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My partner EvilInstinct and I are holding a character design contest, and everyone who enters will receive a little something so long as their submission adheres to the rules.

Please read all of the contest information FULLY if you would like to participate, and feel free to ask questions if something needs clarification!


Contest Theme



Create a character that might live in the Vesper Facility, the world in which Pull Down Heaven and Soldier are set.

Perhaps your character is a tamarin who makes his living fishing tilapia in the expansive tanks of a huge hydroponics farm. Or perhaps a rat priest who dons a mask to conceal her identity from demons. Or perhaps a drunk mink who hunts in the deep, wet bilges for mollusks to trade to the macaques for algae wine. The possibilities are endless!


Rules



:bulletred:Characters must be created specifically for this contest.
:bulletred:Entries must be submitted to DeviantArt between the time that the contest is announced (i.e., now) and the contest end date (listed below).
:bulletred:Your submission must include a drawing. Bases and "dress-up game" submissions are not allowed. However, pose and/or anatomy referencing is certainly allowed and even encouraged! Tracing is only allowed if you have permission from the original artist or photographer AND you link the original image.
:bulletred:Your entry can be as simple as a single character on a white background or as complex as a full-blown reference.
:bulletred:Species may be chosen from the pre-approved list found at the bottom of this announcement. You may choose a species that is not on the list. HOWEVER, if you choose a non-listed species, you MUST include (either in the artist comments or on the image itself) the original purpose for that species to be in the facility (e.g., research specimen for X, food source, endangered species breeding program, etc). You may also include details such as how the species escaped, the areas that it prefers to live in, how it survives, and so on, but this is not a requirement.
:bulletred:Hybrids of species that can naturally breed are allowed, as are laboratory-created chimeras and hybrids. However, I highly recommend including an original purpose for any artificial hybrids and chimeras.
:bulletred:You must name your character. You may include other statistics as well - such as age, history, and gender - but this is not a requirement!
:bulletred: You may base your character design on a character or concept that you already own, altered sufficiently to fit within the Vesper Facility universe, as long as your new character conforms to all other listed rules.
:bulletred:Once the contest is over, you may do whatever you please with your character. It's your character after all! You can change the statistics or design or leave everything the same. You can leave it a part of the Vesper Facility mythos, or you can change it to fit within your own stories, RPs, etc, or you could even sell it.
:bulletred:Your character will never be used by me without permission (although if I really, really like it, you might get some extra fanart sometime).
:bulletred:You may either link your character in the comments on this journal or to me through a note. Along with your Vesper character link, please also link me to a reference of or provide a description for the character that you would like sketched.
:bulletred:You may enter more than once, but you will only receive one prize! So it is probably better to submit one good entry rather than three or four smaller ones.
:bulletred:Please feel free to ask any questions that you might have about the Vesper Facility or its denizens if you feel that it will help to design your character. I will answer as best as I can (without spoilers for the comics). There is a lot of supplemental material available over at :iconthe-vesper-facility: as well, including many things not seen in my MoonsongWolf gallery, so please feel free to peruse the group!


Judging Criteria


Each character will be scored up to a hundred points in the following areas:
Creativity: 40
Design Aesthetics: 25
Fit within the world: 25
Skill: 10

Please don't ask for your final score!


Contest End Date


January 16, 2013 at 11:59 PM EST (23:59 GMT -5).  
Winners will be announced within 5 days of the closing date.


Judges


:iconmoonsongwolf:
:iconevilinstinct:
:icontiqeress:
:iconkaylink:


Prizes



First Place
:bulletblue:400 DA Points or commensurate cash value
:bulletblue:Six month DA membership (or commensurate value in DA points or cash)
:bulletblue:8.5" X 11" drawing of the character of your choice OR 9" X 12" comic page featuring the character that you designed for this contest.
:bulletblue:Sketch of the character of your choice that was linked with your submission
*Includes free shipping of the original art anywhere in the world

Second Place
:bulletblue:100 DA Points
:bulletblue:Three month DA membership (or commensurate value in DA points or cash)
:bulletblue:4" X 5" drawing of the character of your choice OR 8.5" X 11" drawing of the character that you designed for this contest.
:bulletblue:Sketch of the character of your choice that was linked with your submission
*Includes free shipping of the original art anywhere in the world

Two (2) Honourable Mentions
:bulletblue:50 DA Points
:bulletblue:One month DA membership (or commensurate value in DA points)
:bulletblue:ACEO (2.5" X 3") drawing of the character of your choice OR 6" X 9" drawing of the character that you designed for this contest.
:bulletblue:Sketch of the character of your choice that was linked with your submission
*Includes free shipping of the original art anywhere in the world


All entrants
All entrants adhering to the rules will receive:
:bulletblue:20 DA Points
:bulletblue:Sketch of the character of your choice that was linked with your submission

If winners choose cash option, this will be transferred via paypal, and paypal fees may apply.
Sketches will be similar to this quality: moonsongwolf.deviantart.com/ar…
First place and runner-up drawings will be similar in quality to this: moonsongwolf.deviantart.com/ar…


Pre-approved Species


(Species in italics have their own extensive entry, while all others are listed only in the "related species" portion of the given link)

:bulletblack:Rat moonsongwolf.deviantart.com/ar…
:bulletwhite:Degu moonsongwolf.deviantart.com/ar… (links to "rat"; scroll down to "related species")
:bulletwhite:Wood Mouse/Apodemus moonsongwolf.deviantart.com/ar… (links to "rat"; scroll down to "related species")
:bulletblack:Tiger moonsongwolf.deviantart.com/ar…
:bulletwhite:Fishing Cat moonsongwolf.deviantart.com/ar… (links to "tiger"; scroll down to "related species")
:bulletwhite:Fossa moonsongwolf.deviantart.com/ar… (links to "tiger"; scroll down to "related species")
:bulletblack:Fox moonsongwolf.deviantart.com/ar…
:bulletwhite:Mink moonsongwolf.deviantart.com/ar… (links to "dog"; scroll down to "related species")
:bulletblack:Macaque moonsongwolf.deviantart.com/ar…
:bulletwhite:Uakari moonsongwolf.deviantart.com/ar… (links to "barbarian"; scroll down to "related species")
:bulletblack:Tamarin moonsongwolf.deviantart.com/ar…
:bulletwhite:Snub-nosed Monkey moonsongwolf.deviantart.com/ar… (links to "tamarin"; scroll down to "related species")
:bulletwhite:Capuchin moonsongwolf.deviantart.com/ar… (links to "tamarin"; scroll down to "related species")


Current Entries


All contest entries will be added to the Contest folder in my favourites. However, I will not be commenting on the image itself so as not to influence any of the other judges. So please don't be offended if I "fave and run," there's a reason! :)

99 by SnowWolf100Sketchie Vesper Facility Switchie Reffie by EnaxnLittle Darkling the Foosa by arcticfox812Vesperian Contest Character by echosdusk:thumb346776191:pull down heaven contest entry by VeloxirunnerVesper Contest by Lucky9789 Tailed Fox No Hana by VonnaiShyla by CollisionXIII:thumb346521957::CE: Vesper Facility by TheFailedDreamRamaja, ref sheet by PhenebroosGillian Vesper Facility Contest by Dragons-And-DreamsVesper: She who sees from on high by WinkSparrowJackson the tamarin (Tamarin contest entry)[taken] by DesmodiaDesignsGlint and Haze (Contest Entry) by Filly8:thumb347202818:Yuu Alma by blue-tomorrow:thumb346957491:Ardnas-character sheet by WhiteWolfMoonlightSheer and Piercy by Tsuani-InushiroAkai Kegawa by Ginger-loveNana and Faurum by Tsuani-InushiroJasper by Chaos-Silverwing:thumb347687499:Vesper Contest: Nikuya and Seppen by Sedillio:thumb347038192:Pyro by THEoriginalKID:thumb348056476:Rio by Goldenheart06Vesper Facility Entry- Rollo by FunnyBuizelVesper Facility character design contest- Karay by Animus-Panthera:thumb348415232:Asa the Fossa- Vesper Facility Contest by ookaookaookaVesper Entry: Malum by Trickster91Vesper contest by Mag015Vesper Facility Contest: Malink by TsabounaVesper Facility Contest: Meabh and Grind Reference by Wolvekit.:Contest entry:. by TheArtThief92Moonsong Wolf Contest Entry - Alma + Comma by HeartSongWolfVesper Facility contest entry by DancingFerret:thumb348755893:Resurr-Tech Saip by WolvenBlueOdd by Killslay-steelclaw:thumb348837900:Fishing by DawnFrost:Contest entry: anikaus by MonsterWolf74Vesper Facility: Sable by Penultimate-21Contest- Inagi by Ghost-FishCapplecorn and Fizkin REFERENCE SHEET by kuiwi
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ShikoHayashi Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Ahh.... goshdarnit. I would of loved to enter into this. I have so many ideas.
TT_TT
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
I may do a similar themed contest again someday! I much prefer this type of theme to the usual "draw my character" contests. :)
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ShikoHayashi Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Agreed.
It's always nice when you have a little something different. Just some new spices in the mix. ^_^'
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starlightzs Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
could i still possibly be a judge?? QuQ
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Sorry, I just got the results in from the last judge, so I will be posting winners in a few minutes! Thank you for the offer, though. :)
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starlightzs Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
lol noprob
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Tsuani-Inushiro Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Por quanto tempo você vai esperar a decisão do quarto juiz? =/
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
I already sent her a note that I need her results by midnight tonight, otherwise, I will use the scores of the other three judges alone.
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Tsuani-Inushiro Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
=D thanks for the reply
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
No problem! One way or another, I will have the results up by tomorrow. :)
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Tsuani-Inushiro Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Great! *__*
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DesmodiaDesigns Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
slow judge is slow :U
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:icontsuani-inushiro:
Tsuani-Inushiro Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Estou muito ansiosa para saber os resultados. Um pena que você não vai mostrar a pontuação final.
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
I am just waiting on the last judge to send me their results. The other three judges, including me, have finished. And I don't show the final scores because I don't want people with low scores to feel bad. :)
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Tsuani-Inushiro Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Isso é muito justo, mas ainda fica aquela curiosidade.. quarto juiz vamos logo todo mundo está esperando a sua decisão! ò-ó
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anniefeng93 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
When is the final contest winner announced? I realllyyy want to know!!
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
I'm still waiting on the last judge to give me her results so that I can tally up the final scores. The other three (including me) have returned results already. So I can't tell you when the announcement will be, since I don't know when the last judge will return her results.
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anniefeng93 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay thanks!
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Mirandarin Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Just wanted to point out that i sent a note questioning a submission for this contest, but i never received a reply. This only came to light when i startled across the page again. It would of been nice to enter XD
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Did you send the note more than once? I only received one note, and it was about twenty minutes ago. I had to take some time to do an overlay and also (attempt to) research the original artist (since the website didn't actually cite him/her), which I did before replying. If you sent multiple notes or sent it much earlier than it appeared in my inbox, I apologize, and I'll send a message to the DA help desk!
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Mirandarin Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Nope sent in one one January 7th :D Asking if you would allow an equine sort of entry (I was going to robitic it up)
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Oh, okay, just checking! I have had some problems with my message centre in the past, so I try to make sure that notes and messages and such are getting where they are supposed to go. I worry sometimes that my notes are getting eaten and someone somewhere subsequently thinks I'm a douche for not replying. :lol:
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Mirandarin Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
I just never continued with the entry cause you never replied to me, i did the basic full pose and that was it XD

You actually not the only one, myself and many other DA users have been going through the same thing. Were we don't get notes or our notes are not received by others. It's happening to quite a few people recently.
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
I'm sorry that you never received my reply. :( I definitely sent one to you. It even appears in my sent notes as being "read," which you can see here: [link] I'm submitting a help desk ticket for that. It's a huge problem if notes aren't going out (or, even worse, look like they have been sent or read), especially since a lot of people conduct trades and commissions through DA. DA really needs to fix their message and note centre rather than constantly releasing new (buggy) content, in my opinion. :X
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Mirandarin Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Yeah, i first thought it was my mobile phone playing up on me not fully loading. But apparently quite a few are suffering the problem lately.

If he can still be submitted: [link]
I can add his whole story line etc if allowed to enter :D
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Unfortunately two of my three judges have already reported in, so I can't add anyone to the judging portion anymore. However, I would be more than happy to give you the points and sketch for entering! What would you like me to draw for you? :)
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Filly8 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I find it super facinating how many of us added secondary characters (or partners) in our entries. Oddly, quite a few of us also added satchels/bags and other leather bits for our critters lol. Obviously the vesperian world is easily imaginable in every ones mind here lol

Good Luck to all these wonderful entries! :3
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Ha ha, I think it must have been prophetic... because one of the additions that will show up in Pull Down Heaven soon is a side bag for Linan (for carrying chemical bottles). :lol:

I'm just waiting on the last judge to weigh in now! I think I'm almost as excited as the entrants to see how the scores will go... there are a few people that have some pretty close numbers so far.
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Filly8 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm super excited! I don't even really have much hope for myself this is my first contest entry but i love the vesperian facility so much that it is exciting to see peoples own take of how it works and runs; and the animals in it ^^

Haha how bizzare! Side bags are just the new thing apparently lol my entry originally had one planned but i ended up leaving it off just by chance lol (aka i forgot about it) XD
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Wow, this was seriously your first contest? Your entry was fantastic! :love:

(And I'm not giving out scores, but I can tell you that yours was pretty damn near the top. ;))
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Filly8 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes it was :3 I normally don't enter them because i'm not terribly inspired by things like contests but i really adore the setting you have created and when i read the contest rules and such i just had to give it a shot :love: lol

Thanks for the ego boost of telling me it was near the top! lol maybe i'll do more contest cruising in the future ^^ it was fun and seeing all the entries was super cool. The finalists look great! Can't wait to see them in the comic :)

(on a side note i know you don't give out scores and i respect that but i was wondering if you are up to giving a bit of constructive critism on my entry [over anything: from composition to character design]? I love con. crit and i feel like it would help me a lot in the future :3 Of course don't feel obliged or anything! only if you can spare the time and would like to!)
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kuiwi Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student General Artist
F F F F F Ff NO!

I WROTE THE WRONG DEADLINE ON MY CALLENDAR F DF SZDF szkmf nsxfkjbsz xhjdlrnseljxhnrldckjr
MY Drawing is finished but fffffffffffffffffffffffffff


Can I still submit it? D: I worked hard on it gahhhh
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
I haven't sent the info to the judges yet (I'm allowing 24 hours or so to make sure that I didn't miss anyone's entry), so I added you! :)

Let me know what you would like for your sketch. :D
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:iconkuiwi:
kuiwi Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Gah thank you so much :blush:

For a sketch I would love something of Solice: [link]
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kuiwi Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student General Artist
If you still want to see it here it is :')

[link]
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Duzloo Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Sadly I couldn't participate but I hope you'll be holding such a contest some time again. I love the entries, they're really fascinating.
Good luck with the judging!
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Thanks! Man, it was really difficult to judge this. I'm glad that I had other people to help me out! :lol: Although I'm still waiting on the last judge to send me her numbers... I think I'm almost as excited about it as the contestants.
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Duzloo Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
You're welcome! I bet it was, chosing and judging is never easy :giggle: I'm looking forward to see the winners! I have a favorite, maybe that's one of them :D
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Well, we'll find out soon! The last judge is either going to have the results in tonight, or I'm going to go ahead and use the numbers that I have from the rest of us. Ha ha, it was definitely a challenge, and I'm just really glad that I didn't have to do it by myself. :D
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Penultimate-21 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student
Ah...here's my whydoIalwaysdothesethingsatthelastminute entry! XD
[link]
I didn't think I'd finish this in time... I'm glad I did!
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Awesome, thank you so much for entering! I'm glad that you made the deadline, too. :D And I shall wish you the best of luck.

Also, don't forget to give me a link to the character that you would like me to draw. :)
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Penultimate-21 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student
Thank you very much!

Oh! Sorry, I knew I was forgetting something! You can just draw any one of the three in my entry I guess (: Thank you for doing such a kind thing! <3
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MonsterWolf74 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
[link]
heres my entry ^^
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Thank you for entering! I added you. :D Best of luck!

Also, don't forget to give me a link to the character that you would like me to sketch for you. :)
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MonsterWolf74 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Oh yea [link]
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DancingFerret Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Finally done, the story snippet took a bit ^^;
[link]

As for the character, I'd just say Lee.
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Awesome, I just added you! :D Thank you for entering, and I shall wish you the best of luck.
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DawnFrost Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
[link] It doesn't show off Finch's design as much as i would like but its what I have so far.
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MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Oh my gosh, your degus are just gorgeous. Not gonna lie, I have one at home and STILL can't draw the little bastard correctly to save my life. I keep trying to draw them like rats, but they're so subtly not rats. I think it's the same problem that "canine artists" run into when trying to draw felines (and vice versa). Some day, I shall draw a proper degu as awesome as yours! :shakefish:

Thanks so much for entering! I have you added. What would you like for your sketch?
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TheArtThief92 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Posting my entry here too incase the note didn't get through ^^'
My entry: [link]
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