Friday, 23 April 2010

The Hero Machine

Have you ever wanted to design your own super hero, fantasy or SciFi character but been daunted by the fact that you scarcely know one end of a pencil from the other? Yeah, me too!

Fortunately, however, I've just been pointed in the direction of The Hero Machine, a fun little gizmo that lets you design your own characters even if you can't draw like Jim Lee.

To test it out I took one of the pre-existing characters, Boo (from my online graphic novel Shades), and tried to replicate her look using The Hero Machine. The result is there on the left. It's not perfectly accurate in every detail, of course, but it's pretty close and it was a lot of fun to do. Just click on the image there to see what Boo actually looks like in the graphic novel!

So, next time you feel like designing a character of your own, give it a try. Even if you end up changing the design you come up with, it's a fun place to start and the variables you get to play with might just help you to start thinking about combinations you wouldn't otherwise have considered!

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