As I say in the video, I will probably be going back to the costume and having a mess around with it, because I’m not entirely happy with it and the video would be an hour long if I recorded until I was happy with it. If I have any interesting ideas that I think could make good content for a video, I’ll include them at the start of next weeks video. Also, remember to say which you’d like me to do a tutorial of next week, anime style face and hair or normal face and hair.
Come on lets go and play!
Sorry, had to.
Anyway, this weeks contest is veeeeeery simple. I want you to build a snowman… and that’s it. Just make a creative snowman. I said it was simple right. And just incase it isn’t snowing outside just yet, you are allowed to use Heromachine
As per usual, no limits on entries this week and the contest will close at midnight Saturday (blog time). The winner gets to claim a custom made item from dblade to be put into heromachine, so long as the item conforms to his prize rules, which you can find here: http://www.heromachine.com/forum/the-heromachine-art-gallery/dblades-whiz-bang-item-dispenser/. 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 pictures and images 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.
In an unprecedented turn of events, I have come to the conclusion that someone is taking the piss. How the hell do we end up with two draws two weeks running? Would someone please like to explain that to me. It must be much harder to choose between creations made on the older versions on the ‘machine than I thought.
Anyway, this weeks winners are Shadaout for Darkwing Enforger and Vampyrist for Carver. As with last week, I’ll leave it to you guys to sort out what’s going on with the prize. Well done to our two winners, the other poll competitors (it was actually a very close poll, 8 votes between all of them) and to everyone who entered.
Ok, I’ll admit I was a tad mean with this weeks CDC curveball, but it’s not fun to be predictable. But the fact that he couldn’t enter it into the contest didn’t stop AMS from carrying on his redesigns of his character The Ankh, whom he entered into the HM1 contest and then recreated for the HM2.5 Contest.
So, it’s an AMS picture, y’all know what to expect. Fantastically simple costumes that still manage to knock your socks off (see the top, which is a nice combination of two tops and some shoulder items, masked so they all fit together like they were a single item), peerless shading (do I need to give examples here?), posing and expression (look how fierce the expression is) and that finishing touch that just takes his work that extra little way (in this case the background, which appears to be a combination of three different background techniques. The first being the stars, which are masked to a background square. Then you have a gradient circle, which is also masked to a background square, to give the black corners. Then finally, over the top of the previous two elements, there is the gradient square, which is set to Colour 2 as White and Colour 1 is set to 0% alpha, then flipped upside down, so it looks like the background is fading into the white base. Well, that’s how I’d do it anyway). So yeah, your standard AMS work. That is to say, it’s freakin’ sublime.
Alright! It’s time for another Open Critique Day!
As for how this goes, you post a work of yours, finished or WIP (aka work in process, for those who are new to abbreviations), and then others give you critiques on your work. I do not mind if you post the occasional non-HM picture or piece of writing, but keep in mind that, though there are some, not all of us here are writers or do art outside of HeroMachine. All I ask is that you only post pictures that are your own design and not any that copyrighted or based off of copyrighted characters. As for pieces of writing, I’m not sure about whether fan fiction is allowed, but for right now, just in case, don’t post fan fiction either.
Also, again, if you post a work, it is highly recommended that you also give someone else a critique. Throughout the day, when I’m not busy with class, I’ll also post critiques.
This week we’ll keep it short and sweet with the Big Question. Like the previous 2, this one is going to be heromachine related.
So, question is, what Blog series, past or present, is/ was your favourite? Personally I’d have to go with the Power User Profiles. It’s nice to learn more about the people who use this site and, as we have a Hall of Fame for pictures but not one for users, it’s nice to reward those who contribute to the community.
So, over to you guys. What’s your favourite blog series that we’ve had on the Heromachine Blog?