Have you been considering joining our July art contest? Today Marty sits down and discusses the finer points about submitting an entry as well as discussing the art contests in general. Also included is a new high detailed sample drawing for the contest from Dark Wick. Definitely worth checking out!
It’s been a while since I showed my face around here…well maybe not my face but my words for sure!
I wanted to take a moment today and talk about our monthly competitions that we have been having. We did receive some feedback on it, some good, some needing clarifications. Therefore, I was hoping to address the subject today in hopes of shedding a little bit of light on the matter.
When we created the contests, we had one goal in mind. Offer another means of promotion for the webcomics. The contests themselves are designed to promote the webcomics, while putting one or two of your characters into a different, unique scenario that would not normally be part of their universe. Personally, this is a very fun way to experiment, practice your creativity and see what others came up with in terms of interpretation of the rules.
Interpretation of the rules…that’s the key right there. The rules are pretty simple to allow maximum creative control. Some of the complaints that we have received, well not really complaints but annoyance in a way, is the limitation that the random elements are causing for the creators. As someone mentioned, the pieces are given, it is a matter of putting them together on the stage, causing everyone to have similar entries due to the lack of control.
If we take the current contest, the Dwarf on Vacation for an example. The minimum requirements are 1 to 2 Webcomic Characters must be included. The entry must include a heavy armored dwarf, a tiny sandy deserted island and a Christmas tree. The rest of it, is up to the creator to be creative. The reason we have the minimum requirement are to make it a bit more difficult and make it a true challenge. The results, as I said before, is seeing the different interpretation from all the entries.
Each webcomic have a wide variety of characters. My recommendation is to always use a character that fits the scene that you want to create, to fit the challenge and the random elements.
Being creative is what we do as creators, its what we love. Some people said that they would like to see other type of competitions, other than the cuteness, chibi factors that we’ve been seeing. To that, I must say that it is not in the rules that the entry must be cute. Our last contest with the gates of hell and a chibi hitler were some of the random elements but they didn’t need to be cute. It could easily be transformed into a serious piece.
The competitions are there to help you promote your webcomic. My recommendation is, don’t just put something together for the sake of entering the competition. Promote your webcomic. Make the voters want to see more of your webcomic. This is an opportunity to showcase your characters in flamboyant fashions to make them shine for the viewers.
Over the weekend, I sat down with Felle, our Artistic Supervisor and artist of the webcomic Dark Wick and decided to do a contest entry for Dark Wick. Obviously we will not be part of the actual competition but we wanted to show that it is possible to be creative and showcase your characters and not simply put the pieces together.
A couple of days ago, Felle and I were brainstorming different elements for future projects and we came under the discussion of a Nuclear Winter. I really fell in love with that stage, however it was not fitting for any of our current projects. Therefore, I thought of this competition. We decided to take our main character and villain Dark Wick for this contest entry. We made him fight against the heavily armored dwarf in a nuclear winter setting.
I wanted this picture to tell a story. So, we made the Christmas tree a necklace for the Dwarf as if it were his clan’s symbol. We gave him a globe holding the island. Now the globe is shining and the Dwarf seems to be protecting it at all cost with an evil character fighting for what seems to be, his desire to get the globe. Could the globe have anything to do with the nuclear winter setting, its all part of the story that this entry is telling.
At the end, our goal was to promote Dark Wick. We forged a new setting for this contest that is not typical of the series but allowed us to remain true to our character while abiding by the contest rules.
I understand that sometimes, the random elements are making it difficult to come up with something creative. However, it wouldn’t be a fun competition if it were too easy.
Personally, I love seeing all the different entries and I sincerely hope that this article will help motivate you all to join the contest, show case your characters and make thousands of people fall in love with your characters.
Till next time!
– Marty Basto