Category Archives: Character Design Challenges

Character Design Contest ♯137- It’s All Greek To Me

♯Cliche title

Anyway. What I want you guys to do this week is create an image based on Ancient Greece. It can be based around historical events, such as Thermopylae or the ancient Olympics (just no nudity please, let’s keep this PG), historical figures, such as Socrates or Alexander The Great (yes he was Macedonian, but he counts) or you can do Greek Mythology, classical heroes, the pantheon or the numerous creatures and monsters of Ancient Greece. Now, I love Greek history, so alongside the usual creativity criteria that I judge by, I will be looking at historical accuracy as well. So don’t make the writer of the Iliad yellow skinned whatever you do.

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 ♯136- Winging It

♯Puns

Anyway, basically the idea here is you create a character that has wings. It’s that simple. Doesn’t have to be a humanoid character mind you, but it has to have wings. (Quick tip, there’s a pegasus in the companions section that has some really nice wings, so take a look at what masking you can do with them if you feel so inclined as to not use any of the backplane wings). Oh and the wings don’t have to be your standard angel configuration either (from the shoulder blades).

Have fun, and if you get stuck, just wing 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 ♯135- Modern Gods

So guys, this week I want you to do a modern take on a God from some form of Mythology. This can take the form of doing a superhero version a-la Marvel’s Thor or doing an everyday version, I don’t much mind which. If you can think of some other way of modernising mythological deities then I’ll be interested to see it, so don’t go asking “is this ok”. Just go with it. Most of you can tell ancient from modern right?

Of course there are some stipulations. 1. No Greek/ Roman Gods. They are obvious, cliche and I plan to do a contest on them at some point in the near future. 2. No Gods from any current major world religions. We don’t want to offend anyone do we, even if offence isn’t intended.

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 ♯134- Itemised

Ok guys, earlier this week MadJack was kind enough to provide us with a plethora of new items to use. You can find a list of them here. So your challenge this week is simple. You must create an image using any three of these items. That’s it. Well no actually that’s not it. You must use items from three different sub-categories (e.g. headgear-standard, headgear-glasses and insignia-shapes would be a viable combination, but not three from insignia-shapes, so no blood-splatter overuse). Hopefully that’s clear enough.

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 ♯133- Great Intelligence

Ok guys, for this weeks challenge I want you to create a character that is more likely to use their brain to solve problems rather than any physical might. This can come in any form you can think of (for example both super-intelligence and psychic powers would apply, but logical thinking and detective sleuthing are also applicable, vis-a-vis Sherlock Holmes or Batman) and doesn’t just have to be confined to superheroes, you can do Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Western, Noir, Anime, etc. You are also not just confined to heroes either, evil geniuses are welcomed, provided world domination is non-successful at this stage. Of course, it would be nice if you can show your character using their incredible mental abilities as well.

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 ♯132- One Shot with One Slot

Ok guys, last week I gave you freedom to pretty much do anything you wanted. This week is going to be much the same. However, you can only use items from one category for your entry. For example, you could only make a picture using items from the Items-Right category, or you could make a picture from items from the Heads category. This should make for some interesting results.

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 ♯131- All In One

Considering we’ve had a months worth of contests covering posing, costume, faces/ hairstyles and backgrounds, what’s the logical next step?

That’s right, all of them together!

So, that’s you challenge this week. Your entry must include a non-standard posed character with an interesting costume, face and/or hairstyle and there must also be a background. Simple enough for me to say, but I know this will be a challenge for some people. Also, there are some people to whom this is their bread and butter, so getting on the poll is going to be tough.

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 ♯130- You’re backgrounded

The title should give a pretty decent idea of what’s going on with this contest. Simple, create a great background. You cannot include any characters in your entry, it’s only the scenery I’m interested, so not even people in the background are allowed. Other than that, you have free rein as to what sort of background you can create, and don’t feel restrained to just the backgrounds section, there’s plenty in insignias and items-right to help here too, and that’s just for a kick off.

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 ♯129- Heads Up

Ok, so this week, your focus in this challenge shall be heads, with particular focus on faces and hair. Now, a few additional rules for this weeks contest shall be in place, as with last week. No Masks or Hats, obviously, as that sort of defeats the whole point of the challenge, though hair accessories and jewellery are allowed. Also, all submissions must be headshots only, so you don’t need to do anything below the shoulders. You can do non-human heads for this challenge (as I know someone will ask about this), just so long as it meets the other entry criteria. And yes, your character must have some sort of hair or facial hair, but don’t just slap one of the standard hair items on the and call it a day. Be inventive.

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 ♯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.