Fall Horror Challenge - Your Worst Nightmare

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Fall Horror Challenge

Show Us Your Worst Nightmare

Contest Closed

DeviantArt and Fangoria have teamed up for a Fall Horror Challenge where your worst nightmare can make your dreams come true. Enter if you dare...

You wake up in a cold sweat. What did you see? Illustrate your worst nightmare, your biggest fear. One person's nightmare is another's thrill, so there is no judgment on what you're afraid of.

Gather your courage to design an exciting and scary scene based on your worst nightmare for the chance to win a contract with Fangoria, cash, and tablets provided by Huion!

Nightmarish Examples

Need ideas for your nightmares? Take a look at these examples inspired by the staff's biggest fears.

How to Enter

Ideate

Think about what your biggest fear or worst nightmare is. This can be based on the memory of an actual nightmare you've had or a hypothetical situation that would terrify you.

Make

Create an original, single image that best showcases your nightmare. It may be in any style, but must not include existing intellectual property. Read on to learn about the three categories and who the guest judges are!

Submit

Submit your artwork by clicking the ENTER NOW button below to enter the challenge! Make sure your submission includes the hashtag:

Please read the Official Rules and FAQs. See other artist's 'Worst Nightmares' by viewing submissions.

15 Winners Across 3 Categories Will Win Fangoria and Huion Prizes!

Working from the prompt, draw "Your Worst Nightmare." Winners will be chosen in three different categories.

Elevated Horror

First Place

  • $3,000 Cash Provided by Huion
  • Huion KAMVAS PRO 24 (4K) Pen Display
  • $1,000 Fangoria Illustrator Magazine Editorial Art Contract
  • Artist Spotlight in Fangoria Magazine
  • Fangoria 1-Year Subscription
  • Fangoria Merchandise
  • 1-Year DeviantArt Core Pro Membership
  • 8,000 DeviantArt Points + 900 Fragments
Total Prize Value: $8,448.79 USD
Elevated Horror

Second Place

  • $2,000 Cash Provided by Huion
  • Huion KAMVAS 24 Plus Pen Display
  • $1,000 Fangoria Illustrator Magazine Editorial Art Contract
  • Artist Spotlight in Fangoria Magazine
  • Fangoria 1-Year Subscription
  • Fangoria Merchandise
  • 1-Year DeviantArt Core Pro Membership
  • 8,000 DeviantArt Points + 900 Fragments
Total Prize Value: $7,048.79 USD
Elevated Horror

Third Place

  • $1,000 Cash Provided by Huion
  • Huion KAMVAS 24 Pen Display
  • Fangoria 1-Year Subscription
  • Fangoria Merchandise
  • 1-Year DeviantArt Core Pro Membership
  • 8,000 DeviantArt Points + 900 Fragments
Total Prize Value: $2,448.79 USD

Creep It Real (x6)

  • $500 Cash Provided by Huion
  • Huion H610X Pen Tablet
  • Fangoria 1-Year Subscription
  • Fangoria Merchandise
  • 1-Year DeviantArt Core Pro Membership
  • 4,000 DeviantArt Points + 600 Fragments
Total Prize Value: $1,029.83 USD

Hellraisers (x6)

  • $500 Cash Provided by Huion
  • Huion Kamvas 12 Pen Display
  • Fangoria 1-Year Subscription
  • Fangoria Merchandise
  • 1-Year DeviantArt Core+ Membership
  • 6,000 DeviantArt Points
  • 600 DeviantArt Fragments
Total Prize Value: $1,058.84 USD

Semi-Finalists (x22)

  • 1-Year Core+ Membership
  • 2,000 DeviantArt Points
  • 300 DeviantArt Fragments

Judging

Category 1

Elevated Horror

(Overall Skill)

25 Semi-Finalists selected by DeviantArt staff based on the below criteria. 1st, 2nd, 3rd place selected from the Semi-Finalists by Diana "Darcy the Mail Girl" Prince based on the same criteria.

  • Relevance to concept and prompt
  • Originality
  • Artistic skill
  • Overall execution
  • Composition
Category 2

Creep it Real

(Creative Execution)

Six winners selected by DeviantArt staff based from the pool of all eligible entries (excluding Semi-Finalists):

  • Relevance to concept and prompt
  • Out-of-the-box thinking
  • Creative execution
  • Uniqueness
Category 3

Hellraisers

(Judge's Choice)

Six winners selected by Attack Peter and 100% Soft based from the pool of all eligible entries (excluding Semi-Finalists):

  • Relevance to concept and prompt
  • Artwork should be compelling and dramatic
  • Ability to carry a message or feeling of dread

About The Judges

Elevated Horror

Diana Prince

Diana Prince, also known as "Darcy the Mail Girl," is a die-hard horror fan, as well as Joe Bob Briggs' foil on Shudder's THE LAST DRIVE-IN, and a regular contributor to FANGORIA Magazine.

Hellraisers

100% Soft

Truck Torrence lives in Los Angeles and makes kawaii pop art under the moniker 100% Soft. He has worked as the official designer of the emoji for Marvel Studios and Star Wars.

His clients have included Lucasfilm, Marvel Studios, Disney, 20th Century Fox, Universal Studios, Sony Pictures, Fandango, Nickelodeon, Mondo, Lionsgate, and more.

Hellraisers

ATTACKPETER

Peter Santa-Maria (ATTACKPETER) is an in-house artist at Skybound Entertainment known for his hand-carved linoleum block prints and designer toys featuring pop culture icons as well as his own monster universe! His bold style is influenced by American tattoo flash, historical artwork from Thailand and Japan, and Jack Kirby.

Many of Peter's prints feature his creation, the tentacled kaiju Takoro.  He has also collaborated with brands and IP such as Marvel, Toho, Nongshim, and the Mighty Jaxx for his upcoming designer toy, the Daruma!

Phase 1

Semi-Finalists will be announced on or about November 9, 2021. Entrants can only win in one category. Winners and Semi-Finalists from the Elevated Horror category are not eligible for the Creep it Real and Hellraisers categories.

Rules & FAQ

Contest BeginsSeptember 30, 2021 12:00:00 PM PTDeadlineOctober 27, 2021 11:59:59 PM PT
Age RequirementAt least 13 years old as of September 30, 2021. Please read the Official Rules for more details.

Your Thoughts

Answer in the comments below.

  • 1. Tell us about the most recent nightmare you had.
  • 2. What was the first time a movie scared you?
  • 3. Who is your favorite classic movie monster?


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ArtusSAU's avatar
Vampyr

Vampire (He / She), leads the army of the undead ... 0_0

cartooncatson1221's avatar
I see you there little boy

I.. see.. you... little.. boy..

MillaLohse's avatar

Where is the Semi-finalists? :D

Yosuru's avatar

I leave here my character called deadline!

he will catch you sooner or later, there is no escape!

the deadline

lmao this is hilarious and amazing

Yosuru's avatar

Thank you so much!!

berryora's avatar

I hate sleeping alone and this thing scares me in my own room-

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LettyneArt's avatar

where i can see the semi finalists?

BAVARELL's avatar

Where You found the link?

superfluous101's avatar

Beside the contest page

BAVARELL's avatar

Oh, Ok. Thank You very much!

esturms's avatar

I think that is not published yet.

PktPictures's avatar
superfluous101's avatar

Guys I've made a animated one, good luck guys👽

Octopus Plush Nightmare (animated)
Moontowhee's avatar
The deep dark waters - DAhorrorchallenge

Here is my entry. A place where you never would want to set foot.


Good luck everyone! 😁

sksonwf1's avatar

Man i consider my art good and there are great arts around but whenever there is a contest judges choose most weird and irrevelant one. I couldnt guess who wins ever. So i just pray. Fingers crossed.

Is my entry any good?

No Hope
GorGorArt's avatar

lol that's true, and I think yours is pretty good, I'd give you a screen tablet for it, but the problem is that there are too many brilliant ones in this contest, after I published mine I wanted to see the others and I felt like those kids doodling on the wall with pajamas covered in yogurt :')

sksonwf1's avatar

Thats the sad part. None of these brilliant ones exept 2 are in semi finals. I can never guess who wins in these contests. You still have a chance to get a reward even if you think yours is bad. Lol.

JCGTHEG's avatar

I think it's nicely rendered. The monster at the background is detailed enough and not too much/doesn't distract me from the main focus, which I think is the poor guy ripped apart. I really like the atmospheric spacey feeling of the monster, and the painterly look of the guy's skull

dimadiz's avatar
Skull Vampyr 2

What do you think about this? scary or not?)

2DrawLance's avatar
GorGorArt's avatar

It's always a pleasure to embarrass ourselves in front of thousands of good artists right there flexing their cintiqs on us right? 🤡

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