Monochromatic Custom Contest
You might think that you're hot stuff with a paint brush when you've got every color under the sun at your fingertips, but how will you fare when you're only allowed to use one of them? The object of this challenge is to see what you can, and can't, accomplish while working under that restriction. Beyond the obvious limitations a single color entails (no contrast/variety), you'll find things that are typically painted/drawn on figures, like stripes/spots, logos/symbols, tattoos, etc., will all have to be done 3-dimensionally instead in order to be visible in monochrome. Because your figure(s) will be uniform in appearance, as far as color is concerned, you'll be relying almost entirely on your custom toy's physical detail and form to impress the voters for this challenge.

- There are no limitations on subject matter (beyond Figure Realm's general rules), so you're free to make a one-color version of any character/thing you can imagine.

- You can pick any single color as your focus, and, if you elect to make more than one entry for this contest, you may select a different color for each submission. Likewise, if you wanted to make a single entry that consisted of multiple figures, you could paint each individual a different hue. The ENTIRE toy must be painted, in nothing but the unaltered color that you've chosen, including removable parts and accessories. Alternatively, if you've got the equipment/skills, you may also mold/cast your entry in the desired hue instead of painting it. If you make a transparent/translucent figure, it must be tinted, it can't be colorless.

- Any kind of paint is acceptable (acrylics, oils, latex, etc.), so long as your finished toy gets done up in a single, uniform hue. You may also apply transparent top coats and sealers (gloss, satin, matte, etc.), provided that they only alter the finish, and not the color, of the underlying paint job. No digital manipulation/photoshopping: you must physically colorize your custom toy for this contest.

- Keep in mind that getting good photographs of objects that are only one color can be tricky at times. Depending on the capabilities of your camera, you might have to try natural light, not use flash, etc. Experiment until you get results that you're happy with and don't underestimate the power of shadows to accentuate detail in your monochromatic figure.

- There are no size/scale limitations and you can use whatever parts/materials/tools that you like in order to bring your single-hued masterpiece to life. And please remember NOT to put any logos/names/watermarks on your entry photos that identify you as the customizer; each toy's creator is supposed to remain a secret until the conclusion of the contest's voting period!
Please remember to follow the Contest Rules and to Vote Fairly.
Contest Winners:

What is the contest schedule?
Begins: Contest Closed
Ends: November 15th, 2011 - Last day for submissions. No exceptions! Cut off is at midnight Central Standard Time.
Voting: November 16th - 22nd.

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User Comments
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Dayum! Hard to Judge without colors.Half frustrating it seems... this custom figures could've been better with at least one additional Color. Anyways its Monochromatic contest so I would like to see details,details and more more details..
ninjinister -
Friday, October 21, 2011
If the character is monochromatic to begin with, it still counts? (So long as full-body painting is still involved, naturally)
Patraw -
Monday, October 24, 2011
Yes, you can use a base figure that's already one color, as long as you're customizing it by painting it a different color. Let's say you took the Gold version of Spawn's Angela pictured above and painted it metallic purple, that'd be fine. While a straight repaint is a legal entry, also keep in mind that this is a competition, so, if you want to stand out amongst the other entries, I'd recommend doing some additional modfications beyond the paint (continuing with the Angela example you could give her some new weapons, really load her down with ribbons, add new pieces of armor, etc.)
ninjinister -
Monday, October 24, 2011
Well, I had meant the character that would be the endproduct, not necessarily the base figure character.
Patraw -
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
My apologies, I misinterpreted what you were asking. Yes, it's A-okay if the character you want to make is already a single color to begin with.
Bamf67 -
Monday, October 10, 2011
I think having a black and white custom contest would be cool in the future.
Patraw -
Monday, October 10, 2011
I actually did consider doing a black and white contest instead of this one, but single-colored figures is what was suggested, so that's what I went with. A black and white contest is something that I'll definitely consider for a future contest theme.
Shinigami -
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Yes, a black and white contest is what I need.
and1boyx -
Sunday, October 9, 2011
If my custom is a car, is valid not to paint the tires?
Patraw -
Monday, October 10, 2011
Sorry, no, everything on your entry must be exactly the same color. The only way that you could get away with not painting the tires is if you were making the entire car the same color as the tires.
Bob-A-Ferret -
Friday, September 30, 2011
Now that's a challenge I like this!!!! Now What to do what to do. Hmmm
Incom -
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
That's actually pretty cool. I often take pictures of my customs when they're primed in black or grey. Makes 'em look like prototypes too, you know. I'll put on my thinking cap for this one, sonds like fun!
Patraw -
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Yup, lots of prototypes are done up in a single hue, that's a good way to look at it!
Finn Varra -
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
I just want to make sure I have this right. No shading of any kind, correct?
Darththomas -
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
I think tha's Correct, one colour, no shades, should be fun!!
Patraw -
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Yes, that's right, no shading of any kind allowed. The figure has to be painted entirely in a single, uniform color.
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