A lot of you people should be ashamed. seriously. i will agree that the contest is far from brimming over with uber-talented artists as evidenced by some entries lacking in serious technical ability... but [link]
by algenfleger most likely displays far more talent and imagination than many of those who have posted/bitched in this room. algenpfleger rules. i challenge anyone of you to take a stroll through his gallery and not come back impressed... especially when he combines forces with janaschi. those two together are ridiculously awesome.
and don't even get me started about the time they were absolutely robbed in one of the previous contests... [link]
despite the controversy generated by how they said they were going to use the money. regardless if you feel they were trying to pull anyone's heartstrings... that image fucking rocked!
rather than bitching about how glad all of you are for not participating in the contest... the phrase "put up or shut up" comes to mind. you wanna see some diversity, some challenging representations to the "dream" theme while smashing hackneyed/cliched representations? then make some damn art and THEN complain that the judges are blind when your ideologically superior piece is passed over for obvious tripe, but until that time, you should be quiet. in all seriousness.
there are certainly problems in this community, but one i don't need is to hear others complaining of sour grapes.
perhaps i'm overreacting here, but i don't think any of you here have a right to complain UNLESS you submitted something that is at least equal to or ahead of the competition. if you're a better/smarter/more talented artist whose entry was overlooked for an obviously inferior piece... let's see it, and then we can complain together. do i think it's fair Wacom has no input? no, i think it's garbage, but let's be careful about making such broad and sweeping generalizations about the art and artists involved.
algenpfleger may not be a personal friend of mine, but to deny the talent (and yes, creative vision) of the artist as evidenced by the image is both insulting and ignorant.
i'm not condemning all of you, i see that some here have sense... but many of you should know better. you know who you are.
i've said my piece. i wish you well.