Archive for October 29th, 2011

2011 Challenger: Tanner Levine

| October 29, 2011 | 2 Comments

Hey team,

My name’s Tanner and this is my first time doing any of this. I’ve been really into fantasy writing all my life, and I recently decided it is what I want to do professionally once I get done with college. I haven’t done much, and this is my first time doing any sort of challenge, but I’m excited to be a part of it.

Can’t draw worth a damn, but I’m gonna write some overviews and sketches for my characters. Maybe if I’m feeling adventurous I’ll draw a couple. No laughing though.

2011 Challenger: Jon Hughes

| October 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

Hi all.  My name is Jon and I’m somewhat of a newbie artist.  I’ve been able to take some intro level classes at the university I work at and I started to work on comics in my free time.  As I need plenty of ‘excuses’ to draw every day, I figure this would be a perfect one.   My hope is that this will help improve my character design skills (which are all but non existent).

I also draw the webcomic ‘The Principal is an Alien‘, which is my primary ‘excuse’ to keep drawing.  It’s been a great learning experience and I think I’ve learned a lot as is.

I look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with.  Good luck all!




2011 Challenger: Terrell Rose

| October 29, 2011 | 0 Comments


Found out about this through iFanboy and figured I’d give it a shot. My brain seems to appreciate a deadline when I have to create, something I fell out of for the better part of two years now. I’m trying to get back into it, and I’m slowly building myself up to the level I used to be at. Practice makes perfect, and all that. I’m really excited about it though. Looking forward to seeing what everyone else pumps out as well.



2011 Challenger: Corrie Ferrell Jr

| October 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

Hello there.  Corrie here.

When it comes to art, I enjoy experimenting at times in order to figure out what works for me.  I like to use both traditional and digital media when I create my art.  I’m currently trying to improve my skills as an artist at the moment.

P.S.  You can find my artwork on my dA page.

2011 Challenger: Justin Teasley

| October 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

Whats up ppl. If it wasn’t for Marshall Couture, might would have had a peaceful November. But you can count me in. It will be interesting to see what everyone will come up with. Hopefully something with come out me also …. like drawings and images.








2011 Challenger: D.C. Stuelpner

| October 29, 2011 | 2 Comments

Ello, my name is D.C. Stuelpner and I draw…stuff.  You can check out my doodles at my blog, A Sketchy Situation, or at my DeviantArt page.

2011 Challenger: Diana Hurlburt

| October 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

Hello everyone! I just discovered the 30 Characters Challenge recently and am looking forward to participating this time around. I can’t draw to save my life, but I do write–short stories, mostly, but I’m hoping to develop some character concepts this month for a comic script.

Good luck to everyone! I can’t wait to see and read about your characters.

2011 Challenger: Xavier Smith

| October 29, 2011 | 6 Comments


I’m 6 years old and my dad already signed up for this (he’sMatthew D. Smith ). Whenever he’s drawing some for his comics, I sit at my small table next to him and work on my own characters. I even made some of my own little comics and sold them for 50 cents each at the last convention he did.

He thought it would be cool if we both did this challenge this year. I’ve already started working on some of my new characters. My dad scanned some of the drawings I’ve done of other characters to show you on this post. Here’s Megamind, Bartman, and two of the characters from my dad’s comic The Adventurers of Liberty City: Eclipse and Drill.

Thanks, Xavier!

2011 Challenger: Michael Nimmo

| October 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

What am I doing?

I really enjoy drawing  ‘old school’ – Paper, pens, pencils, markers…then I scan them and upload them.

I’ve dabbled with more serious art – darker looking, but it doesn’t work, so I’ve moved back to my more cartoony style!

Online I’m a comics blogger, specialising in digital comics – Android, iOS and Kindle mainly. That has really kicked off in the last 6-9 months and I’ve had to up my output!

You can find me over at 3 Million Years or on Twitter or Google+

What I’ve got in mind will vary, and I’m already getting suggestions from my son & daughter.

Expect weirdness?!

I don't know where I was going with this....


2011 Challenger: Don Garvey

| October 29, 2011 | 0 Comments
Greetings!  My name is Don Garvey, and this is my first 30 Characters Challenge.  I’m the writer and colorist for the recently launched online graphic novel, Echo Rift.  I don’t consider myself an illustrator – but rather someone who doodles characters that I want to write (Mike Connelly, another 30 Character participant, handles the illustrations for Echo Rift, and impressively so, in my opinion).

I really want to work on simplifying my style, and experimenting with more of a “cartoony” approach to drawing.  As a result, I expect my drawing style to vary quite a bit from character to character.  I tend to use pencil and marker, and though I use my wacom for coloring, I haven’t quite gotten the hang of drawing with it.  I’ll probably do some experimentation there as well.

I’m be approaching the character creation portion of the challange in two very different ways.  Some portion of the characters I create will be inspired by my boys, aged 9 and 4, who promised to help me come up with characters.  The remaining portion will be characters that we may want to use in future Echo Rift story-lines.

You can find at the Echo Rift website, and on Twitter and Google+.

Some so far unused character designs for Echo Rift:


2011 Challenger: Beausephus

| October 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

After watching from the sidelines I decided to throw myself into the game.  I’ve recently been playing with the iPad and the ease of transferring my doodles to the web, so emboldened by my upgrade in technology and my lack of reliance on scanners, etc…, I’m throwing down my supposed art into this challenge.

I’m not looking to redefine anything with my mediocre talent, but I’m just challenging myself to put forth a bunch of the millions of ideas that I’ve been littering my notebooks with since I was wee.

So, here’s my parameters for all of my entries-

1.  It has to be a character I’ve created (drawn, written about) before, anywhere from 1980-2010.  be forewarned – I was a teenager in the early 1990s, so many of characters reflect that most unfortunate era of costume design…sorry.


2.  It has to be a character that me and my four-year-old son have collaborated on.  He’s really my driving focus and a crazy creator in hs own right with an exploding imagination full of superheroes, pirates, and “‘injas” (as he calls them).

I’m not sure what the endgame is or what really will emerge after 30 days, but I’m just glad I finally got it together and after 25 years, I am finally sharing my work with people beyond my immediate circle.


2011 Challenger: Melissa Dow

| October 29, 2011 | 4 Comments

Hi guys, apologies I am getting this in so late, I was on vacation, but back just in time for the challenge to begin!

My name is Melissa Dow, I am an illustrator/character designer living in Portland, OR.  I work for a small gaming company, as well as freelance.  I absolutely LOVE character design, and have been working om my own character project 100 Bastards, for awhile now.  I received a BFA in Illustration from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2007.  I love drawing, love it, love it.  My work is largely influenced by portraiture, pop culture, graphic novels, crazy colors and most definitely character design.

For the challenge, I think I am going to work on a few character sets for some web comic/random ideas I’ve had, but I’m not entirely set on that yet.  I definitely am drawn to ‘exaggerated realism’ type characters; crime, noir, not-so-distant-future, slightly alternatie universe, etc, as well as satirical themes.  I also may create some weird animal/creatures.  For the moment, I expect to just do pen and ink, with simple toning to keep myself from taking too much time on each one. 🙂

I missed doing the Challenge last year, and am so excited to get a chance to participate this time around.  I can’t wait to see the amazing work you guys create!


2011 Challenger: Robert Karson

| October 29, 2011 | 0 Comments

Hi there everyone! I found a link to the 30 Character Challenge on a website I frequent and thought I’d check it out. I’m something of a part time writer and I think this is just the thing to force me into getting new ideas flowing and help me start with my writing again. I don’t have an overarching theme I’m just going to toss out some characters I’ve been working on for awhile as well as hopefully making some new ones. I expect I’ll have all kinds of characters from everyday fiction, to superheroes, to Sci-Fi  stuff. We’ll see how it turns out and I hope it is a lot of fun.

2011 Challenger: Chris Gladis

| October 29, 2011 | 2 Comments

I found this competition and thought it would work really well with the NaNo project that I’m preparing for this year. At first I didn’t think I’d be able to do it, since I’m already working on a daily writing project, but then I realized that there was no real reason I couldn’t. All I had to do was finesse the definition of a “novel.”

I’m going to go for a single, overarching theme that can be divided into five parts – one for each week – and write stories based on that. My first impulse was the classical elements – earth, air, fire, water and aether. Each element gets a week, and the stories in that week are somehow related to that element. I’ll keep looking for sets of five that might lend themselves to this kind of structure, but you get the idea. In the end, I’ll have a thirty-story anthology that is, if all goes well, over 50,000 words.

This means, of course, that I will need to create at least 30 new characters over the course of the month, across several different genres. Frankly, I have no idea.

Unfortunately, I’m not much of an artist. But I can use those word-things to describe the people in my head, so that will do nicely.

Looking forward to it!

2011 Challenger: Brooke Pettry

| October 29, 2011 | 0 Comments


My name is Brooke and I will drawing for this November challenge. I heard about this lovely little activity through a few of my previous professors and decided this would be fun and really awesome. I have no idea what I might create but I know I want to focus on alternating between female and male for each day as well as going with the flow and having some stylized and others more realistic.

I use digital painting programs as a medium and will use this challenge to better myself and to get the creative ideas flowing from my head.