What country do you live in, and if applicable, what state?
I live in Lower Saxony, one of the sixteen federal states of Germany.
How do you choose what Miis you're going to make? Do you have a process?
I, and not only I, like how you can most often see what Mii belongs to what artist; considering the limitations of the Mii Channel, it is amazing how most artists have their very own style. In my case, I'd say my range is relatively widespread: I made Miis of real people, Miis of cartoon or anime or game characters, Miis of animals etc., and also with different styles: normal style, canvas art style, upside down style etc. But, as you can see, there is a tendency: Most of my Miis are fictive and I made them the normal way. Much, however, can change and is subject to the artist's change of mind.
Normally, I don't really have a process. When I decide to make a Mii, I start the Mii Channel and try to make the most of it.
But there are, of course, some steps that finally lead to my Miis:
- I just try to make Miis that are in line with the topic I started to make Miis for (horror, animals, sports etc.)
- I think about whether the person or thing I want to make a Mii of has the potential to become a good Mii and which style lends itself to him/her/it best
- I think of Mii parts (eyebrows, eyes etc.) and the way they could form something
- when I see, for example, a person on TV to whom certain Mii parts fit very well and if he/she goes with some other Miis I made, the person is likely to become a Mii ^^
Sometimes, however, I do have a real process. In series of Miis (Abstract Paintings, Colorful Creatures etc.) I follow a certain pattern. As you can see, all my Colorful Creatures are dark-skinned. This is because I used that colorful "make-up-facial-feature" which you can see better on dark skin than on any other skin color. Also, I wanted to create recurring features. For my Abstract Paintings I used a similar consistent method, namely a recurring "black-and-white-style". These recurring features give Miis recognition value, clarify that each Mii is part of that definite group and classify single objects on a larger scale.
Which Mii do you feel is your best so far?
Hard to say... really hard to say. There are certainly Miis that I like more than others, but I can't determine one Mii here. The Miis I like a lot are: Santa (not the upside down one), Witch (not the upside down one), Indian, Hippie, Pumbaa, Manolito Montoya, Neku Sakuraba, Mr. Resetti (the one with his eyes closed), and a lot of my canvas art Miis... Gargoyle, Bomberman, Sonic...
What one (and only one) Mii piece would you add to the Mii Channel if you could?
A second mole. With one additional hair style, for example, you can't do as much as you could with an additional mole (above all when you make canvas art Miis). Although the area in which you can move the mole relatively freely is limited as well, the mole has the advantage that you can move it to places where other Mii pieces can't be: The mole is the most flexible Mii piece. It would be nice, however, if one could make it even bigger than its biggest form.
Do you do any sort of art by trade? What other creative outlets do you pursue apart from the Mii Channel?
Not by trade, but yeah, I like to paint and to write. While I don't think that I'll be famous for my paintings (or my Miis), I do think that I have a chance of becoming famous for my texts... we'll see.
It's interesting how, intended or not intended, this question asks about art but avoids to call Miis art. We had a relatively short, but interesting discussion about whether you can regard making Miis as making art. There are, as always, different opinions, but I think Miis can be seen as art (or at least as an art form). If I compare things that are widely accepted to be termed 'art' with Miis, I can observe much similarities. Miis involve so many limitations? Right, but there are limitations everywhere; every area of art involves limitations. Yeah, maybe not as much, but still. When you, for example, write something, all you can use are words. You can make up words, sure, but still, all you can use to do this are letters which form the words (where we deal with words again). You can use different languages, but you can regard these as a big collection of invented words, if you take your mother tongue as the starting point. Do I wander from the subject? Yeah...
What's your favorite experience with the Wii so far?
Making Miis :)
What game do you feel is missing from the Wii line-up most right now, given the Wii's unique control mechanic?
I'd like to see... anything that is good.
Can't think of anything specific at the moment...
Any additional props, plugs or comments?
Now I can do what everybody does at this point - to thank Jose for creating this superb website! Thanks!
Also, there is miicharacters.com, another cool site that deals with Miis. Thanks, Tocci!
Moreover, I'd like to thank all of you who are stalwart and reliable members here and log on, post, etc. This is what keeps this site alive!
And, of course, I'd like to thank everyone who supported me.
Any questions or comments? Don't hesitate to ask/tell me :)
You can find more of King Galaxy's Miis on his user page.