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Contest Results!! A huge thanks to all entrants!

Journal Entry: Sun Jul 28, 2013, 10:24 PM



☆★ Contest Results ★☆


We'd like to start off by giving a huge thankyou to everyone who participated, we were overwhelmed with the amount of talent and passion put into each and every piece, you should all be so very proud of yourselves. Ethereal-artbook is a project that is inspired by my sister (me being, MiwaAkai) and her beautiful and painful journey. As i looked through the contest gallery folder i was completley lost for words, awestruck by all your amazing and unique pieces, and i know all the judges share that feeling. We had much trouble deciding and we want you all to know that even if you did or didn't get in that you should be proud of yourself!

The Judging process.
The collaborate judges where,
:iconmiwaakai: :icongreyradian: :iconry-spirit: :iconyamio: :iconofskysociety:
Firstly myself and GreyRadian made a selection of the top artworks of which the collaborating judges would then rank, the artwork with the lowest total was selected as the first prize winner and the artwork with the second lowest total was selected as the honorary. We felt having 5 judges allows for transparency and a wider range of likes and preferences, which would better accurately represent public opinion. The guest judges are also invited artists within Ethereal Artbook

Well i know your all dying to know the winners, so here they are! The first place winners will recieve a prize pool worth over $400. Congratulations!! All of these artworks will be printed in Ethereal n . n

Green First Place Winner:

:iconuchuubranko:
tiny tiny open door by uchuubranko
"Tiny Tiny Open Door"
comments:
GreyRadian "Beautifully detailed and tells an intriguing story! However I do feel that the lighting here is quite unnaturally vibrant, but the main reason why this was chosen as the winner was because of the amount of detail and effort put into this piece. You can tell by clicking the full view of this piece! Congratulations"

Yamio "Stunning picture with beautiful scenery and details. It feels so extremely mystical and many different stories forms in my head. Really love it"

MiwaAkai "There are so many detailed little worlds within this artwork, i get lost every time i try to explore it. Getting lost in a magical world is exactly what every child going through cancer wants to do; thats why i feel this is so perfect."
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Green Honorary Artwork


:iconmyst-a:
Souvenirs by Myst-A
"Souvenirs"
comments:
GreyRadian "Really love the use of colours and toning to make the whole piece look natural and relaxed, as well as the interaction between the characters and the kite which is what I liked best about this piece."

Yamio "A beautiful peace that feels so warm and cozy that you can´t wait to put your feet on that beach"

MiwaAkai "I adore how natural this scene is, it feels so natural as if i've stepped into a photograph. The interaction between the kites and the characters is so fluid and the artwork just gives off such a balanced vibe."

Blue First Place Winner:

:iconweewill:
kites by weewill
"Kites"
comments:
GreyRadian "The softness and style is absolutely wonderful and unique! I think it fits so well with the theme, and choice of tones and colours really compliments the atmosphere. Blue was definitaley the hardest to choose, so Congratulations"

Yamio "Individual style and truly artistic piece. The traditional feel over it makes you feel so calm. Like you are traveling back in time."

MiwaAkai "The shapes of the hills just mesmerized me when i first saw this piece, the dark blues contrasting with the bright greens~ it's such an enchanting cute little artwork, something i think every child will fall in love with."
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Blue Honorary Artwork


:iconnaoyatoudo:

"Co. - Ethereal"
comments:
GreyRadian "I love the scrapbook/traditional feel it has, and it's very clean and neat. Quite simplistic, but the addition of the hydrangea flowers makes a nice contrast."

Yamio "A fun picture that never ends, there is so much happening you won´t get tierd."

MiwaAkai "This is such a simplistic yet clever artwork, the placement of the kite is perfect, it goes perfectly with the scrapbooked type style  but doesnt feel randomly placed either. I adore this!"

Yellow / Orange First Place Winner:

:iconlanechan:
Autumn by LaneChan
"Autumn"
comments:
Yamio "Warm and protecting. This piece makes you feel that you are never alone."

MiwaAkai "This is such a sweet artwork, i love all the adorable little animals and the warmth they add to the scene, it is very enchanting something that reminds me of fairies and forests and wild mushroom patches. Very cute. "
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Yellow / Orange Honorary Artwork


:iconsyphellium:
Natural Gold by Syphellium
"Natural Gold"
comments:
GreyRadian "I really liked the fact someone drew a tiger, and a very good one as well! The artist has also created a wonderful environment with just using watercolors, which had me impressed!"

Yamio "Nice to see an animal painting, I really love the golden background and how it shapes the tiger."

MiwaAkai "The beautiful detail of the tiger completely captivated me. It's such an odd yet natural scene and i love the soft contrasting of the sky and the ground, beautiful."

Red / Pink First Place Winner:

:iconjusq:
Garden by jusq
"Garden"
comments:
GreyRadian (edited)"Beautifully detailed, and very nice choice of colours and tones. Character design is also unique. We had a tough time deciding the winner between these two pieces. However I would like to point out some anatomical inconsistencies such as the face being too slanted forward and hands being too small, but nevertheless Congratulations!"

Yamio "With popping colours, beautiful roses, amazingly detailed butterflies this piece just grabs your attention right away. You really just want to jump into the picture ♥"

MiwaAkai "This is such a sweet artwork, it reminds me alot of my sister and her journey through cancer. It speaks to me, the subtle beauty of the butterflies interacting with the cute character, i love this so much. "
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Red / Pink Honorary Artwork


:iconjanainaart:
Spring by JanainaArt
"Spring"
comments:

GreyRadian (edited) "Great painting style used here! The girl here is what stands out; the artist paid a great amount of attention painting the girl and designing her character, especially love how she interacts with another character and the environment around her. I do find the piece a bit too dark as I would have loved to see the painting with more light and clarity."

Yamio "Amazing artwork of a beautiful girl in a lovely garden. I love how everything is so dark, the cat is still innocently happy and cheers up the day."

MiwaAkai "I fell in love with this. The dark tone really connects with the nature of cancer, dark and scary and yet on the outside the children are always so bright and sweet. The interation of the kitten and the kite is perfect, i feel this scene is so natural, i didnt even notice the kite - it felt right. This is my favorite piece entered~ so beautiful and eerie."

Congratulations to all the winners and everyone who donated prizes, and of course especially to everyone who entered! Stay tunes because pre order is very very close now!

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:iconyvanya:
Yvanya Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist
wow the green ones are beautiful :D
congrats ! ^^
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:iconalislinn:
Alislinn Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree!!!! :D
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:icongreyradian:
GreyRadian Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the encouraging comment! :D
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:iconquestpowers:
QuestPowers Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats to the winner, its my honor to enter the contest. 
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BumpyTheShroom Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
Congratulations! Lovely work!! :3
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Namae-san Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Conratulations to the winners! :)
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:iconrogue343:
Rogue343 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Student General Artist
Congrats to the Winners!
You guys sure earned it!
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:iconpogateun:
Pogateun Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations to all dem winners <3
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silenced-echo Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations to the winners ! :D
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yeinART Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats to all the winners! :iconranranruuplz:
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MarianneAlexandre Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
Congratulations to the winners, it was a great contest ! 
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:iconsilviavanni:
SilviaVanni Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Congratulations to the winners! ^__^
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:iconfathinyukiko:
FathinYukiko Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations to the winners!
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GreyRadian Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ah thank you for pointing that out! That was indeed a mistake, I will quickly change it around!
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:iconfathinyukiko:
FathinYukiko Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome :wormnomnom:
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SYoshiko Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
congrats to all the winners. I must say that I'm rather annoyed with whomever wrote this up : fav.me/d67d6s4
 
because I wasted my time doing this thinking there was a cash prize as well as the other prizes because of this misleading part: 

 Prizes: A Prize Pool worth over $400!

1st x 4 ★ ☆

♦ Artwork in Ethereal ArtBook
♦ Free copy of the book
♦ 300


now, it doesnt say 300 POINTS it just says 300. and above it said $. really its all relative/subjective, but had I known that there was no money prize I would only have entered once. I didn't realize the preferred style was Manga either. Anyways I was very impressed with the calibre of the work that people submitted and everyone did a great job, however who ever wrote up the thing for the contest where it didnt say 'points' after 300, caused me to enter this contest for the chance to win $. I guess it doesnt matter either way since I didnt win so I wouldn have won it anyhow but the point is that I would have used that time to work on my paying work. 
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:icongreyradian:
GreyRadian Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Sincerely sorry, but it seems that someone simply copied and pasted that journal you linked, missing the ':points:" icon.
This is the original journal entry that has all the complete rules: ethereal-artbook.deviantart.co…

Combined with all the free commissions and other prizes donated including the book, the value was indeed around $400 USD (commissions don't come in free) And not to forget these people have offered x4

'Manga style' was also not 'preferred', as you can see from the winners chosen and artists invited, that not every piece chosen was drawn in 'manga style', maybe it was simply because majority of the contest entrants did draw in manga style. I assure you that with these five judges from different art backgrounds, we fairly selected these pieces without being biased towards 'manga style'. I would be happy to provide you with an explanation and constructive criticism on your piece :)

"I would have used that time to work on my paying work" I'm sorry, but this kind of attitude is entirely missing the point of any contest. You shouldn't always expect to be paid after doing every single thing. For example, every artist who is contributing to this project is doing it not for the money, but simply for fun and compassion. Afterall with this contest you did manage to create a wonderful piece that you probably wouldn't have created if you didn't enter this contest at all. Not every 'positive' has to be everything to do with money.
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SYoshiko Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I dont think you realize, I said I wouldnt have entered TWICE. I sell my work on a regular basis, I know it doesnt come free. I'm going through a very tough financial time right now, with immigration facing me being removed and my partner and child and I having to be separated, so I'm doing everything I can, taking work and also paying contests. I entered the contest not just once because it seemed like a good cause and nice idea, but TWICE because I thought there was a monetary prize. We just recently lost my motherinlaw to cancer I dont need a lesson on compassion or being positive or any bs like that. a simple sorry would have sufficed. 
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:icongreyradian:
GreyRadian Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ah I'm sorry, I guess I misunderstood the situation and took this without any context.
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:iconsyoshiko:
SYoshiko Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
its ok I didnt go into detail. I also forgot to mention (I thought I did but I didn't) I did enter twice. I should have read it more carefully but the one I linked to, that is the first one I saw, and I favorited it and didnt find out about the points thing until After the deadline 
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:icongreyradian:
GreyRadian Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I should also have checked that journal more carefully, I really didn't think it could cause such problems but to tell you the truth this isn't the first misunderstanding caused from that specific journal.
Now I understand what you are going through I sincerely apologize for my first response, I realise it was insensitive.
I really do wish you the best regardless!
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:iconsyoshiko:
SYoshiko Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
its ok - it wouldnt have made a difference anyway. that will teach me ask more questions and read more carefully and youre right I did 2 drawings I wouldnt have if not for the contest and I am really fond of one of them. thanks
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aftertaster7 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013   Digital Artist
Those guys had it in the bag; Kudos. :nod:
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:icongreyradian:
GreyRadian Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for your support! :D
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:iconmerillizaart:
merillizaART Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice. All well deserved! Congratulations!!
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:icongreyradian:
GreyRadian Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much for your kind words of support! :D
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ArtOfEdge Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Congratulations to the winners! :)
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:icongreyradian:
GreyRadian Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for your support! :D
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sandpaperdaisy Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Great job everyone! Congratulations!!
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