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Adventures in Mini-Me

A week or two ago, I spent a pointless yet entertaining evening attempting to replicate my likeness in various online avatar applications. Verdict in general ... mostly very young, very thin, and not good with curly hair. No. 1 looks something like me, and no. 4 is the one I enjoy the most ... I'm already using a cropped version on Flickr. The last one is really, really fugly. And the willowy full-length one ... gave me a really hard time about wanting non-fussy clothes. There scarcely were any ...

this one
this one
this one
this one
this one

(There's links to all of these and more ... including the Hero Machine, which I did a long time ago, at this Squidoo page.)



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Feb. 27th, 2011 09:14 am (UTC)
Awww, your new Gaia avatar with the bunnies and kitty ears is adorable! (Do you have a set of silver kitty ears yet to go with the new hair? That'd look so perfect on you!)

As for the CandyBar doll generator -- the big one you had trouble dressing to your tastes -- the thing you have to remember is that wasn't actually designed as a personal avatar generator like the Abistation page. Elouai is part of the "dolling" subculture -- basically virtual-world paper dolls, if you will. So much like the three-dimensional dolls they're inspired by, the body types tend to be limited and very idealized, and the clothes tend to be fancy because playing dress-up with is pretty much the main point of their existence...and with pixel dollz in particular, the outfits can get extremely wild because they're not subject to the physical limitations of sewing for real 3-D dolls, so the virtual dress designers frequently go hog-wild simply because they can. If you're sewing for Barbies or BJDs, complicated tailoring or fancier designs require considerably more skill, time and effort than plain, simple clothes -- but if you're designing in pixels rather than textiles, once you know how to use a graphics program making an elaborately fussy Victorian gown really isn't that much harder than making a plain t-shirt and jeans. And doll people frequently find the plainer stuff boring -- playing with fantasy clothes that might be too impractical/uncomfortable/expensive/unflattering etc. to wear in real life is often a big part of the fun of it all. :)
Feb. 27th, 2011 04:45 pm (UTC)
This also explains why it's usually so easy to make versions of anime characters in those!
Feb. 27th, 2011 06:59 pm (UTC)
The Candybar dollmakers in particular were originally built around images from this Korean site, so yeah, it comes by that manhwa artistic sensibility quite directly. :)
Mar. 1st, 2011 02:35 am (UTC)

The idea of dressing 'em up like dolls makes a lot of sense. Because I'm not a doll person myself, I had not even made the connection - I'd always seen it linked as an avatar creator.

(Did you ever read Rumer Godden's Impunity Jane? I used to use my dolls like the little boy in that uses Jane - as action figures, basically.)

Mar. 1st, 2011 04:16 am (UTC)
Yeah, pretty much any sort of "customize a character" sort of graphics toy will get circulated as an avatar maker eventually, no matter what it was originally designed for. But the ones designed specifically to create avatar versions of yourself are sometimes a little better about giving more realistic and varied options, depending on how thoughtful the designer is and the sort of userbase they're aiming for.

I have never read any Rumer Godden. But yep, as a kid I did really want action figures, and sometimes tried to use my hand-me-down Barbies that way but was mostly frustrated by their inflexibility. I wasn't super-interested in playing dress-up with them, but in part that was because they were just old enough that their early-60s hairdos and clothes looked sort of frumpily outdated rather than fascinatingly retro; if I'd had cuter dolls with more interesting clothes, or dolls that could pose better on model horses, that might have been a somewhat different story -- I really liked the miniature clothes on a handful of other dolls I owned that wore more interesting 18th/19th century styles, and I utterly adored the trad regalia on the old cornhusk dolls my grandmother had made. But I couldn't really redress any of those non-Barbie dolls since they didn't have spare outfits, and the cornhusk dolls were just too precious to actually play with -- they were heirlooms, not toys.

Edited at 2011-03-01 04:19 am (UTC)
Feb. 27th, 2011 04:49 pm (UTC)
I like #4 best too!
Mar. 1st, 2011 02:36 am (UTC)

I need to decide how to best use #4 on LJ. I know from this earlier one that if I reduce the full-length figure to fit, I'll lose a lot of details.

Mar. 2nd, 2011 02:43 am (UTC)
Yeah. It doesn't look bad at the size it is now, though.
Mar. 2nd, 2011 03:03 am (UTC)

Yes, but it's 125 pixels tall at full height, ear tips to sneaker soles. I'd have to crop it somehow.

Mar. 2nd, 2011 03:05 am (UTC)
I'd hate to lose the buns, but that would be an easy crop. (Could you maybe move them up so they were closer to the book?)
Mar. 4th, 2011 03:16 am (UTC)

I spent far too much time on this ... whaddaya think?

Mar. 4th, 2011 03:17 am (UTC)
Mar. 4th, 2011 03:19 am (UTC)

I'm actually considering deposing poor Yukimura-kun and using this one as my default ... I cut to Akari or Gojyo so much of the time anyway ... .

Mar. 4th, 2011 03:44 am (UTC)
Cyuuuute! And I have a Yukimura pic as the addressbook/callerID entry for you on my phone, so he's still getting going to be getting some love. :)
Mar. 4th, 2011 04:07 am (UTC)

I'll need to re-do my layout for spring soon, too. But this weekend, it better all be about the writing.

(And I've only just started putting icons on the phone for people whose FB icons didn't get downloaded automatically when I added social networking support.)

Feb. 27th, 2011 06:40 pm (UTC)
You need to do this one, too! If I hadn't gottem my avatar from a private comission, I'd put my result (for my Estara Swanberg character - not for me in real life) as my general avatar.

Mar. 1st, 2011 02:42 am (UTC)

Oh, yes - that one showed up on Shejidan (C.J. Cherryh message board) a couple of years ago. I'm afraid it just didn't work for me. The hair styles are actually really limited, and there isn't anything that looks like my wavy, wayward hair. Also, they have some facial lines, but somehow they've missed out on some of the most common - the nasolabial folds or "smile lines," for example, that go from the nostrils to outside the mouth. So I can't come up with one that looks anything near my age.

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