The Special Character Design Contest for my friend JJ Baskin, who's battling a recent brain cancer diagnosis, is over and it was a spectacular success. I posted each entry, one per day, to his Facebook feed and he's really enjoyed seeing them. His sons are huge super-hero fans and getting to see their dad all decked out has helped lift all their spirits during this tough round of radiation treatment. A sincere, deep thanks to all of you who took the time to enter, each of you made a genuine difference.
Here are all the entries for your enjoyment:
I (and JJ! and his sons!) enjoyed all of these very much. But as this is a contest and there can be only one winner, and because I am a ruthless autocrat unlike the kind-hearted "mob rules" other moderators with their polls, I am going to choose the one JJ had the highest praise for. And that one is by Lime!
No slight is meant to the other awesome entrants, but JJ's boys are actually studying Andy Warhol in school right now so in addition to being a kick-butt illustration, it was also very timely.
Lime, you've won your choice of:
- A custom color illustration by me of any one character you like (a $50 value!);
- A caricature of you to join the others in the Heads-Winners set; or
- Any one item you like to be included in HeroMachine 3.
Please contact me either in the comments to this post, or via email, to claim your prize.
Thank you again to everyone who entered!
So far this morning you've gotten a new site install that's super zippy AND that lets you log in thanks to Ben. I handed over a new version of HeroMachine 3 that once again allows exporting from Chrome. Which are both cool things but they're not really new, they just fix things that were more or less broken. It's like waking up Christmas morning and getting your old bike with a new coat of paint and the horn fixed.
So to complete the trifecta with a brand spanking new present, I've added a compass rose to the Insignia-Tech set for use in making maps or for a navigational-themed character. Or flag, tattoo, very odd Companion, whatever your fancy suggests. Enjoy!
The client wishes to remain anonymous, but the illustration was for two of the main characters to be fighting off invading card soldiers from Wonderland:
I think I forgot to post this one a few weeks back when I was finished with it, but "Arrow Wolf" is a character by Brad Carter. Here's the HeroMachine 3 version he sent me:
The description I got was:
Arrow-Wolf is an archer and a swordsman his costume is a mix between indian and a knight his companion is Jackle the legendary black wolf id like him to be in the pic to if that's extra money no problem I want the costume for arrow-wolf to be somewhat diff I had an idea of his hood being made out of a wolf's hide his eyes would be looking out of where the wolf's eyes would be and he wears warpaint ... arrow wolf is about 5'11 200lbs of muscle kinda athletic built I told you about the hood I wanted for him but im not sure if its gonna look right or not so we can play witht he idea though he has arrows and small throwing knives he uses as his gadgets ...
We did a bit of back and forth on the design and ultimately we ended up with this illustration:
Remember, you can order your own custom color character illustration here, it's just $50 for one figure.
Another commissioned piece for Brad Carter, his arch-villain Demora. Here's the original HM3 version:
And here's the final piece:
If you like it, please let Brad know in the comments. And if you want your own commissioned piece of artwork, you can find out more here!
The man who introduced my wife and I seventeen years ago, our good friend JJ Baskin, has just been diagnosed with brain cancer. He's a wonderful man, an incredible father, and a fantastic husband. He and his family are concentrating on staying positive and focusing on the fight with an eye to a long and happy future, so I want to help bring them a little lightness in this dark time.
So I've added a drawing of JJ to the "Head-Winners" set of HeroMachine 3 items (because one thing he definitely is, is a winner!):
Your challenge is to create a character featuring JJ's likeness somewhere (presumably on the end of the neck where it would normally go, but I know you all well enough to know by now that "normal" doesn't necessarily apply!). He loves to laugh, always with a joke at the ready and a kind or sarcastic word as the occasion permits, so feel free to go for humor if you like. Or sci-fi, fantasy, modern warrior, whatever you like. He's got a great group of supporters who are called "JJ's Fight Club":
one week (until Saturday, May 3) two weeks (until Saturday, May 10) to submit your entry, and normal contest rules apply.
I'll select a winner, who will receive their choice of a free custom color illustration by me; a custom item to go in any HM3 slot; or their likeness to join JJ's in the Winners set. I'll also post some or all of the entries to JJ's Facebook wall by way of encouragement, I think he'll get a kick out of them.
Thanks in advance for your positive energy, your creativity, and for the happiness seeing all of your entries will hopefully bring JJ and his family!