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...
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!!!
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.
Stefano83 wins a year's subscription to Photoshop User/3d Creative or a comparable magazine of his choice.
Fata Morgana - by D-StruktIV
Judges say: Delicious use of light. Quirky!
D-StruktIV wins some custom stock images to his specification!
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 gobsmacked 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: mjranum.deviantart.com/journal… 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
I hope you have more contests like this. Even though my entry didn't make the finals, it was just fun to enter and to see all the wonderful art that others created.
Thank you for the opportunity.
(btw, I didn't participate with this account but with my digital art account. This is the account I use for stock and keep track of stocks. )
But hey, Marcus, with a stock collection like yours you better run another contest in the future
And you had to pick from over 1000 entries?!
I wanted to enter, since you have great photos to choose from, but I've been kind of blocked lately, both with writing and with photomanipulation. Probably time to try a new type of art. Maybe icons?
Hopefully I'll be unblocked soon, so I can get back to "work." I wish my real work was as nearly as enjoyable as the stuff I do on my computer at home...
Congratulations to the winners
I so wouldn't want to have chosen from the sheer volume of talent. I did not see the top one. So, LMAO! Keeping track of it all had to blow your mind.
So many different minds... awesome.
marcus,you did such a great job by a) taking all these incredible stockpics and b) fighting through over a thousand entries...that wasn't an easy job to do (I wouldn't have wanted to change with you )
I would say this was the contest event of the year 2007.................hoping for another in 2008
I'm looking forward to more stocks from you,so I will be able to do some more manips myself
to EVERYONE who participated and congratulations to the three winners
Congrats to the winners. The runners-up too... but honestly, was pretty clear from the selection, who was going to win.