Peter Parker too scattered, Thor too otherworldly …

    I’ll go with one of my old favorites, the Silver Age Hal Jordan. I’d love to find out what it’s like to be in space, how to interact with alien cultures, what it feels like to have that much power in your hands, and yet to be part of an entire group who all have the same power, etc. Basically how you manage to retain your sense of identity with your home planet and culture when there’s so vastly much more out there.

    Plus Hal as a former test pilot probably knows where to go to have a good time. So there’s that.

  30. MonaLux: My question would be if you knew anything about being an author. I really, really, REALLY want to write. I do write actually, it’s just getting people to read stuff. I’m always looking for peoples opinions on how to improve, or just tidbits of useful information.
    And thank you for coming up with heromachine, those of us who are confined to stick figure drawing are very grateful.

    I’m glad you’ve joined us here in the madness, MonaLux!

    I took a lot of Creative Writing studio workshops in college that helped a lot. Having a group of people all reading your stuff in an organized, simultaneous way is powerful feedback. I am sure there are online groups who do the same sort of thing as well, though I don’t know of any offhand to direct you to.

    The most important thing, of course, is to write, every day, and to work on it like a craft. Getting the ideas on paper is big, but so is massaging them, tweaking them, rewriting and transforming them. Writing is a lot of hard work. But like drawing, there’s no alternative for just doing it.

    Ian T. Healy hangs out here from time to time and writes a lot, including really nice super hero fiction. Ian, if you see this and have any advice for a young author getting her work read, we’d love to hear it.

  31. My avatar is just my favourite HM creation… simple as that. I like it as an avatar because it looks a bit like my favourite national flag, which you can see here:

    https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/im.html

    (It’s a triskelion, apparently).

    Sound advice re: creative writing, Jeff. The bit about writing every day was the (late, lamented) Ray Bradbury’s advice to budding writers, too. Seemed to work for him!

  32. @ Jeff – Yeah , I see what your saying. I guess what I’m trying to spell out is that I like to see fresh new stories and not ones heavily inspired by what ever is political fodder in the main media today. In no way do I have anything against anyone’s color, shape or sex when it comes to marriage. The only opinion I have is if your happy, then its right for you.

    …and this http://forums.ugo.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=83119&d=1339180437

  33. Hi, Monalux! I always like to hear about other writers. My advice to you is to start out by seeing if there is a writers group or club local to you. If not, try looking for groups online. There are plenty of resources on writers.net and other writer-centric websites. You might also look into taking a creative writing class at your local community college.

    If after all that, you still can’t find anyone, shoot me an email from my website (www.ianthealy.com) and I’ll see if I can find you some help. I do know some young writers (and am in fact related to some too). Good luck, and keep writing!

  34. My avator is photo of a self-portrait I put together with strips of black construction paper glued to a sheet of white copy paper.

  35. My Avatar is the portrait I made for Character Contest 69 which I mostly use because it was partially based off of me. I suppose I could change it now that I have my actual portrait available on HeroMachine, but I’m kind of proud of the results.
    Nope, can’t think of a question.

  36. Ian Thomas Healy:
    Hi, Monalux! I always like to hear about other writers. My advice to you is to start out by seeing if there is a writers group or club local to you. If not, try looking for groups online. There are plenty of resources on writers.net and other writer-centric websites. You might also look into taking a creative writing class at your local community college.

    If after all that, you still can’t find anyone, shoot me an email from my website (www.ianthealy.com) and I’ll see if I can find you some help. I do know some young writers (and am in fact related to some too). Good luck, and keep writing!

    Thanks so much guys! I didn’t expect there to be other writers around, and it’s so cool to run into them. As for your advice, I will defiantly have to look into finding myself a writing group, and I do write every day. You might actually have to restrain me to stop me from writing. I post some of the better stuff on my Deviantart(bless the internet) so you know, if anyone’s interested it’s all there. Some fan fiction yes, but also my original stuff.

  37. I went with the headshot of ‘Steel Bug’ for mine (if it’s appeared, that is), since a) it’s currently one of my favourite pieces and b) I think it shows my favourite style for my HeroMachine images quite well- lots of metallic zypping and layering of various items on top of each other. I don’t know why, but even though it takes ages, it’s kinda fun to do.

    So, question: Are there any shows/movies that you loved when you were young but forgot about/ignored for a while, then later got addicted to again?
    Me, for the past few years I’ve been getting myself addicted to Thunderbirds again after spending several years thinking of it as silly, despite having been mad about it when I was about 5. I also have an odd habit of going on YouTube and searching for clips of some of the shows I watched when I was 4, just for pure nostalgia.

  38. My avatar is a headshot of my main character, McKnight. He’s a cross between my looks and basic personality, Nightwing and Deadpool. I tried to put a lot of myself into the character, just as Grant Morrison did with his character King Mob from the Invisibles. It’s my way of saying what I need to say in a medium I love. Like Watchmen or really anything written in the last 30 years, I can make social observations with a character and not have it become over-analyzed as actual books are.

    Question for Jeff (and everyone, as usual): If you could make yourself into a character, which medium would you use and in which genre would you place it?

  39. Dan:
    Jeff (and everyone else too) did you ever watch The Avengers : Earth’s Mightest Heroes show? I just read that it got cancelled and will be replaced by a more “movie friendly” cartoon. I’m super bummed, because EMH was by far one of the best super hero cartoon I’ve evern seen. Now EMH can join Wolverine And The X-Men and Spectacular Spider-Man as being cancelled for being too good.

    I watched all of season 1 of A:EMH, but it fell off my radar before season 2 started. I’ve been meaning to catch up on it (especially since I understand that Ms. Marvel, the superhero I’d probably most want to go out with, is a recent addition to the show). But other things keep getting in the way. And now I’m a little disappointed to hear it’s being cancelled.

  40. madnesslover629

    well the reason why i call myself madnesslover because i really like wars, fist fights, gory stuff, and horrifying creatures. The first time i was on this program i was really confused about creating, so i took some tutorials on how to create backgrounds and all the significant things i need to know about. But really i don’t create just gory stuff i make beautiful creatures. i will just feel bad if i just create horrifying creatures

  41. Trekkie: So, question: Are there any shows/movies that you loved when you were young but forgot about/ignored for a while, then later got addicted to again?

    Well, there’s always “Columbo” for me … weird, I know. I still go nuts for old Tex Avery and Chuck Jones Bugs Bunny cartoons. Those are high art in my opinion and I can watch them over and over with just as much (if somewhat different) joy I did as a kid.

    Most of the other shows I loved when younger haven’t held up as well, unfortunately. “Greatest American Hero”, “Dukes of Hazzard”, “A-Team” and such are pretty bad.

  42. The Atomic Punk

    Since my HeroMachine name is from an old Champions character, I stayed with the gas mask. Tried some other designs, but Gravatar icons are small. So I stayed with something simple and easily recognizable. The colors are inspired by my favorite sports teams and heritage. Or, as I say, Mein Blut ist Deutsch aber mein Herz ist Amerikaner.

    @Dan: That’s how I know your Avatar! I love “Midnight Madness.” As an 80s-arcade rat, I related to that movie.

    @Jeff: There we go… what’s one of your favorite full-size arcade games? I have way too many to list (circa 1979 – 1993), but I would put the original “Star Wars” stick-graphic game up there.

  43. I chose deadpool as my gravatar because he is awesome, my favorite comic character, and I feel we think a lot alike. Which is kinda scary when I come to think of it LOL Well Jeff, here I am again at a time I get to ask you a question yet I have forgotten them all. I think of so many all the time but I have drawn a blank, no pun intended. So…If you were a transformer what would you be and would you be good or bad. I choose good and hot rod.

  44. Hey guys, I don’t mean to hijack this thread, but I thought you might like to know that the finished artwork of the 9 winning contest submissions is up on the Facebook page. You can easily get there by clicking my name. Thanks!

  45. McKnight57:

    Question for Jeff (and everyone, as usual): If you could make yourself into a character, which medium would you use and in which genre would you place it?

    Okay, sure, I’ll take a crack at it. I’m going to go with film noire. It’s not necessarily my favorite genre (I’m more of a sci-fi guy), but I love the period that those films are set in, and frankly there’s something cool about almost all the guys wearing suits and fedoras everywhere. Also, since the hero of film noire is the everyman, I’d essentially be me just me dealing with a series of unusual murders, or the disappearance of a priceless valuable, or what have you.

    And frankly, look at my avatar again. Are you really that surprised?

  46. Myro: Okay, sure, I’ll take a crack at it.I’m going to go with film noire.It’s not necessarily my favorite genre (I’m more of a sci-fi guy), but I love the period that those films are set in, and frankly there’s something cool about almost all the guys wearing suits and fedoras everywhere.Also, since the hero of film noire is the everyman,I’d essentially be me just me dealing with a series of unusual murders, or the disappearance of a priceless valuable, or what have you.

    And frankly, look at my avatar again.Are you really that surprised?

    So you’re going as yourself in Chinatown/Maltese Falcon? Okay. Kinda cool. You’ll like one of the later issues of the comic then, when we do a 30’s era flashback.

  47. Nick Hentschel

    In my case, the Kermit-on-a-bike icon has several meanings:

    A) my lifelong love of the Muppets
    B) the fact that I’m cyclist, and not a driver.
    C) the ironic fact that my bike is actually GREEN!!!

    It may be funnier to me than it is to you, but there it is.

  48. The only avatar I have on any website (that I remember) is of one of my DnD characters, Aaron Irving, used as my avatar on the Wizards of the Coast forums. At the time, he was my most recent character, and so I used him. I should probably update the avatar some day.

    As for my question… I’ve been looking for some good reference pictures of “hide armor” to help me draw a picture of one of the player characters in the playtesting sessions I’ve had for the game I’ve been making. When I first searched on the internet for “Hide Armor” on Yahoo! Images, most of what I got was basically the same picture of the same piece of equipment from the same video game. Not so good for references… I then tried “Historical Hide Armor,” and somehow the addition of the word “Historical” caused the results to include a bunch of hentai, in addition to the previous results. A friend of mine suggested I search for “Viking Hide Armor,” “Anglo-Saxon Hide Armor,” and “Pictish Hide Armor,” all three of which mostly got me pictures of chainmail, rather than hide armor (no hentai, though). Another friend of mine suggested to just draw the character with a bear’s skin draped on him, which definitely fits the definition of “hide,” but not the definition of “armor,” and which also wouldn’t apply given the fact that the character in question is probably too large to simply “wear a bear” (the character’s height is about 1.85 times as tall as an average man, and the width of both shoulders put together is about the same distance as an average man’s height). So my question is: Do you know of any good reference pictures of hides used as armor, or do you at least have any tips for drawing hide armor? So far, I’ve begun drawing an outline of what’s basically a skirt made of a bunch of hides sewn together with sinew in a patchwork manner to cover the character’s upper legs, which I don’t know if that’s even realistic for an effective piece of armor, let alone if it’ll look halfway decent in the final drawing… I have no idea how to go about drawing the torso armor.

  49. Here is a larger image of my avatar (which I just added on gravatar but have been using on skype for a while now):

    http://www.deviantart.com/download/101510209/Karas__Love_and_Peace_by_MischievousMartian.jpg

    For those of you who don’t know, this is a picture of Karas (a demonic ninja) destroying a cyborg demon. He is the main character of the two movie anime series Karas the Prophecy and Karas the Revelation. The reason I chose this as my avatar is because I am a huge anime fan, and if it weren’t for Bleach karas would be my all time favorite anime ever created. Karas has taken two of the things I love most (demons and ninja) and combined them into pure awesome. And it’s not only demons and ninja, but robots too. At one point you actually have a demon ninja who fuses with a subway train to become a demon ninja robot dragon, I kid you not. Anyway, I could get all Karas fanboy for hours probably, but that’s why I choose the image. As to the question: What type of superhero (flyer, elemental, teleporter etc.) would you really like to see in comics that you haven’t really seen? Also, if I were a character I would be in a crossover fantasy. I would be possessed by a demon who would grant me mental manipulation powers (as well as enhanced physical attributes and senses) as long as I used those powers for my own ends and trolled a lot and what have you. Basically the demon would be board and want to see what selfish and funny things I did with those powers.

  50. Well, I’m on my fourth avatar at the moment. It’s my version of Ox from Thrusts of Justice. He’s the son of a mixed race, Austrian couple who immigrated to The U.K. He started out as a super criminal on the British Isles, but has since fled to the U.S.(eight letters from where he was before) to avoid persecution, but began commiting crimes again, because that is just who he is.

    No question for Jeff at the moment.

  51. If you do a Google image search for “Phoenix or Bust”, you can see the full image of mine–it isn’t in Bakanekonei/ToolKitten’s deviant gallery anymore. (Er, some of his work is not so safe for work. It’s beautiful, though.)

    It has no personal significance; I just like it, and swiped it.

    What’s your dream vacation destination?

  52. I deliberately have avoided making an avatar for the same reason I have no tattoos, piercings, brands, and no jewelry but my wedding ring. I change my mind too much. Umm–if I was to make myself a character, I’d probably be a w—–g s—-rt—-e like –ooh, that might spoil part of a movie. Uhh–see Inkheart. Combining and traveling instantly could be wonderful; the meetings and situ I would arrange–oh, my. Jeff? If I was to get funding for a non-profit charity production involving art I made using hm3, should I name you or the site as “consultant?” I doubt it would be enough to get a tax break, but it would be something ‘scrapbookable’ if I got a receipt and mailed it to you.

  53. question(if it’s not too late): what do u think of the trailer for the Hobbit movie?

  54. McKnight57: Question for Jeff (and everyone, as usual): If you could make yourself into a character, which medium would you use and in which genre would you place it?

    I’d love to be a fully painted Alex Ross character in the “Marvels” setting. Gorgeous book.

  55. The Atomic Punk: @Jeff: There we go… what’s one of your favorite full-size arcade games? I have way too many to list (circa 1979 – 1993), but I would put the original “Star Wars” stick-graphic game up there.

    We had an arcade literally three doors down from our house for a while growing up. It was awesome. Our favorite game was “Xevious” (you can actually play it at that link!), this odd little vertical scrolling bombing/Galaga type of thing. I don’t know why that caught our attention, but it did. I also liked “Ms. Pac-Man”, partly because we had a sit-down table at Pizza Hut where I worked in later years.

  56. Jadebrain: Do you know of any good reference pictures of hides used as armor, or do you at least have any tips for drawing hide armor?

    If I hear “hide armor” I immediately think “leather with some fur”. I mean, to make it armor you’d have to turn it into leather. Otherwise it’d basically rot.

    Anyway, I did a Google Images search for “Animal Skin Armor” and got a few decent results.

    Mostly I think you’re looking at an animal pelt like a leopard or zebra or bear, with straps of leather holding it in place and maybe bits of studded leather on top like at a shoulder or a partial breastplate or something. If it’s kept a pelt or hide instead of being tanned into actual leather, it’s going to have to have something to keep it in position while running about fighting.

  57. X-stacy: What’s your dream vacation destination?

    My buddy John went to Florence in college and I always thought that looked like an awesome destination. Somewhere in the Mediterranean, definitely.

  58. Herr D: Jeff? If I was to get funding for a non-profit charity production involving art I made using hm3, should I name you or the site as “consultant?” I doubt it would be enough to get a tax break, but it would be something ‘scrapbookable’ if I got a receipt and mailed it to you.

    You’re free to use the images however you like with no obligation to credit me at all — I just create the tool, YOU make the image. But if you want to credit HeroMachine.com in some way, that would be great!

  59. FRM:
    question(if it’s not too late): what do u think of the trailer for the Hobbit movie?

    I am already in full lockdown Cone of Silence Mode on this one. I’m definitely going to see it no matter what, so the only thing a trailer can do is spoil part of it instead of letting me see it for the first time.

  60. Gabe Puratekuta

    Mine’s pretty simple. I found the original picture while looking around and decided to use it as an avatar for a couple IMs. I use it here for the same reason

  61. Mine’s pretty simple too; it’s an avatar I made ages ago in HeroMachine 2. I use it because it looks (somewhat) like me.