Art Contest II

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    • Art Contest II

      Exploring the world of the Ninth Age


      The Ninth Age Presents: Art Contest II!

      Beyond the Battlefield

      The theme for this competition is: Life (or death) beyond the battlefield.

      We want you to draw or paint scenes from daily life. This could include anything from Highborn Elves at a fancy dinner party; Ogre Khans travelling the steppes with their herdes; Dwarven guardsmen chatting and sharing a pipe on a chilly watchtower; Equitainians at a coronation ceremony; peasants working in the field; through starved Goblins digging through dungheaps to get a snack out of juicy beetles and maggots; a Sonnenstahl family of all generations surrounding the bed of their dying matriarch or patriarch; a sulky Necromancer cursing as he patches up and repair Skeletons and other Undead minions falling to pieces; workers dumping corpses in a mass grave during a plague epidemic; an Undying Dynast beholding the ruins of his once mighty and living realm, now crumbling ruins blown over by sands; a doctor removing a barbed arrow head from a screaming patient; an Infernal Dwarf warband leading off a string of captured slaves; merchants trading in a market; Koghi horsemen showing off their equestian skills; Dread Elf corsairs playing dice on deck while en route to distant lands; an artisan tinkering at a workbench; stonecarvers working on a temple; Åsklanders listening to skald's tales around the fire in a dark longhouse; a monster in a cave tending to her young brood; camp followers struggling with pushing wagons through muddy roads in a downpour; hunters in a snowstorm; priests preaching; to Warriors of the Dark Gods laughing at a joke together; or something else entirely.

      The sky is the limit. Unleash your imagination. Capture the civilian streak of life, or indeed death, and breathe life into this world!

      This could feature any faction from the T9A world, including those referenced in the official fluff but that do not have an official Army Book yet (eg : Tsuandan, Koghi Empire, etc.).

      This can be done by drawing, sketching or painting it (i.e. no miniature entries). Digital tools are allowed, and some scribblings as seen on many concept sketches are likewise allowed, but please keep any text amount low. The amount of work invested in the art entry can vary from a simple sketch up to a full-blown illustration. Flat embroidered textile art (e.g. in Bayeux tapestry style) close-up shots and flat relief carvings are allowed, but for these materials you're encouraged to ask the contest organizer first with some details explaining your plans. Tattoos are allowed. Note that several different art pieces are allowed to be included in one and the same image file entry, e.g. two different painted illustrations, or a bunch of sketches leading up to an inked drawing. Sheer mass is no guarantee for advantage in voting, however.

      If you are unsure if your entry will fit the subject matter, then please contact Karak Norn Clansman and he'll sort it out with you and the staff.


      The gold winner will recieve one 28mm kit of an unpainted Bazooka Team, sculpted by Fuggit Khan:

      Furthermore, the silver winner will receive one 28mm kit of 7 unpainted Big Hats, sculpted by Fuggit Khan:

      And the bronze winner will receive one 15mm kit of 5 unpainted Tjubling Big Hats, sculpted by Tobias Torstensson:

      Should you wish to donate a prize to this or future contests, please PM Henrypmiller.


      The deadline for the submission of entries is the 26th of January 2019 at 11:59pm CET.

      Rules of the Competition

      Each member may only enter once.

      Sketch, draw, paint and use digital tools to come up with artwork or concept image(s) for life beyond the battlefield. No crossovers with very different settings are allowed.

      Submissions should include one picture file only. Your one picture file with art may contain any number of objects, figures and scenes.

      You may not submit a picture of a drawing or painting that has been entered into other online competitions or posted in a finished state before.

      Don't post your entries in the forum before the contest is over.

      By entering this contest, you are granting us a world wide irrevocable license to use the artwork in connection with the T9A project. The copyright remains with the artist.

      No big watermarks overlaid on the artwork, particularly in the centre of an image.

      See also the General Rules & Guidelines:

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      Everything you need to know about the Ninth Age Art Contests

      What are these contests?

      The Art Contests are competitions where anyone registered at T9A can enter with everything from sketches, through blueprints, maps, cosmological mandala artworks or cryptic diagrams, to inked or painted illustrations.

      The competitions are always announced on the front page, blog and hosted in General Discussion. Contests may be covered by the Ninth Scroll as well. We officially announce the contest, with a deadline. After this has closed forum software will generate an automated voting session post in the forum thread (to which we'll add text as soon as possible), and likewise said software will generate a results post, which will likewise be edited quickly.

      What can I enter?

      Each contest will have a specific theme. An entry that bears absolutely no relation to the theme (unless it is called an ‘open contest’) will not be allowed. Artworks have to be fully created by the person entering them.

      T9A Art Contests are always fantasy related. You cannot enter science fiction artworks or pieces depicting the modern world. No crossovers with very different settings, please.

      Your art does not have to be drawn/ painted by hand, it can be drawn on a computer. HOWEVER, every part of the image has to be produced by you, you cannot merge/ edit existing artwork done by someone else.

      Artworks must be still images. Even if you create a 3D-file, .gif file or moving picture sequence, only a still image from this can be entered.

      You are allowed to include several different art elements in a single picture file (e.g. two illustrations; a map and a sketch; or a drawing and some sketches leading up to a fully fleshed-out painting). Very productive artists could potentially enter a long file filled with various concept artwork, and this is fine, but most will limit themselves to one or a mere few pieces of art. Note that sheer mass may not always work to one's advantage for winning votes.

      You may include textual notes and explanations if you so desire. Please keep it short. This is not a writing competition.

      You cannot enter 3D sculpts of e.g. clay or green stuff, or diorama shots of miniatures against a painted background.

      You may enter flat stone and wood (relief) carvings. You may enter tattoos. You may enter flat textile art akin to the embroidered Bayeux tapestry. Please, no pictures of entire dress creations or a whole cottage decorated as if by artists in the Ninth Age, but rather closeups of 2D art depicting scenes, figures and ornamental patterns: Ask the contest organizer if you are uncertain.

      When can I enter?

      The deadline will always be clear in the announcement thread. It is always based on Eastern Standard Time. So regardless of where in the world you are you need to look up how far ahead or behind this time you are to make sure you get your entry in on time.

      No entry regardless of how cool will be allowed to enter after the deadline. There are no exceptions. If someone has made a valid attempt to enter before the deadline but have had technical issues (such as gallery not accepting upload and notifying contest organizer about it before deadline), they will normally be allowed.

      What happens after I have entered?

      The entries all sit in the contest gallery until the deadline for entering is over. After this time the site software will generate an automated voting session in this contest gallery, and will likewise compile the voting results and launch a results post as soon as voting deadline is up. These posts (announcement, voting and results) all happen in the same forum thread. If you need to do something specific, such as providing a replacement file for a very wide picture distorted by upload limits, the contest organizer will send you a PM. It is expected that people will answer any and all questions about their entry (and do what is required) within 48 hours of the competition closing. If they don’t, perhaps because they have not logged in since, the contest organizer will either make a decision themself or potentially disallow the entry.

      Once we have all the entries, the contest organizer may decide to do some editing to make them look better for the site (e.g. by restructuring a very wide entry of multiple little art pieces into a vertically long one) or for fairness' sake. Once voting is over, we send out all prizes, if we have any.

      How do I vote?

      The voting will be done in the contest gallery.

      > Anonymity Rules

      The competition is supposed to be anonymous (within the limits of the contest software), so please do not post pictures of your entry online until after the voting has ended. Do not start a WIP blog of your entry as you make it, we may not allow it to be entered.

      If you have just finished an artwork that is ideal for the competition, but have already posted it in the forum just ask one of the staff if it is ok to enter it still. Preferably people will not say which entry is theirs until voting is over, but this is not 'rule breaking'.

      > Artistic interpretation

      We encourage creativity, so when we say (for example) 'the theme is Taphria', this means people are free to interpret this however they want, as long as it still looks Taphrian themed: This could include artwork featuring native denizens of Taphria, such as the Human realms of Vanhu; or the fabled Dwarves of Kegiz Gavem; or the sentient Mukumbusu Apes; or wildlife and nature. It could also include artwork featuring outsiders in Taphria, such as Infernal Dwarves or Dread Elves landing on Taphrian shores; Sonnenstahlers trekking through jungles; or Highborn Elves battling with native Koghi humans. Or even clearly Taphrian objects on display in far-off lands.

      Bear in mind that people will be considering how well your entry fits the theme when they are voting.

      If you are in doubt please ask the contest organizer, otherwise you risk having your entry disqualified if it is too far from the theme.

      > Rights to Use Artwork

      Note that by the very act of entering a T9A Art Contest, you are granting us a world wide irrevocable license to use the artwork in connection with the T9A project. The copyright remains with the artist. However, better leave your signature somewhere in the artwork, to ensure you are always credited indirectly.

      One reason for the existence of T9A Art Contests is to generate lots of new creative material that can help flesh out parts of the setting which have rarely, if ever, been seen before in illustrations or concept art. View this as a chance for your art to make it into army books and like publications!


      Why doesn’t T9A have a judging panel?
      T9A is a community for the many, not for the few. Because of this, we think it is vital that the community decide what entries are best by a majority vote and it’s not done subjectively by a small panel of people (who cannot obviously have entered themselves).

      Why doesn’t T9A have multiple categories depending on skill?
      This is more work than it’s worth. Having a category that only one person wanted to enter would be stupid and people would resent being moved into that category if they knew they would lose. At the end of the day even a master artist can only submit one entry, leaving all the other places up for grabs.

      I never seem to win.
      Not a question as such… We may not all be great painters and draftsmen, but the taking part is what counts and not only do you get to improve your skills but you also get your own artwork at the end of it. You may eventually get a random draw prize for your troubles. So all the effort is not wasted and it can be all you need to motivate you to actually craft some art!

      How to Enter?

      Unlock full membership by posting twice on the forum. Submit your entry by uploading 1 single image file to an image hosting site such as Imgur or T9A Gallery, and then submit the image in a PM to the contest organizer. You may contact him to instead have your file sent via E-mail, should some transfer trouble occur with your upload. Please do not send an e-mail to any of the admin or staff accounts as this is a surefire way to have your entry missed.

      How will this be judged?

      By the due date the forum software will automatically post an update in this thread, opening the gallery for voting. All T9A users can then rank the entries.

      Good luck everyone!
      T9A Team
    • Also, a kind reminder to those who entered the previous Art Contest, that this time we don't enter via the gallery per se.

      This time it's not contest software but manual work that runs the show (we're experimenting). You can upload your entry into Imgur, T9A gallery, Google Drive or whever hosting site you fancy, and then PM me the artwork or a link to the picture. :)