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GameArtisans.org Main Challenge #9 – The Comicon Challenge 2014

THEME STORY SAMPLES

FINAL - Torn, beaten, and broken, the citizens of Metropolis gaze at the body of superman in disbelief as he lays there in the cratered street... deathly still. With fires raging all about and extra-dimensional soldiers appearing everywhere and destroying everything in their path, the city is in desperate need of a hero. However, this evil mega army, ruled by an iron clad god... no, there is no hope. Heroes lay dead all about. Blood of innocents decorate the ash ridden streets. There is nothing that can be done. Metropolis, and all its citizens, and soon the world, are doomed! But then.... ever so slightly, the rocks where a mighty hero was once thought dead, begin to stir. First an arm, then another.... Superman, all beaten and torn slowly gets up. There are no cheers, no sounds of relief, and no cries of joy. All who stand there and all who have been watching the battle unfold on the morning news ... a fragile hope in everyone begins to mount with the rise of a once fallen man. Superman then looks up. His next attack, for better or for worse, will be .....

STAND - It has been ages since he last walked the arctic snows of the north. In the distance lays his final destination – a fortress of ice. To be here today, it was an achievement laced with great sacrifice. A journey that required a separation from the comfortable riches of the world, and an initiation into a new level of skill, awareness, intellect, and all that comes with it... Power! The doors shudder open. 10 years. A trial of patience and endurance... he laughs. Soon, he will be rewarded. With an armored cybernetic arm, he pulls out a green crystal from his coat and inserts it into a crystalline panel centered in a massive room. The lights dim, the earth shakes, and an image of a proud figure appears. With an ancient rusty old voice, the figure speaks. “What do you want?” Holding back a smile, the journeyed man states “To become a Kryptonian!" A process normally impossible for humans, he begins to laugh, for he has found a way through use of Science! He takes off his arctic coat. A complex suite of cybernetic armory is revealed. With the power of science, together with the infusion of Kryptonian power - soon he will become known on earth as a God! Minutes later, the process is complete. He leaves the fortress and as he walks back towards civilization, he quietly whispers to himself... “I, Lex Luther, have finally returned!”

WHAT IS REQUIRED IN BRIEF

Final – Re-create a known hero or villain in his last moments, during one epic final battle. The hero should be beaten, torn, and only have enough power left to do one final strike!

Stand - Re-create a known hero or villain who is returning after being gone for a long period of time, or who is rising for the first time, all shiny and new (optional: new costume?), to face an epic battle. For better or for worse, this new or returning hero/villain is set to change the world!

Be creative, let loose, and have some fun. Good luck to all who join Comicon Challenge, 2014!

For Questions, Answers or Technical support, please visit here:
http://www.gameartisans.org/forums/threads/62269-Comicon-Challenge-2014

To create a thread for this challenge, go here:
http://www.gameartisans.org/forums/newthread.php?do=newthread&f=15
Thread title should be: Comicon 2014 | 3D (or 2D) | Username | Chosen Character

ADDITIONAL NOTES

1. Remember, Archie is not an "action" hero and Garfield is not a super villain - they don't have weapons and they don't save or attempt to destroy the world. However, Wolverine, Battle Angel Alita, The Phoenix, Flash, Cyclops, Superman, Batman, Gambit, Daredevil, Electra, Joker, Magneto, G.I.Joe, Ninja Turtles, and many many more are all glorious examples of exactly what we are looking for during this challenge. The only restriction: one of your final images MUST include an original small comic book cover or page of the character you choose to create. Simply find a cover or page online that contains your character, and stick it on one of your final images to pay respect to the original character and/or creator.

2. Expressions, camera angle, and final pose, is extremely important for this uniquely strong themed challenge. Keep this in mind. A t-pose model or idle posed concept illustration - not good!

3. Characters originating from video games or movies are not allowed for this challenge (Tomb Raider, Star Craft, etc).

4. Keep gore and nudity to a decent level please! Don’t get Comicon banned in various countries!

5. This is a w.i.p (work in progress) based challenge. Posting your w.i.p art in a personal thread on the forums, is ABSOLUTLY MANDATORY. Artists who show no work till the end may be disqualified.

6. Artists wishing to enter both 3d and concept art categories, must create a new idea for each entry. Example, if you make Superman for a 3d category entry, you cannot make the same character for a Concept Art Entry.

IMPORTANT

This image must be included in your 1st post in your wip thread, or your thread can potentially be locked temporarily by an admin.

To create an official entry...

  • Create a wip thread in GA's Art Challenges forum. In this personal thread, you are able to post your progress work during Comicon.
  • When you have your thread, go into your personal 3D Form OR 2D Form and submit 3 items.
    1. An image
    2. An Entry Title (Superman? Venom's Stand? etc),
    3. The URL (http://your-wip-thread-link) of your wip thread.
  • When the above two items are complete, copy and paste this code into the first post of your wip thread:
    [URL="http://www.gameartisans.org/challenges/view-entries_comicon-challenge-2014_show-all.php"][img]http://www.gameartisans.org/comiconchallenge/2014/images/official-entry.gif[/img][/url]
  • You are now an Official Entry!

Recreate a super hero or super villain with one of the following themes:

Final: Hero/villain in final epic battle.
Stand: Hero/Villain rise for first time, or returns after a long absent period.

Model Guidelines:

  • For Comicon 2014 and only for 2014, Unlimited polies, unlimited texture sheets, all shaders, all game engines, all 3d program softwares, any lighting solutions, are yours! Use them as you wish for your “single” character and pedestal (optional). However, your final model should still be professionally looking unwrapped, on a single or on multiple sheets. View Example Sheet (by Neil Blevins)
  • No pets, animals, and no extra characters in any shape or form. If an additional life form, entity, robot, citizen, alien, bird, insect, dust mite, duck, carebare, living germ, or anything else that resembles an additional entity of any and all kinds in your presentation is found, you will be asked to remove it. Period. Create a single character. Nothing else!!!

The Constraints:

  • A pedestal (not floor) may be included. This pedestal also has unlimited polies and texture sheets..
  • 2-sided polies with two separate uv channels are permitted.
  • No joint or team entries and only one 3d entry per artist.
  • Your entry must be specifically created for this challenge. Do not use any ideas, sketches, or art from previous personal works.

Submission Guidelines:

Main Beauty Shot
  • You are free to do whatever post effects you like on this image. You can create multiple angles of your character or just one big version of your character. You can include painted environments, skies, effects.. basically, anything!
  • Image Dimensions: up to 1600w x 1600h pixels and 500k file size.
Presentation Shot
  • This image must contain one full front pose and one full back pose of your character. Optional: Poses can be placed on one large or two small pedestals (pedestals have unlimited polygons and texture sheets. A hover board, vehicle, etc, is not a pedestal).
  • Post effects from 3d softwares or 2d programs like Photoshop are NOT allowed in this image. The only adjustments allowed are: Brightness/Contrast, Levels, Sharpness, color balance, Curves, and Hue/Saturation.
  • Image Dimensions: up to 1600w x 1600h pixels and 500k file size.
Construction Shot
  • This image should depict how your character was made. You can include wireframe shots, high res models, multiple angles or just one big wire frame shot.
  • Image Dimensions: up to 1600w x 1600h pixels and 500k file size.
Texture Sheets
  • Use this image to show the texture sheets used on your model. Must include diffuse and normal map. Other sheets are optional.
  • Image Dimensions: up to 1600w x 1600h pixels and 500k file size.
Concept/Skethes + Comic book cover
  • If you have any sketches or concepts for your creation, include them on this sheet. In addition... it is mandatory to include a comic book cover, or a page of the comic your character is from, on this sheet.
  • Image Dimensions: up to 1600w x 1600h pixels and 500k file size.

Create an illustration that depicts a super hero or super villain with one of the following themes

Final: Hero/villain in final epic battle.
Stand: Hero/Villain rise for first time, or returns after a long absent period.

Illustration Guidelines:

  • Pets, animals, crowds, audiences, and up to "one" additional main character is allowed. This main character can either be a team mate, or an opponent.
    Example: If Conan is created, he can be fighting in a gladiator ring with crowds of people watching the battle, and there before him, is a "single" main opponent.

Main Beauty Shot

  • A final illustrated color concept of your glorious Action Hero/Villain.
  • Image Dimensions: up to 1600w x 1600h pixels and 500k file size.

Progress Shot

  • A Step-by-step process image of how you made your final illustration. This image must contain sketchs as well as a few images showing the process leading up to your final main illustration.
  • Image Dimensions: up to 1600w x 1600h pixels and 500k file size.

Optional Extra Images

  • You are free to submit up to 3 extra images of your choosing. Can be wips, extra work-in-progress shots, area specific highlights, additional sketches, etc.
  • Image Dimensions: up to 1600w x 1600h pixels and 500k file size.

Special Notes:

  • No Joint entries.
  • One 2d concept art entry per artist.
  • Your entry must be specifically created for this challenge. Do not use any ideas, sketches, or art from previous personal works.

Regulations and Policies

  • Comicon Challenge is open to all artists in all countries.
  • All art, sketches, and photographs submitted in or during the Comicon Challenge remain yours to do with as you wish. You retain all rights, ownerships, and/or copyrights for your work.
  • Judges' decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • No late entries will be accepted. Game Artisans will not be held responsible for late or missing entries for any reason whatsoever. It is the sole responsibility of the entrants to make reasonable allowances for upload times and to plan accordingly.
  • Game Artisans reserve the right to cancel, extend or amend any part of Comicon Chalenge’s rules, or deadlines.

Comicon Challenge 2014 is closed for submissions

- Challenged ended 23:59:00 p.m Eastern Time, Wednesday, March 19th 2014 -