Character Design Contest 82 Winners!

Thanks to everyone who entered the very difficult Character Design Contest 82: Pride! Without further ado, here are your Finalists, the submissions I thought had something particularly special about them.

AMS had a very clever take on "The Portrait of Dorian Gray". I love the white background that allows the character and the awesome portrait to pop.

dblade has another master class on the use of color and composition. I can totally see his series of similar illustrations to this going in a pinup calendar, they're just amazing.

The PowerHouse Trifect continues with DiCicatriz' Orgullo. The rainbow coloring, the nifty triangle element, and the pose all help to really sell this story.

Gendonesia's "Basketball Pride" was a neat idea done well. I love the wings in particular.

Guzya's "Pride of Lion" was a cute play on the word and a fun illustration as well.

Marquis Samedi's "Ozymandias" captured a nice sense of scale. The "statue stonework" effects are really well done. Plus, come on, that's one of the great poems in English literature.

I have to confess, I'm not sure what newerlie's "Pride of Illuminati" really has to do with pride, but it's a nice-looking drawing.

PapaKrok gave us a great pose and spot-on composition in his entry.

I like the clean simplicity and directness of Razor99's "Jack the Lion". The center chest piece looks great.

I liked Syntax's unusual composition and concept here.

Tarkabarka's "Pride and Prejudice" is a neat take on the idea.

I liked Trekkie's background cityscape in "Super Pride".

Headlessgeneral put together a great face, pose, and costume in his super hero.

Finally, I liked a lot of things about Watson Bradshaw's entry. The flag looks like it's being held by the bunched up part, which is neat. The mechanical arm rocks, especially the way he's used the eagle head logo as the shoulder piece. And finally, that slogan is hilarious.

Despite a relatively low number of submissions, as you can see we had a lot of really good ones, making the choice this week a tough one. Ultimately I had to go with the one that's stuck with me since I first saw it as a nice blend of design, concept, and execution. And that winner is, Watson Bradshaw!

Congratulations to him and all our Finalists. And a hearty thank you to everyone who shared their creativity this week, it's very much appreciated.

26 Responses to Character Design Contest 82 Winners!

  1. Avatar Nick Hentschel says:

    That’s it: I *officially* can no longer keep up with the quality of drawing & composition in these contests. Nice work, everybody.

  2. Avatar Watson Bradshaw says:

    WHAT!! I didn’t expect this, not against so much amazing work by some really talented people. Jeff, could my prize be whatever is next on the list everyone voted on.

  3. Avatar Tarkabarka says:

    Gratz for the finalist and especially Watson Bradshaw.

    Everyone make a good work.

  4. Avatar Kaylin88100 says:

    Love AMS’s picture, that was the winner for me. But don’t worry Watson, yours is good too. 🙂

    …Maybe it’s just that I like good-looking men? And Dorian is definitely that! 🙂

  5. Avatar newerlie says:

    Jeff, believe me, I have no idea to 😀

  6. Avatar Jeff Hebert says:

    Watson Bradshaw: WHAT!! I didn’t expect this, not against so much amazing work by some really talented people. Jeff, could my prize be whatever is next on the list everyone voted on.

    You got it.

  7. Avatar Jeff Hebert says:

    Kaylin88100: Love AMS’s picture, that was the winner for me. But don’t worry Watson, yours is good too.

    AMS’ was definitely a top contender, I agree.

  8. Avatar dblade says:

    Roll of the dice is 7! PapaKrok (The Chose One) is the next winner of dblade’s Random Finalist Consolation Prize!

    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 or inappropriate for Hero Machine 3.

    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.

  9. Avatar dblade says:

    Congratulations to all the finalists. Like Jeff said there were a lot of strong pieces. They really inspire me to work on my Machinistry.

  10. Avatar dblade says:

    Prize Update: I’m still working on Skybandit’s roller skates. Hopefully I will have them done by this weekend.

  11. Avatar Gene says:

    Great work all, and congrats Watson.

  12. ams ams says:

    Kaylin88100:
    Love AMS’s picture, that was the winner for me. But don’t worry Watson, yours is good too.

    …Maybe it’s just that I like good-looking men? And Dorian is definitely that!

    Thanks Kaylin88100 and Jeff!

    Congrats to Watson Bradshaw! Great shoulder armor. Very “Dread”. Awesome!

  13. Avatar FRM says:

    i was too lazy for this contest, but congrats to all!

  14. Avatar headlessgeneral says:

    Congrats to Watson Bradshaw! Congrats to all!

  15. Avatar Kwnnos says:

    Tough concept congrats to the finalists! amazing work!!

  16. Avatar Kytana says:

    Congrats the winner(s).
    I have no time to make my entry ready.

  17. Avatar Syntax says:

    …I really did not expect to get a finalist spot. Mainly because mine was more about familial pride rather than excess pride. Yay. Congrats everybody!

  18. Avatar DiCicatriz says:

    Congrats Watson!

    Some great entries this time! Now that I look more closely at Dorian Gray, that portrait and frame must have taken forever! Nice work. 🙂

  19. Congrats, Watson! Love the arm gear. Great works, all!

  20. Avatar The Imp says:

    FRM:
    i was too lazy for this contest, but congrats to all!

    Ditto. Great entries, guys.

  21. Avatar Trekkie says:

    Congrats everybody! I really like the armour on Watson’s entry a well-deserved win!

  22. Avatar dblade says:

    PapaKrok,

    Feel free to contact me here or the UGO forums regarding your prize.

    Daryl

  23. Avatar Papakrok says:

    Congrats WB! Fine work all!
    Dblade, the random prize has me flustered, I always know what I want when I can’t find it, but always forget when I need to say something about it…

    Hmmmmmmm…. can I think about it for a bit?

  24. Avatar Papakrok says:

    I got it!!! What about butt cheeks and a standard back torso???? Maybe kneeless legs for a back pose or feet from behind???

  25. Avatar dblade says:

    Well, technically I said…

    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…)

    These items would fall into that category.
    So I must ask you to spin the wheel again. Can I interest you in a nice claw or spikey boot? 🙂

  26. Avatar dblade says:

    Sorry, folks. Gotta bump for PapaKrok.