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    Professional Character Design Competition (CASH PRIZE)

    THE WINNERS HAVE BEEN POSTED Thanks!


    We need a Character Designer to populate our new game. To find the best talent, we are holding a small design contest.
    For you - better than an unpaid "art test". For us - we hope to find professionals who get our project and can add to our team.

    Espionage Game
    James Bond with a hint of Noir.
    1961 is reimagined with 2012 technology and geopolitics. Midcentury bold. Powerful and paranoid.
    (Mad Men. OSS 117, a little Bob Kane, more realistic visuals than American Dad, less realistic than Archer)
    Professional Character Design Competition  (CASH PRIZE)
    Balance cartoon and realistic - features should look CHOPPED!
    Define character with strong angles, edges and facets.
    Human, (no robot, mutant or toy look) with clear attitude.
    Skecth must translate well to fully rigged 3D models in game.

    PRIZES
    1st: $250
    2nd: $150
    3rd: $125
    One artist might win all three.
    The real prize is the Concept Artist gig on our new game.

    [ new ] WIN CONDITION:
    This is NOT an illustration contest.
    It is a design contest for 3D characters.
    This means a rough pencil sketch beats a gorgeous rendering, if the pencil artist can better imagine shapes and volumes that make a face (and body) expressive, memorable and unique.

    [ new ] DEADLINE:
    Pictures received before dawn on Thursday April 19 2012



    Intellectual Property
    All non-winning submissions remain your property. We use nothing that we have not paid for.

    Development
    We reserve the right to base characters on the winning designs. We plan to hire the winning artist(s) to develop these and other game characters.

    Character
    Design as many of these characters as you like. One artist can win all the prizes. Post entries here. Winner will be announced here.


    Protagonist
    Ian Solitaire:
    Our current artist did a great job on Ian. But you might try to up it. Good luck.
    Due to a hasty field promotion, Ian has more responsibility than he’s ready for. He’d rather fight than think, but he now has to carefully apply his Ivy League brain and help his agents think clearly as well.

    Agent
    Cookie:
    Middle aged female agent with zero hetero sex appeal. Very tough, dogged in her devotion to Ian and to hunting down the bad guys. She ain't Moneypenny. More butch. She is both intellectual and unstoppable.

    Double Agent
    Honeypot:
    Secret Agent bait. She can attract, seduce and corrupt Ian (or Cookie, I think).
    She is also quite dangerous with a big gun, a stick or just her hands.
    Her sweet, vulnerable appearance hides both her seductive powers and her fighting skills.

    Master Villain
    Hugh Jigo:
    Real Estate Tycoon/Rising Communist Political Star – A billionaire making unusually large purchases of worthless desert land, and a rising populist rallying desert governments around the promise of a green (red) future. Fat, bald, but an eloquent speaker.

    Commander
    Gen. Malaise
    Military Strategist/Ousted Warlord – A ruthless military leader, hated and feared in the desert, currently waging a guerilla war against an opposing government unfriendly to Jigo’s proposal of uniting the desert countries - where he is building a naval fleet and awaiting rising sea levels. Weathered, scarred and blind in one eye.

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    Hi are very interested in your contest (I really like the tem) and I wanted to get the questions in the hope that answer me.
    1. as an Italian can I participate in the contest?
    2. is not specified what he wants to see if any features or a character study for all?
    3. we offer you a kind of sketch or study in front, side and three-quarters of the character?
    4. the work we publish them here or on some e-mail?

    I asked too many questions XD I hope you respond. see you soon.
    P. S. Happy Easter: D

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    Pasqua felice!

    1. as an Italian can I participate in the contest?
    You can participate in the contest, and win it. No problem.

    2. is not specified what he wants to see if any features or a character study for all?
    Create one character - or all five.. It is up to you. There are three prizes.
    Submit s simple pencil sketch of a single pose, or a full color multiple rendering. It is up to you.

    3. we offer you a kind of sketch or study in front, side and three-quarters of the character?
    That's fine See above.

    4. the work we publish them here or on some e-mail?
    We prefer that you publish here. But if you are concerned with privacy, you can email to BigFunDev/at/gmail/dot/com

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    I'll bite. Seems like it could be a fun little gig. Here are some very rough quick silhouettes of the basic character archetypes you've provided. Granny was just for kicks.
    Couple of quick questions: What is your companies name and were are you located? I'm an artist from central California and if you'd like to see more and discuss rates my e-mail is blankstate09@gmail.com

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    Nice work, BlankState

    Nice stylish silhouettes.
    But silhouette is very limited character design.
    Our company Big Fun Development Corporation is in Atlanta - independent sine 1996. Making games is all we do.

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    Re:Character Design - a little larger than life

    Hi,
    I'm a professional artist(in 3D&2D), and very interested in this job, I'm much experienced in doing game graphic and concept arts, I have experience with different types of design and can work in variety of styles, check out my gallery please, thank you for your time and consideration.

    Shipeng Lee

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    http://shipenglee.deviantart.com/gallery/
    http://shipenglee.deviantart.com/gallery/?offset=24
    http://shipenglee.deviantart.com/gallery/?offset=48
    http://shipenglee.deviantart.com/gallery/?offset=72
    E-Mail:
    shipenglee.studio[at]gmail.com

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    Thank you. The silhouettes are free and just to show that I am able to work within the style you are looking for. What I am proposing are fully drawn lineart character sheets for each. Will see about coming up with one or more for this comp. Thanks again.

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    thanks for the answer already I'm putting it to work by April 15 and will publish my work

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    Not altogether sure about the direction I've been going with this at the moment. With references to American Dad and OSS 117 I seem somewhat inclined to think of more nutty adult swim spoof-like humor and much less of more sleek and sophisticated designs like in Deus Ex or even Aeon Flux (even though a lot of Deus Ex looks a bit too Matrix) with smarter gadgets and tech. It's a bit of a conundrum for me at the moment and though personally it would be fun to do either, perhaps you could give a little more clarity on weather the game is intended to lean much more to an out-there humorous spy game or to a more sophisticated spy game with much smaller elements of humor?

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    Here's my bid. I am a art student from The Animation Workshop in Denmark.
    I could push the design further, but I didn't want to go too stylized for the sake of realism.
    I hope you like it, I would very much like to work with you on your project.


    Agent Coookie: http:///images/view/225520/

    My portfolio: http://bjornbs.carbonmade.com/
    My blog: bjornbs.tumblr.com

    Critique very welcome btw. :-)

    Regards
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    Best of luck

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    Been looking at this for the past few hours and thought I'd have a go myself, as I quite like the feeling of pulp culture. Anywho, boom :

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    My quick sketch of Ian Solitaire.

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    And my quick sketch of cookie.

    Will definitely check in to post some of Honeypot, Hugh, and Gen. Malaise when I get around to doing them (hopefully tomorrow) as well as try and draw up some quick full body references.

    Seems like a fun project.

    Edit:

    Managed to scratch out a few more sketches.

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    one of Hugh. I really wanted to try and capture the "eloquent" side of him.

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    Trying to keep in mind that these should go onto fully rendered models, I thought I'd try something a bit more stylized and geometric, though I'm still contemplating her over all design. I might try and give her a bit more of an innocent flare.

    And there's :

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    I have alternate designs for the both of them that I'd like flesh out if given the time tomorrow to do some quick full body sketches of each character.

    So many good entries so far! good luck everyone D:

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    here's my entry for Honeypot

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    Nice sketches.

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    Here is my take on Ian Solitaire.

    New to htis site so no gallery yet. You can check out my DA page here http://daztibbles.deviantart.com/

    Cheers
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    A quick sketch of Hugo Jigo.

    Cheers
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    Tom Frobish Entry

    Here's my entry for 3 of the characters.

    Ian Solitaire
    Agent Honeypot
    Hugh Jigo

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    Ah man, wish I'd seen this earlier! I've been on an Archer kick lately, so I'm kinda loving the theme.

    Anyway, there are some really cool entries so far, Daimida I love the way you paint.

    Maybe I'll go buy some Code Red, lock myself in my room for a couple days, and see what I can come up with.

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    Jurassslic
    i hope you can take a whack at it.
    It does not have to be a super duper rendering -- but it must be an amazing character design,

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    Jussslic, thank you very much and good luck with making your entry, there's still some time

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    Spies are cool. Decided to go for Honeypot, sort of 40's magazine cartoon look.

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    Thanks -- but wow.

    Weremole

    Thank you for making this effort but this ain't a 40's magazine look at all!!
    This is anime style with a lolicon bent.
    We are not going there.
    No anime, no schoolgirl lust.
    Not on this project.

    Thanks

    -Jake

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    Beautiful stuff, DAZ!! Jigo is a little soft but still tough enough

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    honeypot

    nice one Daimida i like her face and hair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigfun View Post
    Weremole

    Thank you for making this effort but this ain't a 40's magazine look at all!!
    This is anime style with a lolicon bent.
    We are not going there.
    No anime, no schoolgirl lust.
    Not on this project.

    Thanks

    -Jake
    I can deal with not hitting a mark as intended but it's obvious from the tone of your comment that this relationship won't progress any further.

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    I am sorry to come off rude to you, Weremole.
    I guess I was really overstressing the point to prevent other artists from following your lead.
    I am sincerely grateful that you spent time working on our project, I just want to be careful that we do not suggest a direction that will squander the efforts of others.

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    Hello,
    this contest seems fun
    I tried as well, here is my take on Ian Solitaire and Honeypot
    have a nice weekend everyone

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    This is my version of Agent Cookie, Double Agent Honeypot and Hugh Jigo.
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    my blog and portfolio http://carermejoart.blogspot.it/p/portfolio_31.html

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    Here is my version for Honeypot

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    This is my entry for Ian Solitaire

    My gallery here on conceptart has an error, but you can see other examples of my work in the next links

    My portfolio http://fernandocano.carbonmade.com

    My DA http://perfectcirkel.deviantart.com

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