I made my own simple skin; but I agree that youtube fan-nerds need to lay off and get their own skins, I've seen enough people saying that they use the kakashi skin that Etho uses, because they want to be like etho, most of them don't even know who the skin is portraying.
Seriously, hurry up and do something YOLO stupid so you DLAM
What you have to keep in mind is that there are a lot of younger kids who play Minecraft. They like their superheroes and cartoon characters (so do their dads - I have a Tick skin - I don't want to take the time to make my own). They also like to imitate the people they see on youtube just like they would imitate stars and athletes in real life.
My son is seven and he has a Picachu (sp?) skin because that is what he likes. Of course I don't let him play on public servers so you wouldn't see him, heheh.
Um, yeah... sorry about that. How do you even do shading properly, or even noise? Is there some kind of tool for it? I have absolutely no idea how to select the, like, gradiated colors or whatever they're called. And adding stuff like knees, elbows, and fingers is a fine art as far as I'm concerned.
I use MCSkin3D for "gradient" colors. I use the "lighten/darken" tool, and the darker the area, the more clicks I use with the darken tool. Same goes with the lighten tool. Brighter areas equal more clicks.. Most of the skins I make will follow a general pattern. Sometimes I have to adjust depending on what's on the skin however.
I should probably explain what I mean by this "single shaded colors" thing.
For me, this would be an example of a badly done skin:
This looks rushed, like it took only 5 seconds to make. It's just a personal thing I dislike (some other people probably do too). If this is all you can do, that's absolutely fine. I'm not criticizing anyone lol.
And an example of a better skin might be something like this:
There's slight detail added (minor shade, and fingers added). To me, this looks a bit better than the previous pic.
Again, it's only a matter of opinion. It doesn't cause rage, like the damn emo skin that I see on every server in existence, but it's just something I dislike.
I don't see why everyone hates animal skins (or perhaps everyone is referring to the minecraft animal mobs, like cows/chickens/sheep). I happen to have made several and I kinda like them lol.
I like seeing a variety of skins. Helps me tell people apart even though there's a giant name floating over them, like when there's a crowd and the names become a jumble. Mine's in my avatar (I've altered the color scheme a bit to be a little more muted since then). Kind of just went with a random idea for that one, then iterated over it a few times however long I've been playing. I'm no expert artist, but I threw a bit of detail and shading in.
To me using someones else's skin is like wearing someones else's clothes, it may look alright but isn't you...
Yeah, i take skins a bit too serious >_>
I have to agree.
Another game I played had an option where players could submit their own graphics as well to be used in game. Almost everyone would either steal them, or make slight edits to it, and claim 100% ownership. The point is, although it looks ok, it's not something that you yourself made, and really isn't you.
I find a bit too easy to make your own skin.
There's no point getting a skin from from site for free.
All I do is:
1. Look at my own attire at the moment
2. Recreate it in Paint.net
3. Add something clever to it for uniqueness.
So I based my skin off of my clothes that day, and added a fish bowl on my head.
One thing I would like to add to the discussion about girl skins with their eyes is that it's not too easy to indicate a girl. The eyes make it simple to do.
It may be slightly harder, but does EVERY girl skin have to have those eyes and that hair? Seriously, every single girl skin I see has the exact same thing. Huge eyes, and hair that goes down their shoulder. Every one of them are recolors too. It's very annoying. I think it's possible to make a decent girl skin without having those eyes.