Shintaro started offering these customized cartoon Miatas as avatars for the MR users. I was smitten immediately. I’ve used a cartoon Sharka on my site here for years, but I was never quite happy with it. I took one look at the stuff Shintaro was like “THAT’S IT!!!” So, I asked him for two custom Miata illustrations – a front and a rear. Both of Sharka.
Perfect. Just perfect. This little drawing exceeded my expectations. I’ve set it as my avatar on just about every Miata forum I’m registered on. The front is great, but the rear is just what I’ve always wanted.
But I couldn’t stop there.
I commissioned a bunch of tiny Miatas from Shintaro to use in my blog comments. So now, users that don’t have a gravatar get a randomly-chosen Miata avatar from my small fleet. And the random Miata persists across all comments left on my site (as long as you use the same email address). Overkill? Never. Leave a comment and see what tiny Roadster my blog chooses for you!
And if anyone out there needs some illustration work done, give Shintaro Maeda a shout. I’m beyond happy with everything he’s done for me.