Attribution: Excerpt from article by JAMES HIRTZ
Creating Profile Images and Avatars
With character mechanics out of the way, you're free to bring your character to life. Best of all, no art supplies required.
HeroMachine 2.5 is the simplest to use while containing a huge number of customizations including clothing, headgear, wings, tails, and even different backgrounds. Everything has an assignable color and the art style isn't dissimilar to what you'd find on a trading card or in a fantasy novel.
HeroMachine 3 takes things to the next level, offering an almost-fiddly level of detail to play with. The art style is of a higher quality, and you can apply multiple attributes (two necklaces, rather than one-per-category as with HM2).
Each of the visual items that make up your design can also undergo transformations. The ability to create layers opens the door to a multitude of additional customizations. In addition, you can also move, rotate, and scale all visual elements.
HeroMachine 3 also offers three views. HeroMachine 3 starts with the same normal view as HeroMachine 2.5. However, its alternative views help you hammer out smaller details.
Use the headshot view for close-up facial detailing. The widescreen view lets you declutter your screen to focus on what details you've laid out. The ability to toggle a grid also makes it easier to discern edits as you add-on items.
Regardless of which version you prefer, HeroMachine offers a premium version of both. Not only does it remove ads for under a dollar a month, but it also grants access to a larger layout for better detail work.
There's also a desktop version of HeroMachine 2 available ad-free for $9.95.
Visit: HeroMachine (Free, Premium Available)
Fuse is something a little bit different. It's a 3D character creator available through Steam for Mac and Windows users that comes with over 70 body parts, 150 clothing meshes, and 42 dynamic textures. Plus, there's auto-rigging and animations that valid Adobe customers can activate in-app.
It's been around for a while, but it's difficult to pass up free modeling.
Download: Fuse for Steam (Free)
Various Doll Makers
Doll makers work as avatar creators made in Adobe Flash. Simply create your character, fine-tune the look, and then grab a screenshot for use in your campaign. There are doll makers for virtually any setting with many styles of art to pick from.
Visit: Azalea's Dolls | Doll Divine | RinmaruGames | Charat