CC 6 Halloween Companions

Our Guest Judge for this Halloween challenge is James Zapata!  he is also an ex-Dagger coming back to haunt our hallowed halls of learning!

Guest Judge: James Zapata

Taking inspiration from James’s Moon & Crow IP characters this month:

Brief:  Your task is to design two companions – a humanoid (X) and a creature (Y) – and then create an illustration depicting their relationship and/or an event from their journey.

Both characters must have names related to the Halloween theme. You can pick two of the following or choose your own as long as they are Halloween-related:

  • Pumpkin
  • Ghost
  • Bat
  • Scarecrow
  • Raven
  • Spider

You decide which one of them is the humanoid or the creature, you just have to keep the core relation of designing a “humanoid(X) and creature(Y)”.

Example: Spider can be the name of your humanoid and Pumpkin the name of the creature” or “Pumpkin(humanoid) and Spider(creature)”.

You can use the names to inform your character/creature design, or simply use them as names!

We are most interested in seeing how creative you can be in coming up with a powerful combo and showing their relationship to each other while fitting with the mood of Halloween.

Mood: dark, mysterious, scary, creepy

Focus: two companions

Environment: anything fitting the mood

Illustration format: anything that works for your piece


ALL Styles and techniques are welcomed, including traditional work. We are focused on your adherence to the brief, your work ethic and personal development, not your tools.

Good research and testing of ideas are important. Don’t skimp on the groundwork.

We will be looking for great ideas first and foremost. Of course, we will also take into account technical execution, style and polish, however, an inspired idea or treatment fairly executed can trump a technically brilliant but very generic idea or treatment. 

Forum Stuff, keeping in the loop

Create your own personal WIP thread and include “CC 6” in the thread title somewhere. Post it here: CC WIPs

Finals and study compilations only should be posted in the following thread. Please provide a link back to your wip thread when you post : CC 6 : Finals

Please get involved and help out others in their wip journey if you can! An active, engaged community makes for a more fun, productive and fulfilling experience!

Deadline: Saturday 29 October 2016  11:00pm [UTC]

Finals thread will be locked down at 11:01pm.  Cut it fine at your peril. 😛

The critique stream time will be announced in the forums and on twitter (@cruciblecrimson and @monkeybreadart).  There is also a timer in the footer below which will count down to the next upcoming deadline or stream.

May the fire of the Crucible guide you.

Piotr and Amit – Crucible Operators 


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