Character Contest 10 Winner!

I'd like to thank everyone for submitting new, interesting, and fun characters for this, the third "Patriot" themed contest I've held. I didn't realize it'd been that many, so while I apologize for overusing the idea, I have no apologies for the quality of the artwork submitted. So hats off to you all, nice job again this week!

As usual, after the jump I've assembled the Honorable Mentions and the overall winner. If you don't see yours listed it's not a reflection on you or your imagination, just a limitation of size and time. Now, onward!

I'm putting a pair of Colonial-era patriots first, because they were both so good I couldn't decide between them. First is Brons' "The Patriot", which is simple in concept but very well executed:


Next was RitoruBushi's "Patriot", which went for a more neutral color palette and more items, but it works very well and I think is a nice contrast to Brons' approach:


They're both good, and both similar, but different. Next up is an image I chose both because it's a neat character, and for the excellent use of the new Energy items to good effect -- I think this is how you're going to be seeing "Auras" in the future, folks, because it can be made to work with any pose. I also really like the subtle use of the grayed-out "Swoosh" item to give the impression that she's flinging the sparkles around.


It was pointed out early on that it was also "Canada Day", which frankly I thought was made up until other commenters verified it. I never put it past a Canuck to yank a stupid American's chain! I picked MartianBlue's "Phazar" to represent our good friends to the north, mostly because I really like the way he integrated the large maple leaf into the leggings so seamlessly -- it's a really nice effect.


In the "Best scene" category (which I just made up as an excuse to post this image), RSC5 takes top honors for not only putting together a darn convincing imitation of an actual comics panel, but for heroic dedication to the cause in the face of his three hour pattern-a-thon. I appreciate both the work and the work, as it were!


Finally, I wanted to ask Mr. Vampire how he got a picture of my dad for use in this contest, because that's really uncalled for:


Actually, true story, my brother really did set my dad's chest hair on fire one July 4 during an epic Bottle Rocket War, which involved firing bottle rockets out of hand-held Coke bottles deliberately aimed at family members' vital organs. It's ... good? ... to be a Cajun sometimes, folks.

Which brings us to our winner, which I chose for being both the best overall super-hero "July 4" concept, but also for its excellent dedication to detail and execution -- Timespike's "Liberty"!


Apparently I have a thing for flaming shoulder pads. But beyond that, and besides the strong overall concept which, while not staggeringly unique (what is, given the topic?), is nonetheless very tight and focused, unlike this sentence which is now officially waaaaay too long and rambling, I really liked the way he posed the sword leaning on the shield, which in turn is leaning on the character's legs, all of which has that cool smoke effect going. It totally fits with, and "sells", the arms-crossed pose.

I appreciate everyone taking the time during the holiday to submit these and all of the other entries, I had a great time looking at them and hope you did too! Thanks to everyone who entered, and keep your eyes peeled for a new contest going up shortly.

22 Responses to Character Contest 10 Winner!

  1. chase says:

    I keep entering do you think i will ever make it

  2. Jeff Hebert says:

    You never know, Chase. Just remember, the important thing is to have fun making them, because then you’re a winner no matter what. After all, this is all just the opinion of one guy who’s not, frankly, all that bright.

  3. chase says:

    Thanks Jeff 🙂

  4. Haydnc95 says:

    OMG, im on an honorable stole here :)thanks for the honorables 🙂

    congrats everyone 🙂

  5. The Imp says:

    Yeah, I figured Timespike’s dude would get at least an honorable mention, if not win it all. Glad to see my ESP was working that day! 😀

    Congrats, Timespike.

  6. RSC5 says:

    Thanks for the honorable mention! Especially for Paul Revere, because that fence was a huge pain in the ass…I was gonna just use two squares and an upside down American flag, but the wood patterning went the wrong way on those stupid bars and I had to make it from scratch with about ten to twenty minutes of lag between each mouse click.

    Anyway, I’m quite looking forward to participating in the next contest. Thank you again!

  7. RSC5 says:

    PS: Many congratulations, Timespike!

  8. chase says:

    Oh hey Jeff I just have a quick question, when do you anounce the next contest

  9. rancid says:

    yeah none of mine made the cut either 🙁 next time i guess

  10. Isia says:

    Congrats Timespike. That was a great character. 🙂

  11. RSC5 says:

    @chase: He’s announcing it next. Always after the results.

  12. RJ mcd says:

    jeff canada day is real 😉 just like we have thanks giving in oct and santa is a canuck 🙂

  13. chase says:

    Thanks RSC5

  14. Whit says:

    *waiting for next contest announcement*

  15. Timespike says:

    w00t! I won one!

    Thanks for the kind words, guys. I really had fun designing this one.

    Hmm. Now I have to figure out what I want for an item.

    I’ll have to get back to you on that one, Jeff – there are several possible choices.

  16. RitoruBushi says:

    Thanks for selecting one of my entries!

    So…. with seven entries being mentioned… does that mean that all seven of us won the contest? I’m a little confused. I didn’t see any direct mention to any specific names winning the contest. Pardon me, if I didn’t see it and it’s up there, but I’m still a little breathless having my first entry making the grade.

  17. RitoruBushi says:

    strike that last message… I just saw that the last mention was the winner.

  18. darkvatican says:

    Congrats to our winner for this time around, Timespike, and to all the honorable mention-ees. I looked through just about every pic as it was posted and there was a lot of really great works. Thanks for playing!

  19. J says:

    I think you chose the right one this time. Patriot is definately awesome. Good job.

  20. J says:

    Oops. I mean Liberty.

  21. MartianBlue says:

    Congrats Timespike, me(lol), and everyone! Thanks for the mention Jeff, I guess this american makes a pretty good Canadian, huh? I had made him before this contest, as I had my Jet-type, The Enforcer as well. Phazar is part of a national based set of heroes, I’m thinking about making. The only reason I didn’t enter an american based one (excluding Enforcer) was simply because you can’t top the best of the best, Captain America, although there was plenty of great charactersentered.

  22. darkvatican says:

    @MartianBlue: That is so true. Captain America is the BOMB-FRIGGIN’-DIGGITY! *aherm* Which is to say that i like him a lot.