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Hi all! Marx here, once and future contributing artist. It has been... Wow!It's been two-and-half years since my last post when I introduced a series of new suit coats. Apparently, I am still on a contemporary fashion kick because I'm back - this time with shirts.

I've found that HM simply does not offer enough button-down shirts that coordinate and layer well with other HM options. While there are plenty to choose from, either they don't fit with a coat over them, or with a neck tie, or tucked into pants, or untucked, or the sleeves were the wrong length, or the collar was too open, or not open enough.

So I put together a collection of 24 items that can be used to create pretty much any kind of contemporary button down shirt. You can mix and match any of these pieces. They conform to the standard body, so you can layer coats over them, or use them with pants either tucked in or untucked. They all use the same sleeves, so you can also customize the sleeve length and shape. And there a options for customizing the pocket(s).

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Best of all, I created all 24 items for both male and female. You'll find these new items in Tops > MaleStandard and Tops > FemaleStandard. (As usual it's strongly recommended to clear your browser cache to see the new items - but be careful when doing so, since you could be loosing all your saved files. Better if you save those externally as text files beforehand.)

Yes, admittedly the collars should have gone in Neckwear, and the pockets in Insignia, and the epaulets etc. in Shoulders, and the cuffs in Gloves. But these items were all designed to work together, and so I felt it was worth while to group them all together.

Just to inspire you, I've put together a montage of various contemporary looks that you can assemble with these pieces. Hopefully, I got these out in time to see a few more in the first round of JR's Friday Night Fights.

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Enjoy everyone. I'll post again in another year or two.

Character Design Challenge #169 (Companion Design Challenge) Winner

Honourable Mentions: Superfly30- T-Mech & Vectorman316- Fisticuffs

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Winner: Suleman- The Falconer

Pop Quiz – “Make a Spectacle(s) of Yourself!”

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On May 14th, 1956, Buddy Holly got a prescription for contact lenses. He couldn't get used to wearing them so he continued to use his trademark glasses. 

Your Pop Quiz challenge is to design a truly original, one of a kind, set of eyeglasses. You can display these glasses in any way you wish…but be warned…the only thing that will be taken into account in the judging will be the design of the glasses.

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 :,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 filesas [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 6pm Eastern on Sunday, May 15th .

Anime Talk: My Spring 2016 Top 5 Anime

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Well with the 2016 Spring anime season about halfway over I figured now would be a good time to tell you my top five anime from this season. I will only be including Anime that began this season and not ones that just have new seasons out now. So without further delay let us begin.

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Return of Friday Night Fights

Hey guys, JR here and I'm gonna try something that hasn't been done in a while. For those of you who aren't aware, the Friday Night Fights is a character design contest style tournament that takes place each Friday (hence the name). Jeff and Kaldath have both done a few contests but we haven't had one in 2 years due to a bad turn out with the last one. But for a pessimist I'm pretty optimistic (why do you think I'm posting this on Friday 13th) and I think we can actually get enough people to make the idea work again.

So, what actually happens. Well, I need at least 8 people as a bare minimum to make this work and 16 as a maximum. There will be 4 rounds (provided we get more than the minimum 8 people, otherwise there will only be 3 rounds) each with a different theme. Each entrant needs to design a character based on each theme and submit them all before the FNF starts. The first round will be a qualification round if we don't get 16 entrants, where the creators of the top 8 images will advance to the next round, where they will be randomly placed into pairs and the tournament starts, so one creator facing off against another in a head to head contest and the winner advancing to the next round until we have an overall winner for the whole thing. I'll be bringing back polls for this contest, so each round will be voted for by you guys, so there's no judges deciding who goes through or who wins each round. Everything clear so far? If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments.

Now the important stuff. Rules and entry requirements:

  • You can only submit one entry for each category, so only four pictures from each contestant.
  • Your entries must have been made for this contest.
  • Each entry must be names thus: Creator- Character Name- Category
  • All entries must be sent by email (all four pictures in one email please, to save confusion) to me at jr19759@hotmail.co.uk by Wednesday 1st June. Any entries submitted after that will be ignored.
  • No backgrounds. Characters only.
  • Please do not post your entries on the internet before you are eliminated or the contest is over.

And with that, the categories:

Week 1- Modern (Normal people)

Week 2- Fantasy (Paladins, Mages, Dwarves, Elves, Trolls, Orcs etc.)

Week 3- Sci-Fi (Aliens, Spacemen, Cosmic Beings etc.)

Week 4- Superheroes/ Supervillains

And with that, JR out.

Character Design Challenge #169- Companion Design Challenge

Ok guys for this weeks CDC I want you to create a character/ image using something from one or more of the items from the Companions item slot. You can do what ever you like, provided you don't just stick a companion in front of a back ground and call it good, be a bit creative. You can use the companion as the base for a pose, mask it for parts (the wings of the Pegasus for example, or the feet or tail from one of the dinos) or something along those lines.

As per usual, no limits on the number of entries and the contest will close at midnight Saturday (blog time). Please read the contest rules before entering, have fun and good luck.

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges that I am hosting: Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters, no characters based on RPG’s or other games. The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warnings. Only post characters that you have either created for this contest specifically or you know for certain have never been entered to a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests and check.

Pop Quiz – Choo Choo Me Home – Winner!

Let the foot/shoe puns begin!

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Join me in congratulating  Herr D  for the win! Special shout out to Drinkfluid for his armored entry as well. Nice job folks!

Character Design Challenge #168 (Inhuman) Winner

Honourable Mentions: Xinmodic- Underground Beast & Superfly30- Reaver

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Winner: djuby- Bladewalker

Pop Quiz – “Choo Choo Me Home.”

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On May 7th, 1941, Glenn Miller and His Orchestra recorded "Chattanooga Choo Choo."

Your Pop Quiz challenge is to design a train engine. The only stipulation is that you do not use any of the ready made  train images found on HeroMachine.

Other than that, let your imagination guide you. Maybe it’s an engine that would have driven Cleopatra and Mark Anthony through Ancient Alexandria, or a futuristic ultra high speed engine.

 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 :,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 filesas [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 6pm Eastern on Sunday, May 8th .

Submission Box: Extra Frames – Tracer and Pose Design 101

This video was submitted by Tuldabar to Jeff who then sent it to me to take a look at. I found it to be interesting and entertaining and while it focuses mostly on gaming animators the lessons within can be applied to us the HeroMachine community and our work on custom poses!

Credit to The Youtube Channel Extra Credits which can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCODtTcd5M1JavPCOr_Uydg