The icon to the right is the avatar I've been using for the past five years. Before that, I'd been using an icon made from a photo we called the nose-biter. I think you can figure that one out.
Ever since I started using avatars, I've really liked the idea that my online friends could identify posts by me quickly. I make it a point to try to use the same avatar at different sites, and I try to use an avatar that's somewhat distinctive. A couple of the things I liked about the old avatar was the predominance of the color blue, and that I wasn't doing a traditional head shot, but that it still suggested me by my physical appearance.
I got the itch to make a new avatar, but I had a few guidelines in mind. I'm only getting older, so I'm even less interested in having to see my own mug head-on at the social sites I visit. In opposition to that, I still want my online friends to have at least a rough idea of what I look like, and I want the new avatar to be reminiscent of the old avatar.
This time I was going to take a crack at a pixel-art version of myself. I'm a fan of Andrew Gleeson's artwork, and decided to take inspiration from his style. With any luck when my friends see my new avatar, their favorite chiptune song will spring to mind, and they'll recall good times playing fun, simple video games.
I managed to retain the field of blue as the negative space around my head. And my head still only takes a small fraction of the space. It manages to be a straight-on head shot that suggests my physical appearance without actually being a photo of me.
I think I can live with this for a while. Let's see how it goes!