Character Contest 6 Winner

Many thanks to everyone who submitted one or more of the 70+ entries to Character Contest 6: Animalia! Before I announce the overall winner, I wanted to highlight those I thought were particularly deserving of an Honorable Mention for one reason or another.

DJ usually comes up with something creative, and his "Demon Animal" really made me laugh this week:


He's so CUTE! My wife's a dog trainer, and I can certainly relate to this kind of almost-cute-but-actually-deadly canine critter.

Speaking of cute half-canine, half-human creations that make me laugh, I need to say no more about Hammerknight's "Poodle Boy", who I am sure is just a few centuries away from guest membership in the "Legion of Substitute Heroes":

Eric's "Jaguar" is, I think, a good example of "less is more". You don't have to get super-crazy-complicated to create a nice, cohesive, solid illustration.

Haydn once again managed to put together a very impressive image. It took me a bit to realize that the great iridescent sheen to the wings was a cleverly colored camo pattern, but it really works great:


Kaldath I think had the best cat-human creature with his "Wildcat", and I think she'd stack up well to Tigra or Cheetah or any of the other mainstream feline femmes:

Finally, these last three are so close I am having a really hard time deciding between them. First up is Imp's "The Berkut", which I think is just an outstanding illustration design in terms of color, item selection, concept, and execution:

Marx once again pulled off a fairly astounding "posing" feat, with his werewolf, doing things with an arm I didn't think were possible (which is a weird sentence to write):


And finally, MartianBlue's "Eagle" is also an excellent composition, not necessarily ground-breaking, but very polished and complete:

Looking back over those three Finalists, I'm probably going to have to narrow it down to MartianBlue and Imp. Marx's is a technical marvel, but I don't think the actual final illustration has the polish of the other two (which is understandable since he's breaking so many barriers with the composition, using bits that weren't really meant to go together, it makes sense they wouldn't be as cohesive as things that were drawn as a unit, so that's no slam on him). I frankly can't decide between the two, so I'm going to go with MartianBlue since he hasn't won yet, and Imp has.

So congratulations to MartianBlue, winner of Character Design Contest 6! Big kudos as well to Marx and Imp for their oh-so-close running-up; to all the Honorable Mentions; and to everyone else who took the time to submit a design. They were all great fun, and I wish I could post them all here, but I do encourage you to go back and click through the original entries to see some really neat stuff.

Many thanks again to everyone, I hope you enjoyed putting these together as much as I enjoyed looking at them.

17 Responses to Character Contest 6 Winner

  1. Matt says:

    Another I didn’t win then… I don’t care really, Crab-Man was no way near as good as those, well done πŸ˜€

  2. Jeff Hebert says:

    Actually I liked Crab-Man a lot, Matt, he looked neat!

  3. Matt says:

    Thanks Jeff πŸ˜€

  4. DJ says:

    whoot honorable mention!

  5. RJ_McD says:

    claps for the winners

  6. Eric says:

    “You don’t have to get super-crazy-complicated to create a nice, cohesive, solid illustration.”
    Actually, that’s normally sort of what i’m like. πŸ˜› I pretty much copied an item-for-item creation from 2004.

  7. Hammerknight says:

    Good job everyone.

  8. Whit says:

    (still likes doing manga style) πŸ™‚

  9. Haydnc95 says:

    YEEAY! πŸ˜€
    mention again πŸ˜€ twice in a row, thanks!! πŸ˜€

  10. J says:

    I have to say that werewolf is frickin awesome. Good job on that one.

  11. Matt says:

    @J. I agree, well done Marx

  12. The Imp says:

    Congratulations, MartianBlue! You deserved the win; that eagle dude is pretty damn cool.

  13. darkvatican says:

    Good job to the finalists and our winner, MartianBlue. I hope everyone had fun!

  14. MartianBlue says:

    OH! I won, (wipes tear from eye) this is so unexpected (turns head to side and pulls note from tux), I would like to thank the academy…
    Thanks everyone, I have to say that I am quite impressed with the other entrants, and surprised I won.
    Jeff, I would like a caricature, but, and I’m sure most everyone would agree with me, I would like you to use your head, as a way of saying thank you for this program.
    Who knows, maybe we could have a Jeff the creator contest, that would be fun for everyone.

  15. Jeff Hebert says:

    MartianBlue, you are evil.

  16. Nate says:

    either evil or a genius…or perhaps an evil genius (because that’s totally not an overused villain type)

  17. DJ says:

    This shall be interesting πŸ˜€