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Monthly Art Contest Megathread ~ [MAC #29 - Springtime for Pokemon]

Discussion in 'Smeargle's Studio' started by Alchemator, Jul 10, 2010.

  1. Alchemator

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    The Smogon Monthly Art Contest!
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    Hall of Fame
    Smog Issue #16 - MAC #0-1
    Smog Issue #17 - MAC #2-3
    Smog Issue #18 - MAC #4-5
    Smog Issue #19 - MAC #6

    Welcome to the Smogon Monthly Art Contest! A competition for both digital and traditional artists to show their stuff and boast their skills.

    General Rules


    1. All Smogon Forum Rules Apply.

    2. Stealing artwork is prohibited, this includes copying another artists’ work (excluding original Pokemon artwork for references). If you are found to be stealing, you will be disqualified and banned from the current Monthly Art Contest, banned for two MACs after two instances, and permanently banned after three instances.

    3. Have a question, or want to suggest a rule or theme? PM Alchemator!

    4. Comments & criticisms are welcome, however posts such as “This one is definitely going to win/lose” or “This sucks!” will be deleted and such posts may get you warned.

    5. If you have a problem, take it to PM. We don't want you spamming up the topic.

    6. Please don't disrupt this thread (i.e. asking stupid questions repeatedly, trolling, etc). Repeated offenses can get you temporary bans from the MAC or a warning.

    Participation Rules

    1. All entries must fit the theme. The Theme will be specified in each contest post. Both traditional and digital pieces are acceptable.

    2. Any users found copying other submissions will be banned and disqualified from the current MAC.

    Prizes

    1st and 2nd place will be featured in the Smog!
  2. Bucky

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    Old Standing (open)
    Month 1: Toxic Mascot
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    [B]1st Place -[/B] [B]Shinxe[/B]
    [IMG]http://i48.tinypic.com/vx2flv.png[/IMG]
    In any type of art, there are two main criteria for the artist to fulfil  - an engaging concept, and
     good execution. Shinxe, a new artist to  Smogon, certainly delivered in both of these areas with
     an innovative  take on Weezing which shot off into the lead in the polls from the very 
     beginning. Emphasising the Poison typing, Shinxe's line art and  "radioactive highlights" set the 
    atmosphere exquisitely while managing  to keep the personality of the drawing in just one eye!
     Congratulations! - [I]Alchemator[/I]
    
    [B]2nd Place - Yilx[/B]
    [IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v407/Yilx/smogogon3.jpg[/IMG]
    I loved this piece from the start! Yilx fully captured and executed the idea of a dynamic pose,
     and the expressions of the faces are what really brought this image together. The detail in the
     background and in the gas really brought this piece to its full potential, and the uses of color 
    and highlights are FANTASTIC! Great job, Yilx! - [I]Bucky[/I]
    
    [B]3rd Place - Rocket Grunt
    [/B][IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v232/highoctaneinterim/Pokeymans/weezingvomitwhoa.png[/IMG]
    From even the early stages of the competition, no-one doubted that  Rocket Grunt would pull off
     an amazing entry, with trademark horror and  personality. Using what are effectively known on 
    Smogon as "Rocket  Grunt's brushes" he has managed to inject bundles of personality into  his 
    Weezing, while at the same time retaining the texture and artistic  merit of his drawing. 
    Fantastic work! -[I] Alchemator[/I]
    
    [B]Honorable Mentions:
    Lovebite
    [/B][IMG]http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/4115/weeziiing.jpg[/IMG]
    I fell in love with this "trippy wheezing" from day one! Normally I condone acid trips, but this style 
    is exceptionally charming, especially with the psychedelic color scheme. I still have no clue how 
    Lovebite did this, but I love it! Congratulations, Lovebite! - [I]Bucky[/I]
    
    
    Month 2: Green Evolution
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    [B]1st Place - SoIHeardYouLikeSENTRET
    [/B][IMG]http://www.smogon.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=414&pictureid=3270[/IMG]
    Right off the bat, I loved the charm of this piece. What made this entry  different 
    from many of the others was that it truly had that "Pokémon  feel" to it. The secondary 
    Electric-typing allowed for a more whimsical  twist, and was shown off very well 
    with the backdrop of a moonlit  forest. It shows off the Pokémon perfectly. The 
    combination of Grass and  Electric were blended together quite smoothly. 
    Absolutely charming! Very well done, congratulations! - [I]pkmn Trainer Zach[/I]
    
    [B]2nd Place - Yilx[/B]
    [IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v407/Yilx/pokemons/c3copy.jpg[/IMG]
    A majority of the entries had Tsutarja's final evolution become part  Steel-type. Yilx did an
     excellent job of showing that off with the  metallic finishes and the "armor" that clads it. I 
    really love how the  yellow was used on the "armor" parts, paying tribute to it's basic form.  
    This was a very well executed piece, and much attention was paid to  detail. Great job! - [I]pkmn Trainer Zach[/I]
    
    [B]3rd Place - Shinxe[/B]
    [IMG]http://i49.tinypic.com/9k4cue.jpg[/IMG]
    I got very positive vibes off of this piece. It actually reminds me of a  Chozo or a Luminoth 
    from the Metroid Prime series. This is excellent,  as this Pokémon is part Psychic. The design 
    is very ornate, and the  contrast is excellent. I love how the red was introduced to 
    compliment  the scheme. This piece is just lovely on the eyes. Excellent! - [I]pkmn Trainer Zach[/I]
    
    [B]3rd Place - Scicky[/B]
    [IMG]http://img99.imageshack.us/img99/5774/tsutaevo.png[/IMG]
    I was very glad to see this piece win this round. I think this piece was one of the best 
    concepts of the month, and I could really picture it being an actual Pokemon! The color
    scheme is fantastic and works very well with the piece. I absolutely adore the details 
    on this Fakemon, it really makes everything comes together flawlessly, which is not always
    an easy feat. If I had to nitpick, well I'd just wish that Scicky had gone a step further 
    to make the shading or the pose more dynamic. Nonetheless, this was a well deserved 
    win with an excellent concept, a brilliant design, and an excellent color scheme. 
    Congratulations, Scicky! - [I]Bucky[/I]
    
    [B]Honorable Mentions:[/B]
    [B]HellaHellaStyle
    [/B][IMG]http://img690.imageshack.us/img690/2108/finalgrassevolution.jpg[/IMG]
    Personally, I think this was one of the best entries of this round. Though not 100% Pokemon-
    looking, the character itself is very original and creative, and both the coloring and shading are
    FANTASTIC! HellaHellaStyle has a very neat and polished style that's very captivating and 
    downright exciting. This artist has truckloads of potential, and I can't wait to see what else he 
    has up his sleeve! - [I]Bucky[/I]
    
    
    
    Month 3: Stark Contrast
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    [B]1st Place - Icepick[/B]
    [IMG]http://i392.photobucket.com/albums/pp10/icepickx/pokees/Zapdos.png[/IMG]
    I love the borderline sketch style you use in your paintings... the  use of 
    the foreground lighting, bright cloud shading, dark shading on  Zapdos, 
    movement... it all came together to produce a masterpiece. Great  job! - [I]Wickdaggler[/I]
    
    
    [B]2nd Place - Aragornbird[/B]
    [IMG]http://img844.imageshack.us/img844/1988/swellow.jpg[/IMG]
    This is brilliant. I love the soft glow that you put in your shading,  
    and background, as well as the masterful representation of fire and  
    feathers. The light blue light in the background reflecting off  Swellow's 
    back really pulled this together. Great work. - [I]Wickdaggler
    
    [/I]
    [B]3rd Place - Shinxe[/B]
     [IMG]http://i45.tinypic.com/1yscw0.png[/IMG]
    This is probably my most favorite piece by Shinxe. The use of color and 
    lighting is absolutelyflawless and the composition is beautiful! The 
    Cubone's eyes draw so much attention and it's amazing that she was 
    able to put feeling into picture just through the eyes. Shinxe,
    you are a master. - [I]Bucky[/I]
    
    
    [B]Honorable Mentions:
    ChouToshio[/B]
    [IMG]http://fc04.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2010/202/2/b/Submission_for_Smogon_MAC_3_by_StevenChong_no_GMF.jpg[/IMG]
    The style used in this painting... it's something else. The use of  reflection 
    off the lake, dark foreground shading, and several vivid fall  colors on the 
    trees, while not creating a direct conflict of colors,  did create a centerpiece 
    of Suicune... (one of my favorites, by the by)  which, despite using the 
    conflicting orange and blue, did still manage  to seem in harmony somehow. 
    It's hard for me to put into words how much I love this, so I'll just leave it 
    at this: brilliant work. –[I] Wickdaggler
    [/I]
    Month 4: Dragon's Den
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    [B]1st Place - ChouToshio[/B]
    [IMG]http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2010/233/9/3/Dragon__s_Den_by_StevenChong_no_GMF.jpg[/IMG]
    So, lucky me, I get the honor of giving commentary on what is, in my  opinion, the best 
    piece of the bunch (sorry guys). I love the gritty  look of the Gyarados, Lance, and Clair. 
    The lighting in the middle was  very well done, and I love the look you achieved with the 
    lighting off  the lake. With the dark moody cave atmosphere, combined with the bright,  
    orange and yellow energy from the shrine, this piece has an atmosphere  of it which is 
    exactly what I thought of upon seeing the theme. It  defiantly sticks out among the 
    other entries. – [I]Wickdaggler[/I]
      Absolute perfection. And you’ve managed to steal the hearts of all of the judges with 
    this piece. Excellent. - [I]Bucky[/I]
    
    
    [B]2nd Place - Aragornbird
    [IMG]http://img690.imageshack.us/img690/8044/dragonsp.jpg[/IMG]
    [/B]Oh, aragonbird, where should I start? The hidden trainers (lance, clair,  and our hero, 
    from that one event in HG/SS), the brilliant lighting off  the water, and the pokemon 
    themselves? The way the Den provides so much  contrast and focus in and un itself? 
    The epic effects?! I can't really describe in words how much I love this, but let this 
    be  known: you are a master of shading and highlights, and of incorporating  dynamism 
    and mood into your paintings. -  [I]Wickdaggler[/I]
    [B]
    
    3rd Place - Shinxe[/B]
    [IMG]http://i33.tinypic.com/2mzl1ya.jpg[/IMG]
    Oh, Shinxe, you've really done it this time. Probably my favorite piece  of yours so far, 
    this is just a joy to look at. Props for you for really  running with this month's theme 
    and making the Dragon's Den an  essential element. You've done a wonderful job at 
    creating a mood and an  atmosphere. And might I say, I love your take on Altaria. 
    –[I] pkmn  Trainer Zach[/I]
       
    
    [B]Honorable Mentions:
    neo[/B]
    [IMG]http://i435.photobucket.com/albums/qq78/fossilspriter/mac4entrysizefizedandwdragon.png[/IMG]
    This piece is striking in so many areas. The color scheme is beautiful, the composition 
    is absolutely beautiful, and you've even managed to incorporate depth as well. You've
    managed to create a piece that not only attracts attention, but captivates the viewer.
    This piece is lovely, alluring, and even mysterious! It really shows your skills as an artist.
    I really look forward to seeing more of your art in future contests. - [I]Bucky
    
    [/I]


    Old Judges (open)
    Here's to all of the judges who helped make this possible!! I couldn't have done it without these guys!

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    [B]Alchemator[/B]
    [SIZE=4][SIZE=2][IMG]http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o95/sceptical1216/Alchd.png[/IMG]
    Wacky, weird and wonderful, Alchemator is a veteran spriter with much critique experience.
    
    Credentials: 
    - Leader of [URL="http://www.smogon.com/forums/showthread.php?t=65162"]Project Amethyst[/URL]
    - Spriting Correspondent for The Smog
    
    
    [B]Wickdaggler[/B]
    [/SIZE][/SIZE][IMG]http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o95/sceptical1216/WicksDog.png[/IMG]
    [SIZE=4][SIZE=2]He might be new to the art scene,  but Wickdaggler has a natural flair for critique.
    
    Credentials[B]:
    [/B]- Owner of the [URL="http://www.smogon.com/forums/showthread.php?t=69652"]Smeargle's Art Gallery[/URL][/SIZE][/SIZE]
    
    
    [B]Scepticallistic[/B]
    [SIZE=4][SIZE=2][IMG]http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o95/sceptical1216/Toxijudge.png[/IMG]
    A great artist with an equally developed wit, Scepticallistic is also a  top spriter.
    
    Credentials:
    - Major contributor to [URL="http://www.smogon.com/forums/showthread.php?t=65162"]Project Amethyst[/URL]
    - Artist of the Judges' pictures[/SIZE][/SIZE]
    
    
    [B]Doran Dragon
    [/B][SIZE=4][SIZE=2][IMG]http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o95/sceptical1216/Dorantowl-2.png[/IMG]
    An acclaimed scratch spriter, Doran Dragon specializes in concept critique.
    
    Credentials:
    - Contributor to the [URL="http://www.smogon.com/forums/showthread.php?t=69547"]Xbox Sprites Project[/URL][/SIZE][/SIZE]
    
    [B]
    Pkmn Trainer Zach[/B]
    [I]Picture Pending[/I]
    With his outstanding artistic background, Pkmn Trainer Zach has an excellent 
    eye for detail and a skill with critique.
    
    Credentials
    - Wouldn't you like to know
    
    [B]Bucky[/B]
    [I]Picture Pending[/I]
    [SIZE=4][SIZE=2]The cheerful head of the MAC, Bucky is a  fantastic artist proficient in portraiture 
    and concept design.
    
    Credentials: 
    - Head of the Monthly Art Contest[/SIZE][/SIZE]
    
    
    Thanks Alchemator and Scepticallistic for the judge descriptions and pictures!
  3. Precipice

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    I see so many Reshiram/Zekrom entry's coming up.

    Anyway, looks fun I'll make sure to do one.
  4. Nastyjungle

    Nastyjungle fat and sassy
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    may or may not participate; good luck to everybody anyways!

    edit: are just two contrasting themes/colors allowed? or can there be more?
  5. Alchemator

    Alchemator my god if you don't have an iced tea for me when i
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    Just gonna say that I'd like to discourage 'reservation' posts as they tend to clog up the thread without adding anything meaningful. Speculation like
    Is ok as long as you're relatively detailed.

    Thanks :)
  6. Danmire

    Danmire the mental blade cut through flesh and bone
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    So basically, you get 2 colors, mesh em up together to make them look cool on any Pokemon?
  7. Alchemator

    Alchemator my god if you don't have an iced tea for me when i
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    I'm leaving this pretty open-ended, what I've said in the description is just an example. Remember: there are plus points for creativity!
  8. Danmire

    Danmire the mental blade cut through flesh and bone
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    Haha, alright.

    Sounds cool, I'll see if I can do one.
    Good luck to anyone that joins!
  9. Albinoloon

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  10. Alchemator

    Alchemator my god if you don't have an iced tea for me when i
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    Please read.

    I hate to be mean, but any posts like these from now on will be deleted on sight.
  11. Johann

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  12. Alchemator

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    It's not all about colours. It can be about contrasting scenes within the piece etc etc. Like I said, the more creative you are the more highly you'll score.
  13. wickdaggler

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    hey alch, I'm not so sure that the old judges are still going to be interested in judging, so maybe just reset the roster (save for yourself and I, of course).

    Alch Edit: That thought had already crossed my mind, so sure.

    also you're gonna wanna PM me, not Bucky about being a judge, since she explicitly said she doesn't want to be involved in this right now
    here's a simple example of what you could do:
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  14. Nastyjungle

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    here's my entry

    [​IMG]
  15. DjGopher

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    Yay!
    Tough theme, though.. Participating if creativity stumbles by.
    Also, I notice judge spots are open?
    If so I'd like to "apply".
  16. Shinxe

    Shinxe there and back again
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    I am now a judge >:U
    (thanks daggler & co.!)

    Badass, nastyjungle! or should I say, that art is sicknasty
  17. wickdaggler

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    if nobody else steps up, the spot's yours

    nasty that piece... god. my. oh.
  18. bombiron

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    also i would like to apply
  19. Chou Toshio

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    Eh~~ this means you're not going to be an entrant anymore? :S

    Well less competition then . . . though Nasty's in the mix now >_> jk
  20. Shinxe

    Shinxe there and back again
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    Awww Chou I don't have time to do extra art when I'm in school, ahaha... ;n; Even the Reshiram for the Smog nearly killed me

    so now I will brutally judge everybody instead (because a tiny Shinx is super intimidating, right?)
  21. DjGopher

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    Wo-hoo, progress.
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    Sorry alch, if this against what you said..
    Alch Edit: Not at all.
    I think I'll be participating/finishing this time :)
  22. Precipice

    Precipice Thats bull.
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    I can sub in as a Judge if need be, But I wouldn't like to fill the role permanently.
  23. TeraVolt

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    Well, here's my entry:
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    Samurott Vs Emboar!!
  24. Acklow

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    There's quite a few entries (good ones too!!) going on here, I look forward to seeing more!!
  25. Bucky

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    Woohoo!!! You brought it back to liiiffe!!!!! I'm not dead, just on hiatus, ya dig? I might enter something if I get around to it.

    P.S. You should probably change the OP where it says to PM me lol.

    Edit: OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG SHINXE IS GONNA JUUDDGGEEE!!!!!!!!! I always wanted Shinxe to be a judge. <3

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