Character Design Contest 77: Sporty!

Your design challenge for this week is to create character or characters based on something related to sports. It might be something funny like "Catcher in the Rye" which is an actual baseball catcher on a loaf of bread, or a big 40's style goon named "Pinch" (for pinch runner) or a soccer-themed villain named "Sweeper". Or you could take a page from Stan Lee's book and design characters based on sports team names. You could design a team based around chess pieces or poker cards, or built around transforming NASCAR vehicles, or ... really, just about anything, so long as it's in some way related to something sporty! Just, you know, try to come up with something better than Superpro:

The rules are the same as usual:

  • All entries must be in JPG or PNG form (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like ImageShack, PhotoBucket, the UGO Forums, whatever);
  • Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name;
  • The image cannot have been used in any previous HeroMachine character design contest;
  • Please name your files as [your name]-[character name].[file extension]. So DiCicatriz, for instance, would save his "Bayou Belle" character image as DiCicatriz-BayouBelle.png.
  • Please make the link go directly to the image (like this) and not to a hosting jump page (like this). If you see "preview" or "rotate" somewhere in the link you're probably doing it wrong.
  • All entries must be in by next Monday, when I'll choose a winner.

The person with the winning entry as selected by our expert panel (i.e. me) will win their choice of a) a portrait to go in HeroMachine 3, b) an item to go in HeroMachine 3, or c) a custom black and white "Sketch of the Day" style drawing (also by me).

Good luck, everyone!

117 Responses to Character Design Contest 77: Sporty!

  1. Wulf says:

    Anybody notice that in the corner image he’s holding the rifle pistol-style but changes to a semi-normal grip in the main image? He must be a lousy sniper.

  2. Keith_Kanin says:

    Does hoverboarding count as a sport?

    This was done as a tribute to one of my favorite movies. I know that it needs some work, but it was mainly done for fun.

  3. Syntax says:

    I currently do not have accounts on any image site and I don’t like just giving out my info all willy-nilly, any way I can post the image without joining one?

  4. Debochira says:

    I’m gonna sit this one out. As a video gamer, I know next to nothing about sports other than “You catch or hit this ball, then run.” Maybe the next contest (assuming I haven’t missed it already. There are 77 contests after all.) could be creating a character based on a video game but isn’t an actual character in the game?

  5. Syntax says:

    That would be rather difficult considering the many different genres and styles of videogames. Besides, it isn’t all that hard to just look up a particular sport and make something from that.

  6. LionStar says:

    I give you: The Children
    In a world that is quite literally falling apart,liesure activities are myths, and children are automatically born into their adolescent stages. Everyone in this world is born with the same face and born asexually. A group of “Children” stumble upon a long abandoned croquet arena. They don futuristic uniforms and challenge the Celestial of thier world to a winner-takes-all game of croquet in order for the people of their world to have a chance to learn what it means to grow and die in peace.
    The Children:

  7. Jeff Hebert says:

    Like Syntax said, you don’t really have to know anything about sports. Pick a cool team name — “The Miami Heat”, for instance — and do something heat-related. Not too complicated.

  8. Jeff Hebert says:

    Syntax, as long as you can get the image on a web site I can get to without having to sign up for anything, go for it. For instance, if you have your own web space or something. Or even Facebook, if you make the image public.

  9. Syntax says:

    Don’t have a website of my own, nor any place where I could post the image. Maybe I could convince my mom to post it to her Facebook,but I doubt it. If all else fails maybe I could try emailing the file, I have to redo the image anyway since I misread the description and made a scene from an actual sport instead of a superhero.

    Of course I could always just tweak it a little and say it’s a superhero.

  10. Whit says:

    @Syntax–you could join the UGO message board for HeroMachine users. (Someone with a clearer head than mine right now pass on how to do so?)

  11. Jeff Hebert says:

    There are dozens of free sites for posting images, including the UGO Boards as Whit said, but Syntax has indicated he or she is unwilling to join any of them. There’s not much I can do with that.

  12. Luclucluc says:

    Here’s my entry, Slam Monkey. An NBA superstar who had his genes spliced with those of a monkey to give himself a special edge.

  13. Luclucluc says:

    And a second entry, simply because you said try not to do this.

  14. Lime says:

    Grishnaz did not realize what he was in for when he signed up for the Intramural Fantasy Football League.

  15. Keith_Kanin says:

    @Syntax This site was suggested to me by another member when I was having trouble posting my pics.

    You don’t have to join anything or give out any info. Just upload your pic and copy the link to post on this site. Couldn’t be easier. Hope that helps.

  16. Vampyrist says:

    My first entry, a pyrokinetic known as Pitcher.

  17. dblade says:

    @Syntax(10): Don’t worry about making it a superhero. The contest includes any sport-themed imagery. And if you have seen past contests some people can really stretch the boundaries of the given theme. Your sport scene would actually be hitting it right on the head.

  18. McKnight57 says:

    This is my rugby player. He’s super strong, fast, and nearly invulnerable. Obviously steel beams still do some damage, as his face shows.

  19. McKnight57 says:

    Sorry, the name on that one was “invincible Forward.”

  20. Phatchick says:

    @ lime (#16) That was funny! I love the concept!

  21. Nick Hentschel says:

    i’d sworn that I wouldn’t get involved in these contests anymore, but I just can’t resist a bad pun. So think back to horror-anthology titles like “House of Mystery” and “House of Secrets,” and get ready for a good groan….

    “Somewhere on the South Side of Chicago, not in *baddest* part of town, but the weirdest, you will see the dangdest thing yet: a young man in Cubs Gear (right down to the shoes!), playing a string bass on the sidewalk, and raisin’ up a storm. No one knows how a blond-haired, blue-eyed white boy learned to play like that, but he IS good, and you can feel something in the air as he plays, like the street itself, the stones that the skyscrapers were built on, the spirits that still live in them, are clapping along.”
    “And you just might be right.”
    “This young man lives for the two things that make his city great: the Cubs, and the Blues. For while he wanted to play when he was young, the closest he ever got is his day job, sellin’ peanuts at Wrigley. It turned out that music was his gift, and that’s a hard way to make a living. And worse still, as our gifts are also our burdens, his talent comes at price: he has not just the Touch, but the Sight.”
    “Every ghost in the city, they say, seems to stop by to hear him play. The scariest, meanest spirits and haunts stop when he plays to them, and every one of them has a story to tell? Al Capone’s victims? he knows them all by name? Resurrection Mary? He’s got her on speed-dial. And if you ever hear the voice of your lost, loved ones again after they’ve gone, it may be a soft touch while he plays. And they ALL have stories to tell.”
    “He’ll tell you, if you ask (and if you tip well). And if you’re haunted, TRULY haunted, he may just be the only man who can help you.”
    “Ask the staff at Wrigley where to find him. Then pull up stool, be generous in the tip jar, and maybe bring your instrument and play along. ANd get ready to hear a hell of a tale of Chicago’s streets, and maybe more.”

    “Most people don’t bother to learn his name, but on the street, they call him… the First Bassman.” 😉

  22. Nick Hentschel says:

    Oops! I forgot to give the image a name: it should be something like, “Nick-FirstBassman.jpg” or something like that? I really AM out of practice with these contests!

  23. webpulp says:

    BatBoy – He can handle a bat, beat off the villians, and swing with the best of them.

  24. Jeff Hebert says:

    No worries, Nick, Facebook gives them long number names anyway, nothing you can do about it. I just manually change Facebook entries as I get them. So you’re good to go.

  25. Phatchick says:

    We’ve all heard the tales; a demon and sometimes even the Devil himself challenging a mortal to a sporting competition with a stake of riches vs the mortal’s soul. And let’s face it, the Devil does not play fair. For instance, how’s a guy suppose to keep his mind on the game when there’s a hot succubus in a cheerleader’s outfit cheering on Old Nick?

  26. Syntax says:

    <a href="“>Here’s hoping I did this right.
    First Image: Magic Johnson. Because as Phatchick said, SOMEONE had to do it.

  27. Syntax says:

    And It did not. Wonderful. Try this again.

    Did it work this time?

  28. Jeff Hebert says:

    Syntax, you can just put in the actual URL, and WordPress will convert it to a link automatically. Even a cut and paste from the browser address line will work.

  29. Syntax says:

    Yay! Success! Second image, the stronger one in my opinion,


  30. Syntax says:

    Thank you for the info Jeff, I’ll be sure not to make that mistake again. love the robot ManiacMick, that thing looks fierce!

  31. D says:

    This one’s a sport from medieval times:

  32. D says:

    @ Jeff: Is there a cap on how many entries you can have?

  33. Jeff Hebert says:

    No cap this week, D.

  34. D says:

    Thanks, Jeff. Could you please delete my second entry?

  35. Syntax says:

    Third entry:

    Space Jai Alai!

  36. Blue Blazer says:

    The bigger they are, the harder they hit…

  37. Nick Hentschel says:

    I should probably got to hell or wrose for this, BUT, as I’ve explained, I can’t resist a bad joke.
    Thinking about the ridiculous, vaguely sport-connected name of a favorite movie, I suddenly got an idea perhaps too weird to be funny: for an ungodly hybrid of “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” and “The Baseball Bunch,” a super-lame-O cartoon show where anthropomorphic planets in atheltic headgear would try to get kids interested in sports. A truly *awful* concept, with grownups trying pitifully to reach out to kids, and instead, creeping them out so bad that they need therapy. So, with a slight spelling change to the name (to avoid legal trouble), I give you…. THE SPACEBALLZ!

  38. Syntax says:

    Blue Balzer, your “HEAVYWEIGHT” scares me.

    Fourth entry:

    Battle Polo

  39. Keith_Kanin says:

    Nick, when you get to hell, save me a seat. I will be right behind you for this one. But, since I know next to notning about real sports, I give you:

  40. Syntax says:

    Quidditch! Keith, that picture is awesome! Serious props for using the awesome foreshortening in the picture.

  41. Nick Hentschel says:

    Keith_Kanin (49): Ummmm… Quidditch?

  42. Fuzztone says:

    English soccer teams have dull names. Leeds United. Manchester City. Accrington Stanley. Yet they often have interesting nicknames. Take Manchester United, the most successful English club ever. Known as “The Red Devils”, they’ve won every trophy that there is to be won, often in incredible circumstances. Last minute goals, penalties, sendings off… the drama never stops. It never has a chance to, because games involving the United seem to go on for longer than the regular 90 minutes. So much overtime is played, in fact, and goals scored so often that it’s known as “Fergie Time”, after the club manager. Why this happens is a mystery – is the referee intimidated by the crowd or the manager? Does the occasion get to them?

    Or is that they’ve had a half-time visit from the Red Devil herself? She’s a lovely girl. A voice like caramel, skin like silk, leaving the scent of vanilla, and cinnamon; all underpinned with a whiff of sulphur and the knowledge of what really constitues foul play. Can someone call the Doctor? The referee’s had an awful accident….

  43. gendonesia says:

    @keith: female seeker! O.o

  44. gendonesia says:

    oh, by the way, this is one of my favourite sport, fave to watch actually :p

  45. Phatchick says:

    My final design for this contest; a tribute to my old high school track team. A lady Tiger getting ready to take gold on the field.

  46. Fuzztone says:

    Just realised I’ve loaded the wrong version of Red Devil. Curses! Try this one…

  47. alvacascus says:

    I hope I’m the first contestant who submit this kind of sport 😀
    Here it is:

  48. borntobealoser says:

    Here’s my entry. I hope I’ve taken a unique spin on it.

    Capture the Flag, Orc Player:

    In a world that is only now becoming civilised, many violent races wish war on neighbouring lands. Unfortunately for those races, they are all part of the United Races, an allied collection of the most dominant powers in the world. War is out of the question. Luckily, sport has come to the rescue. Now battles for land are fought in an immense playing field. Teams representing each member of the United Races fight to claim the objective of the game: the Flag. Aside from bringing the flag back to base, there are no rules: no red cards, no time outs. If a player dies on the field, hard luck. No race has perfected the use of brute force in this game like the Orcs have. They’re currently ranking top on the UR League Leaderboard.

  49. dblade says:

    Kansas State Wildcat Cheerleader from the year 3000.

    Wildcat Cheerleader:

  50. Keith_Kanin says:

    Ok, I have admitted that I know little about real sports. However, those that I work with, are avid sports fans. All they talk about is football and fantasy football. So I do know what the classic rivalry in my area is and who is favored. That being said, I give you:
    OSU VS. Michigan. Or as I have titled the picture,
    “A Long Day In Ann Arbor”

  51. Nick Hentschel says:

    Ditto here, just one more!

    Not my best work, and pushing the contest’s definition of “sport” a bit, but here’s a sort of futuristic ski-trooper that I dreamed up (the kind that the Rebels could have used on Hoth), out for a training exercise at night, outside some alien city:

  52. MisterDinoMan says:

    @Gendonesia: That pool player is amazing. Nice use of perspective and highlighting to create depth.

  53. borntobealoser says:

    Here’s my second entry. It’s going with the same theme as my first entry. I may make more of these if I get the time.

    Capture the Flag, Elf Players:

    Once they were no longer needed on the battlefield, an elite troop of Elven War Maidens found a new career playing for their race on the playing field.

  54. gurong7 says:

    my 1st entry
    The Referee : gurong7_Dr.Sharvago

    my 2nd entry
    The Player : gurong7_BIGBOMBEER

  55. Nick Hentschel says:

    webpulp (71): I’d love to know how you did that background……

  56. gendonesia says:

    @MisterDinoMan (68) thanks bro 😀

  57. An Enforcer: A jugger whose responsibility it to protect the qwik in The Game.

    Inspired by the Rutger Hauer cult movie “The Blood of Heroes” (originally released in Australia as “Salute of the Jugger”).

  58. Phatchick says:

    @gendonesia (#66) Fantastic pic, I love the use of perspective and the shading.

  59. You just got served:

    I am open to advice concerning the left foot. Best I could do. :/

  60. Nick Hentschel says:

    The Atomic Punk (77): You’re forgiven. I’d actually be more bothered by the RIGHT knee (“My left or your left?”), which seems disjointed.

  61. borntobealoser says:

    Here’s my third.

    Capture the Flag, Bjorn Hammerhorn:

    While only the main races have teams entered in the League, the United Races allow other creatures to enter, and be hired by one of the main species. Undoubtedly the most successful of these minor race players is Bjorn Hammerhorn, Minotaur Legend and URL Superstar. He recently completed a rather tremendous 2 year contract with the Dwarven team, and is expected to cause a stir when the next transfer window comes around.

  62. The Shark: 2034 Birmingham Autoduel Association Super Series Champion.

    Car Wars fans, check out the Car Wars Vehicle Designer!

    @Nick Hentschel(78): Thanks. Yeah, I tried to hide that with the kneepad. Didn’t go so well, either. ;9

    I won’t be viewing anyone else’s entry until the end. Feeling inspired. Me has a sneaky suspicion if I view others’ designs now, I will be deflated!

  63. gendonesia says:

    @phatchick (76) thanks phat, glad to hear that! 🙂

    finally, my 3rd and probably the last for this week: cycling

  64. Nick Hentschel says:

    Atomic Punk (80): Don’t be discouraged; some of my stuff fairly sucks. But I know what you mean about the kneepad; I’m having similar troubles with another drawing.

    gendonesia (81): As a commuter cyclist, I’m normally sick of the Lycra stereotype. But when that look works, it WORKS!!!

  65. Whit says:

    Much in the spirit of Stan Lee’s Guardians project, I am creating a superhero to represent each of the pro teams in the St Louis area.

    First up is Doppelganger, who wields an ultranium bat, and can conjure an “astral twin” capable of creating and hurling energy balls.

  66. Whit says:

    In the spirit of Stan Lee’s Guardian project, I present to you a team of superheroes who each embody the spirit of a different Twin Cities pro team.

    First up is Doppelganger. He wields an ultranium bat, and can conjure an “astral twin” capable of creating and hurling energy balls.

    (I used a premade face because it bore a passing resemblance to Joe Mauer.)

  67. Whit says:

    The next Twin Cities superhero is Hotlynx: part woman, part wildcat, part machine, all champion.

  68. Whit says:

    (Sorry for the double-posting on Doppelganger–though it does seem fitting!–I thought I was having a connexion issue so that the first one didn’t go through, but I was wrong.)

  69. Whit says:

    @gendonesia (81) AMAZING!

  70. gendonesia says:

    @Nick(82): thanks Nick! actually, i used lycra-like suit because I’m getting frustated when trying to match suit available at HM to this character :p

    @Whit(87): Thanks Whit!

  71. Kaylin88100 says:

    Didn’t think I’d be able to think of anything for this, but I actually have! I don’t know that much about sport, so apologies for any really glaring errors. Probably won’t do another one this time around, but I might edit this one to add some shading, *if* I have time before Monday.

  72. Kaylin88100 says:

    OK, I have thought of something: the chess pieces from Alice Through the Looking Glass. Here’s the first one that came to mind: the White Queen.

  73. Kaylin88100 says:

    My second chess piece entry (3rd entry overall), the Red Queen.

  74. Jurassic Joust: A brave knight of the Tricorn Order prepares to defend his Lady’s honor in a tournament

  75. Nick Hentschel says:

    The Atomic Punk (94): Jeez, does that guy even NEED a lance?!

  76. Worf says:

    I know this ain’t gonna win me the contest, but I just couldn’t resist.

  77. Nick Hentschel says:

    Worf (98): Actually, that’s pretty darn good! Very good colors and shading, and one of the nicer “city” backgrounds I’ve seen.

  78. Worf says:

    @Nick Hentschel(99): Thanks. I still wish we had something like 5 more “city parts” so we could make something more detailed or layered…

    Oh well, I’ll post it on the forums if there’s a demand for it.

  79. Foosball: My most ambitious creation to date.

    @Nick Hentschel(96): Can’t remember where, but I remember as series of “Knights and Dinosaurs” and other alternate history artwork. Same for my “Dino Gladiator” from CC 76: Animalia II.

    Maybe it was Clive Barker-inspired. Didn’t he once say “You can never have enough sharp objects?” Then he went on to write Hellraiser. ;9

    That’s not me. I am trypanophobic. So much that I refuse to get flu shots.

  80. Kaylin88100 says:

    Here’s a second version of my Red Queen, with shading and zoomed in. I’ve actually completely remade it from scratch (well, actually, from a model based on a text file I borrowed off dblade, but yeah) which is why she has a different face. Anyway. Red Queen, a bit more “in your face”.

  81. ams says:

    Here is my first entry for this week. This is a revision of an international speedster called F-1. Cheers!

  82. ams says:

    Here is another from my archive. This character was done before the “Zyping” craze and I can’t fix it because it is before I lost all my saves from a Adobe/Flash update. (Be careful kiddies!)

    Slash –

  83. dblade says:

    @ams(103): Very dynamic pose that really sells the speedster theme.

    @Kaylin88100 (102): Nice!

  84. Kaylin88100 says:

    @dblade (106): So…you don’t mind then? 🙂

  85. Kaylin88100 says:

    @ams (103, 104, 105): Love them! It doesn’t matter at all about the “Zyping”, honest! I really wish I could do poses like you 🙂

  86. Kytana says:
    I have no time for more. Its a entry with title: “sporty Zombies.”
    I have only take a speech balloon without the text, like the caption contest. I want written in german so i think the picture speaks about itself.

  87. Nick Hentschel says:

    Kytana (110): Athletes as zombies? I thought that was the FANS?! 😉

  88. dblade says:

    @Kaylin88100 (107): Not at all. It’s quite flattering actually. I like your take on the Red Queen theme.

  89. The consequences of couple’s figure skating:

    @Kytana(110): A red card? It’s obvious he’s a flopper! ;9

    Sprechst auf Deutsh, bitte! I need practice.

  90. The Littleton Tech Lemon-Lime Ligers: Lick ’em, Ligers!

  91. Trekkie says:

    My two entries that I hope I’ve got in on time:

    Entry #1

    Entry #2
    Figure Skating:

  92. Jeff Hebert says:

    Thanks for playing along, folks! I’ve downloaded all the entries so submissions are now closed for this one. Finalists posted in a bit.