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Today I attempt to bring back a segment that I always looked forward to on Friday's......  OPEN CRITIQUE DAY!!!

How this goes:  You post a work of yours, finished or WIP, and then I (ams) will give you suggestions or tips on your work.  Just make sure that you only post pictures that are your own design and not any that are copyrighted or based off of copyrighted characters.

Now, bear with me and I will do my best to make this run as smooth as possible.

So let's begin....


Just rediscovered this great tutorial by Jeff on masking.  Let's revisit shall we....

How to use the Mask feature in HeroMachine3


Let's look at posing with the program.

When we all started using HM, we all start with the basic pose.

This is the easiest to accessorize with all the costume pieces and items.  Let's skip on how the final pic will look and play with changing sizes and angles on the body items. We all have different views on what shape people should be.  Reading comics for years has shown me that there are many different takes and styles that artists use to depict their characters.  So why not experiment using the versatility of the program.  In the example below, I have not changed any items used for the body shape above, but have changed sizes and position.

Not a huge change, but a little more dynamic for a posing superhero or medieval knight.  When I first started, this opened my eyes to how I wanted MY heroes/villains to look.  I started looking for references pics and use them to create some dynamic poses.  I call it "Bending the program".  Soon I started to progress with knowledge of the pieces and how they would "bend" to what I wanted them to look like.

I encourage you to play with this exercise to create better foundations to making some awesome pics!

Cheers, 'machiners!



What a crazy world we live in!  COVID-19 has touched everyone (I suspect) and our lives have been changed.  People are out of work, students have been sent home for their safety and we are all trying to "self isolate" to get a handle on this thing to stop the spread.  My family and I have been home for almost 2 weeks from work/school not knowing what is to happen next, but will do our best to contribute to help combat this disease by following the new standards put forth by our respected governments.  Which means we have some time on our hands...

So I have decided to test my hand at the "blog" thing and start posting some Tips & Tricks.  I will do what I can to help with any questions/suggestions for posing or highlighting to help bring your creations to where you want them.  If I cannot help you, there is a vast collection of artistic minds that may have a tip or two that could be shared.

Please let me know what you would want to see from me in the comments below and let's support each other with the creation of some new awesome character designs.