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In the Riddick 'Rule the Dark' Fan Art contest, we challenged you to show us how Riddick rules the dark, based on the trailer and asset pack. We saw amazing renditions of this fierce survivor, showcasing Riddick's strength and determination. The competition was stiff, but our judges narrowed it down to the top 25. These will now be sent to Riddick Director, David Twohy, to select the final three Winners. Congratulations to the top 25 Semi-Finalists below!

The remaining 22 Semi-Finalists will receive:
  • 3-Month Premium Membership
  • 2,000 deviantART Points



1 by lizardpudding    Riddick by Bobann

Riddick Ruling. Again. by johnrholmes    Riddick by natelovett

Descent of Darkness by thebestdistraction    Riddick: Rule the Dark - Composure by Gmrmnd7

Riddick: Rule the Dark by Caelkriss    Riddick by AngelitaRamos

Riddick-Fight For Your Life by xWaxWingx    Rule the Dark by papercat

Riddick - Rule the Dark Entry 2 by FoxHound1984    Rule the dark by DarrenGeers

RaulRamosArt RiddickRuleTheDarkContestEntry by daitengu    Riddick by creatorofall


Carnivorous Cavern by Destructiconz    Sneak Attack by Changinghand

The Dark Hunt by ArchLimit    Riddick Artwork (drawn by Alexander Levett) by AlexanderLevett

RULE THE NIGHT by DaigotheBeast     Riddick: Rule the Dark by deanhsieh

Riddick by KaiserFlames    Bring it. by Cookiee1991

Riddick by airuzki    The Sweet Spot by JZINGERMAN

    
The Amazing Crimson Tempest of Richard B Riddick by Prinnyking3    


Please note: If during the finalist judging, any one of the Semi-Finalists becomes ineligible or is disqualified under the Official Rules, the Semi-Finalist judges will replace the disqualified entry with a new selection to be considered by the final judges.




In the Riddick 'Rule the Dark' Fan Art contest, we challenged you to show us how Riddick rules the dark. The competition was fierce, but our judges are ready to reveal the top 25!
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papercat Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Have any of the semi-finalists received their Dev. points yet?  I havent and I was wondering when we would...
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Iilai Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Student General Artist
Awe too bad I didn't notice this contest before :) But then again I just saw the movie a few days ago so I guess I wouldn't have had "much to say" about it~ Good job semifinalists! Congratulations!
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Stormy-Braun Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Student
yay! very exciting :)
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Destructiconz Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
Well I actually made it in!  I've read a lot of comments on this thread and I have many mixed feelings.  First of all, SO MANY really good pieces were not included, in my experience here at DA they tend to pick about 3 to 5 kick ass digital paintings and the rest, like mine, seem to be illustrated in a varied style.  I think they do this to give variety and depth to the selected entries.  I think this approach is very good as they can take 5 digital paintings, several comic styles, and so on.  I mean look at that last psycodelic one, that thing is sick with skill.  As for the photo manips, I just don't know.  While they almost allways look impressive, I think they lose points for originality and they probably have to weigh in for entries that took over 5 hours to make, still I also think they should pick at least one if they make that basically a second choice of medium.  Anyways I'm pumped! cant wait to see who wins!  good luck to everyone who made it in.  I've entered like 7 of these contests and this is my first semifinal so really if you didn't get picked, just keep at it in the next one. Its freakin fun to enter anyways, especially with the subject matter offered by DA!
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josephmaher Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Professional
-"Please note: If during the finalist judging, any one of the Semi-Finalists becomes ineligible or is disqualified under the Official Rules, the Semi-Finalist judges will replace the disqualified entry with a new selection to be considered by the final judges."

-(x) may not use any watermarks or distinguishing artist marks and (xi) if found to be in violation of these rules will be disqualified and therefore removed from the Contest Site Gallery.

There are 3 entries with signatures. DeviantArt, when will you replace them?
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Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Signatures were deemed to be fine.
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FoxHound1984 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional Filmographer
They actually stated below that small signatures were fine :)
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FoxHound1984 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I wonder what format dA presented these to Mr. Twohy in. Do you guys think they had them printed and sent him the physical prints? Or do you think they kept them digital?
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tizzr Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
FYI... my money is on DarrenGeers entry!!! Good luck Darren!
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tizzr Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

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~

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rashad2 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Student
th05.deviantart.net/fs70/200H/… you can check mine out and see why i didnt make it
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lizardpudding Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist

I thought yours was cool!

 

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rashad2 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Student
oh well thanks, even though i did make it to the finals its nice to get at least a little recognition so i really appreciate it... im still in the very early stages of digital painting
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rashad2 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Student
welp i tried props to the finalists though
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FoxHound1984 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Yay! Wow! Major stress relief! :)

Thanks $Moonbeam13! Now back to awaiting the final results! :) Good luck all!
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AmandaPainter87 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats!!! Glad the signatures don't matter! I really like yours alot! :)
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FoxHound1984 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thank you very much! :)

You have some great pieces yourself! Love the Pennywise :)
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lizardpudding Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Man, the suspense is killer! Who's gonna get it?!?

Special props to alexanderjohn77, I don't know how you achieved such detailed photorealism but your piece is pretty goshdarn impressive, amigo!

kaiserflames your work drips atmosphere and is technically solid, very nice work. 

Props to deanhsieh for sheer epic quality.

I gotta say my favorite submission, hands down, is by creatofall and that funky fresh fiesta of groovyness. 

All participants should be damn proud, there were a ton of amazing entries and the semifinalists are incredibly talented artists. Feelin privileged to share space with y'all. Nice work everybody!

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deanhsieh Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hey thanks lizardpudding! I really like yours as well, nice eye-catching graphic quality.

Everyone should be proud of their entries, whether it made it to the semi-finals or not.

I'm also nervously waiting for the final results, trying hard not to look everyday!
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FoxHound1984 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Back on topic, I wonder when Mr. Twohy will actually look at these. Do you guys think he might've already done so this weekend?

What is the usual amount of time between a semi-finalist and finalist announcement on dA?
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AlexanderLevett Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
The anticipation is always the hardest part. There is really no set time for these, the last few I have entered can be a couple of days and that may mean the results being today. But equally I have seen them take a week, so back to distracting myself until I can't wait anymore to check I guess.. All of these judged to be here, deserve to be here.
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ScorpionS4ever Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
I think that only images from the image pack should have been used...none of this free for all stuff....the contest was to take 4 images that they picked and use your creativity to make a cool pic. period.
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dfbovey Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, never mind the fact that part of the judging specified originality.

They gave the reference material for those who needed them. Never said that you had to create your entry using them.
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PatrickMorgan666 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
It never stated that this was a photo-manipulation contest. It said to use your creativity and to use any medium.
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KyleMcLoren Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
I just want to say something with reference to this contest...

Everyone, and I mean everyone, put in a lot of hard work and time to prepare their pieces for this contest.  I myself work a regular, full time, 9-5 job (as I'm sure others do too) and every night I would come home and do nothing but work on my entry.  My weekends were consumed with making my art look great for the contest.  I have no doubt that everyone was of the same mind.

When I submitted my piece, I knew it was a longshot and there were some AMAZING works entered.  My draw dropped on multiple occasions and I am now humbled and happy for those that made the top 25.

It's OK for people to be upset because they did't make the semi-finalists, because competition is in our blood. It's what we do...

However we must all remember that we are all artists and cut of the same cloth.  No one likes to hear someone say that they are surpised by some of the work that made it.  I would be one of those people pointing at myself and saying, "Are they talking about me?" :)

Regardless of the outcome, I am glad that I entered because it made me a better artist.  I stetched my creative muscles and it made me make some leaps and find out some things I needed to know to become better.

That's why we are all here.  Whether we just love art, displaying our work, or hope to some day become pro's and have a full time gig...but the main reason is to become better at our craft.
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Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
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DiegoE05 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Very inspiring words. 
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KyleMcLoren Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
Thank you DiegoE05!
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xWaxWingx Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Very well said. Art is subjective and it's a hard thing to judge. I was lucky enough to make it, but I wasnt expecting to. I always feel, as an artist, I can learn from and appreciate anyone's art regardless of medium or style. My ultimate goal, like you, is to grow and become great. 
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KyleMcLoren Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
Thank you xWaxWingx!  Your entry was awesome.  Noticed it right off the bat...
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KyleMcLoren Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
Oh, and to have fun.  And look at other kickass art.  :D
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AmandaPainter87 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats everyone!!!!!!! And as for the rest of us we always have the next contest! :D I really admire the choices. Very nice!
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PatrickMorgan666 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
 (x) may not use any watermarks or distinguishing artist marks and (xi) if found to be in violation of these rules will be disqualified and therefore removed from the Contest Site Gallery.

Copy and pasted directly from the official rules.

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Moonbeam13 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Small signatures were fine.

Thank you for your concern.
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FoxHound1984 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Professional Filmographer
You know what, Patrick? If this results in my (and whoever else has them in their entries') disqualifcation(s), I hope it will make you sleep better at night. Good job! You are the true upholder of justice, and without people like you, contest like these would be nowhere...

I have plenty of words to describe people like yourself, but I choose not to even dignify this sort of crap with a response.
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PatrickMorgan666 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
Now I know why you're mad. You signed yours. I'm not trying to be an ass....I think yours was amazing and deserved to be there. Just like the rest of the hard work chosen. i'll drop it...
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FoxHound1984 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Professional Filmographer
It's not like I was trying to hide it... I think I admitted to it in my original reply and every single one since I first responded to your posts...
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PatrickMorgan666 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
I wasn't saying that you were trying to hide it. Nice job! I'm actually hoping yours makes first! It was one of my faves that made it up there. I can't imagine how hard creating something in 3D must be.
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PatrickMorgan666 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
People that followed the rules should be chosen first...The rules aren't even that long of a read. It's NOT complicated or in fine print. Very clearly written in a short paragraph. People who followed the rules should have more of a chance than those who broke them. I'm sure i'm not the only one who noticed this....If they get removed it's their own fault.
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FoxHound1984 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I told you my reasons (I thought the file that's actual going to be printed would be your master), and like I said before...If you have your way, you did a tremendous job sniffing out the terrible people that put a mark/signature on their work.

You are totally right. They are terrible rule-breakers that go against everything in this competition. It would be extremely unfair to everyone else in the contest for them to even be (remotely) considered.

Great job man! Seriously, you make the world a better place.

This is such a joke... Wow.
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FoxHound1984 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Professional Filmographer

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.

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FoxHound1984 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Professional Filmographer

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!



- R.

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Amairim Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

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!

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FoxHound1984 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! :)
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CatCouch Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist

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.

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FoxHound1984 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Professional Filmographer

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:


Distinguished

1: marked by eminence, distinction, or excellence <distinguished leadership>
2: befitting an eminent person <a <em="" wytiwyg="1">distinguished setting></a><a <em="" wytiwyg="1"> </a><a <em="" wytiwyg="1">
<a <em="" wytiwyg="1">
 
These are in no way, shape or form applicable to me as an artist, nor the mark in my work itself. Making the mark that is in place, a normal "mark" not a "distinguished artist mark." Distinguished is associated with excellence, and my mark was not included in my artwork for that reason nor would I consider myself a "distinguished artist." 
 
If they did not want "artist signatures" they should have stated that in the rules specifically, and they do call everything else by their name.
<a <em="" wytiwyg="1">

 

The last thing I am trying to understand is how that it would be unfair to other entries? Is this cheating? No. So it can hardly be called unfair.

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CatCouch Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist

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.

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FoxHound1984 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thanks for that :) I had never entered a dA contest before, but those rules are definitely more specific.

I am actually surprised they didn't go with my original entry, seeing as it is definitely my personal favorite out of the two. And who knows if they will swap it out for it should they disqualify me (and the others) for their "distinguishing artist marks." To be truthful, I doubt it.

All I know is, is that I would be heart-broken if this were to really fall through. Especially after the amount of time and effort I sunk into this. Time will tell.
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FoxHound1984 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Actually it says "distinguishing" which means:
characteristic of one thing or person, so serving to identify it; distinctive.

So if they were to really stick to the rules I guess it would come down to exactly how distinctive that mark really is. Nevertheless, it would be very rash and harsh. Especially considering what I had mentioned before about the master file issue.
But you know what, I'm tired and stressed out. Quite possibly even more so than when I was actually working on this piece. Which is really quite sad.

This was supposed to be a time where you could be proud of what you achieved, as opposed to having to worry about being disqualified or not.  
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CatCouch Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist

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.

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