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Celestial Signs Contest - closed!

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 24, 2012, 10:00 PM
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:new: update 12.28.2012
Hi everyone! :wave:
This contest is now closed; thank you to all who participated!  The judges and I shall commence as soon as possible, but I remind you that it is the holiday time so it may be several days yet: I myself saved up many vacation days from work to visit family and friends, and I intend to use them to the absolute fullest.  In the meantime, please visit all the entries and enjoy your holidays and such!  I hope I'll have the contest results for you all very, very soon.  Thanks again!  :meow:


update 12.05.2012
please see the German translation of the contest information if it suits you better.  GrauWeiss was a dear and translated it for me. :love:
and remember, you have 20 days left! ^___^


update 11.04.2012
contest deadline extended to December 25, 2012
11:59 PM  (23:59)  EDT
November just got really busy for me with job deadlines, but I know I'll have free time from work during the Christmas break, so this seems the best thing to do. :)


update 10.05.2012
:heart:see all entries collected in a journal feature here! :heart:

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update 08.26.2012
Because it seems my writing a contest journal at 1 in the morning leads to rather confusing results (ahehhh ^^;), here are some clarifications:


Regarding entries, mediums, and stock models
I had said that the allowed medium would be "traditional and digital": this means that your entry/ies may be made traditionally, digitally, or some combined method of both if you just happen to be made of awesome like that.  I guess I should say "traditional AND/OR digital"...

And yes, you must use at least one of my model stock photos, so your contest piece must base itself off one of my models or include one in some way.  
Here are random examples (not contest entries) using digital mediums:
Sweet Music by Mistress-Kittie Colorful by LittleKunoichi Tree Mourner by saratodd Unknown Territory by Frama
and here are random examples (not contest entries) using traditional mediums:
Hare by Kyuumai dreams of reason produce... by zeruch .Just a girl. by Martina-G Susan by Kayla-Noel
These, of course, aren't the only methods allowed: you can do something other than photomanipulation, digital painting, traditional drawing, vector art, etc. -- these are just the most common example uses of my stock.  
All entries must be visual; you may enter pieces that utilize text or creative typography, but no purely literature entries please.  Basically, the entry needs to be a visual one, so you can also do a collage, pixel art, visual poetry, etc. etc.  Essentially, anything that's included in the digital and traditional DA submitting categories.


Regarding zodiac signs
I had said that you may represent any of the 12 Astrological Zodiac Signs and any of the 12 Chinese Zodiac Signs: this means you have a potential 24 signs to choose from.  You may choose to represent only astrological signs; you may choose to represent only Chinese signs; you may choose to represent both.  You may depict only 1 sign in your entry; you may depict 2, or 3 or 6 or all, etc. etc.  Really, it's up to you --let loose with your creativity!  The combinations are (nearly) endless.  =]


So, sorry about that!  and if you have any other questions, please feel free to comment below.  :meow:




and after a close and contended consideration of possible contest themes,
I am so ecstatic to announce:


:star: The Celestial Signs Contest :star:



Contest Guidelines


Theme
In celebration of all things starry and scintillating, you may choose to represent any of the
:bulletyellow: 12 Astrological zodiac signs:
Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo,
Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces

and additionally!
In celebration of my Chinese heritage, you may also choose to represent any of the
:bulletred: 12 Chinese zodiac signs:
Rat, Ox, Tiger, Hare, Dragon, Snake,
Horse, Ram, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Boar



Deadline
Please turn in your entry/ies by the end of November 11, 2012 December 25, 2012
11:59 PM  (23:59)  EDT


Entry Guidelines
:bulletpurple: Medium: Digital and/or Traditional Art
:bulletpurple: Maximum: 12 entries per person
   (so you can do an entire celestial set if you wish!)
:bulletpurple: Your entry/ies must include (at least) one of my MODEL stock images
   (you, of course, may use other stock artists' photos and my non-model stock in accompaniment as well)
:bulletpurple: The deviation must be NEW; thus, submitted on/after August 25
   (also, it'd be nice if you'd also stated in the artist description that it's for this contest and provided a link to help spread the word!)
:bulletpurple: NOTE ME :note: with a link/s or thumb/s to your entry/ies
   (please include "Contest" somewhere in the subject so I know it's a contestant)


:bulletred: Your entry/ies must follow these guidelines and must respect all stock rules of all stock images you use
or I can't accept your entry!!! :(



Spectacular Prizes


First Place
12 exclusive stock photos of the winner's choice from my exclusive stock selection
3-month premium DeviantArt membership from sophiaazhou
journal feature at sophiaastock
journal feature at sophiaazhou
journal feature at AngelicTerra
1 exclusive stock pack from DamselStock
3 exclusive stock packs from emothic-stock
300 DeviantArt Points from GrauWeiss
5 DeviantArt Points from PastelLights
devWatch from PastelLights
journal feature from SweetButtermilk
journal feature from eveningstars242
journal feature from DamselStock
1 full-color traditional piece from AliceTerrarium
1 full-color traditional piece (with BG. + 2 characters max.) from Aiko-Hirocho
1 large complex drawing from Pencil-Wolf
1 art critique of the winner's choice from GrauWeiss
1 stamp from aadvdrak
1 dA llama from GrauWeiss, sophiaastock, sophiaazhou, PastelLights


Second Place
9 exclusive stock photos of the winner's choice from my exclusive stock selection
1-month premium DeviantArt membership from sophiaazhou
journal feature at sophiaastock
journal feature at sophiaazhou
journal feature at AngelicTerra
1 exclusive stock pack from DamselStock
2 exclusive stock packs from emothic-stock
200 DeviantArt Points from GrauWeiss
journal feature from SweetButtermilk
journal feature from eveningstars242
journal feature from DamselStock
1 traditional sketch piece from AliceTerrarium
1 traditional line-art piece (1 normal or chibi character; no BG.) from Aiko-Hirocho
1 simple drawing from Pencil-Wolf
1 art critique of the winner's choice from GrauWeiss
1 stamp from aadvdrak
1 dA llama from GrauWeiss, sophiaastock, sophiaazhou


Third Place
6 exclusive stock photos of the winner's choice from my exclusive stock selection
journal feature at sophiaastock
journal feature at sophiaazhou
journal feature at AngelicTerra
1 exclusive stock pack from DamselStock
1 exclusive stock pack from emothic-stock
100 DeviantArt Points from GrauWeiss
journal feature from SweetButtermilk
journal feature from eveningstars242
journal feature from DamselStock
1 traditional sketch piece from AliceTerrarium
1 traditional sketch piece (1 normal or chibi character) from Aiko-Hirocho
1 sketch from Pencil-Wolf
1 art critique of the winner's choice from GrauWeiss
1 stamp from aadvdrak
1 dA llama from GrauWeiss, sophiaastock, sophiaazhou



:heart: thank you very, very, VERY much, my beautiful prize donors! :heart:

:icondamselstock: :iconsweetbuttermilk: :icongrauweiss: :iconaliceterrarium: :iconaiko-hirocho: :iconeveningstars242: :iconaadvdrak: :iconpastellights:
:iconpencil-wolf: :iconemothic-stock:

If you would like to donate a prize, please note me :note: or comment below!
Remember: donating doesn't mean you can't participate-- of course you still can!  And also, in thanks of your magnanimous magnificence, I would like to offer each prize donor 1 exclusive stock photo of his/her choice from my exclusive stock selection. :meow:


Lastly, judges will be myself, crimsonsam, and GrauWeiss.  In the end, we will sit down around a round table together and fight for our winners through a point system!
...Ok, perhaps more of a square table...and a virtual one...and we won't really fight...but it is a point system we're having and it will be completely fair.  :aww:

Anyway, I want this contest to be HUGE --bigger and better than my last contest (which was 3 years ago...:ashamed: and had over 100 entries) --so I encourage you to please participate and/or :+favlove: this journal and/or just shout it from the mountaintops to help spread the word!!!! :happybounce:



Yours strangely,
sophiaazhou


PS.  Please get your contest invitation!


PPS.  Incidentally, as the deadline is November 11, and I won't get to celebrate my November birthday with my family and friends for the first time ever (:(), your contest entries would be the absolute best presents.  :)

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:iconaiko-hirocho:
Aiko-Hirocho Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Student General Artist
let me know when the voting is over ^^ So i can deliver the prizes
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:iconsophiaastock:
sophiaastock Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
:nod:
(judging is 2/3 done!)
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:iconaiko-hirocho:
Aiko-Hirocho Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student General Artist
okay thanks for telling!
let me know when all winners want the prizes
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:iconsophiaastock:
sophiaastock Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
:salute: 8D
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:iconslamatlock:
Slamatlock Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Student General Artist
So wait can I combine signs in one picture, or can I not do that?
I'm thinking of joining ^^
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:iconsophiaastock:
sophiaastock Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
yes! combine at will! and I certainly hope you'll join --it'd make my day :la:
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:iconslamatlock:
Slamatlock Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Student General Artist
Ok will I shall!!!

Rooster and Pisces coming up!!!
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:iconsophiaastock:
sophiaastock Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!! :squee:
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:iconslamatlock:
Slamatlock Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Student General Artist
^^
You so happy!
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:iconsophiaastock:
sophiaastock Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
:nod:
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:iconjosegoncalo:
josegoncalo Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:clap:
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:iconsophiaastock:
sophiaastock Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
:D
hope you can enter!
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:iconjosegoncalo:
josegoncalo Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
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:icongothams--reckoning:
gothams--reckoning Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not 100% certain I'll have time for this contest, but I've never entered one before and this sounds like a very interesting one. If I have the time, I'll definitely be participating!
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:iconsophiaastock:
sophiaastock Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
I really, really hope you'll have time! I'd love if you could participate. :la:
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:icongothams--reckoning:
gothams--reckoning Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I would like it, too! I've never done a manipulation with a human in it before, but I also haven't drawn anything in a while, so it might be fun to use one of your models in a traditional piece~
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:iconsophiaastock:
sophiaastock Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
I'm sure I'll enjoy either as your gallery is lovely. :meow:
(if it helps, think of humans as unicorns...just, without tails, horns, and not really resembling them at all :giggle:)

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:iconshirazuki:
Shirazuki Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
does it have to be based on stock photo or art? or can we originally made it? thank you
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:iconsophiaastock:
sophiaastock Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
all entries must use/be based off at least one of my model stock photos. each entry should be originally made for the contest (ie. not made before late August, when I first announced this contest). you can do photomanipulations, traditional drawings, digital/traditional paintings, etc. :)
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Student Interface Designer
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:iconsophiaastock:
sophiaastock Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
cool! thank you thank you thank you! :glomp:
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:iconnamenotrequired:
namenotrequired Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Student Interface Designer
You're welcome! :hug: Enjoy :D
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:iconlifeisstillsweet:
Lifeisstillsweet Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Would love to try this, but can there be photography or only drawing?
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:iconsophiaastock:
sophiaastock Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
not photography, but you can do photomanipulations. :)
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:iconlifeisstillsweet:
Lifeisstillsweet Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Photo manipulations?
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:iconsophiaastock:
sophiaastock Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
collected here are many pieces classified as Photomanipulations; if you just hover your mouse over the image, you can see if their categorizations.
Also, in the scroll-box of this journal entry (at the top) you can see some examples. Hope this clarifies it!
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:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012   General Artist
:la: how exciting!
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:iconsophiaastock:
sophiaastock Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
so exciting that you will join in the fun???????? :la:
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:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012   General Artist
Sure!~
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:iconsophiaastock:
sophiaastock Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
:w00t: I'll look forward to your entry/ies then! ^^
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:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012   General Artist
Yep! Hopefully!
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:iconsylvaur:
Sylvaur Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can I use an entry for this contest AND for a contest in another website?
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:iconsophiaastock:
sophiaastock Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
That would depend: can you please send a link to this other contest so I can check it out first before deciding?
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:iconsylvaur:
Sylvaur Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well...it's in russian
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:iconsophiaastock:
sophiaastock Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
ohh...well, the Chrome browser offers free translation so I can stab at that, but if all else fails, I think it'd be best to not use my stock offsite, particularly if I won't know what's going on, just so we can avoid any potential for a messy situation. :)
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:iconsylvaur:
Sylvaur Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I guess nevermind then. ._.
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:icondracularosa:
DraculaRosa Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, I am here on behald of ANotherContestGroup, I have listed your contest in our journal [link]. Please contact us if you are interested in our poll feature and or the Winners Package, for more information please read our FAQ question #6 and #19 [link].

Thank you, :iconanothercontestgroup: :iconacg-pointsdonations:
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:iconsophiaastock:
sophiaastock Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
awesome! thank you so much for this! :aww:
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:iconmofarrelly:
MoFarrelly Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
oy! kk, i'm in :)
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:iconsophiaastock:
sophiaastock Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
yayayayayayyyayyy!!! :dummy:
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:iconangel-akino:
Angel-Akino Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
I will definitely participate :)
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:iconsophiaastock:
sophiaastock Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
:la:
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:iconangel-akino:
Angel-Akino Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
:)
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:iconkazukishinta:
KazukiShinta Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
hope i can do this before the deadline meets^^....
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:iconsophiaastock:
sophiaastock Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
I hope so toooo!
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:iconfunxnxsilly:
Funxnxsilly Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I will do this 8D
Wish me luck fellas!
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:iconsophiaastock:
sophiaastock Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
:boogie:
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:iconindigovation:
Indigovation Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Sounds like fun!
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:iconsophiaastock:
sophiaastock Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
:w00t:
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:icondarksgirl120:
Darksgirl120 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
Interested but I'm not sure on the stock thing so I'm wondering if those who draw could use that as a base o.o;
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