Once more into the crapper

On a dare, Hammerknight can show you how to make your own toilet in HeroMachine 3:

I can't decide what's more alarming, that someone drew a toilet or that someone dared someone to do it. Speaking of which, have you ever noticed how un-toilet-friendly most superhero gear is? No zippers, layers of armor, spandex out the wazoo, and an almost sinister lack of access to said wazoo in the first place.

Anyway, the speculation last week over just how he got the book pages in his grimoire was really entertaining, so we're introducing a new feature this week -- "Guess How!"

Take a look at this Hammerknight effort and see if you can guess how it was done, either just explaining what you think the tricks are, or trying to replicate it yourself (link to show your work!):

I'll post the answer key after folks've had a chance to give it a try. Thanks HK, should be fun!

17 Responses to Once more into the crapper

  1. logan says:

    u make two bodys one backwards an one front wards

  2. logan says:

    u make two bodys one backwards an one frontwards

  3. The Doomed Pixel says:

    Not that impressive a trick. He masked the dress in the mirror , but that’s it; the background continues smoothly from, in the mirror and out, and you can see her hair and bow sticking out of the mirror in some of the holes in the border. I’m led to believe he didn’t bother masking her right arm in the mirror; it’s covered up by her actual body. Other than that, a pretty easy bit, all in all.

  4. Me, Myself & I says:

    The mirror is a pretty cool idea HK. Doomed Pixel is right that it would be surprisingly easy to accomplish but the mirror image is very effective none the less. It would require a lot of attention to detail to pull off well. The mirror effect could be improved by taking another background and changing the sizes so that it only fills the reflective surface in the mirror. This was very creative.

    What disturbs me about the toilet is that it includes head gear (a mask to be specific). That is somehow wrong.

  5. Me, Myself & I says:

    Actually the toilet being skin color kind of freaks me out to.

  6. Hammerknight says:

    I was working on this late, really late at night and I realized after I sent it to Jeff, that I forgot to put in a background for the mirror itself. I wasn’t trying to do a real impressive trick with it, I was just trying to show other ways that HM3 can be used. The picture does require attention to detail as MMI stated. MMI I’m glad that you said how you would do the mirrors background, it is comments like that one that makes this post helpful to others. So I guess my mistake(forgetfulness) made a good example of paying attention to detail.

  7. Hammerknight says:

    About the toilets color, I was going for an ivory color, but I missed it. Color names on the colors are wonderful, but sometimes being color blind can still let you make little errors.

  8. Me, Myself & I says:

    All in all, I thought the mirror was really good; well done.

    The skin color toilet still scares me though. 😉 heh

  9. Tim says:

    I think it looks great HK!

  10. Me, Myself & I says:

    I thought I’d try my hand at the mirror idea as well. For anyone else trying, I would suggest keeping the hair style really simple. Nice and straight is far easier than curly.


  11. Hammerknight says:

    Great Job MMI, on the shirt back you can see the buttons was that to be the dres button up or did it not cover well?

  12. Me, Myself & I says:

    The buttons were actually planned. I added them using very small insignia’s, etc. I just went back and added the ear as well. I figured it would look better with her one ear showing in frnt of her hair.

  13. Cliff says:

    LOL this is SO weird, I did my Back Veiw of my Dino Marine at 4:34AM Thursday July 15, 2010
    Very early, before you posted this thread, possibly whien you were doing yours LOL.
    I am impressed by the mirror image, I can’t see the “goofs” that were mentions, could be due to my eyesight, but looks drn good to me. It’s kewl to see backshots, since you have to get somewhat creative to do them.

    for those that havent seen my post
    here is backshot:

  14. spidercow2010 says:

    Great stuff (as usual), HK! The embroidery down the bodice and on the sleeves is a nice touch.
    I am old enough that I’ve lived in houses that had that exact color toilets. Sinks, too. I think they called it ‘coral.’ Turquoise was also popular (we’re talking 50s-60s).

  15. Cliff says:

    It’s kinda odd to see the Hammerknight Toilet Recipe card dedicated to me, Everyone who sees it will think of me when they see the toilet … of course some people say I am full of crap anyway. 🙂
    Also have to note, that out of the 9 objects it take to make a toilet … 2 are hats and 2 are masks, not clothing one usually thinks of when one thinks of toilets LOL

    Thanks Hammerknight for your HM3 tutorial, great job as alway!

    Since Hammerknight figured out how to make a toilet from my request, I figured I should make use of it, in a picture I like to call “Not a moment too soon!”



    Due to the toilet, I also taught myself to make Toilet Paper, Cabinet Sink, and Overflowing Trash Can … THANKS Hammerknight!!!

  16. Oquies says:

    I had actually been planning on doing a mirror image character.

  17. Hammerknight says:

    Great job Cliff.