Wow, you all outdid yourselves in our first non-UGO event, Character Contest 80: Wrath! We have a ton of great Finalists to present, so without further ado, here are the ones I thought stood out the most for one reason or another.
No, wait, a few more ados. First, I very much appreciate everyone who takes the time to name their entries properly and to post the direct links. It makes things so much easier.
Second, I believe that dblade is generously starting a new award where he'll randomly select one non-winning Finalist for whom he will do a custom HeroMachine 3 item, which is pretty awesome. Thank you, sir!
Third, I am now in Austin and I start my new job today. I'll be doing my best to keep blog content and administration flowing at its usual pace, but please bear with me during the next week or two as I continue this major life transition.
And NOW with no further ado, your Finalists!
Alvacascus consistently brings an unusual and wonderful perspective to these illustrations, and this week is no different. I love the character design, but the real star is the way the environmental elements are cropped and arranged to bring a ton of life and interest to the composition.
Gendonesia's "Kung Fu" features a great central pose, but what I love about it is the setting, especially the lighting. The menacing figures in shadow behind the well-lite main actor are a fantastic touch.
Alas, there can be only winner, and this week the award goes to an illustration that I thought had the best combination of theme, composition, and execution. That illustration belongs to ... AMS and his "Ahab"! I love his expression, his outfit, the colors, and the understated yet unmistakable rage on his face. Well done, sir!
Congratulations as well to all of our Finalists as well as to everyone who entered this week. I sincerely appreciate your hard work and creativity, one and all.