Yup. I've been wanting to host a contest here for a while, despite how overly made they are. I just hope I'll be willing to stick to this, but...I'm sure I will.
Without further ado, this entire contest is focused fully on TCG Pixel Overs--mainly because the TCG are is more plentiful than regular Sugimori art and varies greatly in artistic styles, due to there being several different artists that illustrate the TCG cards.
This entire contest will consist of 5 rounds, each lasting for a week-and-a-half or so. Seeing as how I'd rather start out slow and simple, the amount of competitors allowed will only be a mere ten. This is a first-come-first-serve procedure, so make sure to sign up before no more places exist--if you would like to participate, that is.
I will not, however, post up a long list of rules or anything. You all know the drill: Basic board rules, common sense, thievery results in an immediate ban, and just follow eeach round's guidelines thoroughly.
NTKS ("Need-to-Know-Stuff"; also known as"tl;dr")
--This contest focuses solely on pixel overs of the artwork seen on TCG cards.
--The deadline will generally be a week and a half after that current round starts; [i][color-red]however, the first round will start as soon as ten users edit an entry (so make completely sure that your entry is the final version you wish to post.).
--You may reserve a spot during the first stage of the contest (registration) without posting an entry, but you must have an entry by a week later, or your place will be disregarded, deleted from the list, and a new member will obtain the chance to join.
Another thing; this contest's results for each round will be determined by judging by yours truly; the two with the lowest scores will be eliminated from the next round. If there's three members that all have the lowest scores, however (for instance, one person has the lowest amount of points, while two others have the second-lowest, having the same exact amount of points), there will be a short-and-sweet "Sudden Death" match between the two or more with the same lowest scores. Deadline is somewhat undecided, though, seeing as this is an unlikely occurrence.
Nonetheless, the amount of points and the comments themselves WILL be posted when the judging is finished with, so you'll be able to see your pros and cons from a third party. The judging will follow the following criteria:
~*Color Quality: Are lowly and highly saturated colors, light and dark colors, and the use of hue shifting used where appropriate? Is the amount of colors "just enough", consisting not of too many, but not too less, either? (5 points total.)
~*Shading Quality and Realism: Were used/appropriate shading techniques (such as dithering, correct usage of anti-aliasing, and the like) used correctly? Does the shading portray the correct origin of the light source that was used in the original TCG artwork (Depending on certain circumstances, I may be a bit leaniant on this.), and is that portrayal shown consistently? (10 points total.)
~*Pixel Placement: Are pixels placed where necessary; meaning that there are no unnecessary pixels or groups of pixels randomly placed? Are any used "outlines" jagged or uneven in any way? (10 points total.)
~*Correct Usage of Texture: Were any attempted usages of texture performed correctly? Were they used excessively or too little? Were they used where appropriate? (5 points total.)
~*Overall Consistency: Is the overall look and feel of the piece pleasing to the eye from a first glance? This includes most of the above categories, such as the shading, possible texturing, correct color/hue shifting usage, and the like. (20 points total.)
Round 1 Theme and Guidelines
Competitors and Entries
1.) BuizelBoy (entry posted on 10/10)
2.) Bubblewrap (entry posted on 10/8)
3.) Azure Butterfly (entry posted on 10/10)
4.) MorruMaster14 (expired 10/15)
5.) IslandWalker (entry posted on 10/12)
6.) Kayumi (entry posted on 10/11)
7.) Junglebook (entry posted on 10/12)
You may begin now. ^^; Have fun.