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Challenge #55: HAWAIIAN DANCER
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OPEN SUBMISSION DAY AND DEADLINE
Open submissions will be from July 7th, 2019 until the deadline of August 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.
''This year you are all invited to the Merrie Monarch Festival! A weeklong celebration of Hawaiian Hula, the traditional dance of the proud Hawaiian people. The festival brings aficionados of this dance form from far and wide to the beautiful island of Hilo. But this year festival is no an ordinary one, from beneath the sea waves and from above the skies, the ancestral Hawaiian gods are disguising themselves as mortals to join the celebrations...’’
We invite all artists to unleash their creativity and design their unique vision of a Hawaiian dancer!
Make sure to read ALL the main Rules of the CDChallenge.
Focus on the design of only 1 main character.
Your character can be of any gender, race and age.
You can base your design on a fictional or historical character/creature.
The theme offers many awesome characters to explore, and if you want your character can be from an alternative time (a futuristic Hawaiian dancing-cyborg from the the 25th century, a psychedelic Hippie dancer from the 60’s, etc.. ) 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 (colours, patterns, etc.), 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 rich history of the Hawaiian people and the Hula dance. 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, 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.
The Official Brief for the Theme of the Month (the short story written in the paragraph above), it’s provided for inspirational porpoise only. It’s therefore not mandatory to follow it, and your character can be based on your own personal idea, as long as its stay true to the title of the Theme of the Month.
3D submission can be posted ONLY as additional entries, please READ THE RULES before posting.
Anthropomorphic animal versions of your character are more than welcome.
✔ GOOD A Hawaiian Dancer with her green sea turtle pet ( 1 character + 1 sidekick).
✔ GOOD Old Hawaiian Hula master dancing while riding on his surfboard ( 1 character + vehicle).
✔ GOOD A Hawaiian Dancer mom with her two children ( 1 character + 2 sidekick).
✔ GOOD Giant Mecha-Hawaiian Dancer with 2 small pilots on her shoulders ( 1 character + 2 sidekicks).
✔ GOOD A prog-rock Hula musician, playing his Ipu heke.
✔ GOOD An anthropomorphic Humpback Whale Hula dancer
✘ NOT GOOD Two Hawaiian Dancers confronting each other in a duel ( 2 characters based on the theme).
✘ NOT GOOD Two Hawaiian Dancers, dancing together ( 2 characters based on the theme).
✘ NOT GOOD A Hawaiian Dancer character that doesn't look like one at all ( theme unrecognisable).
✘ NOT GOOD Two Hawaiian Dancers getting married (2 characters based on the theme).
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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!