September 4th, 2011 2:55 AM
Tiny itty bitty bit of backstory: I was absolutely OBSESSED with 'magic eye' pictures when I was a kid.
The moment I saw this task I knew I had to do it.
I sat down and found a program that will translate pictures into sterograms, and researched how the pictures are composed (googled sterogram, really) and figured out that lighter scales become more pronounced/stand out more in the finished stereogram. I played around with a few pictures I had on my laptop to see how different colors/backgrounds/etc translated.
I wasn't really happy just picking a picture that made a decent 'gram and go with that. I wanted something special. I made a few attempts at altering my profile picture (StupidFox) but wasn't satisfied. Paint just isn't sophisticated enough. I had a sudden idea. Why don't I go through the Monster Manual? I have them all on my laptop...
I have to admit, some of those came out pretty cool-looking.
Still wasn't happy though.
I know! I'm totally missing my old WoW character, Beeframen. I can do a sketch of Beefy with his bear and cat forms! I even looked up all his old equipment for accuracy. I then realized that I can't draw, and I wanted this stereogram to be epic, not crappy.
Then it hit me. Really hard, in the face. PORTAL!
Because who doesn't love the companion cube?
The program I found makes pretty generic rainbow-y images, so I looked around for some other color pattens to use because, EPIC NOT CRAPPY. I found a stereogram with some interesting coloring and used the stereogram to make my companion cube stereogram. There was a moment where I thought the background stereogram would show up, but it managed not to.
I WILL make a crappy drawing of Beefy and make him a stereogram at some point. I'll update this task when I do, but for now, I am happy with my companion cube.
I had a ton of fun doing this task (even if trying to make supidfox a stereofox frustrated me to no end), and expect to make a ton of stereograms in the future.
Also as an afternote: I was going to do a 'gram of Secret Squirrel. I think I still shall.
I'm also relatively sure that my companion cube doesn't suck.