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Paired Concept Art & Short-Story Contest - WarCraft IV: Atlas of Destruction

Discussion in 'Contest Archive' started by Pharaoh_, Sep 20, 2014.

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  1. Pharaoh_

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    You have been recruited to visualize a completely new character for WarCraft IV. Based on your experience on WarCraft world, create the concept art piece for such a character, followed by a short story that chronicles the background and reveals his/her personality traits.

    You can either work exclusively on your own or team up with a member of Hiveworkshop, who will ideally assist you in the task you consider yourself inadequate to fulfill.




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    • All submissions are subject to the Site's Rules.
    • Teamwork outside of the registered team's scope is prohibited. A team cannot be composed of more than two (2) members.
    • No one is to join multiple teams; even in the case of submitting an entry as an individual, you may not be a member of a team at the same time.
    • It is your responsibility to have proper communication with your mate. Should there be any problems, you can address the issue to any assigned Arena moderators and/or administrators.
    • Disqualification possibilities include:
      • Forgery and/or carbon copies (for both concept art and short story parts).
      • Techniques such as photo manipulation, paint-over or tracing.
      • Initiating or participating in unhealthy discussions and ranting.
      • Lack of Works in Progress. You must present at least one image and an excerpt before posting your final submission.
      • Entries that clearly deviate from the predetermined theme. That said, you are creating lore and concept art for a campaign hero who makes sense in the WarCraft world.
      • Plagiarism.
    • You may include details or highlight previous events that are already known to us (via WarCraft lore) to instill a feeling of continuation. These details are related to the writing style (and secondary language used) and the conceptual details of the character. However, you need to avoid plagiarism and also you have to keep in mind that inclusion of such events may not exceed 20% of the total body of the story.
    • Coloring your concept art piece is not mandatory.
    • The character can have a companion, just like Rexxar, but this secondary story must not overshadow the portrait of the main character's.
    • Your character should be depicted full-body, but you are encouraged to enhance the presentation with one or two additional perspectives or close-ups to make potential armor or body details clearer.
    • The story cannot exceed 12,000 words and cannot be shorter than 2,000.
    • The final submission must be packed as a .zip or WinRar (.rar) file, including:
      • The concept art image(s) in *.jp(e)g, *.png, *.bmp, *.tga formats. The judge(s) hold(s) the right to be provided with file-types associated with PhotoShop, GIMP or any other image manipulation software that you have used (if you have).
      • A *.doc, *.docx or *.txt file of your story.
      • Files must be conventionally named as [Entrant's Nickname_Submission Name.file-type [jpg/txt]].
      • Zip/Rar file must be conventionally named as [Entrant's or Entrants' Nickname(s)_Submission Name.zip/.rar].

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    First Place

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    A T-shirt with a stamp of the winning concept art on the front side and an excerpt of the accompanying story on the back, shipped directly at your place without any costs.
    Many colors (and sizes) are available and it's the winner's choice!

    (This is only a preview and does not relate to the actual product; in case of a team, both team members will receive the T-shirt.)
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    The winning entry's award icon, designed by our dear Sin'dorei300.
    50 reputation to the winning member(s).


    Second and Third Place

    200%/150% boosted reputation for the next 5/3 contests (of any type) that you will join (stacks with events' bonuses, such as the Starlight Legacy). 40 reputation each.


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    Short Story
    /100
    Creativity & Concept The quality and originality of imagery involved in the narration of the events, the character and the flow of the story; the consistency and congruence with the concept art. /30
    Persistence to detail The details that spark images to the reader's mind; the depth of analysis that will generate possibilities and questions, such that the plot becomes more and more intricate. /20
    Personality How the character is presented; what kind of qualities and personal traits he/she has been given - how they support or conflict with the events, the past, the present, the future and the character's emotions and decisions. /30
    Eloquence & Style The ability to transform words into images; how these words structure the characters, the events, the landscapes; the selection of words that convey the message in the most appropriate way possible; the vividness of description and the writing capacity. /20
    Concept Art
    /100
    Creativity & Concept The ability to convey a story through the pose, the physical characteristics and potentially the gear; the congruence with the short story. /30
    Theme The thematic consistency with the WarCraft world; the realism that arises from potential evolutionary forces (as transcending from WarCraft III to WarCraft IV); the outfits and equipment that are influenced by tradition, culture, religion, but also the ability to utilize such factors and go beyond. /30
    Persistence to detail The interesting visual elements and attributes that provoke fascination, admiration and questions in regards to the character's background. /20
    Execution Artistic techniques used, anatomy and efficiency in proportions, shadows and lighting, distribution of coloring and creative use of tones, hues, tints and shades (Reference). As stated in the rules, coloring is not mandatory. /20


    20% of the score is affected by a public poll and 80% by the assigned judges.

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    The contest shall begin on 1st of October and conclude on 31st of December.
     
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  2. Mythic

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    A T-Shirt?! :eek:
    Anyways, lol, the rapid contests release is cool. xD
     
  3. Chen

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    I will join. But what in the world is WarCraft IV: Atlas of Destruction? I haven't heard of it before.
     
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    Oh so tempting, must brush up on my art skill.... Thanks for hosting this contest.
     
  5. Alagremm

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    Wow, this seems legitimately interesting. Hell, it made me actually make a post on the forums for the first time in years. Call me a negative Nancy, but this may be the first good contest since like 2011.

    In any case, I'll certainly track this, good luck and brilliant breakthroughs to the future competitors.
     
  6. Kyrbi0

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    A T-Shirt?? Seriously? Wow. This is like, a fo'srs Contest gaiz. : ) I'm a little leery about my (?) writing & someone's artwork being put up for display... But I can't deny that it's cool. Who's footing the bill?

    Also, "increased Rep gained by X% in future Contests"? That just screams 'broken'. Still, very interesting idea. : )

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    Y'know, I may just join this... I can't draw worth a darn, but I can write. If someone makes cool artwork & can't find someone to join them, I'll offer my services (or at least try). Can't promise much, with all my schooling & these other Contests, but it seems fun.

    Looking forward to more Joint Contests. : )

    //EDIT// - As per Pharaoh's suggestion, check my "Spellchecker & Tooltip Thread" link in my sig for some examples of my writing prowess-itude. :D
     
  7. Pharaoh_

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    That's the point, you find someone who is able to draw and sketch (and potentially -also optimally- paint), since you have the capacity to write :)

    You have plenty of time to ask around.

    As a hint, you are encouraged to write a small paragraph so that the concept artist can estimate the quality of your work. The paragraph can pertain to something random or be related to the contest's theme, but not necessarily dictate conceptual features of the character, unless they actually want to get some inspiration.

    This applies to concept artists as well; if you have trouble finding your ideal partner, use this thread as showcase to recruit one (preferably links to portfolio or albums; in case of attaching images, use hidden tags).
     
  8. Kyrbi0

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    Yeah I know; that's basically what my post was ("hey guys, I just met you, and this is crazy, but I can't draw, so let me write for you maybe?" :p).

    Actually, something I've seen done with a lot of success was having a separate "Matchmaking/Team-Making" thread for these Joint Contests. It keeps all that discussion in one place, not only making it easy to find someone (cute little table on the 1st post helps), but also keeping all that discussion out of this "main" thread.

    Just a thought.
     
  9. Pharaoh_

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    This won't be directly moved to the Arena, it will be a completely new topic (but with the same layout).
     
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    Oh wow. This is so different from the other contests.
    I'd probably join if I could draw well(I can't) or if someone could draw for me though.
    Looking forward to this!
     
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    This looks really neat. :>
    I might as well participate in this.
     
  12. MasterTrainer

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    Interesting - - - I might join in this one XD
     
  13. Bernkastel

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    How didn't I see this yesterday... Strange...
     
  14. Idaero Ace

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    I live in Indonesia. Do you want to send it to me? (IF I win)
    I will be not join this cause I'm suck.
     
  15. Pharaoh_

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    Country's not an issue. ;]
     
  16. Chen

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    Anyways, If the winner dont want the shirt, what could he or she can do? Maybe give the shirt to the person who he wants to give it? But really, what is Warcraft III Atlas of Destruction?
     
  17. Pharaoh_

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    We send it and he does whatever he wants with it.

    Atlas of Destruction is a sample name, mainly to boost your inspiration. It is not a thematic constraint.
     
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    T-shirt? great
    Picture of winning entry on the front? nice
    Story on the back? somewhat.. really uncool

    Better limit the backprint to a small amount of words, in any case only occupying a small area of the back. Like "Gilgamesh - destroyer of worlds" on the back of the right shoulder. That way the shirt can also be worn in the public without you appearing to be a 'nerd'.
     
  19. Pharaoh_

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    That's what an "excerpt" is. :p
     
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    Well, it looks like me and the wonderful Mad will be joining forces to DOMINATE this one, guys... Might as well give up now. :p

    We're still working on a team name, but worry thee not; it shall come and it shall be awexome.

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    Oookkkk... Is there any way to open up the naming of these things to a public poll in the future, maybe? : )

    Ah, good. We get to choose the excerpt, right?
     
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