OCTS: The eternal struggleEDITS::
-Mixed Media thoughts revised
- Fairness thoughts updated and added to
- full revision, spell check, and addition of thoughts
As we enter another year of OCTS and adventures here on deviantart, let's take a time to read and review!
Disclaimer: this is not a personal attack against any OCT's, oct admins, or conduct of oct admin teams in general. These are observations, thoughts, and tips that I felt should be taken into consideration when one decides they want to run an OCT in hopes that it makes things a little easier for people.
Like I said above, this is not a personal attack against any OCT admin team or OCT in general. Every oct is different, someone doing things differently from the norm is not bad. These are all merely tools and guidelines meant to help. I've heard about personal attacks being made using both my posts about OCT's as a way of bullying and pushing around the admins of other Tournament groups, and I do not condone it in t
OCT 101 (2012) EDITDisclaimer: this is not a personal attack against any OCT's, oct admins, or conduct of oct admin teams in general. These are observations, thoughts, and tips that I felt should be taken into consideration when one decides they want to run an OCT in hopes that it makes things a little easier for people.OCT 101 (2012) EDIT2 years ago in Personal More Like This
FURTHER DISCLAIMER: every oct is different, someone doing things differently from the norm is not bad. These are all merely tools and guidelines meant to help. I've heard a lot about personal attacks being made using both my posts about OCT's as a way of bullying and pushing around the admins of other Tournament groups, and I do not condone it in the slightest. I'd like to apologize for anyone that has had that done to them.
For those who need more information!
"What is an OCT? An OCT, or 'original comic tournament'/'original character tournament' is a sort of contest in which an artist enters a character.
That character is paired off against another artist's charact
Things to Avoid When Making ComicsOr, Things That Really Annoy CrowbarThings to Avoid When Making Comics4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Edit April 16: Given recent comments, it's come to my attention that the tone I've used is too derogatory and using others' work as examples was a huge mistake. I've rewritten it to be what I hope is more constructive, and removed the examples (since half were missing anyway). My intention with the examples was only to provide example of that one element, not to completely defame the authors or insinuate their entire comic is shit. All the examples had good and bad to them, but the focus of this write-up is the bad. [/edit]
The majority of these issues are things I see in OCT entries and could be easily avoided and/or improved on. Please be aware that these are things I find issue in, and some points may be more subjective than others. For most points, I've explained why I think it's wrong, what can be done to fix it, and how it can be made to work well. Above all, think about how each element of your comic impacts the narrative and
OCT RealizationsUpon scrambling to get through the judging of round one of DeviantDead last night, I realized some common shortcomings that I feel people should pay mind to. Not to say everyone didn't put in a fantastic effort and make some really great stuff, but these are the things that wear me down and make me cranky and tired to be wading through a pile of comics at midnight when I should be sleeping before I go to work.OCT Realizations5 years ago in Personal More Like This
1) GET TO THE POINT
I will readily admit that if I get to the fifth page of a comic and nothing terribly gripping has happened yet, I'm inclined to not read the rest of the comic. I know pacing and character exposé are a huge thing to worry about, but characters can talk and give us some insight into the kind of people they are while they move around and push the story forward. If you dawdle, you're just wasting everybody's time with the pile of extra work you made for yourself.
2) MIND YOUR OPPONENT
OCTs are not one-way street. If you want to draw a comic ab
Some Thoughts.Tournament ObservationsSome Thoughts.6 years ago in Personal More Like This
Ive been in art tournaments of the DeviantART sort for a while, observing, competing and administrating ever since July 07. Doesnt sound like much, but I am assured by my friends that this makes me at the very least a Veteran in the Tournament scene. So! With that in mind, Id like to take this opportunity to bitch and whine about problems with tournaments Ive seen, and to praise to the high heavens innovation and whatnot in the various tournies that pop up from time to time. This is mainly to do with Tournament establishment and administration; have a gander if you like.
This was streamlined from Deathdog3000s list. Credit to her! And to my plethora of helpers at RoninRubbish and PCBCChat. Contribute and comment, please!
Be as Fair as Possible.
This should be self-evident. Obviously, your judges in particular should be totally free from bias, and preferably people known in the tournament s
What Makes a Good AuditionThis is a guide to writing for OCTs. Every medium and genre of writing is unique and should be approached in a different way, but if you keep the following things in mind when you write for OCTs your audition and character will come across much stronger and be more likely considered for a roster position.What Makes a Good Audition6 years ago in Writing More Like This
Judges and your general audience alike are typically looking for three major factors when they read your audition: Interesting Characters, A Unique Plot, and Clarity of Storytelling. If your audition does not excel in at least one of these areas you will almost certainly be looked over when it comes time for judging no matter how slick and professional your art is.
I firmly believe that there is no such thing as a bad character. Any character, if presented well, can be interesting--be they Human, alien, psychotic, or cliché.
The trick you need to employ is treating the character in a way that supp
Okay, OCT crowd. Huddle up.Folks. Folks. Come on now. You are killing me. Do you want to kill me? Is that it? Have I done something to wrong you? I survived evilcolonitis for this?Okay, OCT crowd. Huddle up.6 years ago in Personal More Like This
End, you old nut, what in blazes are you going on about? Off your medication again? Nah, I'm talking about the majority of Original Character Tournaments (OCT) here on DA. The fact that there is a glut of such things isn't what's bothering me either.
It's what some people are choosing to do with these tournaments that is just driving an icepick into my eye.
Here, let me impart this to you. Come closer. Do you want to know the secret to making an awesome artistic tournament? Okay.
SIMPLICITY. OH MY GOD. SAY IT WITH ME. SIMPLICITY SIMPLICITY SIMPLICITY.
This is what makes an OCT run smoothly. Simplicity. It is all you need to complement an interesting premise that makes people actively want to participate with their characters. You do NOT need a shit ton of gimmicks to make your contest mor
NPC Event 3: BrinkWelcome to the third event for Duality!NPC Event 3: Brink2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Distract the warriors from finding Milena and/or help her escape
Help the other mages reach the escape routes safely
Set up traps to snare the rangers
Help the younger thieves members to escape safely
[Bullet; Orange] Keep civilian’s at bay and make sure they’re safe (in the near vicinity of the mage academy)
[Bullet; Orange] Secure the perimeter of the academy and make so the Mages don’t escape
[Bullet; Green] Rangers [Bullet; Green]
[Bullet; Green] Disarm traps that have been set up around the Thieves guild
[Bullet; Green] Try to find out where the Thieves are fleeing to
[Bullet; Black] Civilians [Bullet; Black]
[Bullet; Black] Civilian NPCs Whichever one guild you decide to help you gain access to that guild's pokémon typing.
NPC Event 2: WakeWelcome to the second event for Duality!NPC Event 2: Wake2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Please be sure to read everything carefully since each Guild has two options to pick from for this event; To which you only have to do ONE option, but you can do both if you want, nobody is stopping you.
Just read each one carefully!
This occurs frequently. Psychic pokemon are often drawn to the Academy but not all are interested in learning. It seems we have a group of vandals in our midst again. If you could please make your way to the central library and remove (or catch~) the ones responsible for this mess and get our library back in order.
After the recent influx of applicants for the entrance exam to the Mage Academy supplies are running low, in the potions ingredients as well as general food supplies. Could you please head into town and stock up on supplies?
Once a month, shipments from Anville village pass t
Artists at the Ready 3 - Auditions ARE CLOSEDChatroom - Intro - Rules - Prizes - Joining - FAQArtists at the Ready 3 - Auditions ARE CLOSED2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Powers, Characters, Limitations covered in detail
Creative Resources - Audition Comic Tips
HEY THIS IS Aluhnim. I'm currently in class so I couldn't access a computer. AUDITIONS ARE CLOSED. I'll be checking time stamps for who submitted their work on time or not. Sorry!
Hey, you sh
NEW POKEMON!!via SerebiiNEW POKEMON!!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
What are your thoughts? My favourite is the Panda, Yamchamu!!! ♥ What's yours?
Looks like you can ride on certain Pokémon! *-*
Task 7 - from classical to urban- CANCELLEDEDIT:HAPPY NEW YEAR!Task 7 - from classical to urban- CANCELLED2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I hope everyone is fine!
Since there were no submissions the new deadline is now:
21st of January 2013
Here comes the next task. It's a bit more specific than before, but you can also feel totally free in the way of execution.
You can use photography/manipulation or drawing, or if you feel like modelling, do it.
It's all about classical fairy tales.
And I want you, to take one fairy tale of choice and put it into a modern scene. Be creative. It can be a parody, a very serious themed work or something else.
I found two really cool internetpages with lists of a lot fairy tales:
Your piece of art should tell a story. As you know, fairy tales were originally not made for children.
The people in middle age came together to listen to a story like this, like we, today, go the cinema and watch a movie.
The stories were brutal bloody and had a lot of action.
The Evil queen had to da