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Challenge #53: The Neverending Story
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OPEN SUBMISSION DAY AND DEADLINE
Open submissions will be from May 7th, 2019 until the deadline of June 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.
''On his way to school, Bastian ducks into a bookstore to avoid bullies. Sneaking away with a book called ‘The Neverending Story’, Bastian begins reading it in the school attic. The novel is about Fantasia, a fantasy land threatened by "The Nothing," a darkness that destroys everything it touches. The kingdom needs the help of a human child to survive. When Bastian reads a description of himself in the book, he begins to wonder if Fantasia is real and needs him to survive...’’
We invite all artists to unleash their creativity and re-design (or create fan art) of one the characters of the Neverending Story franchise!
Special Fanart/Redesign Challenge Guidelines
This is a Fan Art / Redesign challenge. In these special challenges it's not allowed to mix your character with another one from a different franchise, movie, book or festivity (no Atreyu-Iron Man, no Bastian-Goku, no Wolverine-Morla, no Falkor-Santa Claus, no Childlike Empress-Easter Bunny, etc.).
No original characters, ONLY designs based on existing characters from the Neverending Story franchise.
No mash-ups of original characters (no Half Falkor / Half Morla, and so on).
Your character can be based on ANY official character from the Neverending Story franchise (books, novels, movies, cartoons, etc.). If it’s not a well known one, please provide info about this character in your post
Gender-swap or race-swap is welcome (Female Falkor, Asian Bastian, etc.)
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 and age.
You cannot base your design on a fictional or historical character/creature from another franchise.
The theme offers many awesome characters to explore, and if you want your character can be from an alternative time (a futuristic Atreyu mutant-cyborg from the post-nuclear war of the 25th century, a psychedelic Hippie-Falkor 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 lore of the Neverending Story. 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 (character list), and also other pages about the movies and the book HERE and HERE.
The 2 Gatekeepers Sphinxes of Great Riddle Gate can be portrayed together even without focusing on one of them. This is an exception to the ‘one single main character rule’.
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 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 obviously more than welcome.
Here’s a list of some of the characters from the Neverending Story, included here as an inspiration for the artists who might not be particularly familiar with the franchise. Click on any of the names below to be redirected to the Wikipedia page that describes them:
✔ GOOD A Bastian as a teen with his Luckdragon cub pet ( 1 character + 1 sidekick).
✔ GOOD Old Gluckuk riding his racing snail ( 1 character + vehicle).
✔ GOOD The Princess of the Spook City with her two children ( 1 character + 2 sidekick).
✔ GOOD Giant Mecha-Falkor with 2 small pilots on his shoulders ( 1 character + 2 sidekicks).
✔ GOOD Querquobad, the Silver Sage as a prog-rock musician playing his silver guitar.
✔ GOOD An anthropomorphic-fox Atreyu
✘ NOT GOOD Gmork and Grograman fighting each other in a duel ( 2 characters based on the theme).
✘ NOT GOOD The Childlike Empress and Xayide dancing ( 2 characters based on the theme).
✘ NOT GOOD A Neverending Story character that doesn't look like one at all ( theme unrecognisable).
✘ NOT GOOD Engywook and Urgl 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)
Brigada: Omnibus ( 3 books in 1, delivery starting from July 2020 )
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!