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Old 08-11-2018, 11:01 PM
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Avatar criticism thread

Shit talk individual avatars HERE. Mine, yours, or anyone else's. Why does mine suck? Why is yours awesome? Why doesn't rat avatar have a rat for an avatar yet? Ask these questions, and answer them, in this thread.

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Old 08-11-2018, 11:07 PM
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Old 08-11-2018, 11:10 PM
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Mine's awesome because GWAR. Yours is awesome because hippos excrete their own sunscrean that is blood red. Very metal.
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Old 08-11-2018, 11:11 PM
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Shit talk individual avatars HERE. Mine, yours, or anyone else's. Why does mine suck? Why is yours awesome? Why doesn't rat avatar have a rat for an avatar yet? Ask these questions, and answer them, in this thread.
The face of your hippo is hard to distinguish.

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Old 08-12-2018, 12:29 AM
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We survived the great flood, a war or thirty, the depression, a few famines and Barry Manilow without avatars. Tell me again why we need them now?

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Old 08-12-2018, 12:42 AM
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I havent posted an avatar pic yet because they need to be so damn small that any pic I've wanted to use becomes virtually unidentifiable once it's uploaded here. If i find one that works ill add it but im not adding a pic just to have a pic.
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Old 08-12-2018, 12:46 AM
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I didn't like the idea of the avatars for about 5 seconds before I had to admit to myself I love that the board now has them, I will be picking one as soon as I get to my laptop and find one I like.
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Old 08-12-2018, 01:03 AM
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I liked Gatopescado's catfish one, as it made such perfect sense but I cannot tell at all what their current one is. Maybe two people posing together? Drunky Smurf's above is also good as are octopus's and Troutman's both by design for the space and telling us who they are. And some likely have personal significance or are attempts to say something about themselve (kayaker likes beer). Those are potentially fun. But many are simply poor choices for the size of the canvas.

I'm not proud of my own choice honestly but then my screen name also reflected my lack of creativity at this sort of stuff as well.
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gato seems to change his everyday, which is fun. I can't tell what snfaulkner's is - wait, I'll ask:

Hey, snfaulkner, what is your avatar? It's holiday Deadpool or ??? Thanks!
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Old 08-12-2018, 01:25 AM
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I have liked a lot of them. My favorite is Gatopescados ever changing one. Just when I think he's got THE one he changes it. Fun.
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Old 08-12-2018, 01:25 AM
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gato seems to change his everyday, which is fun. I can't tell what snfaulkner's is - wait, I'll ask:

Hey, snfaulkner, what is your avatar? It's holiday Deadpool or ??? Thanks!
I thought it was some sort of off-model Deadpool, too, until his post. GWAR is a heavy metal band known for their use of elaborate fantasy costumes on stage.
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Old 08-12-2018, 01:39 AM
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Yes, it is holiday odorous urungus, family style. Which means there is no cuttlefish of cthulu.
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Old 08-12-2018, 01:40 AM
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What's an "Avatar"?
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Old 08-12-2018, 01:41 AM
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I havent posted an avatar pic yet because they need to be so damn small that any pic I've wanted to use becomes virtually unidentifiable once it's uploaded here. If i find one that works ill add it but im not adding a pic just to have a pic.
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Drunky Smurf's above is also good
Thanks DSeid.

I literally went through 14 different pics of that same little figure just to find one that wasn't so blurry as to be unrecognizable. The current one is still blurry but enough to distinguish what it is.

But I guess the blurriness also lends itself to the Drunky-iness.

So that's cool.

DSeid yours is clean and concise. I like Sunny Daze's and Miller's because that's how I kind of imagined them to be.

Great Job! ever-body for adapting so well to this change.

You rock.
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Old 08-12-2018, 01:48 AM
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What's an "Avatar"?
So...youre telling this is happening to your posts by some supernatural means? Woo, we are being invaded by the MB evil spirit of avatars. Look out folks, it's gonna get ugly up in here.
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Old 08-12-2018, 01:59 AM
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What's an "Avatar"?
It is either a tall blue alien

Or

An awesome American Anime about a ten year old boy, Aang, who is the last Air Bender, who can bend Air, Water, Earth and Fire. And is friends with Mad Genius King Bumi of the Earth Kingdom.


HA HA HA Beck! I just noticed your sig. That's funny right there.

I also noticed mine was turned off. And not by me. Now I'm not the one who turned it on in the first place. I believe it was board software. But I'm also not the one who turned it off.

Imma turn it back on.

Damn you software!

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Old 08-12-2018, 02:09 AM
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I like yours Drunky, too.

I like everyone's so far.

My favorite interpretation of an avatar would be me channeling a god and unleashing some cleansing fire. Blue aliens or Aang works too.
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Old 08-12-2018, 02:09 AM
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So...youre telling this is happening to your posts by some supernatural means?
Ummm….
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Old 08-12-2018, 02:12 AM
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So...youre telling this is happening to your posts by some supernatural means? Woo, we are being invaded by the MB evil spirit of avatars. Look out folks, it's gonna get ugly up in here.
You musta bumped yo head.
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Ummm….
Dude, you're killing me.


(BTW do I have a sig, what is a sig??)
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Old 08-12-2018, 02:18 AM
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Softly, with my song, perhaps?
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Shut your mouth. I just did a spit take allover my screen.
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Old 08-12-2018, 02:28 AM
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Ummm….
Ok, that's funny right there.

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Dude, you're killing me.


(BTW do I have a sig, what is a sig??)
Underneath you posted words, is a line, and below that line it says, "It's me!" that is you sig. Which you can change in your "User CP." up at the top on the first blue line that runs across your screen.

I tried to turn mine back on, and I did a couple of times, but it's still not showing up.

Oh well, it's late and I'm tired.

I'll deal with it tomorrow.
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Oh, that's what that was. That's gotta go.
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Old 08-12-2018, 02:32 AM
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Dude, you're killing me.
Jesus Christ, Beck! How is it that we are at least 3 time-zones apart, and yet we damn near simil-post in every thread?

I suggest the both of us get of our asses and go outside and get some exercise. I know I am, first thing tomorrow (around 2pm), after I check my email and change my avatar.

Could take awhile. Might not make it out till 5 or so. And that's "drinkin' time".

So, yeah. That'll work.
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I am secretly following you around, looking for Twixy.
Or we are both bored with nothing better to do.
I , for one have no life, so there's that.
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Oh, no. That's "Dog O'clock". Gotta do their Jeep-ridin' nonsense.
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So does that avatar have a name?
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Old 08-12-2018, 02:48 AM
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Kind of. I call it, "I've simply GOT to find this hat for my dogs".
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Y'all are killing me.

Beck - you need a sig. I had one, but I am completely uninspired at the moment.
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Oh, now you tell me. I thumped it. I will have to think about it awhile.
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I'm not happy with my own. It's a really cool picture I took at a backyard fire-pit where the flames kind of look like an imp holding a pitchfork with an arrow floating over its head. At 50x50 pixels it looks like an orange booger on a specimen slide.
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Old 08-12-2018, 06:27 AM
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The face of your hippo is hard to distinguish.
I'm open to an improved hippo picture, but this is the best one I could find. It has a certain je ne se quois that other hippos couldn't match.
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Thanks DSeid.

I literally went through 14 different pics of that same little figure just to find one that wasn't so blurry as to be unrecognizable. The current one is still blurry but enough to distinguish what it is.
I had that Smurf when I was a kid. I think he was "Oktoberfest Smurf".
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I'm open to an improved hippo picture, but this is the best one I could find. It has a certain je ne se quois that other hippos couldn't match.
Why a hippo at all?
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Old 08-12-2018, 06:56 AM
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Wait, USCDiver, you're female? Or are you just transavataral?
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It is either a tall blue alien

Or

An awesome American Anime about a ten year old boy, Aang, who is the last Air Bender, who can bend Air, Water, Earth and Fire. And is friends with Mad Genius King Bumi of the Earth Kingdom.
By the way, does anybody have an avatar avatar? I figure somebody here must've gone for the obvious visual pun... (In fact, that's why I didn't.)

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Why a hippo at all?
Do not question the hippo.

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Old 08-12-2018, 07:18 AM
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The main problem I ever see with avatars is a lack of contrasting backgrounds, which make it hard to make out what they are. (That's why mine are usually completely cut out from the background.) I haven't seen any content I don't like.

I doubt anyone cares, but I honestly don't remember now why I started the Monopoly piece thing. I made it my profile pic a long time ago, back when I was a (gifted) membership twice. I do remember having this idea of making all my avatars (across various sites) into Monopoly pieces, but I never really got into it. It's also an easy avatar to change around a bit for various holidays and stuff.

I've considered just a visual pun, but I never found one I really liked. Conveying a large size in a small avatar isn't easy.

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Old 08-12-2018, 07:19 AM
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I've seen someone with Aang, though I can't remember who it was. I haven't seen any Na'vi yet, though.
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I liked Gatopescado's catfish one, as it made such perfect sense but I cannot tell at all what their current one is. Maybe two people posing together? Drunky Smurf's above is also good as are octopus's and Troutman's both by design for the space and telling us who they are. And some likely have personal significance or are attempts to say something about themselve (kayaker likes beer). Those are potentially fun. But many are simply poor choices for the size of the canvas.

I'm not proud of my own choice honestly but then my screen name also reflected my lack of creativity at this sort of stuff as well.
You read Drunky Smurf's posts? My condolences.

Mine is part of a commission piece I had done for my general web presence, the large version of which can be found here. I love how it came out; I feel like it really captures what I'm going for.
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Mine is part of a commission piece I had done for my general web presence, the large version of which can be found here. I love how it came out; I feel like it really captures what I'm going for.
Yet for the 50 by 50 canvas it is a fail. The content is just not comprehensible on that smaller scale. Until I clicked on the larger version I could not tell what it was at all.
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Wait, USCDiver, you're female? Or are you just transavataral?
Transavatarian. There was a news article about this woman smacking her head on the diving board a few years ago so I grabbed the picture.
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You read Drunky Smurf's posts? My condolences.

Mine is part of a commission piece I had done for my general web presence, the large version of which can be found here. I love how it came out; I feel like it really captures what I'm going for.
Unfortunately, yours is one of the ones where the contrast is low enough that I couldn't figure out what it is. I think you cropped it well, but I think you might want to play around with contrast and sharpness to make it easier to parse at 50px.
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I'm not happy with my own. It's a really cool picture I took at a backyard fire-pit where the flames kind of look like an imp holding a pitchfork with an arrow floating over its head. At 50x50 pixels it looks like an orange booger on a specimen slide.
Got a link to the original?
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I had fun with mine, I drew it myself then photographed it ( actually I drew the self portrait in a hippy-dippy workshop I took recently) and I cropped it to a head shot. I had to download an app to get it to 50x50 but it was amazingly easy.

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IMHO the 50x50px avatars should be considered more as icons rather than pictures. Taking a picture that you like and reducing it down to 50x50 may just make it illegible if there's too much detail in it. Better to go for simplicity.
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