Category Archives: Character Design Challenges

Character Design Contest ♯128- Dressed To Impress

Of course, I am making a habit of having costume design contests on an annual basis, so this is going to be this years. However, to make it a bit different, I would like to ask that you only focus on the costume, at the expense of everything else. Some slight posing is allowed if it is to show of different aspects of the costume, but other than that I only want face-forward standard posing, and hair is only allowed if the costume includes so sort of fascinator or other hair accessory. If you want to do shading on the costume, that’s fine, but other than that I want the body to be a completely blank slate, like a mannequin, it can’t even have a face. I’m only going to be looking at the costume, so I think it’s only fair that you guys do too.

As per usual, no limits on entries and the contest will close at midnight Saturday (blog time). Please read the contest rules before entering, have fun and good luck.

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges that I am hosting: Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters, no characters based on RPG’s or other games. The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warnings. Only post characters that you have either created for this contest specifically or you know for certain have never been entered to a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests and check.

Character Design Contest ♯127- What a bunch of posers

Ok, starting this week, I’m going to do a series of challenges for you guys, to really test your skills with the ‘machine. And we’re going to kick of with a challenge centred around posing. We did this sort of challenge a while back, so everyone should know the drill. You cannot use the standard face-forward pose. The pose has to be of your own creation, so you can’t use pre-made poses from the forums custom item section. Also, I’m only judging on the pose and, to an extent, how well you’ve adapted the costume elements to the pose, so don’t include backgrounds. That’ll come later.

As per usual, no limits on entries and the contest will close at midnight Saturday (blog time). Please read the contest rules before entering, have fun and good luck.

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges that I am hosting: Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters, no characters based on RPG’s or other games. The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warnings. Only post characters that you have either created for this contest specifically or you know for certain have never been entered to a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests and check.

Character Design Contest ♯126- Contest Again

Ok, I’m gonna try something a bit out there this week. One of the main rules I ask people to follow for these contests is do not enter something you have entered into a previous contest. However, this week I am actively encouraging you to, if not break the rule, certainly bend it into new and interesting shapes.

What I want you to do is find one of your old contest entries and redo it. It can be from any contest (apart from the previous two contests, they’re too recent), not just ones I’ve run, but from Jeff or HammerKnights contests as well. Just make sure you include the original for comparison, I want to see how much everyone has improved.

As per usual, no limits on entries and the contest will close at midnight Saturday (blog time). Please read the contest rules before entering, have fun and good luck.

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges that I am hosting: Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters, no characters based on RPG’s or other games. The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warnings. Only post characters that you have either created for this contest specifically or you know for certain have never been entered to a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests and check.

Character Design Contest ♯125- Two Great Tastes

Ok, let’s do a theme we haven’t done in a while. For anyone who hasn’t done a TGT challenge before, basically the idea is to take bits from two genres and mash them together to create a character. For example you could mash Sci-Fi and Western up to make a cyborg cowboy. In previous TGT contests I’ve given you guys a specific genre that you have to mash with others, but this time I’m gonna let you guys have free reign. You can mash up any of the following genres: Superhero, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Martial Arts, Western, Anime, Noir, Steampunk and Horror.

Oh and you can have the poll back now. I don’t much feel like having to decide the winner on my own again.

As per usual, no limits on entries and the contest will close at midnight Saturday (blog time). Please read the contest rules before entering, have fun and good luck.

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges that I am hosting: Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters, no characters based on RPG’s or other games. The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warnings. Only post characters that you have either created for this contest specifically or you know for certain have never been entered to a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests and check.

Character Design Contest ♯124- JR’s 100th

Eeyup. Today marks the 100th CDC that has occurred under my supervision since I was made a moderator and blog author for the site over 2 years ago. Hopefully you’ve all enjoyed the madness that ensued, it’s certainly been fun for me. And considering it’s a milestone, I’m gonna celebrate.

So, the idea is; just impress me. Simple as that. Show me something awesome you’ve created in Heromachine, as long as it isn’t something that has previously entered into a contest. But of course there is a catch. Y’all only have one shot at this. Yup, one entry only (sits back and watches Cliff implode and explode simultaneously). So make it a good one.

Oh and you know that poll thingy-majig that you all seem to like so much. That’s getting kicked for this week. When I said you’ve got to impress me, I meant me and me alone. The only way you guys are influencing who wins this week is by entering, I’m deciding who takes the no-prize. *evil smirk* Don’t worry, I don’t play favourites… often.

As I said earlier, one entry only this week and the contest will close at midnight Saturday (blog time). Please read the contest rules before entering, have fun and good luck.

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges that I am hosting: Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters, no characters based on RPG’s or other games. The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warnings. Only post characters that you have either created for this contest specifically or you know for certain have never been entered to a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests and check.

Character Design Contest ♯123- All Winners Squad

So guys, for this weeks contest, I wish for you to turn your attention to a section of Heromachine 3 that falls under the Heads category. It is titled simply “Winners” and contains the faces of some of the great and good of the Heromachine community of the past and present, including our great and powerful overlord Mr Hebert. So your challenge this week is simple. Go create me an awesome picture using one (or more) of those faces. That is the only requirement (apart from the usual rules about copyright characters etc.), the pic can be anything you want, within reason, so long as it contains one of those faces. So make them cool, make them funny, make them scary, but make sure to make them awesome.

As per usual, no limits on entries and the contest will close at midnight Saturday (blog time). Please read the contest rules before entering, have fun and good luck.

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges that I am hosting: Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters, no characters based on RPG’s or other games. The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warnings. Only post characters that you have either created for this contest specifically or you know for certain have never been entered to a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests and check.

Character Design Contest ♯122- Secret Identities

Alright guys, this week it’s back to the more standard “Character” contest format. For this weeks challenge I want you to create a superhero. It’s that simple.

*grins*

Ok, it’s not thaaaat simple. To make it more interesting, you also have to show the character’s alter-ego, their secret identity, the Clark Kent to their Superman etc. and the two have to be incorporated into the same picture. Now there are many different ways you can do this, so I’ll leave it up to you as to how, I just care that they are both in the same picture.

As per usual, no limits on entries and the contest will close at midnight Saturday (blog time). Please read the contest rules before entering, have fun and good luck.

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges that I am hosting: Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters, no characters based on RPG’s or other games. The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warnings. Only post characters that you have either created for this contest specifically or you know for certain have never been entered to a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests and check.

Character Design Contest ♯121- Fight Club

Fun one for y’all this week. What I want you guys to do is come up with the best fight scene you possibly can in Heromachine. Now, obviously you have to have two characters at least in your pics, but don’t think you have to be limited to just that, you can do more if you so wish. And I’m not just talking about fist fights here, you can do sword fights, gun-slinger duels or a full out fantasy battle, if it takes your fancy.

As per usual, no limits on entries and the contest will close at midnight Saturday (blog time). Please read the contest rules before entering, have fun and good luck.

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges that I am hosting: Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters, no characters based on RPG’s or other games. The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warnings. Only post characters that you have either created for this contest specifically or you know for certain have never been entered to a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests and check.

Character Design Contest ♯120- Film Posters

Ok, let’s see if we can one up last weeks challenge shall we. Your challenge this week is to create a poster for a film of your own creation (don’t worry, you don’t have to make the film for the challenge), like the ones you see for new movie releases outside your local cinema or on bus stops. Now your poster must include the film title, the names of at least two of the starring actors (which you may make up if you so wish) and a release date for the film. You may also want to include a tag line on your poster (a snappy sentence that is used to entice the audience in) but it is not compulsory.

So, that’s the remit, go do it.

As per usual, no limits on entries and the contest will close at midnight Saturday (blog time). Please read the contest rules before entering, have fun and good luck.

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges that I am hosting: Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters, no characters based on RPG’s or other games. The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warnings. Only post characters that you have either created for this contest specifically or you know for certain have never been entered to a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests and check.

Character Design Contest ♯119- Comic Book Covers 2

Well, here’s a challenge we haven’t done in a while. I do believe I used this topic for one of the first CDC’s I did after I took over from Hammerknight, and it was a good contest (MadJack won as I remember), so let’s do it again. It’s a simple idea, you have to create your own comic book cover using only Heromachine. It’s the actual doing it part that’s hard.

Now, as with the last time we did this, there are a few things you MUST include for your entry to be eligible for the contest. These are, a title (so like The Uncanny X-Men) across the top of the cover, a company logo for the company publishing your comic (obviously not Marvel/ DC/ Dark Horse etc. etc. etc. make your own up) and an issue number and date. Those three things have to be included, but the rest is up to you. Good luck.

As per usual, no limits on entries and the contest will close at midnight Saturday (blog time). Please read the contest rules before entering, have fun and good luck.

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges that I am hosting: Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters, no characters based on RPG’s or other games. The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warnings. Only post characters that you have either created for this contest specifically or you know for certain have never been entered to a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests and check.