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GameArtisans.org Main Challenge #6 ¨C The Comicon Challenge - Begins!

- Art by Edwin David -

We here at GameArtisans are no strangers to war. We have been fighting for as long as we can remember. In the past, there have been cross-forum wars for extreme Dominance and Unearthly Beauty, however, in this war, for the first time, it is all internal. A Civil War - a war brought on amongst ourselves. In light of your hard efforts in Comicon Challenge 2008, it is with great pleasure that we bring to you, the citizens of GameArtisans, our second annual Comicon Challenge. Within these pages, the series starts and continues into a new chapter. Once again, you are presented with the choice of whether you want to save the citizens of the world as a hero or enslave humanity and rule the world as a villain - the choice is yours...

The rules are simple. Take your favorite ˇ°action-basedˇ± comic book super hero or super villain and create a fan-based representation of him, her, or it! Additionally, you may now re-create this character as if they were in a different time period. What would Captain America look like in the Revolutionary War? The Incredible Hulk in the year 3022? The Punisher in 1935? Remember, Archie is not an "action" hero or villain and neither is Garfield - they don't have weapons and they don't save or kill people. However, Wolverine, Alita, 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.

So fire up your sculpting applications, pull out your trusty wacom tablets, blow the dust off that mouse and show the world just how amazing your creations can be. You now have five weeks to bring your favorite character to life in 3D, or into a Concept Art image. May the best Hero or Villain Win!

For Questions, Answers or Technical support, please visit here:
http://www.gameartisans.org/forums/showthread.php?t=9860





Model Guidelines :
A maximum of 10,000 tris (if you include pets or multiple character's, everything must be within 10,000 polies)

*1 x 2048 Color Map
*1 x 2048 Reflection Map
*1 x 2048 Specular Map
*1 x 2048 Specular Color Map
*1 x 2048 Normal Map
*1 x 2048 Bump Map
*1 x 2048 Opacity(transparency) Map
*1 x 2048 Glow map
*1 x 2048 Glossiness map


Warning:
You may not break each type of sheet into smaller sheets.

The Constraints:
A pedestal (not floor) may be included. This pedestal can be made with unlimited polies and texture sheets, but you can not include items that your character can use or pick up. Do not abuse the 10k maximum for your character by using this separate unlimited bonus for a pedestal.
2-sided polies with two separate uv channels are permitted.
Joint entries are prohibitted for this challenge. Only one artist may work on one entry. If a 3d Artist wishes to enter the concept art category, he/she must make an entirely new concept for that category.
Multiple entries per person are not permitted. You are allowed only one 3d entry and/or one 2d entry.
Your entry must be specifically created for this challenge. Do not use any pieces from previous personal works.
There are no lighting restrictions.
All Game Engines are allowed.
Read Submission requirements below for exact specs for your 5 Final Images.

Model Guidelines :
Incomplete entries can still be submitted, but they will not be judged.
Judging is based on, but not limited to, the following:
- Is your creation eye catching?
- Silhouette and Texture work.
- Final Presentation

The Deliverables:
A final illustrated color concept of your glorious Action Hero. Remember: This concept is made to showcase the personality, colors and style or your character so it can be recreated in 3d for a Game Title. Hiding body pieces, or making really strange angles or poses might not be your best solution.
An illustrated color modeling sheet that shows at least 3 angles of your character. Choices include: Front, right, left, perspective, and/or back view. Optional: May include additional closeups/zoom'ins of items or body parts.
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. Example: (for this challenge, all steps should be put onto a single sheet):
http://kendall3d.com/tutorial_creature.html
Joint entries for the concept art challenge are prohibited.
Submitting Multiple entries is not permitted. You are allowed only one 3d entry and/or one 2d entry.
Read Submission requirements below for exact specs for your 3 Final Images.

Special Notes:
Your entry must be specifically created for this challenge. Do not use any pieces from previous personal works.

The Judging:
Incomplete entries can still be submitted, but they will not be judged.
Judging is based on, but not limited to, the following:
- Does it look good? Is it catchy and charming?
- Pretty colors
- Accuracy of Modeling Sheet



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!
Maximum Dimensions: 1000w x 1000h pixels and 350k file size

Presentation Shot
This image must contain one full front pose and one full back pose of your character. Poses must be placed on one large or two small pedestals. 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, and Hue/Saturation. Background must be a flat textured (grainy, etc) image or a pure or gradient color. You cannot put any objects, stars, things, fire, or people in your background.
Maximum Dimensions: 1000w x 1000h pixels and 350k file size

Construction (wireframe) 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.
Maximum Dimensions: 1000w x 1000h pixels and 350k file size

Texture Sheet
It is mandatory to squeeze your diffuse and normal maps onto this "one" image. You can show additional maps if you are inclined (reflection, transparency, bump, specular etc).
Maximum Dimensions: 1000w x 1000h pixels and 350k file size

Concept Sheet (Only if you have a concept)
You MUST include a comic book cover of your chosen character on this sheet. If you have additional reference images or if you draw additional sketches, you can also add them here.
Maximum Dimensions: 1000w x 1000h pixels and 350k file size

Final Concept
A final full body illustrated concept of your character. Small body parts may be hidden like a foot and/or a hand. Basically, you should show at least 90% of your figure on this page.
Maximum Dimensions: 1000w x 1000h pixels and 350k file size

Modeling Sheet
An illustrated color modeling sheet that shows at least 3 angles of your character. Choices include: Front, right, left, perspective, and/or back view. Optional: May include additional closeups/zoom'ins of items or body parts.
Maximum Dimensions: 1000w x 1000h pixels and 350k file size

Workflow Sheet
You MUST include an original comic book cover or page of your chosen character on this sheet. Additionally, you must include a step-by-step process of how you made your final illustration. Include a few sketchs as well as a few images showing the process leading up to your final main illustration. Example: (for this challenge, all steps should be put onto a single sheet):
http://kendall3d.com/tutorial_creature.html
Maximum Dimensions: 1000w x 1000h pixels and 350k file size




Regulations and Policies

Comicon Challenge is open to all artists in all countries.
All champions, regardless of where they are on the planet, are eligible for prizes. If you have a shipping address and/or bank account, we will send you your prizes!
Any import taxes or duties on prizes must be paid by the prize winner as follows:
- Bank wire transfer deduction: - $35 US
- Bank Draft/Cheque deduction: - $5 US (+shipping)
- Paypal deduction: - $0 US
- Western Union Cheque: - $30 US
- Shipping and Handling for prizes: - $50-100 US for International | - $20-50 US for USA/Canada
Our sponsors are responsible for sending the prizes to the winners. GCCore Arts cannot be held responsible, nor can we provide a substitute in case prizes are no longer available or if the sponsors have retracted their sponsorship at any time during the contest.
All Cash prizes are listed in USD. Any transfer fees must be paid by the prize winner.
Payments cannot be divided into multiple shipping addresses or bank accounts.
To be eligible for prizes, winning entrants must cooperate in making an interview about themselves.
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. GCCore Arts 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.
The Comicon Challenge team reserve the right to cancel, extend or amend any part of Comicon Chalenge’s rules, prizes, or deadlines.


CHALLENGE DEADLINE EXTENDED!!
New Deadline: 11:59 p.m Eastern Time, Monday, August 31th, 2009





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