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readingatwork
Jan 8, 2009

Hello Fatty!




Fun Shoe

Welcome everyone to the Artdome! A nice casual place for classy people to test their artistic mettle and hone their skills in a safe, relaxed environment.



What's that? “Thunderdome”? Never heard of it. This is not at all like that thing you made up which doesn't exist.


How to play:

  1. The winner of the previous round is the judge.

  2. The judge picks a drawing prompt. This can be pretty much whatever the judge would like. This prompt will include a deadline to declare participation and a deadline for final artwork submission.

  3. Participants declare that they want to participate by posting “I shall participate, good sir and/or madame!” by the participation deadline. People can also volunteer to be one of two backup judges at this time.

  4. Participants submit a piece of visual art by the submission deadline (usually two weeks after the participation deadline). Their submissions can be whatever they'd like as long as it meets the requirements of the prompt and doesn't break the rules below. Ink? Crayons? Paint? Pixels? A comic? A 50-foot wall mural? It's all good, baby!

  5. The judges will now have up to a week after the submission deadline to review your work, provide critiques to the participants, and pick a winner. Honorable Mentions may also be handed out as the judges see fit. THE MAIN JUDGE'S CHOICE OF WINNER IS FINAL!

  6. The winner is now the judge and creates a new prompt within 24 hours.

Side note: Yes you read that right. There are no loser titles or dishonorable mentions given in this contest. This is to make things a little more laid back and newbie friendly. It's not about punishing failure, it's about rewarding novelty and encouraging experimentation. Be aware though that critiques will still be as frank and honest as you'd expect from CC. This means that if your work sucks you will be told exactly how and why you need to "git gud" in no uncertain terms. This is not done to punish you for failing but to help guide you on the path to making something better. We love you, please don't be mad.

That said, If you guys get annoyed with the current format and decide you want loser avs/DMs/etc let me know. I'm not married to any specific format at this point.



The Rules:

  1. The art you post must be your own. Stealing other people's work is a real dick move and may result in mod action and/or me PMing swears at you.

  2. The art you post must be made for the purpose of this contest. If you want a critique of something you've already made consider either making a new thread or posting it in the Daily Drawings & Doodles thread along with a request for a critique.

  3. Ghosting on a submission or a critique by the deadline will make people angry. If you have trouble with this consider ing yourself for added motivation.

  4. Don't include explanations or excuses with your work beyond the basics like “This is ink and gauche on Bristol board”. Posting how much you think your work sucks is annoying and won't help you get a kinder critique. Besides, even if you do suck you're still far better than all the people too cowardly to participate in the first place and we respect that.

  5. Do not argue with the judges about their critique of your work. You can ask for clarity if you'd like but generally the best practice is to just thank them for their time and effort and move on.

  6. Critiques should be frank and honest but also polite and constructive. You should never use a critique as an excuse to personally attack someone.

  7. Do NOT edit your work after submitting it! Once you post your submission you're done so make sure you fix any issues with your work before taking it public.We ignore this one all the time so I'm updating this rule to: Do NOT edit your work after the submission deadline. Also if you do make any changes let us know so the judge critiques the right version of your work.

  8. No fanart please. We're here to challenge ourselves and that means working with our own unique creations. Plus I don't want somebody to win just because the judge is really into Goku that week. Note: This rule may be lifted at a judge's discretion but I don't recommend it.

  9. Tasteful nudes are allowed behind the appropriate tags but straight-up pornography is not. Yes, we can tell the difference.

  10. No erotic material and/or weird fetish BS. This is not me judging you, your sexuality, or your subculture. I simply find my own sexual urges terrifying and am not ready to confront them at this time. TIA for your understanding.

  11. All other forum rules still apply.

(This will probably be expanded later as people demonstrate why we can't have nice things. If you have any suggestions or think I missed anything let me know.)


Click here for the most recent prompt!

readingatwork fucked around with this message at 01:48 on May 13, 2020

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readingatwork
Jan 8, 2009

Hello Fatty!




Fun Shoe

FAQ:

What do I get if I win?

You get a spiffy gang tag!


Does something happen if I lose?

You don't get a spiffy gang tag.


The judge picked that lovely drawing just because it had a cat in it!

Most judges highly value technical skill but at the end of the day they are allowed to use whatever tortured logic they feel is appropriate when picking a winner. This will occasionally mean the winner is the piece the judge enjoyed the most rather than the one with the most detail or the best anatomy. Consider submitting something involving a cat the next time that person is a judge.


How do I get my art into the computer?

Scanning is usually your best bet but well-lit photographs can also be acceptable for things like paintings. Be sure to clean up your work with something like Photoshop before submitting it!


What do I do if I can't afford Photoshop?

haha check out this loser who doesn't know how to steal Photoshooooerrr what I mean to say is you should probably use Gimp (https://www.gimp.org/downloads) instead. It's free and works pretty well!

Seriously though, gently caress Adobe and it's subscription-based bullshit. I will literally never stop using CS5 you assholes!


How do I post my picture?

Upload your file to something like imgur (https://imgur.com/) and post the link they provide. Do not under any circumstances put quote tags around your submission.


Do I still own my work?

Yes, your art is yours and you are free to do whatever you want with it after the contest is over. We reserve the right to save/archive a copy of it for posterity though.


Are we only allowed to talk about the contest?

You can talk about whatever you'd like but ONLY if you've participated in at least one contest (again, general forum rules apply).


Is smack-talk allowed?

Hell yes. Just be prepared to back up your words with your art.


Can I challenge somebody to a one-on-one duel?

Sure, why not. They don't necessarily have to accept your challenge though.


(more to be added as needed)




The Hall of Winners:

Round 1: Create Our Gang Tag
Winner: Al!



Round 2: Vanitas
Winner: lofi



Round 3: Album Cover
Winner: Sedgr



Round 4: Sci-Fi Book Covers
Winner: Prolonged Priapism



Round 5: Make a Map
Winner: Solenna



Round 6:Metaphors
Winner: lofi



Round 7:Rerepeat
Winner: Aetass


Round 8: Caricature
Winner: Lofi


Round 9: Costume Design
Winner: Flavius Aetass


Round 10: Religious Art
Winner: Solenna


Round 11: Baby Advice
Winner: Al!



Round 12: Ponysona De/cute
Winner: 138



Round 13: German Expressionism
Winner: readingatwork



Round 14: Graphic Novel Page
Winner: al-azad



Round 15: Food
Winner: Etuni



Round 16: Mystery
Winner: Angrymog

readingatwork fucked around with this message at 01:45 on May 13, 2020

readingatwork
Jan 8, 2009

Hello Fatty!




Fun Shoe

Since I made the thread that means I get to be the first judge. As such today's prompt will be...

Prompt 1: Create our gang tag


That's right, Your first prompt is to create the gang tag that will be handed out to contest winners. I'm really not going to set a whole lot of limitations on this other than to encourage everyone to have fun. The winner will be determined by cleverness and general graphic design skills.

  • Participation Deadline: Monday May 27th by midnight This one's special so you don't have to declare by this date to submit

  • Deadline to volunteer as a backup judge: Monday May 27th by midnight

  • Artwork Submission Deadline: Monday June 10th by Midnight

Special rules: The dimensions of your submissions must be between 145-180px wide and no higher than 60px tall (mods, let me know if these dimensions should be tweaked).

Current judges: Me, Sebmojo, Keetron


~ Good luck everyone! ~

readingatwork fucked around with this message at 23:12 on May 27, 2019

lofi
Apr 2, 2018






Good Sir/Madam/Porpoise, I accept your challenge!

I'm well on for this, it looks really fun!

Al!
Apr 2, 2010


“I shall participate, good sir and/or madame!”


i'll def give it a crack

Al!
Apr 2, 2010


one question, is there a file size limit? i'm specifically thinking for animation, not gonna make a 6 meg gang tag but, it's still pretty low for avatars

Al! fucked around with this message at 23:07 on May 25, 2019

sebmojo
Oct 23, 2010


Legit Cyberpunk


I don't know, let's say 250k? That should give you some room to work.

sebmojo
Oct 23, 2010


Legit Cyberpunk


I'll pipe up as a co-judge since I'll be the one handing them out. Don't be too worried about the signing up deadline, this is a bit of a special week as we want something people will be happy to have underneath their avatar.

gmc9987
Jul 25, 2007


I will participate.

Keetron
Sep 26, 2008

Check out my enormous testicles in my TFLC log!

I am not participating in this specific challenge but will act as either a backup judge or backup co-judge if needed and am definitely going to be present as a spectator.

shrimpwhiskers
Jan 9, 2019

tasty


I participate good sir/madam/void creature!

Al!
Apr 2, 2010


ok, here is my gangtag submission:



mostly done in aseprite, then imported into GIMP to optimize the animation, 180 x 60, ended up being under 50k after optimization, so that was a nice surprise

readingatwork
Jan 8, 2009

Hello Fatty!




Fun Shoe

Thanks for participating everyone! I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone's submissions.


Keetron posted:

I am not participating in this specific challenge but will act as either a backup judge or backup co-judge if needed and am definitely going to be present as a spectator.


Sounds good. I'm putting you in as a backup judge for now but just let me know if you want to hand off the title to somebody else.

Elentor
Dec 14, 2004








readingatwork posted:

What do I do if I can't afford Photoshop?

haha check out this loser who doesn't know how to steal Photoshooooerrr what I mean to say is you should probably use Gimp (https://www.gimp.org/downloads) instead. It's free and works pretty well!

I just want to say that I really like CLIP STUDIO PAINT and while not free it's a very decent substitute to Photoshop.

lofi
Apr 2, 2018






Art Dome!

Yay Blender!

150x60, 103kb

readingatwork
Jan 8, 2009

Hello Fatty!




Fun Shoe

Just a friendly reminder that the deadline to submit is Monday night at midnight. For this round you do NOT need to have declared participation to enter.

Also, if anyone knows of any non-CC threads that would have people interested in participating let me know so I can be an obnoxious rear end in a top hat and nag them to come over (with mod permission of course).

sebmojo
Oct 23, 2010


Legit Cyberpunk


Yeah go for it, make a thread in gbs if you feel bold

lofi
Apr 2, 2018






Oh god, we don't have to let the plebs in do we?

sebmojo
Oct 23, 2010


Legit Cyberpunk


Act as you see fit

readingatwork
Jan 8, 2009

Hello Fatty!




Fun Shoe

sebmojo posted:

Yeah go for it, make a thread in gbs if you feel bold

Just sent a PM asking a mod for permission. This will certainly be interesting...

E: I got approval. I'll post it once we have our new writing prompt so people don't have to wait a week to participate.

readingatwork fucked around with this message at 02:12 on Jun 11, 2019

readingatwork
Jan 8, 2009

Hello Fatty!




Fun Shoe

The submission deadline is Tonight at Midnight PST (roughly four hours from now) so please post your submissions by then. After that me and the judges will have until Sunday night at midnight to finish our crits. I'll probably announce a winner Tuesday night so be prepared to post a new prompt shortly after that (I believe within 24 hours is the norm).

For the next prompt I want to see if I can get more people to participate so I humbly request that the winner keep any materials requirements for their prompt to things people likely already have (pens, pencils, free software etc). After that though I'm going to let go of the reigns and let people do pretty much whatever the hell they want.


Thanks again to everyone who participated! I look forward to murdering each and every one of you in honorable artistic combat next round.

readingatwork
Jan 8, 2009

Hello Fatty!




Fun Shoe

Results for Round 1: Create Our Gang Tag

Looks like we only had two submissions but fortunately they were both pretty good!

The Winner: Congratulations to Al! for making a fun, well executed concept that I absolutely loved.

Honorable Mention: I'd also like to extent congratulations to Lofi. I'm 100% serious when I say you'd have gotten one of these even if there were a bunch more submissions. Great work!

I guess that's it for Round 1. The actual critiques will be coming along shortly. Best of luck to you in Round 2 Al! I eagerly await the opportunity to crush my enemies for your amusement.

Thanks again everyone!

Al!
Apr 2, 2010


hell yeah!!!!!! i really think lofi's was excellent and a way cleaner design than mine, and i also think people might have been intimidated by the technical restrictions of the prompt (and animation is a very niche thing to do). i plan on making my prompt very specific but very open to interpretation

if im getting that gangtag, i just ask that you preserve smallbarf john candy. it might also be a good idea to make it link to this thread, as i plan on repping the hell out of it in cspam.

i already know exactly what im doing for a prompt but i wanna put a little work into it so it'll be coming later this evening or tomorrow

sebmojo
Oct 23, 2010


Legit Cyberpunk


Grats!

As a general note I'll try and not need it but feel free to pm me to get your winners gang tag if it doesn't show in a week or so.

lofi
Apr 2, 2018






Grats! I totally agree with the decision, but I'll have my satisfaction next time!

Al!
Apr 2, 2010


Prompt 2: Vanitas

webster's dictionary defines a Vanitas as "a sweet painting of a cool skull with maybe some fruit or flowers and poo poo" You're probably most familiar with this genre of work cuz it was very popular with the goddamned dutch



morte sighed as he unsheathed his katana

et cetera.

But we want to be more general here so we will go with the wikipedia blurb: "A vanitas is a symbolic work of art showing the transience of life, the futility of pleasure, and the certainty of death, often contrasting symbols of wealth and symbols of ephemerality and death."

so i'm not expecting a dutch master still life, anything that meets the above definition will work for me. as such, i'm leaving the format totally up to you: painting, sculpture, photography, performance (one of my favorite contemporary artists is paul mccarthy hint hint) etc.

deadlines:

  • JUNE 19: Deadline to announce your interest to compete in this contest. I'll also make this the deadline to volunteer as a backup judge
  • JUNE 26: Deadline to submit your art

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjVmeKWOsEU

lofi
Apr 2, 2018






gently caress yes this is my poo poo. In like a skeleton is inside you.

readingatwork
Jan 8, 2009

Hello Fatty!




Fun Shoe

Oh hell yes I'll be participating. I'm all about the futility of pleasure and the certainty of death.

Keetron
Sep 26, 2008

Check out my enormous testicles in my TFLC log!

Yeah, I am in. Life is empty anyway and death is certain.

Nice prompt, reminds me of wabi sabi: Nothing lasts, nothing is finished, nothing is perfect.

HungryMedusa
Apr 27, 2003

Sometimes you want to ride the roller coaster twice and you don’t wanna wait in line.


I’m in this time

readingatwork
Jan 8, 2009

Hello Fatty!




Fun Shoe

Posted a thread in GBS pointing here. May God forgive me...

https://forums.somethingawful.com/s...hreadid=3891803

Good Ol Filbert
Jun 10, 2019



I accept your Vanitas challenge.

shrimpwhiskers
Jan 9, 2019

tasty


I accept this challenge! Here's to having my poo poo together enough to actually participate this time.

Hihohe
Oct 4, 2008

Fuck you and the sun you live under



Put me in coach. I ready to play today.

readingatwork
Jan 8, 2009

Hello Fatty!




Fun Shoe

Critique time!

OK, so this was kind of a weird one and animation isn't my forte but I'll do my best.


Al!:


This is a very solid piece with an impressive amount of detail for being so small. Perhaps a bit too much detail, in fact. It's not that the piece itself is flawed but when shrunk down so small the individual parts get a little lost in all the flashy moving bits.

I remember when I first looked at your entry I had to concentrate for a moment to figure out what the two figures were and what they were doing. Looking at it again I think that's because they're right in front of the Artdome sign which, while a good element, is also very busy and draws the eye like a super magnet. I think a combination of making the foreground fighter a just tad bigger and toning down the sign a smidge would help the piece's readability.

It's still a great piece though and I'm super stoked we get to use it to represent the thread.



lofi:


Your piece is a bit simpler than A1!'s but it's also clearer and more striking at a glance which matters an awful lot in images this small. Overall though I think it would have done an excellent job representing the dome.

...With a handful of minor tweaks. Hear me out.

First off I think the dome itself could stand to be stretched out horizontally by about five percent and the bars made just a hair thinner. This would give the corners of the “D” and “E” a bit of room to breathe which would aid in the “DOME”'s readability. Second, the red you chose for the blood is just a shade or two too dark and causes those parts of the word to recede too much into the background. This combines with the previous issue of the letters being just a bit too close to the edges of the dome and makes them hard to identify at a glance.

Finally, I think you could have done a bit more with the empty space in background. Maybe some spotlights or something? Just enough to add a little texture to that space. It's not awful but the solid black feels underutilized to me.

But that's kind of it. Again, it's a good piece and I'm glad you entered it. I look forward to seeing your future submissions.


Pshew! OK time to actually DO some art instead of just writing about it. Good luck everyone!

lofi
Apr 2, 2018






Thanks for crit!

Al!
Apr 2, 2010


thank you!

heavy liquid
Jan 3, 2008

Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life.

I'm in for the vanitas challenge. Sounds fun!

readingatwork
Jan 8, 2009

Hello Fatty!




Fun Shoe

Just wanted to chime in to recommend this plastic skull I got for anyone looking for a good model to reference. It's about the size of your fist but has a decent amount of detail including all the bits behind the cranium and behind the jaw which is useful for odd angles. It's probably overkill for this project but it will be useful for practice later so whatever.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B...0?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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lofi
Apr 2, 2018






This is the one I've had for a couple of years now, it's hella useful for drawing and makes a pretty boss decoration too. It's weird to think that a real person's head has been 3D scanned and copied so many times.

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