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The Transformation Challenge

Tue Jun 10, 2014, 12:08 PM

Show us "who you are" transformed into "what you could be".

You get three panels to show us a three-stage progression into a radically different person or thing.

Use the template. Any style. Any visual medium. Any tool, any machine. If you are shy, you can use an original character or object instead of yourself.

Three grand prize winners will be selected, their entries will be featured as a billboard on deviantART and Motherboard's website linking back to the artist's deviantART account. The winners will be flown, all expenses paid, to either Brooklyn, NY, Honolulu, HI, or Los Angeles, CA to collaborate with either Dash Shaw, Jasper Wong, or Jordan Crane in their studios and will each win a Microsoft Surface Pro 3.*.

*In order to qualify as a Grand Prize Winner, you must be able to travel between July 25th - August 1st to participate in the collaboration. Winners will be assigned to a specific city.
Three Grand Prize Winners

Step 1

Download the three-panel template below and create your original entry using any static visual medium.

Download TemplateRead Official Rules »

Step 2

Show us your transformation! Remember, it must be a three-stage progression that ends with you or your original character changing into a radically different person or thing submitted as a single .JPG or .PNG file fitting on the provided template.

Step 3

Enter your artwork into the contest by using the ENTER NOW button below. Your entry should include in the deviation description your answers to the questions asked below.

Enter Now »

Three Grand Prize Winners will Receive

  • A Microsoft Surface Pro 3
  • $1000 from deviantART
  • All expenses paid trip to one of three locations: Brooklyn, NY, Honululu, HI, or Los Angeles, CA to participate in Phase 2 and collaborate with a selected artist

For this challenge, the adventure continues beyond just physical prizes. The three grand prize finalists will be flown to one of the three artists studios to work alongside either Jasper Wong, Dash Shaw, or Jordan Crane on a collaborative project. We will document your journey for you and the world to see. The joint artworks produced from the collaboration will be featured on a page on deviantART sponsored by Microsoft and also on Motherboard.

Are you up for this quest?
jordan crane
jordan crane

Jordan Crane was born in Los Angeles, California, which is still his home. He was educated in public school and attended USC for engineering. He self-published the first issue of Non in 1997. The anthology grew quickly, and by the fifth and final issue, it was an impressively designed package wrapped by a silkscreen cover, featuring top tier talent as well as his own Xeric award winning graphic novel Col-Dee. During this time, Crane published his first graphic novelette The Last Lonely Saturday, a simple story of love and death, which has become an enduring favorite.

Crane's specific particular design aesthetic could be found across his work, featuring warm covers accentuated by an eye for colors playing and fighting together. Crane's illustrated and design work has been critically recognized with several awards. In 2010, Jordan's biggest book design project, The Art of Jaime Hernandez was published by Abrams books. That same year, he launched www.whatthingsdo.com, a website portal featuring many of today's top cartoonists, a natural follow up to his previous editing work in Non.

Right now, Crane is finishing his graphic novel Keeping Two, a collection of short stories titled Lower the Living, and the fifth issue of his comic book Uptight, which will feature his first scifi story titled the Dark Nothing. His current work can be found in his ongoing comic book Uptight, published by Fantagraphics.

jordan crane

How did you use the Surface to create your artwork?

I used the Surface from start to finish. I used to work on paper, and my process is nearly the same digitally. I start by making notes, just words at this point, things that I'd like to draw, relations and associations on the topic. When a couple of interesting things start to poke out at me, I'll start sketching. At this point I do simple figure drawings to see if the idea has legs. So I open up Manga Studio, get my page sized, and start rough sketches. I push the idea through to the last panel, and when I have something that works, then reduce the opacity on the layer, and do the final tight drawing on a new layer. Then colors. I'll initially just fill the spaces with harsh contrasting colors to make sure I get all the nooks and crannies filled in. Then I'll find a pair of colors I like, something that's pleasing but still pretty argumentative. Then I will tone everything based on that pair. Then fiddle some more with the colors, and then done.

What programs did you use?

I used Manga Studio Pro from start to finish for this comic strip.

How long did it take to create the piece?

I worked on it for about 8 hours. Drawing and coloring from start to finish was about 4 hours. It was spread out over a couple of days, so I got to think about it a lot, so that'd account for another 4 hours. I do a lot of my best drawing inside my head.

jasper wong
jasper wong

Jasper Wong is an artist, illustrator, and curator. He is a man who wears many hats and best known for his art that is a unique clash of Asian-influenced pop culture on paper. Jasper has exhibited worldwide, in places such as Japan, California, France, London, Mexico, New York, Hong Kong, Chicago, and Australia and he has been selected on multiple occasions by Archive magazine as one of the 200 Best Illustrators worldwide. He has also scored press in publications such as Communication Arts, Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, Taschen's Illustration Now, Hypebeast, Booooooom, Arrested Motion, Hi-Fructose, Acclaim, Complex, Vice, Highsnobiety, VNA, Street Art News and Juxtapoz. He was recently chosen as one of the HB100. A list of Hypebeast's 100 most influential figures in the industry, which included the likes of Kaws, Pharrell, Banksy, Jay Z and Kanye West.

Jasper is also the founder of a gallery in Hong Kong called ABOVE SECOND and another creative venue in Honolulu called LOFT IN SPACE. In its existence, both Monocle magazine and CNN have chosen it as one of the best galleries in the city. Jasper is also the creator and lead director of POW! WOW! HAWAII, which is a non-profit organization of contemporary artists committed to community enrichment through the creation of art outreach programs, educational programs and engaging the community in the creation and appreciation of art.

Another venture is in the form of a community art center called LANA LANE STUDIOS. It is a repurposed industrial warehouse that has been transformed into progressive 2D/3D creative workspace and center for teaching and learning. It is a place where creative output flourishes, interacts with and inspires the community. It is a combination of private studio spaces and a fully functional art school for the youth of Hawaii.

jasper wong

How did you use the Surface to create your artwork?

It started as a sketch on paper and inked on vellum. It was then scanned on to the Surface. I transferred the same process that I normally use on the computer, but implemented the Surface instead. I was able to easily work on the illustration on the go. Something that wasn't as possible with my laptop, because it can be cumbersome taking it out while on the move.

jasper wong

What programs did you use?

I used Photoshop.

How long did it take to create the piece?

It took me about a week to complete the piece. I have a 1 and half year old daughter and she loves to play with the Surface. She likes to draw with the pen. But, it also slowed my progress. :-)

dash shaw
dash shaw

Dash Shaw is a cartoonist and animator whose last graphic novel, "New School", was named one of the best books of 2013 by NPR. His other recent books include "BodyWorld" and "Bottomless Belly Button." His animated works include the Sigur Ros video "Seraph", "Wheel of Fortune", and the ifc series "The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century AD." His new graphic novel "Doctors", about doctors who enter deceased people's afterlives to bring them back from the dead, arrives later this year from Fantagraphics Books. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

dash shaw

How did you use the Surface to create your artwork?

I started it as a sketch and then scanned it into the Surface. Here you can see a sketch.

dash shaw

What programs did you use?

I used Photoshop. The finishes were done entirely in Photoshop, on the Surface.

How long did it take to create the piece?

That's hard to say. I did other versions. And then I stare into space for a while. I don't know. Maybe a couple days?

THE TRANSFORMATION CHALLENGE BEGINS AT 12:00 AM PACIFIC TIME (PT) on JUNE 10TH, 2014 AND ENDS AT 11:59:59 PM (PT) on JUNE 24, 2014

  • Entrants may enter as many entries as they like however duplicate entries are not allowed.
  • Entrants must be at least 18 years old as of June 10, 2014.
  • Entrant may reside anywhere in the world.
  • Entries must be received by 11:59:59 PM (PT) on June 24th, 2014 and be submitted through the contest gallery on deviantART;
  • Membership to www.deviantART.com is required to enter the Contest;
  • Membership to www.deviantART.com is free;
  • Entry must be submitted at the Contest Site as a single .JPG or .PNG file using the provided template without resizing.
  • Entry must feature yourself or an original character or object. Third party characters are not allowed.
  • Read the Official Rules carefully.

Habib has been the Creative Director at Microsoft Studios since 2010. He has over 12 years of experience in Visual Effects for film and 10 years in the games industry. Nominated for two Academy Awards and winner of two BAFTAs in Visual Effects for his work on Twister and The Perfect Storm while at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), Habib has also worked on two Star Trek films, Star Wars Episode I, The Bourne Identity, Spawn, and Signs. Habib served as a Senior Art Director at Electronic Arts (EA) from 2002 - 2009 where he worked on Need for Speed Most Wanted, which received a Visual Effects Society (VES) Award in 2006.

As Publisher of Motherboard, Thobey Campion has seen VICE's technology and science channel grow into a tech media powerhouse, introducing a global audience to the most exciting developments from the fringes of innovation. Today, Motherboard maintains 7 international bureaus, 3.8MM uniques visitors per month, hundreds of millions of video views, multiple Webby awards, and a rock-solid reputation for hard-hitting perspectives that provide a refreshing voice amid more sterile tech news and gadget review media.

25 semi-finalists will be selected by full-time deviantART staff. From the semi-finalists, the VICE and Microsoft judges will select three grand prize winners which will be posted on deviantART.

Judges will review the entrants description of his or her creative process and will use the following criteria in whatever degree they feel appropriate:

  • Technical and Artist Skill
  • Effective Presentation of the Progression into a Radically Different Person or Thing
  • Originality



Create a whole new you in The Transformation Challenge, sponsored by Motherboard with the help of Microsoft Surface! Use the provided template to show a three stage progression, and get a chance to win a trip to Honolulu, New York, or Los Angeles to collaborate with a featured artist!
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:iconreiayanami00014:
reiayanami00014 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
can i still upload? even after the contest?
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:iconnhprodigio:
nhprodigio Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What the crap! I only first started seeing the ads for this last week and it's over already?!?! I didn't even have a chance to inter, that sucks :grump: 
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BlackestFlame Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yup, that's one reason they really need to make an app I say :/
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WindHydra Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Today's almost over, so much anxiety!
Here's mine windhydra.deviantart.com/art/H…
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:iconaudiobot11:
AudioBot11 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I found the semi-finalists :D  www.deviantart.com/journals/da…
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:iconi-am-the-wanderer:
I-am-the-wanderer Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
Has anybody been checking like every five minutes like me? It's probably not healthy. ^^;

Also here's mine, since that seems to be a thing now.
i-am-the-wanderer.deviantart.c…
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:iconaudiobot11:
AudioBot11 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
yes! We're all excited to see who wins :O

I like your entry, I'm a big fan of foxes and I think you did a nice job with the transformation process :)

Here's mine if you happen to be interested: www.deviantart.com/art/Redempt…
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:iconejieart:
ejieart Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist
i guess we're all excited :D
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:iconumbrellafighter:
UmbrellaFighter Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
Aw, I want to see so badly who made it...But I can understand if they're a bit late, there are so many entries! :)
Here's mine...
umbrellafighter.deviantart.com…
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:iconejieart:
ejieart Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist
still no result 

Here is my entry:

ejieart.deviantart.com/art/Lif…
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Oceanseas Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm really excited to see the finalists as well. Hopefully we will know soon!

Here is my entry:

oceanseas.deviantart.com/art/T…
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:iconruprecht-tehbunee:
Ruprecht-Tehbunee Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Awww... I hope we learn soon who the semi-finalists where? That would be nice. :)

BEHOLD! My splendiferous entry *snort!* fivertehbunny.deviantart.com/a…
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Hayley-Heartbreak Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Only just realised there was a comments section.... derp. :D

Good luck everyone! Love all the entries.

Here's my one:
hayley-heartbreak.deviantart.c…
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:iconplaceboy:
placeboy Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
Cant wait to see who made it...

my entry
placeboy.deviantart.com/art/Bu…
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:iconhayley-heartbreak:
Hayley-Heartbreak Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Love it!
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:iconkwardart:
kwardart Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Student
Dose anyone have the link to the semi-finalists I would love to see who made it :)
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:iconviimere:
ViiMere Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
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RainInWonderland Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love yours! Wanna check out mine? ^.^
raininwonderland.deviantart.co…
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:iconcelticswan:
CelticSwan Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I am soooo excited to see who made it to the pre-lims!!

Mine is here-->celticswan.deviantart.com/art/…

I can't believe how great the competition is. I think my poses are a little stiff and that will probably dock me. That and my intense derp-and-itis in the last panel. XD;
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:iconi-am-the-wanderer:
I-am-the-wanderer Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
I liked your piece, though. It had great color and symbolism to it.
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CelticSwan Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Oh gosh, thank you! The meaning behind the piece really makes up a large part of my life. My mother used from before I was born until I was thirteen. I watched her go through the process of becoming sober. I'm twenty-two now and it is my goal to help other kids who grew up in poverty backgrounds with parents locked in addiction. c: I am really glad you enjoyed the piece. That means a lot to me.
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I-am-the-wanderer Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
Awesome backstory. I wish you luck.

This is the kind of interaction that makes me love DA. Pity we didn't advance, but there's always next time. :)
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ejieart Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist
does anyone know who are the top 25?
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Beth-Gilbert Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
Does anyone know when they'll announce the winners? I thought it was today. Apparantly they're doing a semi-finalists post as well :la:

I am aiming for top 25 at least :la: Here's my entry
beth-gilbert.deviantart.com/ar…
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:iconraininwonderland:
RainInWonderland Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I tought it would be today as well! Let's wait together ^.^ good luck everyone!
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sinjun2501 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
perhaps they had more entries than they anticipated. I think the 2nd was just an estimate based on past results. Perhaps the semi-finalist list will be posted soon
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ObeyMyBrain Featured By Owner Edited Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The rules say that they'll pick the potential winners on or about the second. Which sounds like the semi-finalists. It doesn't say when they'll actually announce who won. :/
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:iconraininwonderland:
RainInWonderland Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
They like to make us wait No, I disagree! 
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JustineArt Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
im so excited to see the winners! and i hope i had a chance to be there XD so many entries i hope the judges really checkout all of the entries all of us did our best to finish our entries :)

here's mine by the way - justineart.deviantart.com/art/…
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:iconmissgraza:
Missgraza Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
nice one!
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:iconjustineart:
JustineArt Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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:iconaudiobot11:
AudioBot11 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
When/where can we see the selected winners?
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:iconhissui:
Hissui Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist

I agree with everyone else there is so much to sort. However, I am glad people made many contributions. It looks like people who wanted to join, and were eligible, didn't get cold feet or regret submitting pieces the first place. Overall, this contest turned out well in terms of participation. Bear Emoji-16 (Clapping Encore Applause) [V1]

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Annuski Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Student Writer
1512 entries I think I've fainted.

I feel sorry for the judges!!!
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:iconi-am-the-wanderer:
I-am-the-wanderer Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
I tried to look at all the other entries when I submitted mine, and I don't think I even got halfway through. :P
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:iconannuski:
Annuski Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Student Writer
Me too =D I've glanced through all of them (scrolled through) XD
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cookiebaby722 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
man i thought this contest ending today! where are winning entries at? 
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LyokoGuardian95 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I finally got through all the entries and wanted to tell everyone good luck! There's so many amazing works submitted so I highly doubt I'll get far in this contest, but hopefully I might have a bit of a chance. All of these were really good and I hope the ones who deserve it win :D

Here's mine: lyokoguardian95.deviantart.com…
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otherworldmedia Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
So many great entries! I hope mine stands a chance. I've been wanting a surface for quite some time and the short internship would be fun and informative. 

otherworldmedia.deviantart.com…

But so many deserve to win :3. 
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LDix Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yup, I saw your work, you`re also have a nice idea)) Icon #3 - Dance Dean, dance! (Harlem Shake) 
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otherworldmedia Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you! :) 
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Judaszuechtung Featured By Owner Edited Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
just a bit afaid, that no one could notice our work at all, I participated at the diablocontest spended circa  36 hour work on my picture and in the end they havn´t even noticed me at all.. That i didn´t won, was totally fair. The winning pieces where exellant professional works. But they could send a short : "thanks for particepate" or" thanks spending your time try to get noticed" or i don´t no, just being ignored could be the hardest for and artist, think i would prefer a :"your work suck dude" a thousend time more, than to be unseen,
(hmm I talk to much) here is mine :

judaszuechtung.deviantart.com/…
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primavistax Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
exactly, they could at least send us auto message or badge for participating!^^ ;) :)
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:iconjudaszuechtung:
Judaszuechtung Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
for examble, just a hint, that they looked at it.
good luck for your work
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:iconprimavistax:
primavistax Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah!^^ good luck you to!^^ ;) :) :)
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:iconzanahari:
Zanahari Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Completely agree with you. Being unnoticed is the biggest problem for artists. Hurts a lot. I got in this contest, too. Hoping for the best :smile 
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Judaszuechtung Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
good luck for you , think your pinguin transform is a nice one.
The idea of the post was, that maybe one of judges reads it and do a bit more work, than in the examble i told.
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