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12 September 2008 @ 01:40 pm
 
I've got a quandary. ( ._.) About what to use for icons for a certain character that has gone through about a million different looks as his series has gone on.

So I'm about 90% certain I'm going to pick up Calypso from the Twisted Metal series. I've had this fascination with him since I was about, like, 13. :V Anyways.

I've run into a problem in figuring out what I should do for his icons, as I stated. In each installment of the series, he's changed looks. Either drastically, or subtly. Sometimes it's a whole new design, sometimes he just looks fucked up because the graphics are shit.

In my head, he's always looked most like how he does in Twisted Metal 4. However, that game is 1) complete shit, 2) has no decent pictures/graphics of him sans that one I just linked, 3) isn't even canon.

We just don't plain talk about how he looked in Twisted Metal 1 & 3, for the record. Twisted Metal: Black, while one of the most brilliant installments of the series, had a VERY weird departure for him. I'm not fond of the smushy face and baldness. Nossir.

Twisted Metal 2's version is where 4's design is based on. He is a slick motherfucker. However, the art is questionable at the best of times, as this was the early 90s and we were all fucking stupid then. I would have to resort to a lot of choppy art and screenshots for icons. And I'm not a big fan of the facial burn scars he was sporting around this time.

Twisted Metal: Head-On has him with a design that's a fusion of his Black version, and his TM2 version. He's got the sunken, fucked-up eye, long (now-white) hair, and a bald top. This installment, being the newest, easily has the best art. The endings for all the contestants is a veritable cornucopia of icon fodder since he pulls the most awesome/priceless expressions and poses through the whole thing.

However, if I went with this version, I would miss his suit very, very badly. :( Also, I don't like the bald top dealie.

Finally, there's the option of simply drawing all my own icons to suit yet another mash-up of everything I like about all his many variations. I just got a tablet, so really, I should take this excuse to start puttering around with it.

But then I'd feel bad that I'm not using existing, canon sources that are right there...

So it comes down to a toss-up of TM:Head-On version, TM2 version, and drawing my own. The pros and cons of such as follows:

TM2 VERSION
PROS: Favourite general look for him. Suits are hot. So are claws. So are eyes with cat-slitted pupils. Has an okay amount of stuff to pull from for icons.
CONS: Occasionally wonky art. Face burns. Only an 'okay' amount of icon fodder.

TM: Head-On VERSION
PROS: Wonderful art. Lots of it. Newest version of him, so that should count most(?) as canon.
CONS: Bald. No suit. No claws. No monster eyes, just a fucked up one.

DRAWN ICONS
PROS: Can make any and all versions fused into one perfect Calypso. Any range of expressions and icon fodder to be made to my own specifications. Will (technically) never run out of source material. Excuse to get back into drawing a lot more.
CONS: Drawing takes longer and can be frustrating. Not adhering to canon artwork that's out there if I just look for it and/or decide on one.

THIS IS HARD :(

EDiT: WHAT NOW, BITCHES
 
 
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DEL! Somebodytorment_cage on September 13th, 2008 08:43 am (UTC)
OH GAWD WHAT IS GOING ON



IT'S SO LATE AND DEL! IS SO TIRED

WHY DOES IT HURT TO MOVE MY HEAD
pseudobiotic: Wiltpseudobiotic on September 13th, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC)
YAY TABLET!

IS IT NOT FUN?!
DEL!: Sloth Loves Himselfdel_the_psycho on September 13th, 2008 09:57 pm (UTC)
Takes a little getting used to working on a smaller screen, since work spoiled me with that too. (So it's harder to judge what width of a paintbrush I should be using, etc, etc.)

But then that's where the beauty of photoshop comes in since any and all mistakes can be undone. |3
kaysperkaysper on September 14th, 2008 12:35 am (UTC)
And LAYERS. Can't forget the other beautiful part of Photoshop!