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Burn Unit
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Last Logged In: July 8th, 2017
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Player Portrait by Burn Unit

January 2nd, 2008 12:06 AM

INSTRUCTIONS: Paint a fellow player - we'd really prefer that you use their player photo as your model, though. Any medium/style, but let us know what you end up doing with it.

tiny EPIC player portraits for all!

little portraitsI made 20 water color player portraits, each one about the size they appear on the player page, which is smaller even than they appear on individual players' pages. I think I botched only one (sorry Natalia Envy, I might try again)—as I've said elsewhere, I am not an experienced painter. So I really just worked with the watercolors I had available and the techniques that I discovered as I went along. Some of them turned out really well, others not so much. That and the technique generally improved as I went further down the page, though I really like how some of the top half portraits turned out (for example I really like how my Herbie Hatman worked out with the negative space, but the rongo rongo one was really sweet close up because it's not perfect but I made it work somehow. I suppose my favorite is probably Loki and/or Spar). Whose player photos do I admire? Many of them, actually. I could paint the first four players on the player list by score really easily, each of whose player photo I really like for different reasons. I stared at them and realized that the front page of player listings by score looked like a sheet of stamps. Tiny (possibly collectible?) images of cool people? Wait... Somehow between this and my ongoing work with the teensy sail, I got inspired something fierce.

So here's what I'm gonna do
Further appropriating an already appropriated idea, I'm going to make teensy weensy Interregnum player portraits for anyone who wants one bad enough to do any of the following:

1) Show your drive: Achieve the first page, by score during this era (Interregnum). Once you reach first page, message me to notify me you've seen this proof and have made it to first page and you want your portrait. I'm not gonna watch and keep track, so you're going to have to tell me. You don't have to stay there for any length of time, but you can't get there by just submitting a bunch of b.s. proofs that all get flagged. If things get fast and furious you might need to screenshot your appearance on first page before messaging me.

2) Show your understanding of SF0 economic theory: Collaborate with me on a task of your choosing that we can reasonably achieve in the Interregnum. (please don't just add me, message me first)

3) Show the love: Vote for this completion. (Interregnum is an era of discontinuity, so discontinuous with my other patterns of behavior, campaigns notwithstanding, or comments I've made criticizing vote-whining, here is one of the few times you will see me nakedly asking for your votes)

All three options close at the inauguration of Insatiability. Portraits not completed by then will still be done during next era.

Two further pot-sweeteners:
You will receive both a digital version and the hard copy original of the tiny portrait. Current front page players who haven't already, you'll have to send me your address to get the portraits I've made for this initial proof.

Since this is inspired by my vision of players as stamps, top row players at the close of Interregnum (i.e., the top four, including The Interrex) who have voted for this proof will get your tiny portrait as a sheet of U.S. stamps at my expense. (non-US players we'll work something out if necessary--looks like the UK does it)

Now I know that unlike Dax, I am not a professionally trained portraitist, so my faces look cartoony and crude. Also my sense of proportion is way off. And I mess up the colors sometimes. And I things put in the wrong position. And there may be better ways to do it.

But to everyone's advantage and delight, they're teeny, which is a whole 'nother category of fun and awesome!

Thank you for your time!

tiny player portraits for some, tiny american flags for others!

- smaller



in progress 1

in progress 1

tiny atelier

tiny atelier

my tiny work space for tiny portraits with a tiny dram of whisky

color tests

color tests

along with the print out that first made me think of stamps

all 20

all 20

close up on the 20 portraits water color taken from the score page as it looked early on 1/1/08 <em>this is a test</em>

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13 comment(s)

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posted by anna one on January 2nd, 2008 12:13 AM

My gods, man. I will meet all three of your requirements!

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posted by K! on January 2nd, 2008 12:20 AM

I feel super special for being on the first page for the first time ever! Lucky me. Thanks for painting me.
However, this vote isn't just because I'm flattered. I really like the commissioning idea. Bribery gets things done!

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posted by The Vixen on January 2nd, 2008 1:22 AM

I think the one of Bex is my favorite :)

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posted by Meta tron on January 2nd, 2008 3:01 AM

These are so cute, I love the one of Shane! I'd vote anyway even without the so-called bribery. ; )

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posted by Tøm on January 2nd, 2008 3:12 AM

What do we UK players need to do for our portraits??

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posted by rongo rongo on January 2nd, 2008 5:47 AM

Adorable! I think SF0 could use a good dollop of cute every now and again. And that is a great idea to do them as stamps.

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posted by Charlie Fish on January 2nd, 2008 8:12 AM

Burn, this is truly awesome. I want to vote lots of times.

I will PM you my address to claim my teeny portrait.

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posted by Adam on January 2nd, 2008 9:21 AM

This is an awesome completion, I will also PM you my address.

Perhaps you should keep an SF0 address book.

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posted by miss understanding on January 3rd, 2008 7:25 AM

This is great and I love the stamps idea. I would vote for this regardless of bribery, but who I am to turn away a bribe that encourages me to do something besides stress myself out about the coming year?

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posted by The Revolutionary on January 4th, 2008 2:43 PM

This is incredibly awesome.

Go Unit!

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posted by Ian Kizu-Blair on January 12th, 2008 12:38 AM

Super great. I'm really looking forward to seeing the stamps.

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posted by Fonne Tayne on January 23rd, 2008 12:16 PM

umm... i just realized how damn detailed the herbie hatman portrait is... bravo bravissimo!

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posted by susy derkins on March 10th, 2008 1:51 AM

So, did all the tiny portraits were done and sent? Which one was made into a postal stamp?