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GameArtisans.org Main Challenge #7 ĘC The Comicon Challenge 2010 - Begins!


"Ravaged with time and victories of war, an aged man adorned with a red cape, glares at a crystal projected screen to witness flames and destruction rain over his beloved city. A great sentient evil is about to destroy all that he worked for and all that he loves. It has been many years since he has made an appearance on earth and many more since he has fought, but for him, there is no time for rest. Humanity is in desperate need of a hero, even if it is to be for one last time. Aged and tired, he slowly steps off his throne, and speaks to himself, to gather courage, and to gather strength ĘC "If this is to be my end, then ..."
- Superman

"On the roof of a snow covered mansion, a young boy watches the sun set on a city he used to call home. It has been one month since his parents were brutally murdered in front of him, but for a young boy of 12, it still felt like today. Thugs and drug lords rule the streets now. Nobody is safe. Everyone lives in fear. It would take more than political words or the efforts of a corrupt police force to make things right. He needed a symbol, something that even criminals would fear, and then it came to him from the cover of darkness..."
- Batman

Join us for our Comicon 2010 Challenge - The Age of Legends. In this challenge, you, the creator, are given the unique power to alternate the age of your "action-based" super hero or super villain. If your favorite character is middle aged, then you can make a young or older version of him. If your character is already young, then you can make a middle aged or older version of her. The word "can" is used because as always, this twist is purely optional. You are free to create an unaltered version of your favorite character, or, you can join in on the fun, be creative, and make this remake topic your personal challenge!

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 kill people. 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.

All 1st to 10th place Champions will be commemorated with star icons to highlight their success during this challenge, and placed within our easily found Comicon 2010 awards' page to show the world, forever, your standing in this difficult challenge.

Good Luck to everyone who enters!!

For Questions, Answers or Technical support, please visit here:
http://www.gameartisans.org/forums/showthread.php?t=15785





Model Guidelines :
A maximum of 12,000 tris (if you include pets or multiple character's, everything must be within 12,000 tris)

*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 12k 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 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.
The Game Artisans reserve the right to cancel, extend or amend any part of Comicon Chalenge’s rules, prizes, or deadlines.



CHALLENGE DEADLINE EXTENDED!!
New Date: 11:59 p.m Eastern Time, Wednesday, October 13th, 2010






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