Congratulations to Justin Chan, Rodrigo Alexandrino, Luigi Lucarelli and to Flora Dreer the 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 Lorenzo Etherington 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
Guys, it has been so wonderful to look through all your amazing work.
I could see that every one of you had put time and effort and most importantly thought into your designs, and their execution. The range of ideas on display was incredible, reinforcing my core belief that your imagination, and how you express it, is the truest form of individuality. No two designs were the same, no two styles were the same, all of your personalities shone through in your illustrations, so THANK YOU! I chose Flore Deer as my winning entry, because her design had style, attitude, personality, and humour, as well as being executed in a bold, confident, expressive style. Despite the seeming simplicity of the design, she's used props and detailing to give context and story - it's impossible to look at her character without beginning to imagine voice, movement, character etc. This is the FUNDAMENTAL function of character design - to tell a story though your concept. Well done, Flora, beautiful work!
I also want to give an honourable mention to three more designs that I loved, and which I feel deserve a special shoutout: Arnaud de Vivies (the beautiful line style and fluid motion absolutely blew me away) Julien Juh Girardy (had the most 'eye-wateringly' classy use of colour in his beautifully composed piece), and finally Tom Hänni (he's showed deft use of shape and storytelling devices to conjure a tiny world within just two characters in three-colour wonder). You can find these beautiful artworks in the first line of the 'Special Mentions' below.
Character Design Quarterly
This challenge is presented by Character Design Quarterly, the Official Partner of CDChallenge.
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