I'm very sorry for a long delay before the announcement of the winners of my 26th contest, but I'm really extremely busy at the moment and I almost have no spare time at all, so excuse me...
But anyhow, the contest is judged and here are the results!
I would like to say that because all the prizes for the top places are equal, I decided not to differentiate between the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places, and just announce the absolute winner (according to votes) and then all the other winning entries that have received a lot of votes and have solid grounds for their nomination.
Congratulations to all the winners, and I hope to see you participate in my next competition!
(P.S. there will be a delay before the next competition is announced due to the reasons outlined above... but hopefully the next competition will be up within a month or so
)So, the absolute winner of the competition according to both the judge votes and the community votes is...To-Lazy-For-Username with this amazing work -->
I can say that the color choices are beautiful, valid according to the submission guidelines, and mix very well when it comes to both the color scheme of the character and her outfit colors. In addition to that, the excellent drawing style here contributes to the overall impression this work makes, which, I believe, is what allowed it to win the sympathy of both our judges and community voters. Other entries that all deserve a winning place and the maximum prize, for different reasons, are the following ones.
Since they are all gorgeous in their own right and the technical differences between them do not allow them to be compared on the "better/worse" scale, allow me to list them in no particular order with short commentary as to why I believe they deserve a winning prize.
This picture is rather unique in how it interprets the palettes. The author of this work definitely knows how the palettes of the past worked and offers the use of a now-rare technique called dithering to fake an extra color in the EGA palette using legitimate means (a technique often used in the past to make the most out of what little was offered in the way of color). My minor gripe are the white highlights in the 4-color CGA picture which should have been yellow, but other than that, a perfect retro rendition of the character using some rare techniques. And with good humor, too.RemmyWakko -->
This amazingly cute piece showed up in many community votes and I have to say that it's very interesting 'cause it got me thinking about how close Remmy actually is to being perfectly representable with minimum colors (the CGA palette). Other palettes have minor incremental differences but each has something of its own to submit. An almost absolute community favorite in addition to Amanda's work above, rightfully winning the hearts of our community.Volchitsa-V -->
A really beautiful work where each palette is used to maximum extent in order to create a definitive, believable character and his outfit without going overboard. The 16-color EGA palette is chosen very carefully here without trying to overuse every available opportunity to fit a color in, thus using the most out of the minimum that is available and using the required minimum of colors to create a complete piece without adding more colors than necessary. My minor gripe is that the 16-color EGA picture has some color blending around the edges where the shading is applied, but this is a rather minor gripe in the context of all other advantages that this picture has.17cherry -->
Originally it was very difficult to predict how the experimentation with traditional coloring will turn out because the competition was obviously targeted more at digital work with specific RGB color values in mind with no blending, which is nearly impossible to achieve using traditional means of drawing. However, I have to say that I'm more than satisfied with all the traditional entries that we have and I'd like to especially single out Cherry's one. Since, with traditional drawing means, we're speaking about the interpretation of the required colors in a particular way as opposed to the exact representation of RGB values attainable using digital technologies, I want to say I really like Cherry's interpretation. While you may argue that some of the colors are quite distant from their preset RGB requirements according to the contest, this picture shines when it comes to experimentation with the amount of colors and with the softness/shade of colors. The top right picture with four colors is where Cherry manages to find a very sweet combination of blue and magenta hues that, while they look different from CGA, work very well together in their own right. The bottom left picture with a broader array of colors is a nice attempt at working with non-traditional color combinations which defy the traditional look of the character.
A very nice experimental work that well deserves to be here among the winners.ALSO, I HAVE SEVERAL SPECIAL PRIZES TO ANNOUNCE:
This work is beyond cute while staying faithful to the color requirements. Also, it's one of the few pictures that we have among our submissions where the artist wasn't afraid to use the most restrictive (and seemingly the least popular in our competition) 4-color CGA palette with red, green, yellow, and black (and no white). A really adorable entry, I was surprised it didn't get more community votes.Ginger-Ann -->
A picture where the artist tries to make the most of each palette, experimenting with mixtures of different available colors in a dress (and the hair of the character, too) that is normally colorful and features a lot of shades of different colors. Beautiful work where colors match in different palettes and create a composition where colors match very well and create an impression of more colors being used than there actually are. As such, a very worthy attempt at making the most out of little, once again.Thuledrawer09 -->
Another awesome traditional work. If Cherry's was the most experimental one, this one can be applauded for the most faithful representation of colors - the hues chosen here by the artist are very close to the digital values required by the competition, which is what makes this piece stand out. Great job here!Esiano -->
I can say that this picture has won my heart somewhat because the character used in it looks just like a character out of a retro videogame, which makes it a very appropriate choice. Also, I'm happy to see that Esiano is improving as an artist and I can say that she did a very good job staying within the constraints of the contest here.
As such, I would like to support her with a special prize for staying focused, keeping drawing and doing a good job at it as far as the requirements of the contest go!All the other entries were also absolutely amazing, sorry we have only so many winning places to allocate... Still, everybody else who did not make it to the top list today fully deserve a participation donation from me, and I'm sure your work will shine the next time you try! Please feel free to participate in my next competition when it's announced.
IMPORTANT: I'll be distributing the prizes within the next three days or so due to time limitations. If you haven't received your prize yet, please bear with me and be patient, I will not forget about anyone! Thanks so much again for your patience and sorry for the delays!