Helpful links: General Tips and Tricks; HeroMachine 3 101 (parts 1, 2, 3, and 4); How to put an item in your character's hand; How to apply patterns to your character.
HeroMachine 3 is the most advanced, powerful character creation tool on the web. Even if you can't draw a straight line, it allows you to generate professional looking illustrations of your science fiction, fantasy, or super-hero characters. Whether you're a comic book writer trying to get that costume just so or you simply want to give your inner artist a voice, HeroMachine 3 is the best way to get there. Since HeroMachine is Flash-based it will not currently work on iOS devices.