Charater Contest 32 Winners!

We had a ton of great entries for Character Contest 32, although probably a third of the total were ineligible (mostly because they showed an actual D&D character rather than a modern super-hero by that name). Nonetheless, we have a rich bounty of awesome images I wanted to highlight as Finalists, and I appreciate all the hard work everyone put into their submissions.

First up, I loved the spell effects on Oquies’ character, particularly the fantastic look of the glow globe and background streaks surrounding the staff head here. It’s one of the best “energy” treatments I’ve seen.

Hammerknight also used alpha variants and simple grayscales to achieve a nice effect with “Spirit Shaman’s” companions:

What particularly caught my eye about Gargoyle’s “Warblade” is how he got a 2.5 style three-quarter profile pose and a dwarf body out of HM3. Really nice job on that!

And although I don’t quite see how he’s a super-hero (or villain), I just loved the axe guitar from Freakshow’s rock and roll avenger “Savage Bard”:

Sutter Kaine’s “Artificer” honestly creeped me out.

Although I liked at least parts of all of those illustrations very much, the next few are the entries I seriously considered making the overall winner. I feel like they really captured the spirit of the contest, translating not just the name but the essence of those D&D classes to the modern super-hero comics world.

First was MLS’ “The Cleric”. I like the use of the double-breasted button-down Rocketeer vest with the flaring long coat tails, the use of the holy symbol, and the bandoleer of holy implements.

Jack Zegler also went for a modern holy man, but with more of a “street preacher” feel, with “War Mage”. I like the expression on his face and the simple but realistic clothing. He looks like he could be stalking the streets of your local urban hell hole right now, defending us from undead crackheads.

I loved Alex’ “Samurai”, which he describes as an Australian tattooed warrior. The tatts, the black jeans, the awesome eagle shirt, the hat, the sword, they all work great together and make for a very interesting character design.

Atomic Punk did a great job envisioning what a mage in the modern military might look like and how they would operate. I liked the camo cape over medieval armor particularly.

DiCicatriz continues to bring it with “Psychic Warrior”. I love the hot pink glow lines on the expanded and masked insignia used as armor elements, that’s a very cool effect.

“Rune Priest” by Doomed Pixel was the first one I came to that made me sit back in my chair and say “wow”. I love the glowing letters placed around and matched to the colors of the lightning. It’s a great design and shows how important composition is. Plus the look of the priest, staring down into his hands, is perfect.

Which brings us to our overall winner, the character design and illustration I thought best captured the essence of the contest while also seeming like a totally kick-ass guy in his own right. And that’s “Bard”, by Vigilante. I loved his backstory too, which I’ll repost here:

This is bard, a man with the ability to cause hallucinations with his voice. When he sings, the tonal pattern of his voice causes mental feedback and results in illusions of sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. In an attempt to silence him, the mob mutilated his vocal cords, leaving him with the strength only to whisper. Now he uses special amplifying technology to project his voice through speakers in his hands. He is a morally ambiguous character, fighting crime one day and robbing a bank the next. Whatever is most advantageous at the time.

And here’s the winning man himself:

I love the music effects around his speaker palms — said speaker palms, by the way, being a whole level of awesome just on their own — and the way the mask works by having an insignia sized down over the mouth. The green jacket and face mask also work great.

So congratulations to everyone, especially to our winner Vigilante! V, let me know what you would like as your prize item and I’ll put it on the list.

26 Responses to Charater Contest 32 Winners!

  1. dementedtheclown

    Typo on Character, Congrats V

  2. Good job Vigilante!

  3. Congrats Vigilante!

  4. Sutter_Kaine

    Congratulations, Vigilante. “Honestly creeped me out.” Heh.

  5. I thought my Barbarian would make it to the finalists but i guess it was way too brutal for this contest. Anyway, congratulations to all the winners! Keep up the good work! :)

  6. That was it exactly, KingSlaughter. It was a great visual, but it didn’t really fit with “super-hero” in my mind given the gore.

  7. Yes i thought about it to tell you the truth, but since I got used to making black metal covers for a period of my life, thus I got used to gory stuff… anyway, If you ever make a horror contest perhaps I could place it as an entry there since I don’t think I will be able to participate with a new one, due to limited amount of time… I really enjoyed using heromachine these few times though, and I am glad I found this amazing site, by accident! :)

  8. Congrats V, and all other mentions.

  9. Congrats everyone, and I find it amusing that I just finished the one I was going to upload but didnt have time.

  10. Imaginary Internet Person

    Congratulations, Vigilante! And Kane, way to live up to the screen-name! Looks like something right out of a Clive Barker novel…

  11. My first honorable mention. Yeah me! Congrats to all the winners. Nice job by everybody.

  12. Congratulations Vigilante and everyone else who got mentiond great work.This was my first time entering in a Charater Contest whit a full character and i was very excited when i found out i was among the finalists so thank you Jeff for mentioning my Samurai.I also want to mention that I’m from Bulgaria and we dont have alot of superhero based comics here so Hero Machine is a great way for me to get a piece of the superhero world and express my creativity.

  13. Oh i forgot to mention i have an idea for the next Character Contest(I’m sorry if this isnt the right place to propose it)a nationality based hero contest an excellent example is Captain America with his red,white and blue color scheme ,stars and even the little wings symbolizing something.(sorry again and nevermind if its already done)

  14. The Doomed Pixel

    @ Alex: Yeah, nationality themed heroes was one of the first contests, although that was back before the weekly contests of today. Also, thank you, Jeff, for the honorable mention! Maybe one day I can finally win one!

  15. Actually you’re still owed a contest prize from the HeroMachine 2 contest back in the day, Pixel — you never told me what you wanted, and I didn’t get a reply from the emails I sent. So lemme know!

  16. The Doomed Pixel

    :-D Are you serious? I never got any of those e-mails…cool! Do I get one of these modern-day prizes, then?

  17. Yep! You get your choice of any item you want (within reason) or a portrait of your face (or someone else’s, I suppose) to be included in HM3.

  18. @All: Great fun with the designs.

    @Vigilante: Congratulations. The whole “speaker” effect works great.

    @Jeff: Thanks for the Honorable Mention. Just wish I had found Hammerknight’s Recipe to create flying shurikens for Soulknife earlier!

    This was my favorite contest so far. I’m more of a writer. I used this contest to split 50/50 between the character designs and their origins. Very satisfying.

  19. when is the next contest?

  20. and for the next Charater Contest
    pirates

  21. I like the sound ability you gave your character Vigilante. Congratulations by the way :)

  22. Whoah! I havent been on in a couple days so this is a sweet and totally unexpected surprise, thanks!

  23. Next contest, Angels, Demons, and everything in between (Clerics, priests, that sort of stuff).

  24. Congrats to the honorable mentions and the winner. I liked rune priest the most personally, but there were a lot of good ones. Great job, all! ^_^

  25. When is the next character contest and how do i enter?

  26. We have a character contest every two weeks, Decolda, on Mondays. The off-weeks we have Caption Contests, also on Mondays. Just check in that day and the rules are there, you basically just post your character(s) to a public web site and put the link, along with other pertinent info, in a comment to the contest announcement.