Archive for October 31st, 2011

2011 Challenger: Jocelyn Gonzales

| October 31, 2011 | 0 Comments

Hi I’m Joce! I may not be old and talented, me being a 14 year old Freshman. But I have a pretty wild imagination, so I’m gonna see if I can do this challenge! I draw cartoonish things often using Paint Tool SAI and Photoshop CS2, and I can’t wait for this to start.





2011 Challenger: Allie Mehner

| October 31, 2011 | 0 Comments

Hello, fellow creatives!  My name is Allie and I love to draw very silly things.  I’m 22 and currently a third year 2D animation student at the School of Visual Arts in NYC.

I often find myself designing and developing random characters in my spare time, so figured this challenge would be a total blast!

I can’t wait to get started and see what everybody else does.  How exciting!

tumblr // deviantART

#1 Columbina

| October 31, 2011 | 1 Comment

Well, it’s 11:42 AM on the 1st of November here in Queensland, so I might as well go and post the character I just made!

Her name is Columbina and she comes from the PLANET OF FUN. Her hobbies include eating pies, throwing pies, baking pies and playing irritating carnival themes at top volume in her apartment.

As annoying as she gets, however, she’s just too darn cute to stay mad at.

2011 Challenger Richard Worth

| October 31, 2011 | 0 Comments

Hey guys,

i’m new to the challenge this year but i’m looking forward to it immenselt. I’m a struggling comic book writer and my first title is coming out mid way through this month…

its here .

I dont draw very well but i intend to try my best, even if there aren’t very good i hope you at least get a laugh from them. I’m pretty much doing this to test my skills as a writer and see what level my characterisation is up to. having said that alot of these post will be absurd and manly here to make people chuckle.

I’m hoping to meet some nice people on here and hopefully entertain at least some of you. Can’t wait to see what you guys can do.


Peace and Colours

2011 Challenger: Sebastien Sunstrum

| October 31, 2011 | 2 Comments

I am Sebastien Sunstrum, or if you prefer, my pseudonym of the hour, Canterel. I am a mostly self-taught aspiring comic artist and illustrator.

My work usually falls into science-fiction, but I generally look more to the otherworldly and surreal. Also, recently I have been exploring shapes and designs inspired by old pulp-fiction illustrations. As for the characters I will be drawing, the only thing I can guarantee is post-humans. Always post-humans. And the occasional plain human. Also to be expected is vague world building, in  the sense that the characters posted will probably be related in some way.

I have a tumblr, on which I very occasionally post my sketches.


Good evening, and good luck,



2011 Challenger: Dan Seljak

| October 31, 2011 | 1 Comment

Hello all, my name is Dan and I’m a student at The University of Toronto. I’m taking this challenge as I have recently
started doing a lot of less creative and more corporate style work at both my jobs (I work as a PR intern and run a college newspaper), and I really want a chance to explore my own narratives. That being said, I didn’t want to do Novel November again and I’ve been looking for something to help me kick start my failed stalled webcomic for some time, so this challenge seemed perfect. 
I’m more of a photographer/writer, but I’d like to at least challenge myself to sketch the characters I create this month.

If you want to follow my things, I can be found on Tumblr and Twitter.

2011 Challenger: Carina Fitzek

| October 31, 2011 | 2 Comments

Hi there!

There is actually not much about me to tell, I’m taking part at this challange for the second time.

My name is Carina, I’m 22 and I’ve been  attending to Samar’s school since 2007 and there is still a lot I have to learn.

Last year I’ve been his trainee and did learn a lot about animation and working with the computer.  I did help at the comicfestival in munich this year.

I prefer to draw manga, but I also like to try out different styles.

This year I would like to focus on mythology and fairytales, but I want to draw characters for some of the RPGs I’m taking part in and characters I had in mind for a long time as well.

So, it seems like it will a mixed bag of characters I will present to you this year.

Last year I really enjoyed the atmosphere around here and I’m looking forward to this again.

Good luck everybody and nice to meet you.

2011 Challenger: Matt G

| October 31, 2011 | 0 Comments

Well, I guess I’ll have to say some sort of hello. Don’t mind me though, I’m just here to better myself personally in arts and creativity and to be inspired by all the characters that will pop up around here. I hope this’ll be loads of fun! See ya!

2011 Challenger – Casey Shaffer

| October 31, 2011 | 0 Comments

Hi y’all! Name’s Casey.

I’m in my last year at The Art Institute of Phoenix, in the Media Arts & Animation program. I harbor a love-hate relationship with animation as my true passion is illustration. I’m also fiddling around with an original story but I’m not sure if I want to make it an actual book or go the graphic novel route.

I hope to experiment with a lot of different genres and character types. Character design is something I really love doing. This is my first time doing this challenge and I’m going to try my best to see it through to the end.

I have a website (gonna revamp in the near future but it’s still up now!), a deviantart, and a Tumblr sketchblog.

I look forward to doing this and I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with! 😀

2011 Challenger: Calamity Jon Morris

| October 31, 2011 | 2 Comments

Howdy! My name is Jon Morris, I’m a Washington-based cartoonist who’s a first-timer in the 30 Characters Challenge. Many many moons ago I was the writer and artist on a webcomic called Jeremy:Just Turned Nine about the youngest son of Dr.Frankenstein, although I haven’t worked in comics in forever.

I’m using the 30 Characters challenge as a sketchbook for a story idea I’ve bouncing around my head for the last six months. Hopefully by having to build thirty characters around the premise, I’ll flesh out some of the half-formed ideas in my head and give myself a robust cast of characters around whom to build a comic.

My personal website is http://CalamityJonSave.Us where I only occasionally post, but recently I’ve spent most of my time managing to DC Fifty-Too project at and the CORNERED Blog at You can drop me a line at [email protected] – thanks, and good luck to everyone!

2011 Challenger: Jack Payne

| October 31, 2011 | 0 Comments

Hiya! I’m Jack. England guy dude here. Nothing too much to say really, I do little oodles of doodles and thingymabobs, and study animation at University the rest of the time. I’ve tried many of these 30 day challenge things, and I don’t think I’ve ever actually managed to complete one. Maybe it’ll change this time!

I draw cartoony bits and pieces, seriousness and realism have never been my strong point in the slightest. I’m all in favour of keeping it bonkers and carefree.

When it comes to characters, I actually don’t really create all that many. I draw miscellaneous characters and such, but don’t put much thought into what they are. I should probably get on that. This challenge might help a little, and even if it doesn’t, I’m sure it’ll be a great deal of fun anyway.

So yeah! I hope everyone has a super time doing this challenge, myself included. Good luck!  -  Jack


2011 Challenger: Lisa Robinson

| October 31, 2011 | 0 Comments

Hello! My name is Lisa, born in Iowa, attending college in Kansas City, Missouri, and this challenge looks like a lot of fun!

I’m currently a freshman in art college, just halfway into my first semester. I intend to study animation, so this is a great opportunity to practice some character creation. I’ve always loved creating ’em! I also love comics as a format, though sadly I never really have the time or resources to look into the professional ones, so I’m a big webcomic fan. I have some plans for my own comic in the works, but I’m really slow at it, plus my time’s always being eaten up by other things.

I’m really big on colored pencils and ink, and digital media. Due to time, I’ll mostly be exploring concepts rather than polished works. So, a digital sketch or so, like this little quickie of me to the left, and maybe a bit of writing to explain the story or concept. I try really hard to give an idea or purpose to each character I create!

I hope to take on a whole variety of genres, and hope that I can expand my own imagination as well as the worlds I’ve already built. I also need to work on this problem I have of keeping the characters in my head, rather than getting them written or drawn out. Hopefully I can follow through!

You can find my artwork on my deviantArt gallery.

Good day, and good luck to everyone else entering!

2011 Challenger: Natalia Małachowska (Ozzie Scribbler)

| October 31, 2011 | 0 Comments

Ozzie ScribblerGreetings and welcome from Poland! My first time participating here, so…

My name is Natalia MaÅ‚achowska, but you can call me by my all-time Internet nickname Ozzie Scribbler (or Ozzie, for short). I’m 21 years old graphic design student at Szczecin’s Arts Academy, but although being an artist-in-training I’m far from considering myself a professional. I’m taking this challenge mainly to learn keeping my focus and practice my creativity.

As a huge cartoon and comic geek I always have been fascinated most with character design and this is what I consider my biggest strength at drawing. I specialise at loose sketches and hand-made inking. Maybe, but only maybe I’ll try to practice some color work later this month, but considering how uncertain I feel about my coloring I can’t promise that. Knowing my interest the characters I’ll create for the challenge will end up being random fantasy humanoids, cute deformed animals and/or chibis. Some of them may end up in the webcomic I’m currently planning to make…

Don’t forget to check out my deviantArt page

Good luck, everyone!

Sincerely yours,

2011 Challenger: Niki Smith

| October 31, 2011 | 3 Comments

Comics! And stuff!

I just finished up my first comic series, IN MAPS & LEGENDS, with writer Michael Jasper. We were originally winners of DC’s Zuda imprint before we went independent, and I remember seeing some of the other Zuda creators taking part in the 30 Char challenge… so now that we’ve wrapped up and I’m between projects, this seemed like a good excuse to work out a few ideas.

2011 Challenger: Alex Blinkoff

| October 31, 2011 | 0 Comments

Let me see if I’ve got this right.

My name is Alexander David Blinkoff. I am 16 going on 17, and I live in a neighborhood in Baltimore where there are three synagogues within walking distance of my houses. By day, I am a boisterous clown known for his moments of pensiveness in the middle of silly situations.

But by night, I transform into my alter ego, Punch Rockgroin, MST3K reference and Silver Age supervillain. Except not really. Despite the elaborate time-traveling backstory I conceived for him,  Punch Rockgroin remains far away from my writing . He’s simply too ridiculous to exist, even in that form.

A brief history of my writing career. In January of 2010, I was assigned a one page story that retold the classic fairy tale of Cinderella from another perspective.  Being the sort of person who overdoes things, I penned a (actually rather awful, but that’s beside the point) tale about a half demon who sacrificed his mother to Satan so he could become one of the Four Horsemen.

A wise man may or may not have said something like “Don’t let something like a lack of talent stop you from doing what you love.” Taking that to heart, I set to work on a novel. The humorous fantasy, while relatively funny, lacked intricacies like an interesting plot or good characters. While I had several novel ideas (and I still do, more than I can count,) only one has ever begun to materialize.
I had long since toyed with the idea of a war going on between two poorly armed but zealous factions in an enclosed space. The idea started as two schools, before evolving into a valley social experiment. That evolved into two micro-nations made up of refugees from some cataclysmic event. I picked and chose from all the favorite characters I had come up with (the obsessive-compulsive genius who hates nothing more than losing, the noble but reckless boy with serious anger issues, the strong-willed but naive tomboy who mistrusts everyone she meets, and the outwardly angelic but inwardly fiery and vicious girl,) plopped them into a valley, gave them a good reason to fight, and let them have at it.

When I’m not working on the novel, which is going quite well, thank you for asking, I’m dreaming up new and exciting scenarios. Some common themes in my writing:

  • Cold War analogues
  • History jokes no one but me finds funny
  • Unnamed characters (because I suck huge elephant dick at naming characters)
  • Doing my best not to rip off things I like
  • Grey morality (oh god this though)
  • Trying not to write fantasy
  • Fight scenes, I still haven’t got the memo fights don’t really work in a printed medium
  • Superheroes
  • Deserts
  •  Hating everything I write three months after I write it.

Not that anyone is going to read this, but if by some strange and wonderful miracle you are, hello! I hope you enjoy whatever characters I come up with, even if I run out of ideas and quit by day 10!

2011 Challenger: Katri Korpela

| October 31, 2011 | 0 Comments

Hi, I’m Katri but Riiva is something I’m being called in the great Internets also.

I live in Finland where we ride polar bears and have penguins as pets. I’ll be 21 in December and I study set building. It’s my final year and after this I should graduate as a set building artisan.

I love creating; characters, universes, stories – you name it, but I haven’t been doing that for a long time now. Drawing is also something that I should’ve done more, but for some reason I draw rarely nowadays. That will change! That’s why I decided to take part to this challenge.

Few words about “what can be expected from me”.. Well, my style is heavily inspired by art nouveau, Alphonse Mucha is my greatest inspiration and idol. I also adore artists like Kay Nielsen ans Salvador Dalí, so I do play with things like anatomy a lot.
I usually prefer traditional media, but may use digital flat colouring on traditionally done, inked line-art.
My deviantart is a good place to check out what I’m talking about!

Good luck everyone!

2011 Challenger: Roxana Y (superenvelope)

| October 31, 2011 | 0 Comments



hey all you beautiful people


this is superenvelope and i’m here to succeed

i’m a junior in highschool and plan to major in graphic design

drawing is honestly the one thing i can say i’m good at so lets see how this challenge turns out!!


let’s make this a great year guys!

2011 Challenger: Sydney Wills

| October 31, 2011 | 0 Comments

Sprinting onto the starting line, here I am! I’m a freshman in college with a major in Illustration. I unfortunately haven’t had much time to draw since starting my classes, which is why I find this challenge to be a great opportunity! Character creation is my favorite part of any art that I do, which is why I’m fascinated with character design and animation. I’m confident in a bright future for my art, I just kind of need to…. jump-start it again.


For me, my adoration for art started with Saturday morning cartoons- namely The Animaniacs, Freakazoid, Roger Rabbit, Pokemon, and the Power Puff Girls! I then moved on to anime and the like and now I’m slowly moving on from that. I don’t expect to draw anything really spectacular here, I just want to revive my skills and admire other’s work. Looking forward to a great turnout!


2011 Challenger: Samar Ertsey

| October 31, 2011 | 1 Comment

Hello everybody!
I’m Samar from Munich, Germany. I teach comicbook drawing and recently animation in my own school for free. I’ve been in the business for over 10 years and won several prizes (some smaller, far fewer quite prestigious in Germany, none of worldwide fame so far).

It feels good to be back! Although I didn’t manage last year to post an overview, I finished right on time, and it was a great inspiration.
This year marks an important event in my career. I’m going to develop the characters for a full-fledged nostalgia album with 48 pages before your very eyes. Timing could not be better. According to my schedule, I have to finish the character drawings by the end of November, and this will hopefully give me the necessary drive to pull that off. I hope you’ll like what you’ll be seeing!

And an entirely unrelated picture to show off a little:

2011 Challenger: Marc McKenzie

| October 31, 2011 | 0 Comments

Hello everyone, I’m Marc McKenzie, and this is my second year taking part in  of this challenge.  I’ve been a freelancer for the past few years, working in animation and creating commissioned work for clients including the New York Times.  There have been ups and downs, but…that’s life.  Honestly, though, I enjoyed taking part in the challenge last year, and I hope to do my best this year…but I hope that everyone does their best and has fun!

Ironically, I never really set out to do art at first.  I studied something completely different in college and it was only because of an art teacher that I changed gears.

Currently I’m living in Hillsborough, New Jersey, working on commissions, trying to find full-time work, and being a doting uncle to my nieces and nephews.

2011 Challenger: Reed Bond

| October 31, 2011 | 0 Comments

Reed Bond is a graduate of the Ringling College of Art + Design class of 2010, with a BFA in Illustration. He is currently an Assistant Clothing Designer for a children’s clothing company.

A lot of Reed’s inspirations are from animation and classic ads from the 50’s and 60’s. Mary Blair, Genndy Tartakovsky, Roy Doty among others.

You can also connect with Reed via these convenient links.
tumblr | Twitter | Facebook | deviantART

2011 Challenger: Britney Blevins

| October 31, 2011 | 0 Comments

Kind of last minute, but here I am! My name is Britney, and I love drawing. Unfortunately, I haven’t drawn as much as I would like to, so I decided to use this as a chance to push myself. The very first style I learned was the anime/manga style, which is never a bad thing. Now I want to change it and morph it into something new and unique. This whole thing will be an experiment with my style and coloring in Photoshop Elements, so I can’t wait to start!

I’m looking forward to this! Good luck, everyone!

2011 Challenger: Daniel Govar (saulone)

| October 31, 2011 | 10 Comments

Hrm – let’s see, I guess the best thing to say is that art rules my life. Well, art and my dog – he keeps me in line most of the time. I work on comics I want to work on these days, and do commissions daily. I do book covers and magazine and novel interiors. Over the past 2 years I’ve been doing comic conventions – about 10 or so a year – mostly on the east coast, but I plan to add Emerald City and perhaps one of the other west coast cons to my list this coming year. I created a comic that you can find on Comixology and DC Comics Apps called AZURE and I created a website of Tolkien love called I post art almost every day – seriously, and have the world’s greatest boxer named Sandor.

If you follow my tweets I may be drinking and I may be drawing – at the same time. 😐 To find out more about me check out my personal site: and my DeviantArt page:

I also designed the look and feel for THIS site and the templates you are hopefully going to be using to post your stuff 🙂 I’m a 2 time challenger and 2 time finisher (ok, that sounded bad…). Check out my past 30 characters love here:

Gents and ladies – start your engines and good luck!

2011 Challenger: David “Slade” Hayes

| October 31, 2011 | 1 Comment

yeah, the hat is a bit large for a trilby

So, here I am, poised to start (looking snazzy… oh wait, I’m supposed to be drawing. mmm. dang)

Some things about me? mmm. Live in Norther California, been alive for 30 years now (yeah, that’s the face of a 30 year old…), don’t drink (well, I’ve tried drinking, and it’s not really my thing. Tea or coffee for me, please.), and loved anime and manga before it was mainstream (yeah, it makes me sound like a hipster… though I’m not). Better yet, it was my mom that got me into a love for Japan in generall… which is kinda sad that I still haven’t really learned Japanese yet (picking up little bits here and there, but not enough yet)

Aside from that, I love creating characters. For this round, I think I’m going to concentrate on populating a couple of my story ideas.

While I still have to load new art, you can find my Deviant Art here: SladeXIII

2011 Challenger: Lorenzo Bonilla

| October 31, 2011 | 0 Comments

Hello, my name is Lorenzo Bonilla. I am a dual graduate at Westwood and Columbia College in Chicago. I am an aspiring cartoonist/animator with heavy emphasis on illustration, sequential art, and character design.

My own experience comes from working on several indie comic projects and freelance work. I worked on a published book called Beef O’ Keefe’s Guide to Irish Drinking Games and am attached to storyboard an upcoming television series pitch. I also am a founder and Organizer for my own Chicago Comic Creators group, where we are in production for an comic anthology entitled The Anthology of Interest, which will debut my childhood comic idea, Blazer the Raptor. I also have two comic projects in the works called Loman, an Occult Task Force series, and Moonbebes, a comic I did during last year’s 24 Hour Comic Book day Challenge.

I was introduced to the 30 Character Challenge from a news post on Newsarama, and upon reading it, I became interested in participating. I went to the site, which indeed does have loading issues, as I have tried to post to be put on the newsletter and met with failure. Until this year, when I successfully signed onto the newsletter and received my first newsletter from Tyler James. Before doing the challenge, I do my own personal challenge in October where I draw monsters from myth, legend, folklore, and literature.This challenge interests me because I like the idea behind, creating characters in an industry, like America for example, that is obstinate or stubborn to change or develop new ones while other countries like Japan and Europe, go through practically a randomizer generator of character creation content. Plus, it gives me a chance to belt out and flesh out ideas and concepts for characters I have lying around for the purpose of this site.


I am a fan of superhero, horror, and action comics. I read and research obsessively online for articles of interest and I am a fan of cartoons, anime, wrestling, and movies. I listen to a mix of metal, alternative, classical, and industrial music like Nine Inch Nails, Gojira, Alic in Chains, Daft Punk, and Tool.Some titles I like in no particular order, The Dresden Files, Green Lantern, The Flash, Iron Man, Nova, American Gods,  and StormWatch.


If you want to see what to expect from me, you can check out my website at, my deviant art profile at, and my talenthouse profile at They all pretty much have the same content, as I upload all sites at once for consistency.


In closing, I look forward to participating with the 30 Character Challenge. I like to thank Tyler James for starting up such a challenge and I hope to make it to the end.


Thank you,


Lorenzo Angel Bonilla


| October 31, 2011 | 1 Comment

My name is Andrew. I’m 35, married, and a stay at home Dad. I went to college in Grand Rapids Mi and got a BFA (Big Funkin’ Art Degree) with a focus on Sculpture and Ceramics, but have spent the last 11 years teaching myself the craft of sequential art. I’m with a group of cartoonists here in Ft Wayne called Summit City Ink []. We Drink, we draw, we watch crappy movies on Netflix, and we’ve put together a small but growing convention here in town. [].

I love the art of comics, and have so since fifth grade when I started reading Garfield and Calvin and Hobbes. I love adventure comics like Tintin and Gottfredson’s Micky Mouse. I love real life comics like American Splendor and Maus. I can’t begin to list all the manga I have and what I’ve read and what is yet to be read.

I guess it’s safe to say I have a passion for just ink lines on paper.

==:> )

2011 challenger: Galen Dara

| October 31, 2011 | 0 Comments

This is gonna be quick and dirty and figuring it out as I go along.

But FUN!!

More about me

2011 Challenger: Kjerstin

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Hello guys! My name is Kjerstin, and I am a student of 22 in my third year of a visual communication bachelor’s degree. This might just me being an idiot and putting too much stuff on myself, or I might get a kick out of it and get inspired through the rest of my assignments, you never know until you try! My preferred mediums are digital painting and traditional drawing, but I might try to push myself and try a lot of other techniques as well. I will be pulling notes from a “hat” to combine and give some inspirational sparks in case I’ll need it.

You can see some of my previous works right here and here

(Happy Halloweeeeen!)

2011 Challenger: S.G. McKeithen

| October 31, 2011 | 0 Comments

Whelp, guess if I’m doing this I’d best introduce myself. I’m S.G. or Lego, depending on where you are on the internet. I’ve been drawing for quite a while, and was previously running a webcomic until changes in life forced me to put it on hiatus a year ago.

I haven’t really drawn since then, aside from sketches here and there. Normally I find challenges like this way too, er, challenging, but creating characters is pretty much my favorite thing in the world to do, and I figure if anything can help me get my creative juices flowing again, this can.

Anywho, I have (depressingly bare) deviantART and Tumblr pages, so feel free to poke around.

2011 Challenger: John “Chris” Wellman

| October 31, 2011 | 0 Comments

Hello Everyone,

My name is Chris Wellman and this is the first time I’ve ever attempted anything like this. I love creating stories so I hope that everyone enjoys the characters that I churn out.

I have absolutely zero artistic abilities so I won’t be attaching any sketches for my characters, but I do hope you’ll read and enjoy what I’ve done.

Good luck and have fun everyone!

An Eagerness Most Genuine

| October 31, 2011 | 0 Comments

Greetings fellow creationers, I am beyond excited to be joining all 787 of you in this 30-day slow-cook of ingenuity and imagination.

A Little About Myself: My personal art style could best be described as a neo-classical interpretation of the traditional 3rd grader impressionism: my forte is radioactive human-animal hybrids in tattered clothing (as if they had just recently transformed from man to beast at the expense of their flat-front Dockers and Ralph Loren polos…yikes!).

Please do not judge me harshly, but if you must (and I understand if you cannot resist), please take a cue from my family and closest friends and do it behind my back.  Thanks, and I look forward to working alongside all of you!

Just draw baby!

Love Always,

John (aka johnomatopoeia…Ka-BOOM!)