Avatars

Sooo... Open to everybody...

I'm curious about everybody's Avatars (Picture Thingy- for the less technical of us)

-Why did you choose it?

-If it's one of the default/ready made ones, did you choose it because you; liked it?, or couldn't be bothered to get anything else?

-If you made it yourself; why?, how?, and what does it symbolize/mean?

or...

-If you took it from the internet; why?, where?

and finally...

-Do you like it?

Forums: 
MsGamgee's picture

Embodiment

Mine's a stock photo I found somewhere and then edited with photoshop. I think the eye was originally blue, but the violet is just striking. I actually have about 6 other versions in various other non-naturally-occurring colors as well. Really, I just like eyes. My eyes are my best feature, in my opinion: large and nicely shaped, and bright, icy blue. I like it well enough, but I feel it comes across as a little bit... "I'm so INDIE and EMOTIONAL and you can look into my eyes and see my SOULLLL." I'm not really like that, though; I just like eyes. Smile

Freegrassn's picture

I made mine myself on Adobe Paintshop Pro.

It symbolizes time in various ways. The large circle represents how time is circular/moves in cycles. (I didn't think cycular was a word) Like day, month, year, ect. The line in the middle represents time is linear. Like how time moves at a steady pace and we can't change that, or move forward or backward in time. And the two circles joined is the symbol of infinity. Because time is infinite and ununderstandable and too big for us to comprehend. Finally, the C and the D stand for Chronus Dei. Meaning Chronus the God. Chronus being the greek personification of time. I feel that time is god of all, and that it makes a fitting sentiment.

And yes, mine is overcomplicated and probably too well thought out and deep.

MeiLin's picture

Most High

To quote MST3K on a superhero creation jag: "It's Really Deep Man! He's really deep, man!" Smile That's actually a pretty cool avatar.

Freegrassn's picture

Thanks, I appreciate it

fairnymph's picture

Embodiment

Also, cycular may not be a word, but cyclical is. Biggrin

Mine is somewhat self-explanatory and I've talked about it a bit here before (and other places, as I use it anywhere one can have an avatar). It's a crop from a Boris Vallejo sketch - he does a lot of fantasy art and naked women, but I initially found this image (in shades of blue as shown here, the original sketch is greyscale/true B&W) on the cover of a french novel, and the full picture includes a very nice set of breasts. I also just really like his style.

The collar - I'm a sub. I also really like collar-style jewelry aesthetically. I have a gorgeous stainless steel neck cuff that's not dissimilar, and goes great with my corsets. I adore metal, I adore bondage, and the idea of being possessed, in any sense.

The girl - I'm a girl. I also look somewhat like the girl in this image. Either way, I identify strongly as female, and though my name is probably enough, it's nice to have an immediately feminine image.

The composition - beyond appealing to me aesthetically, I like the modesty and submission which the hidden face and looking down imply, and the raising of the hair is part careless (which fits me again with my frequently disheveled hair, long and the same shade as the girl's), and part neck-baring, which alludes to my interests in vampirism and neck biting and general vulnerability.

/phew

TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

I think (typically) it shows up as Chronos. (see, e.g., chronology, chrono-trigger, &c.).
If you want all Greek, you'd want a Chi (shaped roughly like an X) and a Theta (shaped roughly like an O with a bar running horizontally through it). For "Chronos Theos." Deus is the Latin for "God." Dei is either singular-possessive (Time of God) or plural-nominative "Time Gods."

Sorry to nitpick...

fairnymph's picture

Embodiment

I wondered if anyone else would catch that as well as Dei vs Deus.

greenpokefiend's picture

Mine's my family's dog Tiggs. He seems to have a perpetual guilt complex and goes to sit in the corner if he thinks he's in trouble. I just thought it was a cute picture : )

magalicious's picture

Postulant

... fairly self explanatory. I like collars, of all sorts, but the chevron shape appeals to me for a number of reasons. It's more comfortable, more tailored, more feminine, and has (for me) a more aesthetic line than your typical 'dog collar', while still being unmistakable.
I like it. It will probably change about as often as my hair. So, my dears, get ready for it to change once a month or so. In fact, I was searching around for another image this morning, so it may happen soon. If so, I'll repost.
Also, @Tiggs - d'awww! My dog literally licks my feet when she's in trouble. It's endearing, but it's hard to be authoritarian when you're giggling and hopping on one foot.

kawaiikune's picture

Embodiment

This one is just a picture I found that I thought was pretty. I just wanted something that would make it less ambiguous that I was female, since I get really confused sometimes in other people's posts, especially about sex. Sometimes I wish we had little tags we could fill out that were like "Male", "Female", "Other" or whatever, just for the sake of physiology in conversation.

NuanaIvy's picture

Devotee

Mine is because I'm a total geek. I love Star Trek, especially Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and I love love love the relationship of these two. It's wild, passionate, and full of love and friendship.

I found it on the internet, and just adore it. Smile

magalicious's picture

Postulant

Booyah for the movie this summer! ::SQUEE::
Star Trek Voyager holds a special place in my heart. I'm a big Harry/Tom fan, although I'm not one of those 'B'Elanna must die' people. I like B'Elanna, and think they should just have a big happy threesome.

NuanaIvy's picture

Devotee

Biggrin Someone understands me!! Yeah, I can't wait for the movie. Smile And Star Trek: Voyager came out when I was in high school. I think I had a crush on each and every one of the men (except Neelix, of course) and prolly all of the women too. (tee-hee) I would totally be up for that kind of threesome Wink

annekat's picture

Petitioner

I made mine in photoshop, it comes from a drawing I made last year for a book for an art project (which comes from a memory from living in the Netherlands about climbing out windows) and then i randomly submitted it to threadless half a year ago (badly redrawn in photoshop as i suck at my tablet)
it's kinda a self portrait, i guess, as it was me i was drawing...

also, not the full image, just a thumbnail

seia's picture

Devotee

I chose this one because I've always liked images of a single eye (especially the edited photo's, but they exceed the size limit). My own eyes are green as well, so my choice ended up with this one.
I'm not sure where I got it; it was in my picture folder along with 100's of other random pictures I've put in there over the years.

Shinjinarenai's picture

Postulant

I needed an avatar,and I didn't have any of the correct size, and I love octopi (and all sea life), so I google searched for something of the appropriate size, found this, and loved it. It's very wiggly and cute, just like me! Biggrin

blwinteler's picture

Supplicant

My cousin tattooed this on my last June. I hate needles, so this was at first a personal challenge. But it actually felt good. She's giving me another this summer, as well as touching up the fairy. Anyway, I still absolutely love my fairy. She is very me. Something I am happy to have as a permanent part of me, so I put her here as well.

fairnymph's picture

Embodiment

It's a beautiful tattoo. Smile

V's picture

Embodiment

Mine is Richard, Chief Warlock of the Brothers of Darkness, Lord of the Thirteen Hells, Master of the Bones, Emperor of the Black, Lord of the Undead, Lord of the Dance, and the mayor of a little village up the coast. He's a central character in this awesome webcomic and he's also a stone sociopath. Yet, somehow, Lar and Sohmer make him engaging and really, really funny. I have a habit of advertising some of my favorite artists on other forums (I use Temmin some other places) and my wit can also run to the dry side, like Richard's.

I like it a lot. Richard is full of win.

"If you weren't sure, the skeletons are on our team."
"Listen, like I told your captain, that orphanage attacked me. It was self-defense."
"Killing means never having to say you're sorry."
"Is no one going to ask how he managed to crucify himself?"
"Everyone, I'd like you to meet my pet, Hctib Elttil"

Stormy's picture

Supplicant

coming in a close second. Note that V's sig is a quote from my avatar... Smile

I chose Dr. Horrible because 1) he and his sing-along blog are full of awesome, 2) who doesn't want to just gaze at NPH all day?, 3) the hammer is...well...

If I got to make all the rules, Richard would be my undead comic character boyfriend and Dr. Horrible would be my fictional villain boyfriend. And Doctor #10 would be my Timelord boyfriend. }:)

Obviously mine is not very deep. But still smexy.

The Vixen's picture

Devotee

VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV

Freegrassn's picture

Yeah, I love Looking for Group

SkyRider's picture

Devotee

Love him! I use the Richard avatars from the LFG Extras page from time to time on my MSN. He tends to reflect my mood quite well, especially when I am feeling deviously wicked. }:)

Tigger's picture

Supplicant

Mine is, for now, just one of the stock sample photos that comes with the computer. Why? Because I cant' currently figure out how to access MY photos from this computer. We have a network system and while the photos SHOULD be in the shared folders area, they aren't. I haven't felt like bugging the husband to fix it, so it hasn't been done. I am, however, getting frustrated.

As to why I chose this one - desert. Heat. I'm solar powered!

Pikachu42's picture

Embodiment

well, mine is evil hello kitty. i found it on a wallpaper one day when I was trolling for new ones (I often troll for wallpapers and I have coolwallpaper and they change every 15 mins, so if you know of any good sites let me know) , and i thought it was just cool. i mean its evil hello kitty! how cool is that?! and i chose it because i'm a dork....a big one

Vayshe's picture

Petitioner

to be totally honest, i dont remember anymore.

someone gave me the picture and said it reminded them of me and its been my avatar for most things ever since.

raecchi's picture

Devotee

Mine's of my own making, out of a set of Livejournal mood icons I have half-finished. I was doing an onigiri (rice ball) theme for my journal, and I hit on the notion of doing cute little animated ones. I really love doing pixel art -- it's the only kind I can actually manage to do!

I picked this one in particular because it's the "creative" one, and so seemed rather appropriate for discussing written works. I may change it from time to time. I can't even leave my desktop wallpaper alone for more than a week or two in a row. Smile

MeiLin's picture

Most High

We eat onigiri all the time here, and I love your little happy guy.

Freegrassn's picture

I love the fact that you've animated yours, it really gives it character, and it's really cute.

applejax's picture

Supplicant

I just learned to make onigiri a few weeks ago! I bring them in to work and everyone keeps asking why my rice is shaped like triangle =/

raecchi's picture

Devotee

Juuuust in case anyone finds this later: my head is not an onigiri. Please do not put my head in rice molds or attempt to eat it.

This is the onigiri:

And this is its boyfriend-onigiri:

Yeah, I made a lot of them. I really adore onigiri!

Clare-Dragonfly's picture

Supplicant

I took a picture of my bunny Fiver because he is cute, especially the way the spots line up on his butt.

Capriox's picture

Embodiment

You named your bunny Fiver!! squeee! It's a very cute bunny butt Wink

Why yes, I am a total dork for Watership Down.

SkyRider's picture

Devotee

That was an awesome novel I was introduced to through my school's summer reading list. It turned out to be one of the few I thoroughly enjoyed and I refer it often when my friends are browsing through my shelves. Smile

GreenGlass's picture

Supplicant

I haven't bothered to look up an avatar.

I chose the pretzel because it's twisty. Not straightforward, like a cheeze-it. Wink It's one of the slightly more complicated foods... and I like complicated things.

MeiLin's picture

Most High

It dawned on me that I haven't explained my avatar. Mine is a very pretty painting of Kwan-Yin that I've had for a while. It's not that I think I'm saintly or anything, I just like it and it goes with my name.

Shinjinarenai's picture

Postulant

We sell some very beautiful statues of Kuan Yin, and wow, is she ever awesome and pretty. Neat! I just learned about her at work last week, so it's very cool to immediately use the knowledge and be all like, oh, she represents mercy and compassion, I totally knew that!

MeiLin's picture

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I had a little statue of her, but it had negative connotations (gift from someone who is no longer in my life, on purpose), so I gave it away. I need to get more Kwan-Yin in my life.

kawaiikune's picture

Embodiment

Like the little dog with the envelope for "site news", and the "story behind the story" posts? They're so cute! Where did they come from?

MeiLin's picture

Most High

from Dover. I collect it.

kawaiikune's picture

Embodiment

these are so cute! I miss the days when I found uses for clipart. I might have to work to find one. I tried it once in my current line of work, but was immediately discouraged. It fits much better here.

MeiLin's picture

Most High

I need to renew my subscription to clipart.com. Best money I spend all year. Or among the best monies.

Vandole's picture

Postulant

My avatar is a character from a video game. (specifically, Sword of Mana for the Gameboy Advance) He's the villain, Julius Vandole, a powerful mage seeking to eliminate all other magic users and capture a maiden descended from the ancient mana tribe in order to claim the power of the Mana Tree (the font of all life and magic in this land) for himself. He's been my online persona since the game came out in 2003. I have no clue why I chose him though, other than that I'm a huge fan of the Mana series. And secretly evil and planning to destroy you all.

Hyacinthe's picture

Mine is a cool picture of DNA I found. I'm a biology major who wants to go into microbiology or a closely related field, and DNA is just cool to me. Also, the picture is just awesome.

Oh, and by the way, hi. I've been reading since the middle of book one, but just made an account. I've posted a few times before as Mira.

MeiLin's picture

Most High

Hi! Thanks for getting an account!

kawaiikune's picture

Embodiment

That is so cool. I found this really sweet tie in New Orleans that had DNA on it, and I really wanted to buy it, but I didn't because I'm a girl and I don't have any shirts to wear with ties. I still kind of regret not buying that tie.

The Which's picture

Embodiment

I have to wear them to work, and I really want one of those ties! I also want one of these

Zandu Ink's picture

Embodiment

Those ties are awesome. I so want one. But does it have to be a clip-on?

The Which's picture

Embodiment

or the sides would be rounded!

kawaiikune's picture

Embodiment

are great! The DNA tie looked like this or like this.

NorthwoodsMan's picture

Embodiment

I love being outdoors. Anything to do with anything outside. To the point that I will do yardwork because it's a reason to be outside, even in the city. But spending time in the woods, espically the winter or fall, is my favoriate. Everything you can see and take in when you stop and look.

Requiem's picture

Petitioner

Mine's an experiment in sigil magic. It failed horribly, and while I replaced the avatar elsewhere, the new one seemed slightly inappropriate for here (and doubly so if someone understood it).

Freegrassn's picture

What does it mean?

Requiem's picture

Petitioner

I'm not supposed to tell you, part of the experiment. }:)

Though since its well over, I suppose it can't hurt to say. It was supposed to get me a job with a specific company. Though at this point, it really needs to just be 'any job'. Maybe I'll try again.

TheGrayCrayon's picture

Devotee

I have folders on my computer of things i steal off the internet. A folder for pics, a folder for LoLcats, a folder for wallpapers, a folder for those funny motivational posters, A folder of pictures that make you go WTF? i got my avie out of that last one. I don't remember where i found it just that i laughed for a solid five minutes when i did. Its just the right amount of quirky humor for me. so thats why i suppose i picked it.

manoki's picture

Supplicant

but it's a little inconsistent with joining the military. I hope you find a good path in life, soon.

Andrea's picture

Supplicant

I organize my internet booty too. My avatar came from a batch of small pictures that were either distinctive, funny, or both. None of the other ones seemed quite right at the moment.

Pedes's picture

Postulant

Mine is a speedpainting of my personal character (lover of a main character in one of my stories). Generally I wanted to change my old avatar and made a quick painting. I've been meaning to do something better for a long time but... *coughprocrastination* And I tend to use the same avatar everywhere. (Actually It'll be a pain to change th em all once I've made a new one...)

Also it serves a purpose of fooling people into thinking I'm a handsome young boy }:)

kawaiikune's picture

Embodiment

I really like your avatar. Also, does that mean you're not a boy?

Gudy's picture

Embodiment

I first saw mine several years ago somewhere on the net. Then, when I needed an icon for another forum, I remembered enough of it to find it via Google Image Search. It's been my standard icon ever since.

I like the pro-gay message as well as the way it pokes fun at the stupid terror alert level system, and I like that it is flamboyant in a way that I am usually not. Smile

BCT's picture

Devotee

This is a shot from the closing scene of the movie Starcrossed, the season/series finale of Justice League. Hawkgirl/Shayera Hol was, is, and always will be my favorite animated character, and this scene makes me cry hysterically every single damn time.

gjh42's picture

Mine is one of my one-of-a-kind pieces, an 18k gold brooch with a gorgeous red ammolite. I loved the "fissures" in the pattern and carried them out into the gold.

And for those who don't know, ammolite is an opalized layer of fossil ammonite shell.

TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

I found on the internet, and thought was funny.
Don't remember where.
I taught health for a while, including some smoking-related classes.

fremmed's picture

Petitioner

It's a picture of some of the first dancers of a swing dance style called lindy hop. Near and dear to my heart.

Oh yeah, and they look like they're having lots of fun.

MeiLin's picture

Most High

Them are some kinda crazy moves, that lindy hop. Every time I see people dancing like that I wish I were 30 years younger and athletic. Smile

fremmed's picture

Petitioner

there are people in the scene well into their sixties, seventies, nineties ... lindy hop doesn't rely nearly as much on throwing each other around Smile

applejax's picture

Supplicant

Mine started as a wallpaper, and I like it because it's one little happy ball in a sea of sad ones, and I think that describes me pretty well, since it seems like everybody is so mopey these days, and I like to smile! (I just like to smile, smiling's my favorite!) And I would like nothing more than to go give random people a hug and cheer them up! But that is not the safest thing to do in southern Boston, so I don't.

Laureril's picture

Supplicant

Mine's from a knitting project I did that I really liked - it's an ipod cozy big enough to fit over the darn hardcase. Got a picture of the whole thing somewhere... http://16.media.tumblr.com/INQXJ8PHTj8z7uhjYNPuewIUo1_500.jpg

MeiLin's picture

Most High

Much love for knitting! yay! Smile

girlthing's picture

Petitioner

mine is an image I drew a few days ago. it's supposed to be me drinking tea, floating nonchalantly over choppy sea waters. in the end I had to crop it so you could see some detail, but if you want to see the full image it's here: http://xs536.xs.to/xs536/09066/avatar204.jpg
I hadn't drawn much in a while, so this was more to warm myself up again than anything else. I think I'd be happier with it if I had figured out a way to do it where I wouldnt have to crop it, lol. I got carried away.
as for what it means... I'm not that great at putting it into words. I guess I always draw myself as I wish to be, and right now I'm going through a lot and I'm trying to be calm about it. also I really like tea. and the ocean. and my hair..... yep.
I'm thinking about doing a different one. we'll see I guess.

manoki's picture

Supplicant

My avatar is my third child, in utero, at Halloween.

Taslin's picture

Postulant

Mine is a section of one of my pictures I thought turned out well, especially in the coloring stage. Nothing really earth-shaking, though.

MeiLin's picture

Most High

Very nicely done!

Taslin's picture

Postulant

Thanks! Biggrin I don't really get compliments on my art very often. I'm just one of those half-invisible people.

Marri's picture

Supplicant

AAAAAAAAAAAAAH STARDUST.

There may be something in the world that made me happier than Robert DeNiro as a crossdressing pirate... maybe. Possibly. But doubtful.

Amiable Hummingbird's picture

Devotee

my avatar is just a little icon i found somewhere online... when i decided to make an account on here, i thought it fit my name pretty well. i feel like i should explain my name, as well...
it came from a program i did a few summers ago at Brown University. it was an environmental program, and at the end of it, everyone was given names based on their personalities and the things they learned. mine was "amiable hummingbird" because i am friendly and caring, and they said i'm like the hummingbird because i can be quiet and unassuming, but then i open up and you see flashes of this silly and complicated person, just like the iridescent feathers on a hummingbird.
well that was longer than i expected. Biggrin

Capriox's picture

Embodiment

I raise dairy cows and meat goats, and I really like the whole ruminant animal family (cattle/goats/sheep/mountain sheep/deer/antelope/elk/etc.). The picture is not one of our cows, but it is a pic of an American Lineback breed cow, which we do have one of in our herd of mostly Holsteins & a few Jerseys (damn Jerseys :muttermutter:). Linebacks are actually a dual-purpose breed, designed for use in both milk and meat, so they carry more meat/fat on their bones than a proper dairy cow, but they don't give quite as much milk as one. We got our Lineback as part of a group we bought when we expanded our herd 4 years ago to put in a robotic milker (so cool!!). She isn't our best cow, but I love the speckled coat and dark points the breed has, so I've gone googling for pics of the breed. I think I got this one off a Texas University cattle research program site, and it was small enough that I could tweak it in MSpaint to make an icon.

In short: it was there on my comp, and I like cows Wink Also, I don't believe in astrology but my zodiac sign conveniently is Taurus and I do occasionally get accused of being stubborn ("strong like ox, dumb like bull"). And yes, I like my avatar very much!

On a side note, does anyone know what's a good, free program for editing pics to make icons? I'd love to make some icons out of pictures of *my* cows and especially my goats (baby goats, eee!), but I can't shrink the standard digital camera pics into icon size using MSpaint and I don't want to spend a billion dollars on Adobe Photoshop. If anyone has recommendations for icon-making, I'd love to hear 'em.

Gudy's picture

Embodiment

But Paint.Net is the bigger, more intelligent brother of MS Paint.

For even bigger and more complicated, there's always The Gimp, a free Adobe Photoshop-like program.

Capriox's picture

Embodiment

After skimming what Wikipedia said about them, I went with the Gimp. I just spent the last hour playing around with it, and so far I've figured out how to scale images to icon size, yay! I also tried dabbling with layers, which I've heard of from Adobe Photoshop but never played with myself... oi. Gonna be a steep learning curve there.

But! New icon! The kids are sisters, a set of triplets born in spring '07 to Pansy, my best mommy doe. L->R: S'more, Sugar, and Sadie. I love this picture of them, they're all snuggled up together. Goats bond closely not only with their mother but also their immediate siblings. I lost Sugar in accident when she young, but Sadie & S'more will be BFFs for life.

Laureril's picture

Supplicant

I'm something of an avid digital artist ( http://laureril.deviantart.com ) Not exactly a good one, but I do enjoy messing with stuff. Think of layers like overhead projector slides. You hold them together, and it makes a picture. Then you can single one out take certain ones off. You can also apply filters to only certain ones.

I have a small collection of programs that I like to work with - Adobe CS2 and SAI Paint Tool are both excellent. I use GIMP from time to time, but generally avoid it unless someone asks me to do something on the spot and I don't have my laptop handy. I got a tablet upgrade for Christmas about two years ago and I really don't know how I'd do without it. *huggles her Wacom Bamboo*

MeiLin's picture

Most High

I loves goats.

Gudy's picture

Embodiment

I liked the cow, but the little kiddies are undeniably cute (and I'm not overly fond of goats in general, so that's saying something).

V's picture

Embodiment

Lookit! GOATS!

(sorry, inside joke. But nice new av Smile Sorry to hear about Sugar.)

Biestygirl's picture

Petitioner

mine's a hand drawing i took a picture of. it's part of my (future) tattoo. I'm a biology freak and I LOVE ECHINODERMS and cephalopods ^_^ And sand dollars are one of the first things I picture when I think of the ocean, and the ocean is a very calming thing for me. My great granma lived right on Pudget Sound, and I loved visiting her and her house in general; but after she died, my great aunts sold it to some company who let it fall apart and basically die. It fell into the sound five years ago.
My family also goes camping on the Kenai Peninsula every year since before I was born, so yeah.... I like the water.

I'll stop rambling ^_^

magalicious's picture

Postulant

Ah, lookit, I changed it.
Pretty much, I love high heels. I own way too many, I wear them in the snow, I put them on at the slightest provocation, and I love how they look on women (and some men!).

The Vixen's picture

Devotee

It didn't change...

magalicious's picture

Postulant

srsly?
how 'bout now?

The Vixen's picture

Devotee

nope, I still see the metal collar... might just be me though...

magalicious's picture

Postulant

and damn. Could it be a time delay? It shows up fine on my screen, but if it's just me that really isn't helpful ...

V's picture

Embodiment

If it shows up in the profile, count on it being there...someone else might just have to refresh or clear their cache?

Taslin's picture

Postulant

Yeah, I couldn't see it before, but reloading (actual reloading, not navigating away from the page and back) fixed it.

V's picture

Embodiment

because that was one of my more favorite avatars. Ah well, maybe it'll reappear some day Smile

Laureril's picture

Supplicant

I like the new one too. I just happen to be more fond of collars than ouchy heels that make my feet hurt.

It's hard to find anything in my size because I have incredibly wide feet. I wear about an 8-8.5 (US, women's) but if I actually find a pair in wide, I'm closer to a 7ish! Also, I have monster calves, which makes all but the most stretchy tall boots a no-go for me. T_T

magalicious's picture

Postulant

I have the same problem with boots, and am also the same shoe size! (girly squee!) I feel the pain of looking at those gorgeous boots, and knowing that my diesel calves won't stand a chance.

magalicious's picture

Postulant

But alas, the woman is fickle; it is the prerogative of her gender. Wink
T'will reappear, but I love high heels. I would wear heels to bed (and have been known to, on occasion)!

Katie's picture

Embodiment

My hubby and I have a tendency to accidentally injure each other, or I would SO wear heels to bed.

Heels just make me feel feminine and sexy. Same with long, swishy skirts.

The Vixen's picture

Devotee

I see it now

NekoMegi's picture

Petitioner

My avatar isn't what I would choose for myself, or make for myself if I could. It's just one of the many fangirly things I had laying around. I do like it very much, but at some point it will change to something more representative of myself.

Katie's picture

Embodiment

is just me messing around in corel painter, and saying 'hey that looks kinda neat'

A's picture

Postulant

I thought yours was a melted chocolate swirly thingie...if you don't mind, I'll continue to think of it that way and drool when I see it.

TheBoy's picture

Embodiment

man--I'd just thought of a galaxy

MeiLin's picture

Most High

...a chocolate galaxy? It's where the Land of Dairy Queen is.

Amiable Hummingbird's picture

Devotee

Oooh. Chocolate galaxy. I'm all for that!

Andrea's picture

Supplicant

Now I'm craving a Milky Way bar.

Katie's picture

Embodiment

like I said, it's a doodle. Can be whatever you want it to be. ^_^

A's picture

Postulant

the chocolate fudge rivers running through chocolate mountains....I wanted to crawl into the tube and live there...granted, I was twelve, but man, that was like my version of Big Rock Candy Mountain.

eDreamer's picture

I commissioned a picture of myself as an anime character, at an anime convention.

It didn't turn out how I expected but I'm quite fond of it. Used to be my standard online avatar, though not so much lately, but I dusted it off for here.

Still have the physical picture on a bulletin board in my room.

Capriox's picture

Embodiment

Nifty! Your persona has a sword - do you study any martial arts/do SCA/collect sharp objects IRL? There's a bunch of us here in the forums that do one of those three, or combinations thereof Wink

eDreamer's picture

None of the above I'm afraid.

I asked to be drawn as a wizard actually, but the artist didn't know how to draw that. Blum 3

Marri's picture

Supplicant

I made mine when I was messing around in Photoshop. Pic of stars + pic of moon + lots of erasing, outlining, colorizing and opacity fiddling = <3. I only finally dug it up because I have too many external hard drives and it took a while Biggrin

MissCrys's picture

Well, I saw the default cheez-it, and started giggling, and went and found a bigger image of a cheez-it so I could alter it and add the text. It makes me smile pretty much every time.

kawaiikune's picture

Embodiment

I feel silly for just having pulled mine out of the inner-tubes. You guys are all so artistic, I'm impressed!

A's picture

Postulant

Aphrodite is what I call my little thumbnail and it's one of the reasons my screen name is "A". It's a little thing between hubby and me. I don't look like a Venus IRL, of course. But I've called my guy Adonis for years (due to my love of his muscular bod and his madd skillz in teh bedroom). And if he's Adonis, that makes me Aphrodite, right?

To any potential nitpickers: I use Venus and Aphrodite interchangibly. If there's a latin or greek reason not to conflate any of the above, tough. This works for me.

I have no idea where I found this online.

Laureril's picture

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I ran into this one person at Latin competition that insisted on calling the gods and goddesses by both. In your case it would be "Venusaphrodite" like it was one longer name. Honestly, the classics bunch doesn't much care unless you're talking about within a particular culture. If you're just invoking one without context, either/or works.

Davik's picture

Embodiment

So I finally decided to put up an avatar, and celtic knot work has always had a special place in my heart. The particular design using the triangular pattern means (as I was told) the union of mind, body, and spirit. I wore a necklace with this design for years before I gave it to a girl I dated for more than four years as my equivalent of a class ring. Given how much she meant (means) to me I've never asked for it back, and don't plan to. I guess I'll just have to find something else which means as much to me, but at the moment everything I'm doing is in the fairly large scale of knife making.

November's picture

Because I study to be a librarian and because questionable content drawer jeph jaques is cool. I want the t-shirt so much!

V's picture

Embodiment

I'm a fan of QC, too. And since you asked in your intro: "one who draws" is typically called an artist, while "drawer" as a noun is reserved for those things that pull out of your desk or cabinet.

November's picture

ah, sorry!
The artist Jeph Jaques kicks ass Wink

Zandu Ink's picture

Embodiment

While a sewer can either be one who sews or an underground sanitation pipe.

"Professional sewers needed" seems a bit of a sad commentary.

kawaiikune's picture

Embodiment

Jeph pulls shit out of my desk or cabinet! It's always unexpected, but it happens!

Vil's picture

Mine is from a fanart of Himura Kenshin...I grabbed it before I knew well enough to credit the artist, so I'm actually not sure of its origins, but it looks cool.

araharu's picture

My avatar is from one of my favorite games, The World Ends With You. It's a modern RPG made by the Kingdom Hearts team, and it's an absolutely fantastic game all around. If anybody here has a DS, I would wholeheartedly recommend it (be ready for a challenge though.) This specific image is the "Player Pin" from the game; basically, Players in the Game use this to find Noise and read people's thoughts. You'll have to play the game to know what I mean. ^_-

I'm a mod on the Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Abridged Series website, so this is my current avatar. My previous one was L from Death Note, but I think this is gonna change rather soon...if I change it on Abridged Series website, I'll change it here as well.

Raigne's picture

Embodiment

I have a small fascination with angels (it doesn't stop there, but the other linked symbolism's become a bit convoluted). I couldn't find a pair of wings that I liked, so I found a picture of a puffin wing and 'shopped it into a pair. The original has the caption, "I want the wings but can't stand the halo." I can't help but feel like it's a little pretentious, so I only use it in one place.

Eventually (i.e. when I finally draw it up) I'll get them tattooed on my shoulder blades with a bearded iris in between them.

Capriox's picture

Embodiment

Thanks for sharing Smile I think I'm just in love with those beautiful, soft, cool colors.

Zandu Ink's picture

Embodiment

It represents how, in relation to myself, I am normal. In the grand scheme, however, I am less so.

Also: I love the movie Labyrinth. David Bowie as the Goblin King is the first guy I ever thought I'd to gay for.

Or I could be lying about it all and I'm really just a Minotaur.

ereuyi's picture

Mine's an icon a friend made for me as part of a meme. C'est tout.

Capriox's picture

Embodiment

I don't know how much people rely on icons for quick IDing around here*, but I thought I'd make a note that I just changed my avatar. Of course, I changed it from one pic of my goats to another one, so it's still pretty obvious...

New pic is from this year's kiddings - the little kid is Persia and she's standing on her dam, Peri.

*V, I hope you never change your avatar from that Richard pic, or I won't know when you've commented.

ETA: the thread! it LIVES! /end resurrection

Shade's picture

Supplicant

as I thought I had posted in this thread a few months ago but I guess not :P.

My avatar is Kefka from FFVI. I find him to be the most deliciously evil out of all of the FF villains (yes, I know Sephiroth is badass, but he's also the worst kind of momma's boy) and I love the "bwa bwa bwa bwa" noise he makes when he laughs.

Also - psychotic clown who destroys the world!

Capriox's picture

Embodiment

lol, I like your reasoning. And yeah, I think of Sephiroth as the prettiest of the FF bad guys, but certainly not the worst.

raecchi's picture

Devotee

I dunno, Kuja's gauzy clothing, long floofy hair and thong may put him at the top of the pretty list.

Kefka's pretty awesome, though. He's just so gosh-darned evil!

Yeti's picture

Devotee

Is one of the best sound effects of all time!

And incidentally, my avatar is from one of Umaro's original sketches.

Firesong's picture

Petitioner

My icon was made by Jacqueline Hamilton, a.k.a. Kira, who has a website at http://www.lightsphere.com/ . I don't know her on or off the Internet, but years ago I came across her charming little dragon icons in several colors -- they're not on her own website, but you can find them at http://www.draconian.com/artwork/icons/icons.htm ; she made the first, fifth and sixth designs. When I was building my first humble little web page using my college account, I learned about crediting the original artist and took a few minutes to email her for permission to use the graphic.

My introduction to the Internet happened when I got to college, and my first real participation in an Internet-based community was with the newsgroup alt.fan.dragons. You might say I spent my hatchling days there. My persona was, and to a certain extent still is, that of a red dragon without all the spikes and spines and horns and pointy bits that dragons are often depicted with. I think Ms. Hamilton's icons were originally meant to represent Pernese dragons, but they're the closest I've seen to my mental image of... well, of what I would look like most of the time if imagination were all that mattered. After all, on the Internet, nobody knows you're a human. Wink

Shade's picture

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And also a pretty cool avatar.

Oh man, the Pern books . . . I read a huge number of them when I was younger and just listened to the first three. Holy crap, F'lar is a bastard. I guess 8-year-old me didn't read so much pissiness and anger into his voice, but the whole time I was driving yesterday I was marveling at what an asshole F'lar was.

Capriox's picture

Embodiment

Oh man, Pern is the reason I'm here. I was already a voracious devourer of fiction, but discovering the Pern books in my middle school library (I think the Harper Hall/Melody's story ones) is what hooked me on scifi/fantasy and directly led to my discovering the internet and bb/chat/PBeM RPGs, which included me eventually reading webcomics when those were invented, which led to here.

I agree, though, re-reading Pern isn't as much fun. McCaffrey's characterization is sometimes a bit dry for my tastes. Makes me laugh when people describe the Pern books as *fantasy*, though. If you're going to bother with genre labels, you should at least get 'em right!

Firesong's picture

Petitioner

Capriox wrote:
I agree, though, re-reading Pern isn't as much fun. McCaffrey's characterization is sometimes a bit dry for my tastes. Makes me laugh when people describe the Pern books as *fantasy*, though. If you're going to bother with genre labels, you should at least get 'em right!

I think the Harper Hall books were some of the best of the series. McCaffrey's more recent books, about Pern as well as others, don't seem to be quite as good as her earlier works. They've become more... melodramatic? Purple? Less depth to her characters than there used to be, IMHO.

To be fair, the Pern books might as well be fantasy up until... Dragonsdawn, I think it is, when you find out that the dragons were genetically engineered, and there's a pseudo-scientific basis for the whole situation, blah de blah -- which was fine with me, it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the story.

Capriox's picture

Embodiment

I think Dragonsdawn was one of the other books I read early on (didn't read them in published order until much later), so I always sorta knew it was a scifi tale with a retrograde tech level. I tend to think of ESP/paranormal mental abilities as more of a scifi feature than a fantasy one, anyway (no matter what Mercedes Lackey did =P).

And yeah, the later books... I read them more to find out what happened next, for the plot, rather than as engaging novels in and of themselves. Have you read any of the ones that her son has written? I read one of the ones they co-authored, but I haven't read any of Todd's solo ventures yet.

Marri's picture

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Everyone I know who's read any of Todd's books went through a sequence resembling this:

"Oooh, a new Pern book!"
*reads*
"OH DEAR GOD SOMEONE DESTROY THIS THING."

Admittedly they're from Pern roleplaying sites and far more obsessive than most, but I don't really know anyone who legitimately *liked* them. I found the joint book he wrote with his mother about whers tolerable, but more from a "there is interesting extra information on whers" standpoint than "I actually enjoyed your story" standpoint. The ones he wrote by himself are supposed to be another step down, though a) I haven't read them myself so take that comment with many grains of salt and b) a lot of the anger at the books was because he messed around with people's Favorite Characters. I remember said messing around as being rather uncanon given Anne's books, so the fury might have been more than just "you kept going on their story!" and more "you totally redid their story in a way that's not legitimate" but again... don't know for sure.

Shade's picture

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I read LOTR and HHGTTG first and wanted more. My mother had some of Terry Brooks' Sword of Shannara series, but I read half of the first one, decried it as utter ripoff of LOTR, and hunted around her bookshelf until I found the Pern series :P.

The Harper Hall ones were always my favorite too. The point when they find the spaceship and stuff on the Southern Continent a little later on is just kinda . . . meh. I mean, it's an interesting social theory, blah blah blah, but I got really tired of what felt like generic plots and flat characters . . . rather like Redwall in its later years. Is Brian Jacques still writing books? :?

I liked Moreta's Ride a lot though.

Capriox's picture

Embodiment

He is! I saw a new Redwall book in Barnes & Nobles within the last year, I'm sure of it. And yes, those stories become very formulaic at times, although I LOVED them when I growing up.

Although, I tend to find Mercedes Lackey formulaic at times, too. Or at least, I've read so many books by her that I can recognize stock characters, themes, and situations she uses. Eric Flint's writing has become a bit repetitive to me, too, although the host of characters of the 1632 series remain well-developed (lots of co-writing problem helps there).

....

I think maybe my problem is that I just read too much =?

Gudy's picture

Embodiment

... as reading too much. Blum 3

That said, a great many writers do tend to get into something of a rut, especially when they spend a lot of time either in the same universe or with similar plot lines. This becomes especially apparent the more you read, both stories by one particular author and more generally in a particular genre or in related genres. Seen from that point of view, reading a lot is bad because it means you're likely no notice such things more readily AND you're more likely to stumble upon formulaic books. OTOH, you're also more likely to stumble upon the odd hidden gem or two in your everlasting hunt for MOAR BOOKS!.

Capriox's picture

Embodiment

Sometimes it makes me want to be an editor at a place like Baen, just so I can say, "hey, author, that's already been done a million times! You're not allowed to do it too unless you have a better take on it!"

Like Naomi Novik. She writes a series that focuses on dragon-human fighting partnerships. Doesn't sound promising until you find out that her take on it isn't just another Pern or Dragonlance take off. It's actually an alternate history Horatio Hornblower-type story. BTW, I highly recommend her if you haven't tried her stories yet. The first book in the series is "His Majesty's Dragon".

Shade's picture

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Horatio Hornblower + dragons? Best combination ever.

Man, those Hornblower books (and subsequent A&E series) were pretty fundamental to forming mini-Shade's worldview. I love Horatio so much. I'll have to hunt down those others . . .

Also, Gudy, you got that exactly right. MOAR BOOKS, MOAR. FEED THE BRAIN MACHINE. D

Oh, and you guys should really read the Gormenghast series by Mervyn Peake. The language is simply gorgeous.

Capriox's picture

Embodiment

Mervyn Peake? Duly noted.

I hope you guys like Novik. I think she has a great writing style, she;s comfortable writing the Napoleonic era, and the main characters are wonderfully human (or dragon..!).

*off to gobble down the newest Novik book and anything else she can find to read including the back of the cereal box...*

Shade's picture

Supplicant

thank you thank you for telling me about this book. Biggrin I absolutely love it :D.

Temeraire is freaking adorable Biggrin And I love the Navy stuff XD XD XD

Gudy's picture

Embodiment

... very much, indeed. I'm up to chapter 7, and I like it a lot.

Although things have been a little predictable and some of the minor characters feel a bit flat, e.g. Laurence' family, Temeraire is indeed adorable and most of the other characters are sufficiently complex to have me hooked. I absolutely love the way she shapes her writing style to fit the atmosphere of the setting without sounding stuffy.

Capriox's picture

Embodiment

ee! I'm glad you guys are enjoying. Temeraire continues to become more awesome with time, and I think as he & Laurence become more involved in the world of dragon soldiering and eventually fighting, you'll get to know some of the "rest of the gang" better.

Gudy's picture

Embodiment

... I have a PDF of His Majesty's Dragon lying around because it's available as a free, legal download from Suvudu. Your recommendation has just bumped it up significantly on my comfortably large To Read list of electronic books.

The Which's picture

Embodiment

another VERY enthusiastic recommendation!

Gudy's picture

Embodiment

As soon as I finish David Drake's Lord of the Isles (which, BTW, is another meh book for me), I'll start reading His Majesty's Dragon.

The Which's picture

Embodiment

I remember liking it a lot, but I never read the sequels. Why? I don't know. I wonder if I'm getting mixed up with another book? I know I *have* read it, but I'm not sure why I never bothered to read further...

Shade's picture

Supplicant

Thank you for the link! I've never heard of Suvudu before. I'm definitely adding this to my book list.

If you've got time, read For Love of Mother - Not that's linked on their main page. It's pretty entertaining Smile

Laureril's picture

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I actually learned to read by following along as she was reading aloud to me. I started reading books at that level on my own in first grade. Then we moved and I devoured nearly the entire fiction section of my school's library (except Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys. Pansies. Encyclopedia Brown and Sherlock Holmes were way better.)

I had always gravitated toward sci-fi and fantasy, but between playing Everquest with my Dad and seeing the Dungeons and Dragons movie (Yes, I'm ashamed to admit it, but it's what made me want to play DnD.) I started really getting interested in high fantasy. I read several series: Shannara, Pern, LotR, Dragonlance (which confused the heck out of me since I read Dragons of Summer years before any of the others and couldn't figure out why everything seemed extremely familiar... but not the same story I'd read.)

As for the RPGs that so often go hand-in-hand with fantasy, it took a while, but I got my hands on a PHB and some modules and played one-on-one DnD with my best friend. We ended up making the rules up as we went. >

Never really got into Redwall, so I can't really answer your question. Last I heard he was still churning them out.

So anyway, fantasy ftw!

Marri's picture

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Your reaction to the Sword of Shannara books was exactly my reaction to the Wheel of Time books! I got to the point where the male character from the quiet farming village has to go into the scary monster infested dwarven mines to escape from the group of Bad Guys following him (I think there might even have been nine of them) and gave up.

Yes, he is. I gave up around the 14th or so, though I think I saw in Borders that the most recent one is Eulalia.

I didn't mind the sci fi stuff in the earlier books; the whole 'set up a colony' stuff I really liked. I could died happy without her ever writing anything with AIVAS, though. That's almost the definition of Deus Ex Machina.

Shade's picture

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I thought I would never find someone else who hates the WoT books. I loathe them so much. I also loathe the superiority of the WoT fans. "Oh, you're reading X? WoT is SO MUCH BETTER."

Hate hate hate hate hate.

Agreed on the AIVAS junk as well.

Raigne's picture

Embodiment

I tried to get into WoT twice unsuccessfully. I couldn't make it past the first book the first try, and the second try I got about a quarter of the way into book three and couldn't read anymore. Way too much drama. I couldn't stand it. The last time I had that reaction was the third book of the dark elf trilogy....

Amy's picture

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To me as an avitar for this story. Mine is actually Neuschwannstein, King Ludwig's Castle in Bavaria, Germany. Mad King Ludwig had it built in total fantasy style long before Disney came along. He spent so much money on it that he bankrupted his country and was deposed for it a few years after it was finished.

I like castles in general & was rather jazzed that someone had built a Cinderella castle that was meant to be lived in as a working castle.

As for WoT ... Sorry I tried tree times to get into the dang thing failed miserably, gave it up as a cause unworthy of my time, & eventually used it to help start fires during a long power outage during a blizzard. It was literally the only thing in my collection that I would allow to be so sacrificed.

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