We have met the deadline of my contest, and I cannot believe how many amazing entries I have gotten!I want to say thanks to everybody who has participated, be it by donating prizes, or by making entries. Without your effort, this wouldn't have been possible.
First of all, I want to feature all the amazing entries that I have gotten. If you have some time to check them out, do it, you won't regret it.
Yeah, 26 entries! Isn't that crazy? And I can't believe the overall quality! It makes me a bit sad that some entries that would absolutely win another contest might not even make it to the last public phase, just because the quality of the entries is so good, and not all of them can win.
Right now I have sent the entries to the judges so they can rate them. I won't reveal who the judges are until the judging is done (to avoid that any of the participants might pressure the judges somehow), but they are a selection of digital artists, traditional artists and writers, all of them somehow familiar with the characters and the story of Reign of winter.The judges will rate each entry from zero to ten in 5 different categories
:-Accuracy to the original source
(which doesn't mean copying the references by heart -creativity is encouraged- but drawing the characters in a way that doesn't clash with the original concept and personality).-Creativity/originality.-Composition.-Technique.-Level of detail
(which doesn't mean that a relatively simple illustration showing a lot of work couldn't rate higher than a very complex but sketchy one).
The 8 entries that get an overall highest rating will make it to the next phase, where the winners will be chosen by public voting.
Why rating different categories, you might ask? I didn't want that only raw skill counted. I thought that less skilled artists who did a great job understanding and depicting the characters had a chance to win, while a highly skilled artist putting very little visible effort didn't immediately win. Fortunately, I believe that everyone who entered made a big effort, both in creating beautiful pieces and in understanding the characters, which makes me really happy. The choices will be really difficult!I will be publishing the finalists in a week, max time, probably sooner depending on how fast the judges are
. After that, the public voting will be open. Until then, I encourage everybody to check out the entries and leave some nice comments on them for the artists. They deserve all the praise and more!