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Cenere
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Welcome to the Art Skills Competition.

As always, there are a few rules that needs to be followed for proper judging, viewing and general fairness.

Competition Rules
- All major parts of the entry must be original material, unless otherwise stated. Heavy references, sources and other visible influences should be credited as per normal forum courtesy.
- Submissions must follow the current theme to be judged, and must be drawn for that theme specifically. You cannot submit something you drew prior to the theme being announced
- Please do not post entries larger than 670 pixels in width. If your art is larger, post a thumbnail and link to the larger version.
- Artists cannot win in subsequent rounds, but are allowed to enter said rounds.
- Entries can be drawn in any medium available.

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TBear1996
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http://i1256.photobucket.com/albums/ii482/tbear_dreamer/cls.jpg
Can love stop war and animal cruelty?

This is just something i drew, everything came straight from my brain.. so i guess it's an original? Anyway, this was by hand and i thought it showed exactly what the caption says.

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http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm193/kingryanv/warcopy.png
This is why we can't have nice things. Like Photoshop filters...

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war? due in less then 6 hours? bring it.....please insparation hit Killersup over the head,and quickly too.

dair5
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It's due by the end of the day? I thought it was due by the end of the deadline's date.

daleks
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You have until the end of the first. At least that is what I assume.

Cenere
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Yeeeeez, is those two posts really that hard to read???

Judgings will be Sundays. Deadlines will be midnight between Saturday and Sunday, AG time

As far as I am concerned, if the art isn't in when I wake up at 8 in the morning (which is two hours past AG midnight), then it's not getting judged. If I judge on Sundays, then why think it needs to be done before Saturday?

I must be worse at English than I thought... And it even got approved by Zophia.

Anyway, now that I am already ranting: I am looking forward to judging the current two entries, they look interesting. I am also a bit confused that so few have entered, when so many entered the Gaslamp Fantasy one.
On top of that, I could use a guest judge for the next round, as I have obligations elsewhere, and might not be able to judge in proper time, as I will not have any internet where said obligations are.

Oh, and Ernie?
Take it as a compliment. Your drawing was stiff, but there was nothing hellish wrong with the anatomy. Even if you were referencing the anatomy, it's not half bad. Just stiff and not particularly dynamic.
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On top of that, I could use a guest judge for the next round

If no one else says they will do it I will do it. But you will come up with the topic. I would be horrible probably at making a topic.
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http://i978.photobucket.com/albums/ae262/Kyouzou/Armor%20Games/War0001Edit.jpg

Thought it might come out better, well I'll be eternally grateful if you don't laugh.

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Killersup was hit in the face with the book of insparation! lets do this thing.

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OH DEAR GOD THAT WAS HORRID! So much horrible in this world cannot describe the fail,screw it.Killersup isn't uploading it.

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Last theme: War.

Three entries are not a lot, but still it has been difficult to decide on a clear winner, especially now that I can't just leave it ambiguous as I could when there were only two. Says a lot about the nominees for this, doesn't it?

Winner
KingRyan
http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm193/kingryanv/warcopy.png
It's a simple piece, but strong in its message. We have all seen that image somewhere, be it film or images, news reports of war struck places, or if we have been there ourselves on either side of the battle. We all might know how this is not just two campfires, that smoke does not look like that if it is coming from a harmless fire, but are massive giants telling of the destruction that is taking place beneath it.
Simple and effective. And this is why it wins.
The picture itself is dominated by those filters, which are rather annoying, but at least brings a different quality to the game. It might have looked better with plain colours, but at the very least, this would not have made the smoke as menacing as it currently is. It looks like a quick sketch, coloured in a hurry, which it might be, but the smoke would have been a lot different if it hadn't been. The quick strokes also speaks positively towards the overall image, while the sky colouring subtracts. The same does the texture of the hills, as it is simply to uniform, not to mention clashing with any logic behind the material the hills are made of. Had these things been streamlined and prepared properly, this might have won more convincingly.

As a follow up:
TBear1996
http://i1256.photobucket.com/albums/ii482/tbear_dreamer/cls.jpg
Another strong piece, telling its message to the world, but perhaps in a slightly more complicated way. The title says it all: "Can love stop[...]?" It is probably one of the stronger messages of this type. Whether love for one another, for the earth, animals, living, would be able to stop the destruction of these things, if we tried hard enough, loved hard enough, instead of scolding each other for committing those crimes to life.
More so, however, this type of message tends to forget why many go into war. Why many might end up buying meat from places that does not take care of their animals well, why people are cutting down the forest and polluting the air. It too is caused by a kind of love. Not exclusively a love for money, greed, but also for the love of one's nation, or for the care of others in the nation they are fighting in, because they want something better for them, and for themselves. And people might love their family, love humanity more than they can care for nature or animals. Many do put humanity first.
Anyway, back to the image itself. While it does have a strong message, and certainly a strong imagery, this seems lost for two reasons. The imagery is rather complicated, to a point where many might not see the theme before reading the title question, and the image is rather small, which is sad for both the details and the quality of the art. It is hard to make out anything but the hands and the figure, everything behind him, especially the... bear? is obscured. Not to mention I am a little slow, and keep forgetting the hands are making a heart and is not just the - loving hands of a deity trying to poke in the guy's head. Had the symbols and image been more clear, this might very well have won over KR's.
One other note. Hands are stupid hard to draw for many people, myself included, but I would recommend you took a good look at your own for a while. There are some joints and lack of joints you should notice. Especially the thumbs seem dislocated, and with the lines of the knuckles/hand bones come to an erupt bend, it looks like the hand might have been broken there. Which does well for the symbolism, but it's painful to look at.

Last, but not least
Kyouzou
http://i978.photobucket.com/albums/ae262/Kyouzou/Armor%20Games/War0001Edit.jpg
I won't laugh. It's a good concept, the clear, clean and very war-like, no question. Especially the centerpiece of the drawing, the figures in the dust, waiting for the the planes to pass, watching what they are doing, or perhaps running towards the wall to get out. The components are also well chosen, and it might not have been the same had it been tanks invading their country, as planes and their way of destruction seems much less escapable.
The main issue here might be how you put together the components, and the size difference in many of them. There's a house to the left, but the door is too small for someone to go through. The wall is made of bricks, which seems to be made by smaller bricks where the wall is broken. The flag is also rather large considering how high in the air it's got to be, while the planes seem to line with it and make them look a lot smaller. The dropping of the bombs also seems a bit static (except on the second smallest of them, that one you nailed), perhaps mainly because of the angle of the drop, the perceived behaviour of the bombs falling and the perspective of the planes.
So, as mentioned, this does not deserve to be laughed at. It's a good, strong concept, the execution was just a bit weak.

Very well. For the next theme we will have something that too can contain strong imagery and complex concepts. Deep meanings hidden well.
So, let's see what you can do with

Theme: Fairy Tale
Deadline: Saturday 8th

Cenere
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To make this clear of the judging:
Daleks will be the guest judge for this new round, I am sure he will do well, and pick a theme for the following round that will be interesting and fun to make up something for.
Regular schedule should be back after this round.

kingryan
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Wait what? I won? Well that's somewhat shocking.

not to mention clashing with any logic behind the material the hills are made of.


Yeah, I know right. It was meant to be abstract to bring out the discordance of the theme, and how during the war, things are just not right - even though we might often think things actually are.

(TBH, I just thought it would be an easy way to get away without having to shade it in or something. Also, I suck at colouring, hence the quick strokes...)
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Here's my submission for the Fairy Tale theme...
I hope this competition doesn't die out soon...

http://i1173.photobucket.com/albums/r588/Joe_Png/b83b3498.jpg

Sorry about the "Torn off from sketchpad" quality...

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I hope my Drawing isn't out of the theme...

Tried to combine Fairies and Sci-Fi soldiers...

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