"This challenge is from my Character Design Shuffle iPhone App. Coming up with characters to draw can be challenging. It's important to have as much info about the character as possible. This allows for the ideas to flow and avoids too much pondering and shooting in the dark.
Unlock the Block!"
- Stephen Silver
How do you participate in the Hero Challenge? Just follow these steps:
Sign up for DeviantArt, if you're not already a member! All the fun is happening there.
Join the official Autodesk SketchBook group.
Download the prompt and draw your mix & match character. Select a species, outfit, and action from the provided list on the canvas. (left)
Use these attributes and draw an original character on the canvas.
Add your entry to the DeviantArt Autodesk SketchBook group!
At the end of March, Stephen will pick his favorite characters, and give feedback on why they met the challenge perfectly.
About the artist:
"I was born in London, England on August 30th 1972. Aspiring to be a professional artist my whole life and knowing drawing would be my vocation, I got my professional start in 1992 drawing caricatures at Sea World in San Diego. In 1993 I started my own illustration company called Silvertoons. In 1997 I was hired by Warner Bros. Television Animation as a character designer, and have been working in the animation industry ever since.
I have designed characters for Disney Television Animation, Sony Feature Animation and Nickelodeon Animation, designing characters for shows such as "Kim Possible", "Danny Phantom" Kevin Smith's "Clerks" the animated series, and many more.
I am the author and artist of 7 self-published books and apps on the art of sketching, character design, caricature and life drawing. In addition to working freelance and teaching at my live school, the Silver Drawing Academy, I also offer an online character design course at Schoolism for those who are unable to attend the live classes."
- Drawing techniques for representing fabric of various age, weight and texture.
- How to avoid putting in too many folds and when it’s appropriate to add more.
- How to avoid unintentionally “soupy” or “lumpy” clothes.
- How to age and distress the clothes your characters wear.
- How light and shadow varies between different fabric types.
- How to enhance your character designs by giving your characters a fashion sense all of their own.
We had an amazing time with this Hero Challenge! Thank you so much to all of the participants. Your creatures were wild, beautiful, and completely unexpected.
Terryl's chosen her three favorites, and two runners up. With no further delay, here they are:
Beautiful drawing and unusual blend of serpent and sloth--this is an exotic, attractive pet that would appeal to both reptile fans and those who adore furry mammals. It's calm, serene attitude implies a gentle, loving pet.
Favorite #2: TruBlueArt
I love the playfulness of this marsupial-canine hybrid--it's happy cheerful expression combined with good anatomy makes this a winner, and probably a pet that one could win a frisbee match with!
Favorite #3: shambok
Wonderful character and expression--who could resist such a jolly creature and its pup! Great technique as well as inventiveness. I love the fuzzy texture of the fur and the sly look in its eye. I wonder if it purrs!
Runner up: EricYoungArt
Runner up: BAELUS-JAN
This purple pet with its beady eyes, little legs, and rabbity ears is fiendishly funny, yet his fierce appearance belies both a gentle and brave personality. He'd be a great pet to come home to at the end of a long day, and cuddle in one's lap. Where can I buy one?
Special thanks to our pals at Wacom for donating Intuos Pro Medium tablets for the favorites, and our friends at DeviantArt for memberships for all of the chosen artists. And of course - thanks to Terryl Whitlatch for serving as our inspiration!
Did your favorite pet make the cut? Take a look at the entries!
Want more challenges? Stay tuned: the next Hero Challenge is coming at you in March! We'll have all the deets right here on how to participate.
There's been an important update to the SketchBook apps. If you're using Membership desktop, Android, or iOS - download the new version right now!
Listening to community feedback, we tried to prioritize the most critical issues with this update. You'll notice a 'Save As' button in the gallery. Application stability has been increased across the board, including after purchasing, saving, importing and exporting images. 3rd party stylus improvment has been added, with left hand support.
When you're in the desktop application, you'll notice a brand new experience the first time you open then app. The new screen helps you see which level you’re signed into, get info on the different types of membership, sign up or buy Pro membership, and jump to tutorials or the latest SketchBook news.
As always, there's a ton of under the hood tweaks and invisible fixes that should improve your drawing experience. Download it right away! We can't wait to see what you create.