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Well... some I picked early on and some I overlooked but realize now after taking a second look that ALL of these really could be a winner. I do have a few favs but I wish each of these semi finalist all the best... as a matter of thought .... I see these in a coffee table book!!!!
These are true artist in the digital age~
I thought yours was cool!
Like I said before, I was under the assumption that the final piece to be submitted (if you were the actual overall winner) would be the master file without a signature. I did not realize that the entries into the gallery would be the actual ones that would be printed (if they were chosen to be the ultimate winner). That would just result in bad quality prints. The reason I though this was because nowhere in the guidelines does it mention anything about providing the work in CMYK color, or at 300dpi... Nothing. So I assumed that we would hand the prepped file in at the end of the competition.
What I dislike about what you're doing, is that:
A. You seemingly didn't even enter this competition
B. You are trying to get people disqualified
C. You are doing the above two on a daily basis (repeatedly)
There are reasons for everything, and I don't think the rules are as black & white as you stated. What you're doing is not speaking up for adhering to the rules, you're just trying to get people disqualified on a technicality... Way different story.
You know, it takes a lot to get to me... I'm definitely a pretty easy-going person but I have to say that I am more than a little dismayed by some of the reactions that people have been leaving in the comments. Instead of congratulations, there is a whole bunch of whining about who should have made it, the fact that digital art is an inferior medium (what?!), and that the fact that the asset pack-oriented deviations were not more prominently featured.
You know what? I think each of the chosen pieces is unique in their own way. I think they all do a terrific job at portraying Riddick in the situation that the contest asked for. Riddick ruling the dark, whilst showing him in conflict with either the creatures or the mercs, or both. The reason I chose to veer off of the provided assets is because I realized that a lot of people were going to use them. With only 4 pictures to choose from, this would have resulted in a lot of simillar-looking entries. So I wanted to do something that was COMPLETELY my own (which I think makes it original). Everything in my entry is mine, and built from scratch. It all exists in 3D (because I modeled it), and you know what?? I am proud of what I managed to achieve in the limited time-frame... The last thing I want to hear is how others deem my work inferior because of the medium chosen. I don't think that any particular medium is better than the other. I think art lies in the creative process, and how something came to be and the amount of effort, and passion that was put into it.
I think it's laughable that there were a few people that were saying things like "I am so angry about not making it into the contest, I put over 5 hours into my submission." That is just silly... I put more into mine per day that I worked on it over the course of two weeks.
Another thing that really pisses me off, are people like PatrickMorgan666 and Poetsiren... These two have done nothing but trying their absolute best to get people kicked out of the contest on technicalities. Really?! You're going to completely condemn all of the hard work someone has put into their piece because they have a signature or artist mark? You're seriously going to make it your mission to leave nasty comments in this thread every day with the sole purpose of getting a few entries disqualified because it has a signature or mark?
You know what, mine has one too... Which you may have missed. Did it occur to you that some of us thought that we would not be required to hand over the "ready-for-print" version until the winner was announced? That's exactly what I thought when I submitted mine. I was under the assumption that I could hand over my PSD once the winner was announced (not that I ever thought I would be in the top 3; I am still doubtful). Mine has a tiny, blurred out signature in the right-bottom corner, and you know what, if you think that warrants my disqualification than I think you are absolutely insane. It would absolutely make me angry if your whining resulted in the disqualification of pieces with a signature or a mark.
Besides that, these entries were chosen by the judges with the marks on them. It would be terrible for them to retract these submissions because of these technicalities.
I worked (8 hours + a day) for over two weeks on getting my submission finalized, and it sad, hurtful, spiteful, and silly to see people just make it their mission in life to condemn other people's work. Maybe, just maybe...if you put as much effort in your actual entries as you did in your complaining and condemning, you could have made it to this stage.
Again, I have the PSD (signatureless) for print sitting here. I thought these were just digital submissions for evaluation purposes (like in most contests) and that the masters would be required when the winners were determined. After all, it would be silly for DA to use JPEGs (with their crappy compression quality) for a full-on print (which is what I assumed these pieces were for...after all).
To those who have been supporting and kind about this contest, thank you all! To those who did not make it, I am very sorry, everyone did their best and there were some truly great pieces out there! You all should be proud. And many thanks to DA for hosting this competition!
Ive seen a whole lot more support in this contest then previous contests, its wonderful!
Great comment btw! and best of luck with the competition!
I get you. The amount of hate in the comments is pretty off putting. I don't like it but I have only been here for a year and enter these contests all the time and I can tell you now, it's not going away. Maybe have a few discussions about it but never get mad, it just fuels the fights.
Now your work is awesome! I've spent a couple years with 3D modeling and came to the conclusion it's not for me. It's a level of work I don't think many understand. It's hard and there's quite a technical barrier to get over before even producing solid work no matter your skill level.
I've entered a number of contests and this is the first I think that prohibited signatures. It took me three looks through the rules before I caught that. I can understand the thought process for submitting a separate file for print. I've submitted work for print before and it was a lot more involved that the acceptable Jpegs here. Problem is, the rules state no signatures. It's not ambiguous or open for interpretation. I really hope Deviant Art upholds their rules. They were pretty harsh for the Truth contest where one piece was removed for being 50 pixels too short on one end. It's not fair to those who did follow the rules no matter how arbitrary they are.
The good news is they haven't removed any yet but that's no guarantee, these contests always shuffle a few semi-finalists around for one reason or another. Don't be surprised, just keep it in mind for future contests.
Thank you for the kind words.
As far as the signature goes, I would be surprised if it were to result in a disqualification. I already explained my reasons behind it (I thought we'd be handing in the master file for the actual print after the determination of the winner; and that all of the JPEG or PNG submissions were for winner evaluation purposes only). Even if you were to disregard this, and be very strict with the rules, I don't think that the rules are as black and white as they are being made out to me and they are definitely open to interpretation.
Here's what the rules say:
(x) may not use any watermarks or distinguishing artist marks
Let's take note that it does not say "signature" in this sentence. Seeing as a signature is not a watermark, it would have to fall under "distinguished artist marks."
Please note the word "distinguished."
The following is taken from the Merriam-Webster:
I have to pint out that it explicitly stated that signatures were acceptable in past contests. Check out the rules for the Insidious contests www.da-files.com/creative/cont…
It states " may not use any watermarks but may contain a signature by the artist provided that the signature is capable of removal at the request of Sponsor or FilmDistrict if the Work is adapted for use by the Sponsor or FilmDistrict as a winning Work in accordance with these Rules; and, if found to be in violation of these Rules will be disqualified and therefore removed from the Contest Site Gallery"
They did make the distinction that signatures were cool in most all previous contests. Now you could be right and signatures are not covered under their distinguished artist mark, I guess it is not explicitly against the rules. It's oddly vague the more I look at it and, of course, it's a stupid thing to be disqualified for. You also have another submission without the signature so if it came down to it, that might save you.
It may not be cheating, but rules are rules and their hard to argue against but in this case, it's actually is a bit ambiguous so I take back that "ambiguous or open for interpretation". They haven't thrown any out and it's been a couple days so it might be fine.
I know what you mean. I finally made it as a semi-finalist on the last contest (Insidious) and it sort of sucked that the comments were full of really bad "freak outs". Much worse than here. Too many people think everything that made it went against the rules. One guy blocked me from posting to him when I tried to talk with him about how he thought all the pieces didn't match the contest description. A few people actually deactivated their accounts and just left. Crazy stuff.
I think I've only seen one piece removed for breaking the rules that was pretty questionable (the 50 pixels one) while the others were for plagiarism and other serious offences. They have set a precedent though, mild infractions can result in removal after being selected. I can't say that will happen here but it seems okay so far as it doesn't actually state no signatures and signatures have always been accepted as far as I know.