What country do you live in, and if applicable, what state?
I live in Portland, Oregon.
How do you choose what Miis you're going to make? Do you have a process?
When I first starting playing around with making Miis, it was just a matter of making ones that looked like myself or my friends. When I started making celebrity Miis, I initially tried to make characters from movies and TV shows that were fresh in my mind. I happened to be watching a lot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel when I got my Wii, and I had also recently watched Kill Bill, so I just thought it would be fun to try and make some of those characters.
After I posted them online, I started getting requests, like Penelope Cruz and Crispin Glover. Later, I started focusing on more distinctive-looking and iconic celebrities, such as Michael Jackson, Samuel L. Jackson, Jack Nicholson, Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris and so on. I also wanted to make some Miis out of people who were getting attention in the tabloids, which is why I made Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. But at this point, I would say I've mainly been focused on identifying the really iconic and distinctive-looking celebrities. I mostly want to make Miis that will be easily recognizable and appeal to a wide audience. However, I'm still interested in trying to recreate the occasional cult figure as well. For instance, I'd like to come up with a convincing Gary Busey. I may also start dabbling with recreating some famous classic film stars, like Humphrey Bogart or Orson Welles.
Which Mii do you feel is your best so far?
Jack Black. The process I went through is fairly representative of the process I go through with most of my Miis. I generally start by looking at a bunch of pictures of the person. Then I pick one and start trying to match it with the Mii creator. Then I choose another picture and hone it down further. I may continue this iterative process with as many as 10 or 20 different pictures. Sometimes I'll hit a wall and give up. This happened when I was trying to make a mii of Hillary Clinton actually. But often, if I keep trying to approach things from different angles, even if I think I've exhausted every option, I usually manage to finally come up with something that works.
With Jack Black, I spent around an hour working on him. It was incredibly difficult and it went through a huge number of variations in terms of hairstyle, facial expression, etc. Eventually I came up with an expression that seemed to really capture him. I was pretty happy with it, but something just didn't seem right with the overall look. So I went through all the hairstyles one last time and found one that I hadn't tried before, and suddently the whole thing just clicked perfectly. It's the Mii that I'm the most proud of because it has a more-than-the-sum-of-its-parts quality that transcends what one might initially think would be possible within the limitations of the Mii creator. And I also think he's sort of the ideal celebrity to make a Mii out of just based on the kind of person he is. He's the type of actor and musician that appeals to a lot of game players, and he's also just a cool guy who likes videogames himself and would be blast to hang out with.
What one (and only one) Mii piece would you add to the Mii Channel if you could?
Additional hair colors.
What's your favorite experience with the Wii so far?
The first time I played Wii Sports tennis with my brother.
What game do you feel is missing from the Wii line-up most right now, given the Wii's unique control mechanic?
Metroid Prime 3. That's the game that is really supposed to prove that the Wii can offer a better, more intuitive way to play first-person shooters. I hope it lives up to what it promises.
Any additional props, plugs or comments?
For me, designing Miis is a great example of how some of the most creative and interesting artistic work comes as a consequence of following a system of rules, like writing a poem in rhyming iambic pentameter, for example. It might seem easier to just draw a picture of a person, but the results of using the Mii creator are often more interesting and entertaining than what one would come up with if given carte blanche. I look forward to seeing what kinds of Miis other people create as time goes on.
You can find more of Xangalore's Miis on his user page.