Character Contest 78 Winners!

"Lissom" was a tough contest concept. You had to not only make a lissom character, but a good illustration too, and while a lot were able to do one or the other, I only settled on eleven that did both. Here they are!

While I had some trouble sort of telling exactly what's going on here, once I did I really was charmed by Alvacascus' "Dual Lissom". I like the bright, vibrant colors of the characters and the environment's layout a lot. Having the small foreground tilted adds dynamism to the story, while the big sky gives the main character action center stage and room to breathe. The faded-out trees in the far background help establish a wide open space. A really lovely scene!

dblade has done the crazy-stuff-in-hair routine before, but I thought overall this was still an impactful and interesting design. The sky blue skirts and green plant elements set off against the magenta skin nicely. I love the burned-in white tattoos too. I can't say it screams "Lissom" but it still works.

Fuzztone nails "Lissom" with this great pose. The highlighting on the figure helps integrated it into the scene and give it weight, believability, and interest.

I love the way the flying chains in Gendonesia's "Ninja" make interesting negative shapes around the main character, who definitely looks lissom to me. The pale pink and white background merges well with the shadows to give the sense of an environment while not cluttering up the featured character at all. The shading and colors all complement each other well. The only issue for me is the Kanji (?) lettering and box in the corner. It's an awesome design element, really sealing the deal, but I don't think it came from HM, did it?

Headlessgeneral's "Lillian" has a lot going for it. I love the convincing body design and pose. The gun's awesome. And the concentric circles of the background are a great design element.

Kytana's "Eva and the Snake" has an almost lyrical elegance and grace to it. I love it.

Admit it, Maniacmick's "Stretchy Wonder" makes you grin.

Syntax's "Harlequin" features a nifty pose, a fun character design, and an interesting background design element.

Tarkabarka luckily got some injections for his back, so he was able to give us "Dance in the Sun", a lovely composition.

TJ had a couple of good entries, but I chose to feature "Daring Young Lass" for its neat pose and simple presentation. I do wish he or she had gone with some other color for the background disc, as it flattens the composition out a bit next to her same-color leathers.

Finally, Trekkie's "Rooftop to Rooftop" has a great scene and concept, with a character design that brings it all home. I love the spot of yellow color in the facemask as a design element, that is very well done.

As you can see, we had some great Finalists this week with a tough assignment. But for my winner, I'm going to have to go with ... Alvacascus! Some visual confusion in the figures aside, I think it's an excellent composition with a lot of great elements to it.

Congratulations to Alvacascus and to all our finalists. Thanks also to everyone who took the time to enter, it's very much appreciated!

35 Responses to Character Contest 78 Winners!

  1. dblade says:

    Nicely done, Alvacascus! This is the one I picked to win. Great colors and composition. I look forward to seeing more of your stuff, even if it means stiffer competition in the future.

    Thanks for including me in the finalists, Jeff. I wasn’t sure Faerie Queen and her standard pose would make the cut. This was definitely a contest for expert…ahem…Posers. 🙂

  2. dblade says:

    @Jeff: I guess I fancy myself a professional Hero Machine hairstylist! 🙂

  3. TOOL says:

    Dang didn’t make the cut, and I thought ifI added that witty line it may help. Oh well, congrats to the winner!

  4. Kytana says:

    I know that this win or the ninja picture. Gratulation Alvacascus and all other too!

  5. Myro says:

    Congrats Alvacascus. That picture was awesome. And congrats to the other finalists.

  6. headlessgeneral says:

    I had trouble figuring out what was going on in Alvacascus’ “Dual Lissom” also, but even during my initial confusion I thought the picture was awesome. The colors are amazing and the scene is fantastic. I really, really love the coloring!
    Congrats Alvacascus!! And congrats to all the finalist!

    @Jeff & Gendonesia – Were those letters and box possibly custom made using eyebrows or other items maybe? Genedonesia, yours was my favorite, by the way.

  7. Syntax says:

    Congrats everyone! All the entries I saw were awesome, so I’m surprised Jeff only picked 11.

    Looking at my own image now though, I don’t really like it that much. Pretty much the only thing I’m proud of in that picture was her butt. Kinda silly, iddin’ it?

  8. Brons says:

    Alvacascus’s picture is outrageous! Fantastic work. So many of these poses are really excellent. Well done all.

  9. TJ says:

    Congrats Alvacascus!!! Still think its an awesome display of talent! Thanks Jeff for the honorable mention! You’r e right should have used a different color for the disk, thanks for the tip.

  10. Worf says:

    Congratulation Alvacascus! Told you it was my favorite of the bunch.

  11. FRM says:

    i think the next contest should be making new versions of old characters. How about it?

  12. gendonesia says:

    hahaha, like i’ve said before! congratz dude!

    oh btw Jeff, ’bout the kanji, that’s eyebrows, and yes, fresh from heromachine 3! 😀

  13. ams says:

    Congrats to Alvacascus! Great job!

  14. gendonesia says:

    @headlessgeneral: Thanks sir!
    and for all contest finalist, great work everybody!

  15. Congrats, Alvacascus and finalists!

    Very difficult word to translate into a character. I think Fuzztone best captured the essence.

  16. Joel says:

    very impressive stuff

  17. The Imp says:

    Awesome, awesome entries this time around. Congrats to the finalists and Alvacascus!

  18. alvacascus says:

    OMG! I’m very suprised and honored. There are a lot of awesome entries this week from all contestant. And it’s very hard to make lissom character with flexible pose, but all the participant made an amazing work.

    Congratulation for all finalist, and all other participant..

    @Jeff: Neither do I, I can’t describe what’s going on there, I made that pose accidentally.. 😀 maybe the mimic difference from both of them had made us confused..
    and Jeff, how to claim my prize??

    @dblade: Yeah, stiffer competition in the future, and I’m also look forward for seeing your other amazing stuff.. 🙂

    @headlessgeneral: Thanks, actually this picture is my first experiment with that colouring effect.. And yeah, gendonesia’s entry also my favorite lissom picture..
    Dont you know Gendonesia and I not only from the same country (Indonesia) but also from the same Indonesian HM community forum.. He is my master, my inspiration (and also my rival :D)
    And I’m also like your three entries..

    Finally, thanks for everyone.. 😀
    (Sorry about my bad grammar, I would like to active at HM blog and forum but I’m a bit stuck with this my bad grammar)

  19. Trekkie says:

    Congrats Alvacascus, that was a fantastic entry!

  20. DiazMydaz says:

    Congrats Alvacascus.
    Lanjut gan!!!!!! LOL

  21. Tarkabarka says:

    Grats for Alvascus and the other finalist.

    This finalist mention is mostly a win for me. I really happy to do anything especially a picture. I really happy for the nominate i’m very glad. Thank You Jeff.

  22. Kaldath says:

    @alvacascus (18) To Claim your prize just let Jeff know what you want, you can either post it here, or email him at . If requesting a Portrait you’ll need to give him a picture of yourself to work with, and if requesting an Item for HM, or a Sketch of the day drawing a Reference picture of the item would be extremely helpful.

  23. Fuzztone says:

    Cheers for the mention, Jeff, and congratulations to the (very worthy) winner. I thoroughly enjoyed that comp – lots of “how on earth…??” moments when viewing the entries. Looking forward to the next one!

  24. Whit says:

    I wasn’t even going to try on this one, congrats all.

    My computing situation has been such that I’m away from HM a few months, and then come back, and each time I come back, the collective skill level grows exponentially. Maybe someday I’ll catch up. 🙂

  25. gurong7 says:

    congrattttsss om alva..i really really awe-struck 😮

    mangstaaapp gan, lanjjuuuttttt LOL

    @DiazMydaz (20): sunduuull gan si om alva LOL :p

  26. gurong7 says:

    @gendonesia: mangstaaappppp!!

  27. alvacascus says:

    @ kaldath: oh thanks for the information..

    @gurong7 and @diazmydaz: yang penting +1 :ngakaks

  28. alvacascus says:

    @JEFF: Ok Jeff, so I will claim my prize here..
    I request an item at HM 3: “Batik Pattern”, this pattern can be added for topwear, bottomwear, or turban after this item have being made..
    Here is the example of batik pattern:
    as you can see at that picture, the light brown colour should should be the line colour, the white one should be the prime colour, and the dark brown (square shape between two circle) should be the second colour..
    Let me know if you have any problem..
    Thank you very much..

  29. Dionne Jinn says:

    That is a nice pattern, alvacascus. Concrats on your winning the competition.

  30. Jeff Hebert says:

    Good choice, alvacascus! It’s no The List now.

  31. Papkrok says:


  32. dblade says:

    …says Mr. Sexy himself.

  33. Papkrok says:

    DBlade! Your entry was particularly nubile! I am a total fan of your alienbabe cadre…love the weird possibilities of technicolor…

    There was some serious bendiness and various states of undress existing on this competition. PK approves!

  34. Papkrok says:

    Alvacascus’ “Dual Lissom” was stunning and I loved the colors. Good choice!

  35. Syntax says:

    I just realized that Daring Young Lass’s legs were made entirely of arms. Man I’m slow.

    Sexy work? There’s only like, three guys on this entire page, and all the girls are in spandex or something else just as revealing*: Of course it’s sexy.

    *With the exception of the girl in Dual Lissom, but she looks thirteen to me, so is anyone should be without sexy clothes, it should be her.