Kubo and the Two Strings Contest Semi-Finalists
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Congratulations to the Semi-Finalists


In the Kubo and the Two Strings Story Within Contest, DeviantArt and Laika Studios challenged you to illustrate Kubo overcoming an obstacle, and the semi-finalists are in! A team of DeviantArt staff members reviewed the vivid and inspiring submissions to find a group of 25 entries that best represented Kubo and his trials. After intense deliberation, the judges settled on the beautiful artwork below! Each of the twenty-five semi-finalists will receive a 3-month Core Membership, 1,000 DeviantArt Points, a copy of Kubo and the Two Strings on Blu-ray, and a Art of Kubo book!

From here, the semi-finalist entries will go to a representative at Laika Studios, who will pick the first, second, and third place winners. Congratulations, semi-finalists, and thank you to everyone who entered!


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Getanimated's avatar
GetanimatedStudent Filmographer
HELLO I HAVE EMAILED YOU GUYS BACK ABOUT MY KUBO PRIZES

PLEASE CHECK EMAILS.

no response for 2 days now.

Contest was only 5 months ago so please get back to me.
GhostPhoenix84's avatar
GhostPhoenix84Hobbyist Writer
Next time we have a contest, it should be a story writing competition. I would enter that.
Sanluris's avatar
SanlurisHobbyist General Artist
That was a great contest! Congrats to the winners and semi-finalists! Everyone has amazing art skill.
YellowFox132's avatar
Where's "smudgeandfrank"'s one??
kingston-arakite's avatar
kingston-arakiteHobbyist General Artist
soo cool
nOki19's avatar
nOki19Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoa amazing entries congratulations to the winners Clap Clap Clap Clap 
Ged-der-Sperber's avatar
Congratulations to all the entries. Amazing display or Art!
tibetanoxen's avatar
tibetanoxenStudent General Artist
*Crosses fingers for Pluntree* He's my irl friend! I hope he wins for me and Chemonee! 
batootz's avatar
batootzHobbyist Traditional Artist
Congratz to the winners. I submitted an entry and it was a traditional art piece. I worked on it for 3 days. Anyways We Shall never give up,  let's keep getting better 🖌️🖌️
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MarksmansamProfessional General Artist
These are all well done.
GubbiRender's avatar
GubbiRenderHobbyist Digital Artist
Umm that's not right :/
No one gives the people who can't draw this well a chance. The only people who are able to win these contests are professional artists. It's not fair to the rest of us. 

Thanks anyways judges. :/
citadeel's avatar
citadeelHobbyist Traditional Artist
tbh it they were to let the crappier looking drawings win it wouldnt be fair... if you want a trophy, then practice and get to be that artist. 
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GubbiRenderHobbyist Digital Artist
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ALL ART IS BEAUTIFUL! CRAPPY! GARABAGE! PROFESSIONAL! NON-PROFESSIONAL! EVERYTHING IS PERFECT!!! IN THEIR OWN WAY!!

HOW DARE YOU BRING DOWN THE ART OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE STRUGGLED TO COMPLETE A PIECE OF ART!!! HOW DARE YOU EVEN REPLY SAYING THERE WAS CRAPPY ART! HOOOWWW DDDAAAARRREEEEE YOOOOUU!!!!
citadeel's avatar
citadeelHobbyist Traditional Artist
REEEEEEEE!!!!!
My intentions aren't to bring down other people. What I'm trying to say is that if someone wants to make their art more appealing they have to keep practicing and never give up, not just expect to win prizes and get glorified when they're just starting and their skills are still sub-par. Mentalities like yours are kinda toxic and halts progress. 
GubbiRender's avatar
GubbiRenderHobbyist Digital Artist
AND HOW DARE YOU JUDGE A ARTWORK BY THE WAY IT LOOKS!!! HAVE YOU HEARD THE PHRASE 'DONT JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER'??!! 
citadeel's avatar
citadeelHobbyist Traditional Artist
what lol 
you CAN judge art by the way it looks. 
the phrase "don't judge a book by its cover" can't apply to art. 
SushiyamaArt's avatar
SushiyamaArtHobbyist Digital Artist
I'm a hobbyist, but this is the first time I've ever been selected as a semifinalist in any contest that I've entered, and I've been drawing/doing contests for years. Don't let it bum you out, if you're stubborn like me, you'll get there eventually.
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GubbiRenderHobbyist Digital Artist
Oh. My. Gosh. I have been waiting for a comment like this! Hehe thank you so much for saying this! I actually feel encouraged, also raises my hopes xD
StarlyBelle's avatar
StarlyBelleHobbyist Traditional Artist
Just because most of the semifinalists are professional artists doesn't mean that the judges aren't giving hobbyists and non-professionals a chance. It instead suggests that professionals are highly experienced in art (as they have spent years of practice, trial and error, and dedication into making art a working career); this gives them a large understanding of what makes an art piece "work".

However, this isn't to say that those who "don't draw well" are unable to win in a contest. There are plenty of artists who aren't professionals who have spent just as much time and effort perfecting their craft and it's their own patience, practice, and determination that allows, or will allow, them to stand up against the greats.
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GubbiRenderHobbyist Digital Artist
Yes I get what you are saying but everytime DA has a contest none of us non-proffessionals ever win. (I had another account on here before complicated stuff happened). Yeah even though the professionals are highly experienced at what they do, they have the upper hand at everything. I just believe non-proffessionals should actually have a chance in doing something. Non-proffessional artworks actually have more meaning, I believe. 

Mm.. yeah but only with contests that are made by members not the DA admins.

Well thanks for responding to my message. I was just angry because most of the artwork that was chosen didn't promote a non-proffessional. Non-proffessionals are more unique than the professionals themselves. 
I'm not mad anymore tbh as soon as the time turned to 11 I just kinda said forget it it's cool.
citadeel's avatar
citadeelHobbyist Traditional Artist
"Non-proffessionals are more unique than the professionals themselves"
LOL
you do know that those "professionals" were non-professionals at one point? they all had to work their way up, buddy. work hard and practice, and you'll be rewarded.
if everyone were to get a trophy then no one would strive to better themselves. 
GubbiRender's avatar
GubbiRenderHobbyist Digital Artist
Yes of course I know that, it's common knowledge.  But it's not fair to the people who aren't professionals. We non-professionals ever get the chance to do anything because no one gives us a chance :/ they just look over our art and just pick the ones that has more like/ views. 
We better ourselves everyday, working on pieces and practicing different ways especially trying to challenge ourselves. 

I'm not saying everyone should be awarded I'm just saying that it's not fair to the non-professionals who actually try. 
citadeel's avatar
citadeelHobbyist Traditional Artist
if they keep trying they'll get there eventually. 
StarlyBelle's avatar
StarlyBelleHobbyist Traditional Artist
Seeing the winners of the contest now, I can understand your point. There were about seven hobbyists/non-professionals who made it to the semi-finals from what I could tell, though none of them actually ended up winning. Some of their entries had an interesting approach, too, especially the ones by Plunteere and SushiyamaArt.
Also, you're welcome. Let's hope that, sometime in the future, there is an opportunity in which hobbyists can have their talents recognized a little more.
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