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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 Schnauzer-DragonVesper: 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-tomorrowfishing cat by nero-noms-cookiesArdnas-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:Eton by KestrelRaptorAsa 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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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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