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...
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!!!
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.
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)