Category Archives: Character Design Challenges

CDC #383 – ARPD! – Results

This was a really tough group to judge. All of the entries are pretty awesome and not much separates the top four. So here it goes. Honourable mention goes to Legatus for Martin the Marvelman...

...nice colour combo and great highlighting work; and Wonderman by Kellkin...

Great masking work dude!

Runner up this week goes out to Brons for his female take on Sky Wizard...

The costume is really excellent!

And the win this week goes to ...

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CDC #382 – High School Confidential – Results

Honourable mentions this week go out to Calvary Red for Drum Major...

and Melmo44 for the Black Queen/

And the win this week, which beyond being a great character, made me laugh out loud goes to...

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CDC #383 – ARPD!

So I found these amazing Public Domain Superheroes drawn by the incredible Alex Ross.

Your challenge…in case you haven’t guessed…is to take one of these golden age characters and re-imagine them for today.

The winner this week will receive a HeroMachine rendering of my take on the same character.

Please follow the instructions below regarding the naming of entries.

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 noon Eastern on Monday, October 8th

CDC #381 – History Revisited – Prize for StarkillerRX

SKRX's original...

My take...

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CDC #381 – History Revisited – Results

A small but mighty turn out this week.

Honourable mention goes out to Melmo44 for Hatshepsut...one of ancient Egypt's most fascinating Queens. Nicely done.

Runner up honours go to Kellkin for this battle ready Robin Hood. Well thought out and nicely rendered.

And the win this week goes to...

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CDC #382 – High School Confidential!

A few years ago one of the mods ran a CDC based on classic high school cliques. ie: mean girls, jocks, nerds, stoners, etc. Above are two of my entries – Dee Tension and Goal Post.

Your CDC challenge this week is to create a hero or villain based on a classic high school clique

The winner this week will receive my HeroMachine design for the winning character’s arch rival.

Please follow the instructions below regarding the naming of entries.

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 9:00 am Eastern on Sunday, September 30th.

CDC #380 – To Boldly Go! – Prize for Superfly30

SF30;'s winning spaceship...

My version of her Captain...Captain Simon Fujihara...

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CDC #380 – To Boldly Go! – Results

Great job this week folks! Some really imaginative entries.

Honourable mention goes to Xinmodic for this Armada Starship.

Runnerup this week is RobM for the Raptor

The Raptor was a strong contender for the win, but that honour goes to...

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CDC #381 – History Revisited!

A few years ago I did a series of designs updating historical figures as modern superheroes and villains. Above is my design for GK – the modern incarnation of Genghis Khan. He spends his days hanging at Venice Beach, and his nights battling evil with his trusty bo staff.

Your challenge…in case you haven’t guessed…is to take a person from history and re=imagine them as a modern hero or villain

The winner this week will receive a HeroMachine rendering of my take on the same character.

Please follow the instructions below regarding the naming of entries.

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 9:00 am Eastern on Sunday, September 23rd.

CDC #379 – Hero Yourself! Prize for Anarchangel

Anarchangel's original...

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