About 4 days left for entries. The list of current entrants should be up to date now as well, so let me know if you sent an entry but you aren't on the list! I am tentatively considering PMing people tonight who said they were entering but haven't gotten back to me yet!
It's obviously not cool if someone uses someone else's art without permission straight up. That being said, I do care less if the image in question is just a one-off pic, and includes some random character, not someone's OC. But without permission it's still a little iffy.
But I think it's fine if a player comes to me and shows me 5 different pictures and photographs and says "this is the hair, that is the body type, those are the colors, etc." Everyone draws influence from stuff and if they're blending stuff together into a unique creation, power to them. Obviously it's not cool if they're drawing too heavily from someone's OC, though. And what "too heavily" is is a thin line that artists will argue about (and that's fine).
Hey everyone! Thanks for the continued interest! I've received 2 entries so far.
I have an important update: I'm offering alternative prizes for first and second place! However, due to the personal nature of these custom prizes, you'll have to discuss them with me first. I'm willing to do character art and leather wares like cuffs and collars. If you're interested in the alternative, drop me a line before the deadline sometime. Otherwise you'll just win the GD. I'm updating my post to reflect this change. Looking forward to the other entries!
Thanks for all the support, guys! I'm thinking of offering alternative prizes too, since I'm promoting the contest on various non-Furcadia-related sites. It wouldn't be cash, but it may be a bundle of rewards like custom leather gear or character art, or some combination thereof.
First of all, I wanted to thank EVERYONE who made this contest a success. I was blown away by the number and quality of the entries. This was the first time I did a personal art contest and I will definitely be doing it again sometime in the future. So thank you all so much!
I found it too difficult to choose a single winner. Therefore we have two people EACH winning first, second, and third place. (The folks in each place are each listed alphabetically, by the by. ) I really had a hard time deciding, so I got a lot of second opinions for help.
Without further ado, here are the entries...
First Place Degu
This picture has a stunning ambiance to it. The character is on full display in front of an utterly bitchin' background. Check that aurora! (Prize given!)
The quality of the linework on this piece is breathtaking; I barely can express my pleasure with it. The character is very true to the design! (Prize given!)
Second Place Majas
This pic has great shading and a really imposing presence. I love the colors worked into the light and shadow! (Prize given!)
The pose in this image is really in-your-face, which is awesome to me! The scars and the ragged look of the wings are very accurate. (Prize given!)
Third Place Kaylour
I love the transparent background on this. The overall composition makes it a great web graphic, and I'm in love with that fiery lighting. (Prize given!)
This image really captures the fiery-icy-chaotic essence of Heimdall! The flames brings it all into a great focal point. (Prize given!)
Honorable Mention (aka, everyone else!!! Seriously, everyone did such an amazing job, and I am happy giving away every single scale to each and every one of you!)
(a pony cosplaying as Heimdall )
I'll be contacting everyone who entered over the next few days to get your prizes to you. It'll help if you poke me as well!
As a follow-up to that, in Photoshop (and probably GIMP) you can set how to resize the image. How the image is altered when scaling is called interpolation. In Photoshop, choosing the "nearest neighbor" interpolation method won't smooth out your image at all, resulting in that nice, crisper look.
And Sync is right. Most ports are going to require special attention after you resize them to bring out pertinent details!
Hello! I'm looking for a remappable portrait of my medieval Scandinavian character, Bolverk. He is an elderly human. I'm looking for a nice-looking remappable portrait that shows a little bit of his upper body, but not a whole lot. I would be okay with any style as long as you can capture the character well.
Bolverk is bald with a round head and a square face. His cheeks aren't deeply sunken and he has some jowls, as well as a very long beard and big bushy eyebrows. Here is his site, with reference images and description. His first image there has the best ref of his face. He is wearing a tunic with heavy trim and this torc (the fancy one with the red eyes). He also is wearing the Mjolnir necklace that's in the first image on his site. If his hand is showing I'd like there to be a simple wedding ring on the ring finger. I'm going to be a little picky about his face shape, since it's quite particular!
I'm not too particular about the pose, though. I'd like him to have a little smile on his face, and maybe tugging on a part of his beard. The background will depend on the image--I don't know what I want yet in that regard.
Remaps: Skin: fur Hair, brows, and beard: hair Streaks in beard: markings Eyes: eyes Tunic: vest Tunic trim: cape and bracers Jewelry: nonremap
I can pay in GD and I'm willing to pay a little extra if you normally prefer Paypal. Just reply or PM me with your prices and examples!
The lower jaw is a bit too large and square. The way it drops down by a pixel gives it that look, I think. I would try rounding out both the lower jaw AND the upper jaw/cheek. Currently the cheek/upper jaw looks too square. If you look at the pics Surplus posted, you see that it slopes from the nose down into the mouthline much more smoothly.
I would also make the tear duct darker, possibly the darkest nonremapping grey? I would also remove the outline around it since that makes it pop out too much, and a tear duct generally isn't a feature you want to emphasize :B And it feels like the neck could use some more thickness or fluff... not a whole lot, since it doesn't seem like you're going for the floofy look, but right now it looks just a hair too thin.
The overall form and composition are fine, but I feel like you could really push the contrast and shading a LOT further. Right now, everything may as well be flat-colored. That said, the water is really nice--I especially like the shadows of its feet beneath the surface and the ripples. That doesn't need to change.
I don't know about the origin, but the second port has been on Death for a long time. I remember screenshotting the alt once since I liked the desc/name/port combo. Here is the screenshot, which is from August 2005.
Prices start around $30 (or even less for a very small dream) and rise from there. Nonstandard patching and DS cost extra, but the base price includes the basics--so you'll get emits and teleports and a nice patch compiled from free sources at no extra charge. The extra cost starts with things like tracking DS, BaH DS, weather systems, and lots of custom or highly edited patches. I don't have a set formula for determining the price, so if you have an idea in mind, bring it to me and we'll work out a quote.
A sample of a $40 dream commission:
Another $40 dream:
A sample of an $85 dream commission:
If you're interested in seeing any of the dreams on the sample page in person, just drop me a whisper and I'll get back to you ASAP to load them for you.
I accept payment via Paypal.
[Edit] I'm closed for now! I'll edit this thread if I reopen.
Hello all! I'm trying to raise awareness of my Furcadia flyer contest over on the Furc forums. Since it's vaguely artistic I thought it wouldn't be too far a shot to post it here, but if it isn't cool, a mod can poke me and I'll take it down!
The contest is to make or print out a Furcadia flyer (there are designs given, or you can make your own) and post it up somewhere like in a grocery store, community bulletin board, a college campus, etc. (Somewhere where you're allowed to post it, basically!)
The current deadline is April 22, but will definitely be extended... I'm just not sure by how much.
The prize is a year of wings or noble from the Digo Market, like the original flyer contests were. There will also be a raffle for everyone who entered for smaller items like port spaces and roses. (And with our current turnout you'll walk away with a boatload of stuff. <=P)
I'm looking to port my half-troll character, Skallagrim. I would like a remapping port, but if you are a good portartist who thinks nonremap would be better, hit me up anyway and we'll see! I don't want more than the torso to be showing--head and shoulders would be best.
I'm looking for someone who has some experience with non-"beautiful" characters. Skallagrim has scars, wrinkles, filthy tusks, and a giant nose. His hair has hardly ever been brushed. He is heavily muscular, but with plenty of fat padding, especially on his gut.
(He has brown tattoos on his upper arms, below the scratch marks--that's what goes in the circles. I just haven't designed them yet.)
The refs don't include an important part of his attire: his bear skin. I'm not 100% sure on how it's going to look yet, but the skinned head (as in, just the skin, with the skull removed) sits on top of his own head, and its forelegs are strapped onto his arms, the paws over his hands. There should also be some of its shoulders/back/mantle draped around or over his shoulders.
So, anyone interested? Post examples and prices, please.