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Clatterbones - Contest - Long Backstory

Clatterbones - Contest - Long Backstory Minecraft Skin

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This Skin is in the Under the Sea Minecraft Skin Contest contest, now Complete!
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avatar WillFrost
Level 54 : Grandmaster Pixel Painter
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My skin for the skin contest, it took about 1 hour to make.



BACKSTORY



There was once a boy called Jim, who's father was a pirate. Jim wanted to become a musician, but unfortunately his father made him become a pirate.



In his third voyage, his ship was attacked by another group of pirates, who captured all the crew, before sinking the ship. Jim found himself locked in a small cell, his hands in manacles.



Years of being a pirate had made Jim strong though. Slowly, over the next few days, he cut off his own hands, then broke out of his cell, and snuck through the ship to the captains quarters.



On the way, he found some hooks used for hanging up nets, so he broke them off the walls, and attached them to his wrists.



When he got to the captains quarters, he peered in through a hole in the door, and he was shocked. Before him was his father. He broke down the doors, leapt at him, and knocked him to the ground.



"Why would you attack and lock up your own son!" he shouted at his father, crouched over him. "Let me explain" pleaded his father, glancing desperately about. He tried to pull himself up, but he couldn't.



Jim looked down at his father. His father looked back up at him, then smiled. Jim was shocked for a second, suddenly, his father rolled to the side, knocking Jim towards the large windows in the captain's quarters. With one kick, his father pushed him through the glass, and into the sea.



Jim should have died that day, and technically he did, but as his flesh was eaten away by the fish, his skeleton came to life. He stood up, now under the sea, and smiled, as best as a skeleton could.



He then looked up, an saw the hull of a ship above him. Swimming upwards with difficulty, he reached the hull, then used his hook hands to scale the outside, wielding then like ice picks.



Once up, he snuck through the ship, tapping away a tune on his ribs in an absent minded sort of way. Smashing through the door of the captains quarters, he saw a man, not his father, standing before him.



This was not the right ship. Oh well. He killed the captain, threw him out of the window, then leapt back into the sea, and set off, walking along the seabed.



He has now become a myth, a legend , whatever you care to name him. He wanders through the sea, seeking boats and captains, playing tunes on his ribs. Captains across the seas grow fearful of the tuneful clacking, lest they be the next victim of Clatterbones.



One day, he will have his revenge...



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UPDATE #1: I redid some of the shading, brightened the skin up a bit, and made the colours a little more interesting.

UPDATE #2: I recoloured all the bone parts of the skin, redid the underneath part of the head layer, and made the coat a bit lighter and less red.

UPDATE #3: Redid the metal on the hooks and belt. Made the center of the trousers a bit darker.

UPDATE #4: Gold trimmed clothing :D
GenderMale
FormatUniversal Skin 64x32
ModelSteve (4 pixel arms)
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Update #3 : 06/14/2012 11:06:28 amJun 14, 2012

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I think it's a great skin and am still using it 'till now :D Don't think I'll be changing it in a long time :)
  • WillFrost
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Pixel Painter
  • July 7, 2012, 1:29 pm
thanks :D

I'm glad you like it so much :)
  • cb46688
  • Level 34
  • Artisan Ranger
  • June 28, 2012, 4:33 pm
Could i plz use your skin for my top ten skins blog im making? It could make you even more popular!
  • WillFrost
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Pixel Painter
  • July 3, 2012, 10:32 am
That would be really good, go ahead :D
  • w5prime
  • Level 29
  • Expert Creeper
  • June 24, 2012, 10:55 am
I wont this skin to win
  • WillFrost
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Pixel Painter
  • June 24, 2012, 11:45 am
I hope I do :)

Honestly, I don't think I will win this one though, but hopefully top 10?
  • w5prime
  • Level 29
  • Expert Creeper
  • June 29, 2012, 8:29 am
You have come 12th welldone.
  • WillFrost
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Pixel Painter
  • July 3, 2012, 10:32 am
Thanks :)
  • superalgae
  • Level 80
  • Elite Blockhead
  • June 23, 2012, 5:15 am
Excellent skin! The gold trim was a good idea, and the hook hands work out surprisingly well (I mean, not for holding a pen or anything like that, but they look good at least!). The backstory really completes the package.
  • WillFrost
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Pixel Painter
  • June 23, 2012, 12:01 pm
thanks :) I'm glad you like it!
  • w5prime
  • Level 29
  • Expert Creeper
  • June 22, 2012, 10:11 pm
craftygfx has just posted ur pirate skin its the same saying its toon link
  • WillFrost
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Pixel Painter
  • June 23, 2012, 12:02 pm
I think it was a confusing accident?
  • w5prime
  • Level 29
  • Expert Creeper
  • June 23, 2012, 8:49 pm
i agree
  • WillFrost
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Pixel Painter
  • June 24, 2012, 12:44 am
It's all sorted now, thanks for pointing it out :)
  • w5prime
  • Level 29
  • Expert Creeper
  • June 24, 2012, 5:03 am
np
  • danji_x
  • Level 28
  • Expert Mage
  • June 22, 2012, 8:01 am
First of all, awesome skin. Love how it is dark - really matches the theme. Not a bad backstory (though it should be "whose" in the first line) either. Diamonded - hope to see both our skins in the top 100.
  • WillFrost
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Pixel Painter
  • June 22, 2012, 8:37 am
Thanks :D

(and thanks for pointing out the mistake)

Hope to see you in the top 100 too :D
  • w5prime
  • Level 29
  • Expert Creeper
  • June 24, 2012, 9:06 am
u are in the top hundred will i hop u win
  • WillFrost
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Pixel Painter
  • June 24, 2012, 11:44 am
Nice :D

Thanks for pointing that out to me :)
the hat on his head could look like it was a little ripped up you could also give his cloths more of a drenched or wet look to them
  • WillFrost
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Pixel Painter
  • June 13, 2012, 9:38 pm
Hmm, might try making the hat a bit ripped

I also had a go at putting seaweed on him, may upload that to see what people think.

How do you suggest giving him a more drenched look?
some daker shades of brown like from light to dark around the bottem of the sleeves or bottom of the coat to show the water kinda like how when things get wet and you hang them up or something and the bottom is always the darker and more wet part

it would be experimental unsure if it would work i havent attempted it with a small canvas of a minecraft skin yet but you never know try it out see how it goes
  • WillFrost
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Pixel Painter
  • June 13, 2012, 10:12 pm
Oh ok, cool!

Thanks for the advice, I will try it out later if I have time :D

Got an exam in 45 mins, so I should revise now xD

Thanks :)
true lol and your welcome
  • rythor101
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Crafter
  • June 12, 2012, 5:06 pm
I liked the story. damn pirate dads.
  • WillFrost
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Pixel Painter
  • June 12, 2012, 9:45 pm
Haha, thanks :D
  • bmyblake
  • Level 32
  • Artisan Herobrine
  • June 12, 2012, 1:08 pm
The story is so much better
  • WillFrost
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Pixel Painter
  • June 12, 2012, 9:45 pm
Thanks :)
  • Jackkoala
  • Level 10
  • Journeyman Prince
  • June 12, 2012, 7:49 am
cool back ground
  • WillFrost
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Pixel Painter
  • June 12, 2012, 10:08 am
Thanks!
  • Rakqoi
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 66
  • High Grandmaster Ninja
  • June 12, 2012, 6:31 am
Shoot! I was working on a drowned skeletal pirate for the contest, but now I've seen two of them from talented skinners, so mine would look unoriginal. Back to the drawing board for me.

But great skin! Obviously, I love the concept since I was using it x3
  • WillFrost
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Pixel Painter
  • June 12, 2012, 10:12 am
Aaw, I know how that feels.

I wrote the story over the weekend, then saw another drowned skeleton, and was like "NOOOO!!" but luckily the backstory was quite different, and so was the other skin.

I find that the hardest part of these contests is coming up with a good, original concept, and I spend a lot of time thinking of ideas beforehand.

Good luck with whatever you end up making and thanks for the nice comment :D
  • poopingllama
  • Level 5
  • Apprentice Skinner
  • June 12, 2012, 5:20 am
nice!
cool story bro
  • WillFrost
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Pixel Painter
  • June 12, 2012, 6:31 am
Thanks :)
  • FarGuardian
  • Level 31
  • Artisan Scribe
  • June 12, 2012, 1:27 am
A bone full of clatters.
  • WillFrost
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Pixel Painter
  • June 12, 2012, 1:53 am
the clatter of bones
  • dunkey4
  • Level 45
  • Master Turtle
  • June 11, 2012, 10:39 pm
great skin and cool story bro
  • WillFrost
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Pixel Painter
  • June 12, 2012, 12:37 am
Thanks :D
  • Lepyro
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • June 11, 2012, 8:36 pm
Cool, great to see you back in action. How did the exams go?
  • WillFrost
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Pixel Painter
  • June 11, 2012, 9:33 pm
My exams went quite well, thanks for asking :)
Still got 2 exams to go though...

Anyway, thanks :D
  • Lepyro
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • June 11, 2012, 10:13 pm
Exams are very scary. Had a few only a while ago, went extremly well, 34/40!!!!
  • WillFrost
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Pixel Painter
  • June 11, 2012, 10:30 pm
That's good :)

I have A-Level exams at the moment, which basically decide which university I can go to, so very scary, since I want to apply to Cambridge, so I need probably about 95% in every exam.
  • Lepyro
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • June 12, 2012, 11:53 am
Yep, good luck, I hope you don't need it! But seriously, I wish you well in those exams to come.
  • WillFrost
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Pixel Painter
  • June 12, 2012, 12:00 pm
Thanks :D

Revising lots of Maths throughout the week. Hopefully the exams should go well :)
  • Lepyro
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • June 12, 2012, 8:51 pm
I hate maths, but at least I'm getting an A-.
  • WillFrost
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Pixel Painter
  • June 12, 2012, 10:18 pm
That's good for someone who hates Maths :)

I'm going to do Maths and computer science and university
  • Lepyro
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • June 12, 2012, 11:01 pm
Just because I hate maths doesn't mean I suck at it. It's just SO tedious, so I hope you can cope with it. I think this ENTIRE semester only one class has been quick, and that was graphing. I love computers so I wish you (even more) good luck with your exams.
  • WillFrost
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Pixel Painter
  • June 13, 2012, 12:54 am
Thanks :)

Good luck with any exams you have too :D
  • Lepyro
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • June 13, 2012, 11:48 am
Luckily I have no exams left! Yay! But I have two assigments and one is due today! Finished it last night. ;)
  • WillFrost
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Pixel Painter
  • June 13, 2012, 12:19 pm
Nice timing xD
  • Lepyro
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • June 13, 2012, 8:54 pm
More like procrastinating! XD
  • WillFrost
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Pixel Painter
  • June 13, 2012, 9:39 pm
Haha xD

Got to revise now, exam in 1 hour 20 mins
  • Lepyro
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • June 13, 2012, 9:49 pm
K. Good luck. And Bye.
  • WillFrost
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Pixel Painter
  • June 13, 2012, 10:13 pm
Thanks, and bye :)
  • Happybandaid
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 41
  • Master Scribe
  • June 11, 2012, 6:54 pm
Looks very nice!! :]
  • WillFrost
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Pixel Painter
  • June 11, 2012, 9:32 pm
Thanks :D
  • KnobleKnives
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 68
  • High Grandmaster Lad
  • June 11, 2012, 5:32 pm
Cut off his own hands? Yeek, that's like that movie that came out where the guy's arm gets crushed under a boulder and he has to cut off his own arm to escape. Here's a diamond.
  • WillFrost
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Pixel Painter
  • June 11, 2012, 9:32 pm
Thanks :)

Yeah, the backstory is a little crazy at times xD
  • Editing Door
  • Level 15
  • Journeyman Archer
  • June 11, 2012, 12:56 pm
like spacemonkie but better ?>.>
  • WillFrost
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Pixel Painter
  • June 11, 2012, 9:31 pm
I came up with the idea before I saw spacemonkie's skin (since I wrote the story over the weekend)

thanks :)
  • spacemonkiee
  • Level 61
  • High Grandmaster Geek
  • June 11, 2012, 12:30 pm
I love those hooks! Great stuff Will.
  • WillFrost
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Pixel Painter
  • June 11, 2012, 9:30 pm
Thanks :D

I might redo the hooks a little bit, since the backs of the hands look a bit plain
  • spacemonkiee
  • Level 61
  • High Grandmaster Geek
  • June 12, 2012, 2:25 am
True. Just looked at it from behind and they are all but gone. Maybe shade it a little more and increase the lighting area so that it looks like its got more of a shine to it. Regardless, still love em. ;)
  • WillFrost
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Pixel Painter
  • June 12, 2012, 2:35 am
Thanks :D

Was just experimenting right now, and I made a version of this skin with a gold trim on the jacket. Should I upload that version as an optional download?
  • spacemonkiee
  • Level 61
  • High Grandmaster Geek
  • June 12, 2012, 2:42 am
Yeah, I'm sure people would appreciate the choices. Maybe even ask people which one they prefer and then change your main skin to that one if you get a good response. I've just removed my entry from the contest and I'm gonna try and think of something new cause I appreciated all the feedback saying the skin was a bit too messy. The PMC community spoke and I listened. ;D
  • WillFrost
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Pixel Painter
  • June 12, 2012, 2:49 am
Ok :D

Right now, I'm going to update the skin to a new version with slightly better colours and better hook hands. After that, I might try the gold trimmed version for a bit, and see what people think.

Thanks for the advice.



I'm sad to hear that you took down your entry, but I can't wait to see what you come up with next :D
  • DinowCookie
  • Level 31
  • Artisan Pixel Painter
  • June 11, 2012, 9:38 am
Good story ;3 A little like mine
  • WillFrost
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Pixel Painter
  • June 11, 2012, 10:06 am
Thanks :D

Hey, your's has a story! did you add that recently, or was I just blind the first time round xD
I like your story too :)
  • DinowCookie
  • Level 31
  • Artisan Pixel Painter
  • June 11, 2012, 10:09 am
I wrote my story tonight and uploaded it in an update this afternoon
thanks for linking my story ;3
  • WillFrost
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Pixel Painter
  • June 11, 2012, 10:23 am
No problem, it's a great story :D

Don't you mean that you wrote it LAST night (unless you went back in time :3)
  • DinowCookie
  • Level 31
  • Artisan Pixel Painter
  • June 11, 2012, 10:26 am
xD true
  • WillFrost
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Pixel Painter
  • June 11, 2012, 10:29 am
Yay! time travel :D
  • Aximili
  • Level 73
  • Legendary Snark
  • June 11, 2012, 9:35 am
Take this diamond, BTW, nice backstory!
  • WillFrost
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Pixel Painter
  • June 11, 2012, 10:04 am
Thanks :)

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