Author Topic: March - May 2008 - Spring's Gift Fan Art Contest Instructions  (Read 3136 times)

ZeaLitY

  • Entity
  • End of Timer (+10000)
  • *
  • Posts: 10664
  • Spring Breeze Dancin'
    • View Profile
    • My Compendium Staff Profile
March - May 2008 - Spring's Gift Fan Art Contest Instructions
« on: February 29, 2008, 10:21:02 pm »


Welcome to the 2008 edition of the Chrono Compendium Spring's Gift Fan Art Contest. This year, the theme is Scenes from Prehistory. Ayla, Kino, Crono, Azala...whomever you want to depict, it's fair game as long as the setting is 65,000,000 B.C. Chrono Cross characters are more than welcome, and you can also use Gaea's Navel since it is a prehistoric setting too. Singing Mountain, the Hunting Range, the mighty Tyrano Lair, or even the dreaded Red Star and the fall of Lavos -- it's all open for visual chronicling.

SUBMIT ALL ENTRIES TO faustwolf (št) yahoo.com. He will acknowledge receipt for all entries to make sure your submission has been received. He is not a judge, but will forward the entries to the judges anonymously.


...some things every artist should consider when making their entry:

1.  It will be judged as seen on a computer screen.

The exact size and type of screens used will be released at a later time. Images that are too big to be viewed on the screen will not be resized. The judges will have screens that are at least capable of 1024x768, so you can feel safe with anything up to about 1000 pixels wide or 600 pixels tall.

For example, if you're creating something for an art gallery exhibit in a narrow hall as part of a competition, you wouldn't make a painting that requires the viewer to step back 20 feet. Also, many artistic works are meant to be experienced in a certain environment, like a fountain statue in a garden. It's only fair to the artist if we let them know in advance that, regardless of how they make the image, it will be rated solely as it looks on the judge's screen.

We should also limit entries to digital images, so that a photo of a plush doll is a photo of a plush doll, and won't be judged by the quality of the plush doll (which would be unfair to the plush doll, since such a thing is meant to be held and felt). It's either that, or actually set up some way to send physical entries to the judges.

Furthermore, all entries should be kept completely anonymous from the judges. No entry should have any identifying marks or data on the image or in the meta-data. This makes it difficult to create to create a context based on who created the work, but it's necessary to prevent personal bias from interfering with the contest.

2.  The work will be judged in isolation of the artist's identity, by judges of varying levels of familiarity with the Chrono series.

This means you can assume some common background knowledge of the Chrono series and use it in your works. I can't say the same for any subculture or slang references, since some of the judges may not be from the same country, or might not be familiar the online gaming culture. In other words, "O Rly?" or "pwned!" might not make sense to some of the judges. The same goes for SNL references.

3.  While technique is important, the perceived "difficulty" or "effort" of an angle, pose, or technique will not be a basis for judging any of the works.

This is an easy one to understand. If you try something challenging just because it's hard, but it doesn't make the work any more interesting or appealing (or you flat out failed with it), then all it shows is bad taste in entering it as an example of "your best" work. This isn't kindergarten, so we won't feel bad for you and give you points for trying harder. If you want to try something, find a feeling, theme, or story and try communicating it with your character's poses, the angle of the scene, the lighting, the colors, and the characteristics of the techniques you decide to use... That's much more important than trying a "hard to draw" pose.

After all, you wouldn't expect a master croissant chef, if given the opportunity to cook whatever he wants for a contest, to compete by making some new type of pie he's still trying to master.

While you should always push yourself as an artist, remember that you should also be mindful of what you show the world, and what you do for practice or experiment. A good photographer will often take thousands of photos only to end up showing people a few dozen.

So try a few things first (brainstorm -- draw lots of thumbnails and rough drafts, look at some references, experiment), use the techniques you've already mastered (even if they're still few in number) in place of the ones you're still learning to do your best work, hide it for a week, fix it, and then enter...

Also, feel free to change, update, or remove your entry at any time, so if you notice a few problems or have a completely new and better idea, you can fix it before the deadline.

Good luck! You can put this button in your signature if you want to promote it.



Thanks to Kaktus021 for the images.

FaustWolf

  • Guru of Time Emeritus
  • Arbiter (+8000)
  • *
  • Posts: 8974
  • Fan Power Advocate
    • View Profile
Re: March - May 2008 - Spring's Gift Fan Art Contest Instructions
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2008, 09:39:57 am »
Folks who are submitting their beautiful work, send me a PM here in the event that I don't respond to your submission within 24 hours. I am guaranteed to forget your name. Securing your anonymity requires no extra effort on my part. :lol:

Also, in the unlikely event that anyone's submission is over 10MB in size, the work will have to be split up somehow and sent in multiple emails. 10MB is the max attachment size Yahoo! allows. Have at it, and good luck!

satchel_dawg

  • Guest
Re: March - May 2008 - Spring's Gift Fan Art Contest Instructions
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2008, 04:55:16 pm »
how many submissions can one person have? i was just wondering, so that if it is only one(which is what i assume) that i can submit my best work.

FaustWolf

  • Guru of Time Emeritus
  • Arbiter (+8000)
  • *
  • Posts: 8974
  • Fan Power Advocate
    • View Profile
Re: March - May 2008 - Spring's Gift Fan Art Contest Instructions
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2008, 01:04:33 am »
Alrighty, it's been decided that an individual may submit however many works he or she would like.

Let the flood begin!

satchel_dawg

  • Guest
Re: March - May 2008 - Spring's Gift Fan Art Contest Instructions
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2008, 10:09:05 am »
Thanks!  :D

FaustWolf

  • Guru of Time Emeritus
  • Arbiter (+8000)
  • *
  • Posts: 8974
  • Fan Power Advocate
    • View Profile
Re: March - May 2008 - Spring's Gift Fan Art Contest Instructions
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2008, 04:24:11 pm »
To all interested parties, this is just a reminder that Spring's Gift submissions must be in by May 30. If you've sent me a submission but haven't received confirmation of receipt, PM me and I'll see what's up.
« Last Edit: April 26, 2008, 04:39:30 pm by FaustWolf »

jono

  • Porrean (+50)
  • *
  • Posts: 64
    • View Profile
Re: March - May 2008 - Spring's Gift Fan Art Contest Instructions
« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2008, 06:57:07 am »
I don't know how I missed this for so long, it would make sense that I noticed it on the 1st of June though :) Oh well maybe next time.