Character Contest 81 Winners!

Many thanks to everyone who entered Character Design Contest 81: Greed! Without further ado, I give you your Finalists:

I thought Albannach's "Futility of Greed" told its story very well.

AMS' "Midas" is a great character study.

I liked the way Blue Blazer created a non-standard sort of man in this one, along with the effective storytelling.

Diazmydiaz's "Burn the World" also features a distinctive looking character, though I think the burning of the world is going to be a "chestnuts roasting on an open fire" sort of moment for him.

FRM's "Tax Collector" is included mostly for the nice butt -- I'm not sure how that was done but it looks like it was drawn that way.

Gendonesia's "Grave Hunter" features a great composition and highly effective lighting to set the mood. All the little touches (like the spattering on the ground) work really well here.

I liked headlessgeneral's character design as well as the great use of the "Greed" design element in the background.

Kytana's dragon in "Greed" is just stunning. The hoard of gold is spot-on and the design of the creature itself is perfect.

Mashlagoo does a stellar job with this classic D&D monster, the Mimic.

What clenched Razor99's entry for me is spinning disk in the eyes and the similar leering grins on both figures. I think it sells "Greed" very well.

I think it's hard to use HeroMachine to put together a good political cartoon, but Skybandit manages it quite well here.

Watson Bradshaw also brought a nice political cartoon with his "one percent". I like the use of the cranes in the top background particularly.

WolfMoon's "Hail Money" is a great poster, with outstanding composition. I love this image.

A few others I thought had great illustrations (i.e. Tarkabarka) but I didn't get "Greed" from looking at them.

Out of the list of Finalists, there can be only one overall winner, though many were certainly worthy. I ultimately decided to go with ... Kytana's dragon! Every time I look at it I see some new little feature that adds to the overall effect without being intrusive. I definitely can see "greed" when I look at it, and taken just as an illustration it's great.

Awesome job, and congratulations both to our winner Kytana and all of our Finalists! I believe dblade is again doing his very generous "Finalist Supplemental Prize" (or some other, cooler name), so definitely check the comments for that update.

34 Responses to Character Contest 81 Winners!

  1. Congrats Kytana you deserved the Win! Just awesome! Great job everyone. I can see why I didn’t make the grade this month. It gets more and more difficult.

  2. I had a feeling Kytana would win. It’s clear that she put a lot of time and love into her work. Well done!

  3. Congrats, Kytana! Reminds me a bit of Smaug from the Hobbit, but I think I like yours beter than any offical artwork I’ve seen. Jeff, I’m just guessing, but I think the butt from FRM’s is a resized/reshaped bussom masked/placed over the blue jeans. Might be something else, but that’s what it looks like to me…

  4. i actually more expected my other one to be a finalist, but i’m not complaining!
    jeff, i did the butt with the butt simply with the female, um, stuff.
    congrats to all contestants!

    ps. for some reason yesterday i couldnt get on HM. were updates happening, or something?

  5. The roll of the dice (d12)….
    10

    Skybandit is the winner of dblade’s Random Finalist Consolation Prize! In these guidelines Skybandit will be referred to as the Chosen One.

    1. The Chosen One can choose one new item to be created for any existing category in Hero Machine 3 with the exception of these categories: Backgrounds, Companions.

    2. The new item must be applicable to the default body type. No specialized items for alternate body types (turned head, 3/4 torso, etc…)

    3. I reserve the right to ask the Chosen One to pick another item if the request is beyond my ability (I’m looking at you, Human Hair!) or inappropriate for Hero Machine (no naughty bits and pieces).

    4. Reference images or a really good description must be provided so I can fulfill the request with the minimal amount of heartache and frustration.

    So there you have it. As many of you are familiar with my contributions you know I can handle a wide range of art requests so don’t let the guidelines scare you. I do have limitations (damn you, Human Hair!!) so please be understanding if I have to decline a request.

  6. Congratulations, Kytana. Your dragon was awesome. A well deserved win!

    Now’s your chance to ask for a Hair item! Jeff is the true master!

  7. FRM: ps. for some reason yesterday i couldnt get on HM. were updates happening, or something?

    Yes, DreamHost (the hosting company for this domain) was down almost the entire day. They auto-installed a security patch that completely hosed most of their servers.

  8. Great work, Kytana!

    Some other favorites –
    headlessgeneral: He looks like a mob enforcer who muscled his way to the top
    AMS: Definite mastermind
    Albannach’s “Futility of Greed”: Fantastic work on the face
    Mashlagoo’s Mimic: One of the least appreciated D&D monsters
    Razor99: Really effective. Love the color choices
    gurong7: I hate clowns but those are two of the best works I’ve seen. Side by side, they tell a great story.

    I finally came up with an idea but the contest was closed. Darn the luck! I’ll just save “Jikininki” for another day.

  9. dblade: Now’s your chance to ask for a Hair item! Jeff is the true master!

    !
    Dude, I loved the hair set you did for Kytana, whatchutalkinboutwillis?!

  10. Grats for the finalist and especialist Kytana. That picture is is so beatiful and a great composition. Well deserved win.

    Can i ask what means I.E.? – Sorry i really don’t know what this means.

  11. Tarkabarka: Can i ask what means I.E.? – Sorry i really don’t know what this means.

    It stands for the Latin “id est”, which can be translated as “that is”. I should more properly have used e.g., which basically means “for example”.

  12. To elaborate, what I was basically saying was that I originally had marked your entry, Tarkabarka, as a Finalist, but when putting together the post I decided it didn’t really say “greed” to me, even though it’s an outstanding illustration.

  13. Jeff Hebert: !
    Dude, I loved the hair set you did for Kytana, whatchutalkinboutwillis?!

    That was after many reworkings and gnashing of teeth. I ended up taking pieces from your work to construct the final piece. It’s the Frankenstein Monster of Hair!

  14. Jeff Hebert: It stands for the Latin “id est”, which can be translated as “that is”. I should more properly have used e.g., which basically means “for example”.

    Thanks Jeff. I always learn something new.

    Jeff Hebert:
    To elaborate, what I was basically saying was that I originally had marked your entry, Tarkabarka, as a Finalist, but when putting together the post I decided it didn’t really say “greed” to me, even though it’s an outstanding illustration.

    o.O Ohhh. Thanks Jeff to tell me this. For me this as like in the finalist list. I really happy to make anything. I really out of ideas, time, and my back threatment are also starting. I really don’t know how i shown greed. (personally i never meet this notion 😀 i always have nothing).

  15. dblade:
    Congratulations, Kytana. Your dragon was awesome. A well deserved win!

    Now’s your chance to ask for a Hair item! Jeff is the true master!

    The master must not learn, so i choice you for that mission. And i think your work is well. When you would have monster hair take the mission about the hobbit feets. 😉

    And thank you for that, is a little honor. At the time i was a kind i love the paintings from a book named “Die Brüder Löwenherz”(brothers lionheart) from Astrid Lindgren. This have me inspired for that picture… and a little bit Smaug is also in there.
    Edit:
    Can it be that i am always be meticulous? Later i noticed every time mistakes and nobody see it…always my person. :/
    So when i look of the picture i dont think that i have derserved this win.

    And no i dont want hobbit feets, i say it later. 🙂

  16. COngrats to the prize winners, and to the noms, I think all the art here is very well put together. I wasn’t able to add to the pot this time due to moving and trying to get internet switched over, then I tried to get on and kept getting error code 504 saying site wasn’t working but Im here now. Congrats and see you guys next time.

  17. *sigh* No finalist spots again. Oh well. I’ll try again next time.

  18. Kytana surely deserve to win!
    the dragon, effects, and background, all mix in a great ilustration!
    congratz!
    and congratz to all finalists here, as usual, everybody have done their best

  19. Awesome pic, Kytana! Well deserved win! Thanks for the finalist nom, Jeff!

  20. Double congratz to kytana for double prize in a row..
    And also congratz for all finalists.. A lot of entries that I predicted to be finalist like diazmydaz’s (si maho), AMS’, Mashlagoo’s, and that’s gonna be true!

  21. congrats to all finalist and especially to Kytana..awesome dragon, look so “great” eh “greed” for me 😮

    and thanks a lot for your comment The Atomic Punk 😀
    I also do not like the clown LOL :p

  22. Congrats, Kytana. I had also done a dragon picture, and I almost didn’t enter it when I saw yours. Not just because I didn’t want to be seen as copying your idea, but because I really felt mine was clearly inferior. You deserved the win this week.

  23. Thanks for gratulation.

    @Jeff: I i have very problems with the chests. I wish it gives more older stuff in the Misc.-Item category. Chest and a sort of vase without handle were fine.

  24. I really like Kytana’s dragon . Great job. 😀

  25. Kytana, that dragon is fantastic! Congrats on a very well-deserved win!
    Other finalists, great creations once again.

  26. Kytana:
    Thanks for gratulation.

    @Jeff: I i have very problems with the chests. I wish it gives more older stuff in the Misc.-Item category. Chest and a sort of vase without handle were fine.

    Kytana, do you mean a chest like a treasure chest, a trunk that woud hold other things? Like these?

  27. headlessgeneral

    Congrats, Kytana and all the finalist!

  28. Skybandit. Don’t forget to contact me about your prize. Either on the UGO forums or here on the blogs.

  29. Jeff Hebert: Kytana, do you mean a chest like a treasure chest, a trunk that woud hold other things? Like these?

    http://www.featurepics.com/FI/Thumb300/20081207/Treasure-Chest-Vector-Illustration-993712.jpg
    Yeah a treasure chest like my one or this picture here.
    One in the front and when you think its not too much one from side( how in the link)
    When you think too much not take the vase. But i think this are little Items with little efforts. But this is your turn. Chests have priority. :<)

  30. OK, Kytana, you got it!

  31. @ dblade: Thanks! I want roller skates.

  32. skybandit:
    @ dblade:Thanks!I want roller skates.

    Cool! Roller skates it is.
    Whew…I almost missed this posting. Next time I’ll put a link to my thread. 🙂

  33. skybandit:
    @ dblade:Thanks!I want roller skates.

    Just to clarify. Old school 4-wheeler or rollerblade?

  34. @ dblade: Your choice, buddy. Thanks again.