Ripley's Unconventional Art Contest
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Published: August 1, 2018
ripleys og by symonxThe DeviantArt/RipleyS #UnconventionalArtContest has run its course—check out the keenly creative winners and peruse the rest of the entries!

DeviantArt, in collaboration with Ripley's Believe It or Not!, wants you to break out of your creative norms and take part in the Unconventional Art Contest!

Inspired by Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odd Is Art, a book showcasing innovative art, we challenge you to change up your usual process and create pieces using unconventional means. From painting to sculptures and everything in between, undertake an artistic experiment and share what you come up with! Common materials can be used in daring new ways or odd items can be used to create something new.

Head and Torso

Anatomical cross-section recreated with mulberry paper and the gilded edges of old books using a technique called quilling.

Lisa Nilsson

The Royal Carriage

Made from a mixture of cornstarch, salt, and water.

Ash Elsayed

Using a mix of materials is encouraged. You could include items from around the house like yarn, sponges, or condiments. Trek outdoors to find bits of nature, or barter for items from a yard sale to work into your piece! Why not toss aside conventional tools like brushes and make a tool out of something unique? Embrace your imagination and think outside of the box!

25 Semi-Finalists will be chosen by a panel comprised of DeviantArt staff and an Independent Judge with the First, Second, and Third Place winners selected by a panel of Ripley's Believe It or Not! Executives & Talent (Brian Relic, VP of Design & Development; Amanda Joiner, Senior Director of Publishing; John Graziano, Cartoonist; Bruce Miller, Lead Artist).

First Place will win all-expense paid trips to Los Angeles and Orlando to visit the Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium and World Headquarters Art Department, and more!

Prince

Part of the artist's ghost in the machine series, which sees portraits of pop culture icons recreated with audio cassette tapes or film reels.

Erika Simmons

1Step OneGet Inspired

Peruse the examples on the page and start thinking about the materials you want to use.

Matchstick Millennium Falcon

The famous starship from Star Wars recreated with 910,000 matchsticks and 26 gallons of glue. Brought to life with sound, lighting and movement.

Patrick Acton

Polished Painting

Painted with over 300 colors of nail polish using only the brushes provided with the bottles.

Mary Scott

Bathroom Reading

Herman Melville's 1851 novel Moby Dick typed onto six rolls of toilet paper.

Dennis Malone

2Step TwoGet Your Weird On

Choose your materials and start creating! We encourage taking photos of your process to share via Journals.

3Step ThreeSubmit Your Artwork

Submit photos of your finished piece to the contest category using the button below. Don't forget to tell us the materials you used, your process, and the inspiration and/or story behind your piece!

Submit
1stPlace
  • Winning Work displayed in Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium in Los Angeles
  • An all-expenses paid trip for 2 (two) to Los Angeles to view the art in person
  • An all-expenses paid trip for 2 (two) to be part of Ripley's Believe It or Not! Art Department for a day in Orlando, FL.
  • Winning Work will be featured in an upcoming Ripley's publication
  • A single copy of Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odd is Art book
2ndPlace
  • An all-expenses paid trip for 2 (two) to be part of Ripley's Believe It or Not! Art Department for a day in Orlando, FL.
  • Winning Work will be featured in an upcoming Ripley's publication
  • A single copy of Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odd is Art book
  • Admission for two (2) to any Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium worldwide
3rdPlace
  • Winning Work will be featured in an upcoming Ripley's publication
  • A single copy of Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odd is Art book
  • Admission for two (2) to any Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium worldwide
22Semi-Finalists
  • A single copy of Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odd is Art book
  • Admission for two (2) to any Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium worldwide

The Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odd is Art Unconventional Art Contest begins at 12:00:00 am (PT – Los Angeles Time) on August 1, 2018 and ends at 11:59:59 pm (PT – Los Angeles Time) on August 20, 2018 (The "Promotion Period").

  • Entrant must be at least 13 years old as of August 1, 2018;
  • Entrant must submit a completed entry of an original artwork portraying unconventional art using unconventional means; and reflect "outside of the box" creativity as inspired in the Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odd is Art book;
  • Must include what makes the art unconventional by listing the materials used and describing the process, or a unique story about the art in the description of the deviation;
  • May include licensed brushes and textures, original imagery and text created by the Entrant;
  • Do not include the Ripley's logo in an entry;
  • Other requirements and restrictions apply, and please read the Official Rules carefully.
  • ARV of all prizing is $24,885

Jade Soldier

A Replica of a general from the terra-cotta army discovered outside of Xi'an, China in 1974, made of two solid pieces of Jade, weighing a total of 1,200lbs

Unknown

The 25 Semi-Finalists will be chosen by DeviantArt Staff with an independent judge. The First, Second, and Third Place winners will be selected by Ripley's Entertainment Inc. Executives & Talent (Brian Relic, VP of Design & Development; Amanda Joiner, Senior Director of Publishing; John Graziano, Cartoonist; Bruce Miller, Lead Artist). The judges will use the following criteria in whatever degree the judges believe appropriate:

  • Originality and Artistic Skill
  • Success in portraying unconventional art using unconventional means
  • Success in reflecting "outside of the box" creativity as inspired in Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odd is Art book
  • Common materials can be used in daring new ways or odd items can be used "traditionally" to create something new
Example PackageOfficial Rules

Jade Soldier

A Replica of a general from the terra-cotta army discovered outside of Xi'an, China in 1974, made of two solid pieces of Jade, weighing a total of 1,200lbs

Unknown




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PktPicturesHobbyist Photographer
So many wonderful, creative and truly amazing entries. Looking forward to viewing the Semi-Finalist tomorrow. Best of luck to everyone. 
Greenminerthescoffer's avatar
GreenminerthescofferProfessional Traditional Artist
Asase Ya Mother Earth made from nature by Greenminerthescoffer   Asase Ya face upclose by Greenminerthescoffer  Asase Ya
Goddess of the Ashanti people  ethnic group

made from leaves, grasses and wild flowers.
she has real horse and African Goat hair.
her facial futures are made from ground tea leaves and African coffee beans  

Asase Ya  is the Earth goddess of fertility of the Ashanti people ethnic group of Ashanti City-State of Ghana. She is also known as Mother Earth or Aberewaa

www.deviantart.com/greenminert… link to up close picture of her face
Greenminerthescoffer's avatar
GreenminerthescofferProfessional Traditional Artist
Asase Ya Mother Earth made from nature by Greenminerthescoffer   Asase Ya face upclose by Greenminerthescoffer my entry 
ZantippySkiphop's avatar
ZantippySkiphopHobbyist Traditional Artist
I've had trouble figuring out where to put the step by step process pictures, but think I will put them in the journal part of deviantart, is that ok? 
YOKOKY's avatar
YOKOKYProfessional General Artist
how can we see the winners,pls?
tavington's avatar
tavingtonProfessional Traditional Artist
It's in the official rules- September 4th. 25 Runners-Up announced on or around 28th August.
YOKOKY's avatar
YOKOKYProfessional General Artist
you are a difficult women-you dislike me,BUT WHY?
werewolfqueen7's avatar
werewolfqueen7Hobbyist General Artist
Finally submitted!! I'm so excited!!
hogwabler's avatar
How do i enter my art it just goes to my profile page. Where is the page for this contest submission.
ryu-gachaslushie's avatar
ryu-gachaslushieHobbyist General Artist
There's a contest category where you can submit your work. 
ryu-gachaslushie's avatar
ryu-gachaslushieHobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. Glad I could help.
JojotoPepLolYech's avatar
JojotoPepLolYechHobbyist General Artist
i thought you could submit digital art...
JojotoPepLolYech's avatar
JojotoPepLolYechHobbyist General Artist
oh
Scraffeh's avatar
ScraffehHobbyist Digital Artist
I submitted! I hope it gets through. Good luck all! :D
Cutekitty2424's avatar
Cutekitty2424Student Traditional Artist
Would doing it Sokka style by painting your face and slamming in on a piece of paper count XD
Adora-Mander's avatar
Adora-ManderHobbyist Artist
Hello. I could not find in the rules how many works can be submit. If anyone finds, please write to me. Thank you for your attention.
MarkoHietala's avatar
MarkoHietalaHobbyist Traditional Artist
I think it's just one cause in Step Three it says: "Submit photos of your finished piece"
so just one art piece but you can send many photos.
Adora-Mander's avatar
Adora-ManderHobbyist Artist
Thank you
Scraffeh's avatar
ScraffehHobbyist Digital Artist
can't wait to enter mine in tomorrow I am a dummy!  

took forever omg
barbosaart's avatar
barbosaartProfessional Artist
Excellent Contest! Looking forward to making something weird and fun. Cheers
Anime-wolfz's avatar
Anime-wolfzHobbyist Traditional Artist
Seems pretty cool owo
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