This Instructable describes how to make an avatar with original artwork.
In simple terms it is a square image which represents a user on an internet site.

One Instructables member was asking for contributions and I thought I'd have a go for something to do on a Bank-holiday weekend.

Step 1: Theme

Here, the community has been invited to design an avatar for a member, but the same methodology would apply to yourself.

The member seems to like K'NEX, and there's some kind of "Jam" element, evidenced at least by the Forum Topic.

I thought of "K'NEX jam"
gys im going to be making somthing realy cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
nice job man
That was a long time ago, but it's nice to be reminded.<br> <br> L
I think that if you used the lasso tool (polygonal) to remove the subject and paste it onto an empty canvas, it would be easier than using the white brush
It might, but I have a wobbly-hand and can never do the whole loop right...<br> <br> L
what about the magnetic lasso tool?
I don't know what that is, but I'm interested - where do I find it in PhotoShop 6.0?<br> <br> L
When you use the lasso tool, there shoupld be about 3 or 4 types when you click on the lasso in the side panel. There should be one there with a little magnet. It basically detects areas of high contrast and highlights the subject. I use a combination of magnetic and polygonal.
&nbsp;Pickled Knex?
So some of the knex I will be getting was in a jar full of jam?&nbsp; =P<br /> <br />
Juice-drink, yes I will post it next week.<br /> <br /> L<br />
Lolz, what's taking so long?<br />
To be honest: there was a series of days of industrial action in the postal service (instructables postcard too a<em> long</em> time to arrive) - I decided to wait until we were clear of that (not to get &quot;lost&quot;). Then I've just been a bit slow - I''l tell you when it's been dispatched.<br /> <br /> L<br />
Any ideas for a Camel and Kryptonite?<br />
Not yet, that's an interesting idea...<br /> <br /> L<br />
When bored I doodle down a camel with a Superman sign and a cape, but it's hard to get that into a thumbnail size image.<br />
Hmm yes. Did you see this:<br /> <a href="http://scottthong.wordpress.com/2009/04/17/spider-camel/">spider-camel</a><br /> ?<br /> <br /> L<br />
So this is how you did it! Good idea, i like the jammy effect! Well done!
lol YOU could use this! Why are you called "Jamalam" anyway?
Yeah he made it for me a while back but it wouldn't let me save it. And Jamalam is just a nickname from IRL.
<strong>I</strong>n <strong>R</strong>eal <strong>L</strong>ife.<br/>
Ah OK. Yeah that's like "Lowney" but why Jamalam?
I like mine. It shows what country I am from, which tells people why I don't use American terminology, why I normally seem to be on at weird times (time zone difference of like 5-8 hours) and to show pride in the pile of poo britain has become. Also it shows the first letter of my surname.
i uploaded a new avatar today
K'nex = 5 * by default.<br/>
how much knex do you have? make a knex gun!
Not a lot of K'NEX really, but I thought I'd see what I could do with it, so far not much L
Hmm, can I have a picture of all the knex you found around your home? I'll go check around and see what guns you can make with it.
I found it in a charity shop...<br/><br/>Rods<br/>&gt;green 17mm 61x<br/>&gt;white 32mm 45x<br/>&gt;blue 55mm 23x<br/>&gt;yellow 85mm 12x<br/>&gt;red 130mm 6x<br/>&gt;grey 192mm 5x<br/><br/>Connectors<br/>&gt;grey 0<sup>o</sup> (1 connection) 23x<br/>&gt;grey 45<sup>o</sup> (2 connections) 9x<br/>&gt;red 90<sup>o</sup> (3 connections) 21x<br/>&gt;green 135<sup>o</sup> (4 connections) 25x<br/>&gt;purple 135<sup>o</sup> (4 connections) 16x<br/>&gt;orange 180<sup>o</sup> (2 connections) 9x<br/>&gt;yellow 180<sup>o</sup> (5 connections) 11x<br/>&gt;blue 315<sup>o</sup> (7 connections) 10x<br/>&gt;white 360<sup>o</sup> (8 connections) 5x<br/><br/>18 blue spacers<br/><br/>7 grey gears, 1 blue, 1 big yellow, some wheels, black and brown bits and a couple of red triangular things<br/><br/>L<br/>
I think you can build a few guns then.
ps nice ible!! 5*, and faved.
how do you get photo shop?
A friend of mine left PhotoShop on my machine when I was sharing it with him. But there are alternatives, a lot of people use <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.instructables.com/tag/?sort=none&limit%3Atype%3Aid=on&q=gimp">GIMP</a>.<br/><br/>And yes, the jar is cracked, I was hoping the flash might highlight it in a nice way, but it didn't - that's quite observant of you.<br/><br/>L<br/>
there seems to be a crak it the jar?
Bravo, wizard 'ible. Nicely done.
Thanks - it wasn't actually that hard to do, so I hope that shows. L
Great work! I was planning on taking this route, as most people when it comes to design, just sit infront of a computer and make something up. Creativity lies in the captured photo, the creation of art using paint, and paper, though a physical medium in the real world.
You know, I only really thought about posting this when I considered that someone might ask where I got it from. Thanks for the comment L

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