(And yes, we're very late with the October winners, but we're early with the November winners, so let's just pretend it evens out )
October Palette Knife Contest
A Sketch Portrait Of A Rooster by digit-Ds is simply wonderful. Aside from being a beautiful painting, it also demonstrates a gorgeous palette knife technique.
Pumpkin by hexxfirex is bold and fun and intriguing, with a strong composition, dramatic colours and well chosen textures.
Dare To Enter by cartuneman is a lovely study of a photograph capturing the grace of the deer and the mystery of the woodland
November Madness Contest
Matriochkas by TheBlue-Light is subtle and easy to glance past, but a closer look draws you in. A mad look in the eye, a confused stare, and hundreds of little dolls scattered everywhere, watching… speaking to an increasingly frantic loss of sanity searching through them all.
kobold of Kher Keep by Jamesh2 is fierce and bold and full of battle madness.
Show Me A Sane Person by digit-Ds really put some thought into the insanity aspect of the theme, with a message of madness, and a wonderfully detailed Orangutan gazing sadly on.
The winners will all receive the usual prize of their choice and a permanent feature in the winners folder. We also now have a Contest Winners page up on our website!
And Everyone Else!
You can view all the entries in the gallery as well: Madness and Palette Knife.
Check out the winners of previous contests!
ArtRage April Trees Contest WinnersThank to everyone who entered last month's Trees contest! We received (as usual) a whole bunch of fantastic paintings, and we're really enjoying seeing them all. Congratulations to everyone who managed to paint us something!
I am sure you were wondering who won last month's contest, so I shall spare you the many terrible tree related puns I have been saving up, and announce the winners.
First prize went to the peaceful giants in Roots by Hatamarihann
Second prize goes to the artistic and autumnal Träd 03 by HenryStahle
Wander through the darkness of Forest by Bactaboy and admire the fact that they only used a mou
ArtRage March Cats Contest WinnersWe have emerged from our secret lair after hours of petting the resident cat and cooing over adorable kitty pictures to announce the winners of the March Cats Contest.
By general accord, the clear winner was the quirky and clever cartoonish Houston, we found it! by Peyeyo. Not only was it amusing, but it was well drawn, original, and full of cats.
Another clear winner, this one was a lot of people's favourite. Bold colours, a humourously startly expression, and of course, unnatural mind powers, made it easy for Hypnotizing March cat by Ehtiona to hypnotise us into giving it a prize.
Third place was actually really difficult. After the first two winners, we had so many different good entries, from ski
ArtRage February Portrait Contest: Winners!Well, the judging is over, and I'm sure you're all impatient to learn who won, so I won't bore you with the details of judging. I'm sure you don't want to hear of the trauma of having to decide between so many fantastic pictures, the wide range of completely different choices that everyone picked out, the endless rounds of voting as we tried to narrow down the choices to a few winners and the mighty duels we fought over the final placements. The skies darkened to the thunder of our typing, and the clash of styluses was heard throughout the city. The entire North Island of New Zealand shook, as we proclaimed our favourites to the skies.
And at last, we came to a truce, and agreed on the Three Greatest Paintings out of all of the many great and wonderful entries.
No, I'm sure you don't want to hear about that. We might as well skip straight to the announcement.
But before we do, I'd like to say how nice it was to see such a large number of entries for our first contest, and that there we
ArtRage May Landscapes Contest WinnersFirstly, my sincere apologies for the delayed announcement. We had far too much trouble deciding this time around and had to keep going back into voting! (Translation: stop drawing so many great pictures, you're making the judges' lives difficult )
The overall winner was the stunning Sunset by Armoress. Colours, texture, composition and a real sense of a wide open sky all make this one a winner.
Winter landscape by PG-Artwork clearly shows its Bob Ross inspiration, in the form of its "happy little trees" (to quote one of the judges ). It's a lovely mountain scene and makes one think of hikes and skiing.
June Insect Contest WinnersCome learn who won the June Insect contest!
The overall winner was Damselfly-06-2014 by infinatepixel. I'm a huge fan of delicate dragonflies, and this charming watercolour-like picture captures the beauty and grace of these insects perfectly.
Second place went to this lovely green gem, Dragonfly by RedSaucers. Admire the shiny poise
July Space Contest WinnersIt's time to announce the winners of the July space contests, and we would like to thank you all for some out of this world entries.There were some really interesting topics, from stars to spacecraft to alien invasions, and it was very difficult to pick an overall winner.
The overall winner was the beautiful colors of Star Path by AngeInk, which takes us right into the space to float amongst the stars.
The second place winner is the futuristic Space landscape by eveChat666, with a peaceful and empty landscape with a captivating atmosphere.
August Panda Contest WinnersWe've finally sorted out who won! Unfortunately, the cuteness meter shattered while we were trying to compare the various adorable entries and we had to send it away for compares (and coax :iconTycho-the-Cat: back out from under the couch as he wasn't impressed by the shower of Cute(TM) Glass).
First place went to the debonair and charming A Classy Panda by Vilekins
We were artistically impressed by Panda by RedSaucers
And in third place, Happy Panda by ObeyMyBrain brings a lovely, painterly touch to our list of winners.
The three winners will all receive the usual prize of t
September Grids Contest WinnersWell, that was a pretty awesome contest, and the team was very happy with the quality and the creativity of the entries. We had a lot of fun looking through everyone's art, and we were seriously impressed with all of you.
12 [Squared] by HarlequiNQB was clever, a fantastic piece of art, and combined pixels and realism for a fantastic piece of digital painting.
Harlebird by Peyeyo is interesting, slightly creepy and really well done. We were all taken with the atmosphere and the colours.
Siddhartha Statue by Bertrood actually used the grid feature on the reference image, to assist in drawing to scale. We
October Halloween Contest WinnersSo it’s November and the Halloween sugar rush should be well and truly over now so it’s time to look at the winners of last month’s contest. There were some great entries again with a wide range of styles and that made it really hard to pick winners so congratulations to everyone!
Son of Death by Bertrood captured the whimsical spirit of Halloween (no pun intended) with a great painterly style.
Lily Monster by elirain stared at us too intensely to ignore and terrified its way in to second place.
Halloween Ride by Dark-Roast was a high-flying take on Halloween ni
November Snow Contest WinnersYes, we're finally announcing the winners for the November contest. My apologies, the delay was entirely unintentional - I wrote up the announcement, my internet glitched, and it disappeared into the lost parts of the internet where the pixelosaurs still roam, and I didn't notice what had happened for a few days.
Of course, this was after an incredibly hard round of judging.
We've had difficult to judge contests before, but never has it been this difficult. We were completely unable to decide between three fantastic entries, and we barely managed to agree on a fourth overall winner! So instead of cutting any of them out, we've decided to give all three entries second place, and skip having a third place this month.
Thank you so much to everyone who entered last month, and it was very enjoyable admiring all these cool snowy scenes from the baking heat of a New Zealand summer.
We've just realised that the first place entry wasn't actually eligible, a
December Tolkien Christmas Contest WinnersWe didn't get a lot of entries for this one, but the ones we did get obviously put a lot of thought into the topic.
Christmas at Bag End by lloerau is a very understated painting that grows on you, with plenty of quiet detail and a fantastic choice of perspective.
Happy Hobbit Yule by The-Tinidril is a charming and friendly moment between two happy Hobbits. The over the shoulder perspective makes us feel as if we're sneaking a glimpse into a private moment of cheer.
Hot Santa by RedSaucers tried for a bit of humour, along with a pretty passionate painting technique
January Mermaid Contest WinnersIt was an especially close vote this month (I always seem to be saying that!), but yet again, we had some really fantastic entries. The Ambient Design team is really enjoying the creativity from our artists. Even if you didn't win anything, we really appreciate the variety of entries, and the artists who go out on a limb (or a fin!) to experiment a bit.
That is half the point of these artist challenges, after all!
Mermaids by elirain features a high level of technical skill, a lively entwined school of beautiful mermaids, and some adorably curlicued little whales.
Merman by JBaulmont features a creative, delicate and practical merman with some beautiful undersea lighting.
The imaginative prehistoric des