Creature Feature Winners!

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Even though often judges find themselves in a tough spot when the actual judging of a contest comes around, I can honestly say that this one was tougher than most contests I've had the honor of sitting on the panel. This time, it was a close race, that after the first round of judging still left everything open.

Please take a look at the entries - I'm pretty sure you'll be able to see what I mean :D

Anyhow, enough with the babbling and on to announcing our winners!

1st Place

What Lies Beneath by Kechake

What Lies Beneath by Kechake
Some more images from her gallery include:
Lux Aeterna by Kechake The Raven Mistress by Kechake
Light Sleeper by Kechake

2nd Place

Beware The Chamengler by ArtSail


Some more images from his gallery are:



3rd Place

Gorgon Medusa, Mirror of Memory by Incantata

Gorgon Medusa. Mirror of memory by Incantata
Some more images from her gallery include:
Wizard by Incantata
Still life for Snow white by Incantata

Honorable Mentions



Fuseli's Nightling by NeoStockz
  Extinct by ErikShoemaker Agloolik by MadameThenadier 

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BeehiveStudio's avatar
the :dedartzine: feature is already designed and will be out soon this february
chryssalis's avatar
Congratulations to all!Amazing works!!:wow::clap:
valeskamoura's avatar
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kimsol's avatar
Thank you for the honourable mention - the winners works are fantastic! Congratulations to them all :heart:
werekitty13's avatar
Those are absolutely amazing! I would have picked Medusa as the winner. All of them are magnificent. I wouldn't have won even if I had been eligible! XD
Renilicious's avatar
Personally I'd swap a couple of the place-getters around but hell... all my favourites are there. I'm happy. Well done to everyone who took part and the winners! Sublime work!
Kechake's avatar
oh my god i can't even contain the happiness i feel, this is something so big for me, i feel very honoured to have my artwork among these masterpieces :heart: :heart: :heart:
joeyboylondon's avatar
:iconabesapienplz: :iconsaysplz: Those creatures are tight!
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MugoUrth's avatar
If this is supposed to be a contest where you draw non-human subjects, how come the winner ends up being the most human of them all?
kuschelirmel's avatar
it was a contest to do a photomanip of something "alive" that does not exist - for example a vampire would've already fit the bill (see intro to the contest). The rest was up to interpretation :aww:
WyvernLetDie's avatar
Gorgon =/= human.
MugoUrth's avatar
Please. A Gorgon is simply a creature that can turn others to stone. It can take many forms. Medusa, for example, is a gorgon who looks like a human with snakes in her hair. The winner doesn't even have THAT much. All it has is different textured skin. While it's a great effect, it's also something that can be tattooed onto a body for similar effects. That's mostly my peeve, when the contest is about non-humans, I except the winner to be, well, non-human.
Karolusdiversion's avatar
These creatures are all made ​​with a human mold. Perhaps it lacks the imagination to create different shapes from the human. ;)
MugoUrth's avatar
It's just that so many of the entries contain all these cool, amazing creatures, and the winner has... a human with cracked skin. That's kind of disappointing IMO.
Kechake's avatar
i am sorry that you feel like my entry didn't fit the conditions (despite it being a non-existant creature). there is a story written under the picture - maybe it will help you to understand why i chose the human-like form. for further explanation, i believe that man is sometimes the most hideous beast in the world and monsters like mine are often created by him; both in the real life and in our imagination. these horrors will eventually destroy us (hereby butterfly symbolizing the soul of a human being), either mentally or physically.
for me, this is not a simple photomanipulation but rather something that tells an idea :)
MugoUrth's avatar
Believe me, I know well enough that humans can be their own monster in a sense, but when I look at a contest for monsters, I want the winner to be, well, a MONSTER. This is kind of a sad thing for DA contests, because the winner of DA monster contests usually are NOT monsters, just humans in a weird costume or something.
WyvernLetDie's avatar
It is a photomanipulation contest. I would be very impressed if someone managed to manipulate a photograph to depict an Abeloth.
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