My son Brendan and some friends were building South Park character portraits of each other and the members of Ian's band, Sidpa Bardo, so I figured I should have a try at doing myself (seen to the right), and then because I never was a fan of South Park, decided to see if I could find an alternative to the two character generators they were using. I quickly stumbled upon HeroMachine and created a quick self portrait. After several hours playing with the free on-line version. I bought the full application and refined a few of the details of my original portrait.
HeroMachine created good enough looking images that I decided to incorporate them into my Web page design. I've used the same photo of me (to the left) in the corner for more than a decade, so it's probably about time for a change. Since I started using CSS a while back and added multiple selectable page styles to my main pages, I figure I should use different pictures with each style. After playing a few CSS games to get a variable icon, here's what I came up with...
|This one is my shot at a self-portrait drawn with HeroMachine. I've been wearing capes and ropers (the sort of low heeled round toed boots worn by many real cowboys as opposed to the garish cockroach stompers "cowboy boot" has come to imply) all my adult life and a cowboy hat and home-made shirts much of it.|
& Selma of Rann
Since I use the "Midnight" black page style largely for my
outer-space related pages, such as StarGen and the Random
Planet Generator, I figured I needed a futuristic icon on to
set against the black background.
My first favorite spaceman hero (from when I was 7) was Adam Strange from DC's Showcase and Mystery in Space comic books. (Space Ranger and the Space Cabby didn't have the pizzazz.) So, here I am in Adam Strange's costume with a borrowed Star Trek communicator. And where would Adam be without his beautiful wife?
The "Blues" page style is one I tend to use for my
genealogical web pages, in part because my
Blue and I have been fairly active in
genealogy and the
Blue Family Association.
So, for the blue background I donned a couple of antique bits and pieces from the HeroMachine's closet. Selma, nee Brown, joins me dressed in brown, of course.
|Though I haven't used her yet (who could beat Garbo?), I also put together a La Maupin icon. I think she looks better than I do in the leg o' mutton sleeves.|
|So far, I've used my "Comix" style only as the default for my Comic Books page, since I really haven't done much with any of the comics sub-pages since I started working with multiple page styles and the HeroMachine icons. The coloring of the costume is based on and old overseas version of Superman.|