The White Queen (Tending the Hellfire). 2009.
Acryla Gouache and gouache on bristol board, 11 × 17″.

I have an ongoing series on my blog called Wacky Reference Wednesdays. Most often, it just features embarrassing photos of myself taken in the name of reference for my drawings and paintings. To celebrate the 200th installment, I’m hosting a contest. It’s very simple: you send me pictures of yourself, your costumes, props, toys, 3D models—whatever it takes—and I’ll choose one lucky winner as the basis for a painting which they get to keep.

The Rules:

1. one entry per person, 2 characters at the most in the composition
2. entries must be submitted to
3. they’re due on or by October 24, 2012
4. submission of photos grants permission to post them here

The Prizes:

1st Place: an original painting based on your reference
2nd Place: a Daredevil #1 blank variant with DD sketch
3rd Place: a signed print
Runners-Up: photos will be posted on my blog

It’s open to everyone. I’m looking for originality (not just a pic from last Halloween), perhaps some humor or narrative (all in good taste), and great lighting and composition. You can even photoshop elements together. Basically, make me want to paint it, and make it a complete composition. Good luck!