Winners of the “Gladiators” Challenge

Congratulations to Gary Vazeille, Baldi Konijn‎, Amadeus Waltenspühl‎ and to Younhyung Roger Kuthe Special Guest Juror’s Choices this month! Thank you so much to ALL the artists of our community who have submitted their work for this challenge, to Brian Ajhar for accepting to be our juror this month, and to Character Design Quarterly, the official partner of the CDChallenge, which makes this project possible.

Special Guest Juror's Message

I have been honored to be the Guest Juror of the Character Design Challenge this month.

There were over a thousand entries submitted for the "Gladiator" theme. I loved the variety of designs and wished there would have been 50 first place awards given to all the deserving and talented artists. I struggled greatly to narrow down the 1000 plus designs to 100, then 50. When I got to 30 and then 15, I finally began to look deeper at the characters personality and how it defines them as a gladiator.

While studying the characters I began seeing the attitudes and gesture of each and the stronger designs began to make me wonder about the story behind the characters personality. The final 10 in my group had a very strong story element that began to separate from the others. Congratulations to all the winners and to everyone who participated in the "Gladiator" Challenge.

This experience was energetic, competitive and awe-inspiring and seeing all of the extreme talent out there was truly humbling. Bravo to you all for a great job and congrats to my choice Younhyung Roger Ku‎ for his great character!

- Brian Ajhar


Character Design Quarterly

This challenge is presented 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!