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Character Design Challenge #310 – Classic With A Twist – Results

Holy crow! Evidently folks love a Grim Reaper challenge! So great to see so many people show up to the party.

So here we go...

Honourable mentions go to Kellkin for the stunning Lady Reaper. Great pose and handling of the costume elements...

and to Xinmodic for the hilarious Reaper Bunny. Brilliant!

Runner up goes out to Cliff for his unique approach and stunning shading and highlighting.

And the win goes to Christi S. This piece is so creative in it's approach to the character, and in it's use of masterfully placed highlights. There is a sadness in the character's face that is really unique.

Please join me in congratulating Christi S on the win. Well done you!

Thanks to all who entered.

Character Design Challenge #309 – A Valiant Effort – Results

Firstly, I have to say, you folks don't make picking a winner easy at all, and this week was no different. The best part for me is seeing how different artists interpret the challenge - always a surprise. Plenty of great works to choose from - not to mention a surprise novel 🙂 - so here we go!

Honourable mention goes to Primelionstar for his version of Arthurian royalty decked out for battle.

And this week's win goes to Meniukas for his early tribal piece. Nice to see you entering contests again. Welcome back, and well done you!

Please join me in congratulating Meniukas on the win, and thank you to all who entered.

Character Design Challenge #307 – Biomechanical – Results!

Honourable mentions go to CantDraw and Kellkin.

This week's win goes to Lull-carae or this stunning piece of character design. There is something hauntingly beautiful about this piece. Well done you!


A Winner Is Not Us: Adapting Video Games Into Film

Hey, everyone. Today I wanted to talk about something a little different. I know there was both a new Power Rangers and a new Logan trailer last week that I probably should be discussing, but thinking about those and other, upcoming movies has made me think a lot about movie adaptations. Now I’m not here to say that there is some sort of epidemic of movies adapted from other material, because this has quite literally been happening since the beginning of film. And adaptations run a long gamut in quality as well, it’s not all either good or bad. But there is one particular genre of film adaptation that just never seems to quite… get there. I refer, of course, to the much-maligned video game movie. So, in honor of the release of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter this past weekend, let’s see what if we can make some sense of this.

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Anticipated Movies of 2017 Part 1: January to June

Hey everyone! We’ve looked at the movies of the past year and now it’s time to look ahead! This is pretty self-explanatory so let’s just jump right in. Here are my anticipated movies from January to June of 2017.

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Character Design Challenge #304 – Masterworks – Results!

This week's winner is HerrD for this remarkable take on the source material. Brilliant!!! Well done you! Nailed it!

Please join me in congratulating HerrD on an amazing piece of work.

Character Design Challenge #304 – Masterworks

Your challenge this week is to recreate a portion of The Scream by Edvard Munch using HeroMachine. There is no limit on number of entries this week.

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. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warning. 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.

All entries must be in JPG or PNG form (BMPs are too big), posted to a publicly accessible website (like the HeroMachine :,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;
  • 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, January 15th at 9:00am Eastern.

Character Design Challenge #303 – The International Legion for Justice: Phase 3 – Results

This week's winner id Kellkin, Very dynamic pose and good attempt at displaying her powers.


Creators Club Poster 2017 Volunteers?

Hey guys, JR here. As with last year, I'm now looking for someone to do this years Creators Club Poster.

For those of you who aren’t in the know, the Creators Club poster is a community project where one of the members of the community (previously myself, MadJack, Atomic Punk and Hammerknight) have come up with a theme for everyone to follow ( previously we've had stuff like Superheroes, Men In Black, Chibi’s and Westerns, with last years theme being Magic), and then people create a self-portrait of themselves fitting to that theme. All of the self-portraits are then sent to the organiser, who then puts them all together in one big poster that showcases the community that year. It’s not a challenge, it’s just a bit of fun, you don’t have to be a Power User to participate, you just have to use the site and follow the submission rules for the poster.

Now, obviously, we're trying to get new people to do these each year, so if you would like to volunteer and you have an idea for a theme, email it to me at the usual address (it's in my About section at the bottom of the post). I'm only accepting theme ideas from people who email, not from the comments, so if you have an idea make sure you email it.

I'm accepting theme ideas from today until the Jan 17th, so that's 2 weeks, and submissions for the poster should open on Feb 1st provided myself and the organiser have everything arranged.

HeroMachine Hall Of Fame – Enabler by JR19759

As is custom for the last several years in addition to the Hall Of Fame community Poll, the moderators all get a chance to add one entry into the HOF also and this one is mine!

Nominated By Kaldath

"Enabler" by JR19759