This is a list of all the previous themes for the Character Design Challenge and all the artists who have kindly accepted to be our Special Guest Jurors. Please remember that only artworks based on our current theme can be posted in our Facebook group.


challenge #22: Vampires

Our twenty-second Character Design Challenge started on the 7th of October 2016, the deadline was the 2nd of November 2016. The artists of our community were invited to design their unique vision of a Vampire. To judge the design submitted during the month we had the honour of having as our Special Guest Juror Robert Sammelin

BRIEF ''It's the night of Halloween. A macabre group silently walks through the streets of Prague crowded by thousands of tourists and locals. They are the last Vampires, the Children of the Night, members of an ancient race of blood-thirsty undead. They all have responded to the invitation for the annual Banquet of Hecate, the Queen of the Damned, the oldest of their kind. One hundred virgins were abducted to become the main-course of this bloody celebration. But not so far away, in a secret chamber of Vatican City, the ancient Secret Order of the Vampire Hunters has been summoned by the Pope to put a stop to this massacre...''

 

challenge #21: Centaurs

Our twenty-first Character Design Challenge started on the 7th of September 2016, the deadline was the 2nd of October 2016. The artists of our community were invited to design their unique vision of a Centaur. To judge the design submitted during the month we had the honour of having as our Special Guest Juror Stephen Silver

BRIEF ''Far away, in a mysterious and forgotten land, lives a race of mythical creatures: the Centaurs. The capital of their kingdom, the Forest of Thessaly, is ruled by the laws of their wise king Chiron. Under his guidance the Centaurs have lived for many years a peaceful and happy life but recently two young rebels, Pholos and Nessos, are treating this lifestyle. They want to bring back their people on a war-path against their ancient enemies: mankind...''

 

challenge #20: Aviator

Our twentieth Character Design Challenge started on the 7th of August 2016, the deadline was the 2nd of September 2016. The artists of our community were invited to design their unique vision of an Aviator. To judge the design submitted during the month we had the honour of having as our Special Guest Juror Anthony Holden

BRIEF  '''Once again, it's War. The neighbouring nation has broken the long peace treaty that lasted for over 30 years. On the ground, the civilian casualties are endless, the enemy didn't respect the old martial laws and right now entire towns are burned and razed by the merciless bombardment. A brave aviator will get on board his airplane to defend his homeland: a hero of the skies has risen, and a new legend is born...''

 

challenge #19: Samurai and Geisha

Our nineteenth Character Design Challenge started on the 7th of July 2016, the deadline was the 2nd of August 2016. The artists of our community were invited to design their unique vision of a Samurai or a Geisha. To judge the design submitted during the month we had the honour of having as our Special Guest Juror Meg Park

BRIEF  ''This is a story of loyalty, sacrifice, persistence, and honour. A samurai is on a journey to rescue the lovely Sudo Magodo, a geisha who has been kidnapped from the palace of his daimyo Mashiro Tamigi, his feudal lord. His heartbroken master has promised to commit seppuku (the ritual Japanese suicide) if his beloved lover will not be returned to him. With the help of the chief guard of the palace and loyal friend Fatu Nakazata, the fearless samurai will resolve this once and for all by fighting the bandit and kidnapper Pokoto Pokoto and his evil henchmen to the death...''

 

challenge #18: Sailor Moon

Our eighteenth Character Design Challenge started on the 7th of June 2016, the deadline was the 2nd of July 2016.  The artists of our community were invited to re-design or create a fan-art of an existing character of the famous animated series Sailor Moon . To judge the design submitted during the month we had the honour of having as our Special Guest Juror Barbara Canepa.

BRIEF  ''In Minato, Tokyo, a middle-school student named Usagi Tsukino befriends Luna, a talking black cat that gives her a magical brooch enabling her to become Sailor Moon: a pretty guardian destined to save Earth from the forces of evil. Luna and Usagi assemble a team of fellow Sailor Guardians to find their princess and the Silver Crystal. They encounter the studious Ami Mizuno, who awakens as Sailor Mercury; Rei Hino, a local shrine maiden who awakens as Sailor Mars; Makoto Kino, a tall transfer student who awakens as Sailor Jupiter; and Minako Aino, a young aspiring idol who awakens as Sailor Venus, accompanied by her talking feline companion Artemis. Additionally, they encounter Mamoru Chiba, a high-school student who assists them on occasion as Tuxedo Mask...''

 

challenge #17: Mermaids and Mermen

Our seventeenth Character Design Challenge started on the 7th of May 2016, the deadline was the 2nd of June 2016.  The artists of our community were invited to design their unique vision of a mermaid or a merman. To judge the design submitted during the month the Special Guest Juror was Auguste Dupin, editor of CDR. 

BRIEF  ''20.000 leagues under the sea lies the mythical city of Atlantis. It's inhabitants are mysterious creatures know by the humans of the upper world as Mermaids and Mermen. Their daily routine goes from simple things such as fishing, raising their children and play water polo, to more risky and dangerous endeavours like defending their beloved city from gruesome sea-monsters and intrusive expeditions of human beings..''


challenge #16: Heavy Metal

Our sixteenth Character Design Challenge started on the 7th of April 2016, the deadline was the 2nd of May 2016.  The artists of our community were invited to design their unique vision of a ruthless Heavy Metal musician. To judge the design submitted during the month we had the honour of having as our Special Guest Juror T-Wei

BRIEF  ''The Wembley Stadium this year will host a one-of-a-kind show: ''A Song of Blood and Fire Festival!'', an unmissable 3 days concert dedicated to all the metal fans around the globe. The mightiest bands and musicians will take part of this incredible event and your character.. will be one of them!''

 

challenge #15: Legend Of Zelda

Our fifthteenth Character Design Challenge started on the 7th of March 2016, the deadline was the 2nd of April 2016.  The artists of our community were invited to redesign or create a fanart of an existing character of the famous video game franchise Legend Of Zelda. To judge the design submitted during the month we had the honour of having as our Special Guest Juror Enrique Fernández

BRIEF  ''A small kingdom in the land of Hyrule is engulfed in chaos after an army led by Ganon, the Prince of Darkness, invaded it and stole the Triforce of Power, a part of a magical artifact bestowing great strength. In an attempt to prevent Ganon from acquiring the Triforce of Wisdom, another of the pieces, Princess Zelda splits it and hides the eight fragments in secret dungeons throughout the land. Before being kidnapped by Ganon's henchmen, Zelda commands her nursemaid Impa to find someone courageous enough to save the kingdom. While wandering the land, the old woman is surrounded by Ganon's henchmen, though a young boy named Link appears and rescues her. After hearing Impa's plea, he resolves to save Zelda and sets out to reassemble the scattered fragments of the Triforce of Wisdom, to become powerful enough to defeat Ganon..''

 

challenge #14: Vikings

Our fourteenth Character Design Challenge started on the 7th of February 2016, the deadline was the 2nd of March 2016.  The artists of our community were invited to design their unique vision of a Viking warrior. To judge the design submitted during the month we had the honour of having as our Special Guest Juror Denis Zilber

BRIEF  ''The remote village of Almdalir is one of the legendary harbours of a fearless breed of warriors and sailors: the Vikings! From this spot, its inhabitants sail the cold Northern Sea towards the unknown. The ones who make it back home bring with them stories of terrifying encounters with dragons, giants, gods and abominable sea monsters..''

 

challenge #13: Roller Derby

Our thirteenth Character Design Challenge started on the 7th of January 2016, the deadline was the 2nd of February 2016.  The artists of our community were invited to design their unique vision of a roller derby skater. To judge the design submitted during the month we had the honour of having as our Special Guest Juror the talented husband and wife animation artists Griz and Norm


BRIEF  ''New York City this year is hosting the Ultimate Roller Derby Tournament, the most important event for any roller skater. The greatest teams from all over the world are gathering to the Big Apple with one single goal: become the next Roller Derby World Champion. They will fight, they will push the limit.. and they're not gonna stop there!''

 

challenge #12: Shaolin Monk

Our twelfth Character Design Challenge started on the 7th of December 2015, the deadline was the 2nd of January 2016.  The artists of our community were invited to design their unique vision of a shaolin monk. To judge the design submitted during the month we had the honour of having as our Special Guest Juror Nicolas Weis

BRIEF  ''The temple bells toll as the monks kneel in the pillared inner sanctum and bow before the great altar of the Golden Buddha, before which sits the Abbot of Shaolin. This year he will reveal to his students the secrets of the ''Bak Mei 白眉 Kung Fu'', a lethal martial art style. Only 4 novices will handle the rigours of training this fighting style, and to them will be revealed how to use the mysterious Genk Jak Ging, known as the ''sacred power'', an explosive and deadly martial art technique..''

 

challenge #11: Olympian gods

Our eleventh Character Design Challenge started on the 7th of November 2015, the deadline was the 2nd of December 2015.  The artists of our community were invited to design their unique vision of an Olympian God. To judge the design submitted during the month we had the honour of having as our Special Guest Juror Dean Heezen

BRIEF  ''We're on a journey to Mount Olympus to make our acquaintance with It's powerful residents: the Olympian Gods!''

 

challenge #10: dia de los muertos

Our tenth Character Design Challenge started on the 7th of October 2015, the deadline was the 2nd of November 2015.  The artists of our community were invited to design their unique vision of a celebrator of the Dia De Los Muertos. To judge the design submitted during the month we had the honour of having as our Special Guest Juror Borja Montoro


BRIEF  ''The people in a remote town in Mexico are celebrating the Dia de los Muertos, a national festivity that commemorate the lives of the deceased with food, drink, parties, and activities the dead enjoyed in life. Dia de los Muertos recognises death as a natural part of the human experience, a continuum with birth, childhood, and growing up to become a contributing member of the community. Some believe that this day the souls of the departed return to earth to visit with and to provide council or give advice to family and loved ones..''

 

challenge #9: Private detective

Our ninth Character Design Challenge started on the 7th of September 2015, the deadline was the 2nd of October 2015.  The artists of our community were invited to design their unique vision of a private detective. To judge the design submitted during the month we had the privilege of having as our Special Guest Juror Bobby Pontillas

BRIEF  ''An unusual crime has shocked the city last week. The body of a well known aristocrat, Lady Poppington, was found in her bedroom by her housemaid. Four other people were in the Poppington Mansion at the moment of her death: Philip the butler, George the Gardener, Miss Mimi the Housemaid and Mr. Boringburg, a guest of the victim: none of them heard or noticed anything unusual that night. The police didn't find any evidence at the crime scene that could lead to the killer nor did they find the murder weapon. The autopsy just revealed that the death was violent, but nothing more. Lord Poppington (the victim's husband) disappointed by the results of the police investigation, is personally getting in touch with the greatest private detectives to finally solve the mystery of his wife murder''

 

challenge #8: traveling circus

Our eighth Character Design Challenge started on the 7th of August 2015, the deadline was the 2nd of September 2015.  The artists of our community were invited to design their unique vision of a circus performer. To judge the design submitted during the month we had the honour of having as our Special Guest Juror Uwe Heidschötter

BRIEF  ''The Fantastic Travelling Circus of Madame de Balibari” finally stops in your town after an amazing tour around the globe. Talented and reckless performers, as well as some of the most exotic and dangerous creatures the world has ever known are part of this unmissable show''

 

challenge #7: master chef

Our seventh Character Design Challenge started on the 7th of July 2015, the deadline was the 2nd of August 2015.  The artists of our community were invited to design their unique vision of a chef. To judge the design submitted during the month we had the privilege of having as our Special Guest Juror Carlos Grangel

BRIEF  ''Pascal Mangionè, a veteran inspector of the famous guide ''Magnake Tepassa'' (the most influential and respected guide for bar and restaurants), is travelling all around the globe to decide who are the best 4 chefs of the year..''

 

challenge #6: post-apocalyptic survivor

Our sixth Character Design Challenge started on the 7th of June 2015, the deadline was the 2nd of July 2015.  The artists of our community were invited to design their unique vision of a post-apocalyptic survivor. To judge the design submitted during the month we had the honour of having as our Special Guest Juror Jeff Merghart

BRIEF ''Years afters World War III, the planet is a wasteland plagued by the destructive power of nuclear and chemical weapons, mutants, gangs of ruthless outlaws, zombies and crazy sentient machines. What's left of the human race are individuals ready for anything, fearless survivors.. ''

 

challenge #5: wizards & witches

Our fifth Character Design Challenge started on the 7th of May 2015, the deadline was the 2nd of June 2015.  The artists of our community were invited to design their unique vision of a wizard or a witch. To judge the design submitted during the month we had the privilege of having as our Special Guest Juror Loish

BRIEF  ''Every 100 years wizards and witches from all around the globe gather in a secret location of the city of London for a magic duel. The prophecy says that only to the most powerful sorcerer of the Earth will be revealed the mystery of the Nine Worlds, the sum magical knowledge.. ''

 

challenge #4: steampunk explorer

Our fourth Character Design Challenge started on the 7th of April 2015, the deadline was the 2nd of May 2015.  The artists of our community were invited to design their unique vision of a steampunk explorer. To judge the design submitted during the month we had the honour of having as our Special Guest Juror Rad Sechrist

BRIEF  ''In 1863, where an alternate nineteenth century Europe has made tremendous strides in steam-powered technologies, the scientists of Royal Engineer Society have succeeded in discovering the ''FogStone'' a pure mineral. They believe it can be harnessed to create as an ultimate power source for steam engines. However, the precious mineral seems to be located only in a remote (and seemingly inaccessible) corner of the world, so they decide to hire the most famous explorers of their time to find a secure path..''

 

challenge #3: gangsters

Our third Character Design Challenge started on the 7th of March 2015, the deadline was the 2nd of April 2015.  The artists of our community were invited to design their unique vision of a gangster. Auguste Dupin, editor of Character Design References, was the juror for this challenge.

BRIEF  ''A new gangster arrives in town and is determined to take down, one by one, the ruthless gangs of Al Chiappone, Paddy Malone and Feng Zhu, the most violent criminals of the city.. ''

 

challenge #2: jedi & sith

Our second Character Design Challenge started on the 7th of February 2015, the deadline was the 2nd of March 2015.  The artists of our community were invited to design their unique vision of a Jedi Knight or a Sith Lord. To judge the design submitted during the month we had the privilege of having as our Special Guest Juror Wouter Tulp

BRIEF  ''A long time ago in a galaxy far far away.. Over the planet Aquilae, a group of starfighters flew toward a distant speck. The speck gradually resolved into an immense space fortress, a planet-sized battle station called the Death Star.  The only person who knows how to destroy it, a young member of the Rebellion, is on board of one of the starfighters intercepted by the Empire. Four fearless Jedi Knights will try to save the prisoner, but to do so they will have to face a Sith Lord and its deadly henchmen.... ''


challenge #1: Pirates!

Our first Character Design Challenge started on the 7th of January 2015, the deadline was the 2nd of February 2015.  The artists of our community were invited to design their unique vision of a pirate. To judge the design submitted during the month we had the honour of having as our Special Guest Juror Uli Meyer

BRIEF  ''The map of the hidden treasure of the Captain One-Eyed Willie, the King of Pirates, has been found in Port Royal. Pirates from the 7 Seas are gathering in town to put their hands on the precious artefact..''