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OCD (Open Critique Day) #27

How this goes:  You post a work of yours, finished or WIP, and then others give you critiques on your work. I do not mind if you post non-HM pictures or piece of writing. Just make sure that you only post pictures that are your own design and not any that are copyrighted or based off of copyrighted characters. 

Also, if you post a work, it is highly recommended that you also give someone else a critique.

Even this is called Open Critique Day, I allow (even welcome!) for you guys to post and discuss on this for the weekend until 11:59 pm Sunday.

Character Of The Week: RobM- Beets By Dre


So, if you’d have told me at the start of the week that I’d be featuring RobM as the COTW this week I’d have said “cool, haven’t had him on there for a while.” If you then told me that the picture of his that would be featured would be two prize vegetables, I’d have laughed. “Rob’s way to sensible to do that” I’d have thought “and anyway, how would that work? How do you make realistic fruit and veg in Heromachine?” And yet, here we are. And the veg is Rad (-ish). He certainly dropped some sick beets here. I love the shading work here and shadows really make the picture seem more really. Oh, and I have to mention the use of insect wings as leaves. Brilliant.

Gallery: RobM’s Machine Works

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Geek Quiz ♯25: Guess Who

Lets celebrate the quarter-century of the Geek Quiz with something that should be a piece of cake. In line with this weeks CDC, down below you are going to find 20 superheroes/ super villains secret identities. What I want you to do is say which superheroes they belong to. In the case of characters that have had more than one name as a superhero then I want the first identity they took, with the exception of sidekicks who eventually graduated to full superhero status, in which case we want the name they took after becoming a fully fledged hero (e.g. Hank Pym would be Ant-Man rather than Giant-Man or Yellowjacket, whilst Dick Greyson would be Nightwing rather than Robin).

So if that’s all clear then lets go. 1 point per correct answer and as per usual No putting answers in the comments.

1. Timothy Drake

2. Mac Gargan

3. Jefferson Pierce

4. Al Simmons

5. Hank Henshaw

6. Robert Parr

7. Noh-Varr

8. Rahne Sinclair

9. Bart Allen

10. Jon Osterman

11. Garth Ranzz

12. James Howlett

13. Eobard Thawne

14. Taneleer Tivan

15. Michael Jon Carter

16. Barbara “Bobbi” Morse

17. Stephanie Brown

18. Cain Marko

19. Stephan Strange

20. Dave Lizewski

Answers below the jump

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Kaldath’s Caption Contest #65

It is once again time for our bi-weekly caption contest. This time I would like you to give me your best dialogue for this item:

Swamp thing 1


The normal rules apply, which are: You are limited to Three (3) entries which are due by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on Tuesday May 26th. Of course I as always expect you to keep your entries no worse than PG-13 in nature and that you follow all the normal rules of the forum when writing your caption for the above image. That being said I wish you all Good luck!

Gallery Grabs- Nug

Ok, so, after covering Iscarioto last week, now I’m going to follow up on the suggestions that everyone made two weeks ago. And we’re gonna take a look a Nug to kick off.

One thing I have noticed in looking through peoples galleries for this series is how peoples styles change over time. It’s really interesting to just spend a bit of time and go from start to most recent in someones gallery and see how much it changes, though obviously make sure you have a spare hour or two if you plan to look at any galleries with over 50 pages.

Anyway, on with the show.

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Character Design Contest ♯122- Secret Identities

Alright guys, this week it’s back to the more standard “Character” contest format. For this weeks challenge I want you to create a superhero. It’s that simple.


Ok, it’s not thaaaat simple. To make it more interesting, you also have to show the character’s alter-ego, their secret identity, the Clark Kent to their Superman etc. and the two have to be incorporated into the same picture. Now there are many different ways you can do this, so I’ll leave it up to you as to how, I just care that they are both in the same picture.

As per usual, no limits on entries and the contest will close at midnight Saturday (blog time). Please read the contest rules before entering, have fun and good luck.

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges that I am hosting: Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters, no characters based on RPG’s or other games. The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warnings. Only post characters that you have either created for this contest specifically or you know for certain have never been entered to a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests and check.

Character Design Contest ♯121 (Fight Club) Poll

Character Design Contest ♯120 (Film Posters) Winner

Wow, we actually had a close poll for 2 weeks in a row. Well, when I say close poll I mean it was close between the top 2. No-one else was in sight, which is weird because I don’t think that there was a noticeable quality difference to warrant an almost 50 vote gap between 2nd and 3rd places. But anyways. it ended up being one of those contests where the top 2 exchanged places throughout the week and it could have ended with either coming out on top. But as it turns out, the person to come out of top was in fact Hawk007 for his Athanasia film poster, claiming what I believe to be his first CDC victory. Congrats Hawk and well done to everyone who entered, especially our finalists, sorry that most of you got trampled in the poll.

120 Hawk007- Athanasia

Kaldath’s Corner: Ultron Funk

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Will and Margot on set of Suicide Squad