Contest Winners of 2016 FaLLEN Art Contest!
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TIME TO ANNOUNCE THE WINNERS OF THE 2016 FaLLEN ART CONTEST!!!!


The Judges
 

First I want to introduce my amazing judges. Even though it's my contest, I do not judge my own contest! Why? Because I am weak-willed and can be easily swayed by flattery. Also, if I know the artist personally I may also know how hard they worked or if they are having a hard time of late and I will totally be lame and give them a boost any way I can. And that's why I am a terrible judge! So here are the people who do the actual judging:

:iconcybervideo: Knows my story better than anyone other than me, he's also a published author for tabletop gaming books.
:iconheidiarnhold: Comic artist who worked for TokyoPop and is now working on a graphic novel about rabbits called Cottons.
:iconsuzuran: Former Marvel employee, she was a Premium artist on the old Inkblazers site with her ERA universe.
:iconmarybellamy: Another comicker who has been producing her own series for young girls, including the Faux Facts series.
:iconjadiner: A colorist with her own series of comics, including Ara & Celi among others. 


All judges are somehow familiar with FaLLEN to varying degrees and most are artists. Check out their galleries!


Okay, now, I am going to be going through and leaving actual comments on all the entries instead of just the typical "good luck with your entries!" that I do before the winners are announced. If you want any deeper critique, you can note me and ask me for feedback. I usually get comments from judges too so for some of you there were just one or two things that if they'd been fixed or changed the image would have received more votes, etc. I will only give critical feedback to those who ask for it!

All right... now for the winners!!


1st Place
 

FaLLEN: To the Rescue! by Kurumi-Lover

Congratulations, :iconkurumi-lover:!! This was actually the ONLY illustration that made every judge's list, so it was the winner this time around. Most judges really liked the '90s anime art style and coloring as well as the action shot and dynamic poses. I'll be contacting the artist soon about his prizes, which include:
  • $30 USD (via paypal) OR 2,400 points on dA
  • One physical copy of FaLLEN Vol. 2
  • One copy of FaLLEN Vol. 1 and 2 as an ebook (pdf file)
  • 7 postcard-sized prints from FaLLEN
  • your work printed in FaLLEN Vol. 2
  • a full-color chibi illustration by :iconmochaeii:


2nd Place
 

Moonlight Lamia by SpavVy

Congratulations, :iconspavvy:!! This was the very first entry in the contest and it was a strong contender the whole contest through. Judges really liked the reference to the horse from Chapter 4, which was an illusion Lamia produced upon her first transformation. They also said they really liked the use of purple, which is Lamia's favorite color. Awesome job! Your prizes are:

  • $20 USD (via paypal) OR 1,600 points on dA
  • One copy of FaLLEN Vol. 1 or 2 as an ebook (pdf file)
  • 3 postcard-sized prints from FaLLEN
  • your work printed in FaLLEN Vol. 2

3rd Place
 

FaLLEN: ARMA by darlingGrim

Congrats to fellow Tulsan, :icondarlinggrim:! Judges said they loved how this image showed the Arma's musculature, her determined expression, and the colors used, which were simple but effective. You will receive the following prizes:

  • $10 USD (via paypal) OR 800 points on dA
  • One copy of FaLLEN Vol. 1 or 2 as an ebook (pdf file)
  • your work printed in FaLLEN Vol. 2


Honorable Mention
 

Group Shot by RimoOfArtSchool Lamia- Contest entry by Okami2506 FaLLEN FanArt by starduo FaLLEN [Arma + Lamia] by KokiSegamiFaLLEN Art Contest 2016: Father Sam by Creative2Bit

Three of these images were deadlocked for third place until the very last judge sent me her picks and bumped them down, so they ended up tying for fourth place. The other two were also quite nice and I wanted to showcase them :D :iconrimoofartschool:, :iconokami2506:, :iconstarduo:, :iconkokisegami:, and :iconcreative2bit: receive this consolation prize:

  • your work printed in FaLLEN Vol. 2


This year there were fewer entries before because there was a much shorter timeframe given before the deadline. Really really sorry about that... I received many emails and notes requesting an extension and I even saw a few wonderful entries that were completed after the deadline. 

Also, this year I was saddened to learn that at least one participant had copied their entry from an artist on Pixiv, and while I didn't make a big deal out of it they were quietly disqualified. Cheating is not cool, guys.

Next year I will definitely give more time to complete entries! Judging this year was definitely tougher than usual, which is why it took a little longer to get back all the nominations. But ballots have been counted and I hope you all enjoyed participating in the contest! I'll be going through and leaving comments on each entry throughout the week. Hope to see many of you again next year! And again, if you want more critical feedback, just note me and I'll be happy to give it. Thanks to everyone who participated! Be sure to congratulate the winners :D

2016 Entries


Moonlight Lamia by SpavVy  Lamia cosplaying as Archer by Jyoshu-kun 

Mature Content

MARIS :) by ErotixXx
 

Mature Content

MARIS vintage by ErotixXx
 <da:thumb id="598161407"/>  Armey by grandcross  Arma of faLLen by SEwingless  FaLLEN Contest by Rogo-the-Golden-Boy <da:thumb id="600573450"/> <da:thumb id="601107795"/>  Group Shot by RimoOfArtSchool  FaLLEN Art Contest 2016: Father Sam by Creative2Bit 

Mature Content

FaLLEN [Arma + Lamia] by KokiSegami
Sam (FaLLEN fanart) by DaffyDC <da:thumb id="600957022"/>  Movie night - FaLLEN Art Contest 2016 entry by JoaRosa <da:thumb id="602043015"/>  Lamia- Contest entry by Okami2506  FaLLEN: ARMA by darlingGrim  Vox by MegaTurnip 

Mature Content

Fallen Fanart: Taking Lamia's Precious Possession by grandcross
  The Iron Maiden by HeartandVoice  Tales of the Fallen by Sakrachi  Lamia The Guardian of Illusions by Ankonox  Neiva by MegaTurnip  FaLLEN: To the Rescue! by Kurumi-Lover  Fallen | Contest by PuRpLekHoUkHa  FaLLEN FanArt by starduo  Walking With Armidillos (fan art) by Tadpole7


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starduo's avatar
starduoProfessional General Artist
:iconsomeconfettiplz::iconsomeconfettiplz:Thank you so much and congratulations to everyone!!! :iconsomeconfettiplz::iconsomeconfettiplz:
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OgawaBurukkuProfessional General Artist
And thank you so much for entering!! I can't wait to feature your art in my book!
grandcross's avatar
grandcrossHobbyist General Artist
I liked the 1st place entry a lot too, the 90's style works well with Fallen, I think.

Also I like how everyone else's entry is artistic, with people putting in lots of time+effort, and mine is just humorous kind of "joke" entries, lol. If I made anyone laugh with them though, then I feel I succeeded :P
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OgawaBurukkuProfessional General Artist
Yeah, the style worked really well for Lamia especially. I still think 90s anime girls were way sexier than the more "cutesy" girls these days.

Both your entries made me laugh! I know some judges mentioned your Armey drawing as making them chuckle, haha
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Kurumi-LoverHobbyist Digital Artist
Oh gosh, I'm so honored, you guys!
Congratulations to everyone who placed and entered!
I'm so happy to see my personal favorite piece still placed as well~

Again, thank you, and I can't wait to see more FaLLEN ; v ;
OgawaBurukku's avatar
OgawaBurukkuProfessional General Artist
Congratulations again! And I'm gonna be noting you in like five minutes about your prizes :D
Tadpole7's avatar
It was a fun run. Loved the art that came out of this. :D
OgawaBurukku's avatar
OgawaBurukkuProfessional General Artist
Thanks for participating! I saw your note, but I'll probably answer it this weekend since I'm up to my ears in messages XD
Tadpole7's avatar
No worries I figured it would take you a bit with everything you got going. :)
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darlingGrimHobbyist Digital Artist
The 90's style one was my favorite too~ It has great action and movement <3 
2nd place is also really mystical. The gems are really pretty *v*

I'm glad I got 3rd place!! I'll try again for the next one as well. Something more dynamic... with a background! :D
I have noticed that all my sketches have been straight ahead lately. 

Also, I'd like critiques. >.> (I'm scared tho)
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OgawaBurukkuProfessional General Artist
I can give you a critique if you want it XD Just let me know if you want DA TRUF and I can note you. I won't be mean, I promise :D
SpavVy's avatar
SpavVyProfessional Digital Artist
Also, someone cheated?! :O that's so not cool! 
OgawaBurukku's avatar
OgawaBurukkuProfessional General Artist
Yeah, they painted over a pic on Pixiv. Someone messaged me about it and showed me the original and it was like... yeah. Undeniable. I hope this is the first and last time this happens :(
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SpavVyProfessional Digital Artist
I think I have a feeling which one was disqualified, that really is too bad. I plan to have a fanart contest like for my comic at some point in the future so it's good to know what can happen.
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RimoOfArtSchoolStudent General Artist
Thank you so much!!! :love: (it's already a honor just to be noticed, actually XD) :heart:
OgawaBurukku's avatar
OgawaBurukkuProfessional General Artist
Your pic was lovely! I really enjoyed it :3
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RimoOfArtSchoolStudent General Artist
Aww thank you :aww:
SpavVy's avatar
SpavVyProfessional Digital Artist
Holy crap! OvO I didn't think I would even get 2nd place! Thank you guys!
OgawaBurukku's avatar
OgawaBurukkuProfessional General Artist
Congratulations!! I was happy to see everyone loved your pic :3
Ankonox's avatar
AnkonoxHobbyist General Artist
Congrats to all! :D 
JadineR's avatar
Hurrah and hurray! Congrats to everyone who entered -- echoing what cybervideo said, all the entries were really good! It was hard to pick, from cute to cool to exact to everything! There was great work done and even if you didn't win, please know that it doesn't mean your art is bad. I've been on the losing side before, and trust me, all it does is compel me to improve and improve as well as eat lots of chocolate. That's always good in my book. (Especially the chocolate part! XD)

And because I like to babble a lot -- if anyone is interested in feedback from me, please let me know! :D I'll be slow in getting to you these days, but I'm willing to give you deeper comments on your entries! Llama Emoji-80 (Wondering) [V4] 
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cybervideoHobbyist Writer
Yes, a big congratulations to all the winners this year. And to those who didn't make it, I want you all to know that what was said above is absolutely true. This year's contest was the absolute hardest to pick entries from. Even if there were 10 placements, it would have been difficult. Everyone who entered should be very proud of what they did, and I hope that when there's another contest that you will try again. Until then, master your craft that little bit more and improve upon your skills. You most definitely have the potential.
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OgawaBurukkuProfessional General Artist
Yeah, with some of these entries it was like "oh man, if that had been tweaked it would have been perfect!" or "if only they had watched the anatomy!" etc etc.
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OgawaBurukkuProfessional General Artist
Yeah, with some of these entries it was like "oh man, if that had been tweaked it would have been perfect!" or "if only they had watched the anatomy!" etc etc.
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