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.”