The Avatar Creation and (Re-)Design Thread

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The Avatar Creation and (Re-)Design Thread

Post by Thrice Xandvii » 13 Oct 2017 01:26

Hello, all!

I'd like to officially extend an offer to help folks get avatars to use on the forum, or to assist those who already have them to make them even better (within my technical ability). Also, should others want to, they are more than able to help out as well if they should feel so inclined to do so!

Whether this means taking a chunk of con-script and adapting it to the right size, finding an appropriate image online (hopefully one I can use without too much fear of copyright issues), mashing something that you've made into an appropriate size for an avatar or simply adding a border (esp. one to match the width of the new forum group banners) or some transparent elements, I'm your guy! Also, I feel like some smaller avatars would also look great... if they were just centered below the banner you use for any group membership... maybe others would agree? Another thing I just thought of might be in trying to make a transparent design wrap around a smaller avatar to use up the available width of the avatar space. (I believe the current max is 138px by 110px.)

I won't make a promise on turn-around time since this is all free... but I will try to help out in a reasonable period of time. Just keep in mind, I'm not an artist, but I have been messing with graphic design as a hobby for years (most recently just for scripts).

If this sounds interesting, hit me up in the below thread with a request!
Edit: Just a general note, if you do use any of these images for yourself, please do re-host them or download them (likely both)... as I can't guarantee they won't move or be deleted at some point from the place I've hosted them. Thanks in advance!
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Re: The Avatar Creation and (Re-)Design Thread

Post by Axiem » 13 Oct 2017 03:44

While I wouldn't mind having an actual avatar of some sort, I've no particularly special things yet to provide for making one. Though this does inspire me to think again about my nations' flags, as I might pick one of them to align myself against.

Hm...how long does this offer last, or is it generally in effect (provided you have time), and you just happened to create a thread on it?
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Re: The Avatar Creation and (Re-)Design Thread

Post by Thrice Xandvii » 13 Oct 2017 03:48

Axiem wrote:...generally in effect (provided you have time), and you just happened to create a thread on it?
This.

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Also, a flag would be a great avatar. I can even make it into a glassy sphere for ya if you think that'd be cool, a là:
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Obviously that one is too big.
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Re: The Avatar Creation and (Re-)Design Thread

Post by Frislander » 13 Oct 2017 15:04

Can you do something aesthetically like the Sámi flag, only replacing the yellow with black (I'm think these'll be the Frislandian colour-scheme)?

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Post by OTʜᴇB » 13 Oct 2017 16:53

Oooohhh this sounds interesting. It would be pretty cool if I could have mine redone so it's cleaner and maybe put in some shadows (if the weird isometrics compute in your head). Could you also swap out the blue for #0277BD, the white for #FAFAFA, and the orange for #EF6C00?
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Re: The Avatar Creation and (Re-)Design Thread

Post by Thrice Xandvii » 13 Oct 2017 18:16

Frislander wrote:Can you do something aesthetically like the Sámi flag, only replacing the yellow with black (I'm think these'll be the Frislandian colour-scheme)?
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I started with the basic design, made it somewhat longer, adjusted the ring to be the same width as the stripes, and did a little overlap thing with them... As for the colors, feel free to give me some direction on that as well since I just used shades of the colors that I already had in my flag file. From here, we can move to what aspect you'd like as the avatar. I am presuming a centered or somewhat off-center section focusing in the area of the ring?
OTʜᴇB wrote:Oooohhh this sounds interesting. It would be pretty cool if I could have mine redone so it's cleaner and maybe put in some shadows (if the weird isometrics compute in your head). Could you also swap out the blue for #0277BD, the white for #FAFAFA, and the orange for #EF6C00?
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I just did the color swap on this one as I wasn't sure precisely how best to go about re-drawing that to "clean it up." I could attempt to work on it, but I would want to make an orthagonal grid somehow to guide me... and I'm not certain how to do that so that it snaps in PS. I could wing it, but again, I wasn't sure how much you would want to remain exactly the same, and how much was open to interpretation.
Edit: Also, I found that it looks much better on a dark background. The issue then being that it hugs the edges of the field a bit too much in my opinion:
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Re: The Avatar Creation and (Re-)Design Thread

Post by Frislander » 14 Oct 2017 00:22

Thrice Xandvii wrote:
Frislander wrote:Can you do something aesthetically like the Sámi flag, only replacing the yellow with black (I'm think these'll be the Frislandian colour-scheme)?
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I started with the basic design, made it somewhat longer, adjusted the ring to be the same width as the stripes, and did a little overlap thing with them... As for the colors, feel free to give me some direction on that as well since I just used shades of the colors that I already had in my flag file. From here, we can move to what aspect you'd like as the avatar. I am presuming a centered or somewhat off-center section focusing in the area of the ring?
Hmm, looks good, but before we do that could you try a version swapping the green and the black around? And maybe another one with the design rotated 90 degrees anti-clockwise?

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Post by Thrice Xandvii » 14 Oct 2017 00:59

When you say the "design" do you mean with the stripes going lengthwise on the flag, or the entire flag design rotated so that the blue is on top?
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Post by DesEsseintes » 14 Oct 2017 02:42

I remember that little troll/demon thing being Xonen's but who does the crab belong to?

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Re: The Avatar Creation and (Re-)Design Thread

Post by Thrice Xandvii » 14 Oct 2017 03:46

No one yet, just some thoughts for Clawgrip.
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Post by Frislander » 14 Oct 2017 14:01

Thrice Xandvii wrote:When you say the "design" do you mean with the stripes going lengthwise on the flag, or the entire flag design rotated so that the blue is on top?
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Definitely the latter: I do like that, though perhaps to make it perfect the thing to do would be to make the crescent shapes symmetrical so that the green and black stripes are unbroken. And would it be possible to brighten up the colours a bit?

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Post by Thrice Xandvii » 14 Oct 2017 17:14

Do you mean bring the semi-circles to the front with the stripes behind them or have the stripes over them? As for the colors, would you mind maybe suggesting some specific colors via hex or RGB values? There are tons of websites that could help you do that.
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Post by Frislander » 14 Oct 2017 17:23

Thrice Xandvii wrote:Do you mean bring the semi-circles to the front with the stripes behind them or have the stripes over them? As for the colors, would you mind maybe suggesting some specific colors via hex or RGB values? There are tons of websites that could help you do that.
Have the stripes over the semicircles, so the red semi-circle could represent a rising sun and the blue one a river.

OK, for colours I'm thinking F60604 for the red, 0613E7 for the blue, 21AF0A for the green and 000000 for the black

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Re: The Avatar Creation and (Re-)Design Thread

Post by Thrice Xandvii » 14 Oct 2017 17:39

Those.... are a bit eye-searing in intensity, IMO, but they are posted below with a brighter but more muted alternative.
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Post by Frislander » 14 Oct 2017 17:53

Thrice Xandvii wrote:Those.... are a bit eye-searing in intensity, IMO, but they are posted below with a brighter but more muted alternative.
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Is there a midpoint between them, because I think would be optimal?

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Re: The Avatar Creation and (Re-)Design Thread

Post by Thrice Xandvii » 14 Oct 2017 19:47

I'll see what I can do when I get home.

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I also did a version of the flag with the newest brighter but still muted tones, but with the newest shade of green that looks really good, IMO.
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Re: The Avatar Creation and (Re-)Design Thread

Post by Thrice Xandvii » 16 Oct 2017 06:59

I realized that I had never posted the other variant. The difference is subtle:
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Post by lsd » 16 Oct 2017 16:54

I regret the movement of the first flags with the cycles of sun and water...

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Post by Frislander » 16 Oct 2017 18:08

Thrice Xandvii wrote:I realized that I had never posted the other variant. The difference is subtle:
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Perfect!

So for the avatar I'm thinking focussing on the circle design, but still keep it slightly off-centre.

(Also can I have a copy of this so I can post on my imgur and tumblr? Thanks)

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Re: The Avatar Creation and (Re-)Design Thread

Post by Thrice Xandvii » 16 Oct 2017 19:23

The one posted is full-size, so feel free to do what you will with it. I'll crop something up when I get home or sometime later tomorrow.
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