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Old 06-24-2012, 02:31 AM
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WELCOME TO WAR SEASON XI GRAPHIC ART

I'm Neo, and I'll be your judge for the WAR Season 11 Graphic Art section, which can cover both Pokémon and non-Pokémon related graphic art created by a variety of computer programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Gimp, Paint Shop Pro, and many others. It doesn't matter which or how many programs you use, as long as you make a decent piece that follows the rules, it's good to go.

In order to take part in WAR Season 11 Graphic Art, you need to be a member of one of the eight teams involved with the WAR. For more information regarding the WAR competition, check the WAR XI Main Thread and Rules. The eight teams include:

Guardian Units of Nations (G.U.N.)
Team Obscurity
The Not-So-Super Friends
Revolution Uprising
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Park Lords
Awesome!
The Eggman Empire

As long as you're a member of one of these eight teams, you're welcome to take part.

GRAPHIC ART VERSUS THE OTHER ART SECTIONS

There are two other art sections involved in the WAR. Just to avoid confusion, this section, Graphic Art, deals with art created by computer programs like Photoshop and Gimp, whereas Drawn Art deals with art drawn by solely by hand without any rendering, layer, or other effects. Meanwhile, Pixel Art deals with the creation of sprites and other game-like images.

JUDGING BASIS

The Main Things I'm Looking For

Creativity, eye-catching appeal, and aesthetic quality are my main focuses. Fitting with the week's theme and directions, as well as going "beyond the call of duty" will definitely give you a better chance at winning. I like being pleasantly surprised, so don't just try to target the bare minimum requirements.

Point Distribution

Every week, 6 points are distributed. I'm not crazy about handing points out by default, so the award system will work this way.

4 or more entries - 3 Points for 1st place entry, 2 for 2nd, 1 for 3rd.
3 entries - 4 Points for 1st place entry, 2 for 2nd.
2 entries - 6 Points for 1st.
1 entry - Points may or may not be awarded. Depends on the quality of the piece.

All entries will get feedback and a review score based on 1-100. If you didn’t do so well, pay attention to the feedback review, because it will help guide and inform you of what went wrong so you can take the necessary steps to fix it and make a better entry for next time. In the meantime, pay attention to what won so you can see what the winners did to get a point. Truthfully, this is probably the best action you can take to improve and increase your chances of winning.

CREDITS

In effort to avoid art theft, you need to make sure the work is your own, and you're not simply claiming the things other people did is yours.

If you use a stock image or render besides the ones that are part of the week's requirements, you need to post a link to them and credit the original artist whenever possible (and if they request you get permission, you're going to need that too). Entries that don't do this are disqualified. If you don't know the artist's name, at least post where you got it from (I understand it may be original or official game or movie art, but I still would like a link to it). But if you did make the original image yourself, such as using a digital camera to snap a photo of a concrete wall or forest that you want to use as the background in your banner, or you actually did make that stock image, I still would like you to upload the original image on Photobucket or your own DeviantArt account and mention that you made it. And yes, using your own work and images will add more value to your piece.

HOW THE SECTION WORKS

Each week will have some kind of theme or parameter(s) that your image will need to follow to be considered valid. These parameters will require you to think outside the box and work with them to create you finished piece. They could include anything from using at least one required stock image, having a particular phase of text, based off a particular popular game series, and the like. You're free to add additional images to what the requirements are, but again, please link them. And again, going "beyond the call of duty" will give you a better chance at doing well, as long as you got creative and clever with how you did it.

SUBMISSION RULES
  • Follow all standard PE2K forum rules. Just a reminder.
  • It's up to you to make sure the image will be there and stay there when I'm judging entries. During the judging period, if I see the link to your submission has been cut off due to overused bandwidth or it's a dead link, sorry, but I can't take it or stop to ask you to upload it again.
  • You are only allowed to submit one entry each week. You're free to change, alter, edit, or do whatever you'd like to the entry before the deadline, but once the deadline has been reached, your submission is locked and cannot be changed. If I see the "Last edited by..." timestamp marks a date and time beyond the deadline, I have to disqualify it to keep things fair to those people who did have their entries ready on time.
  • Using this thread for chat is fine, just keep it relevant to the WAR Graphic Art section.
  • Art theft is a major violation of the rules, and will not only make your submission invalid, but could result in a possible ban. If you're not sure, give credit and link anyway. Also, make sure you post only your own submission. Do not submit anything on someone else's behalf.
  • Avoid any sensitive material that may be considered offensive to anyone. This includes anything that could be regarded as excessively violent, pornographic, racist, or could be regarded as a "shock" image. Yes, I've seen Tubgirl, Goatse, and Lemon Party. Definitely not a fan.

When you're ready to submit your entry, just use this submission form:

Title of your entry: (Any title is fine, doesn't need to be fancy)
Team you're on: (Which of the eight teams you're on)
Sources and Credits: (Links to any images, renders, backgrounds, and so on, as well as credits to the original artist(s) whenever possible. Does not need to include any required images that were part of the week's parameters.)
Link to the entry: (Either a link to the image, or you can post it directly here if it's small and under 600px wide. But do NOT post it directly here if the image is very large, or use a spoiler to hide it. This is to prevent it from stretching the page).

ADVICE FOR A BETTER SCORE
  • If you're new to Photoshop or graphic design in general, look for tutorials and experiment with them. They will show you how to use the program's tools and will teach you some pretty neat tricks. Whenever you can, combine tutorials and/or experiment with different effects and tools to make your own original work and style. Yes, there are times I got something to look really good and cool solely by accident through just messing with different settings.
  • Try not to have too much color or oversaturation. Make sure your submission is easy on the eyes and appealing to look at.
  • If you have text in your submission, please make sure it's legible and easy on the eyes. Text that's incredibly tiny, hard to read, or conflicts with the rest of the piece may hurt your score.
  • Give your submission at least some kind of border. A 1px black border around the edges is all you need, but if you want to be inventive with this, go right ahead. Inspire me.
  • Try new things, don't be afraid to take risks. New trends are inspired all the time from going against the status-quo.

And that's pretty much it. Hope you enjoy WAR Season XI, and I'm looking forward to seeing what you guys cook up.
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WEEK 1
SUNDAY, JUNE 24th 12:00:00 AM EST – FRIDAY, JUNE 30th 11:59:59 PM EST
THEME: War Never Changes
WINNERS:
1st Place (3 Points) - Lan.exe of Not-So-Super Friends
2nd Place (2 Points) - Velocity of Revolution Uprising
3rd Place (1 Point) - JokesterJesse of Not-So-Super Friends

WEEK 2
MONDAY, JULY 2st 12:00:00 AM EST – SATURDAY, JULY 7th 11:59:59 PM EST
THEME: The Dream
WINNERS:
1st Place (3 Points) - Charmander009 of Eggman Empire
2nd Place (2 Points) - White Knight of Team Obscurity
3rd Place (1 Point) - JokestertJesse of No-So-Super Friends

WEEK 3
MONDAY, JULY 9th 12:00:00 AM EST – SATURDAY, JULY 14th 11:59:59 PM EST
THEME: Dark Villains
WINNERS:
1st Place (3 Points) - EmBreon of Not-So-Super Friends
2nd Place (2 Points) - Charmander009 of Eggman Empire
3rd Place (1 Point) - Velocity of Revolution Uprising

WEEK 4
MONDAY, JULY 16th 12:00:00 AM EST – SATURDAY, JULY 21th 11:59:59 PM EST
THEME: The Flight
WINNERS:
1st Place (6 Points) - Charmander009 of Eggman Empire

WEEK 5
MONDAY, JULY 23nd 12:00:00 AM EST – SATURDAY, JULY 28th 11:59:59 PM EST
THEME: Age of Dragons
WINNERS:
1st Place (6 Points) - Saraibre Ryu of GUN
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Capture the essence of war of your entry, whether it is the cruelty of war, the glory, the intensity, or whatever other aspect of war you wish to capture in your piece.

The parameters are as follows:
  • There is no size limitation, so feel free to make your entry as big as you want.
  • In light of the Fallout series, put the quote "War never changes" somewhere in your picture.
  • Your piece should contain at least one render of a soldier. This can be anything along the lines of a medieval knight, a revolutionary war soldier, a modern day soldier, a futuristic soldier, and so on. It doesn't even need to be human either.

Good luck.
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Title of your entry: Nuclear Shot
Team you're on: NSSF
Sources and Credits: link 1 link 2
Link to the entry: http://i.imgur.com/CTRCm.jpg



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Title of your entry: idkmybffjill
Team you're on: NSSF
Sources and Credits: darender
Link to the entry: so



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Title of your entry: To Protect Our Families
Team you're on: .
Sources and Credits: http://www.redbookmag.com/health-wel...g-home#slide-2 (shot by Rach Lea)
Link to the entry: http://i1234.photobucket.com/albums/...verChanges.png

I wus feeling real mushy after watching the Rangers game yesterday where the soldier surprised his family at the game on the youngest son's 8th birthday. Also, since I see how it could be misread, the meaning of this is meant to be something along the lines of "War never changes because it is always fought to protect our families".
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Title of your entry: Dues to the Dead
Team you're on: Revolution Uprising
Sources and Credits: The cool guy who made that quote.
Link to the entry: http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/b...h_2007/war.png

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I wanted to do something different, mostly because I suck at banners. This still qualifies as 'Graphic', and I'm better at this sort of thing. Also, manly men give each other roses postmortem.
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WEEK 1 JUDGING RESULTS

I'd have to say, I'm impressed. Great stuff, a lot of it caught me by surprise. PE2K's got talent. And so here are the scores and reviews.

NUCLEAR SHOT BY LAN.EXE
SCORE: 94/100

Awesome use of fiery colors, great method of blending the two images and everything else together, and the text effects were fantastic. It's like you made the box art for the next Fallout game without a hitch. The only thing I might have changed were the tan-colored top and bottom borders. They're not bad, but maybe something like the lines of burnt/rusted metal, splatter, rubble, or something along those lines would have added to the theme, but you still did a fantastic job.

IDKMYBFFJILL BY JOKESTERJESSE
SCORE: 78/100

Not bad, I like the way you integrated the stock image into the banner. My main issue is, besides the stock image, the theme of war isn't really there. My guess is the green clouds could probably be chemical gas, but that's kind of me using my imagination and I'm not really sure that's the kind of thing you were going for. And yeah, the text is hard to spot at first. Still, it's a decently made banner and has some pretty nice abstract effects going on in the background.

TO PROTECT OUR FAMILIES BY NITRO
SCORE: 68/100

I actually wasn't expecting something on the more sentimental side, so this was a pretty interesting surprise. Great stock image pick as well, definitely captures a different idea of the whole approach. The stock image was definitely nicely inserted into the banner, but I would have liked to see more going in the banner itself, something that makes it really eye catching and uses more in terms of color and effects. Besides the stock image, there wasn't really anything else capturing the whole war theme that I would have liked to see. I like the additional text you added in, but something to really bring out the words would have been nice to see also.

DUES TO THE DEAD BY VELOCITY
SCORE: 86/100

I'd have to say, nice use of combining drawn art with graphic art. Great use of colors, and you also used a nice sentimental approach as well. The glows and slight blurs also give it a very surreal kind of feel to it also. The sunset effect is cool, but I think another element to the background would have been neat to see, such as a mountainous countryside or maybe a continuation of the graveyard. Regardless, it's still a very well done piece.

WEEK 1 WINNERS

1st Place (3 Points) - Lan.exe of Not-So-Super Friends
2nd Place (2 Points) - Velocity of Revolution Uprising
3rd Place (1 Point) - JokesterJesse of Not-So-Super Friends

Theme for Week 2 will be up tomorrow. Cheers.
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Go for a more surreal approach with this theme, focusing on something with a supernatural, faraway kind of feel. Whether you go for an approach that's more like captivating fantasy or a freakish nightmare is up to you. In essence, take as far a step away from reality as you can.

The parameters are as follows:
  • For image dimensions, go with 500px(Width) x 180px(Height). Should be an easy size to work with.
  • Use at least one render, but it can be anything you like, just as long as it fits the theme. If you want to use more, by all means, go ahead.
  • I'd also like at least one word of text, but again, it can be anything you like, and if you want to use more than just one word, that's perfectly fine too.

Cheers and have fun with it.
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Go for a more surreal approach with this theme, focusing on something with a supernatural, faraway kind of feel. Whether you go for an approach that's more like captivating fantasy or a freakish nightmare is up to you. In essence, take as far a step away from reality as you can.

The parameters are as follows:
  • For image dimensions, go with 500px(Width) x 180px(Height). Should be an easy size to work with.
  • Use at least one render, but it can be anything you like, just as long as it fits the theme. If you want to use more, by all means, go ahead.
  • I'd also like at least one word of text, but again, it can be anything you like, and if you want to use more than just one word, that's perfectly fine too.

Cheers and have fun with it.
By render, do you mean an image pulled from the internet, or can it all be hand-made?
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By render, do you mean an image pulled from the internet, or can it all be hand-made?
Yeah, he means a stock/focal image. It can be hand-drawn, if you consider where most (if not all) video game art comes from.
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Yeah, he means a stock/focal image. It can be hand-drawn, if you consider where most (if not all) video game art comes from.
But I can make the image in question myself, right? Sorry if I seem a bit dense; it's only because I am.
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But I can make the image in question myself, right? Sorry if I seem a bit dense; it's only because I am.
Yeah, I'd be okay with that. No problems here.
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going to log on quickly to post this cause I finished it a while ago but I keep forgetting to post it :|


Title of your entry: Bad Dreams
Team you're on: .
Sources and Credits: Shiny Darkrai BW sprite (because non-shiny Darkrai sucks)
Link to the entry: http://i1234.photobucket.com/albums/...addreams-3.png


best banner I've ever made <3
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