Wavatar artwork

Wavatar montage

For now, I’ll just put the alternate Wavatar artwork here. To use it, replace the wavatars/parts directory from the original plugin with the directory in that zip file. (Or if you feel so inclined, rename the old one and make parts a symbolic link to parts-funky.)

You’ll also need to edit the plugin; in wavatars.php, change the avatar size to 100:

define("AVATAR_SIZE", '100');

And if you’ve had Wavatars running already, you’ll need to clear your cache.

If the moons are aligned correctly, an easier way to do this will be in all our futures.

UPDATE: I’ve made one or two minor changes to the art since yesterday. The latest version is here. In general, this link will always be to the latest version. Might still be some little tweaks as I notice what eyes don’t line up with what; if I ever get around to releasing it in an easy-to-plug-in way I’ll try to make sure it’s final first.

And one other thing; I’ve changed the Wavatar plugin slightly to draw eyebrows on top of eyes. It makes things more expressive with the new art because the eyes are bigger and overlap the eyebrows reasonably often. The relevant change is to find and swap these two lines:

wavatar_apply_image ($avatar, "brow$brow");
wavatar_apply_image ($avatar, "eyes$eyes");

The one that comes last will appear on top.

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Wavatars – Now with New and Funky Art

Okay, here’s an insight into how my mind works.

I set up WordPress this afternoon. All good. One of the first things I did was install Wavatars. Cool. They look aweso-tasta-riffic.

Then I read Shamus’ post on how Wavatars are generated. And my first thought was… it’d be really easy to make custom artwork for that. Then my site’s Wavvies would have their own unique feel.

My, wouldn’t that be a productive way to spend an entire evening.

So now, thanks to my obsessive nature, this site has funky custom Wavatar art. The new Wavvies have the same general characteristics as the original art, so you’ll still recognise your face, but it has more of a freehand feel to it. For example, compare my Wavatar on Shamus’ site with the new one on my site:

Original Wavatar art New funky Wavatar art

I haven’t done extensive testing on how well the eyes and stuff line up, but I figure that’ll all come out in the wash.

If there’s any demand for it I can make the new art public. However, I kind of have a dream where every site with Wavatars does their own custom look and feel that matches the rest of the site. I realise that not everyone is insane enough to put in that amount of work… but hey, I can still dream.

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WordPressTastic

It’s been in the back of my mind for a while to throw out the disgustingly hacky pile of homebrew PHP crud that was my old blog, and switch to WordPress. I’m sort of attached to the idea of having complete control over how it works, but I also didn’t want to spend any time cleaning it up or adding features.

And then Shamus Young implemented Wavatars. And I had to have it.

So now this site is beautiful and WordPressy, while keeping a hint of the old colour scheme and such. There were some issues in the switchover (I’ve still gotta fix up the categories), but it feels so much nicer now.

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