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October 25, 2012
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therianthrope said
Yeah, looking back at some of the early ones, there are some things that bother me here and there but I think it's worth preserving their flawed states http://www.heromachine.com/blog/wp-includes/images/smilies/icon_razz.gif

I mostly definitely agree with this. It feels pretty good comparing one's earliest work to newer creations. And you can always remake them later, if you are so inclined.

The dwarf looks great! I love the symphony of beards he's got going on, there.
The highlighting looks pretty solid. A trick I use is imagining from where the light is coming (I usually go with the upper left corner). This makes it easier to figure out where shadows and highlights should be placed. The placement of the light source can also affect the "feel" of a picture (a more fitting word escapes me at the moment..). A charging soldier in shining metal armour would look more imposing with the light hitting him in the front, sending reflections from his armour into the eyes of his enemy, while a sneaky bloke might look better with the light source behind him, obscuring his features.

Hope that's of any use. Otherwise, sorry for rambling http://www.heromachine.com/blog/wp-content/forum-smileys/sf-smile.gif

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June 17, 2013
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Hey all!

So, when last you heard from me it was I guess about 9 months ago and I was HM3ing up a storm. Well, at that time I was unemployed so it was great I didn't have anything better to do, but then right around the last time you heard from me, I got a job. And between that and other life events, I've been too preoccupied to do anything new, and I basically just stopped making Heroes. Well, I've come back with a new one.

Here's an NPC from the campaign I'm running. Basically she's a young Sioux girl who has an affinity for speaking with spirits of man, as well as reading minds. Nothing particularly interesting or complex about it, more just a little vignette meant to tell a small bit of a story…

http://i721.photobucket.com/albums/ww217/therianthrope/Seer_zps32729616.jpg

Hopefully, I'll have the time and inspirado to be around a bit more often.

June 18, 2013
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So, turns out I found some things I wanted to do.

This one's not a hero portrait, per se (perhaps more like a villain?), just a story in a picture. Enjoy.

http://i721.photobucket.com/albums/ww217/therianthrope/BottledUp_zpseee98055.jpg

AND the re-touched version.

http://i721.photobucket.com/albums/ww217/therianthrope/BottledUp2_zpsc505fb53.png

June 19, 2013
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Great work on the faces.Smile

Attention to details. The little things can add up and can be the difference between a good design and a bad one.
June 20, 2013
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Thanks, Hammerknight!

Now that I've started making things again, I realize I missed it quite a bit.

Next in line here I have this dragoon knight. This is mainly just a proof of concept to myself… doesn't particularly thrill me except for the saddle, especially with the losses incurred going through photobucket – but what are ya gonna do? Still figured it's worth sharing.

http://i721.photobucket.com/albums/ww217/therianthrope/DragRider_zps499d1e2f.jpg

AND the re-done pic:

http://i721.photobucket.com/albums/ww217/therianthrope/DragRider_zps6e81a00f.png

June 21, 2013
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Decided it was about time to do a self-portrait, so this happened…

http://i721.photobucket.com/albums/ww217/therianthrope/SelfPort_zpsed1d3c99.png

June 21, 2013
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Awh, man! Yell If you were going to pose for a self-portrait, couldn't you AT LEAST have brushed your tail?!

Someone asked me had I lost my mind, and I replied that it was still at the other end of my eyestalks. They grumbled about signing the non-disclosure forms. Such a useless behavior, even for a h- um, a person with a lot to do.--Hairy Deewon
June 24, 2013
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Heh, what can I say? I like to go au natural.

June 25, 2013
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Here's the latest in my story-telling line… This one was quite a bit of fun. Hope you like!

(P.S. similar to the dragoon knight, you'd have to right-click and go to "View Image" to see the whole thing…)

http://i721.photobucket.com/albums/ww217/therianthrope/Sacrifice_zpsaf303079.png

June 26, 2013
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My wife's a big AiW fan, so I made her this real quick-like today.

http://i721.photobucket.com/albums/ww217/therianthrope/WhiteRabbit_zps37e1c9f1.png

Also, if you were unsure, he is a public domain character…

July 2, 2013
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Here's another avatar request from a Shadowrun forum member. Was supposed to look like your average corp wage-slave, a grey-man if you will, nothing particularly challenging or interesting in the work. Just here for completeness' sake.

http://i721.photobucket.com/albums/ww217/therianthrope/Giraffe_zps1cc23716.png

July 2, 2013
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Good stuff Theri. Shadowrun always a favorite of mine. Long live Dunkelzahn!

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July 2, 2013
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Oof, that White Rabbit is giving me the creeps. Reminds me of one of Doctor Moreau's creations from the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

July 5, 2013
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Thanks, Torog! Have you been following the 5th Edition release?

@Jackal – Excellent! It was definitely American McGee inspired… meant to be unnerving.

August 6, 2013
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So, back in October of 2012 I posted the avatar of my character from the Pathfinder campaign I was playing in. Well, here we are in August of 2013 and we're still playing that campaign. And whereas in the original avatar my PC was a 3rd or 4th level Fighter (Freehand Archetype), now he is 12th Level (7 Freehand Fighter/5 Duelist). Here is his new avatar, complete with all magic items he now has.
http://i721.photobucket.com/albums/ww217/therianthrope/Freehand12_zps7ea0ddaf.png

Quite the transformation if I do say so myself… what do you think?

Also, never realized how easy it is to shade using patterns until now >.<

August 6, 2013
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Lots of amazing! The right-hand "glove" is genius as a detail to the left. The expression on his face is "come at me" and you're not going to win the duel. Which brings us to the sword. Great pose altogether. Like he is offering his sword with a master's confidence. Sehr gut! I mean… en garde!

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August 7, 2013
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That is some pretty nice work there my friend. Keep it up.

"Critics who treat adult as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish, these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence."- C.S Lewis
August 7, 2013
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Hey, thanks for the kind words, Punk and JR! I'm glad the emotion carries over.

After putting that up on an RPG forum yesterday, I got another avatar request for a PC. This time it's a paladin of Iomedae, "well-built but not agile, wearing banded mail with jet-black hair and the holy symbol on his shield".

http://i721.photobucket.com/albums/ww217/therianthrope/A4BG_zps750cc54b.png

I first approached it with a charging smite-attack pose, but the player felt "a serious expression, in a defensive posture, sword at the ready" fit the PC better. I'll probably finish up the charging attack one tomorrow just for fun.

August 8, 2013
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Yeah, so somehow the charging paladin turned into a Shark Week tribute… funny how the creative process works sometimes, huh? Enjoy.

http://i721.photobucket.com/albums/ww217/therianthrope/Charge_zpsd1218816.png

August 9, 2013
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Alright, so you guys won me over. Took about a year, but I've come around. I used to feel like the shading techniques didn't really add much to the works. I felt like it just took a stylized cartoonish drawing and made it look like a poorly rendered, stylized cartoonish CG. That if you chose your colors well enough you didn't really need to do the highlights and shading. What factored into it more than those feelings though, was that it probably doubled the amount of time it took me to do a piece. Well, it's growing on me aesthetically, and as I've become more and more familiar with the system and the techniques, it's become much quicker to do.

That said, I've started going back through my old works and adding shading. I'm just going to add the redone pic in the original post, for easy comparisons sake. So far I've only done the cigarette flicking ork, and the fairy in the bottle. Enjoy!

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