For those of you who don’t know, we are currently doing an original character (OC) contest, where you design a character to fit in with the Reynard City universe. We’ve had some awesome entries, but I am now also happy to say in this last oc contest update we have the excellent artist and illustrator Natalie Knowles judging the contest.
AND THE WINNER IS…. LEOLIONZ!
Prizes will be on their way to you, including this awesome commission from Natalie herself, who had this to say on her decision…
1. Originality, imagination and awareness of the Reynard City story. Leolionz has created a character with a backstory that fit into the Reynard City universe and that showed understanding of themes that are dealt with in the comics.
2. Drawing a character in a complex pose! I applaud artists that can draw their characters in active poses. The winning entry shows a character weight lifting, rather than a passive stance. The picture tells us so much more about the character, i.e. occupation, physicality and hobby/talent.
3. Providing a colour palette for the character. Imagine if this character was purchased by a publishing house and a team of artists were employed to draw and colour this character. There would be a brand guidelines to accompany the character showing all the poses, facial expressions and colours associated with the character. I was so impressed that the winning entry had provided a colour palette – again it showed awareness of brand.
4. Impressed with the tonal colouring skills. The winning entry had impressive muscles and these were coloured very well using tone, showing artistry and skill.
UPDATE- ENTRIES ARE NOW CLOSED, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR AWESOME ENTRIES, WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS.
Natalie graduated from the University of Brighton in 2010. As part of her MA, she created a walkthrough of the William Gibson novel Neuromancer in the style of a retro videogame, and as those of you will know that I love Streets of Rage and sidescrollers, so that made her ideal for us (you can find out more about her here)
She has also been fab and given an oc character contest update on her own website, so please return the favour and share it (link here)
If you haven’t seen it already go to the OC character contest page for more info on how to submit your entry and win some fab prizes, check out some of the fantastic entries we’ve already had below (and enter your own to be featured in a future oc contest update!
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