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Hectichermit
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Welcome to the Art Skills Competition 2014/2015, or "ASC" for short. It is a contest to gather willing artists from the forums to compete in a friendly test of their skills and reward the best of their work each round.

Rounds will take place each month, the last day of the month will be the final cutoff for any entries. The judging will take place the first week of the following month.
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Competition Guidelines :

1. The entry must be 100% original material.
2. Each round lasts for a month; closing date is at the end of that month.
3. Submissions should be relevant to the current month's theme. (See thread's title)
4. Keep posts resolutions within reason and if you must have a larger resolution, link it to the entry.
5. Entries can be created in any medium, please note that it will be appreciated if hand drawn entries are cropped to contain only the intended work.
6. Winners will be announced by the judge of the competition at the end of each round; the results are final and non-debatable.
7. The winner of a round will have the right to choose the next theme; if this takes too long, the judge will choose one instead.
8. All participants of each round will receive a Merit for their hard work; the winner of each round will receive the Armor Games "Artist Quest"!

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Rounds held thus far :

Round #1 : Knight (2014 Page 1) - Winner @kegaumongo
Round #2 : Fantasy (2014 Page 4) - Winner @weirdlike
Round #3 : Smileys (2014 Page 7) - Winner @MrDayCee
Round #4 : Horror (2014 Page 10) - Winner @AHomoSapien
Round #5 : Wild Animals (2014 Page 15) - Winner @SirLegendary
Round #6 : Superheroes (2014 Page 16) - Winner @Alexistigerspice
Round #7 : Birds (2015 Page 21) - Winner @kegaumongo
Round #8 : Alone in the Dark (2015 Page 24) - Winner @Cenere
Round #9 : Through the Fire (2015 Page 26) - Winner @kegaumongo
Round #10 : Blue (2015 Page 30) - Winner @StormWalker
Round #11 : Robots (2015 Page 34) - Winner @weirdlike
Round #12 : 3D Glasses (2015 Page 40) - Winner @Cenere
Round #13 : Self Portrait (2015 Page 44) - Winner @StormWalker
Round #14 : Dragons (2015 Page 47) - Winner @huwbert2013
Round #15 : Demons, Green Mouse (2015 Page 51) - Winner @FishPreferred & @kegaumongo
Round #16 : Crystal, The night (2015 Page 53) - Winner @Koshionos
Round #17 : Extraterrestrial Life, Coffee (2015 Page 53) - Winner @Cenere
Round #18 : Cats or catman, Rocking horse (2016 Page 55) - Winner @Shoeminor
Round #19 : Aether, Balloons (2016 Page 55) - Winner @Reton8
Round #20 : opposition, science (2016 Page 55) - Winner @akshobhya
Round #21 : Summer (2016 Page 38) - Winner @Laspa
Round #22 : Flowers (2016 Page 39) - Winner @ivanxxxxxxx
Round #23 : Ninja Horse (2016 Page 40) - Winner @SirLegendary
Round #24 : Space Alien (2016 Page 41) - Winner @Huwbert2013
Round #25 : Video Games (2016 Page 43) - Winner @Miraidematro
Round #26 : Music (2016 Page 45) - Winner @SirLegendary
Round #27 : Masks (2016 Page 47) - Winner @Gaboloth
Round #28 : Winter (2017 Page 48) - Winner @ivanxxxxxxx
Round #29 : Dead Nature (2017 Page 49) - Winner @Laspa
Round #30 : Women (2017 Page 49) - Winner @ivanxxxxxxx
Round #31 : Dead Nature 2 (2017 Page 50) - Winner @ivanxxxxxxx and @HahiHa
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Starting theme...

Round 1: Knight
This months theme will be dedicated to creating a knight representing that of Armor Games, it is a non official character to try and stir the imaginations of artists and viewers. The artist should endeavor to embody Armor Games in a Knightly character.

Goodluck and have fun

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Hectichermit
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http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2014/225/e/7/red_dragon_by_hectichermit-d7v2mlh.png

Rawr, I drew something...nothing fancy just 2 hours of doodling and a bit of color

One day I will master the patience to draw decent textures/scales..but for now its simple :P

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Seeing all these great drawings makes me feel like I'm horrible at art (Which I am) but I partly blame it on my art program its horrible.

Hectichermit
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I use a pen tablet, I think its alot easier to use then a mouse , also the programs I use are free

Kirta

If you wants some tips on becoming a better artist, well I started with practicing the basic Forms, spheres, cubes, cones...the 3d ones. I also use a lot of photo references of things I want to draw

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In regards to the dragon I drew. For the animation, I used GIMP, but the initial drawing was done with Anime Studio. So in short I play with different programs to get the feel of their features and combine them to get the results I want.

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Drawing done in ink, pastels, prismacolor colored pencils, and gold and silver leafing.
http://i1179.photobucket.com/albums/x385/Alexispiceytiger/dd121e79-0f5e-42aa-9e9e-290ea6a054c3_zpsa0a4cd1b.jpg

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Here, I cropped this one. You can delete my last post if you want.
http://i1179.photobucket.com/albums/x385/Alexispiceytiger/493023ad-f1ae-47bc-baf3-a79bef0b443d_zpsf14804d9.jpg

weirdlike
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@Alexistigerspice altho I have been lurking your thread there for awhile, its nice to see the final product

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@kegaumongo

an elephant wearing a pink tutu playing chess with two blind mice...

http://s17.postimg.org/pa7xb0sgf/draw.png

xD It had to be done !
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I won't be submitting for this round @HecticHermit... I simply don't have the time I'm afraid! =/

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@Miraidematro: Lol... just lol. I wasn't expecting to see that, ha, ha.

My entry. A little bit too black, but I did it in about ten minutes. And, unfortunately, I don't have time to redo it :|

http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q550/kegaumongo/396e882e-e0e0-42b9-8f6c-67904239ca29_zps0f8a96ed.jpg

Hectichermit
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Alright, guys submissions are closed I will try and get judgments done around this weekend, thank you for your efforts.

nivlac724
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I know I'm probably not going to win but I can't wait for advice you have.

StormWalker
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I don't mean to rush you, as I know how life gets in the way, but I am curious about the results and the next contest.

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Before I start I would like to say I love to see entries but for some reason I cannot quite succumb to letting a fantastic piece that an artists has worked on for countless hours win or those done long ago win before something freshly inspired by this contest. I could be wrong and it can be hard to judge how long something has been around especially if I haven't seen it on the forum before. I usually take sometime to look at everyones gallery threads, I always appreciate any art posted on the forums. Anyways I am sorry I am a bit biased on this factor of a drawing, it just doesn't seem fair in my opinion to not consider something that has been done in less time. In fact I leave 3 weeks for people to come up and even improve their submissions which I would say is a decent amount of time for any of the current submissions to be done in. On to the judgments.

Winner

Weirdlike
http://i.imgur.com/cJ3C3yC.png

Great dragon, but the foreground seems a bit sparse in details, you could try tossing in a couple rocks or maybe add some textures to give it some also try not to use too many filters the �emboss� effect doesn�t do justice on a 3d form. Also contrary to popular belief shadows are not always blurry, it really depends on the light source. A good method to do when trying to determine shadows and shading is drawing an arrow in the position and in the direction the light sources is emanating from.

Close Runner Up

Alexistigerspice
http://i1179.photobucket.com/albums/x385/Alexispiceytiger/493023ad-f1ae-47bc-baf3-a79bef0b443d_zpsf14804d9.jpg

Knowing that this has been worked on for quite some time one would say it has an unfair advantage, maybe that makes it a disadvantage... I will say that it I a well done crow and that the details to the feathers are well done but there are a few minor things to peck at. First off in a few places the color shifts enough to a point where I notice it. On the top forward part of the head it shifts from a dark black with some blue tones to more of a red grey that composes most of the bird. The second part is the wing is substantially whiter than the other parts of the bird while also the feathers having less depth to the texture as the remainder of the body.

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Mattemangel
http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p176/blizzy1/Sketches/imagejpg1_zps237d2103.jpg
*death to final fantasy*,
and I really don�t know much final fantasy to tell that this was a final fantasy character even before I read your comment lol they look mostly the same to me for some generic reason.

Anyways what can I say, it looks like a sketch though the head is a bit big and the body could use a neck, it could just be that his coat is covering it up. I just don�t like that hi has no shoulder/arm I just find it a weird way on sectioning off the body in the drawing.

Kegaumongo
http://i1163.photobucket.com/albums/q550/kegaumongo/396e882e-e0e0-42b9-8f6c-67904239ca29_zps0f8a96ed.jpg
I could see this on the cover of a fantasy novel, or perhaps it would make a decent website banner. It has a great feeling that doesn�t throw the classic boldness of fantasy art. Its subtle, more along the lines of enchanting. Though I would suggest not having the grey and black gradient, I feel the gradient just takes away from the sharp 2 dimensional quality of the foreground.

Nivlac724
http://i1353.photobucket.com/albums/q661/Nivlac724/ScreenShot2014-08-04at81408PM_zpsdc7545aa.png
You might want to find a bit more references to try and emulate. I can tell you were trying to draw a dragon but you didn�t know where to start. I don�t know if you wanted to draw line art first or attempted to paint in shading. Find out what kind of drawings yo like and then try to copy them either by looking up methods to draw things or even asking an artist you like. There are many places where you can talk to artists and some of them post time-lapse videos of their work . Once you have enough knowledge on something you wish to try draw it but refrain from trying to copy something directly rather make your own subjects with the desired style.

Miraidematro
http://s17.postimg.org/pa7xb0sgf/draw.png

It has a nice composition. There is a decent amount of depth to the perspective and a fair amount of narrative to the setting. One suggestion I would make is sing a bit higher resolution and filling out the smaller details sch as the chess board and its pieces. The mice look more detailed then the rest of the picture, slightly throwing off its constancy.

Stormwalker
http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2014/218/0/9/ag_fantasy_angler_fish__color__by_stormspanner-d7u1dp2.jpg

Its a good start, I would suggest getting an image editing program to crop your photos. There is some cleaning up you can do. First off finish the coloring around the fish, maybe ink the fish and reduce the scribbling. I would think that if you hand drew the background/fish separately on a clean canvas then you could easily crop and superimpose them together in a photo editing program.

Thesakew
http://i.imgur.com/q9L5g6X.jpg?1

It has an interesting feeling compared to the others, somewhere between sad and scary. I would probably suggest reworking some of the colors you included in t the composition, I do not know if it is suppose to represent something like night breaking into dawn but the backgrounds contrast of colors just throws off the mood that the character depicts.

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I thought for sure @Alexistigerspice would win. Congrats to all that entered. As the next theme I am choosing smiley's but you can choose any expression you want.

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