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Insidious 2 Contest

Wed Jun 12, 2013, 1:07 PM

Perhaps you're walking down a dark hallway or climbing a creaky old staircase and you can't help but feel something unpleasant or dangerous happening. Your imagination starts to run wild… but what is it?

Your challenge is to depict a shadowy twist to a "normal" daily experience showing that danger is always closer than expected: an everyday activity that may be haunted; an accident about to happen; a terror that lurks within! Whether your artwork is based on the Insidious Chapter 2 trailer or the original film, Insidious, or you simply rely on your own sense of approaching dread, we want to see it!

Watch the Insidious Chapter 2 Trailer and read the contest Challenge. Using the visual medium of your choice depict a twist to a "normal" daily experience suggesting that danger is always closer than you think.

Read the Official Rules. Your entry must be a single .JPG or .PNG, at least 2,000 pixels in the shortest length, and suitable to be made into a print.

Submit your creation to the contest category by clicking the "submit artwork" button below.

  • $5,000 USD
  • Your winning entry framed & signed by Director James Wan
  • Two free tickets to see Insidious Chapter 2 at your local theater
  • 8,000 deviantART Points
  • 1-Year Premium Membership
  • $3,000 USD
  • Your winning entry framed & signed by Director James Wan
  • Two free tickets to see Insidious Chapter 2 at your local theater
  • 4,000 deviantART Points
  • 6-month Premium Membership
  • $2,000 USD
  • Your winning entry framed & signed by Director James Wan
  • Two free tickets to see Insidious Chapter 2 at your local theater
  • 2,000 deviantART Points
  • 6-month Premium Membership

3-month Premium Membership
2,000 deviantART Points

Entry must be received by 11:59:59 PM (PT - Los Angeles CA, USA) on July 7, 2013 and must be submitted to the Contest gallery.

  • Entrant must be at least 13 years old as of June 12, 2013 to be eligible to enter the Contest and must be a resident of the United States.
  • The completed entry ("Work") may originate in any visual medium but must be submitted at the Contest Site as a single JPG or PNG file, at least 2,000 pixels in the shortest length. Should be suitable to be made into a print.
  • The Work must be completely original, but may be based on any of the Entrant's prior work. No stock.
  • Multi-panel Works are NOT acceptable.
  • Membership to www.deviantart.com (the "Contest Site") is required to enter the contest.
  • Membership to www.deviantart.com is free.
  • Additional terms and conditions apply.

25 Semi-Finalists will be selected by full-time deviantART Staff.

From the Semi-Finalists, the final three Winners will be selected by James Wan, Director of Insidious Chapter 2.

All entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Technical merit
  • Overall impact of the Work in communicating the Contest challenge (depict a twist to a "normal" daily experience suggesting that danger is always closer than one would think)
  • Artistic Skill


Sometimes, seemingly everyday situations can terrify us to our very core. Watch the "Insidious Chapter 2" trailer, which will be creeping into theatres on Friday, September 13th, and then submit your artistic depiction of a normal experience gone frighteningly wrong. Our winners will take home cash and prizes, and select finalists' will have their art displayed at San Diego Comic-Con!
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FLIPPYCHAVEZART Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
HELLO!!!!!! :) This is OFF TOPIC, but will anyone look at my art, PLEASE OHH PRETTY PLEASE, I NEED MORE EXPOSURE OF MY WORK :) [link]
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Cat-Videos Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I submitted work for this, but when I press "view all entries" I can't find my picture.
I go to the pic I submitted in my profile and it has the insidious banner under it, so I wonder why I'm not with the other entries.
also, congrats to the 25 semi's; they put in good, clean, creepy work!
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Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Make sure you're browsing by 'newest' I can see it in the group :)

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FLIPPYCHAVEZART Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
May I ask, When I submit for these contests, I come upon a license option thing, It has to do with the creative commons license. Which one do I choose????
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Cat-Videos Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I see it now :P
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xxJackiePackiexo Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can we still submit anymore or no :c :iconmioforgivemeniplz:
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PatrickMorgan666 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Congrats finalists!!! As for everyone who didn't make the finalists you all gave it your best. Just keep trying! There was TONS of talent even with those that didn't make the finalists.
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VladiDeSark Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Shocker! Most of the semi-finalists' work are cool depictions of lurking monsters. Where is the 'unexpected'?
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CatCouch Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wouldn't a lurking monster be unexpected in daily life? Still, there's threatening soup in there. Now that's unexpected. :o

Subtlety is hard to get across in a contest like this and still have the impact they want. I would think that a striking first impression is most important since it's still artwork.
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VladiDeSark Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
I didn't mean unexpected in real life, I meant an unexpected idea...finding something ordinary that you wouldn't expect to be 'horrific' and present it as a real threat. The most effective horror movies (in my opinion) have to do with not in-your-face sort of danger, but something that creeps up on you and doesn't let go long after the movie is over (Insidious included). Granted, a couple of the semi-finalists did achieve that, but they are a minority.
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CatCouch Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I really agree with you about creeping horror over in your face. Psychological horror is by far the most effective for me. The unknown and the twisted reality style. Games like Silent Hill and movies like Jacob's Ladder.

I feel that is much harder to convey in a still piece of art and even harder for it to be judged in a contest. The clearer the better. There were some pretty solid subtle entry's but if they're going to be displayed at comic con I think the immediate impact is the most important thing.
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VladiDeSark Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Like I said to someone else, it's a shame that the organizers of the contest gave everyone such a cool concept to run with, but ended up choosing works that were more imagery-driven than concept-driven. They should have stressed the point that the main criteria is visual impact, and originality and concept are second.
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CatCouch Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I felt the same way on the MAMA contest. I tried to be a bit subtle and thought I really knocked it out the park and was a bit peeved they really seemed to almost only pick monsters in the end. This was my MAMA entry: [link]

I think I have a better grasp on the methodology behind what the deviant art staff looks for now. Visual impact is pretty high up there and has to match the concept. You mostly need both from what I see.
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JBurkeDesign Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
I don't mean to piss in anyone's cereal here, but is it strange to anyone else that all the finalists can be found on the first page of the "whats hot" listing and the "newest" listing? Did they even look at the other pages??

That being said, congrats to the talented people who made it. *thumbs up to you*
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XtremeDarkArts Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
yup I agree
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AmandaPainter87 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
AHHHHH I made it!! I totally freaked out when I saw mine up there. Congrats all who made it! :D This is the third contest I entered...third one is the charm I guess
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PatrickMorgan666 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Congrats~
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TonyDennison Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Looks like there was a great turn out of top-notch entries, good luck to everyone involved! :-)
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LaurenBehan Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Congrats to the finalists!
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jackatlas01 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
When are they going to announce the winner guys

Somebody please replay me
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CatCouch Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
They just announced the finalists. [link] Check it out.
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LovelessDGrim Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
-_- I Need To Keep Making Progress With My Style & "Art". I Feel Good About An Image Then I See The Turn Out On The Final Days And I Kick Myself. I Feel Bad About The Quality Submissions That Are From Peoples Outside The U.S. There Was A Few.
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Smudgeandfrank Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Student General Artist
This was a fantastic challenge and I wish everyone the best of luck! :la: If you would like to see my entry I would love to get your opinions of it: [link]
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SelectYourself Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Student Artist
WOW! They're are some really great entries!!!
Here is mine...[link]
Wish everyone the best:D!
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ThatSummersGuy Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Turned out wonderfully! :D Good luck on the semis!
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SelectYourself Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Student Artist
Thank you!!! Good luck to you also:D
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ThatSummersGuy Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Scratch that, CONGRATS on making the semis!
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beautywithin4ever Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Good luck everybody!!!!
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ThatSummersGuy Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good luck everyone!!! And now...we wait. Moohoohaha.

Here's mine. [link]
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Giogiogio4 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Good luck all!

[link]
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tyramine Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Good luck on the contest, everyone!
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Smurfage Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Took a different approach with my entry. Hope you like it!

[link]
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ThatSummersGuy Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
and CONGRATS on the semifinals!
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Smurfage Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
likewise!! :D
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ThatSummersGuy Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
^^^ STILL think that one's freaking awesome. Well worth a look, everyone.
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Smurfage Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
You're too kind! I'm thrilled you liked that piece.
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HAWK12HT Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Like seriously now a days big corporate giants have found kids with skills to do there heavy marketing for free. $5000 for an art work that will make at least $50000 + worth of fortune in marketing for them.
Watch Steven Silver's youtube videos to better understand these new tactics by marketing corps.
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Wonderwig Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Isn't that one of the main points of marketing, to always get back more than what you invest to market the product? If marketing always failed to produce a net gain for the business no one would ever be commissioned to make a poster, be in a commercial, create cartoons to sell toys, shoot a music video, etc.
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HAWK12HT Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Yes it is the point of marketing but that dont mean you start ripping talent off from young artists, that is just one of many reasons why major VFX industry in Hollywood suffered. Instead of paying a VFX guy $5k pay overseas VFX guy $1.5k which is like 80k in his/her country. That is alot my friend for one project.
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ThatSummersGuy Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sorry, but $5,000 is a damn good payment for a promo piece, especially for an unknown artist. Many professionals aren't making that much per illustration, in these days of floating head Photoshopped hack job movie posters. I'm glad that the producers and director are interested in an artistic manner of promotion, rather than just slapping cheap dark movie stills all over billboards and buses.

If the suits reserve the right to change the final design, that means they change the final design. It happens on nearly every piece of print material that goes out into the world. It's not right, and not necessarily indicative of the artist, but it's the marketing agency's prerogative. They're supposedly the "professionals." I have to deal with that crap every single day.

The real villains, if you wanna look for some, are the guys that promote these contests on DA wherein the winners get NOTHING, other than some comps and bragging rights. I'm looking at YOU, Robert Rodriguez/Neil Gaiman!!! Now THAT'S exploitation, and it's shitty. I call $5k fair compensation.
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HAWK12HT Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Yea its $5k I would buy new Cintiq with that :D, But this sort of stuff used to pay alot more to one artist/designer to come up with that awesome poster etc. Plus State side I dont know what the going rate is for top artists like Dan Luvisi and FhengZhu and many others etc but Overseas talent is in a way killing state side businesses. In my country even $1k is like like 100k lol So I can still produce awesome art and still be happy with income vs folks in State that wont be able to make $2k which just ends up going into bills and no saving.

Look at the bigger picture folks and fellow artists ;)
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ThatSummersGuy Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, can't argue with a lot of that. I was commenting more on the current state of affairs. Most designers here in the States either get paid on salary or bill for time. Very, very few work on percentages. I'm unfortunately not a professional illustrator, so I can't really comment too heavily on rates. I do know they're pretty stagnant though. Sadly, globalization is killing quite a few industries over here. Cost of living is so high in general, just like you said. Everything goes to expenses, none to saving.
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LovelessDGrim Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I'd Take $5 And A Ham Sandwich For Payment $5,000 Is Nice. And Considering The Turn Out I think Others Think So A swell.
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ThatSummersGuy Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hahah :)
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HeiwaKawabe Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Student General Artist
I don't know. Even if they do make more money than the artist, the publicity and the prize money being offered seems like it would be enough to kickstart a career that's still on the ground.
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HAWK12HT Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Man you should really watch Stephen Silver's youtube channel he is industry vet. Look read at their rules, they have said they may change final design according to their needs, so if you gonna count on just one competition to kick start a career well my friend you are in a world of hurt. Nobody cares about your art its just a tool to make a living its YOUR expression in art and YOU know the value of it and what it conveys rather then a Market pro who just sees $$$ in everything. I hope you get a deeper meaning on what I am about.

You wanna get known in market make awesome art and share your knowledge on many forums related to what ever type of art you do. If its 2d goto Layerpaint and make tutorials learn and share and be active, if its games than join Polycount. etc

Art is not competition it is about being creative. :)
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CatCouch Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hey, I got to thank you for bringing up LayerPaint. I've submitted stuff for Expose and have visited ImageFX but have never heard of LayerPaint. Looks like a good place to try and get my work accepted.

Thanks, now I have a new goal alongside these contests.
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HAWK12HT Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Glad it helped you in some way :)
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CatCouch Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Now I have a clearer goal of the next level I need to get my work to. Thanks again. New motivation and inspiration is awesome! I really need that if I want to really get to a professional level.
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