With thanks to Hammerknight for the suggestion, your Character Design Challenge this week is to create an awesome face. That's right, all entries this time around must be a portrait only of someone who looks interesting, cool, and/or awesome. When I say portrait view, I mean a close-up of the character's head, roughly from the shoulders up to just above the top of the head.
I'm particularly interested in cool-looking faces, though that's not a strict requirement. In other words, if you're doing an image of a knight, it's probably a good idea to put his or her visor in the up position, but you won't be disqualified if it's down instead.
For me, I'm going to be most impressed by faces that look distinctive, as if it could be a picture of an actual human being versus a sort of generic comic book person.
That's not to say you have to make a human face, of course. I'm sure we'll see our fair share of aliens, robots, and "other", all of which I look forward to very much as well!
In addition to the above constraints, the usual rules apply as well:
- Use only a HeroMachine applet (no PhotoShopping except for basic cropping) to create a PNG or JPG of your entry, named as [your name]-[character name].[file extension]. So DiCicatriz, for instance, would save his "Bayou Belle" character image as DiCicatriz-BayouBelle.png.
- Post the image to a publicly accessible website (ImageShack, PhotoBucket, the UGO Forums, etc.).
- Enter the name of your entry and a link directly to the image in a comment to this post. The image cannot have been used in any previous HeroMachine character design contest.
- The link to your image should go directly to the image (like this) and not to a hosting jump page (like this). If you see "preview" or "rotate" somewhere in the link you're probably doing it wrong.
- I'll choose a winner next Monday, who will receive his or her choice of any item or a portrait to be included in the final HeroMachine 3 program, or a "Sketch of the Week" style black and white illustration (you pick the subject and I draw it up however I like).
No limit on entries this week, so knock yourselves out. Good luck everyone!
(Image from the awesome gallery of Michael E. Edens.)
Oh gosh, this is gonna be amazing!!! 😀
I have a feeling that seandavidross is going to enter his Nimble Jack portrait.
Also, can’t wait to see what kind of portraits get entered.
(No those three are NOT duplicates they are all different entries. Yes I do work that fast.)
Whee, this is fun! I like making faces but I never usually bother, thanks Hammerknight for suggesting this.
Here’s my character…http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/853/undo2.jpg/
uhh…i just wanna tell you…i have a group of Hero Artisant…they like this web so much…so why dont you make a group contest next time…how’s that sound..??? if you dont like it its okay i just giving a suggestion LOL
A decapitated demon head stuck to a spear. He’s dead and lovin’ it XD
So this is my last work, i make today.
I really love this picture and the concept.
Question: Can it be based on a real person? Such as a favorite actor, for example?
First entry, some kind of alien head. I didn’t include a body because when I tried to it just took away from the main focus.
Headshots from a couple characters I am working on, two are the same character just in different clothes:
The helmet is more the star in this shot:
The woman inside the flight suit:
Her Alien buddy:
Old Version of the alien:
I show the full picture in a open critque day, but now i make a little coloring work on the face.
i present to you cyberilla, the savage technology infused but failed experiment on a silverback gorilla
This feels like cheating; I used the “3/4s face guide” to make this when the original could use some improvement: http://i295.photobucket.com/albums/mm156/Tuldabar/Heros/Agentface2.png.
But now I can’t decide which one looks better; this one or the original. ‘Grrrrrrrrrrr…’
This is a really cool idea!
First entry is a take on my username. Cicatriz, reformed gang member operating as a covert government agent.
DiCicatriz (26): I love the cataract on the injured eye. Very nice touch. And I really, really love the goofy puppy expression juxtaposed with the scar and prison tattoos and general hoodlum look.
@DiCicatriz: Nice image. Mind if I ask where you’re from? I ask because I’ve been meaning to say to you that “Cicatriz” is scar in portuguese.
Cicatriz is scar in Spanish too 🙂
I don’t mind at all. I was born in Mexico City, my parents are both Mexican however my mother has a lot of European ancestry which accounts for my lighter skin and colored eyes. Most people assume I’m American or Spanish on first glance.
Trekkie’s right, I might as well enter the Nimble Jack Portrait into this contest:
Maybe I’ll make a new entry before the deadline….
@Papakrok, love your stuff as always.
I love Nimble Jack. I want more of him and a back story SDR 🙂
Here she is…the Galactic Princess, a lovely and dangerous lady. But aren’t they all… 🙂
Galactic Princess http://forums.ugo.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=79271&d=1311644616
Here’s my first entry.
The Raven God
Galactic Princess is great.
Jeff, you can ignore my first one. This one is better cropped for a portrait view.
The Raven God
Ethical Dilemma: What’s a Battle Android to do?
Seems some people were ready for this contest. Love it.
@Extraordinaree(11) and Sean From Edwards(21): Welcome to HM. Great designs!
@dblade(32): Galactic Princess is awesome!
@SeanDavidRoss (34): Thank you, kind sir. I’m afraid Nimble Jack and any future pieces you enter will be a tough nut to tangle with in this competition though. I’m just trying to keep up with the Joneses! 🙂
@Atomic Punk (36): Now that is hee haw hilarious! And thanks for the kind words.
And PapaKrok…quit spreading out the awesome. It’s making it harder for the rest of us. 🙂
From English slang.Verb. Definition: to fall flat on one’s face.
I thought I’d throw in three pictures that evolved as I tried to create a panel series, but couldn’t figure out a good way to integrate them.
Second entry, a close up of the newest applicant to the Sparkle Girls. A sexy, showgirl dance troupe who are the main attraction in The Glimmer Club which is itself an exclusive venue for the elite of the underworld set.
From English slang. Verb. Definition: to touch one’s face with one’s open hand.
I was visited by a time traveler, an old version of myself from the year 2085…He said I am still doing heromachine then too!
Dominic “Dom” Volos. Former Guilded Age cold-hearted businessman, currently a vampire living in the slums among the homeless. After a terrible scandal full of sex and murder, Dom Volos was buried alive beneath his own mansion, which was looted and burned to the ground. He woke up a vampire in the middle of the Great Depression, and found himself empathizing with the poor for the first time. Now he’s made it his mission to protect the downtrodden and bring down the powerful, no matter how many lives it may cost.
my entries :
In keeping with my running theme of people with odd right eyes…
The Absolver. A hunter of infernal creatures ordained by the Vatican. His right eye was that of a demon, implanted into him through ancient rituals so that he may see through the disguises and illusions of those he hunts.
Even Isis, great of magic, cannot overcome death. She was able to restore her beloved Osiris only for a single night, but in that night she conceived her son Horus.
tried to do something more fantasy based, hope you like it.
My first entry:
Zombie and/or Tech.
Gatotkaca. Indonesian Legendary Superhero. Wire muscles, iron bones…
I think my first post doesn’t approved because i wrong in naming the picture.
Here is my post, with correct name (toxtoartox-Gatotkaca.png).
Gatotkaca. Indonesian legendary superhero. Wire muscle, iron bones…so classic.
This is my second entry…also this is may favourite LOL http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/845/hm3beta.png/
I think I gave the wrong link…LOL this is the right one…
My first entry http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/z470/Extraordinaree/undo2.jpg
And this is my second entry http://i1191.photobucket.com/albums/z470/Extraordinaree/hm3-beta.png
There you go..!!!
Here is the correct one:
Gatotkaca. Indonesian legendary superhero. Wire Muscles, iron Bones…
Scandinavian housewife (Viking era):
Here we go:
Tango, yes, it can be a real person.
tried to give my clown headshot.. enjoy 😀
My 3. Entry – Tribute for my all time favourite warriors.
My long time dream was be to make a good viking style picture.
Now i make a portrait for a great viking warrior, only portrait, i can’t make the body 😛
I hope you like it.
So here is my picture: Lai Lai Hei
Hakkaa Päälle Pohjan Poika
Entry #1 – Alisha Talmer
Entry #2 – Draven Dakar IV
Entry #3 – Lorlynn Wyndhover
Galactic Wrestler, 98 times bigger than planet Jupiter. Have 6 right eyes that can see through 6 dimension, and 1 left eye… Have 6 tentacles in his backhead, the tentacles can grow 12 times bigger. His finishing move is: Andromeda Slam.
Entry #4 – Flamewynd
a different way of Genie
Greatest face ever
SeanDavidRoss (31) – Nimble Jack is awesome. – That inspire me to use gradient.
Dblade (33) – Galactic princess – When i see this picture i thinking, if she was real rule the universe – Fantastic job.
Sadly I have (what I consider) a great idea, I just don’t have nearly the time to pull it off. Assuming it is allowed, maybe somebody else could attempt it. I was going to do Mount Geekmore or Mount Nintendmore… attempting to put famous characters from those categories on a mountain face ah la Mount Rushmore. Would be funny to see imo.
OK I think that’s enough for now. There are some REALLY good entries out there though…I’m not sure any of mine are really good enough…
Great work so far, everyone!
Entry two: A robot. Nothing specific.
OK, one more. A fairly basic attempt at some gradients.
@ Kaylin88100 (81): What? Only 15 entries in two days? You’re slacking! 🙂
@dblade (84): 16 now. That’s the most I’ve ever entered to a contest (this is my 5th). 🙂 2nd place goes to the Two Great Tastes contest last month, which I entered 11 times and got 1 Finalist. So in theory I should get at least 1 this time. In theory. 🙁
Kaylin88100, you always do good work (and I haven’t actually looked at any of the ones for this contest yet), so don’t take this personally — it’s definitely meant as a general statement, not a specific one to you, at all.
But, in general quantity != quality. Entering multiple times does not necessarily increase your chances of a win. Sometimes a person with only one submission comes away with the win because they NAILED it on that one.
@Jeff (86): I know what you mean, but I have a lot of good ideas that I want to try (at least I think they’re good) so I try them all. It doesn’t mean I put less effort into each idea, which I think some people might if they were doing lots. Plus, I enjoy making them so much that I don’t really mind about the winning part. To me the only thing about winning is that I would get to ask for an item 🙂
Here’s my first entry…
This is Werewolf mecha HS
39 Dblade! Whatever my friend…you are spreading the awesome even more so…. you are among the Joneses up to whome I am keeping with 🙂
Dblade! Galactic Princess is sexyawesome!
Here’s my first entry. I just focused almost 100% on the face, since it seemed right for the contest. I wanted to go realistic, so I went with a rough-looking soldier. Also, I have to say, that for some weird reason, this ended up looking the actor Sam Worthington. I think it does, anyway. And I didn’t even mean to do that!
My take on the film character Megamind. Tried to get some emotion in his face.
Moognation (96): Aaaah! That scared me! Very good.
Entry #5 – Rellyn Kelbar
Idealist. I do what i like, and i like what i do…
this is my design, his Indonesia Hero.
his name Panji Manusia Millenium (Panji The Millenium Man)
I hope you enjoy it.
I love this concept – I have a lot of portrait idea
uupppsss…sorry i think im share wrong link…
this is the true link my Indonesian Hero.
Panji Manusia Millenium (Panji The Millenium Man)
A couple of headshots (though perhaps too much is showing to be eligible for the contest)
A callled it “the animal transformation”(Verwandlung).
Here’s my first entry.
This is a portrait of Ohm, an electric hero.
Here is my first entry for this one inspired on a vid that i saw on youtube
Boxer close up
102 comments in two days!! *falls over*
Oops did something wrong
here are the good links
The notorious air pirate Gustav Vermander, Prince of Vultures, Scourge of the Sky!
Sorry it’s been so long. Been busy and limited to an iPod touch in the last few weeks. Anyway, here is my character, Jyn. Think of a male version of Jean Grey, 300 years old, able to come back from the dead and not bat-shit crazy. Also, that scar on his chest is the only one that will ever show, thanks to the “Phoenix Blessing” he received.
This one shows the other side of my character, Nightfall, a mass murderer on a universal scale.
Think this is my first contest entry, just a creation I’m somewhat proud of that I decided to zoom in on a little for the sake of this week’s contest.
A third entry, a lost soul trying desperately to communicate with the living.
“Head of the Dullahan”
They call her Red.
And one more:
My second entry got ruined by an unexpected handling of custom colours in HeroMachine (you can see an unfinished version in my ‘Dark Herd’ thread at the UGO forums), so this time I went Black and White. I was debating whether to enter it like this or to wait and add shadows and highlighting, but I kind of like this one as it is, simple, so I’m going with it. Here’s ‘Elijah Blue’:
my second entry…
His Indenesian Hero Character too…
his very famous in indenesia since 1968
His name is “Gundala Putra Petir” (Gundala Lighting son)
Here is a closeup of one of my villains. Romulus is a werewolf who dates back to the founding of Rome.
Wow, it’s been a long time since I saw a HM contest (I was at summer camp and had no internet), and I love the theme for this one! Well, this is a headshot of a character concept that I have been working on for a while.
I haven’t had the chance to look through all of these entries, but they all look great to me! Keep up the good work everybody!
Okay, I’m back from summer camp and ready for a good contest! I love the theme 🙂
I haven’t looked at all of the entries yet, but the ones I have seen are fantastic. Keep up the good work, people!
This is an apocolyptic, zombie themed idea that i came up with and i hope you guys enjoy :…(and for the record, i didnt know how to upload it like the way u did in the example so this is the best way i could, hope its works! it not let me know and Ill try again!)
title: The New Breed-jojo_n_friendz
Well I had to enter this contest. For one thing I don love face, and two … the number of the contest LOL 😀
I have several I thought would be good for the contest, but decided to do a new one just for this contest … although it is for my AD&D game I am going to GM in the Ancient Grco-Roman wolrd.
So here is Marcus the Gladiator
number 132 redo.
@ jojo n friends (128): When you are on the album page with your image just right click it and “View Image”. This will take you to a page with just the image. Copy the current web address and use that as the link.
Or more simply you can right click the image in the album and “Copy Image Location” to get the web address.
thx dblade! u helped out alot 🙂
my second entry, hope you like it
my version of Thor appearing in the sky
Godraz the troll.
Here is Griffin, an invisible man.
Zaheelee (126): Welcome back. Was wondering where you got to.
Also strange coincidence that you, an avowed Batman fan, return during what appears to be Jeff’s “anti-Batman” week.
@Myro (143): Yeah, I noticed that. BUT, the Dark Knight Rises trailer is finally out, so it’s all good 🙂
Probably my last one for this one
¨2 sides of the same story¨
Sorry if this is kind of random, but I think that it is awesome that everyone here has a different style to their characters. For example, I just took a look at one of Asder’s faces (145), and it reminded me of mine (126). However, though they are similar in concept, they are completely different in exicution, which I think is really awesome. I love how Heromachine allows you to make a character exactly how you want to make it. So, this is really just a big thank you to Jeff, and a shoutout to all of you for making each character awesome in every way possible 🙂
Oh, and Asder, I love your character! The shading makes it look really cool 🙂
Anti-Batman?! I protest! Anti-Azrael, definitely. And granted, the poll does ask about who could take out Batman, but let’s be honest — none of them would actually succeed 🙂
I agree with Myro, though, that it’s nice to see you back, Zaheelee.
Yeah, I hate the Azrael-Batman, too. He tried to kill Tim Drake/ Robin! Tim is my favorite character in the history of forever, so Jean Paul Valley is very close to the top of my “lame superhero’s” list. Along with Superman. Yes, I went there.
Going for something a little less… supernatural. Baseball!
Been on a bit of a film noir kick lately. The subject of my portrait seems like a mash-up of Humphrey Bogart and, well, me.
MY 5th and i think my last entry in this contest.
If i know well the nordic warriors painted the face with these mod.
Redo of my entry in comment #153
This one is kinda meant to look like me 🙂
Alternative version (without shading on the left side)
@Kaylin88100: I think you may have set the record for number of entries in one contest. 🙂
Huh, the post disappeared for this guy, will post again:
@dblade (160): I think I might have. 🙂
OK, still going:
I finally had the time to make my first entry for this contest! A superheroine!
This one is inspired in The Blues Brothers. His name is Jordan Blues.
I can definitely say that next contest there will be a “Kaylin Limit” on the number of entries 🙂
Zyp (165): Wow.
@Jeff (166): lol
OK Jeff ima stop now (unless I have a REALLY awesome idea)
My second entry(and last :p).
Thanks for the “Wow” there Kaylin! 😀 Much appreciated!
A Hard boiled sailor. Johnny.
@Zyp (165 & 172): Really nice work, Zyp! I especially love Johnny. Great facial expression!
I know I have no chance against dblade’s Galactic Princess, but whatever.
A dead guy in the desert, presumably eaten by vultures.
Zyp (172) Johnny is brutal. Great work.
@Kaylin (168): This is Zyp we’re talking about here. Did you expect anything shy of fantastic?
Oh, and Zyp, can you make a tutorial on how to angle a face and still make it look believable? I always have trouble with the eyes…
For my final entry, I give you Wicked.
Zaheelee (176): Already done. Go look here: http://www.heromachine.com/2011/07/07/face/
@Zyp(179): Thanks 🙂 I was at camp all summer, so I didn’t see it.
Wow. You made Hawke, fram DA II.
To all you Conan fans…hope you enjoy
The Flaming C–jojo_n_friendz
Alright, entry #2!
@jojo_n_friends Sweet flaming C 🙂
Sun and Moon
The Man in the Moon and his Bride
I know Im a bit of a newbie but those are my three entries
Haha Glitch made me post that twice, anywho, all three of my entries qualities were for shit, so here they are with better quality
The Man in the Moon and his Bride
Sun and Moon Man
Here they are, better quality, I hope you enjoy
I know I won’t get a mention for this, but hey, someone had to do it.
Joel (190): Well, it made me LOL.
Dannrdyn, on the eve of battle:
Hopefully I’ll manage to get one more entry in before Monday.
Jeff, has a contest ever broken 200 comments?
my oh my
im sleepy so i cant focus on my placement 🙁
My second entry, again going for a realistic face. But this time I threw in some danger to spice it up a little.
@clownprince(198)…nice one man 🙂
Quick zombie face, fresh from having supper.
K, just had a look at some of the other entries… and I am going to lose.
Didn’t know what to do for this contest so I just came up with an idea, hope you like it.
MC Key-Rapp: Yeeeee-aaaaaah, Boy-eeeee!
And welcome, new contestants! Almost didn’t see you among the 200+ entries.
The Demon Clown, or Clownus Demonus. A natural born predator, it was this animal that caused biologists to create the hypothesis that clowns wish to kill us all.
clownprince-between smoke and fire
Entries #3 and #4:
Known only as “The Colonel”. this mystery man is thought to have once been The Man in Red, the world’s first costumed man of mystery, though he doesn’t look old enough to be been active for over 70 years. The Colonel heads the sprawling superhero clan known as “The Family”. Seldom active in the field, he has none the less displayed a devastating mastery of Tai Chi, and extraordinary strength.
One Man’s Demons…
@dblade(212) lovn it man.
Hostage Situation: End of negotiations
A late entry on my part: Nauzorin
Inspired in both name and appearance by Kit Fisto from Star Wars and the Zora from the Legend of Zelda, this creature makes its home in the tropic waters around the equator.
Malachite a dark sorcerer powers like zatana.
Metropolis a sentry esque character.
Rellik the condor’s bullseye esque arch nemesis
HOLY COW THERES A LOT OF ENTRIES! I didn’t have time to design anything for the last TWO contests but I’m hoping this one works well enough.
Basically there was a girl I knew in High School that I LOVED and she had a somewhat gothic style… i took the hair color off one of my favorite actresses (if you know who then your as big a nerd as I am) Put it all together and I got this.
The freckles didn’t turn out as good as I’d liked but oh well. 😉
One last entry for me, Delphine:
I fixed her eye…it didn’t look right to me.
also heres the whole pic…just for refference lol
Cancel that last entry by me – I decided to go a different way with her eyes, so here is my real third and last entry to the contest, Delphine (version 2):
This time I wanted to experiment with creating a portrait with out the use of any actually head, face, or body parts. I primarily used backgrounds, and hand held items to creat the desighn, it may not be all that emotive but it was fun so here it is.
T-Man: Most will be familiar with this sinister character. I’m calling “fair user!” ;9
I really need to work on light and shade effects.
This is an old character I designed. Decided to add some extra details to.
titanic face off
My second and final entry is this cutie:
Also, @SeanDavidRoss(226): Wow. The shading on that is amazing!
@SeanDavidRoss (226): DAMN IT!!!!!! 🙂
House of Horrors: Not recommended for tadpoles under age 12.
Final entry. Admittedly, the majority of my entries have been close-ups not portraits. I also realize late that my robots are reversed. The angel should be on the right shoulder. Oh well, I’m having fun.
This contest went beyond a new level of awesome. Folks, we’re travelling through planes of Nirvana! Good luck!
The Competition is getting more fierce with each contest
I lied. Here’s one more.
I call him Green because I’m too tired to think up a real name.
OK here is Entry 2 for me
It is Husani a Cat Elf Sensite of Sharess for a game I’m playing hi in.
For those who have no idea what I just said he is a Specialty Priest of a form of Bast in her Sex Kitten asspect … basically … he’s a sacred Gigalo. But really it is all about Pleasure in all forms not just sex. Drinking, Great food, Music, Dance, Poetry, Jokes, Massage, Sunning …
So here is Husani laying under a tree on a warm day, being a little seductive.
Don’t worry … this IS a Face Off entry … it IS safe for the workplace.
I can’t seem to make my pictures load at the right size…
OK folks, I’m now downloading all the entries for judging. As you can see, there are a lot, so the results will take a while to assemble.
This contest is now closed, thanks for entering and good luck!
I finish a new one but I late a bit, now without contest i post it.
My all time favourite villain