As of the time of this post, the Circus contest is up to 223 entries. This is the latest entry, and if you ask me, it is going to either win or be in the top three. Allow me to introduce Jerry the Angry Clown, a skin most definitely not stolen by michalkutac.
First off, let me get a couple of obvious things out of the way.
The submission does not entirely meet the contest guidelines. There is no text in the post describing how or why the character fits the theme, any backstory, etc. Of course, this was optional, but may hurt the skin’s chances.
The contest is not even half over, so when I say this skin is likely to win, understand that there are still 9 full days for someone else to top it!
Angry clowns. They are just scary, no matter how you look at them. It’s like an adorable little puppy who happens to be rabid. Taking something meant to be happy and gleeful and turning it into something that will probably hurt and/or kill you is just disturbing.
Nonetheless, the shading on this skin is incredible. Its great technical execution is part of what makes it such a menacing skin. Through layering and shading, the clown’s face looks quite three dimensional. The shading on the pants is a little bland compared to everywhere else, but still not bad.
There is not an incredible amount of detail either, but it gets the point across. We understand that this is a clown, and form his expression, we understand that he’s probably murderous.
I award this clown five out of five acetone face cleaners for being creepy, and nine out of ten scared children for being a great skin.
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:
Download the skin’s .png file;
Hold Windows key and press R to bring up the Run… dialog, or go to Start > Run.
Type %appdata% and press enter, then navigate to roaming/.minecraft/versions.
Open the folder containing the version you use for offline play and view the .jar file using WinRAR.
Create a backup of the meta.inf file contained inside the .jar and store it in a separate folder.
Navigate within the .jar file to assets/minecraft/textures/entity.
Rename the image file titled “steve” to anything else (such as steve_backup).
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.
Many people are terrified of clowns, regardless of how scary they look. Do you have an interesting fear, or know of someone who is afraid of something unusual? Post it in the comments below!