I discovered Gravatar over a year ago and have used it to represent me visually on blog comments and to give my online identity some consistency in other online spaces. A few weeks ago I changed my Twitter avatar and, after recently leaving a blog comment with an avatar that didn’t match, I decided it was time for a Gravatar update. If you’re not using Gravatar why not give it a try?
Looking over the history of my evolving Gravatar avatars-
I remembered that between
@rakt had asked…
and the simple answer is… I don’t use an avatar creator. I make them from photographs in a variety of ways.
I usually start with a full face colour portrait. Then I’ll change the colour/contrast/fill settings using Picasa. After that I open the photo in an older version of Paint Shop Pro, Paint.net or GIMPshop, copy half of my face and play with the effects until I create something I like. Sometimes I’ll flip the tablet screen and use ArtRage to draw or trace over a photo. When I’m semi-satisfied I copy and mirror my half face, tidy things up and finish off in Picasa or whatever suits me. Mostly it’s just playing and experimenting until I’m happy with what I see.
Here’s a few samples to demonstrate a little of what I do.
Of course it doesn’t always work…