From 2005 to 2010, I played World of Warcraft... As part of the social fun of playing the game, I had accounts on the web forums of the guilds I was involved in, and as part of the geeky fun of being a good forum member, I created a forum signature for myself based on my main character. I came up with a few decent ideas for my own forum sigs, which got me some requests to make them for friends. I saved copies of all the finished products, and some of them I'm rather proud of - not half bad for untrained amateur graphic design work!
I had fun playing with layers and transparency on this sig for a feral druid friend.
This commissioned sig underwent multiple revisions (the final was version 8), mostly to tweak different font choices. The tag line was by request. :)
This was my favorite of the Chimley sigs. Not long after this sig, Chimley left our guild, then server transferred like a punk *wink*... I never did finish the WotLK sig I promised Jeff when he transferred Chim back to Skullcrusher. Oops. :(
The theme (and text) was a request from my holy paladin guildie. I had a great deal of fun with the background character models, and the shadows.
This is what happens when your elemental shaman buddy says "make me a sig" and does not have any suggestion for a theme or tag line. And you get a stupid idea stuck in your head, can't get it out, and have to make it just to see what it looks like. And then NOBODY can get it out of their head.
Yet another rogue guildie - he didn't have a background preference, so I played with it, and rather liked the effect.
One of three unsolicited forum sigs I created for our guild master in Vindictive - he never elected to use any of them, but this was my favorite.
Although #1 was my favorite, #2 makes me laugh every time.
This one was based on my second personal sig (Kiliani - Lucid #2), and the concept worked a little better here than it did for my previous one, to be honest - shorter name, more open space to show the character model.
A simple and cute sig I created for a guildie's girlfriend who was just learning to play and leveling a shadow priest.
Ahh, rogues. Their sig requests are always so full of death and destruction.
Philosophical sig commissioned by a paladin in my guild, who shortly thereafter transferred servers (and e-mailed me with a request to update the character name and resend it to him).
My first ever sig - complete with in-game action screenshots, and a haiku penned by my hubby-head.
This replaced my first-ever sig, and was the all-time favorite of the ones I created for myself. Ahh, the days of Vanilla, 0/30/21 feral/resto hybrid... After BC things were never as cool, at least until they made moonkins *good*.
The first sig I created when Lucid disbanded and I joined another established Skullcrusher guild. I was forced to spec full resto for the first time, and was trying to forge an identity in my new surroundings. The next iteration of my forum sig was where that identity really began to shine.
This one really started the sig requests rolling from my guildies. The theme was truthfully a subtle hint that, while I had been willing to make my druid a healer to meet the guild's needs when I joined, I was always ready and willing to respec at the drop of a hat, and was building gear sets for anything and everything else I might be asked to do, but never was. ;)
Still during Burning Crusade, I was ready for a forum sig facelift. The background was from a panoramic screenshot I'd found of Ashenvale, simply beautiful. Druid flight form had been released, so it had to be added into the "of course I can" mix. And I was quite fond of the font selections here.
The last sig I completed for my main - I began several new ideas during WotLK, but never managed to finish one to my satisfaction, so the Sunwell background/gear and purple hair is the final iconic image of Kili, who ended her career as a white-haired moonkin in full T10.
I think I was more proud of this sig than any other I've created. Kinnky was a frost mage friend of mine, and he specifically requested the elements included in this sig. I created the character model and the water elemental in WoW Model Viewer, but had to photoshop in the turntable and headphones from random images found on the web. How well it turned out still blows my mind.
It shouldn't be surprising how many Burning Crusade-era rogues wanted their forum sig character models shown with the Warglaives of Azzinoth, no matter how unlikely they were to own one.
One of my early (vanilla WoW) sigs... Another rogue, with the attendant murder and mayhem.
My second druid to level 80, Moofyre was balance from day one... and what else could she be but a Tauren balance druid with a name like that?
My submission for a banner contest for a blog I used to follow for resto and balance druids - it was one of several the blog author selected to use in a rotation, and I was pretty happy with the outcome.
All of these characters were on my main server, Skullcrusher-US. Five of them made it to level 80, and two others were over level 75 when I quit. One (my main - Kiliani) made it to 85. The warrior, Beerwench, was deleted at level 19 and replaced by a dual spec feral tank/resto druid named (illogically) Kilikitty, who also hit level 80. This bevy of alts did not include the ones I had scattered on other servers, including a level 80 balance druid, whose forum sig is elsewhere.
This one replaced the Dalex sig when Teh Bob switched mains. All concerned were relieved that I did not try to come up with a tag line after how Dalex's turned out. ;)
The first commissioned sig for a guildie - Zinno was a retribution pally in Vanilla WoW, hence the "Real Man of Genius" tag. LOLret.