A bit late on the summary, but here are my 2013 stats: 10 ladies, 20 guys (same as last year… hmmm…). Just 5 of the anthropomorphic animal-types (including the fire salamander), and (arguably) 12 normal-looking human characters. I was able keep all 30 in a contained fantasy story this year, including 10 avatar characters. My secret theme this year was martial arts characters of which there were 5 (karate or kung fu), and one afro kid who’s moving his arms like tai chi.
My goal for this year was to keep it all in that one world, and I drew a lot of my inspiration from playing Magic the Gathering with my friends, or playing Diablo with my girlfriend. Thanks everyone for the help, patience and inspiration.]]>
My final work containing two characters.
Cage and bird look like two different beings but they are the same.]]>
Maddy likes to fly and she designes new flying machines all the time. Unfortunally does her family not like her passion so she has to conceal some of her inventions in her dresses and accessories.]]>
OK, this one is a strange one. She is a yellow bunny with wings.]]>
If the summer breeze could take a form…]]>
This is all the 30 character I did for this years challenge, its was a lot of fun to participate.
I experimented a lot with different types of techniques in my illustration approach.
This is the last year I’m participating the 30 character challenge, it’s my 3 attempt and its was a blast.
If you want too see more of my work, you can follow me here
Everybody take care now and keep drawing:)
Ruben Kaae signing off….:)]]>
I have to say, this year didn’t exactly go according to plan – after a fairly decent start I ended up being distracted from the challenge for the best part of the rest of the month, culminating in me doing 12 rushed characters in the space of probably a little over 2 days. Art quality suffered severely as a result. I found that villains are a lot harder to come up with than heroes for me, and that setting myself a time limit for this tends to result in images I’m not happy with because since the first time I completed the challenge 2 years ago I’ve been doing more full paintings and less speed paints, so my timing is off for the latter. I’ll probably go back to some of the more interesting characters later and render them up properly with the time they need.
The challenge has been fun and I had forgotten how grueling it can be to get a character out every day. Thanks to everyone who’ve shown some interest in some of these characters, some of them will be fleshed out some more in some future creations.
Thanks to Tyler for keeping this event going.
Here is the link to see all the characters I have created related to every year of my participation: My Characters
My current on-going comic project that posts weekly can be found at Marriage & Laughter, stop by and leave a comment.]]>
10. Is a heat/fire emitting fox.
11. Chiara is a female gondelea(?) in Venice of which there are only two, she is also a P.I. using her connections and ease of travel.
12. Is a nomadic engineer who incorporates earthly solutions.
13. Is a time traveler, she is a medic and biochemist who travels through time to find cures in tough terrain throughout time.
That’s all I’ve managed in my first year – I’ll try next year, and will probably work on all these characters beyond!]]>
Everyone’s daily posts encouraged me to keep drawing even if I fell far behind, so thank you. I got to experiment with color palettes and concepts I otherwise wouldn’t use this challenge. These are precious seeds that can grow into something later. Also, I’m happy to have talked to some new people and made some friends this year. Congrats to everyone who completed the challenge!
‘Til next challenge, then! Meanwhile, I’ll keep posting on my sketchblog over here.]]>
It wasn’t easy with the holidays, full-time job and full-time family and all kinds of computer issues, but I finished the challenge on time yesterday or the second year in a row. I didn’t get all the pics colored like I would want and I may go back and re-edit those posts. It was fun and I look forward to next year! Thanks.]]>
I am happy to have succeeded in my first year as a challenger! I used 2013 as a month of no-pressure discovery by exploring subjects that I like while experimenting with my method. Along the way I ended up developing some good time-management habits for sure! It also left me anxious to start storytelling again, which was an interesting and encouraging feeling. It’ll be fun to look back on this set next year!
If you liked my work, more of my illustrations and visual musings can be found on my blog: http://blog.inkgizmo.com
You can connect with me on Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook.
Cheers and congratulations to all participants!]]>
Anyway, Caleb “Minnow” Jimms is the son of renowned biologist George Caleb Jimms II.His best friend is a panther named Jiblet, who was rescued as a cub and hand-raised by George. The two often venture into the jungle and fight the evils of poaching.]]>
The Jabbernowl. as I see it, a cross between an owl and a donkey. Another term used in W.C. Field’s movie “The Bank Dick” (1940) and refers to a person who is a “blockhead”. The term seems to have been traced to Francois Rabelais’ “Gargantuan and Pantagruel” from 1532 and refers to a person with a large and misshapen head. The concertina? Well, he likes a funky polka beat. (dead computer = unfinished and uncolored – with this one I bow out say I am done after a long couple of days trying to get my computer fixed – the rest are all really rough sketches)]]>
Though the server time for this challenge is set for “Eastern United States”… I live on the West Coast, so, it was still November 30th when I posted my last (and this) entry, thus successfully completing this years 30 Characters Challenge. Woohoo! But if it weren’t for deadlines, nothing would ever get done… am I right?
This year, I tried to push the “quality” as much as the default quantity. I wanted each character to match an overall style, and I’d like to think I was quite successful in that, even though I wasn’t entirely sure what that style was gonna be when I started. There were a lot more animals and creatures this year than I thought there would be. Was kinda interesting seeing that unfold. I would also occasionally look back at my entries from 2011, and I must say, I see some growth… which is awesome!
It was a blast seeing some contestants from previous years continuing in the challenge, as well as seeing some new blood, my hats off to all who attempted it. I’ve got a couple ideas for next years challenge if I participate… but I’ll have to wait til next year to see if I follow through with any of them, or something completely different.
Until then… cheers!]]>
A holy knight charged with gathering lost artifacts.]]>
This little piggy… went home.]]>
I haven’t been able to keep up with an avalanche of crazy things but it was fun. It isn’t complete, but there’s always next year!]]>
What started off as a simple day to get a bunch of Christmas shopping done and save some money in the process, soon began to grow and grow… Little did financial-minded retailers knew they were giving birth to an entity that would soon consume the nation and even the world. Black Friday has grown out of control… it now overshadows the holiday of Thanksgiving and turns even the sanest of people into monsters who will do anything (even kill innocent people) in their quest to snag a bargain. Can anything stop Black Friday… or is it too late for that?]]>
An ancient creature whose pen can manipulate the memories of everyone in existence… Full text to be included later.]]>
A former quirky Silver-age villain, now working as a biological weapon creator for the US military. Full text to be included later.]]>
A Mech built from parts lost from others during battles and used to commit crimes. Full text to be added later.]]>
An Immortal, Indestructible Mammoth used as a weapon by many generations of the same family. Full text to be added later.]]>
A man who combined his families profession as almost superhuman martial artist assassins, with his own person desire to be a professional classical percussionist. Full text to be a added later.
A highly intelligent Lady whose hobby is planning elaborate high stakes crimes. Full text to come later.]]>
The real reason why Santa didn’t want to go out in the storm in the story of Rudolph wasn’t entirely because of the storm… it was because the last time the snow was storming that hard… Santa accidentally took Donner’s cousin, Cletus, out into the Christmas Eve night sky… And let’s just say Cletus is a little bit more than… “special”. Things happened that night…]]>
A Gangster who deals everyday earth substances to other sentient species for whom they have somewhat stronger effects. Full text to come later.]]>
A force of destruction who brings chaos and death in his wake. Who is also a 3 inch high gnome who can’t even spell his own name… Full text to come later.]]>
During the years leading up to World War II, Clarence Norfolk, a teenager who had grown up on a farm in rural Alabama had gone to a travelling science fair that was visiting his local town, and in accordance with expectations, an accident while unloading two sets of equipment that modern Health and Safety Standards wouldn’t allow within fifty miles of each other, Clarence was bombarded with strange energy pulses. Predictably these left him with incredible powers – flight, incredible strength and toughness and energy beams that he could emit from his hands. During World War II he proved himself again and again under the code name Victor, gaining just about every medal you could conceive of. He came back from Europe a hero. It was not to last.
A last power slowly became apparent – eternal youth. But for a child bought up in the backwaters of rural 1930’s America, this proved as much as curse as a blessing. He found himself uncomfortable with increasing levels of acceptance to communities that in his day had been mistrusted – the Black Community, other Religions, Women’s Rights and the Gay Rights movement were all things which he found difficult to reconcile – but it was his association with the McCarthyist Communist Witch-Hunts of the 50s proved his most famous legacy as on government instruction he brutally beat down an alleged Communist Sympathizing superheroine in a pitched battle through the streets of Washington DC.
He increasingly clung to government as a form of moral guidance on subjects, but after nearly provoking Nuclear War during the later stages of the Cold War, he was locked in a specially designed prison beneath a mountain where his energy was drained to keep him safe while powering America. However, in recent years it seems his powers have been getting more potent to compensate, and the base now requires constant upgrades to keep up within the energy he produces.]]>
Perseus Intalio, often referred to as “Pintail” is one of the world’s richest men and frequent opponent of Rutherford Duckworth III. Born into a very wealthy family, but largely ignored by his parents at the expense of his two older siblings, young Perseus was entrepreneurial from a young age. He developed a taste for the most expensive things in life, and his wealth always ensured he got them. Known for his extravagant parties, some of which spent thousands per person attending he quickly discovered that people shared his tastes for the finer things in life, and were looking for someone willing to pay people to get them. Essentially, Perseus for exorbitant fees will find provide any object desired for a person, regardless of the seeming impossibility of acquiring it.
His most famous job was stealing the Empire State building, and it was only returned after a climatic rapier vs. umbrella duel atop the highest point of the building, with Rutherford Duckworth only just prevailing. Still, his incredible and ever increasing wealth makes him all but unstoppable as his ability to acquire desirable objects is second only to his ability to seed corruption…]]>
Rift Dragons are an ancient Breed who live in the deeps of the oceans where sunlight has never been – they often reach great ages, and collect their hordes from treasures that fall to the seabeds. Like all Dragons, they covet power, but unlike most other species are a bit more tactful than “swoop overhead and set everything on fire”. Psirocusis particularly has had great success – by selling off most of his horde he was able to have massive tracts of lands bought on his behalf, and instead of a static horde, he now has his land, be it oilfields or low rent old apartments fleeced for every penny they have, calculated in the cold cruel way of dragons…]]>
Pine Blue is by all accounts the single biggest poacher in the multiverse – he is a pan dimensional traveller who has dedicated his life to catching every single species of animal in the strange Voxelcube technology of his home dimension. However, having caught every single Earth species in his own dimension he has begun to travel through the multiverse to go even further – quite frequently stealing endangered species from Zoos and Reserves to do so. His collection is currently rumoured to consist of the best part of 70 trillion animals, though the specifics of how these are stored and how he has had time to collect all of these is unknown – the current theory is that he has somehow synchronized himself throughout the multiverse, so that every Pine Blue out there is essentially the same man contributing to the same collection…]]>
No one is really sure where the Crown of Ctharin came from, and given the highly public nature of it, it has been deemed impossible to get rid of without causing War with its home country of Mulgarona. Why it does it’s sadistic machinations, no one is sure, all they know is that it warps the minds of all those who wear it into fulfilling stories. A Prince or Princess will rise to the throne, and then they become part of the story – they will meet who the crown chooses, fall in love with who the crown chooses and frequently, murder who the crown chooses. Frequently as they get older it will switch the roles, a handsome young prince will suddenly become an Evil King, only to be slain by a young hero who takes the crown for themselves and the process begins again… No Arcane reports of Mulgarona have come up with any viable way of breaking the process, and on occasions when people have come close, the crown itself has been known to strike people dead with fire from the eye-like jewel that forms the centrepiece…]]>
The Lady Taheshi is considered by most to be a Terrorist and an Assassin, but for many of the Tengu who live in Japan, she is considered their last hope. Tengu have been pushed back and back into the wildernesses of Japan the more the country has developed, and while there have been reservations set aside in the past, they are frequently encroached upon every time a major building project needs to head that way. Lady Taheshi is the first one to refound the great Tengu Court of the Mountains and encourages her followers to violently oppose those who would destroy their homes. The results have been mixed – on the one hand the rate of encroachment has slowed, but on the other the rate at which Tengu have died to achieve this may signal the end of their species entirely as even the greatest swords do not protect one from automatic weapons…
The High Matriach is in the unique position to be simultaneously the most feared, but most necessary mortal in this Galaxy. Mortal may be stretching it a bit admittedly, she has a prospective lifespan consisting of most of the rest of the duration of the Universe, and due to the prophecy-curses of her species is unavailable but by another member of her kind, of which there are very few. She is cruel, callous and controls the largest army in the Galaxy. However, this army is also the only thing stopping the things outside our Galaxy getting in…
While most earth literature focuses on the idea of Earth begin invaded or destroyed, the challenge for the Matriach is that might happen to our Galaxy. When a Universe dies, not all that was born of it necessarily dies too, and therefore are ancient even as our own Universe forms around us, and long to colonize the new Solar Systems as their own and recreate their worlds. Most of the time they succeed. Currently the Matriach fights a war on 3 fronts – against the titanic armoured Ur-Gods of Xzar, the endlessly replicating Vordanian Null-men and the hordes infected by the evil Sentient PX3k12 Virus. The Matriach may burn worlds, knowingly send a trillion to their death in an unwinnable battle and break apart the very fabric of the universe itself for a victory… but the alternatives are worse….]]>
Wilcox Post#15 — Miss Bumble
Another of my “magic girl” characters. She has insect powers; and fights the dark forces along with the Red Ant People.
Also, this will be my last post. Today is November 30th, and the challenge end tonight. This challenge has been good for me, showing me my strengths and weaknesses: I am good with storytelling qualities and composition, but have a weakness in keeping my enthusiasm up for a project (my first year saw me creating 37 characters, the second year 16 characters and this year only 15). I think this will be my last year contributing to the challenge.
Best of luck to the rest of your efforts. And Happy Holidays.]]>
Every Angels is made for a specific purpose – some are there to play harps, some guard people and some have important jobs in the hierarchy of the Heavens. One Angel however, lives not in Heaven or on Earth, but in Hell: Ambassadorius – the Grey Angel. While there is much talk of how heaven will sweep out Hell one day, the point remains that if they could have done it, they would, and similarly with Hell, much as both like posturing. While they talk big, the likely result would be the destruction of both, and then the pantheon of some religion would move in and take celestial real estate, which is about the one thing that both sides hate the idea of more than each other. There are various unbreakable universal laws put in place by higher powers to stop direct inter-pantheon conflict, and therefore to prevent the prospect of this chain of events happening, there is the imaginatively named Ambassadorius.
One of the oldest Archangels, he sits in Heavens Embassy in Hell and fixes the problems that arise between the two that might spark something off. Unlike all other Angels however, his task is not to ensure the protection of Mortals and Angels from Hell, and therefore in his negotiations to stave off crises, and with his powers of diplomacy, he has ceded souls to hell that should go to heaven, and even on occasion retroactively rescinded Entry into Heaven, a prospect which horrifies most angels. He is cold, cruel, and has no regard for anything save his own task, and this is simultaneously highly effective, but also uniquely amoung the divine beings utterly morality-free.]]>
Regina’s younger sister. An enforcer witch who can manipulate shadows.]]>
Randall Steel is largely regarded as the best value mercenary that money can buy – not necessarily the best out there, as in a world where there is a surplus of superpowered people who want to make a quick buck it makes a buyer’s market for muscle, but Randall has a gold-plated reputation among the nere-do-wells of the world as the go to guy. While he does maintain a basic level in a broad range of the sorts of subjects a mercenary might be called to know about, when you hire him and his converted, armoured dust-bin lorry the main thing you get is a guy who has experience. Much as many villains feel that a guy in a flack jacket with a crowbar and a sawn-off shotgun isn’t image appropriate for grandiose schemes, many more are happy to have just such a regular guy driving alongside a zombie army, or protecting a moonlazer or even guarding the villain themselves, you can count on him to deliver.]]>
In the same way that some people spend their lives mastering oration or singing, Sofia Ortega has mastered another verbal art form: lying. This isn’t to say that she has some magic ability so she can tell anyone anything and get away with it, more that she has mastered it to the point that she can know the perfect thing to say to get away with the most in any encounter. A simple bit of inflection can make the difference between success and failure, and at her criminal height was walking out of galleries with famous paintings under her arm and talking her way out of it. These days however, most of her income comes from giving teaching super-expensive symposiums for politicians.]]>
Near to the peak of the Cold War, some truly bizarre creations were being unleashed on the World, hugest and most lingering of which was New Stalingrad – a huge walking armored City. The logic of its designers being that a robotic city could move out of the way of nuclear attacks and be very difficult to pin down with long range bombardment. Hundreds of Soviet Citizens were moved in to operate the city and support it with farms in the upper tiers, a small squadron of fighter jets, all the power provided by a large nuclear reactor and three medium range atomic warheads. It then proceeded to wander around the most deserted parts of Siberia keeping out the way of cities which it has continued to do ever since – the robotics technology at the time wasn’t necessarily planned far enough ahead with a way of deactivating it, and much as there is a general consensus that the people inside should be freed, no one wants to provoke a fairly dim robot armed with atomic bombs…
Normally when people consider the horrible terror of Giant Monsters reaching earth through portals in the sea bed, they have something very specific in mind – a big dragon-esque beast that charges to the nearest city and tries to kill everyone. In actual fact, while there is certainly a precedent for that, by far the mot destructive creature to come through portals is the Oceanic Leviathan, a shy herbivore. There are several reasons for this – firstly herbivores tend to be more densely packed into a habitat than carnivores, so more come through. Secondly, a giant almost unkillable grazer quickly devastates an ecosystem where a giant carnivore just starves. Oceanic Leviathans particularly dive deep into sea trenches when startled, so killing them as soon as they are detected is of vital global importance given they can eat entire kelp beds a day.]]>
This is the grave of Mrs. Pardee’s mother. She never came back, she has no message to pass on to her daughter. While stories of the risen dead give us hope for another chance at life, the simple fact remains that whether you believe it to be the final end or just another change of scenery, death awaits us all.]]>
No #29 – #30 Ruben Kaae
No #28 Ruben Kaae
No #24 – #25 – #26 – #27 Ruben Kaae
No #23 Ruben Kaae
Her name is really spelled Laura, but in order to be part of the group she has to spell it Lora. She joined the group because she thought it was a fashion club, not a group of hoodlum girls who wear short skirts. She’s in now, and there’s no getting out.]]>
Zora is one of the coolest members of the Mini-Skirt Mob. She prides herself on the fact that her mom named her after a character from a video game. So hip!]]>
Flora is Cora’s little sister. She’s not really sure she wants to be part of the Mini-Skirt Mob, but she has no choice.]]>
Uhngha is a caveman… He likes doing cave things…]]>
And those are my characters for this year’s challenge. I had fun this year.
Me @ dA – http://energy123049.deviantart.com/
My art on Tumblr – http://artofnrg.tumblr.com/ (family friendly art blog) and http://unleashedrandomness.tumblr.com/ (not safe for work art blog)]]>
Gold Coin is the twin sister of Revlis, and another god exiled from the realm of the gods. After hearing of her sister being banished to earth, she couldn’t really stand for such a severe punishment towards one another, so she chose to exile herself to earth and seal herself in a distant cavern.
Then in the 21st Century, she woke up and wandered the cavern to see if anything has changed. Searching for her sister, Revlis, Gold decides to head to the land closest to the caves she trapped herself in.
In her time, she had the task of observing people as they grew older. She could change her “age” at any given time to blend in within various groups to avoid detection should anyone be chasing after her. She prefers to take the form of a young teenage girl, as it is smaller, and she can move faster in that form.
Unlike her sister, Gold prefers diplomacy to solve her problems.]]>