Monday, October 8, 2012

Phony Photos 4: This One's for the Ladies!

The last three of these have all been female characters, but I don't want to give you the impression I only make female characters on the Sims.  Though actually I do make a much greater percentage of female characters I think than male ones.  I don't know, making men just seems kind of boring.  Your choices about the clothes and hair are a lot fewer (I mean there are only so many variations of suits and T-shirts), plus most men don't wear makeup.  So you're a bit limited in what you can do.  And really when you look at hairstyles to download for men, most look better suited for women, so unless you're making anime dudes they don't work so well.

Anyway, all that said I do have some male characters.  I actually put this one in my fake movie trailer post, which you may or may not remember from the last Wednesday of August.  This is Detective Steve Fischer from my novel Chance of a Lifetime.

One of the biggest challenges in the Sims is to make middle-aged people.  I mean you can make a guy who's 20-something or 70-something but it's hard to make a guy who looks 50.  There are a few add-ons with graying hair but they aren't great, so I just took regular brown hair and spray-painted a little gray that isn't extremely noticeable.  I also spray-painted the whiskers to add the gray in. 

You can't see it in this picture but Steve's suit has a police badge on his hip.  It's an FBI badge technically, but whatever.  A badge is a badge to me.  Here's a better look at it:

It's always fun then to see what Steve looks like after almost dying and being injected with an experimental drug:

So there, I got a female one in here too.  Fooled you!

Tomorrow is another Two-Fer Tuesday...


  1. You're right about the Sims. I wanted to make a middle aged guy once and it was impossible. I think it's cool how you added that badge.

  2. Badges? We don't need no stinkin' badges.

    I can't hear the word "badge" without thinking of that phrase and I don't even know where it comes from. I like to change it to my Madison region:

    "Badgers? We don't need no stinkin' badgers."

    As you can see, I have very little to say about this post. I've still got that book of yours on my reading list.

  3. Yep. Pretty cool. You could export them to photoshop or something and practice drawing wrinkles.

  4. This is a broody looking guy. Just what you'd expect of a detective.

    The only thing weird about all these Sims is the mouth. Its kinda creepy; all that glowing white teeth. The mouth is the same on all the characters and sometimes it just doesn't quite fit the look.

    I've never attempted any type drawing or artwork except stick figures though, and those all look the same too, lol.


  5. Age and likenesses can be simplified if you remember that these are not captured through details. If you mom was standing across the intersection from you, not a single detail would be visible, not a hair or wrinkle. But you'd know it was her. Why? It's all about bone structure and lighting. Never details.

    1. That's why you're the painter and I'm the guy who goofs off with a video game.

  6. Hey PT!
    Ah yes, Detective Steve Fischer looks like a guy who just had a religious experience. Or maybe he just dropped one in his pants...

  7. I bet that is hard to make people look middle-aged because the skin is smooth.

  8. Balding FBI agents never get old. :)



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