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January 15, 2008


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Tue Jan 15, 2008, 7:46 PM
When I started this contest, my reasoning was "why not?"

And, apparently, hundreds of you agreed with me!!! I'd like to thank you all - it's been an interesting experience running my first contest. The response was, to put it mildly, overwhelming.

Without further ado...
First Place
Flying by Cutteroz  Flying - by Cutteroz
Significant comment from judges: "Did I see this on a book cover someplace? It should be!"
and: "Flying" is innovative - daring like Dali, bizarre like Dali, too.
Cutteroz wins an iPod, Wacom Art Tablet, or iPod Touch; artist's choice. Congratulations!!!

Second Place
Unhappy by StefanoBonazzi  Unhappy - by Stefano83
Judges say: "Unhappy" is a brilliant statement on body-image, and the light has been harshened up to emphasize it.  And it actually made me _feel_unhappy.  Great compositing on the TV image, too.
and: "!"
Stefano83 wins a year's subscription to Photoshop User/3d Creative or a comparable magazine of his choice.

Third Place
Fata Morgana by FernandoTabanera  Fata Morgana - by D-StruktIV
Judges say: Delicious use of light. Quirky!
D-StruktIV wins some custom stock images to his specification!

Universal "Embrace" by Tearran  just training dad by hellron  Mowing by grunta-nz
Lost Wonders of the World-1 by Fangfingers  Hands off the Chest by heteroerectus  The untitled scenes XCI by Funerium
Cordula by Jumprabbit
Runners up get a year's subscription to DA!!

I hope that you've all gotten something - even if it's only frustration - out of this contest. It has been a learning experience for many of you, I expect, and it has been for me, too. First off, I learned that I am not emotionally suited to judge from among lots of beautiful art-works. I'd rather sit back and be happily :love: gobsmacked :love: with wonderful things, than to try to rank them, sort them, or choose between them. Trying to pick ten out of more than one thousand art-works was crushing, upsetting, and - frankly - not a lot of fun. If I were made of money (I'm not) and had a spare $25,000 to give everyone an iPod, I probably would have done that, rather than to have to face the hard work of choosing amongst you. Perhaps you do not believe me when I say this, but I looked deeply at every single art-work that was entered, and I loved something every single one of them. You all have my deepest gratitude.

Some of your art-works made me jaw-drop at the crazy amount of effort you obviously put into them. Others made me laugh because they were clever or offbeat. And, then, there were the colors - the beautiful carefully chosen colors and textures that some of you worked with. Or, what about the out of the box ideas like the little sculpey statues, or the stick sculpture, or the absolutely insane 9-foot-tall painting? Trying to put all of those things on the same scale just makes no sense; I did it because that was what I said I was going to do - and I am very sorry if any of you feel slighted or passed over. The sad truth is that if I had thought things through a little bit more, I wouldn't have had this contest at all.

So, thank you all for supporting my first and only art contest!! I am, however, going to think up another way of saying "thank you" back to the many artists on DA who make me laugh or cry (or want to kick you!). I'll try to announce that in a couple months, after I have a chance to think the details through a little bit more carefully.

Until then, Please join me in thanking everyone who participated and a special round of applause for the winners and finalists.

Love you all,

(PS - more ruminations on the problem of running a contest like this are here:… in my art account journal)

  • Mood: Affection
  • Listening to: The Chieftains: tears of stone
  • Reading: Oliver Sacks: Musicophilia
  • Watching: My computer; duh.
  • Eating: coffee
  • Drinking: coffee
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tsheva Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats to the winners :clap:
Ederoi Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Congratulations to all the winners! These are stunning entries :D
sudhithxavier Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Wow right choices. Clear and clutter free judgment.
Golden-Knight Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2008
I applaud your selection of all of the winning entries.

Ironically the winner (=Cutteroz) is on my watch list is an artist whose style I admire.

Keep up the great stock supplies - I have already sent a few people your way.

Best wishes.
kayceeus Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations to all the winners!! :clap: I've judged quite a few contests and believe me when I say I know how hard it can be, much less to have to go through as many pieces as you did! :faint: Good job!!
zoomzoom Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
its a little late and not really a modif... but a fan project. here it is again. [link]
if you want a file for yourself just to have, i can change the credits to our real names and let you download it.

take care....
mjranum-stock Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008
I have dial-up so I can't watch videos over the network... it's just too flippin' slow. :( I'll try to download it tonight when i am asleep.
zoomzoom Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
dial up? but why? its only cost about $20-25/m for a basic DSL which is 50 times faster then dial up... i have no idea how u do this with such a slow service... god... i bet it takes forever to upload all these images to your stock gallery. i feel soo bad for u...
mjranum-stock Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2008
I live in an area where high speed is not offered. And satellite sucks. It's the only bad part about living out here in the beautiful middle of noplace.
hyenacub Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008  Hobbyist
I told you I didn't envy you! LOL Well kudos to you for getting through it intact...and congrats to the winners and runners-up! (That one with Death Jr. in it is my favorite of the finalists LOL)
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