If you follow my posts on a somewhat regular basis, you know that I am particularly fond of the more abstract and non-human skins. This Time Keeper skin by user Epic Max is still mostly human, just with a clock for a face – not extraordinarily abstract, but still definitely interesting. Perhaps surreal is a better term to use here than abstract. Regardless, it is awesome.
Okay, just to get it out of the way – the visual pun of having a clock face in place of the model’s actual face is hilarious. Now we can all move on.
First off, I love the theme of this skin. The Time Keeper is one classy fellow; his well-groomed hair, stylish and fancy clothing, and clearly expensive face-clock are all testament to this. It paints a picture of some time god who has seen every era since the dawn of creation and carefully deliberated for thousands of millennia over what outfit was the classiest. Good choice, Time Keeper.
Next – I have mixed feelings about the shading. On one hand (get it?), it describes the form fairly well; there is no confusion of dimension, no awkwardly highlighted areas (except on the back once again), and there is no obstruction of detail. On the other hand, it seems rather plain in some areas, and as if the skinner only paid attention to one direction when considering the light source.
Finally, I wish to comment on Sir Time Keeper’s tie. It is clearly not a bowtie, but also clearly not a regular tie. I can only imagine that this tie comes from some time long forgotten or yet to be seen – from a time where, in all the world’s blossoming wisdom, man and woman alike can choose the length of their tie as they please. Sartorial Eden.
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.
This time around, I would like to pose a question to the skinners out there (or skin appreciators) – how do you feel about this skin’s shading? I would really like some other opinions, because I am right on the fence with this one. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Also – I have hidden one last pun in this post. If you can find it, I shall award you with a digitally drawn cookie. It will definitely not be easy to find.