Pop Quiz: Faces

Happy Saturday, folks! Your one-day quick-fire challenge is:


Create a portrait!

You only get one entry — that’s right, just one! So make it your best. Most of the other rules are the same as for a regular contest, but instead of a whole week I’ll announce the winner either tonight or tomorrow morning. Elaborate backgrounds aren’t necessary, though if you’ve got one it’s fine, that’s just not the focus — all I want is a portrait view of a face.

What I’m going for here is a mug shot kind of thing, a view of someone who looks like an actual individual. If you want to do a robot or an alien, that’s cool, but the point is to just see their faces so we can see what they look like up close and personal. I want something with character, not necessarily all the bells and whistles.

  • All entries must be in JPG or PNG form (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like ImageShack, PhotoBucket, the HeroMachine 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;
  • 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). Here’s a quick-start guide on how to do that for various image hosting services.

The winner will receive their choice of either one item or one portrait to be included in the final HeroMachine 3 release, or one Sketch of the Day style drawing where you pick the subject and I draw it how I like.

Good luck!

60 Responses to Pop Quiz: Faces

  1. A captain who has seen many things in his life, most of which he would like to forget.
    http://www.heromachine.com/wp-content/legacy/forum-image-uploads/vampyrist/2012/06/Vampyrist-Captain.png

  2. I was watching Mythbusters when the contest was announced, so I did my best to do a Kari Byron with what was available.

    http://i1018.photobucket.com/albums/af309/skybandit/Skybandit-Face.jpg

  3. Not to pick on JR19759, but a head shot of a person in a mask isn’t really what I am going for — I want a face I can see.

  4. Jeff Hebert:
    Not to pick on JR19759, but a head shot of a person in a mask isn’t really what I am going for — I want a face I can see.

    I had a feeling you would say that.
    I did in fact intend for that to be the face, with the eyes set deep in the eye sockets. Going back and looking at it the effect didn’t really work as well as I’d hoped so I can see where confusion would arise.

  5. A reformed gang member working for a clandestine government agency, having been rescued from an illegal genetics research facility. He has flashes of superhuman ability, characterized by his glowing left eye.

    http://i1126.photobucket.com/albums/l607/DiCicatriz/DiCicatriz_RefugioIcaza.png

  6. Literature is not known on this Pacific isle . . . named Carl. Carl Isle!

    http://i1067.photobucket.com/albums/u438/jamais5/hm3/HerrD-AngryIsle.jpg

    Luckily much aquatic life lives in schools.

  7. I don’t know how much it works, but I don’t have time for much more, so:
    http://img40.imageshack.us/img40/7613/sadfacegozuforce.png

  8. borntobealoser

    Here’s my entry. I didn’t spend much time doing this, but it’s a fun little image and I like looking at these things whenever I see them on the internet. I’d hope that it’s easy to tell, but I’ll tell you all anyway: based on the orientation of the image, there are two different faces that can be seen. I’ve put both orientations side by side so it’s easy to see.

    http://i789.photobucket.com/albums/yy175/borntobealoser/borntobealoser-TwoFaces.png

  9. zulrath ( the protector of planet mara to fight against the evil rebels):
    http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m580/Ryan_Bonmon/zulrathtextureupgrade.png

  10. Zara “Shipwrecker” Skuld. A berserker of the Sea Folk

    http://i1260.photobucket.com/albums/ii579/barbario1/scarface.png

  11. Jessie Stone

    http://www.heromachine.com/wp-content/legacy/forum-image-uploads/superfan1/2012/06/Superfan1-Jessie-Stone-1.png

    Jessie Stone is an aging rocker (from the band Jessie Stone and the Rocks), who, despite the world’s best efforts just won’t go away. She keeps trying to milk as much fame as she can out of her wonderful singing ability. Unfortunately for her, she just doesn’t have the stage presence or the songwriting skills to keep a crowd entertained.

  12. Sebastian_978 "Drago Smith"

    I changed my name on here to Sebastian_978. Jeff asked me to include my name in the link and didn’t know how w/o putting my name as same as on photobucket.

  13. Drago, just name the file what you want — like DragoSmith-figure.png — before you upload it. It doesn’t help for it to be the name of the directory, it has to be the name of the file. When you go to save it from HeroMachine, instead of leaving it hm3-beta.jpg type in the new name you want. Or after you’re done, rename it on your hard drive using Finder or whatever it is Windows uses. Just name it how you want before you start putting it on PhotoBucket.

  14. My entry for the pop quiz. Not directly made for this i want to give this a present for my friend.
    When we goes for Finntroll or Ensiferum Concert she always paint this in her face. When she ended she always tell to prepare to battle.

    Prepare for battle – Készen a harcra.
    http://www.heromachine.com/wp-content/legacy/forum-image-uploads/tarkabarka/2012/06/Harlequin_Prepare_to_battle.png

    And Jeff i made my decision, the things now clear for me. I made pictures and sometimes i entry, and not care about the results. You choose what you want to choose. This is your decision, my decision to make pictures only for fun (if i have any inspiration and time). Thanks your Patience.

  15. http://borlavlit.narod.ru/rozenstal-general.png
    As they say, simply and tastefully.

  16. i hope i win because i really worked hard on zorba it took me 3 or maybe 4 hours to get it correctly i think i still have some errors i need to fix so im going to go back and fix the errors

  17. finally finished zorba sorry everybody i just keep getting reckless: http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m580/Ryan_Bonmon/hm3-beta-1.png

  18. Dear Ryan
    I decided to not help to anybody, but there is few problem. In this contest only one entry. You have 2 entry.
    And the second problem in your don’t renamed your picture, now this is not a valid entry.

    Try to rename to Ryan_Zorba, and you have chance to enter in the contest.

  19. Harlequin:
    Dear Ryan
    I decided to not help to anybody, but there is few problem. In this contest only one entry. You have 2 entry.
    And the second problem in your don’t renamed your picture, now this is not a valid entry.

    Try to rename to Ryan_Zorba, and you have chance to enter in the contest.

    ryan_zorba: http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m580/Ryan_Bonmon/hm3-beta-1.png

    and the reason why i put 2 post is because that was a mistake on the first one so i tryed to fix it

  20. i mean tried to put in a different character

  21. or maybe if that post failed i want to have a plan B

  22. Sebastian_978 "Drago Smith"

    Oh ok. Yeah I normally do that anyways. I must not have on one of the entries last time. Sorry about that though.

  23. @Ryan: What Harlequin means to say is that you should change the NAME of the pic you submit to ryan-zorba.png… not leave it as hm3-beta-1.png

    On a almost unrelated note, Thanks for encouraging me NOT to participate Harlequin ;). What you put up is way too cool! I bow to your mastery sir.

  24. I think I might enter this, but I don’t have anything I’m satisfied with enough yet.

    @MaDPac: I wish I could see yours clearly (try saving it with less compression, or as a PNG), but not bad!

  25. Some very cool entries. I won’t have time to enter but I wish I had.

  26. zorba: http://i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m580/Ryan_Bonmon/ryan_zorba1.png

    why does the link name even matter jeff just want the picture im i can’t believe it worrying about a link name i mean come on now. better link name can lead you to the contest don’t you think thats a little silly

  27. and don’t even try to argue against that. that will be even more silly

    im sorry but worrying over a link name is not my thing just enjoy the picture

  28. i worked on this for 4 hours and your worried about the link name just give me some credit this was some difficult work to do

  29. @ Ryan:

    Nobody’s trying to pick on you, so there’s no need to be defensive. Jeff wants it labeled this way to make it easier for him to sort through the entries, that’s all. Just remember it for the next contest and all will be well. We’re your friends, not your enemies, and we’re just trying to help.

    @ everybody:

    Speaking of help, I noticed that some entries have the colors reversed on their noses, making the figures look sunburned or something. For some reason this always happens when you hit the “color all skin” button. You might want to click on the nose and correct this afterwards.

  30. Heyla!

    No entry for me in this contest. And I just wanted to post to see if my avatar came out okay. LOL!

    Good luck to everyone who entered! There are a lot of awesome entries!

  31. sorry if i been rude its my apologies to everybody including harequin

  32. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v99/webpulp/Share/wwebpulp-mindofminotar.png

    Some really nice entries, especially Shiboreth and rancid.

  33. Harlequin: Wow dude, that is seriously awesome! You can feel the emotion
    Shiboreth: So life-like and realistic, staggering!
    Rancid: What an awesome take on the competition idea!

    There is no real point in entering now! Awesome work guys.

    I botched this one up big time, but might as well post anyway

    Fishing for Lisa
    http://www.heromachine.com/wp-content/legacy/forum-image-uploads/iscarioto/2012/06/iscarioto-Lisa.png

  34. @Ryan – No problem, i wrote down bad what i think to you need to change.

  35. Iscarioto:
    Harlequin: Wow dude, that is seriously awesome! You can feel the emotion
    Shiboreth: So life-like and realistic, staggering!
    Rancid: What an awesome take on the competition idea!

    There is no real point in entering now! Awesome work guys.

    I botched this one up big time, but might as well post anyway

    Fishing for Lisa
    http://www.heromachine.com/wp-content/legacy/forum-image-uploads/iscarioto/2012/06/iscarioto-Lisa.png

    you know thats actually pretty good how you made mona lisa i don’t know if my character is even good after posting like maybe 3 or 4 times

  36. http://img513.imageshack.us/img513/5465/kytfacemoment.png
    Title: Das alte Mädchen mit den Streichhölzern
    (The Old little Match girl)
    First i make it young, but it have not so much facial expression in there. So i create an older version of this story.

  37. Firecracker

    Just so you know …. this is NOT a self-portrait.

    http://forums.ugo.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=83166&d=1340539254

  38. ryan: why does the link name even matter jeff just want the picture im i can’t believe it worrying about a link name i mean come on now. better link name can lead you to the contest don’t you think thats a little silly

    You would have been disqualified had you not named it correctly. It is beyond aggravating for me to have to go around trying to figure out who made what when all it takes on your end is three seconds to type in a proper name.

    This is two weeks in a row where you failed to listen then lashed out at the people who were trying to help you. Not cool.

    On that note the contest is closed, I’ve downloaded the entries and am putting the post together now.

  39. Jeff Hebert: You would have been disqualified had you not named it correctly. It is beyond aggravating for me to have to go around trying to figure out who made what when all it takes on your end is three seconds to type in a proper name.

    This is two weeks in a row where you failed to listen then lashed out at the people who were trying to help you. Not cool.

    On that note the contest is closed, I’ve downloaded the entries and am putting the post together now.

    well im sorry but next time i will start doing better