December 2016 Challenge of the Month



December 10th 2016 (Draw with Jazza COTM)

December 5th 2016 (NonStop Knight Comp)


Create a design concept (Traditional OR Digital – 2D ONLY, no 3D modelling) of a HERO and PET, for a ‘Medieval Adventure‘ themed video game, in a cartoony style.

The hero must be anthropomorphic but isn’t restricted to being human, meaning they must walk, stand, move and share a similar skeleton to a human, but you may be creative in the charicteristics of your ‘Hero’. You ‘Pet’ also isn’t restricted to being a conventional animal, but they should be smaller than the hero, and very clearly, a ‘sidekick’.

PLEASE NOTE: Entries may be presented with or without an acompanying environment, but this will have minimal impact on the judging. The core aspects being judged are as follows:

1 – The visual appeal of the hero and pet design, and how they complement one another

2 – Good use of design aspects like silhouette, color, shape, style etc

3 – The compatibility with common ‘game design’ structural parameters, such as polygon count, cloth/hair and rigging limitations etc.

you may have a male, female, or non-gender-specific hero. you MUST create original characters for the competition (all depictions of copyrighted characters will be disqualified). the hero’s pet should be no bigger (but I recommend smaller) than the hero. your final piece should clearly show the DESIGN of the hero and pet, this may be portrayed ‘concept art’ style or in an environment, but avoid extreme poses, motion and foreshortening. you may include elements of magic, whimsy, or some blood or macabre themes (within reason), however your submission must still be medieval-adventure themed with the hero and pet being portrayed as good protagonists. your characters must be depicted in a cartoony style – however this doesn’t mean you are restricted to mimicking the Nonstop Knight visual style – it just means no ‘Skyrim’ levels of detail or realistic proportions – imagine you are designing for Web or mobile rather than ps4 or high end PC.



Upload your finished artwork to the Art Portal

TAG your artwork with the word HeroPetChallenge’
(That’s it! Scouted or unscouted, I will find your entry,
as long as you tag it
with the exact word above)

TAG your artwork with the word ‘B-HeroPetChallenge’

OPTIONAL: Share your entry on social media using the Hashtag #HeroPetChallenge

This is a worldwide competition – join the Arty Party, wherever you are, and whatever age you may be!


– You may submit a maximum of 1 entry
– You may NOT enter both categories (open/beginner)
– You MUST include a link in the description of your final submission leading to a ‘mid-development’ source (image or video) showing the entry is your original creation
– No pornographic material of any kind, violence must be PG13 and not too gruesome
– Your piece MUST be tagged correctly and be submitted by the deadline
– You may not submit a piece using stolen artwork or imagery


Open Category 1st PRIZE:
– 1 Year Free Creative Cloud Subscription
– A Medium Wacom Intuos Pro tablet
– An item of your choice from the Shop
– A front page feature on
– 1 Year Supporter Status on

Open Category Runner-Up:
– A signed copy of the art book ’21 Draw – The Illustrator’s Guidebook’
– A Stillman & Birn Epsilon 9×12 softcover Sketchbook
– An item of your choice from the Shop

Open Category Finalists:
All Open Category finalists will receive a copy of Jazza’s Signature Photoshop Brushes

Beginner Category 1st PRIZE:
– 3 Month Free Creative Cloud Subscription
– A signed Copy of my new book, Draw with Jazza Creating Characters
– A Stillman & Birn Epsilon 5.5×8.5 softcover Sketchbook
– An item of your choice from the Shop
– 1 Year Supporter Status on

Beginner Category Runner-Up:
– An item of your choice from the Shop

When submitting an artwork to the challenge of the month by following the competition specifications and entry guidelines, participants acknowledge that they have read and agreed to the terms and conditions.


Most entries will be showcased in the announcement video as thanks for your participation. Please do not send me emails or PM’s linking to your entry, I WILL FIND IT if you tag as instructed and upload by the deadline!

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