Category Archives: Character Design Challenges

Character Design Challenge #336: It’s the sea, you see

Ok guys, this week I want you to create the best aquatic scene you can. The only required elements are a background with a water effect (it does not matter how you achieve this, so long as it is in heromachine) and some sort of foreground aquatic item (e.g. coral, shipwreck, fish etc.). You can include a character/ characters or it can just be a landscape, so long as you include the two required elements.

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 :,ImageShackDeviantArt, or whatever - Please 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;
  • 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 on Sunday, September 10th at 9:00am Eastern.

Character Design Challenge #335: Secret Agent Man

Ok guys, your mission this week (should you choose to accept it) is to create a master of espionage and at least 3 top secret gadgets that they would use. You must include all 3 gadgets in the same picture as your spy and, if possible, show them in use.

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 :,ImageShackDeviantArt, or whatever - Please 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;
  • 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 on Sunday, September 3rd at 9:00am Eastern.

Character Design Challenge #334: Minions

Hey guys, JR here. I'm filling i for djuby for a bit on the CDC's whilst he's in hospital (you can find more info on that here if need be).

Anyway, your challenge for this week is to create your own disposable personal army of faceless grunts, goons and/ or other non-specified subordinates that any prospective super-villain could use as cannon fodder the next thime a superhero shows up to foil their evil scheme for world domination. Your minions can be human, alien or robotic (though preferably not small, yellow or tic-tac shaped for obvious reasons).

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 :,ImageShackDeviantArt, or whatever - Please 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;
  • 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 on Sunday, August 27th at 9:00am Eastern.

Character Design Challenge #333: Triple Play! – Results

Not a huge turn out this week, but some great entries nonetheless.

Honourable mention goes out to  kjr1998.

Runner Up status goes out to Lady Amaranth. Beautiful job.

And this week's win goes out to...

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Character Design Challenge #333: Triple Play!

 

Your CDC this week is to create an original character using the three items pictured above.

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 :,ImageShackDeviantArt, or whatever - Please 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;
  • 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 on Sunday, August 20th at 9:00am Eastern.

 

 

Character Design Challenge #332: Twins! – Results

Runner Up status this week goes out to Augusto Darouiche. Great backstory as well!

And the win goes to...

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Character Design Challenge #331 – There is No “I” in Team! Results

Awesome work by everyone this week. I have juggled the top three back and forth in my head a dozen times, but realistically the top spot could have gone a couple of different ways.

That bend said...here we go...

Individual character shout outs go to HerrD and Barbario for Magic Bullet and Wolfman.

Nice job guys!

Honourable mention goes out to Brons for his Night Watch.

Runner Up status this week goes out to Xinmodic and Cliff for these oustanding groups.

And the win this week goes to...

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Character Design Challenge #331 – There is No “I” in Team!

So I am out of town from July 23rd until August 8th, so I decided to post a CDC that would run over a period of two weeks.

Your challenge is to design a superhero team of no fewer than four and no more than six characters. At least one member of the team must be female.

For submissions, either post a single image containing all the characters, or post individual images all as part of the same comment post. Do not divide up your entries on multiple comments.

Include your team’s name and a brief (brief Cliff!) description of each character’s role in the team.

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. 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 :,ImageShackDeviantArt, or whatever - Please 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;
  • 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 on Tuesday, August 8th at 9:00am Eastern

Character Design Challenge #330 – Wingin’ It! – Results

Wow! You folks really swung for the fences this week. Well done all!

Honourable mentions this week go to HerrD for this whimsical entry...

and to JR19759 for this moody young lady...

And in what I am sure is surprise to no one, this weeks win goes to...

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Character Design Challenge #330 – Wingin’ It!

Your CDC this week is to create an original character of your choosing. Catch #1 is that you must include  pieces found in Items – Backplane – Wings as part of your design. Catch #2 is that you cannot use them as actual wings.

Please note than unlike previous CDCs which would close at 9 am the following Sunday, this challenge closes at 9 am eastern on Saturday, July 22.

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 :,ImageShackDeviantArt, or whatever - Please 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;
  • 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).

*Please Note*

This contest will close on Saturday, July 22nd at 9:00am Eastern.