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I'm trying to avoid talking to cubes...

A Character is a Character

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So, I was asking myself earlier: how could I create a character that looked like something really cool, yet be totally new?  And then I wondered, how would I create a character without the humanoid shape?  (After all, it’s used way to much with science-fiction alien lifeforms.)  My only solution would be to animate inanimate objects – make them come alive.  But how uncool is that?  And how many times has it be done?

Please don't talk back to the little grey cube - we wouldn't want to encourage it.

There are animal-people, also called anthropomorphic characters – but that’s not what I’m looking for.  So, I suppose I’ll be sticking to the norm and create an awesome character based on the human form, but I’d love to discover if it were possible to create a character that easy to relate to, recognizable as a character, and yet breaks the mold of needing to have eyes, feet, hands, move, or even speak.  We don’t need any more living plants eating people – let’s play safe and dive off the deep end with ingenuity.

So the question is, what makes a character a character?

Peace out and please share your thoughts on this!

Removing people from the background

Off To Cleveland Again :)

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I’m heading off in a few minutes to meet up with my ride to Cleveland again, but this time some friends and I are going to help a family move from Cleveland to West Virginia!  I should be away for a couple days, helping load their truck and whatever else needs being done.

Recently I helped a friend prepare a photo for a contest (sadly I didn’t send it back to her until it was too late – it was taking forever to attach the file.)  Anyhow, the job was relatively simple: remove the people from the background and make the image look stunning.  Well, I didn’t get around to making it look awesome, but the people sure have disappeared.

Removing people from the background

Removing people from the background. Photo credit: Mai Kwok

She was very pleased with the result, and is even going to frame it, so all is well. :) I edited it in GIMP 2.6.6 and used the Clone and Heal tools, as well as blur.

Well, I had better pack for this trip. A ton has happened since this post and my last, including working on my website, (the main part of this site,) visiting Colonial Williamsburg, starting private vlogging, and so forth.

God bless and see you next time!

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