Character Contest 94 Results!

I accidentally named this Character Contest 93 in the original post, but it's actually number 94. Oops! Math is clearly not my strong suit.

We had some great entries, and though we had quite a few nice illustrations disqualified due to improper linking (all I got was download.html) or file naming, I'm happy with our group of Finalists. Speaking of which, here they are!

I liked Spidercow2010's overall environment, use of colors, and character design. Just a really nice piece all the way around.

I love the potion glove Alexander of Limbo came up with.

Ariana Iris' design is clean, direct, and effective.

I'm really glad Delirious Al corrected his file name and reposted, because I LOVE that glowing hand, and the idea of a more modern Alchemist with glow sticks and such. Very nifty concept.

Djuby gives us "Aldonza Fer Delance". Great coloring and patterning on this one.

Harlequin frames his lovely alchemist nicely with the purple clouds in this evocative and well crafted scene.

I love Iscarioto's beer-label sort of approach. Using the chainmail pattern as the background was a nice choice.

What I like most about Mad Doctor's creation is the idea of using a staff sling to hurl potions. That's pretty cool.

Madpac's elvin alchemist is charming. I can't put my finger on exactly WHY it's charming, but I really like it. So there.

For another take on the same theme, we have MalkavianActs.

Marquis Samedi gives us another mind-blower, with rich colors, a great concept, and crazed execution. Really neat.

MSCat's "Twin Alchemists" are both super creepy. The use of the blue glow on the black background is very effective.

Newerlie's "Pure Love" has a good emotional element to it that draws me in.

NHA247's telekinetic alchemist has a great outfit.

RobM's "Alchemical Ali" has a nice sense of menace about it. I love the notebook.

Ryan's "Zespero" is a cool blend of tech and magic.

I'm delighted to see master creator SeanDavidRoss back. Even in black and white this guy intimidates.

I liked Skybandit's more traditional take, too.

I definitely wouldn't mess with Batmanfan911's steampunk alchemist. Guy looks grumpy.

Watson Bradshaw's entry had a little more of an exotic flare to it which I liked.

Webpulp's "Youth Alchemist" is downright sinister. It reminds me a lot of a great panel from Millar & Hitch's "Ultimates".

Finally, I dug the way YouAlreadyKnowIThink's combination of metal and magic.

As always, picking just one to win is a tough chore. But I finally decided on ... MSCat!

Congratulations to him and to all of our Finalists. And thank you all for participating!

20 Responses to Character Contest 94 Results!

  1. Iscarioto says:

    Can’t have been an easy decision, so many fantastic entries!! Well done MSCat!

  2. barbario says:


  3. Herr D says:

    Congrats, guys! Harlequin? DID YOU MEAN make potions OF alchemists? As in stir them in? Either way, great.

  4. newerlie says:

    Congrats guys πŸ™‚

  5. YouAlreadyKnowIthink says:

    good work guyz grats to MSCat

  6. Watson Bradshaw says:

    great work everyone, love the coloring on MSCats, a well deserved win.

  7. MaDPac says:

    Congrats to the winner and all fellow finalists!

  8. RobM says:

    As always, there’s great design work in all of the finalists, but I really appreciate the diverse and creative concepts.

  9. MScat says:

    WOO HOO! I didn’t expect to win this week there was so many good entries. Everyone did an awesome job

    Jeff I’ll send an email for the prize as soon as I decide what I want πŸ˜‰

  10. Sebastian978 says:

    Good job everyone, congrats to the winner!!

  11. Myro says:

    Congrats MScat. Some great entries this week, I didn’t really stand a chance.
    Yet another Heromachinist with a service announcement: There are a lot of entries every single week, and Jeff has to work a full-time job to keep the site running, so his time is valuable. Don’t screw up all the time and hard work you put into an entry by failing to name and link your illustration correctly. Read the rules, there’s always an entry about the correct way to do so.

    I’m sure the only people that will pay attention to this are the people who already do so.

  12. Congratulations, MScat! Neat stuff from everyone.

    My notables (no particular order):

    * djuby’s Aldonza – Though she really doesn’t jump out as an Alchemist, she’s a really solid character. Great design.
    * Harlequin’s One More Magic Potion – Great lighting effects, pose, and the cauldron with the swirling potion.
    * Kytana’s Alchemist – Effective design, especially the laboratory setup
    * The Shookman’s Alchemist – All the pieces come together, the lightning in the background is a great touch. I enjoyed his backstory.

  13. Gero says:

    Awesome job, MSCat! All the finalists were amazing, again!

  14. The Shookman says:

    The Atomic Punk:
    * The Shookman’s Alchemist – All the pieces come together, the lightning in the background is a great touch.I enjoyed his backstory.

    Haha thanks! After seeing the finalists, though, I now know why I wasn’t included. Congrats to everyone, that is just some phenomenal work.

  15. logosgal says:

    Congrats, MSCat! Somehow I had a feeling about that one. πŸ™‚ Lots of great entries, great job everyone!

  16. Trekkie says:

    Congrats MSCat! Great stuff this week from everyone, and it was cool to see SeanDavidRoss entering again.

  17. spidercow2012 says:

    Congratulations to MScat and all, and welcome back SDR. Most gratifying to make the finalists. I liked my entry OK, but knew it was missing a certain je ne sais quoi. I’ve been slacking off on entries (just too little free time), and contenting myself with occasional snarky comments, voting in polls and such, but mostly just reading everybody’s commentary. I rarely let a day go by without it. The HeroMachine blog is, generally speaking, an oasis of civility in the acrid wasteland of web commentary. Thank you all. But I need to get my rusty, former-Power-User hand back into it, especially with all the new stuff from Jeff and dblade.

  18. Harlequin says:

    Gratulate everyone whose enter in the contest.
    Good to see SDR entry.
    Everyone made a great work.

  19. Kytana says:

    Gratulation all winners!
    Grautlation the first place too. πŸ˜‰

  20. djuby says:

    MScat…great job…congratulations.