We had some great entries for Character Design Challenge 96, which tasked you with designing a "big bad" type of villain, something that could take on an entire team of super heroes. I want to take a moment right at the top to welcome the many new folks who chimed in for the first time this week, it's great to have you sharing your creativity with us!
And on a more unpleasant bookkeeping note, among others who submitted entries that were invalid for not being named properly were excellent ones by Alphaalpharomeo, Joel, Blaq Aries, the creator, and DC Lover. Please name your files properly next time so your great work has a chance to be considered.
I encourage you to go check out the entire submissions thread because while I'll choose my personal favorites in a moment, there are many more that are stellar that you might like better.
However, since all I have is my opinion, here are the ones that I personally enjoyed the most.
Harlequin always makes beautiful compositions, and his "Bloody Night" is no exception. I particularly like the way the vampire is looking at the viewer, I think that gives this an edge that works very well. That will not stop him from complaining about not winning if he doesn't, but I can't let that get in the way of my honest opinion that I like the illustration.
If I'm remembering properly, I think this is Livewyre's first challenge entry. And a great start it is! The beast fits well together, and I particularly like the hooves on the rear leg, that's a nice touch.
Marquis Samedi is another one who could win every week, the designs are just that good. The idea of a space-traveling giant robo-beastie with a city on its back in "Ixodidus" rocks. Granted, Bender sort of went there in "Futurama" but this is much more terrifying.
Meniukas' gray-scale looming monsters in "Project Kronos" shows that you don't have to go nuts with color when you have a good composition. I particularly love the water effects and the characters on the black foreground.
NHA247's "Shadow Conjurer" has a ton of great effects, from the veins in the upper chest to the slightly hunched pose to the energy daggers to the excellent posing of the multiple arms. Again, you don't have to go nuts with backgrounds to have an exceptional piece.
I could go on and on about the many exceptional parts of Thundersong's "Melinoe", but I think the use of the white space of the canvas to come into the design as energy, while also having the creature break the circle of the design to enter the whitespace itself is design at an extremely high level.
Out of all of those, if I were to pick the ones that were at my personal top of the list, I'd have to go with Thundersong, Ploughed Jester, NHA247, Meniukas, Marquis Samedi (Locomortis), Harlequin, and AMS. And out of those, going with just one I'd choose ... Ploughed Jester. But all of those, honestly, are about equal for me, they're all fantastic.
For what it's worth, though, congratulations to Ploughed Jester for creating my personal favorite!
Those are the ones I personally liked the most, but I'm very interested to hear which ones were yours.