For real, I'm just not going to do that anymore. I really don't see the point.
Not only is it a shameless, easily seen through way for a person to get a majority of free artwork that they only have to pay possibly 3 people to do, there's absolutely no drawback to it for them provided people enter - and someone will, especially if they see noone entering - and the way they go about operating the contest usually winds up a complete mess anyway.
Otherwise known as a SCAM.
First of all, everyone knows that the best, most well worked on picture is going to win the first place prize, hands down. And you can't even fault them for doing so. These people with ridiculous amounts of time on their hands, high end tablets and paid image editing programs already have a remarkable advantage over anyone who's just trying to do as directed, that's a given. So it's not even fair from the outstart, as these people aren't placed in a pool of their own or busted down to an even playing field where artistic prowess isn't the main goal, but the best and or most accurate depiction of whatever character or situation the contest thrower is looking for.
Secondly, there's strategy. All these good artists, or hell, anyone who thinks ahead, will basically wait till the final days or weeks to submit their contest entry so that there's very little time for the judge or judges to wrap their head around anything, and so that no one else who's trying to enter has any time to 1up them and either update their entry or make a better one. There's always someone better than you, and top artists aren't usually looking for contests to enter, so if there's one strapped for cash looking for some easy bucks, simply run aimlessly around the net looking for contests that people are throwing and just toss one out there. They can't lose! It was one of the first things that came to mind when I decided I want to any of these, yet because a.) I know my memory's shit, b.) I don't want to put in the work trying to accomplish that, and c.) I'm just far too honest to try to scum my way into the finals, I simply just didn't do any of that.
Thirdly, most contest throwers don't even know how to run their own contests. The latest contest I entered started with a simple premise - draw us a mascot. That was 3 months ago. And I did. I put together such an awesome concept and even wrote out some pretty developed plot for the lot of them. Only to find out that once the entries were concluded, AN ADDITIONAL MONTH WAS REQUIRED JUST TO TAKE SOME FUCKING POLLS TO CHOOSE THE WINNER. All this... for what? A FUCKING FREE COMMISSION. That's right. Not a cash prize, not a point prize, not a free giveaway, but a motherfucking commission, done free of charge. THIS.... IS WHAT YOU.... THE ENTRY..... WAITED 2 1/2 MONTHS FOR. Absolutely, positively, buttfucking NOT!
One might point out that I'm bitter that my entry got absolutely no votes.... Well, if you check the results, only 5 people voted in total..... in a PUBLIC POLL..... that, if I was so really eager to win, I could've gotten my ENTIRE 3 DISCORD GROUP MEMBERS TO GANG VOTE ON TO PROPEL MY ENTRY STRAIGHT TO NUMBER ONE AT THE LAST MINUTE WITH NO CHANCE OF THE OTHER CONTEST ENTRIES EVER GETTING THE CHANCE TO CATCH UP. That's 40+ votes, mind you.
I could've done that.
I didn't do that.
Are you starting to understand why contests are bullshit now?
Prior contests I've entered saw some pretty similar things happening, especially a muscle girl group member's contest to choose appropriate musical themes for his girls, where he wound up just choosing his friend's entries instead as the winner. Who saw that coming, eh?
Edit: It's not that I'm just mad that the contest took long to conclude either. It's that it was done so on the fly that pissed me off. There was nothing from the start saying that this was going to happen.
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