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A good day I bid all ye artfull, creative and skillfull citizens of ArmorGames! =)

It's fair to say that the revival of the Armatar Contest was a big success, with lots of wonderful and original entries for the Thanksgiving season, but... we're aiming for more!!

So let's continue this old tradition and surpass the first edition with even more entries of your original drawings in the second launch: The 2012 Winter Edition!

Here are the guidelines that help you figure out what is allowed and what is not :

# ARMATAR CONTEST GUIDELINES :

1) All entries must be appropriate. They cannot be offensive or profane in nature. Keep it clean!
2) The entry must be square, and at least 100x100 pixels in dimension.
3) Your entry must scale down well to 100x100. So if it is larger, make sure that it will still look good when it is scaled down to the actual armatar size. Here are a few suggestions about this :
~ Sometimes keeping it simple is better. If you go into a lot of detail, it might not look as great when you scale it down. So just keep in mind what the final size will be and check often how it looks when it is scaled down.
And remember to save a lot while you are making it! Better to delete 20 -in between made- save files later on, than ending up with something you actually don't like...
~ If you are able to do vector, by all means! That can help with the sharpness of the image. However, since they are so small this probably isn't a big issue.
4) Must be completely original. You cannot use elements from other pieces of artwork, the entire armatar must be 100% created by you.
5) Must be fitting to the current contest's theme. If a certain entry is debatable, a mod or admin will give the decisive answer for submission.

Do note that we won't necessarily add all submissions... remember that all submissions will likely go up in batches preceding or during the actual season/holiday, and that they will eventually disappear from the Armatar roster as we approach the next theme.

We look forward to seeing your contributions, so pick up that pencil, start up your art programs, get your brain into overdrive and do your best to make 'em look good! =)

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EmperorPalpatine
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There was a blizzard all day yesterday, so I'll just post some pics I took today and see which ones you guys like, then I'll mess with editing and stuff. Hopefully they're all scaled down...

snow1
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o541/Mr12Relic/winterpic11.jpg

sun1
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o541/Mr12Relic/winterpic1.jpg

backyard1
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o541/Mr12Relic/winterpic10.jpg

snow2
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o541/Mr12Relic/winterpic12.jpg

snow3
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o541/Mr12Relic/winterpic13.jpg

snow4
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o541/Mr12Relic/winterpic14.jpg

snow5
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o541/Mr12Relic/winterpic15.jpg

frontyard1
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o541/Mr12Relic/winterpic16.jpg

frontyard2
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o541/Mr12Relic/winterpic3.jpg

frontyard3
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o541/Mr12Relic/winterpic4.jpg

frontyard4
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o541/Mr12Relic/winterpic5.jpg

frontyard5
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o541/Mr12Relic/winterpic6.jpg

backyard2
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o541/Mr12Relic/winterpic7.jpg

sideyard1
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o541/Mr12Relic/winterpic8.jpg

backyard3
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o541/Mr12Relic/winterpic9.jpg

snow6
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o541/Mr12Relic/winterpic17.jpg

branch1
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o541/Mr12Relic/winterpic18.jpg

branch2
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o541/Mr12Relic/winterpic19.jpg

branch3
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o541/Mr12Relic/winterpic20.jpg

branch4
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o541/Mr12Relic/winterpic21.jpg

branch5
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o541/Mr12Relic/winterpic22.jpg

branch6
http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o541/Mr12Relic/winterpic23.jpg

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Sun1
backyard1
frontyard3
branch2

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You guys had that blizzard too? Lol, we had 16 inches.

To begin, going from a photo to the traditional, cartoon-y Armatar isn't easy. I don't feel like I've done a good job myself, to be honest. They still look a lot like photos, which is something I don't think will work very well as an Armatar.

The snow ones are kind of boring. We've all seen snow, and there isn't much detail to make it into anything eye-catching or attention-grabbing. It's just white, with a line or two here of mini-snow dunes.

The sun picture had too little IOS and too wide of an aperture (omg Sal knows some camera terms), which resulted in an overly dark, little contrasted picture where the serious use of depth-of-field blended everything together. It would take a lot of time to go in and reconstruct everything to make it Armatar-worthy.

The frontyard ones don't look too bad at all - the tree might be an issue because some of the branches are blurred together. If you could, maybe use the 3rd one and just get rid of the smaller branches? I feel like it would look very nice. If you use GIMP or Photoshop, it can be done fairly easy with a flick of the Clone Stamp tool. If you don't use GIMP or Photoshop, you'll probably ruin into some problems with making it look like the erased branches didn't just vanish. You need to keep it looking natural.

The sideyard one is definitely worth looking at. However, if you could get the more of the house into the picture (maybe by standing farther away), it would be a nice, contemporary "house in the countryside" kind of ordeal. Right now you don't get much with the house, and the trees aren't too exciting by themselves. Trees and houses compliment each other phenomenally.

Branch 4 is about the only branch one that's really interesting. The others are kind of bland, general branches. Branch 4 gives the viewer an observation from the ground up, but it isn't so extreme that it looks like a normal view. It's almost like a combination of ground view and bird's eye view, which is really nice. You might want to up the contrast a bit when editing it because you might lose a lot of detail if you make it into a cartoon-ish picture. Otherwise, the branches and sky contrast each other nicely.

EmperorPalpatine
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but is it better to put the snowman in the middle instead of the tree?

Like this?

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http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o541/Mr12Relic/ornament2size400.png

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http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o541/Mr12Relic/ornament2size100.png
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@EmperorPalpatine: imo generally u should make the pics look brighter, so the pics i like most of course are ones with brightest color, such as:

backyard1
sideyard1
branch3
branch5
branch6

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You might want to up the contrast a bit when editing it because you might lose a lot of detail if you make it into a cartoon-ish picture.


How's this?

branch4edit1

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http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o541/Mr12Relic/branch4update1size400.png

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http://i1147.photobucket.com/albums/o541/Mr12Relic/branch4update1size100.png
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just finished another pic: AG_logo_with_candy_canes XD

http://i1321.photobucket.com/albums/u558/70_70_70/AG%20Armatar%20Contest%20Winter%20Ed/AG_logo_with_candy_canesXD_zpsb4811e7c.png


@EmperorPalpatine: ur new pic looks much better now with the centered snowman lah XD

and ur new branch pic is cool, so y not make another ones (especially the snow pics) brighter also?

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oh sr forgot to re-size the pic to 100 x 100 pixel lah :-P


http://i1321.photobucket.com/albums/u558/70_70_70/AG%20Armatar%20Contest%20Winter%20Ed/AG_logo_with_candy_canesXD_zpscb5d9bee.png

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@Emp
That turned out pretty well. You can see everything clearly.

@70
Not bad, but you might want to make the candy canes reflective of each other and make the shield centered.

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so y not make another ones (especially the snow pics) brighter also?

Because it takes a while. I'll get 'em done eventually. How long does this contest go for?

Anyway, I like that the candy canes have the glow effect so they're slightly transparent, but it's lost when it's resized smaller. I'd make the logo smaller, make the candy canes thinner, put the candy canes behind the shield, and put another image (maybe a santa hat over a tree to emulate the current logo) on the shield. But that's just me.
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How long does this contest go for?

Whenever winter ends I'd say.
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Lol, we had 16 inches.

That's what she said.

Whenever winter ends I'd say.

March 20th? But by then, people will be anticipating new Spring-themed ones and none would be ready. Perhaps end winter's at either the start or end of February so we have a few weeks of winter to enjoy them, and start Spring's contest the next day? That way, a new Spring batch can be out on time.
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Whenever winter ends I'd say.

March 20th?


for real? but imo Winter only lasts from Oct to Dec, no? 0_o o_8
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Winter goes up to the 20th of March. They should be making Easter armatars by that time.

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1) Whoa man..what's happening with that name up there?


O.O Oh yeah... I meant pang...

2) Woo! Colourblind armatar drawing FTW! =p thank you to Dapro and ModDayCee for pointing out my miscolouration


You're welcome ;D
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