Your Character Design Challenge this week is to design a one of a kind Luchador.
There is no limit on number of entries this week. Please follow the instructions below for naming your files.
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 have been created solely using Hero Machine, and that you know for certain have never been entered in 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 :,ImageShack, PhotoBucket, 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, April 2nd at 9:00am Eastern
Personally, I don’t expect to be entering any more contests so long as the requirements for “masking, highlighting and shading” are maintained. It’s all well and good that the shading and highlighting style is popular, but it’s just a hack and not a specific feature of HM3. It can be pretty cool. No denying that, but if it’s not your style then it’s just not your style. I used it at times, though typically a lot more subtly than the typical practitioner of the style, and even more often I use what has been described as am “ombré” style, and have done tutorials on it and various forms of masking. However, many times I use HM3 to create, well, comicbook-style drawings, you know, the flat sort of illustrations used for decades in the “all in color for a dime” medium.
@Brons. I had the masking, highlighting and shading in the contest to encourage those who never tried it to give it a try. That being said, I do not want it to deter people from entering, so I have removed it as a stipulation. Thanks for voicing your concern.
Especially when whoever shades always wins, i mean yah it looks better but not everyone (me) can do it, it being apart of contests is fine but if its not on everyone that would be most appreciated.
@Xinmodic – Well it’s no longer on this one, so go for it. Truthfully, however, everyone CAN do it, but it takes practice and trial and error to do it well.
Thanks. I can do it. i’m just not that fond of it. It’s a challenging hack, but it’s just a hack, a cute trick, albeit one that seems to cause people to win contests because it’s seen as cool. I’m rather tired of it, and would rather use the features of the app to achieve the goals of the app.
Now, masking is another thing entirely. I would like to encourage people to use masking, to understand this feature of the app, to know how hands work differently than other objects, how and why, and to use it properly. The masking feature in the app is a rich and complex feature, one that is not obvious. If contests and other postings here can be used to help teach people how to use this feature, that would be really cool. HeroMachine is a very cool app with a number of very cool features. I’d like to see this site and the contests and other content used to promote it and educate people about it.
Sorry to have been such a grouch.
@ Brons – No worries man. I appreciate the input, but perhaps we could get this plane back on course and get some entries posted.
In this corner, standing 6’4″ tall and weighing 466 lbs
The Menace of the Mountains…
The Defender of the Darkness…
The (k)Night of the Night…
The Savage… El Dragón
In this corner standing 6′ 8” weighing 380 ld
The defender of justice,
The strongest of the strong,
The one the only Bulletproof Man
First Match (character doesn’t have a name yet)
Well, in that case, how about El Puñetazo:
In working on El Puñetazo, I was thinking of the first introduction that I had to the superheroes of Mexico, back in Alter Ego #9 (which will reveal something about my age):
Introducing El Murciélago’s manager and sometimes tag team partner
Hmmmm….”hack”……that’s disappointing. 🙁
Yeah, tell me about it.
Anyway, I haven’t entered a contest in a long time, but this one is just too good to pass up (as anyone who has been paying attention to my deviantart recently will know), so here’s my entry.
He is the most ordinary wrestler in the world. He is an underdog white-meat babyface. He enters the ring to non-descript rock music. He uses a big boot as his finisher. He is… Lo Tipico.
I really liked this one
La Cabeza Grande!!!!
weighing in at 265 pounds….
No highlight reel does this fighter justice…..
The returning world champion……..
I’ve been a hacker and called myself one since 1974, when I started hacking the ARPAnet and the MIT-AI machine, where your profile included a field labeled “I hack…”, as in:
Shading is not a feature that was designed into HM3. Rather it is a clever use of the a couple of features to do something tricky. You’ll note that I said of the hack that “It can be pretty cool”, as well as “challenging” and “cute”. I admire any good hack and this is definitely a clever one, and the people who have mastered it make some pretty nifty uses of it at times. However, the fact remains that it is not an actual feature of the app. It is a clever use of the app.
Personally, as with any hack, I think it can be over-used and over-emphasized, and I think requiring people to master and use it in order to enter a contest is wrong. The contests should, in my opinion, focus on the features of the app, and present challenges.They should encourage people to explore the app, learn it’s features and get creative. They should inspire people to invent new hacks. That’s the great thing about hacking: the invention, the cleverness, the creativity.
What disappoints me about the shading hack is that it has stopped being an innovation, it has stopped being extraordinary.
I’m an old hacker, been hacking 5 or 6 decades. I’ve been hacking HeroMachine since version 1. I’ve been hacking HM3 since the character creation contests started. My face is one of the resources in the app because of that. The shading hack is a part of my routine toolkit, but I don’t like to overuse it. Personally, I prefer to use it subtly. There’s a lot of shading in my Britomart and Jolene images, but you might not notice them until you looked. They don’t jump out and grab you. That’s just my style. Requiring me to use it in such a way that it is obvious that I have is an annoyance. What’s more important though, is the impact that shading is having on the contests, both in terms of the requirement—now lifted. Thank you!—and the dominance of it as a preferred style. Look at what Xinmodic said above:
Xinmodic’s right. we’ve gotten to the point that the heavy shading style has become so dominant, that unshaded images almost never win. That’s very discouraging for people who haven’t spent huge amounts of time in the particular part of the HeroMachine creator culture that has adopted this style. I think that’s bad for HM3 and bad for us as a community. Annoying me is no big deal. Been there. Done that. But, discouraging newcomers, that is a terrible idea.
Anyway, I said “hack” because it was the word that described what I meant—not an actual feature of the app, but a clever solution, a stylistic mod that was, when it was created, and sometimes still is, truly extraordinary. But as a requirement, as an assumption, as a monoculture, it is a hack that I, personally, am tired of. It doesn’t feel new, clever and creative any more.
Just two bits from an old hacker.
Oh, pooh! I wrote a long comment. It was accepted. I spotted a typo, tried to fix it and the system decided it was spam.
well as a newcomer I personally don’t care if shading etc included in the stipilations, I enjoyed the challenge of trying to do it when was and is actually a how 2 do on here, winning isn’t big deal well not 2 me anyway its the taking part & being creative, just my 2 cents worth on the discussion here bout it
Just gonna keep on trying different styles, I guess.
The Golden Eagle: Protector of North America
I’m probly not gonna have time to do an entry for this one myself, but:
That is FRIGGIN ADORABLE Ross!
Also, maybe you could alternate CDCs between ones where shading/highlighting is a requirement and ones where its specifically a disqualification? Whatever you may think about the styles, they are pretty distinct, so maybe not judging them against each other but as specific classes (like weight classes in wrestling! hah!) would work better? Just my totally-unsolicited input on the matter, kay, bye now! =P
Still working on my entry, but I had to chime in…
I think it’s a bit presumptuous to dictate what is and what is not a “designed” feature. Every item in this version of Heromachine is designed to be scaled, rotated, masked and all three colors have opacity controls. People make use of those features however they want and it’s not nice to downplay a certain style as a cheat/hack/trick just because you’re personally not fond of it, especially when a lot of ‘machiners build their aesthetic around it. You don’t want to do it, fine. You don’t think it should be a req for contests, it’s been removed. But don’t stifle people’s creativity.
Thanks! I was making a whole bunch of these for my buddy’s D&D campaign because we couldn’t find any good miniatures. They turned out pretty well. When I get around to making a gallery, I’ll post huge backlog of stuff
Omg, those are even cuter! I will fosho be keeping an eye out for your gallery!
Touche! Well played, sir. 😉
Love it! Wonderful style!
Now that is an excellent idea.
Masking, highlighting and shading will no longer be a challenge prerequisite. If it is unfair to tell people they must use it, it is equally unfair to tell people they cannot. Hopefully this can put an end to the hijacking of this and future challenges.
Gotchya. Sorry, my bad; didn’t mean to contribute to hijacking the thread!
Ok guys. As djuby has said, lets stop the whole shading sub-topic we’ve got going on here. This is meant to be a contest not a discussion on the merits of a particular technique. Any further comments that aren’t entries will be removed from this thread, understood?
lol – not to worry. The plane was well off course when you boarded!
Sorry for having contributed to the deplaning. 😐
Here’s my entry.
Francisco Javier Salcedo Alvarez e Icaza was inspired by the chivalrous traditions of his father and grandfather, champions of the charreada in their native Michoacán. He fights as an honorable luchador with a costume inspired by the outfits of his forefathers. He is: EL CHARRO!
Ooh, is that the Tarzan companion’s torso I see? Fantastic idea!
Oh, I like that. Great dynamism.
Having fought his way through numerous opponents El Chaparo Dragon is seconds away from taking the title
Contest closed. Results posted shortly.