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New Challenge: Zodiac Signs!

Journal Entry: Mon Jul 19, 2010, 2:25 PM

Wow! The "Lost In Space" challenge was extremely successful
and I want to once again thank all of the participants for making that happen. We actually had participants in each level! That makes me very happy. :boogie:

If you do not win a challenge, don't be down on yourself. Keep participating! I try to come up with themes and challenge requirements that are interesting as well as fun for you so that you'll want to enter. But, It's not just about the winning, it's also about the learning. With each challenge you should be stretching yourself beyond your limitations to be the best that you can be. So don't give up. You can't win unless you participate!

Our New Challenge

Our new challenge, Zodiac Signs is a repeat of the challenge we did in 2008 when we were a club, so some of you have made one before. I hope that doesn't keep you from creating a new Zodiac poster and participating again. :)

Here are four examples from the last Zodiac challenge.

Zodiac Gemini by meljoy68 by ManipulateThisPoint Of Gravity by catalystic by ManipulateThisCapricorn by sabysparkle by ManipulateThisAquarius by Moramarth by ManipulateThis

Things You Should Know Before You Get Started

:bulletgreen: The challenge features texture stock from three of my favorite resources for textures, SheisprettyStock,tExTuReMaTtIc, and SolStock. I've also chose 2 textures from our group affiliate, one-stop-stock.

:bulletgreen: You're to use two of the required texture stock, either as a background or as overlays, but I must be able to see the texture that you chose.

Do read the requirements below very carefully. Besides the two textures requirements, you must also have the name of the Zodiac sign as part of your image. After that, you're free to do anything
you want with your Zodiac entry.

:bulletgreen: Please don't forget about the new "Large View available" rule.  

For new members, or members submitting for the first time or after a long break, please review this new rule HERE.

:bulletgreen: You can enter 2 deviations into the challenge. Each entry must use different required stock.

:bulletgreen: The winners will receive prizes from WDWParksGal and a stock provider who it to be announced later.

If you are a stock resource deviant and would like to donate a stock pack for this challenge, please send me a note. :)

:bulletgreen: Due date for the challenge is August 1st. Since the challenges always start on a Monday and end on a Sunday, that gives you 14 days to come up with a plan and execute your entry.

Please watch the Countdown clock on the Home page for the last minute of the challenge.

I hope you like this new challenge. Good luck to all!

"Zodiac Signs" Challenge Requirements

:bulletgreen: 1. You MUST use at least two textures from the choices below:

Phlegm Love by tExTuReMaTtIcRESOURCE - Subtle Cracks by tExTuReMaTtIc

Autumns Blue by SolStockCool Blue texture by SolStock

texture 161 by Sirius-sdzColour Creation 43 by Tackon

:bulletgreen: 2. You can use the textures as a background or as an overly or in any combination you like. The textures can be well blended into the deviation, but I must be able to see the textures that you chose.

:bulletgreen: 3. You do not have to have  your deviation in a portrait format. It can be portrait or landscape, it's completely up to you.

:bulletgreen: 4. You MUST have the name of the Zodiac sign as part of the image. Refer back to examples above.

:bulletgreen: 5. You MUST use other stock found at dA, or from your own stock, or your personal collection if you like to create stock or other resources. This extra stock should relate to the theme of the challenge.

:bulletgreen: 6. You may also use brushes, textures, filters, and other resources or special effects to enhance your image. In fact you SHOULD use a combination of these elements to create interesting imagery.

However, be careful about the special effects. Sometimes they look out of place and unnecessary, or take over the main points of the
subject matter, so select and use wisely.

:bulletgreen: 7. Do be creative and different. I can't stress this enough. You know that others will participate and use the same stock, so come up with something that will catch the judges eye.

:bulletgreen: 8. You must have a large view available for your deviation. This will allow the judges to get a clear view of your entry.

There are more than one way to do this, but having a downloaded version of a large deviation is the best way.

If there is a problem having your deviation available for download, please read  Updated Group Rules for more details.

:bulletgreen: 9. DO follow  the group RULES which can be found HERE.

:bulletgreen: 10. Please do not use watermarks until after the challenge is over. I understand why you would choose to use a watermark, but they do get in the way when someone is trying to
see a full view version of your entry, especially the judges.

:bulletgreen: 11. DO give proper credit to the stock artist
including DIRECT LINKS TO THE STOCK that you use. I will
verify this and send your entry back if it's missing any part of the credits.

If  you are using your own stock, make a simple statement that makes it clear which stock is your own.


:bulletblue: A. First, in the Artist's Comments box, make sure you post that your deviation is for the "Zodiac Signs" Challenge at ManipulateThis and include our icon.

:bulletblue: B. Second, have the level you're entering in (Level 1 or Novice, 2 for Beginners, 3, for Intermediate, and 4 for Advance) with the info above in your "Artist's Comments". If you're not sure about the level, please read a description of each level in the…

Choose your level carefully and accurately. A wrong level can affect winning the challenge.

However, if I feel your level 2 deviation is really a level 3, or
a level 3 deviation is ready to be bumped up to level 4, I will
contact you to make the change in your Artist's Comments post.

Please don't ask me which level you should post in.

No entering under two different Levels or the highest one will be disqualified! And, if you write down two levels, I will take the first.

:bulletblue: C. Then submit your deviation by selecting "Contribute Art" in the menu on the Home page of the group. It must be approved before it's placed into the FEATURED gallery.I
always move from the FEATURED to the challenge folder, so don't worry about that.

Remember, deviations that are NOT for the challenge will be declined.

:bulletblue: D. 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.

I am here to help. If you have any questions or need my help, don't hesitate to contact me. Also, if you want your entry to be previewed before you submit, simply send a note to the group with a link to your deviation and we'll be happy to give you some constructive comments.

Don't forget, you still win stock prizes for challenges, so do your very best in execution, and really create a fascinating entry! :D


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