'Light into the Dark' Contest

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That's right, I'm holding a contest! :boogie:
EDIT: updated prizes again + CSS available! :love:

♦ Description
Now that the days are getting shorter, darkness begins to take over. People stay in their appartments, lighting candles or a fire against the cold creeping in. There's going to be coffee and tea and soon enough even Christmas cookies. But this contest is NOT just about this kind of darkness and that kind of light - it's about ANY kind of darkness and any kind of light you can think of: magical glow, moonlight, sunsets, planets exploding,... you name it.

Light up the darkness and show us your creativity and skill with light and shadow!

  • Theme: Light into the Dark
  • Medium: Photomanipulation (with additional digital media if you want - but the main part has to be a manip)
  • Deadline: The contest runs from 01.11.2010 until 01.01.2011 23:59 CET
  • Judges: :iconkuschelirmel: :iconmiah-art: :icongingerkellystudio: :iconelandria: :iconfrozenstarart:
  • What we will be judging on: Of course your entry needs to fit the theme, bringing light into the dark in some fashion, using photomanipulation (with additional digital media if you want). We'll be looking at creativity and technical skills (like blending, use of light and shadows in a logical mannor, etc).

  • The entry has to be a photomanip, crediting all your stock sources* is a must (if you use your own images, please say so)!
  • You can enter as many times as you like, but you can only win once. If you want to avoid competing against yourself, you might want to choose just one entry, your best.
  • The entry has to be made for this contest and this contest alone - uploaded after the start date (soon to be reveiled) and before the deadline (also soon to be reveiled, most likely just after New Year's)
* It should go without saying that the stock sources have to be legitimate stock, but it seems I have to point it out anyway. If you are unsure about which stock you can use and what is not stock at all, please read this blog entry (the group may be in a coma, but this is still very useful info).

Upload your image on dA and specify in the artist's comment that it is for this contest. Then note me on my main account kuschelirmel with your entry so I can add it to the Contest Collection.

...so far...
  1. First Place
    • Feature in dArtzine sponsored by BeehiveStudio
  2. Second Place
    • Feature in dArtzine sponsored by BeehiveStudio
  3. Third Place
    • Feature in dArtzine sponsored by BeehiveStudio
There will also be journal features for honorable mentions.

Thank you so much to all who have donated so far! You make me wish I could participate myself :aww:. If anyone else still feels like donating, please contact me via note! :heart:

Here are some tutorials that may be able to help you on the technical side of lighting a scene and choosing colours - not all are specifially for photomanips, but the principles are the same:

Gradient Tutorial by damie-m :thumb82388860: :thumb68593673:

The Lighting Tutorial - Part 1 by kuschelirmel-stock The Lighting Tutorial - Part 2 by kuschelirmel-stock
those last two are my own attempt at showing
how I approach lighting and shadows in photomanips

And lastly, some promo material for you to use in your journal/custom module:

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