The Character Design Challenge (CDChallenge) is an international community of artists who gather once a month to share their unique design of characters, based on a common theme. Artists of all skill levels and styles are welcome to participate and submit their work in our Facebook group, where everyone is invited to share the links to promote their blogs, online stores and Patreon pages along with their creations.  A new theme is announced at the beginning of each month. The CDChallenge is run by Character Design References™ (CDR), a webzine dedicated to sequential, illustrative and concept art from animation, games, comics. 



Why Should I join the Character Design Challenge?

The CDChallenge makes you build your portfolio with a community of artists from all over the world and gives you the chance to contribute, with your unique touch, to a collective and fun character design project. 

When you participate to the CDChallenge, you also have the opportunity to show your design to a pro artist invited by us every month, the Special Guest Juror (read more below).

If your goal is to promote your work and build a following of fans online, but also get out of your comfort zone, challenge yourself, make new friends and build your portfolio with other artists who share the same passion, you've come to the right place.

how much commitment does IT require to participate?

Participating to the Character Design Challenge is very easy and doesn't require too much commitment. To let everyone find the time to join the challenge, we ask each artist to submit only a single artwork during a time period of 25 days. By doing so, we hope that any artist who likes this project, despite work or study obligations, will be able to participate without worrying about getting involved in something that requires too much time or commitment.

Do I have to submit a design every month?

Absolutely not! You are not required to submit a design for every challenge. Feel free to join in, take a break and participate again whenever you want. 


Every day we invite hundreds of our followers from Facebook, Pinterest and Tumblr to visit the CDChallenge group where the members can share the links to their websites and online stores. The group is one of the largest on Facebook, with thousands of members and hundreds of new artists joining us every day. 


No, your design for the Character Design Challenge must be based on the “Theme of the Month”.

What is the “Theme of the month”?

Every 7th day of the month we share a new theme with the members of our community. All the designs submitted in the group must be based on this common subject. The “Theme of the Month” last for 25 days and it usually ends the 2nd day of the following month at midnight. All the details for the current theme can always be found HERE

Are there any rules? WHere can I find them?

Yes. You can read all the rules for the Character Design Challenge HERE


Once that you know the rules and you read all the details about the new theme, you can finally become a member! Visit the membership page HERE

Do my artworks need to be approved?

Yes, we check each artwork submitted to the Character Design Challenge. We do this in order to avoid spam and make sure that everyone has read the rules. A design can take up to 24hrs to be approved, so please be patient.

Is there any prize?

Yes. The ''Challenge Rewards'', the prizes for the Character Design Challenge, will be announced very soon in our social pages. Stay Tuned!

Who are the “winners of the Character Design Challenge”?

To make everything more exciting and to give your work even more visibility, every month 3 artworks are picked by our team from a selection of designs that (in our opinion) represent the most well crafted submissions of the latest challenge. The designs of the Winners of the Character Design Challenge are featured on our website and shared with our followers on all our social pages (a potential audience of over 500.000 artists, animation fans and art enthusiasts). You can see the artworks of all the previous Winners of the Character Design Challenge HERE

What is the “Special Guest Juror's Choice”?

The Special Guest Juror's Choice is an artwork selected directly by a veteran artist invited by our team every month to choose his/her favourite design as an extra winner for the Character Design Challenge. If you wish to know who is the Special Guest Juror for this month, or if you would like to know the names of all the artists who have kindly accepted our invitation in the past, please visit the page dedicated to the themes and jurors of the CDChallenge HERE.

how about the artworks? Who owns them?

All artwork remains the sole property of the artists and we claim no ownership of the material submitted for the challenge. We only repost some of the most popular works submitted each month to our Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest pages to promote the work of the community as a whole. It is understood that all artwork submitted to the Character Design Challenge can potentially be reposted on our pages with the consent of the artist. 

The Facebook group, where the submission process takes place, has the privacy set to PUBLIC to let any visitor discover the artists of this community, admire their designs, find the links to their Blogs and Facebook pages and become a potential client or follower of the artist. 

Artists who do not wish for their work to be featured and promoted on the CDR pages can still be members of the group, but obviously are invited not to post their designs in it.


Character Design References™ is not responsible for any copyright infringement on part of the individual artists, our intent is merely to inspire others to create original works based on a theme. For questions regarding specific pieces of artwork please follow the links in the caption of the posted work or contact the Facebook profile associated with it.
The Character Design Challenge is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

Artists participating in the Character Design Challenge must be at least 18 years old (or the age of majority in your respective jurisdiction), be a member of the Character Design Challenge group.