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Challenge #57: Elf Warrior
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OPEN SUBMISSION DAY AND DEADLINE
Open submissions will be from September 7th, 2019 until the deadline of October 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.
''These are desperate times. From the bottomless shadows of the Great Gorge of Murghog, the Lords of Darkness have awakened. They are demons of the Ancient World, evil spirits that relentlessly seek to bring terror, destruction, and despair whatever they lay their cruel eyes upon. With their ancient sorcery, they have cursed the land and corrupted its people, and are now gathering their armies of murderous beasts to launch their final attack to their last opponents, the Realms of Elves. There's only one last chance to bring the war to an end, the prophecy says that only four heroic Elves can find the Lost Talisman of the Imperishable Light and cast the evil lords away from the world, forever...’’
We invite all artists to unleash their creativity and design their unique vision of an Elf Warrior!
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 Cyborg Elf Warrior from the the 25th century, a psychedelic Hippie Elf 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, 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 Elves in folklore and modern fantasy literature. Make sure to do your research extensively and don't forget to look up online for references and info. From the familiar Elves of the Tolkienian high fantasy lore and the impish beings of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, to the Sidhe of the Irish mythology and the Dark Elves of Old Norse one, you can find plenty of inspiration to create your character. 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, but make sure the Elvish side is clearly visible. If you are not sure if your character would be considered an Elf, just stick to a classic humanoid version.
✔ GOOD A teenage Elf Warrior with her Griffin pet ( 1 character + 1 sidekick).
✔ GOOD Old Elf Master Swordsman riding on his unicorn ( 1 character + vehicle).
✔ GOOD An Elf Warrior mom with her two children ( 1 character + 2 sidekick).
✔ GOOD Giant wooden Mecha-Elf with 2 small elf pilots on his shoulders ( 1 character + 2 sidekicks).
✔ GOOD A punk-rock bard Elf Warrior, playing his electric lute.
✔ GOOD An anthropomorphic Elf cat warrior (but it’s a tricky choice, check the guidelines above)
✘ NOT GOOD Two Elf Warriors confronting each other in a duel ( 2 characters based on the theme).
✘ NOT GOOD Two Elf Warriors, dancing together ( 2 characters based on the theme).
✘ NOT GOOD An Elf Warrior character that doesn't look like one at all ( theme unrecognisable).
✘ NOT GOOD Two Elf Warriors getting married (2 characters based on the theme).
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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!