Power User Profile: djuby!

Back in the day, we used to have a little feature I called "Power User Profiles". It was a way of getting to know some of the more prolific and creative members of the community via a hard-hitting Sixty Minutes style questionnaire. I'm bringing it back this week in lieu of a broader Sharing Day because I got fascinated by the profession and style of djuby. So without further ado, sit back and enjoy getting to know this intrepid illustrator better.

  1. Online name used in HeroMachine environs: djuby
  2. What is the secret origin of that name: um…pretty sure you will figure that out.
  3. A photo (or drawing) of you in "real life":
  4. Real name: David Juby
  5. Real city/state/country: Burlington, Ontario, Canada
  6. Real job: College professor / costume designer
  7. Real age: 51
  8. Gender: Male
  9. Relationship status (married, single, in a long-term relationship, dating someone, "it's complicated", etc): long term relationship

  10. Online archive of your creations:
  11. The best piece of HeroMachine art you've created:

  12. Favorite all-time geeky movie if any: The Dark Knight
  13. Favorite all-time geeky book if any: Let There Be Clothes: 10,000 Years of Fashion
  14. Favorite all-time geeky TV show if any: Star Trek Voyager
  15. Favorite all-time comic book character if any: Batman
  16. If you could have one super-heroic power in real life, you'd choose: Flight

  17. In your leisure time you like to: movies, read, have a jewellery business with my best friend

  18. Character design turn-ons (things you love to see that make for a good design): Restraint: the understanding that a great idea can be overwhelmed by details.
  19. Character design turn-offs (things you hate to see that make for a bad design): It all comes down to the concept. You must start with a strong idea and speak with a unique voice. Good character design is built from both the inside and outside.
  20. Best tip for a HeroMachine newbie: I never knew what HM3 was capable of until I scanned the galleries and talked with other artists. Ask questions, and when in doubt ask for help. There are a bevy of talented artists here who want to help you make the best art that you can.
  21. Any personal message you'd like to share with the HeroMachine community about Geek Life: A poster hangs in my workshop that I point out to incoming students every fall. It speaks to the importance of letting go of old habits, and embracing new ideas. It says simply: “Just because you’ve always done it that way, does not mean it isn’t incredibly stupid.”

20 Responses to Power User Profile: djuby!

  1. JR19759 says:

    Glad to see the PUP’s back, I always loved seeing everyone else’s work. Got some good work there djuby. Personally, I’d have said your best work was Krail from the Pop Quiz a few weeks ago, but Black Bat looks pretty mean as well.

  2. DiCicatriz says:

    Now I know why you’re creations are always so well dressed 😀

    Welcome to the fold, Djuby!

  3. Arioch says:

    Good to have that back! I always like to see and hear about other HM users, and love to see their creations 🙂

  4. TOOL says:

    Congrats, welcome to the fold

  5. Myro says:

    Congrats on the Power User status, and welcome aboard. You’ve been producing some great stuff.

  6. djuby says:

    Thanks to you all. This is such a wonderfully inclusive group of people. I am in awe of the talent within these pages.

  7. Kaylin88100 says:

    Welcome to the Power Users club. Your membership fee is due within 6 days. 😀

  8. Sebastian978 says:

    Congrats and welcome Djuby, impressive work on Black Bat!

  9. Kaldath says:

    Welcome to the Power User club djuby, you will receive your key to the club house just as soon as those dues Kaylin mentioned are seen too!!! 😀

  10. Vampyrist says:

    Welcome to the club and what a welcome inclusion you are. Your work is always fantastic and often times makes me think, how did he do that. You have a great, unique style and I hope we can see more great works from you.

  11. Trekkie says:

    Congrats on the shiny new status! You’re a very talented HM user and becoming a Power User is well-deserved.

  12. djuby says:

    Thanks folks. Kaylin – Do you take shiny pieces of glass as payment?

  13. The Atomic Punk says:

    Now that we have a costume designer, we just need a script and a few casting calls for “HeroMachine on Broadway.” ;9

    Really like your style. Lots of layering and masking but it comes across very clean.

  14. djuby says:

    Thanks man! I’ll polish up my tap shoes.

  15. ams says:

    Awesome stuff, djuby! Congrats on the Profile and looking forward to what you create in the future.


  16. KEric says:

    How did you do the diamonds on the queen of clubs?

  17. djuby says:

    Items Right: Energy: there is a small hand “halo” of stars (not the actual stars – hard to describe): if you reduce the size and repeat the pattern you get a glitter effect.

  18. Scatman says:

    Well,You know how I feel about your work so I don’t need to say much. I do have to mention however the fact that you Inspire me ..and others to try new things and your work has a djuby style all it’s own.Congrats on a overdue honor of recognition!Keep inspiring!

  19. djuby says:

    Scatman: it was your work that first inspired me when I joined. I had been fumbling around HM3 for about a year. When I saw your work I could not believe the level of detail in it, but could not figure out how to bring that kind of detail to my own. Masking was a mystery, the 3/4 pose was a “no-fly zone”, I had figured out how to make something invisible by accident, and also to disappear: rotate all – right out of the frame – and gone forever. Your work inspired me to try harder and to work smarter. Your stuff is one of a kind. If my work ever achieves that status it is because of the inspiration and guidance from the moderaters, and the depth of talent and skill from all the HM artists – you being high atop that list. And just to set a now expelled postee straight…make no mistake young one…we are artists.

  20. KEric says:

    Items Right: Energy: there is a small hand “halo” of stars (not the actual stars – hard to describe): if you reduce the size and repeat the pattern you get a glitter effect.

    Oh, ok, Thank you I found it!