Did any of you ever use the Chibi Maker created by DeviantArt user “gen8” back in the day? I know I did. I became quite obsessed with it in high school, making (humanized) chibi versions of all the characters from Transformers: Prime as well as most of my real-life friends and acquaintances. At one point I created a chibi version of my (short-lived) BZPRG character. But I never realized my vague ambition of chibifying all the major canon characters from BIONICLE…until now. Of course these are all humanized interpretations, which I know is not everyone’s cup of tea. But if you would be interested in seeing a massive number of BIONICLE characters interpreted in super-deformed anime style, stay tuned. I’ll be posting these periodically over the next few weeks.
Admittedly I’m not sure whether this really qualifies as “artwork” exactly, as it 1) involves the use of visual materials originally drawn by someone else, even if combined in new ways, and 2) it is incredibly inane (By the way, I am capable of creating real artwork using my own hands and drawing/painting supplies! Really! Check out my DeviantArt account under this same username if you don’t believe me!). Nonetheless I could think of no better forum in which to post it. And a BIONICLE community seems, to me, almost uniquely suited to appreciate the type of creativity that involves assembling images of characters from a limited array of preexistent bits and pieces which must occasionally be interpreted in unexpected ways.
I shall start, of course, with the Toa Mata: