Category Archives: Pop Quiz

Pop Quiz – Results!

Five great entries this week. It's gonna be hairy picking a winner...sorry.

First Stulte's King of Trolls; beautifully done and very creative; also the drops of added colour are a nice touch.

 

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Next Herr D's whimsical take on a beard/cello hybrid. One of the best imaginations on HM!

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EW44 provides a dapper gentleman whose grooming seems to have gotten away from him.

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Dreadyacht conglomerated what appears to be hundreds of hairpieces into this elaborate creation.

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And finally Cliff; form and function. Actually saw something similar to this at Fan Expo yesterday, but instead of a bird, his beard held a fish bowl. Well done as always.

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Very close  call this week, with dreadyacht winning by a whisker...sorry. Sometimes less is more, but not this time!

Join me in congratulating dreadyacht and see you on Saturday.

 

Pop Quiz – I Didn’t Like My Beard At First…But It Grew On Me.

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On this day in 1698, Russia’s Peter the Great imposed a tax on beards.

Your Pop Quiz challenge this time around is to create a beard that would have cost a fortune in rubles to maintain.

There is no prize. There is no poll. The winner is chosen by me.

You only get one entry so be creative, and above all else, have fun!

All entries must be in JPG or PNG form (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like the HeroMachine forums,ImageShackPhotoBucket, or whatever);

  • Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name;
  • The image must be new and designed specifically for the Pop Quiz;
  • 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). See this post on how to get the direct link for most sites.

This contest will close at 9pm Eastern on Sunday, September 6th.

 

Pop Quiz – Pretty Woman

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On this day in 1964, Roy Orbison released his hit song “Pretty Woman”.

Your Pop Quiz challenge this time around is to create an image of a pretty woman…walking down the street…in 1964.

There is no prize. There is no poll. The winner is chosen by me.

You only get one entry so be creative, and above all else, have fun!

All entries must be in JPG or PNG form (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like the HeroMachine forums, ImageShackPhotoBucket, or whatever);

  • Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name;
  • The image must be new and designed specifically for the Pop Quiz;
  • 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). See this post on how to get the direct link for most sites.

This contest will close at 9pm Eastern on Sunday, August 30th.

Pop Quiz – Winner!

Very happy to say we got seven entries this week! Well done all! Sadly, due to a wonky link, I was unable to view EW44's entry, so we are left with six pieces.

First up, Blunt Object's Cheetah Shadow which features a very cool costume design and a great colour combination.

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Next is Vampyrist's Flaming Mask; well thought out costume and interpretation of the flaming mask feature.

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Ruffblade's Diamond Flame is very nicely highlighted and the diamond hand and forearm are standouts. Has a real Golden Age feel.

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Professor Ice by lordgrimm has a real Silver Age look to it, and the helmet, neck and chest pieces are very cool.

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Dreadyacht's The Time Hourglass is wonderfully quirky, and I love the way his look is cobbled together.

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And Herr D's Skeleton Orchid battling a feline onslaught is imaginative, light hearted and the composition is great!

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And the winner this week is...

Roughblade for Diamond Flame. There is something about this, perhaps the retro feel of the character, that had me going back for a second and third look. And while the costume itself is quite simple, it is nicely realized and contrasts the work on the "diamond" areas in a very interesting way.

Congrats and well done!

See you Saturday.

 

 

 

Pop Quiz – Random

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Your Pop Quiz challenge this time around is to visit the Superhero Name Generator in the link below, and have it generate a random name of neutral gender and create a kick @$$ hero or villain based on the result.

Be sure to either copy the link to your character name, or screen cap the result, and add it to your post so we can see the name and bio you were given. Entries without the link or screen cap will be disqualified.

Just a warning: some of the random names are pretty…out there.

I encourage everyone to use the first random result they get, and while I cannot control your minds…yet…that just adds to the challenge.

http://superhero.namegeneratorfun.com/

There is no prize. There is no poll. The winner is chosen by me.

You only get one entry so be creative, and above all else, have fun!

All entries must be in JPG or PNG form (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like the HeroMachine forums,ImageShackPhotoBucket, or whatever);

  • Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name;
  • The image must be new and designed specifically for the Pop Quiz;
  • 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). See this post on how to get the direct link for most sites.

This contest will close at 6pm Eastern on Sunday, August 23rd.

Pop Quiz Winner!

First of all, I have to apologize for the lapse in the Pop Quizzes so soon after they were relaunched. Like any good teacher, when summer came I ran for the hills; unfortunately the hills I ran to had very sketchy satellite internet, so getting online to do anything was pretty much hit and miss. Next week's quiz is already in the pipe, so you can expect them on a more regular basis now that fall is approaching.

Anywho...

There were three entries for this week's quiz...well technically three and a half as dreadyacht did not include a link with his entry.

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First we had Blunt Object's Screaming Mini/Tamora.

Great detail here. The layers of the dress are very well done, as is the complexity of the bodice/corset. Also the attention to detail in the background is great. The only part of it I would question is that the quiz asked for a modern day version of the character, and this is decidedly period. Still...great work.

Next we had Vampyrist's Iago.

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Love the character's description, and the whole duality vibe. The costume is very well done; nice colour contrast with the black, modern, and I really like the chest logo; hard to make the letter "I" interesting, but he did it.

And last, but certainly never least, Nug's Mark Antony.

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This is a stunning portrait. The breastplate details are awesome, and the shading and layered belts are a nice touch. Like Blunt Object though, this is much more a portrait of Mark Antony than it is a modern take on the character. Very well done though.

And so the winner this week is Vampyrist. Please join me in congratulating the winner, and thanks to all who entered...and almost entered.

See you next Saturday!

 

 

Pop Quiz – To Be, Or Not To Be…A Hero Or A Villain?

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On August 15th, 1057 - Macbeth, the King of Scotland, was killed by the son of King Duncan.

Your Pop Quiz challenge this time around is to choose one of Shakespeare’s classic characters and re-imagine them as a modern day superhero or villain. Add a brief (brief!) description of their powers, or let the image stand on its’ own.

There is no prize. There is no poll. The winner is chosen by me.

You only get one entry so be creative, and above all else, have fun!

All entries must be in JPG or PNG form (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like the HeroMachine forums,ImageShackPhotoBucket, or whatever);

  • Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name;
  • The image must be new and designed specifically for the Pop Quiz;
  • 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). See this post on how to get the direct link for most sites.

This contest will close at 6pm Eastern on Sunday, August 16th.

Pop Quiz Winner!

A little better turn out from last time which is great, but you guys are making this very tough. All of these entries are so creative and unique.

First we have Black Tarantula by Mr. Nobody: Really cool and graphic; love the hypnotic background and the squad of little demons.

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Next is Silver Lady by Melmo: Very unearthly look and like the pattern work.

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Blunt Object's Madam Satan: very interesting colour combination and the creation of the skirt layers is quite cool.

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Another Silver Lady - this time by Geno: taking her into the realm of TV was a great idea. Sort of an evil...or more evil...Long Island Medium.

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And last, but not least, Whirling Dervish by Brons: great work on the pose and robes.

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I've gone back and forth a dozen times on this, but the win this time goes to Geno for Silver Lady. The whole image is striking and is a very interesting take on the character.

(To illustrate how tough this was, I have rewritten the previous paragraph three times...with different winners!)

Congratulations Geno, and thanks to all who entered.

Pop Quiz – You Are Getting Sleepy…

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Your Pop Quiz challenge this time around is to redesign one of the Hypnotist characters from the Public Domain Superhero Wiki found in the link below.

http://pdsh.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Hypnotist_Characters

Be sure to post an image of the original as well just for the fun of it.

There is no prize. There is no poll. The winner is chosen by me.

You only get one entry so be creative, and above all else, have fun!

All entries must be in JPG or PNG form (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like the HeroMachine forums,ImageShackPhotoBucket, or whatever);

  • Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name;
  • The image must be new and designed specifically for the Pop Quiz;
  • 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). See this post on how to get the direct link for most sites.

This contest will close at 6pm Eastern on Sunday, June 28th.

Pop Quiz – Colour Me Bad! (and by bad I mean good!)

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Your Pop Quiz challenge this time around is to colour this handsome devil found in Companions – Humanoid.

That’s right…colour…just colour. Feel free to mask, shade and highlight as much as you want…or not. Backgrounds should remain white, but you may also choose a solid black background if you wish.

There is no prize. There is no poll. The winner is chosen by me.

You only get one entry so be creative, and above all else, have fun!

All entries must be in JPG or PNG form (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like the HeroMachine forums,ImageShackPhotoBucket, or whatever);

  • Entries must be made as a comment or comments to this post, containing a link directly to the image and the character name;
  • The image must be new and designed specifically for the Pop Quiz;
  • 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). See this post on how to get the direct link for most sites.

This contest will close at 9am Eastern on Monday, June 22nd.