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$50 Character Design + Blog Header Design!

Discussion in 'Design Contests' started by midwestbonsai, Oct 20, 2008.

  1. #1
    Hello all you creative designers!
    SEMrush
    Please read the following information very carefully:

    Overview:
    I require an individual to create various cartoon/mascots/caricatures/characters.
    The ideal person must possess:

    * A flair for creativity
    * Ability to create high quality, unique vector illustrations
    * Follow given instructions

    The person who is selected as the winner of this contest will be elgible (and recommended) to create additional characters.

    Contest
    This contest is in regards to creating a 100% vector cartoon/mascot/caricature/character or whatever you wish to call them and a header for a blog. I have basic instructions as to what the character must look like, and you can find these details below.

    Design
    Character:
    You will be created a cartoon/mascot/caricature/character of a bonsai tree, but not just any bonsai tree. This tree must have a personality and face.
    See the following site for inspirations:
    http://www.artofbonsai.org/galleries/index.php
    (one of my favorite is the tree on their home page)
    Please use vibrant colors.

    Header:
    The URl of the site is madcitybonsai.com. This is also the "nickname" for the town I live in. So I would like some sort of city background or something along those lines, and incorporate the character and be creative! NO CODING NEEDED!

    Payment
    The contest winner will be paid $50 USD via PayPal.
    This competition closes in 5 days. The closing date is Saturday, 25th October, Central Standard time which is GMT-5.

    Questions
    Please ask

    Disclaimer
    The image must be delivered with full, editable files and within the timeframe. By accepting the payment, you give full image rights to myself, and understand that I am the new copyright owner of the image.
     
    midwestbonsai, Oct 20, 2008 IP
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    SEMrush
  2. l3fty

    l3fty Well-Known Member

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    #2
    here's a sketch:

    [​IMG]
     
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  3. midwestbonsai

    midwestbonsai Well-Known Member

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    #3
    l3fty: This is good, but I do not like the face, too cute
     
    midwestbonsai, Oct 21, 2008 IP
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    a4hire Active Member

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    #4
    Hi , I will be entering your contest. Just to make sure, the contest is for a mascot design and a header design incorporating the new mascot on it. And also using the madcitybonsai.com right ?
    Also are you going to stick with the current word press theme? Keeping the same color scheme? Is there a set size for the header ? 900x100 ? or maybe shorter I see you have a banner advertisement space there too.
     
    a4hire, Oct 21, 2008 IP
  5. midwestbonsai

    midwestbonsai Well-Known Member

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    #5
    Yes and a Yes and also MadCity Bonsai would be fine but not required.

    No I will be making a new one based on the header design.

    No I will be making a new one based on the header design.

    Use your best judgment, the entire site will change after this new header and mascot.
     
    midwestbonsai, Oct 21, 2008 IP
  6. a4hire

    a4hire Active Member

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    #6
    Here is my first attempt at it. I will wait for your feedback.
    [​IMG]
     
    a4hire, Oct 21, 2008 IP
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  7. midwestbonsai

    midwestbonsai Well-Known Member

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    #7
    @everyone
    I like the ways you all are approaching the project.

    @a4hire
    I am not sure that I like that tree. I like the font and you can drop the .com
     
    midwestbonsai, Oct 21, 2008 IP
  8. allofall

    allofall Peon

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    #8
    hello there, here is mine:

    [​IMG]

    thanks
     
    allofall, Oct 21, 2008 IP
  9. midwestbonsai

    midwestbonsai Well-Known Member

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    #9
    @allofall
    I like this. If selected would you be able to add some texture to the trunk and foliage? You can lose the site URI no need to have that as a part of the char.
     
    midwestbonsai, Oct 21, 2008 IP
  10. l3fty

    l3fty Well-Known Member

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    #10
    is this closer to what you had in mind?

    [​IMG]
     
    l3fty, Oct 21, 2008 IP
  11. allofall

    allofall Peon

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    #11
    Thanks for feedback here it is with more details:

    [​IMG]
     
    allofall, Oct 22, 2008 IP
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    midwestbonsai Well-Known Member

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    #12
    @l3fty - looking good

    @allofall - not going to work
     
    midwestbonsai, Oct 22, 2008 IP
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    watari Well-Known Member

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    #13
    my entry ...

    [​IMG]
     
    watari, Oct 22, 2008 IP
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    allofall Peon

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    #14
    ok here it is with less details

    [​IMG]

    thanks
     
    allofall, Oct 22, 2008 IP
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    a4hire Active Member

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    #15

    Hi I can make changes to the tree, can you tell me what you don't like ? Just the overall look ? or the face ? Well, I will make some changes and post up a new entry for you.
     
    a4hire, Oct 22, 2008 IP
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    l3fty Well-Known Member

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    #16
    thought i'd show you the finished inks before i start coloring:

    [​IMG]
     
    l3fty, Oct 22, 2008 IP
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    midwestbonsai Well-Known Member

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    #17
    @a4hire - I would have to say the overall tree is what I do not like the most.

    @allofall - I like the way that the rootbase is spread out (where the trunk meets the soil). But something is just not right about it, I think it is the way foliage is made.

    @watari - This is nice I like your colors, I think it could be improved by incorporating a root base like allofall's on each foot. And take away the foliage around the knees.

    @l3fty - This last one you have posted is my favorite of your two.

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    What I have envisioned for the header part of this is some sort of rectangle - rounded corners on the top - with buildings in the background with some coming out of the rectangle some in front and some behind its edge.
     
    midwestbonsai, Oct 22, 2008 IP
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    midwestbonsai Well-Known Member

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    #18
    That is great!
     
    midwestbonsai, Oct 22, 2008 IP
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    a4hire Active Member

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    #19
    I made a few changes on mine. Let me know if you like it any better.
    [​IMG]
     
    a4hire, Oct 22, 2008 IP
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    allofall Peon

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    #20
    thanks for feedback again,
    here it is with another foliage

    [​IMG]
     
    allofall, Oct 22, 2008 IP