Category Archives: Character Design Challenges

CDC #407 – Family Portraits

So first a little housekeeping…I will be very busy with work until April 12th opening two musicals - “The House of Martin Guerre” and “Chelsea Sunrise”. As a result, I have to suspend the CDC prizes until CDC 410. I really enjoy doing them, but I will just not have time to do them justice.

So on to this week’s challenge. In he spirit of The Addams Family. Your challenge is to create a family portrait of a seriously scary or creepy family. Maybe it is a family of Zombies, or Steampunk robots. Just be creative and have fun

You may enter up to three times

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges: 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. Please keep all submissions PG13: full or partial nudity is prohibited. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warning. Only post characters that have been created solely using Hero Machine, and that you know for certain have never been entered in 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.

All entries must be in JPG or PNG form (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like the HeroMachine :,ImageShack, Deviant Art or whatever);Do not use Photobucket.

  • Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name;
  • No copyrighted characters please – they will be deleted.
  • Please name your filesas [your name]-[character name].[file extension] before you upload it. So DiCicatriz, for instance, would save his “Bayou Belle” character image as DiCicatriz-BayouBelle.png.

Please make the link go directly to the image (like this) and not to a hosting jump page (like this).

This contest will close at 9am Eastern on Sunday, March 31st.

CDC #406 – Post Apocalyptic Warriors – Female Edition – Results

Lots of range in this weeks entries - from gritty realism to fantastical. Great work as always folks!

Honourable mention goes out to Superfly30. Great composition and a tricky pose.

Runner up is JR19759. A powerful pose and great details.

And the win goes out to...

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CDC #405 – Two Great Tastes – Grim Reaper Edition – Prize for AMS

AMS' original...

My version...

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CDC #404 – Down The Rabbit Hole – Prize for Superfly30

Superfly30's  original ...

My beefcake take...

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CDC #404 – Down The Rabbit Hole – Results

Really tough decision this week - so many great entries.

Honourable mentions go out to...

Yamá Oþûruz Àtl, the Shadow-Behind-the-Lights,

Kellkin

and Ubiquitous Pixel

All very creative and worthy of the win.

Runners up this week go to CantDraw...

and Ubiquitous Pixel

Both are great takes on classic characters and beautifully rendered and realized. Both also worthy of the win.

And the win this week goes to...

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CDC #405 – Two Great Tastes – Grim Reaper Edition!

Ok guys, it’s time to resurrect the Two Great Tastes style contest this week. This week, your main theme is the Grim Reaper and your challenge is to mix that with any genre you like, whether it be Sci-fi, Fantasy, Superhero, Western, Martial Arts, Horror, Anime, whatever.  Just be creative and have fun!

Enter as often as you wish.

This week’s winner will receive a HM3 rendering of their winning character, designed by me.

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges: 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. Please keep all submissions PG13: full or partial nudity is prohibited. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warning. Only post characters that have been created solely using Hero Machine, and that you know for certain have never been entered in 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.

All entries must be in JPG or PNG form (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like the HeroMachine :,ImageShack, Deviant Art or whatever);Do not use Photobucket.

  • Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name;
  • No copyrighted characters please – they will be deleted.
  • Please name your filesas [your name]-[character name].[file extension] before you upload it. So DiCicatriz, for instance, would save his “Bayou Belle” character image as DiCicatriz-BayouBelle.png.

Please make the link go directly to the image (like this) and not to a hosting jump page (like this).

This contest will close at 9am Eastern on Sunday, March 17th.

CDC #404 – Down The Rabbit Hole!

A few years ago I did a series of HM3 characters based on Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland like the Mock Turtle (pictured above).

So your challenge this week is to re-imagine one of the characters from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in an unexpected and unique way.

This week’s winner will receive a HM3 rendering of their winning character, designed by me.

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges: 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. Please keep all submissions PG13: full or partial nudity is prohibited. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warning. Only post characters that have been created solely using Hero Machine, and that you know for certain have never been entered in 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.

All entries must be in JPG or PNG form (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like the HeroMachine :,ImageShack, Deviant Art or whatever);Do not use Photobucket.

  • Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name;
  • No copyrighted characters please – they will be deleted.
  • Please name your filesas [your name]-[character name].[file extension] before you upload it. So DiCicatriz, for instance, would save his “Bayou Belle” character image as DiCicatriz-BayouBelle.png.

Please make the link go directly to the image (like this) and not to a hosting jump page (like this).

This contest will close at 9am Eastern on Sunday, March 10h.

CDC #403 – Aztec Gods – Results

Great stuff again this week folks! Every single entry showed a lot of imagination and creativity. So here we go...

Honourable mention goes this week to Xinmodic.

Great colour work and awesome details. Good job

Runner up goes to Superfly30.

Love the way you handled the body paint and the headdress. Brilliant!

And the win goes to...

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CDC #402 – Triple Play – Prize for Augusto Darouiche

AD's original Red Rhino

My version...

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CDC #403 – Aztec Gods!

Your challenge this week is to use one of the Aztec gods featured in the link below as the inspiration for a modern day superhero.

http://www.mexicolore.co.uk/aztecs/gods/aztec-gods-a-gallery

This week’s winner will receive a HM3 rendering of their winning character, designed by moi.

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges: 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. Please keep all submissions PG13: full or partial nudity is prohibited. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warning. Only post characters that have been created solely using Hero Machine, and that you know for certain have never been entered in 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.

All entries must be in JPG or PNG form (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like the HeroMachine :,ImageShack, Deviant Art or whatever);Do not use Photobucket.

  • Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name;
  • No copyrighted characters please – they will be deleted.
  • Please name your filesas [your name]-[character name].[file extension] before you upload it. So DiCicatriz, for instance, would save his “Bayou Belle” character image as DiCicatriz-BayouBelle.png.

Please make the link go directly to the image (like this) and not to a hosting jump page (like this).

This contest will close at 9am Eastern on Sunday, March 3rd.