My first profile pic on ‘Etarc’ was during the ARG & was a simple pair of eyes & a hat to match my plucked-from-the-air username. Over the weeks that followed I played a game, where I gradually altered & added details, until eventually he was a space man with a coloured background.
No one ever seemed to notice his gradual morph.
Anyway, once I got my leader badge, I used a stock pic of a tree to be distinctive and more formal.
It was boring…
Then I took a really nice red night sky screenshot on an exotic planet & found when I amped up the contrast it was a great distinctive silhouette of my long term exotic ship. I had some basic phone app which I was playing with & after several attempts (using my real life airbrushing techniques), I was able to make it look like a volcanic glow. I then shaded in my username initials & added some highlights to keep the ship in the foreground.
Turned out kind of cool & I’ve been using it ever since.