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Challenge #49: Mouse Warrior
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OPEN SUBMISSION DAY AND DEADLINE
Open submissions will be from January 7th, 2019 until the deadline of February 2nd 2019 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.
''The little Kingdom of Rattendale has been attacked by their most bloodthirsty foe, the cruel Horde of Ferrets, monsters capable to break in, destroy their underground cities and feast on the flash of their babies. In this desperate time all the mouses from the kingdom are arming themselves to protect their families and fight back these cruel invaders. Join the call for freedom! War has come to our doors and we need you NOW!’’
We invite all artists to unleash their creativity and design their unique vision of a Mouse Warrior!
Make sure to read ALL the main Rules of the CDChallenge.
Focus and design only 1 main character.
Your character can be of any gender, race (of rodents) and age.
You can base your design on a fictional or a historical character.
The theme offers many awesome characters to explore, but if you want your character can be from an alternative time (a futuristic Mouse Cyborg from the 25th century, a Hippie guerilla fighter from the 60’s.. ) but BE VERY CAREFUL! Make sure your design shows enough elements that connects to the theme or your artwork will not be accepted. We want the key elements for this theme to be clear and recognisable, and not twisted in a way that makes it unintelligible.
If you want, your character can be a hero, an anti-hero or a villain.
Feel free to explore the natural history of the rodents world. Make sure to do your research extensively and don't forget to look up online for references and info. Start by checking out these Wikipedia pages HERE and 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.
Anthropomorphic animal versions of your character are obviously more than welcome.
✔ GOOD Mouse Musketeer with his Beetle pet ( 1 character + 1 sidekick).
✔ GOOD Old Rat Warlock riding a battle-squirrel ( 1 character + vehicle).
✔ GOOD A Mouse Pirate mom with her two children ( 1 character + 2 sidekick).
✔ GOOD Giant Mecha-Chinchilla with 2 pilots on his shoulders ( 1 character + 2 sidekicks).
✔ GOOD A blind Mouse Samurai
✔ GOOD A fearless Barbarian Beaver
✘ NOT GOOD Two mouses fighting each other in a duel ( 2 characters based on the theme).
✘ NOT GOOD Two mouses dancing ( 2 characters based on the theme).
✘ NOT GOOD A mouse warrior that doesn't look like one at all ( theme unrecognisable).
✘ NOT GOOD Two mouses 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: The Artbook (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
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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!