Thanks for the overwhelmingly positive response D: !! I did not expect to get some designs already. I'll make the contest official now x3 RikDik Character Design Contest
What is it?
RikDik is an ongoing comic project that I am working on, based on deer-inspired characters. You can read it here -->rikdik.smackjeeves.com/
This contest is to submit designs for characters that I can include in my comic as background characters and extras. I could design these myself, but I feel it would be more fun and interesting to see what you guys can come up with ^^
What I need:
-Classmates - It's an all-boys, all-deer/antelope sports college, so I need some guys to make reappearances in backgrounds at school sometimes. Can be any species as long as it links to deer/antelope/something similar and every character has to have a sport they specialise in or atleast take part in the most.
-Teammates and opponents -
I need badminton players for Sasha
and Football team players for Anthony, and probably could do with sparring partners for Rik. These can be the same characters as 'classmates' if needbe. These are not the only sports/activities that will feature in the comic, please feel free to pick something completely different if you like!
Edit: Thanks for the badminton players I have already received!
-Teachers - Could do with various coaches and academic teachers, can be any gender.
-Randomers - If you have a design I could use for chapters that dont take place in school, I'd still love to see
Rules and Requirements
Reference for character style and school uniform -->
- You may submit more than one design.
- I will accept anything from traditional sketches to full colour digital. However, the less you provide me with, the more control I will have over the finished design. For example, if you submit a black and white sketch, I will have to make the colour scheme, so you must be okay with that.
-You do not need to design several outfits for your character, feel free to provide as little or as much as you like, or simply draw the school uniform if you'd prefer (see refs above)
-You do not need to think of a well thought out personality and backstory for your character. If you have one, thats great! But they will only be used as minor characters, so feel free to just submit a design if thats all you have.
-Please post your entry on dA somewhere (either gallery, stash or scraps) so that I can post thumbnails of the winners later. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU GIVE ME A LINK. I dont want to miss any entries! THE IMPORTANT BIT
-If you submit a design to me, you are effectively handing me the right to use that character in the comic whenever I need to, and depict them how I want. In short, I would like full rights to the design itself, so that I do not have to chase people up to ask permission each time a character features in a page. You are welcome to continue drawing that character, but I would like you to atleast appreciate that the character would be henceforth linked to the comic within its universe only.
Basically, do NOT submit a design that you are invested in and attached to and would want to use for something else (like a fursona, a character in your own comic, etc etc). Please make sure you are happy to let me adopt that character as my own, effectively.
I am just making this clear because I do not want to be in a position later on where I might be accused of stealing a character that is being used for something else, or where someone is not happy about the way their character is portrayed in the comic.
What you will get in return:
-I will draw up all the designs I like so each winner gets a drawing of their design (A single pose and maybe a bust)
-Your character will be used in the comic somewhere (although progress is generally pretty lax so don't expect to see them right away)
-You will be creditted when the character is used (online and in printed format). DEADLINE: 1st June 2015
After the deadline I will make a journal showcasing the winning entries and will get working on the refs for the new characters.
- "I cant draw anthros" "My style doesnt match yours"
Do not be so worried if your style is different to mine. Anything that will give me a good idea of the character should be fine and I will be redrawing them in a big ref later on anyway ^^
- "Why do you need so many boys but not girls? I cant draw boys"
The comic is definitely male centric because I am better at drawing guys, but I have plans for an all-girls rival school later. Its in the distant future now though so asking for designs at this stage would be a bit pointless.
- "I cant colour my drawing, can I give you a written colour scheme?"
Yes, but this still gives me some control over the final design, so either make sure you are happy with that, or be super detailed with your description.
- "How many winners will there be?"
A limitless number; I will happily make use of any design I really like, and considering I am in need of a whole class, sports teams, tutors, etc, it is highly likely there will be space for your design.
- "I'm not on dA, can I get my design to you another way?"
Yes, you can reach me at any of these places -->www.facebook.com/shrimpworksshrimposaurus.tumblr.com/www.furaffinity.net/user/rikdi…
- "I have a question thats not answered here"
Please leave a comment and I will answer and update the rules and FAQ if needbe
Thanks so much for your help! I'm really excited to see what ideas people have!