Bearded Lady Skin

It’s time for another contest!  Take a gander at this Bearded Lady skin by Exaulted, which was made for the Circus Characters Skin Contest.  Her name is apparently Catherine, and the skin is accompanied by a lovely lecture on the history of circuses, detailing the past appearance of bearded ladies in these traveling venues.

 

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The rules of the contest are simple, and of course, not much different from those of past contests:

 

  • Skin must be of the “circus” theme – this can be a character from a story involving a circus, a typical role of actual circuses, or a made up circus character.

  • Skin must be accompanied by a description of how or why it belongs in a circus.

  • All submissions must be made fresh for this contest – no reposts!

  • Submissions must also not be based on old skins, painted over old skins, etc.

  • Only one entry for each person, and each entry may be made by only one person (no collaboration).

  • Skin must be usable within the game.

 

Prizes for this contest are the usual: a J!NX Tee Shirt, pixel trophies, and profile features.  The deadline is October 1st.

 

With that out of the way, let us take a look at this great skin!

 

Catherine’s beautiful beard and color scheme in general are accurate for the time period she is aimed at (14th century).  This type of attire would be typical of one such performer, as well as any well-mannered lady.

 

Easily my favorite detail is a subtle one: her ears.  Very few skinners include ears, and fewer yet do them well.  These ears not only add to the perception of the model as a human, but also provide some interesting style to the hair.  Basically, with character design, anything that breaks up monotony is good (in moderation) – these nine pixels do just that with great economy.

 

The shading is also done well.  The pants and shirt fade to darker shades towards the bottom, giving them the illusion of being puffed out.  The face is a bit lacking in shading, but it works decently well nonetheless due to the surrounding hair.

 

Finally, the layering system was used fairly generously here; the shirt sleeves, pant legs, shoes, and of course hair were all given some dimension.  Bravo, I say.

 

I present Exaulted an award amounting to no fewer than nine out of ten hairless bearded trapezing elephants. (?)

 

Installing the Skin

 

For online play, skins can be installed by simply uploading the file to your profile on Minecraft.net.  Skins posted on certain websites can be uploaded directly from their page, including this one; click on the button on the right-hand side labeled “change my skin” to be taken directly to the appropriate page.

 

For offline play only, the process is similar to installing mods:

 

  1. Download the skin’s .png file;

  2. Hold Windows key and press R to bring up the Run… dialog, or go to Start > Run.

  3. Type %appdata% and press enter, then navigate to roaming/.minecraft/versions.

  4. Open the folder containing the version you use for offline play and view the .jar file using WinRAR.

  5. Create a backup of the meta.inf file contained inside the .jar and store it in a separate folder.

  6. Navigate within the .jar file to assets/minecraft/textures/entity.

  7. Rename the image file titled “steve” to anything else (such as steve_backup).

  8. Change the name of your skin’s .png file to steve.png and insert it here.

 

Remember to keep your meta.inf and original steve texture backed up somewhere just in case.

 

As with all contests, I will be covering this one as it progresses.  So far, the Bearded Lady is the best entry I have observed – but the contest is still young!  Keep an eye out for more entries in the following two weeks.  For now, post in the comments and leave a link to your favorite circus skin!

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