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Just wanted to wish the entire HeroMachine Community a very Happy New Year!

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all the Hero Machiners out there. Happiness and joy to you and your families.

Busy, busy, busy…

Due to a busier than normal production schedule, the semester coming to an end, and the holidays fast approaching, I find myself unable to resume the Costume Blog and Pop Quiz at this time. My hope is that they will return early in the new year.

Thanks to our Veterans

From one veteran to all others, that you for your service. Our true heroes are the ones that  are welling to give all for our freedom. You serve for what you believe in, and should be proud of it. This also goes out to the Military Members, Fire and Rescue, Law Enforcement, Correctional Officers, and Paramedics. To everyone that is welling to protect and serve. I thank you and I am proud to call you brother/sister. God bless.

November 2nd Pop Quiz Winner!

atomicpunk-citrine Calvary_Red-Emperor_of_the_Autumn_Wood KericFallQueen Melmo44-Autumna sorbus__the_wood_nypmph_by_babylonarch-d6sxgke

Five great entries this week, and as always the decision is never as easy as it initially seems. Have gone back and forth on this one a few times, but I’ve got to give it to The Atomic Punk this week, although Calvary Red was a VERY close second. Good job everyone. Congratulations!


On a personal note, the next month is going to be very busy professionally as I am working on four shows simultaneously. As such I will not have time to post the Costume Blog for the next little while. I should be back up an running the first week in December to return to the blog and post the Pop Quiz on December 6th.


Pop Quiz – November 2nd, 2013 – The Spirit of Autumn


Your Pop Quiz Challenge for November is to create a sprite, fairy, nymph or any other creature for that matter, which resides in, and embodies the spirit of, the autumn forest.

You only get one entry so be creative, and above all else, have fun!

All entries must be in JPG or PNG form (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like the HeroMachine forums,ImageShackPhotoBucket, or whatever);

  • Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name;
  • The image must be new and designed specifically for the Pop Quiz;
  • No copyrighted characters please – they will be deleted.
  • Please name your files as [your name]-[character name].[file extension] before you upload it. So DiCicatriz, for instance, would save his “Bayou Belle” character image as DiCicatriz-BayouBelle.png.
  • Please make the link go directly to the image (like this) and not to a hosting jump page (like this). See this post on how to get the direct link for most sites.

This contest will close at 9pm Eastern on Sunday, November 3rd.

Make It Sew: The Costume Blog: Legends – Irene Sharaff

Nominated for fifteen Academy Awards, charismatic costumer Irene Sharaff once declared “you can acquire chic and elegance, but style itself is a a rare thing”. During her long and distinguished career, Sharaff became known as much for her meticulous attention to detail and her sense of colour as for her versatility in adapting to many genres and periods. For this, she drew inspiration from a wide variety of sources, which included impressionist and post-impressionist painting.
Irene Sharaff received her training from the New York School of Fine and Applied Arts, the Arts Student League and at La Grande Chaumiere in Paris. Her first work in the world of fashion was as illustrator for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. She then served a two-year apprenticeship as assistant designer under Aline Bernstein at the Civic Repertory Theatre Company. Her first own creations appeared on Broadway in 1932. Her versatility also encompassed designing for the American Ballet Theater and the New York City Ballet. Her private time was spent sculpting and painting.
Sharaff eventually attracted the attention of Hollywood producers. However, she would only spend a total of four years under contract: at MGM, for the Arthur Freed unit, between 1943 and 1945; and at RKO from 1946 to 1948. The rest of her time in Hollywood was strictly free-lance. At MGM, her use of vibrant colours (she was fond of saying, that she saw everything “in blocks of colour”), became ideally suited to the new Technicolor process. An understanding of movement in the design of dresses also became a key element in her work on musicals. Sharaff did her best designs in the 1950′s on Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), An American in Paris (1951), Guys and Dolls (1955) and The King and I (1956). For the latter, she created history twice: first, by convincing Yul Brynner to shave his head; secondly, for her prodigious use of Thai silk, which created such a stir in the world of high fashion that the product ended up becoming Thailand’s number one export.


From the late 1950′s, Sharaff often alternated work on the same production for both Broadway and Hollywood, notably West Side Story , Flower Drum Song and Funny Girl . She became a favorite costumer of Elizabeth Taylor, designing in starkly contrasting styles the bohemian/swinging sixties outfits she wore in The Sandpiper (1965), her flowing, ornate renaissance dress in The Taming of the Shrew (1967) and, in collaboration with Renié, her opulent costumes for Cleopatra(1963).


Personal Quotes: Yes, you may enter Miss Dunaway’s dressing room, but first you must throw a raw steak in – to divert her attention.
Academy Awards


Nominated Best Costume Design
The Other Side of Midnight (1977)


Nominated Best Costume Design
Hello, Dolly! (1969)



Nominated Best Costume Design
The Taming of the Shrew (1967)


Won Best Costume Design, Black-and-White
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)


Won Best Costume Design, Color
Cleopatra (1963)


Won Best Costume Design, Color
West Side Story (1961)
Nominated Best Costume Design, Color
Flower Drum Song (1961)


Nominated Best Costume Design, Color
Can-Can (1960)


Nominated Best Costume Design, Color
Porgy and Bess (1959)


Won Best Costume Design, Color
The King and I (1956)


Nominated Best Costume Design, Color
Guys and Dolls (1955)


Nominated Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color
A Star Is Born (1954)
Best Costume Design, Color
Brigadoon (1954)
Best Costume Design, Color
A Star Is Born (1954)


Nominated Best Costume Design, Color
Call Me Madam (1953)


Won Best Costume Design, Color
An American in Paris (1951)

24hr Caption Contest and Anime Talk Delayed

Due to me not feeling well, and being in a bit of pain ( Last weekend of work was busy, and I twisted my ankle ) I haven’t been able to focus on my posts for today so I will be writing them later and posting them tomorrow ( Wednesday)  instead of today.

10 Characters Wearing Heroic Sunglasses

Today we bring you a guest post from Eunisse C. De Leon, a writer who’s interested in Asian culture and anything art and design-related. I hope you’ll give her a warm HeroMachine welcome!

A typical superhero wears form-fitting clothes, a cape, and a mask to complete their image but characters are now tweaking their signature look. While most superheroes hide their identities under a mask, there are those who prefer to give a hint while still leaving an air of mystery.

This list welcomes the 10 protagonists from comic books, animated films and series, and the gaming world who opted to wear cool sunglasses instead of the usual mask that makes them look like burglars instead of someone who saved the day.

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