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June 2007 Original Character Contest!

PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2007 11:20 am
by Esoteric
Could a mod please move this to the Art Contest Forum? Thanks!!

All right folks, here's this month's theme: Armor!

Your original character must use some sort of protective gear. It could be ancient metal armor, or some futuristic plastic. It could even be an alien with a turtle-like shell, or a stunt junkie with motocross body-armor. Be creative! The armor does not need to offer complete coverage either (it could just be a helmet or a glove). So let's see some original ideas!

For those of you who are new, this is a fun little contest where people draw a character and create a short biography to go along with it. All entries must be posted before the end of the month, at which time Jaden Mental will announce the winner. If you have questions, feel free to ask.

PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2007 6:58 pm
by soul alive
Awesome. I'm pretty sure I can participate in this one! I at least have one old drawing that would work, if I don't have time for a new one.

Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with.

*runs off*

PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2007 8:51 am
by Aileen Kailum
Hmm... armor.... *thinks*

This contest sounds like fun! I'll have to make sure to enter.

PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2007 6:24 pm
by Shao Feng-Li
Oh... I might enter this one...

PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 2:40 am
by CreatureArt

If I can manage to put something together between going to Wellington next week and starting Uni in late July then it looks like a fun concept. Either way, it sounds like an idea that could produce more than a few good entries.

PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 5:05 pm
by Etoh*the*Greato
So, alright. I've got my submission, and this is my first contest. My question is, where do I submit it?

PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 5:22 pm
by Esoteric
Etoh*the*Greato wrote:So, alright. I've got my submission, and this is my first contest. My question is, where do I submit it?

The answer is...right here! Entries should be posted in this thread via an attachment, or if you wish to upload the image somewhere else (like imageshack) then just provide the link here.
I can't wait to see your entry and I hope some of you other people have time to enter as well. (this thread was buried so long I almost gave up hope on it!)

PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 6:11 pm
by ChristianKitsune
hehe I have an idea...bwahhaa *cough*

*gets to work*

PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 6:54 pm
by uc pseudonym
I've never had a thing to do with these contests, but I'm the first person to notice. Have I moved this to the right place?

PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 7:37 pm
by Esoteric
uc pseudonym wrote:I've never had a thing to do with these contests, but I'm the first person to notice. Have I moved this to the right place?

Normally the contests are moved here...

But as Eeyore would say, "Thanks for noticin' me." ;)

PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 9:14 pm
by Mangafanatic
Um, yeah, I moved it again. Someone, please, strike me with a daisy if it belongs in the art contest submission forum where UC put it. I think we're both stabbing out in the dark here. :lol:

PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 12:01 am
by ChristianKitsune
XD here is my entry!!

whenever I think of protective gear I think of being inside a bubble where no one can harm you, and no germs can get in. XD

So I created this little guy today.

His name is Gulliver. And he is a germaphobe piglet. He is so scared of getting sick or dirty. He won't touch slop, and he sticks to a very healthy diet of vegetables and fruit.

His two best friends, Gus and Beth are worried about him. But they know that's just who he is. They love mud, even if Gulliver doesnt.

So yeah! XD I had fun with this...Taking a filthy animal and making it scared of dirt and stuff..

now I want to write a story about him XD

PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 6:39 am
by Esoteric
A bubble? What a very cool idea! Right on, excellent entry, Kit-chan.

PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 10:46 am
by Etoh*the*Greato
Alright! I couldn't upload to here so I put it on my Deviant Art like I was going to anyway. Yes, this is an original character, no he does not come from an original world. This is an artistic take on my Bloodelf from WoW back when I played. As the comment on the page says, all the armor, weaponry, etc, is original drawn fresh from my steaming brain. ^-^
This guy is a Paladin for the Bloodelves, captain of the Bloodguard an exploratory force seeking out enemies of his people.

PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 5:34 pm
by Esoteric
Very cool art style, Etoh! I especially love the atmospheric effects in the picture--they came out wonderfully. Nice entry!

PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 8:42 pm
by Etoh*the*Greato
Thankyou! I'm still figuring it all out, but I'd say I'm coming along. ^-^

PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2007 5:31 pm
by Shao Feng-Li
There is no back ground, I know XD

Gideon has served years as the Emperor's personal guard and his loyalty to the royal family runs deep.

PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2007 5:54 pm
by Esoteric
Holy cow, Shao! XD That's an awesome entry, even without a background.

PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2007 6:15 pm
by Shao Feng-Li
Trust me, a real background would cause me to loose points XD

PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2007 12:09 pm
by ChristianKitsune
tee hee...
Shao wins!!! I lose. XD

PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 2:38 am
by soul alive
CK - adorable entry. Clever take on the concept. The piggy is just too cute. *pinches its cheeks*

Etoh - Awesome design, I like all the little details, especially the scales/chains in his armor.

Shao - Wow - I like his design, especially the armor and weaponry, a lot. Lovely coloring, too.


So I didn't have time to do a whole new drawing, but I did put a more involved background on a previous drawing that I still had a pretty high-res character art for. The background is a vectored screenshot from Gladiator, ran through filters.


Character Description:

Name: Azriel (means 'God's Help' in Hebrew)
Personality: Commanding and stern, but kind.
Rank: Azriel is a Power (rank of Governor Angel), serves under Michael, commands a legion of angels (I will refer to Azriel as 'he', as that is the appearance he takes when in human form)

Fiercely loyal, and a good strategist and leader, Azriel was placed near the top of the chain of command of the army of the angelic host. Being on the front lines for much of the spiritual warfare throughout the centuries, he gained much first-hand experience with mankind, good and bad.

His present mission is to lead a small skeleton team of other angelic soldiers, their purpose to infiltrate the demonic hordes that have overrun a civilization of humans, in Roman times. The team is to gather humans aware, or soon to be aware, of the situation, and help prepare them for a battle for freedom. Reinforcements from the angelic host wait for word on the situation.

In order to blend in with their current surroundings, Azriel and other members of his team wear armor and garbs of the Roman civilization. Azriel himself wears lorica segmentata over his torso, and a kilt of plated leather. His usual plumed helmet and wrist guards have yet to be put on.


:edit: Azriel is a character who will be appearing in my webcomic, A Cruce Salus. The background blurb was TOUGH to write, as anything more involved would be huge spoilers for the story. Gah! I even hesitated to put that much down.
... no, I don't hoard my story plans... *glances away quickly*

PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 6:46 am
by Esoteric
Verrrry cool, soul alive, so glad you could enter!

A very nice bio too. I think most people like hide their story plans...I know I do! ;)

PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 8:28 pm
by Dante
Sees incredibly scary (In a good way) art realizes times about to run out... gives up :P. Those are some AWESOME character designs guys! Great job!

PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 11:17 pm
by soul alive
*pokes Pascal* Don't give up! We'd love to see another of your awesomely wild and crazy entries.

PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 9:45 am
by Dante
To be honest the real reason is because I've been so busy lately with Nations and States and what not... I did create two drawings this month, but neither are applicable to this contest.

PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 12:36 pm
by Aileen Kailum
Cool entries, everyone!

I've actually managed to come up with a solid idea... but I need to buckle down and draw the picture... I still have time!

PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2007 10:11 am
by Dai-go
Alrighty. After a few long days of hard work:hits_self! (and fustration :dizzy: ) here it is:
:P First time entry! ^_^

Elior is a character for a project I'm working on in the Legend of Basiliea series, whch is a historical-fiction-fantasy series taking from both fact and myth.
I've only got about 8 character backstories written out, and have a plot outline of what I'm going for.
Comic Mini-series are awesome ^__^;; But this'll be more like a quazi-mini-series. 15 issues probably. XD

Gah well. Bio time.

Name: Elior
Age: 14
Class: Soldier
Elior is a young Basilian child, born Amit, of 14 who lives with his widowed mother. The two take on a job at a local tavern in the city which they barely get by. His original name was changed when he recived the recently excavated stone called Ebenezer. After his run-in with an adventurer named Ehrd, he came into posession of the stone. When the seal over the stone was broken, it "sucked" itself into Amit's hand and became bound to his hand what seems like indefinitely. Afterwards, an entity who was bound to the stone named Alter promptly introduced himself and renamed the boy Elior. Because of Alter's presence, Elior now has a hightened sense of the world around him, which would frighten those who saw spirits everwhere, yet he remains comforted.

---Artistic Info---
Yeah, no background. XD I suck at backgrounds royally, so I'll practice...just not on this.
Used Photoshop Elements 3.0, and I fell in love with gradients. *_* After the initial character was done, I ended up putting random styles and effects on the right hand. After that, I posted it up on Deviant Art, but looked at the left finger, decided it was lonly, and I gave it a friend. :P

WHOOT! Done!

Now I can't wait to see Aileen's and Pascal's work. :jump:

PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2007 12:45 pm
by ChristianKitsune
DaiGo I love your style! D:

PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2007 12:56 pm
by Jingo Jaden
Wooohoo, quite a few awesome designs this time as well. Soon this month is over :)

PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2007 1:20 pm
by soul alive
Go, Aileen, go!
heh - it's okay Pascal, I was just giving you a hard time - hopefully you'll have time to participate next month.

And awesome entry Dai-go. You have a great art style.