META: No PUP today

I dropped the ball on the Power User Profiles and thought I had one ready, when in fact I don't. My apologies, but we'll have no PUP today.

So if you all want to treat this as an open thread, go for it! Discuss anything you like within the bounds of appropriateness. If you have another community member you'd like to see profiled, definitely let me know. Or you could discuss the weather, the "DC52" relaunch, what upcoming super-hero movies you are excited about, college football, or whatever you like.

78 Responses to META: No PUP today

  1. Nomination for Tarkabarka. Haven’t checked out DC52… Ummm…

    Does this look a little too “Avatar?”

  2. Kaylin88100 says:

    Soo…can we make this an OCD? I’ve been missing them since FNF started πŸ™

  3. Kaylin88100 says:

    @The Atomic Punk, slightly…was it intended to be?

  4. Kaylin88100 says:

    Soo…this was an experiment with fitting clothes to a different pose. Critique welcome.
    I’ll probably change the feet at some point, and maybe add hands.

  5. Tarkabarka says:

    Thanks Atomic Punk.

    I nominate Trekkie.

    @The Atomic Punk (1) – Only a little bit. – I like the face tattoo, the pose is simple but show the character have a strong aura. Great coloring work.

    @Kaylin88100 (4) – Yeah perfect fitting. Very hard to make correct cloth for not the standard body. So this is my favourite colors red and black.

  6. Tarkabarka says:

    And if we make an OCD then

    I see the theme in a picture, and i think to make it.

  7. Kaylin88100 says:

    Tarkabarka (6): Wow. That’s brilliant. I really like the hair and the pose. Did you use eyebrows for the grass?

  8. Tarkabarka says:

    @Kaylin88100 (7) – Yes they are eyebrows. I see in Trekkie picture, after i know i made a picture with use the “grasses”. – My big thankfull for Trekkie.

  9. Tarkabarka says:

    @Skybandit (9) – First the good things. – The way of the light is good. I like the door in the background. I have some visually problem. First i think the breathplate is too big, and give a bad size looking. The right forarm direction is not good, it lookes like he broke his own arm. I see a lot of great idea this picture. I think that backgroud is soo good.

  10. Kaylin88100 says:

    Skybandit (9): What Tarkabarka said. The right forearm (our left) looks wrong. You could try flipping the bracer, I think that should help. I don’t agree about the breastplate though, I think that looks OK. I like the background as well, and love the light effects πŸ™‚

  11. Kaylin88100 says:

    In addition to my previous comment: I think the left arm (our right) looks wrong. Arms don’t bend like that. It needs to be straight or bending out if you want the hand like that, not bending in. I see why you did it, though. Here’s a tip for the future: look in a mirror when you want a pose. See if it’s actually possible. It really helps me πŸ™‚

  12. Kaylin88100 says:

    Here’s another one for critique, if anyone wants to. It’s another work in progress.

  13. Kaylin88100 says:

    On a completely different note, I’ll only have 3 days to enter the next contest πŸ™ as I go away on Thursday πŸ™‚

  14. Kaylin88100 says:

    Looking at all those smileys gave me an idea…

  15. Vampyrist says:

    Here’s something I’d like to get critiqued. There is something about it, which I can’t quite put my finger on, which is bugging me.

  16. Kaylin88100 says:

    Why am I the only one commenting on here anymore? It’s getting lonely πŸ™

  17. Dan says:

    I second the vote for Tarkabarka.

  18. Kaylin88100 says:

    @Vampyrist (16): Well, I WOULD critique it, but the UGO forums seem to be down πŸ™
    So, I can’t see it πŸ™

  19. Tarkabarka says:

    @Vampyrist (16) – First of all – Overally this is an awesome picture. I like the idea of a sharkhead pirate and the boat. So what is the visually mistakes. – The side of the boat. – The waves in the front of the boat. The shark men right hand under the handguard. I like the coloring, btw i think this picture is so good.

  20. McKnight57 says:

    Here are the reviews from last week. Currently working on those from this week and gearing up for teaching a one-day class about comics and society this coming Thursday in one of my college courses.

  21. McKnight57 says:

    Vampyrist (16): From what I see it’s as Tarkabarka said, “the right hand under the handguard.” Also, the arms look a bit long for how they’re positioned. It makes him look like a Goomba from the live-action Super Mario Brothers movie. Aside from that, nice image and good lighting.

  22. Kaylin88100 says:

    Ah, I can see it now. So, Vampyrist, I like it πŸ™‚ Lovely colouring and shading, but I agree with Tarkabarka that the side of the boat doesn’t really fit with the front, it looks kinda wrong. I think the wave and the hand work though. Overall, pretty good πŸ™‚

  23. Tarkabarka says:

    @Kaylin88100 (13) – Sorry i don’t see this picture. – Very hard to wrote anything, but i make a try. Personally i have some problem with the pose. It don’t realized me for she is levitate or stand. And i find another color for the wing. Btw i want to see when you really finish the picture.

  24. @Kaylin88100: Not intended to be Avatar, just came out that way. She’s a character from one of my GURPS campaigns some *mumble* years ago. Elves, like humans, were once cave dwellers and hunter-gatherers. Since they are a much older race, I moved their genealogy to the Mesozoic period.

    I like Eagle Spirit, but I would use a chain weapon or a net. When it comes to avians, swords and other melee weapons seem impractical. They would probably use the power of flight to their advantage with ranged weapons or spears.

    Good luck wherever it is you’re going.

    @Tarkabarka: Love Serenya. As her name implies, the scene is very serene.

    @skybandit: I like the highlights. Definitely redo the arms. The feet are small, almost like they couldn’t support the weight of the armor. Maybe a heavier boot?

  25. Trekkie says:

    Thanks Tarkabarka.

    On another note, what DC Relaunch titles have you all been picking up? Are they any good? So far I’ve just got Justice League International #1 (off eBay due to a lack of decent comic shops within reasonable distance). But DC Universe Presents (UK reprint book, not the main DC one) is printing Justice League, Green Lantern and Action Comics #1s. So I’m probably going to be reading that- when it comes out in December.

  26. Kaylin88100 says:

    I seem to be doing a lot of random quick projects today…here’s the latest. Kind of self-explanatory.

  27. Kaylin88100 says:

    OMG she looks cross-eyed πŸ™

  28. Myro says:

    I’m not seeing cross-eyed, Kaylin(28). I am seeing…umm, well…mannish. Raise her head a pixel or two to give her a longer neck. And her pose seems stiff. If you could get her arms to hang down a little more, it would look more natural. Those are just my first impressions.

    I strongly agree with the nominations for both Trekkie and Tarkabarka, and would like to add ajw and McKnight57 to the list.

  29. McKnight57 says:

    Trekkie (26): Since my college’s newspaper has me doing reviews of DC, here are the ones I review each month. I pick up a few more, but here are the main titles in no real order:
    Justice League, Aquaman, Action Comics, Detective Comics, Nightwing, Green Lantern, Green Lantern: New Guardians, Captain Atom, Grifter, Deathstroke, Red Hood & the Outlaws, and Flash.
    Thankfully Justice League #2 is better than #1.

  30. McKnight57 says:

    Myro (29): JUST saw your post. Be kind, rewind. Nominations for what now?

  31. Tarkabarka says:

    So i have an other picture what i really like and want to know what you think for this picture.

    She is Naranda the Angel of Revival

  32. McKnight57 says:

    Tarkabarka (32): You may want to wove the left wing over to the right about 5-8 pixels. Otherwise, very nicely done.

  33. Kaylin88100 says:

    Tarkabarka (32): Very nice picture, except what McKnight57 said, and that there’s a gap between her neck and head because of the extreme angle you’ve put the head at. Could you maybe make the rotation less?

  34. Kaylin88100 says:

    Also looking again the rose looks quite flat.

  35. McKnight57 says:

    Here’s a quick question. Who out there already has a costume for halloween or extra ideas for cheap comic-related ones?

    Also, thanks to folks like Tarkabarka (assuming you’re the one from Hungary) and Myro for actually visiting the review blog and to anyone else who may have read it.

  36. Myro says:

    McKnight (31): Nominations for a future Power User Profile. I think you’ve been making some very good contributions to the HeroMachine community.

  37. Kaylin88100 says:

    @McKnight57 (36): My family don’t do halloween, but I might make something on HM3 or even on 2.5, if I feel like it.

  38. Myro says:

    Oooooh, Halloween. I’m actually on working on dressing like one of my characters. It’s not going to be exact, but… and it’s not going to be cheap.

  39. MartianBlue says:

    @McKnight57 (#22) haha, I thought the same thing, and agree that the goomba-like arms is where the primary problem lies. Very nice composition otherwise vampyrist

  40. Tarkabarka says:

    Thanks Dan and Myro the nominate.

    Yeap the wing a little bit wrong position, the rose directly flat, Now revive and after that full open.

    Mcknight – It’s a hard thing everyone tell Hungary but in the country we call MagyarorszΓ‘g. I see the review but my big problem there is no comic selling in hungary. I knew a very few of the superheroes. I have memories in the early 90-s, when they running comics, but todays only a few run it. (Spiderman, Star Wars, Mangas)

  41. Tarkabarka says:

    In hungary we don’t make halloween. For me this is a very sad day, we call this day The day of the dead with hungarian A Halottak Napja. Everyone goes for the cemetery and bring flowers the grave of the death relatives.

    I make a picture for this to remember my father and grandfather.

  42. Kaylin88100 says:

    OK here is a halloween witch made in HM2.5

  43. TOOL says:

    Sooo, how about them New England Patriots!

  44. Myro says:

    Tool (44): Bah! It’s going to be Detroit Lions v. Buffalo Bills in the SuperBowl. And after that, the Earth is going to explode. Mwah hahahshaha!

  45. Amy Elf says:

    Myro (45) Coming from MI I think, personally, that the world with explode before the Lions get to the Super Bowl…
    if there is still some people who would like to critique another piece of work, I would appreciate it… this was what I was working on for the Tarot contest a while back and it finally got finished since I have been so busy.

  46. Myro says:

    Army Elf – Not seeing any immediate flaws to it. It looks pretty good.

    Also, I’ve been a Lions fan (don’t ask why) for about 20 years now, back to the Barry Sanders days. So, believe me, it’s surreal enough for them to open 5-1 this year, let alone have any chance at the SuperBowl.

  47. Knighthawk says:

    two thoughts:
    1) we should have a heomachine pumpkin carving contest!
    Using only the 3.0 tools make a jack o lantern we could compete in the styles of “Humor”, “Horror” and “How the?”

    2) what happens if Rogue absorbs the blobs power, does she just increase her own gravitational field or does she go super-sized as well?

  48. TOOL says:

    Here’s one I got for critique, it’s my version of headless horseman, another character with little extra to him. I’m still having trouble pulling some pieces of my art into a full picture with background, that’s why I usually just focus on the character. With the competition getting stiff on here as it’s been I would like to learn how to really finish off a character with a nice appropriate setting, any ideas on how to really make a good background?

    I like that we can have these times to do what we want on a blog together even if Jeff forgot the PUP. How about we make it a contest πŸ™‚ entries end once we hit 75 comments and the theme being just “Fantasy” with the last PUP as judge ans the winner gets bragging rights but is still open to critique?

  49. TOOL says:

    Heres an entry for me, it kinda has a background to it, it’s a remake of a necromancer character I put into a critique a while back. Hope you guys like the updated version.

  50. McKnight57 says:

    Myro (37): I appreciate even 1 nomination. It means even more coming from someone who was one of the first to have a PUP. As for the halloween thing, since I’m the same height as Robert Downey, Jr and already have the goatee (yep, I’m one of those), I’m gonna go with a suit and arc reactor underneath and just be Tony Stark.

  51. Worf says:

    @TOOL(51): I can’t really fault any particular thing in your picture, but I kinda expect a necromancer image to be somewhat darker. For me, all that white in the background spoils it. I know that simply sticking a black rectangle there will hide a lot of what you’re trying to show, but maybe a dark brown “ground” a black “sky” and a moonglow to highlight the upper part? Just a thought…..

  52. Worf says:

    @Knighthawk(48): on the second question: Is the Blob’s size part of his power description? I admit I don’t remember much about him from the comics, but if the movie was right he got big from overeating and it had nothing to do with it, so then it would be a no. I however detract that statement if anyone has a better memory and being big WAS part of his “powerset”. πŸ˜‰

  53. Worf says:

    Also, as far as Football is concerned, you guys are all wrong and the Giants are getting their stuff together and making the Superbowl this year. hehehehehehehe πŸ˜› πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰

  54. Worf says:

    @Myro(39): I’d love to see a picture of that costume once it’s completed.

  55. Worf says:

    OH and as far as PUPs, Tarkabarka and McKnight57 seem good choices, so I’ll second (or third of whatever the count is) those nominations.

  56. McKnight57 says:

    I was at my LCS where I’m on a first name basis with both of the guys that work there and the owner. Anyway, somehow the topic of choose-your-own-adventure books came up. One of the guys recalled one where there were some pretty sketchy adventures and even weirder opponents. One involved being bitten or gored by a syphillitic walrus and the other was something about robot clusterf&*%s. Just thought I’d throw that out there seeing as this is a sharing event.

  57. Kaylin88100 says:

    Hmmm…Fantasy contest eh? I think I might have something to put forward for that…just about everything Tarkabarka’s posted so far could count though.
    Here’s one idea:

  58. Kaylin88100 says:

    Oh wait, TOOL, would that be me judging?

  59. TOOL says:

    @Kaylin88100, I thought it would be fun and yes that makes you judge, say no more than two entries per person and seeing what entry were on already lets make 80 the end entry number, that cool with you and everyone?

  60. Kaylin88100 says:

    @TOOL (61): Uh, yeah, OK…does this mean I can’t enter? πŸ™
    Cause I don’t think it would be fair if I entered.

  61. Kaylin88100 says:

    Come on people! More entries please!

  62. McKnight57 says:

    Here’s my entry for whatever little contest we’re doing now. It’s my version of a Soul Reaper costume for Ichigo Kurosaki from Bleach with the bankai (final form) of his Zanpaku-to, Zangetsu. This image should be taking place after a battle, thus the rubble lying around him.

  63. Kaylin88100 says:

    Got 8 “fantasy” pics so far, not counting mine. That’s not really enough so I think I’ll just make it everything posted on here. Anything HeroMachine, folks! Anything at all!
    BTW, I’m counting anything already posted, that I can see. I can’t, for example, see Army Elf’s picture, because I don’t have a UGO forums account.

  64. Tarkabarka says:

    So i want to show three picture.

    First is an Angel. A bad or fallen angel. Belial – Sometimes an angel whisper in our ears maybe good, maybe bad. So we always hear what we whisper the little devil.

    Second is two superhero. The first in the black costume is Meridian and the other in the leather jacket is Nightfall (I steal the name of a Metalband songs)

    And the third is one of my heroine is escape with her motor and the army pursuing her.

  65. Tarkabarka says:

    And some critique.

    @Myro (39) – Personally i love the theme. I’m a huge fan of a scottish band, and they album cover very similary for this picture. I think the colors give an agressive feeling of the character.

    @Tool (49) – Very creepy but i like it. Very complex picture. The headless driver really cool. I have on visually problem. If i make it i don’t use straight arm for take the head. BTW i like this picture.

    @Tool (51) – Also so Creepy picture. I agree with Worf. If you use the /Blackground/shapes/Square gradient with black and red color i think very perfect for this picture.

    @Kaylin88100 (59) – I love the colorwork of this picture. Really looks like she is a daughter of nature. I like her face.

    @McKnight57 (65) – One of my favourite manga. Very good picture. You don’t want to copy Ichigo and make a unique looking for him.

  66. McKnight57 says:

    Tarkabarka (68): How’s this for a new costume? Sort of seems closer to his personality.

  67. TOOL says:

    @Tarkabarka, I like Beliel. It caught my eyes, appeals to my darker nature.

    @Kaylin88100, good ideas on changing the contest.

  68. Second entry (Limit 2)

    Wizard and his blue-eyed companion Ahlren:

  69. TOOL says:

    So anyone else going to put one in here or are we moving on to the new contest? Whats your fav Kaylin88100?

  70. Kaylin88100 says:

    Umm…OK, out of the enries so far (that were actually entries to the contest) I’m gonna go for spidercow2010’s Gladiator, because I like the composition of the picture as a whole including the background. Plus I can’t immediately see how that cool background was done, which is nice.
    However, if Tarkabarka decides to enter one or two of the pictures he’s posted then I might change my mind. (hint: I like Serenya!)

  71. Kaylin88100 says:

    Umm…gotta say, Atomic Punk, “Ahlren and Wizard” was my second choice. I like what you did with Stonehenge(?) πŸ™‚

  72. The Atomic Punk says:

    @Kaylin88100: Thanks! Yes, that is the Stonehenge found in Backgrounds.

    Busy week… ugh… probably catch up this weekend for Random-palooza. See you there!

  73. Tarkabarka says:

    The Random – Palooza Contest so disgusting. πŸ˜€ I’m only joking i love the challenges. Very hard to make picture only for a name. But PapaKrok great start shocked me to try my best.

    Sure Kaylin i decided. If i enter only two picture i choose Serenya and Belial