What happened was I was meant to start the round earlier, but as you all gather, I haven’t sent out a PM yet.
There are two reasons for being so:
- Extra time for you to put some creative juices to work – this theme is not easy by any standards, and because it is the semi-final, I believe in quality as being the foremost priority so the entries can reflect the nature of the round and lift up the competition for judging.
- One member (anonymous so far until the end of the round – ho ho ho) has pulled out of the competition and I am currently contacting the wildcard to fill in the spot.
Rest assured, as soon as I get the wildcard on board, the round will start, and I’ll do so by sending you all a PM.
Sorry for the delay, but on the other hand I think you will all appreciate a little bit more time 😉
– Misa ❤
EDIT: The Round has now started. I have filled in the spot with a wildcard.
Due date is the 27th May, 2010 GMT+11 Time ~4:30PM. Deductions will not be made until midnight. Submit after midnight on 28th May 2010 and there shall be a point deduction.
Remember to incorporate the theme and include scan links to me – judging will get tough – there are only 6 participants left. Good luck!
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Sorry once again for the delay. What happened was I got all the results in yesterday, but couldn’t post until today due to wordpress acting up all day yesterday (you know when Mt stuffs up and the css is gone? Yeah, exactly like that – I’m still not sure if it was just me or everyone though :\) – but the thing is, I’m here now! \o/
Round 2 finished with 10 entries being submitted, two members retiring from the competition due to not being able to meet the deadline.
I strongly encourage you all and remind you all to pull out of the competition ASAP if this happens so I can throw in the wildcards. Remember, if within 3 days of the competition starting you don’t think you can finish (remember to check your schedule and diary and plan out some time), simply let me know so the wildcards can be used.
Logistics aside, I wish both Gid and bromithia well in their work and studies respectively – it was great having you two, and hopefully maybe you’ll compete next time…? 😉
Given that Gid and brom pulled out of the competition, that means that Sakura-Dust and flyindreams were automatically through to Round 3.
There is a tough line of of Round 3 – but let’s just post up the results first.
PS: For last time’s results, I still haven’t had the time to hook up the Minitokyo links >_< Sorry but I’ll get to that as soon as the weekend comes around! Do the same, leave a comment with the Minitokyo link (at least if I haven’t hooked it up, spectators can rummage through the comments to find the link lol ;x)
PPS: I did forward all the original scan links and whether or not the wallpaper was original art to the judges – which will be reflected in the comments as you can see below.
WOW (5): 2.2
TECHNIQUE (15): 9.1
CREATIVITY (15): 11.1
THEME/AESTHETICS (15): 11.4
TOTAL (50): 33.8
“I feel that there are too many white gradients that make the entire piece seem faded and uninteresting. Creating light means creating constrast, which would have communicated the sense of sadness and longing that this piece attempts to achieve. I love the motifs of death, life and love depicted.”
“Monochrome wallpapers mostly seem attractive to me, for some reason. But not this one. Probably because of the presence of that burned picture, it seems rather not needed and could have put some more feathers or just leave it plain. The crumples look a bit off – probably because of the thick lines and the shading. I do like the idea of using real stock image for the hands, and turned them anime-like. Overall, it lacks the wow factor but still looks likable.”
“This is such a tender wall, dramatic scene shown in such a soft way. I think the idea alone is really great. For the color choice, it was pretty bold and I think it takes away the attention from the wall. More so because it’s a light grey, everything in it is light and so it’s hard to focus on it as a wall. A bit more darkening and perhaps more of a sparkle rather than streak of light might give it more of an angelic look. Or perhaps having the picture in color while keeping the scene grey could really give it a different perspective and show the main focus more. The details on the picture are awesome btw, it looks so real.”
“Reminds me of the film “Ghost”. Love the concept, but think the execution could have been better. Seems slightly blurry and the feathers are somewhat random. This is one of those walls that I think having a description would benefit in helping viewers to understand the story.”
WOW (5): 3.5
TECHNIQUE (15): 11.1
CREATIVITY (15): 12.4
THEME/AESTHETICS (15): 11
TOTAL (50): 38
NOTE: MapleRose received the HELP card for Round 2, and used the HELP card.
“What an adorable scene! I’m not a big fan of geometric and clean lineart for the table which give the entire piece an unneeded stiffness. Try varying the lines here and the piece will flow much better.”
“I find this really funny, we people love food, so why not try showing it, right? I really liked this one, the vector is really neat and the bg fits well.”
“This is adorable, nothing better than showing affection for your favorite food! Looking at the scan I was quite impressed to see it was alternated using another scan, I had assumed it was a screencap. The colors are lovely for the concept and an even better addition were the sparkled dreamy bubbles to add the full sense of bliss. I do think the background would’ve been better scenic, maybe just a simple room (girly room) would’ve put more depth into it. Especialy with the male present, somehow with him the background needs more in it. Maybe removing him could help to bring the background and her together better.”
“Wow! Definitely one of my favorites! A unique interpretation of the theme. I like the muted appearance and use of texture… very easy on the eyes/desktop!”
WOW (5): 3
TECHNIQUE (15): 9.6
CREATIVITY (15): 10.6
THEME/AESTHETICS (15): 9.3
TOTAL (50): 32.5 -3 = 29.5
NOTE: erikamirou received the -3 card, meaning kuryuki received a 3 point deduction.
“Very adorable scene, but the background swallows the main character. Smaller center objects can utilize space to express romance, but in this case the overly detailed background blends in with the character too much. More white space, especially on the top half would have finished this wall with a innocent storybook ending.”
“I have to say, this confuses me a bit. Thinking of the theme I’m a bit lost when looking at this wall. I only see the presence of hearts but it still feels like it’s misguided in showing the emotion. Though I do like the light and fluffy colors given with the clouds and angelic look. It’s missing darker shadows, with all that light and brightness it needs a more balanced darkness.”
“Background seems too bare. I like the idea of the girl holding the cauldron of hearts, but think there needs to be something else… some aspect of movement perhaps?”
WOW (5): 3.2
TECHNIQUE (15): 9.2
CREATIVITY (15): 10
THEME/AESTHETICS (15): 10.3
TOTAL (50): 32.7
“I enjoy the scene but the painted technique is much too blurry with inappropriate use of colors that wash the lines out. With better color application and sharper edges, this piece could have really stood out.”
“Wow, this is pure win, it’s like a movie scene, beautiful! It feels like I’m watching a war movie, with the hero and the girl saving the world, almost dying and still loving each other.~”
“Interesting character design and the technique you used on them looks neatly done. The blood and wet effects look cool and impressive. The thing that kind of bothers me is the rain; they’re a bit too visible on some areas, which I think made them compete for attention with the subject.”
“What really blew me away was the intense emotion given from both the male and female side. The pure and very sorrowful feelings were thrown into such a dramatic pose and together with the scene of rain it makes you want to know more about the two. On the details, the male’s pants – where the skin should be visible is in fact too visible, it should be darker and still hold some of the white layer given by the pants. Compared to the center work the background just isn’t strong enough to hit the ball out of the park, alot of detail and emotion is missing from it. It really makes the wall die down as a whole and I recommend the artist to work more on it since it looks rather unfinished.”
WOW (5): 3.5
TECHNIQUE (15): 9.4
CREATIVITY (15): 10.6
THEME/AESTHETICS (15): 11
TOTAL (50): 34.5
“I absolutely love the artistry applied to this scan, with its exaggerated lines and expressions. Some stylistic choices may not appeal to me, but I appreciate that they have their own sense of voice. The sky though seems too cluttered and the wrong color tone to match the rest, especially the gradiented heart. I think use of white space would have been better.”
“Colorful love! xD This wall is beautiful, the way it’s made, the bg, all!”
“Wow! Such vibrant and lovely colors, I’m glad they were brought into the wall. The top is a bit unbalanced somehow to me, it’s really bright compared to the colorful field beneath it. The smoke seems out of place as well, maybe if it was a different color it might’ve worked in more.”
“There is definitely some jaggedness in the linework. (Most noticeable in the males hair) But I love the bright colors and boldness of the black against them.”
WOW (5): 3.5
TECHNIQUE (15): 10.2
CREATIVITY (15): 12
THEME/AESTHETICS (15): 11.6
TOTAL (50): 37.3
“I enjoy the contrast between the textures and vector-fills. This juxtaposition creates an effective scrapbook feel which seems to be missing in the walling community. However, the background is too dark + faded to allow the elements to breathe and stand out. Lighter colors in the background would enliven this wall.”
“I don’t know, but this one got me here, I liked the style of walling the love, very cool!”
“Cool and funky colours, and the simple design looks interesting. Though I think the 3D objects should have made anime-ish to fit with the character. All in all, this wallpaper looks great in its own league.”
“The funky colors are cool, the textures helps to bring all the articles together. Though I don’t really feel the theme here, I’m guessing she loves music but theres not much of a big focus on that so I think alot otherswould be confused. I think adding the eyes and creating more of focus on the guitar would’ve helped to better show her affection for it.”
“LOVE. IT. Virtually flawless… great style/concept and execution. Love the ‘messy with a purpose’ coloring of the girl! Overall, an excellent, high quality wall.”
WOW (5): 3.6
TECHNIQUE (15): 11.5
CREATIVITY (15): 12.5
THEME/AESTHETICS (15): 12.4
TOTAL (50): 40
“Fantastic! I love the crazy anatomy going on (although i think some of the facial features need to be repositioned slightly). I do think the background needs to be less prominent and feature lighter, yellower shades to really frame the characters as well as the smoke and other elements and to prevent the wall from seeming too cluttered.”
“Probably the best entry for this round. Not just because it is original, but the fact that the abstract approach gives off a rather dark and unique definition of love. It is cute in its choice of colours, and the patterns and textures add a beautiful sense to the whole wallpaper.”
“It’s definitely an interesting idea, leaves you asking questions about the two. I think the lines could be more full and connected so it doesn’t look too jagged and hard to see her figure. Also the green is a bit too strong for the other light, though I do get it’s intent of it being there so it works on that note.”
“Very creative use of textures and symbolism. I’m slightly lost on some of them, but an interesting wallpaper overall.”
WOW (5): 4
TECHNIQUE (15): 11.8
CREATIVITY (15): 12.8
THEME/AESTHETICS (15): 11.2
TOTAL (50): 39.8 + 3 = 42.8
NB: sjade1 was the recipient of the +3 card and narrowly wins
“This fantastically composed piece calls to the softer, 1920’s glamour-shot. The main character is beautifully vectored and the theme shines through. A great sense of drama, motion juxtaposes her calm composure. The hands seem oversmudged and the wall would benefit from touches of texture, especially in the background. Nevertheless, wonderful work!”
“I liked this one, the art is really gorgeous, this person has an amazing skill.~ I’m really impressed.”
“It’s interesting to see another brilliant piece, that just seem so right and neat for the desktop. I think the different approach on the theme does make this wallpaper stand out among the rest. Thumbs up on the stunning composition and awesome lighting. Although I feel that you should add some details on her clothing, It just looks too plain with black.”
“I do think this is an interesting twist of the theme, however it doesn’t really shout the theme. She could use some more lights on her to show more flashes from the front view and the flashes behind her could be more visible along with the less opacity ones we see.”
“Love the look of this wallpaper, but I’m not sure what the second subject is since it seems the main focus is the female character.”
WOW (5): 2.9
TECHNIQUE (15): 11.9
CREATIVITY (15): 10.6
THEME/AESTHETICS (15): 11.6
TOTAL (50): 37
“This piece looks great up close, with a great sense of texture and movement. But a holistic look reveals a clash in styles. Despite well-executed technique and colors, the characters are done in a different style than the background. More work should be done integrating the two.”
“I liked this one, it’s really lovely and there’s love there~ The thing I didn’t really liked is the bg, it’s kinda off. =/”
“Very wonderful design to look at. The art-nouveau-ish background adds a classic sense of romance between the characters. Great effort on the technique as well, though I somehow feel that painting job (for the shading) would have made this more stunning. And the circle designs look a bit squished, which is rather odd to see.”
“The beautiful detail in the background is what caught my attention first, I love the warm and loving colors you drenched the wall in. The change of her face was a really good move, it helps to compliment the male’s face. The clock seems a bit squished though, as if it didn’t fit and was forced to fit. It really dampers the walls complete look for me.”
“Great use of texture and color. I really like how you modified the original image. Though, I think either both of the girl’s eyes should be open or closed… looks slightly odd with one open and one closed. At first I thought her other eye was forgotten. But aside from that, stunning wallpaper!”
“I absolutely love the composition here, the simple background frames the japanese patterns perfectly. Only complaints are on technique: lineart is rather weak in more places than one.”
“Beautiful wall sure is beautiful. Amazing, the technique, the art, in overall, this is beautiful. xD”
“I really love the concept behind this, it’s simple but still holds alot into it and shows the theme pretty clearly. The referenced image played wonderfully into this, I do think they should be moved a bit more into the middle since the space beside them does take alot more attention than it should but it’s not a big problem. Perhaps text or more designs could help to fill it up.”
“I think this is one of those walls that also would benefit from having a description. I don’t really feel the theme coming across in this one. I like the use of the origami paper patterns, but feel the left side of the wall is a little too bare. Maybe some simple text?”
Round 3 contestant board
So, for round 3 it is:
MapleRose vs erikamirou
dslassey vs sjade 1
Sakura-Dust vs flyindreams
SCARY STUFF I MUST SAY. CAN I DESCRIBE THIS AS EXPLOSIVE? This competition is filled with landmines.
Round 3 theme
The theme for Round 3.
Your wallpaper must feature:
- Art Nouveau
- 1 x non human object (at least) AS ITS SUBJECT/ MAIN FEATURE
You can include humans into your wallpaper, but they must not be the predominant feature.
As a response to a question asked by Sakura-Dust about what the non human object should be (revised):
– Furniture/ Architecture/ Hamburgers/ food/ toys/ objects that may or may not be alive
– Animals (fish, birds, whatever- living or dead, but no, these are not human)
– Cute furry little things
– Androids/ cyborgs – ONLY IF THEY CLEARLY POSSESS ROBOT FEATURES (eg. in Green Glass there are girls with metal sockets where there are missing arms – that’s okay – but androids like Chii from Chobits are clearly too human looking – if in doubt, you can always PM me the scan you’re interested in walling and ask me if it counts)
– Mermaids, Centaurs, half person half whatever, Medusa – these are non human
– Angels/ Gods/ Goddesses ARE HUMAN SO THEY DO NOT COUNT (yeah yeah, I know they technically aren’t human/ mortals, but they look too human – so wipe out Belldandy as your main subject)
It could be living or not living as you can tell from the list above – it’s comletely up to you on what you want to feature in your wallpaper and what approach you want to take. You can take art nouveau very seriously and follow the guidelines of the style rigidly, or you can do a twist on it.
PS: Androids will not count as non human objects, unless they clearly look like robots (eg. Chii from Chobits will not be included – I’ll update the post – simply because she looks too human)
PPS: Human silouhettes or reflections also do not count (that’s cheating!).
Basically, IF IT LOOKS LIKE A PERSON (but with something added onto them like a halo, pair of wings or whatever), IT IS A HUMAN. If it looks like a mutation of a human, that’s okay. Otherwise you can use any non human object under the sun. 😀
Please ask for any clarifications.
Want some examples?
PS: MapleRose reminded us all that there are tags at Mt lolol http://www.minitokyo.net/Art+Nouveau <– all art nouveau under the one tag!
PPS: I know the theme is hard – and I intentionally planned it so that each round got progressively harder. The main reason for me choosing a theme is to also better compare between wallpapers for judging for the accurate judging of finalists, if you know what I mean. If they’re all art nouveau, it all boils down to what object you choose to feature, how you do it, and how creatively you do it. I hope that gives you all some insight into why I chose such a distinctive yet broad “style” and why I had to make the twist by featuring a non human. Be creative, and go crazy!
Have fun! It’ll be a challenge. Remember to include your scan source link in your PM when you submit to me. All other rules stay the same.
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SLOW SAUCE INTERNET.
Just a post to let you know all the results are in. I’ll post later tonight, if not, tomorrow. 😉
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I’ve filmed the video, but I won’t be p0sting it up because I’m extremely tired.
I’m sorry for the late announcement – I was away from home for a night out, and then when I got home the next day I found that my laptop had been stolen along with a few other things. I had to deal with making a police report and then I left something behind with my friends so I ended up staying out, completely forgetting that I had to announce the weapons. So sorry about that!
sjade1 was the lucky recipient of the +3 card and will get a 3 point bonus onto the final score.
erikamirou received the -3 card, so kuryuki will receive 3 points off.
MapleRose has the HELP card.
Check your PM boxes – it’s all there. I’ll see you guys probably in another 20 hours or so.
Thanks and once again, very sorry for this late post!
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Hey guys, sorry for getting these in a day or so late. I got all the results from the judges today and I quickly compiled them.
Btw, I don’t actually know if the microphone worked or not 😄
Quick shoutout to the 5 judges and 1 helper – you are all made of awesomesauce. I forgot to mention it in my PMs and video, but the judges went well out of their way to write comments and stuff. I think most judges wrote more than the specified number of comments, and not only that, one judge commented on almost ALL of the entries D: Thanks x 1000000 – amazing stuff.
I’ve filmed the video for the weapons and I’ll be sending out the Round 2 Start PMs after I finish typing this post up. I’m on a slow connection so this will be fun -_-
Thank you to all 24 participants who submitted or showed interest and support for the competition. I never expected to reach beyond 16 contestants, let alone get 24!~ I hope for those who didn’t get to Round 2, or it was the first time they’ve participated or joined for fun, I hope that this competition has given you an opportunity to warm yourself up either for future walls or learn something that you’d like to take away with you for your future graphic design adventures – either in the judging comments, the explorations you went through while making your own entry, or through the other worlds presented in your fellow contestants.
My video sounded like gibberish even with the microphone, but I mentioned that if I’m not travelling at the end of the year, I might have another competition – but it’ll be parapara style – ie. non stop. After Round 1 you have Round 2 immediately and it keeps going. You won’t know if you’re knocked out until like you’re in the middle of making your Round 2 wallpaper lolololol. I think it’ll be fun, so if you missed out on this competition, I hope to see you at the Parapara walling contest!
How to structure this post? Well, I’ll put them in the order from left to right of the competition chart. All scores are averages of all scores given.
PS: Comment on this blog entry with a link to your Minitokyo Gallery URL so I can throw it up onto this post. I will not be hosting the wallpapers on wordpress due to request. If you’re a visitor, hi! Please download or visit Minitokyo to look at the entries ^^
WOW (out of 5): 3.25
TECHNIQUE (out of 15): 11.67
CREATIVITY (out of 15): 10.08
THEME/AESTHETIC (out of 15): 10.5
TOTAL (out of 50): 35.5
“Incredible blending is accomplished with the right artistic choices for colors–this wall should set an example for how one creates an epic scene. Spot-on texture and color choices make an otherwise simplistic background seem adequately filled, even if the darker corners seem slightly overtextured. The only complaint here is the airplane. The static sparks need more variation in size and stronger play on light to function. The motion blur should become bigger as we move away from the center of the spindles. And finally, the shading should be sharper to reflect the style of the vector.”
“The colors and given concept is nice though I do fear the scan might confuses others.”
“It’s not really a clear concept of the artist world, I do think more time twoards it though could’ve explained alot more. Other than that I think it’s a fantastic job and would look even more fantastic with more work done.”
WOW (out of 5): 2.5
TECHNIQUE (out of 15): 8.75
CREATIVITY (out of 15): 8.67
THEME/AESTHETIC (out of 15): 8.03
TOTAL (out of 50): 28
“You did a good job with placement (esp with perspective which not alot of people can do well), but the execution of this piece needs alot of work. Composition wise, the painting is a mess and essentially unfinished. The colors, shades and hues are there but not properly cleaned. Also for a scenic piece like this, its ok in the planning stages to draw really straight lines, but you really dont want the background to look too “perfect.””
“Nice work in extending the scan and modified it abit. Though I think the colours of the background look pale compared to the character. The shadings on the background look a little messed up and flat. I think you should add more shadows and define them neatly with the line arts. The castle at the back should be softer since it’s located far away. And I don’t get the idea of adding clock shape on the sky.”
“I like the overall look, but feel the gears are a little superfluous. It’s a very pretty scenic wall, but I would have liked to have seen more of a tie in with the “my world” theme.”
WOW (out of 5): 2.25
TECHNIQUE (out of 15): 10.33
CREATIVITY (out of 15): 9.33
THEME/AESTHETIC (out of 15): 8
TOTAL (out of 50): 29.91 … -4(late) = 25.91
“It’s kind of difficult for me to comment on this wall. I get where its going and I appreciate the time put into the vision, but the conception of this piece doesnt sit well with me. I know shes meant to be “blending into the background” but the execution doesnt seem quite right. The color scheme is well executed, but I personally find it too strong to be appealing. The technical aspects are also rather strong, though you got a little lazy on the ear. I know one judge might complain about the circular dots so I will say for the record that I think they SHOULD be circular to fit the general feel.”
“Beautiful color scheme and great job on the elf girl. Not sure about the background and those beet-looking blobs. Perhaps more of a clear tie in with the theme would help.”
WOW (out of 5): 2.33
TECHNIQUE (out of 15): 7.83
CREATIVITY (out of 15): 10.33
THEME/AESTHETIC (out of 15): 8.75
TOTAL (out of 50): 29.24
“Love this idea… though I think a little more could have been done to go with the theme. “Welcome to my World” offers such a big realm of possibilities! I expected to see a bit more on the illustration side of the book– or more blurring of the line between fantasy and reality. Maybe some water droplets coming out of the book. Remember to have fun with the theme!”
WOW (out of 5): 1.83
TECHNIQUE (out of 15): 7.67
CREATIVITY (out of 15): 7.75
THEME/AESTHETIC (out of 15): 6.67
TOTAL (out of 50): 23.92…+3(weapon) = 26.92
“There are so many wonderful things going for this particular wall, but the indecisive stylistic choices are apparent even at first glance. With the combination of flat vector shapes, outline-less agenda and gradient, shadeless shapes, there are too many indicators of depth which results in a confused product. The cleanness of the shapes also contradict the rather scenic sensibility. And the skin seems much too cool because of the uninteresting shadow colors. More lights, lower and further away would fill the empty gradient background space that seems too flat at the moment.”
“The ideas are put nicely along with the saturated tone and happy expressions. However, the characters need more shades to fit with the night theme. The main theme of this round, on the other hand, is not clearly portrayed.”
“At first I didn’t quite get what the artist wanted to show, but then I thought things trought and ah~, this is really cool, but I think the wall could be more detalied.”
“Although it is adorable…I’m confused on exactly what the artist is trying to show us about their world.”
“Well…besides that they must love celebration or something, the BG beyond them could use more work…looks alot like they’re underneath fire. It’s hard to tell where they are, looks alot like an abstract/scene idea not finished yet.”
WOW (out of 5): 2.92
TECHNIQUE (out of 15): 11.17
CREATIVITY (out of 15): 10.17
THEME/AESTHETIC (out of 15): 8.67
TOTAL (out of 50): 32.93
“I enjoy the general color scheme immensely. The elements also have a very great potential to suggest movement which is always great to see in walls. Unfortunately, there are alot of technical aspects that hinder the success.:
1) The streaks of lighting wash out and blur the cleaner edges which produces a haphazard feel to the entire wall, especially aruond his jacket and his hair.
2) The rungs of the fence are too large, thick and geometric and this object really hurt the sense of movement. I suggest moving it back a few feet and trying to create a very subtle “warped” perspective which will just help it seem less stiff.”
WOW (out of 5): 3.25
TECHNIQUE (out of 15): 11.42
CREATIVITY (out of 15): 11.33
THEME/AESTHETIC (out of 15): 11.5
TOTAL (out of 50): 37.5
“I admire the sense of detail and the careful placement of objects to create a simple but professional composition. But this piece lacks coherence in terms of color and lighting, with some parts much warmer in tone than others. The lighting also seems last minute, washing out many parts of the wall and creating a messier look. Parts of the piece, especially skin and background elements seem unfinished with their raw edges and dirtier shading.”
“Beautifully soft painting work with thin vectored lines. It is somehow look cluttered with elements, but it does fit the theme nicely.”
“I think this wall shows the world that most of the girls want to live in. Really well made and the theme is shown beautifully in there.”
“I adore how this artist created her world around the character, I can clearly see all her interest on the wall. I like the sketchy look and the soft coloring given, I do think the highlights need more refining…the puffs of whiteness do nothing for the wall. Perhaps a more warmer gradient to give a sense that morning is shining on her. Other than those minor factors I enjoy the presentation of the theme, very well given.”
WOW (out of 5): 0.84
TECHNIQUE (out of 15): 5
CREATIVITY (out of 15): 5.33
THEME/AESTHETIC (out of 15): 5.33
TOTAL (out of 50): 16.5… -3 (Valuna’s Weapon) = 13.5
“Don’t know, ermm, it’s just to simple, like, the theme is in there, but the wall lacks something.”
“I like how the waller took the approach. I do think perhaps a more scene look would’ve been more better for this. Perhaps having the cat sitting on some dresser or bed stand and then have the window behind it. Having it like this doesn’t pull much attention, it’s too dark to catch eyes in. The designs and creativity is it’s best traits.”
WOW (out of 5): 2.5
TECHNIQUE (out of 15): 6.25
CREATIVITY (out of 15): 8.83
THEME/AESTHETIC (out of 15): 9.33
TOTAL (out of 50): 26.91
“I love it when centered characters make a comeback in a very bold but appropriate way. The forced perspective contructs an exaggerated mood that works perfectly to you advantage.
1) The background seems too cyan in tone and too bright to match the foreground, especially because the cyan parts are pushed against a rather uninteresting and unappealing shade of gray. Use of more blues, and darker shadows would have helped the piece blend. The tears, while they contribute to the message, need more finesse to become convincing.
2) I get the title text, but aside from making text interesting you have to always make it readable. Remember, people can read words as long as the first letter and last letter are correct, so in general changing these two letters makes it awkward for the reader to register.”
“I’m so amazed seeing the water droplets look so flawlessly done. The monotone color interacts wonderfully, creating a glowing effect to the piece. The text is the only thing that seems wrongly placed or designed, and either way I feel there’s no need for a text here.”
“The rain brings life to this, really well done, but I think the atmosphere on the wall just don’t tell me “welcome to my world” is more like something sad, can’t really say it.”
WOW (out of 5): 2.67
TECHNIQUE (out of 15): 8.67
CREATIVITY (out of 15): 11.17
THEME/AESTHETIC (out of 15): 8
TOTAL (out of 50): 30.51
“There are many things that I appreciate about this wall: the picture book frame, the delicate colors. However, more time needed to be spent positioning the objects.
1) the text is outright unnecessary. A title text in a plainer font somewhere on the bottom or on the side would have sufficed.
2) The centered character breaks from the off-center positioning of the frame.
3) The colors on the character are too saturated to fit the pastels.”
“Love the minimalistic style of this wall. The colors also work well together.”
WOW (out of 5): 3.83
TECHNIQUE (out of 15): 12
CREATIVITY (out of 15): 12.33
THEME/AESTHETIC (out of 15): 12.17
TOTAL (out of 50): 40.33
“Nice balance between grays and colours. Edges could be less jagged. Typography would look better with less space between lines.”
“The stylistic approach, while characteristic and offering little to the genre, is quite stunning. While the colors make a great first impression, the scan choice really sets this wall up for success, and coloring-out-of-turn adds an extra punch of movement.
1) the lines lack spontaneity and form in the way that the coloring does. In places they are too thick or too uniform to give a sense of movement
2) the title typography is spot-on in its professional taste, but the other text work could use more effort. The overlapping doesn’t happen in a deliberate manner which makes it seem random, rather than chaotic. The warped text remains stiff and the words emanating from the mouth clash too much with the background as to be unreadable and uninteresting. The text on the bottom could use to be closer vertically instead of overlapping which create clutter. Try more shades of gray or variation in font style for words you want to emphasize.”
“Definitely an eye candy for desktop. Bright and colourful, perfectly fits the idea of the wall. Great use of texts but it doesn’t display much of the theme of this round.”
“Absolutely loved this wall. The concept is clean and modern and the theme is clearly there.”
“Hands down amazing. Great concept and execution”
“I really was attracted to this for it’s overal grey scheme with colors here and there.”
WOW (out of 5): 3.33
TECHNIQUE (out of 15): 11.33
CREATIVITY (out of 15): 12.08
THEME/AESTHETIC (out of 15): 12.75
TOTAL (out of 50): 39.49
“I cannot express how in love with this piece I am. Every element from the ground to the sky to the little pool and brooms is perfectly placed without looking too well planned or awkward. The color scheme is in a league of its own, drawing on inspirations rarely seen in the manga/anime world. From corner to corner, this wall looks professional, even if it hasnt all been done from scratch. Finally, the overall texture is spot on delightful. My main complaint is that the lineart for the foreground seems too black and thick.”
“Nice execution of the theme without being over-bearing. Wonder what she is fishing for?”
WOW (out of 5): 2.67
TECHNIQUE (out of 15): 9
CREATIVITY (out of 15): 8.08
THEME/AESTHETIC (out of 15): 7.17
TOTAL (out of 50): 26.92
“The choice to go with very flat coloring was a good one here, showing yet again that a piece doesnt need painting or complex vectoring to work. However, the colors blend together too much and make this a rather faded and blase piece. Brighter colors would can still capture the gloomy feel without being bland. I’m not sure how i feel about the stroke lineart, IMO it looks decent in this case but shape layers would have been even better.”
WOW (out of 5): 4.08
TECHNIQUE (out of 15): 12.33
CREATIVITY (out of 15): 13.25
THEME/AESTHETIC (out of 15): 11.92
TOTAL (out of 50): 41.58
“This chaotic jumble of images is well designed. Piquing interest and drawing the viewer’s eye through the whole piece. Technical aspects:
1)It is difficult to comment on the technical aspects of the center piece, but the blue crowds the other objects, especially the roses which seem to disappear. More color variation may have helped isolate the work on individual objects as well as create greater depth. You may also consider making a larger center-of-center-object, to draw the viewer’s attention.
2) The off-tandem swirls and text are extremely stiff, both because of their placement (aka they shapes that are drawn) and in terms of actual shape. Warped text will always remain stiff in absence of variation in size, style and color especially when your corners lack flow. The blue lines are especially restrained and lack the effortless touch of the center object.”
“I like how the artist used a different angle for the scan and used text more over brushes. The creativity and tecnique are it’s strong suits. I think this fits the theme nicely, I believe I can sense the persons interest and what they feel they are mostly surrounded in.”
“Empty spaces are good, but sometimes it creates a plain-looking effect for the wall against the overly-complex design. But of course the design is fantasticallly done, and the texts add up more in intrepretating the theme.”
“Like the idea, but seems a little too cluttered.”
“The black gradient BG keeps your attention on the center, there is certaintly alot to look at.”
“What a great piece! It presents an edgier twist on the popart/alice-in-wonderland inspired creation of chaos and insanity. The colors are certainly unique in their sensibility, coupling harsh blacks with a Westernized scheme.”
WOW (out of 5): 4.33
TECHNIQUE (out of 15): 13.33
CREATIVITY (out of 15): 12.83
THEME/AESTHETIC (out of 15): 13.5
TOTAL (out of 50): 43.99
“Wow I really did not think I was going to give any full scores, but this wall is just beyond amazing in every aspect. I will start from most impressive. The visionary expertise shines through from the placement of the scan to the background elements. The technique and color choices create a scan-like feel to the entire composition.
1) The face could use some slight tweaking to create more texture
2) the background which needs more lavenders + less saturated blues
3) the blurry edges for some of the painting in the background and those blobs on the record could use to be cleaned up.”
“” Very interesting piece! I like the composition, not quite sure about the execution of the theme… unless the world consists of music lovers? Solid techniques and composition though– excellent wall overall.”
WOW (out of 5): 3.83
TECHNIQUE (out of 15): 12.17
CREATIVITY (out of 15): 11.5
THEME/AESTHETIC (out of 15): 11.67
TOTAL (out of 50): 39.17
“I have to admit I didn’t like it from the thumb, but fullview presents a luscious scene dipped in velvet mauves. The albeit weak attempts at light succeed because they are done minimalistically. However, other technical weaknesses stand out: the stiffness of the window designs, the strange perspective on the clock, and the lazy vectoring in the curtains and dress on his cloak.”
“Wonderful job, in both technical and aesthetic aspects. You did an awesome job incorporating the scan intothe background. Plus, the colourful tone adds life to the wallpaper.”
“Vincent and his room, the perfect combo for the world concept! Really amazing, but I think this ideia isn’t all that original, how can I say it? It’s something a lot of people would think on doing.”
“The detail is impressive, though it doesn’t say much about the artist I feel. I’m not sure exactly how this would represent someone, rather shows off their skill more than themselves. Still, a wonderful job.”
WOW (out of 5): 1.83
TECHNIQUE (out of 15): 7
CREATIVITY (out of 15): 7.58
THEME/AESTHETIC (out of 15): 6
TOTAL (out of 50): 22.41
“Firstly I love the colour palette. But why black lineart? Using pure black increases jaggedness, also for this colour scheme it slaps the viewer’s eye balls because it’s so contrasting. Stroked lineart is quite boring, next time try using shapes instead.”
“I like the simple composition, especially with the hair swirlies. But it seems too simple that it lacks the theme for this round. It is much preferable to use fill path for the outlines, and the text just looks plain and uneffective and should be placed somewhere below and back of the character (with much bigger size).”
“The design is really impressive, I’m like “waah” here, but I can’t say about the theme. There should be more things about the my world thing…”
WOW (out of 5): 2.67
TECHNIQUE (out of 15): 8.83
CREATIVITY (out of 15): 10.17
THEME/AESTHETIC (out of 15): 7.75
TOTAL (out of 50): 29.42
“The eyes are over blurred and look very messy and matte. They needed some definition. Colours of the flowers and leaves could have been a tad more vibrant, they’re looking a bit dull.”
“There are alot of good elements working in this wall, but the product seems vastly unfinished:
1) The painting hasn’t been cleaned and lacks definition
2) lineart is too bulky and blurred, adding to the roughness of the painting
3) the swirls in the background have potential, but are currently too modern to complement the foreground.”
“The general composition for the background is also too dark and saturated to match the pastels in the foreground. A white background would serve to make the foreground colors pop”
“Beautifully-composed abstract wallpaper. It’s so colourful and lively, and I think you did a great job playing with those brushes. On technical aspect, it seems a bit unfitting to use painting for the character. Vectored shading would be much better, especially since her eyes look too soft and not appealing. Though the theme is not clearly portrayed.”
WOW (out of 5): 3.33
TECHNIQUE (out of 15): 10
CREATIVITY (out of 15): 9.67
THEME/AESTHETIC (out of 15): 12
TOTAL (out of 50): 35
“The composition is most striking in this wall: the blank white shapes against an appealing grunge result in perfect execution of contrast-lining.The texture is never boring in form and the buildings look great in their shape. My only large complaint is the faded text in the background. The line-height is too large, creating a very blocky feel to that side of the wall. If the text were tighter and perhaps more varied in size + angles, it would mesh with the chaotic text better. A forced perspective where the text leans towards the center, or where the size-variation is radially dispersive would have been much more interesting.”
WOW (out of 5): 1.5
TECHNIQUE (out of 15): 6.4
CREATIVITY (out of 15): 7.4
THEME/AESTHETIC (out of 15): 7
TOTAL (out of 50): 22.3
“This is quite adorable. The elements are well positioned and with the right touches, this would be a very fantastic wall:
1) The clouds are too round and too “vectored” to fit Goku. Some lining may help break up the flow to imitate the style of the center object.
2) The halo should overlap with his hair so it looks like its actually on top of his head.
3) The world in the background is too overfiltered, try vectoring or doing something to it.
4) The sky’s color is all wrong for the clouds + Goku. A tip: make the entire background white and then visualize which hue of color would help you out. My guess would be a bolder yellow or a punchy cyan.”
“Not sure that the graininess is– texture or manga scan remnants, but it makes the image seem low quality. Would like to see more of a tie in with the theme.”
WOW (out of 5): 3.08
TECHNIQUE (out of 15): 10.5
CREATIVITY (out of 15): 10.75
THEME/AESTHETIC (out of 15): 11.58
TOTAL (out of 50): 35.91
“Nice scan extension, though full viewing it you can clearly tell what is the scan and what are the vectored extensions, maybe some slight blurring to remove the sharpness of the vector extensions would have blended better.”
“Now this is a wall that has the stones to stick with a vision. Lovely Japanese-wood block inspired sentiment is updated with the freshness of halftone-texture and paler colors. Despite the cumbersome lineart and the too-monotonous sky, this piece proves that you don’t have to be too technical to be successful.”
“Nice job in extending the scan, it looks flawlessly done. However, it lacks in the aspect of creativity and original ideas. You did express the theme nicely, but somehow the wallpaper itself looks a little bland (maybe with the colours used and lots of black/blank space).”
“Full marks! This wall is umbelievable! It shows a really different world, and the way it shows is really cool.”
WOW (out of 5): 3.33
TECHNIQUE (out of 15): 12.33
CREATIVITY (out of 15): 12.67
THEME/AESTHETIC (out of 15): 11.17
TOTAL (out of 50): 39.5… -4 (late) = 35.5
“Eh, you know what the technique on this isn’t perfect but this piece is really a testament to how a little bit on spontaneity can go along way. I’m assuming that this wall was basically done from scratch (so if its a scan manip ignore the rest of the message), so I have to point out that THIS is how one does a messy paint. Its got clean edges, the right sense of color and well placed strokes that don’t overpower the piece. a job very well done.”
“Very neat painting, and nicely use of soft pastel colours. It looks calming and peaceful, and the composition and perspective define the theme very well.”
“Awesome. At first it looked like just another scenic wallpaper. Then I saw the fish. Then I started noticing all of the smaller surrealistic elements. Excellent work.”
WOW (out of 5): 3.17
TECHNIQUE (out of 15): 10.67
CREATIVITY (out of 15): 10.17
THEME/AESTHETIC (out of 15): 8.58
TOTAL (out of 50): 32.59
“A great cityscape scenic with an (albeit) apocalyptic aura pulls viewers into a sense of serenity in the end. But this piece still seems largely unfinished. More buildings in the background in lighter/less impactful colors would add depth. The sky seems monotonous in color, given the bright light that emanates from the center, so some darker/different colors would go a long way. The rough edges, particularly on the objects closer to the viewer, contribute further to the sense of unfinished-ness. (sidenote: is that who I THINK it is XD)”
“Nice painting and the sky looks gorgeous. Though I think more definition is needed for the painting itself, not necessary on the background but the character. The character looks a bit unfinished and so are some parts of the background. And I don’t think you create the needed theme nicely in this piece.”
“The painting could be more neat, and I think there should have more details in the buildings… But still, amazing work, the painting is really awesome!”
Round 2 theme: I LOVE YOU
I know, strange theme. Requirements:
- Remember, widescreen. It’s okay to have a slightly different ratio, as long as the width is at least 1920 or whatever it was.
- In your submission PMs, link me the scan(s) you used. If you didn’t use any, just say so. I’ll say so in the judging process.
- You must feature at least 2 subjects – by subjects they can be people, objects or anything. But they have to be subjects and we need to see two. If you think about this theme, you have a bit of space to interpret this theme. There are endless possibilities.
- 16 days to complete this round’s entry. I’m working on getting that counter up in a day or two. I’ve been a bit busy OTL
Hope Round1 was fun for everyone !
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Sorry for an extra post, but I want to sleep and it’s taking too long.
I’ll PM Round 2 People in the next 24 hours. So you all can get some extra time.
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HAI GUISE! I GOTZ THE ENTRIES 8D
Judging will officially start tomorrow (I get free internets yusss) – so the results are on their way!
I like to juggle things around a bit. For this round I’ll be asking the HELPER to also judge (since the HELPER was keen on judging), but just for this round.
In response to the previous post, I’ll change the rules to -1 per day, -5 maximum for late submissions. Both submissions came in at the same time, 4 days late, so therefore they will each get -4 deduction. Which sounds about right and it’s pretty close to 5 marks taken off anyway.
Anyway, that’s just the filler post. Stay tuned for the results and I’ll see y’all soon!
I’ll contact the judges tomorrow to let them all know what they have to do. I’m aiming for at least one comment for each entry submitted, so you all should get some good feedback.
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I’ve gotten quite a few queries on when Round 1 of Knockout ended and I’ve gotten questions ranging from how long judging would take to when the winners are announced, and even requests to see the entries.
I’m still waiting on 2 entries.
I’ve been brought to my attention that the deadline has been confusing – and I got confused myself. I realised I told people to submit on the Friday when I actually meant Saturday – so next time, I’ll try to find a code for a clock that counts down for wordpress.
The two late entries – they PMed me letting me know that their entries will be a day or two (though I’m guessing more like 3 or 4) days late. I really do not want to impose any late submission point deductions.
If you’re all cool with me not taking any marks off, let me know, otherwise, voice your opinion on this.
I’m aware that this could be unfair, but the only solution I can propose is just a three point flat rate reduction off the total score. I’d like to hear all your thoughts on this – I’d hate to take off any more marks because it’s not fair – as well not really “workable”. I realised that five points is too much when you’re marking out of 50, and there’s no way I’m going to remove any more than 5 marks since it’s not viable.
I really don’t want to punish late entries because of real life getting in the way or any technical issues that may arise – especially also because I was notified that the entries would be late.
On the lighter side – once all the entries are in, it’ll take typically 5-7 days for judging.
Sorry to keep you all a bit anxious and waiting – I didn’t want to specify the judging period because it’d obviously be shorter each round since the entries would have halved.
The current situation is that I am waiting on 2 entries, and as soon as I get those, judging will kick off.
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Hello guys, yes it is that time of the competition where you only have approximately 72 hours left! I’m blogging this about an hour or so early, but here’s the draw video for the weapons:
As you can tell I drew/ filmed this on the same day as drawing out the Round 1 names (well I had to, or else how would the weapon holders know their stance?)
hagane28 receives a 3 point bonus;
chrisp receives the almighty help from a HELPER due to receiving the HELP card.
Time to get a move on! Remember, submit it on time or you’ll get nasty point reductions due to lateness 😛
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Alright, I’ve received a few questions and I figured they might or might not apply to you all, so I’m going to throw them up onto this post. If you have any questions feel free to ask. I’ll be updating this post constantly so keep a look out 🙂
Q: Where can I find the rules and scoring? How evident does the theme have to be?
The rules, scoring and other info is organised along the top of the wordpress top menu navigation bar. They’ll always be there – check the score marking criteria/ distribution if in doubt. The theme should ideally be recognisable at first glance. The easiest way is just to include the text (or part of the theme title as text) in your wallpaper somewhere. Not saying it’s the best way, but if it helps you, go for it. Just because you add the theme into the wallpaper as text, it doesn’t make the wallpaper less surprising or more cliche – it depends on how you do it, so it’s worth thinking about.
Q: Are stock images and vector brushes etc allowed?
Yes 🙂 The only things that you’re essentially not allowed to use are source images that are modified already – this means vector/ trace art. Original member art, Indy Art, Doujinshi (fan art in general) is allowed because I’m giving you all the option of using it if you want to promote a less popular series or artwork or whatever. However if you’re just using base images and brushes and stuff, go for it – these are not classified as source scans 🙂
Q: Are we allowed to ask for theme clarifications?
Yes 🙂 When I get back home from uni lol – I’m off now.
Q: Is there a rule about who you can and can’t ask to crit walls?
In general, please exercise common sense and etiquette when approaching someone to help crit your work – send them a PM first asking them if they have time or not. Only when your chosen candidate says “yes, please go ahead”, THEN send your wallpaper in progress to them.
I understand that some wallers are extremely busy in real life and they might decline the offer – on their behalf(ves :P) I apologise, but I can totally understand where they’re coming from.
Some wallers are extremely popular and actually might get not one, but more than one Knockout participant PMing them for help! To keep this fair, it’s up to the crit-er to determine whether or not they have the time to distribute equal attention to each member, and in some case, they may say no to everyone to keep things fair. Please understand them and treat them gently ❤
So please, PM just asking first – and if they say yes, go for it! If not, try to keep searching – there are loads of excellent wallers out there who are not competing in this competition 🙂
Q: Do I have to submit my wallpaper to Minitokyo after the round is over?
Yes, but do not submit it to the galleries until AFTER the results of the round have been released. We want to keep this competition fair – and to do so, all the entries must be unmarked and anonymous so the judges don’t know who you are. The judges are from Minitokyo, so if you submit it to the galleries, it defeats the purpose! Please wait until the results are released before you submit to Minitokyo (or wherever you choose to submit). This includes posting up your entries on your own personal websites and/ or blogs!
Q: Can I submit with a signature or does it have to be kept anonymous?
You PM me 2 copies – one with a signature, and one without (anonymous). I use the anonymous copy to show to the judges and it will be used for judging. I don’t mind if you submit a smaller version of your actual wallpaper (eg- you made it in a large resolution but decide to submit it in 1920×1200) – that’s fine and your choice. But remember to send me 2 copies. If you don’t, I’ll cross out your signature, which might not look pretty.
Q: Clarification of the theme: does it have to be my personal world?
No – feel free to go nuts 😀 It can be anyone’s world. I wrote in the post below that it could be your own world or the world of the chosen scan character. As long as we can tell what the theme is from first glance, you’re free to do whatever you wish – the theme is very flexible. One of my suggestions is to actually include the text into the wallpaper IF it helps your wallpaper/ makes it better. Remember, adding the theme as text does NOT make your wallpaper more cliche or less surprising – most likely it will be how you use the text and what the content of the wallpaper is. Text has the tendency to set an entirely different interpretation or impact on an image, so consider using typography – if it helps of course.
Q: Are we allowed to submit our submissions with descriptions, or does the theme have to be worked into the wall?
I think to make everything nice (logistic-wise), descriptions will not be accepted, so try to work the theme into the wall as best as you can to make it obvious 🙂
I’ll be updating the rules and PMing this out. If there are any more, I’ll add them to the list in the days to come. Sorry for forgetting to mention stuff – it just slipped my mind at the time x_x
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