Sorry that I've done a disappearing act on you, but I've had some "issues" that needed to be "unissued". So I thought I stop by to remind you of a couple of things.
First, WE HAVE A CONTEST GOING ON, REMEMBER?
I thought I'd be making an appearance and see a bunch of entries, but that didn't happen.
Thank goodness there is still plenty of time to participate and submit an entry. You can find all of the details in the journal that shows up below this one.
We could still use more prizes. cazcastalla has created a new resource pack just for us! And that's the sort of items we can use. Not just the same old, same old, but new stuff to thank our members for participating.
The contest ends in two weeks, and I guess I have to bug more members and some friends commit to a donation so that we can really have a grand Halloween!
Next, I still need a Feature Moderator. That's why there hasn't been a feature in a few weeks. I just can't fit it into my dA scheduale any longer. This is a once a week feature of photomanipulations and resources on a theme. Like right now, we should be doing Halloween. theheek can help. I've already started giving instructions, but like I've already said, I had those "issues" that needed to be beat back some so that I could make an appearance.
Please send me a note if you would like to become part of the team by being our Feature Moderator.
Last, I know I haven't announced our picks from the Days Of Orange challenge. I'll be giving critiques on that one myself, so give me a little bit more time.
I'll be on close watch more, so be good, and get your Halloween Bash contest entry completed so that we have a real competition, not just a few getting everything by default!
I love October because the warmth of the Summer is cooling and there is colorful trees popping up every where. And it's a time when I can go wild! And I mean wild!
I absolutely love to dress up for Halloween. It didn't matter if it was okay at my job, or I'm passing out candy, I LOVE to dress up into something weird. I was once a pregnant girl scout working in customer service of department store; a housekeeper wearing bunny slippers, hair in rollers, and yellow rubber gloves as I straiten and arrange clothes in another department store.
In both of these scenarios, I really got some queer looks from people around me (is she really pregnant? Is this woman shopping looking like that?) I've also been a variety of vampires, witches, and spacemen, and all sorts of creatures in between.
I really enjoy Halloween!
I have gathered the information for each part of the contest and placed them into a scroll box area to make it easier to read now, and find the info you need later. So be prepared. There is a lot of information here.
WHAT IS THIS CONTEST ABOUT?
Our new contest is exactly what I described above, creating different characters in a setting that they shouldn't be, doing what they shouldn't be doing.
You can even do a straight forward Halloween entry if you like, but I'm really looking for the weird, silly and scary entries.
Remember, we're photomanipulators. Put parts together, change colors, make the face paler with shadows in the cheeks, add claws and fangs, include a group of hell hounds. Anything to make your entry look more ghoulish, more cute, or more silly.
MORE ABOUT THE THEME, AND THE CONTEST OBJECTIVES
The Contest is all about October and Día de Muertos. When I lived in El Paso, I always participated in the Dia de Muertos exhibition on the border in Ciudad Juárez. It was always fascinating to view the various ways that artist chose to honor our dead. You're welcome to do the same for this contest, if you like.
Our color for the month is Black, and since Halloween falls this month, you must also use the color Orange.
You can go about your own way on this one. Still, I want you to mixed and match some of the the types of objects and models from below.
DON'T START LOOKING FOR STOCK UNTIL YOU'VE READ THIS OVER COMPLETELY AND REALLY UNDERSTAND!!
1. A creepy house
2. And evil crone type of witch
3. A pretty witch
4. A large shining moon
5. A sorcerer
6. A cauldron
Please don't have just one of these in your entry. Come up with an original way to use these objects/models, more stock, textures, and brushes, to add the right touches that fit your theme and final composition.
You can add words if you like, but not too many. The image must still be more important than the words.
I always make a Halloween greeting deviation since I've been at dA. Here are two with one of my theme deviations:
CONTEST DETAILS, AND EXPECTATIONS
1. The contest begins today, and we will accept new members during the contest period.
2.The contest will end on October 26th so that we can decide the winners and post before Halloween. Always keep an eye on the Countdown Clock. The exact hour for your area will be adjusted.
3. There will be 3 winners for each participation Level, and a Best Of Show, that will be chosen from the Intermediate and Advance Level entries.
4. The entries will receive votes from: An Invited Judge, All Of The Moderators, Invited Affiliates, and Ballot votes from the group Members. Ballots are votes are sent to my art account and verified before it is counted.
You're expected to be a current member of ManipulateThis to participate. New members are welcome to join and participate during the contest.
You're expected To mixed or match the stock listed above, and include any other stock that will go well with your composition and the theme.
You're expected to participate under the Level you were assigned at the start of the membership with the group, or when you were invited to move up to the next level.
If you lower your participation in an attempt to win the contest, you will be disqualified.
If you're unsure of your Level, just ask.
If you become upset because you think you're the "all and all" in photomanipulation, you're welcome to leave the group, because I'm not going to argue with you.
You're expected to refrain from using children in any sort of horror scene, directly or indirectly. I will not accept any entry that does.
You're expected to refrain from extremeness in horror or gore for the sake of horror and gore.
You're expected to refrain from using a Premade Background! You're expected to create your own.
No painting Over photos, NO use of 3D Renders, No use of Bright Special Effects that take away from your entry, No Cut Outs unless they've been created by the stock providers, No stock Downloaded from a site out side of deviantart.
We are basic photomapulation group and we work in a traditional way using our stock photos, and we support our stock providers. Want to know why? Send me a note.
However, you are allowed to create a Monochromatic entry with as much orange a you wish.
You can submit two deviations, but you must use different stock.
Remember, I have the right to decline any deviation for content. No heavy use or blood or any gore in the deviation.
CONTEST PRIZE INFORMATION
There are four categories for the contest, "Best Of Show", First Place, Second Place, and Third Place. There will be different prize packs for each of the 10 winners.
There is one Winner for the "Best Of Show", and three place winners for each Level.
The votes will be winners will be decided by: Invited Guess Judges, The Moderators, and Group Members Ballot votes. Ballot votes are sent to me by note so only members can participate.
As of 9-29-14 Usually, before I start a contest, I first bug our friends, affiliates, and all of you for prize donations so that I can start the contest with something. I didn't do that this time. So, I'm coming to you first.
If you decide to donate, please keep to that promise and not make it difficult for me to find you at the end of the contest. In addition, what ever you do decide to donate does not have to go for every Level winner. For example, you may only want to donate for the "Best Of Show" or all of the "First Place Winners". Just let me know when you contact me
Below are various types of prize donations we have received in the past:
1 year Premium
6 months Premium 3 months Premium A Small dA Print
Any Other Art Merchandise From The DA Shop Points
A Personal Deviation A Set Of Personal Stamps A Tattoo Design Decorated Shoes Handcrafted Jewelry Small Stuff Animal Set Of Playing Cards Or Tarot Cards
These are only examples. And, you know, you Secret Santas out there have been creating some incredible art over the last years. I know you can donate something like that which can be downloaded privately from your sta.sh.
Okay, so below are what I can handle (keep in mind that I have not contacted any of our group friends yet--and really keep in mind that I want to take a real vacation soon ) myself for sure, and prizes that I would like to give out:
BEST OF SHOW 1000 points An Exclusive 8.5X 11 Print By thefantasim An Exclusive Set of 20 Winter Theme Cards With Envelopes Stock Packs (to be announced) Features (needed) (Is there anyone wouldn't mind could creating a super cool pack of original Playing Cards or Tarot Cards design that I'd be happy to print up and provide the envelopes?)
First Place Winners 200 points A Personal Deviation By thefantasim Stock Packs (To be announced) Features (needed)
Second Place Winners 150 points Stock Packs (To be announced) Features (needed)
Third Place Winner 100 Points Stock Packs (To be announced) Features (needed)
The prize packs will grow as more prizes are donated.
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR ENTRY IS COMPLETED
First, in the Artist's Comments box, make sure you post that your deviation is for the "Halloween Bash" Contest at ManipulateThis, and include our icon.
Second, have the level you're entering under (2 for Beginners, 3, for Intermediate, and 4 for Advance) with the info above with your "Artist's Comments". If you're not sure about the level, please ask.
Choose your level carefully and accurately. A wrong level can affect winning the contest.
Also, if it looks like your entry is at a higher level than you are participating under, your entry will be removed from the contest.
Then click the "Add To A Group" on the right hand side of the entry and select ManipulateThis. If it is not there, simply add it. The select the FEATURE folder. It must be approved before it's placed into the FEATURED gallery and into the contest folder.I always move from the FEATURED to the appropriate folder, so don't worry about that.
Remember, deviations that are NOT for the contest will be declined.
You will receive a confirmation message at your art account if the entry was accepted or not. If it was declined you will receive a comment with the decline entry telling you why.
If there is time, you're allowed to edit your deviation or start again. An edited deviation will change the original if you use the "Edit Deviation" link on the page of the deviation.
IMPORTANT!If the above happens and you do not delete the original deviation from your gallery, please send a group note so that I know to remove the original entry.
WHAT TO DO WITH A "NON-COMPETITIVE" ENTRY
The rules are the same, but please state in the Artists Comments, boldly and clearly, that it is a Non-Competitive entry.
I am here to help. If you have any questions or need my help, or want me to look at your image before you submit, don't hesitate to contact me.
Do your very best in execution, come up with a great idea and composition, and really create a fascinating entry!