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Thanks! I used a blood/spatter effect (I think from the Insignias tab?), added the pattern that kinda looks like tree bark, and then gave it the same color scheme as the trees.
And you just used positioning/sizing to get it to blend into the form? Its not masked onto any kind of invisible body component or anything?
So was goin thru cleanin out my accumulated files on my comp cuz it was startin to run a touch slow and came across a number of pieces (mostly CDC entries) that for some reason I guess I never got around to posting into this thread:
That is legitimately the best piece I have ever seen from HM. Goals.
High praise, tysm! I noticed you did something similar with the whole “druid merging with nature” concept with your latest rendition of Elsapeth! How did you do the mid/rear section of her body that’s coming out of the tree to get that paint-spackle/pencil-shading effect? I really like it and I’m always lookin for more techniques from other machiners!
And… new post! Entry for CDC #479 Gender Flip
Its posted on the first page of this thread but, for the sake of the side-by-side, I’ll repost it here; this is the original piece I did in 2017 n called “Primaries” because of the color scheme:
And this is the gender-swapped redux contest entry:
Incredible, I’m at a loss for words. I didn’t think this level of detail was possible on here until about a year ago.
What happened a year ago? 🤔
Still a fan.
Back atchya! Loved ur Tinman!
Holy *expletive* that is good
Hahah, thnx! NGL, pretty proud of this one!
That shading is incredible! The lighting is the best I’ve ever seen in Heromachine.
Its def the best I’VE ever been able to achieve. Altho… again… 600 layers… probs not gonna be doin TOO many pieces like this hahah
So, this was originally supposed to be a “Druid” entry for CDC #470 but I ended up bein too busy n not havin enough time to finish it by the deadline. Out of town for a few weeks atm with a lot of time on my hands though n decided to finish it just for funsies and, with no deadline, kiiiiiinda went ham lol and ended up bein by far my biggest piece yet at 600 layers lmao.
Hi Christi, Just to let you know that none of your designs are showing in this thread.
Really? You sure? Seems to be rendering fine on all my devices… 🤔
Submission for CDC #411:
Entry for One Part, Many Characters:
They’re all in the dress: helmets for the skirt, boots for the bodice, antlers for the straps.
That coming stomp . . . was this their deity of earthquakes, too?! Good to see you’re still around.
Hahah, not that I read, no, I just thought it was kinda dramatic and intimidating… my headcanon on this charrie was actually sorta as a non-powered vigilante anti-hero thingy with a bit of a brutal approach.
N oh yeah! Still round! Love to lurk n see what people make, just been too busy to make do any pieces myself for awhile!
Good to see you back. Your work is incredible
I never left! Just haven’t had the time to do any new pieces. But thanks a bundle!
Holy…this is amazing work! I love the use of colors and perspective! This is more than just character creation…this is art. My favorite is the smiley face guy! The second guy hopping over the ledge is fantastic. I noticed your archer too, I did a very similar pose way back when, when there was an archery CDC! Stuff like this is so inspiring.
Tysm! N yeah, the smiley is everyone’s fav, even made it into the HoF. Which is funny, cuz I wasn’t totally happy with how it turned out n def don’t consider it my best piece, it was really just the first one where I really tried to do a custom pose n mess with the whole gradient shading technique I saw ppl using but there you go! N awe, I musta missed that CDC, I just saw some fool shootin a bow like that on one of those talent shows n thought it’d be cool to try to make the pose! One of the few pieces that was totally mine, not workin off a contest prompt or redoin someone else’s charrie actually.
Submission for CDC #403
Submission for CDC #373:
As to how… I use reference photos for poses/lighting pretty frequently. N I do a lot of masking stuff onto duplicate body parts and insignia images that I hide behind the background but keep the masked item in the foreground. And when it comes to using the gradient backgrounds for shading/shadows/highlights/etc. I use the (often later hidden) lines of the pieces I’m putting them over on as a guide and/or the lighting of reference photos as a guide. And I layer them and mess with their opacity until it looks right.
N yes, some patience is involved with that but also like… I rarely do a piece in one sitting. I’ll work on it here n there over the course of a week or so usually because yeah… not THAT patient lol.
Late response but as no one’s answered yet…
There’s a scabbard and also a sword IN a scabbard in the Backplane-Standard section.
There’s a belt with a scabbard sheathe and also a sheathe with a knife IN it in the Belt-Military section.
Other than that… in the ItemRight-Blades/Blades 2 categories there’s a bunch of sword/knife parts, like blades w/out handles that could be colored and positioned to look like scabbards. Or you could just use things from the Insignia-Shapes section to make up your own from scratch.
Those are the approaches that come to mind for me least.