Character Design Challenge 98 Results!

Last week we challenged you to redesign lightning-themed Public Domain characters, and you knocked it out of the park once again. I've chosen a handful of entries as ones that I personally liked the most, but as always, this is just my own opinion. I highly encourage you to click through all the submissions in the original post to make up your own mind, then let me know if I picked wisely or poorly, and which you like as your own Top Gun.

With that, here are my personal favorites of the week:

Some of those are bursting with action and scenery-chewing, while others are subtle yet no less powerful. For instance, Alexander of Limbo's very simple character design with a see-through forearm and highlighted energy reflected on the character's body works great, and doesn't need craziness all around it. On the other hand, you have something like Ploughed Jester's complete scene with Star Wars style figure posing, which also works great. There's no One True Way to make a good design or to create a powerful illustration. That's one thing I love about these challenges, is seeing how different creative minds can interpret things.

In any event, it's the tradition that each week I pick out just one creation as my personal overall favorite of the week. Any of the entries I am showing in the gallery would be a great choice (as would many others I missed, I'm sure). Ultimately I settled on Kytana, Livewyre, djuby, Blue Blazer, JR19759, MisterDinoMan, RobM, Scatman, Vampyrist, Vectorman316, VonoverHome, and Watson Bradshaw as the sort of prime candidates out of the already prime candidates.

Those are all stellar, so I finally went with someone who made multiple entries, ALL of which were outstanding. That person is first-time winner, Vectorman316!

Congratulations to Vectorman316 and all the folks who in my personal opinion were favorites, and to all who chose to enter at all. I really appreciate your creativity and bravery in sharing your illustrations with the world at large.

16 Responses to Character Design Challenge 98 Results!

  1. Herr D says:

    Congratulations, guys.

  2. djuby says:

    Well deserved Vectorman316. Great job!

  3. Kaylin88100 says:

    Well done, Vectorman. 🙂

  4. Vectorman316 says:

    Thanximus Mucho!

  5. Alexander of Limbo says:

    Woooo Hoooo, got a shout out from Jeff, get in!!! =D congrats Vectorman awesome design

  6. livewyre1014 says:


  7. Scatman says:

    way to go Vectorman!
    my top 5 list other than Vec,would be as follows
    1. Asder0072-lighning4
    2.djuby-Lash lightning
    3.nha247-Lightningman(love the victim)
    4.Vonover Homes-Spyroman
    Although any one of the entries could have traded off with anyone of these of the top picks ,these were really standout creations!
    Congrats Vectorman, great pic!

  8. Jawsabi says:

    Nice Job !

  9. Renxin says:

    Congrats on the first win, man!

  10. Kytana says:

    Yeah, this men looks really angry. Congrats, vector!

  11. Watson Bradshaw says:

    great job Vectorman, and nice entries to all

  12. JR19759 says:

    Nice one Vectorman, worthy winner. Jeff, thanks for the shout out, but how come whenever I enter you always single out the one I think stands the least chance of winning?

  13. ams says:

    Congrats to Vectorman316 and all finalists! Cheers!

  14. RobM says:

    Congrats Vectorman316. Thanks for the mention, Jeff.

  15. Congrats, Vectorman316!

    Late to the party… but some notables:

    * Kytana’s Firebrand – my favorite – awesome pose, great costume, lots of action
    * Alexander of Limbo’s Lightning Man – subtle, very “Heroes” / “Alphas” approach
    * Armour’s Living Bolt – neat effects (the hands are backwards… but, hey, the guy is made of electricity, so he can shapeshift)
    * Blue Blazer – very straight-forward powered armor with Firebrand and Sparkman
    * DC Lover’s Lightning Girl – another straight-up superhero costume
    * djuby’s Lash Lightning – great pose (though the use of goat legs for the throne struck me as odd) and Pyroman is sweet
    * livewyre’s Volton – very 1940s / 50s vibe
    * Marquis Samedi’s Radior and Sparkman
    * NHA247’s Lightning Man
    * Ploughed Jester’s Lash Lightning and Lightning Girl – especially Lash’s costume
    * SkyBandit’s Kirbyesque Pyroman
    * tolkienhiste’s Nazi Shock Gibson
    * Vonover Homes’ Pyroman

  16. Jawsabi says:

    One thing I didn’t like was how they made Lightning Man freakishly huge