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Challenge #39: Dragons & Dragonriders
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OPEN SUBMISSION DAY AND DEADLINE
Open submissions will be from March 7th, 2018 until the deadline of April 2nd 2018 at 11:59pm (GMT + 0:00) Dublin Time (Please don't forget the +1 hour Daylight Saving Time, used in Europe from April to October). All the artworks for the challenge will be carefully reviewed by the Character Design References team.
''Long time ago, in a distant land forgotten in time, a old dragon appeared in the sky. His name was Alghar and he was the largest and the most cruel dragon that men had ever seen. With only the sheer power of his size, strength and burning breath, he single handedly destroyed many of the villages and cities of the realms of the men. In that dark time, only an handful of fearless warriors were able to oppose this unstoppable and deadly force, the mighty Dragonriders! Courageous men and women with a mysterious past, that were able to tame dragons and ultimately use the same ancestral power...''
We invite all artists to unleash their creativity and design a fearless Dragonrider or a Dragon (or both!)!
- Focus and design only 1 main character.
- Your character can be of any gender, race and age.
- Your main character can be a Dragon or a Dragonrider. You can include both in your design, just make sure that your entry includes 1 full figure (the Dragon or the Dragonrider).
- You can design a Dragonrider without a dragon, make sure your design shows enough elements that connects to the theme or your artwork will not be accepted.
- Your character can be an half-human/half-dragon creature.
- The theme already offers many awesome characters to explore, but if you really want, your character can be from alternative time (a futuristic cyborg Dragonrider from the 24th century, a victorian Dragonrider in the foggy London..) but BE VERY CAREFUL! Make sure your design shows enough elements that connects to the theme or your artwork will not be accepted.
- Your character can be an hero or a villain.
- Feel free to explore the rich folklore of the many cultures in which Dragons appear. Make sure to do your research right and feel free to look up online for references and info. Start by checking out the Wikipedia page about it HERE
- If your character has a sidekick, please make sure we can clearly see who is the main character and who is his/her sidekick otherwise your artwork will be considered as a line up of characters based on the same archetype, which is against the rules.
- Despite the number of additional characters, the focus of your design must be a single character. If it's unclear who is the main character of your design, your submission will not be approved.
- Infants and children can be considered sidekicks only if your main character is an adult. If you are confused about this rule, please don't take any risk and include only a single character based on the theme in your work.
- Your character can drive a vehicle or ride a creature
- Your design can be created in any style and for many hypothetical purposes. For example, your artwork could be a character study created for an animated 2D, 3D, stop-motion, live action movie or for a mobile app and a video game (these are ''model sheet entries'', which are by definition, what is considered proper character design in the animation, game and movie industry). Your artwork can also be the illustration of a character for the cover page of a novel, a pen & paper role-playing game, a tabletop game, an art book, comic book or a children book (these are ''illustrative entries'', which are welcomed in the group even if they are not proper character design), and it can also be a design for a t-shirt, a brand or a sport team (these are ''mascot entries'' which are also acceptable as submissions in the group). Whatever is the type of artwork you decide to submit in the group (model sheet entry, illustrative entry or mascot entry), please make sure avoid to draw or paint any complicated, distracting and overly detailed background.
- 3D submission can be posted ONLY as additional entries, please READ THE RULES before posting.
- As usual, anthropomorphic animal versions of your character are more than welcome.
✔ GOOD A Dragonrider riding his pet Dragon ( 1 character + 1 sidekick).
✔ GOOD '70's Easy Rider' Dragonrider riding his dragon ( 1 character + vehicle).
✔ GOOD A Dragon mum with her two children ( 1 character + 2 sidekick).
✔ GOOD Giant Mecha-Dragon with 2 pilots on his shoulders ( 1 character + 2 sidekicks).
✔ GOOD 'Prog-rock' Dragon playing his electric guitar.
✔ GOOD An anthropomorphic-fox Dragonrider
✘ NOT GOOD Two dragonriders fighting each other ( 2 characters based on the theme).
✘ NOT GOOD Two dragons dancing ( 2 characters based on the theme).
✘ NOT GOOD A dragon that doesn't look like one at all ( theme unrecognisable).
✘ NOT GOOD Queen and King Dragon getting married (2 characters based on the theme).
The Challenge Rewards are the official prizes of the Character Design Challenge! Each reward contains some of the best resources for illustrators and visual development artists available online today, and also two of the most interesting, original and well crafted graphic novels crowd-funded in the last years!
The Challenge Rewards are presented by: CtrlPaint, Masters of Anatomy, 21 Draw, Tatai Lab, Spaceman Project! A huge thanks to all of these awesome companies for being part of the CDChallenge journey!
The prizes for this month are:
- Concept Art Starter Kit & Digital Painting Starter Kit (video-tutorials lessons)
- Digital Painting Starter Kit (video-tutorials lessons)
- Lùmina & Lùmina 2 (graphic novel)
- Nima (graphic novel)
- Character Design Masterclass & Anatomy in Action (2 artbooks)
- 21Draw: Book One & Illustrator's Guidebook (2 artbooks)
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Character Design Quarterly
This challenge is presented and brought to you by Character Design Quarterly, the Official Partner of CDChallenge!
Character Design Quarterly (CDQ) is an exciting new print magazine for illustrators, artists, animators and character art enthusiasts. Releasing four times a year, the magazine will offer inspirational and educational articles, tutorials and interviews from top industry professionals specifically geared to helping artists hone their character design skills. This unique, engaging magazine will provide a regular stream of insider knowledge and illuminating advice from experienced professionals and freelancers to help artists of all skill levels improve their workflow and designs. New issues will be released at regular three-month intervals in September, December, March and June. Subscriptions are available now!