Archive for October 21st, 2013

2013 Challenger: Kate Santee

| October 21, 2013 | 1 Comment

And we’re off!

I can’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t drawing, and I figured I might as well get paid for it. In the past year I’ve been getting my footing in a career as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator and have taken on many exciting new projects, including my first published illustrations for the children’s book Silly Nomads from Palmerston Close. I’ve also cut my teeth into comics and illustrated several short comics and strips for Arcana’s serial anthology, Steampunk Originals.

This will be my second serious attempt at the 30 Characters Challenge. I only did a handful of characters in 2011, and in 2012 I was preoccupied with a job search and a post-hurricane power outage, but this time I really want to be deliberate about creating art on a consistent schedule.

Here are some sketches from my first official participation in the challenge:

And a sketch of the protagonist from a comic that might be appearing in Volume 5 of Steampunk Originals:

You can see all this and more on my personal art blog.

I have a few  ideas for a personal comic I’d like to flesh out, so I’m aiming to articulate some character concepts I’ve got in my head and eventually come up with a narrative that could tie any of them together, even just a small handful. On the technical side of things, I want to push my artistic style to see if I can portray a diverse range of body types and facial structures, and I’d like to play a bit more with color (as much as I like rough sketches, I’d like to get better at producing a finished product).

Good luck to everyone who’s taking the plunge this year! I’m looking forward to seeing tons of cool characters!

2013 Challenger: Pat Danger

| October 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

I am Pat Danger (oh thrills!) and this will be my second time participating, though I didn’t do the challenge last year. I cant remember how I found out about 30 characters 30 days, though it definitely has something to do with NaNoWriMo (which I participate in every year). On the internet I go by a wide variety of names, depending on the circumstances. I’m most easily found as RandumProductions (something I came up with many moons ago, when I believed I was going to be a one-man comic studio).

I’m a graphic designer, illustrator, and writer, working part-time at a game studio. I like the 30 days challenge because its really easy to do. Not saying NaNoWriMo is super hard or anything, but for me art has always come more naturally and more quickly than writing. Hopefully I don’t flake out like two years ago, but judging by my work calendar things are going to be interesting.


Oh, yeah, and I write for an e-serialization called Billie Vs The Unseen, published by BigWorldNetwork. Cause I really should be plugging this link every chance I get.

2013 Challenger: Maria Photinakis

| October 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

Hi everyone,

I’m Maria Photinakis, and this is my first year participating in the 30 Characters Challenge! (I found out about it the month after it happened last year — blast my bad timing!)  Glad I finally get to get in at the starting line on 2013.

I’ve been drawing comics most of my life but only started getting really serious about it recently. Character and costume design is something I love doing for fun, I have reams of paper with speculative designs, so this challenge is totally up my alley.

My techniques are usually old-school, as I prefer traditional ink-slinging over working digitally. (For example, my ongoing Between Sleeps comic is purely ink and paper.) Likely I’ll be working mainly in ink, but it’ll be fun to try out different things within the challenge. Who knows where I’ll end up? I’d love to bring more color into my work especially.

November’s always a challenging month for me — my birthday falls smack dab in the middle of it, and this year’s kind of a big milestone year. But I’m excited to give this a shot and can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with!

Maria Photinakis says hello!

Maria Photinakis says hello!

2013 Challenger Kirk Manley – Batmankm

| October 21, 2013 | 1 Comment

3rd year for me. Looking forward to it. Always a blast to challenge myself and to see what this very creative community comes up with. Im a commercial illustrator and designer and the co creator and artist of the indi comic Z-Girl and the 4 Tigers. You can find out more about Z-Girl at I am also the co-host of the New Walking Dead Podcast Biters. You can check out new episodes of Biters over on iTunes.

Epic thanks to Tyler James for continuing to put this together every year, in addition to all the other projects he has going on and the time he dedicates to the creator community through his work with ComixTribe. Dont know how you do it all Tyler, but we are all glad that you do. 😀


2013 Challenger: Michael Nimmo

| October 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

Ok, after having a go for the last couple of years, I am really am determined to do it this year!

Me? I’m a Safety Consultant by day and a digital comics blogger by night – I especially write about digital comics and you can find me here

I’m trying to write a book at the moment, but that’s going slow – but c’est la vie.

Although I enjoy drawing on paper, I have especially got into drawing on the iPad – using the Sketch Club app – you can see my artwork here.

Good luck to all involved and I look forward to seeing everyone’s results!



2013 Challenger: The Horchata Crew

| October 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Crew’s back to enter the challenge once again!  This will be our second year (third year for Crew artist, Pitang) in  It’s always been a fun event to participate with so many other fellow artists and the sets of characters generated during this time are never wasted.  Let’s see what the Muses shall grant us this time!

The Horchata Crew consist of Joseph Noblit, a grad student who mostly takes care of the writing, and Faith Orcino aka Pitang/Pepita, an artist and Art and Entertainment editor for her university newspaper.  Though we’re currently occupied with school, we take time to cultivate the number of stories and projects.  While we may get many assignments and work, the 30 Characters Challenge is something wonderful to devote time and effort towards.  It is a very unique opportunity to expand your repertoire of characters as well and your skills and range.

Other locations where you can possibly find the Horchata Crew:

Tumblr Blog // Deviantart Account // Twitter Account // Facebook Page

— 30 Characters Challenges:  2011 Masterpost // 2012 Masterpost

Horchata Crew Picture

Horchata Crew Picture feat. Almond and Cinny

2013 Challenger: Amy Heisei

| October 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

I am Amy of the Heisei. I was a follow-through challenger in 2010 when I did my first total of 30 characters. I thought I’d try again last year: though I did work on some characters I never posted anything, so didn’t quite follow-through that time. This year, I plan to make my new thirty characters before I reach my dirty thirtieth birthday. I’ve already got some ideas for characters I’ve been meaning to manifest and I’m not gonna miss out this time. Looking forward to new beautiful creatures’ faces this year.

loonsloony-lights-pinkLast time I’d mentioned that I’d been doing music with my band “Light of the Loon.” Since then we’ve gotten a  definite violinist and have been excited how well we’ve been taking off. Looking forward to music festivals and hopefully our first mini-tour this spring. Wherever there is the enlightenment of loons, we’re not far away. May creativity rule the world! I have past work here on my profile and more at