Art Contest I

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  • Art Contest I

    A new image contest was created.
    Art Contest I

    Exploring the world of the Ninth Age

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    The Ninth Age Presents: Art Contest I!

    Against Warriors of the Dark Gods

    The theme for this competition is: Warriors of the Dark Gods versus others. This could be any other 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.). See this beta army book if you are looking for inspirational material.

    Warriors of the Dark Gods are a constant presence all around the 9th Age world, with Dark God cults arising in harsh nomadic societies pushed to the margins by settled peoples (whether among Hakim Nomads in the Great Deserts, Silexian tribes, Åskland raiders or among barbarians roving along the outskirts of the blasted Wasteland), or among depraved or dissatisfied civilized people trading away their souls for a shot at immortality.

    Do not be shy of inventing your own takes on anything concerning Warriors of the Dark Gods, including wild high fantasy concepts and glancing at real-life tribes for inspiration. You can do the most outlandish stuff, and be welcome to root your Warriors in local cultures never before seen illustrated in pact with such dark forces.


    Warriors of the Dark Gods wallow in sin, while their Sorcerers follow no God at all. These are the sigils of their baleful deities:


    Entries could range from duels between individuals to full-blown land battles; monstrous air combat; sorcerous struggle or naval clashes on the high seas; or something else entirely.

    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.

    Prizes

    The gold winner will recieve one kit of 12 unpainted Slave Orc Heads...


    ...and also a Warriors of the Dark Gods Wasteland Dragon from Creature Caster, courtesy of Dais:


    Furthermore, the silver winner will receive one kit of 2 unpainted Hobgoblin Slavedrivers:


    And the bronze winner will receive 1 unpainted Elf Heavy Archer:


    While one random entrant will win a kit of 4 unpainted Tjubling Fireguard Hammers:


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

    Deadline

    The deadline for the submission of entries is the 26th of August 2018 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 Warriors of the Dark Gods versus others. 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 have 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:

    Display Spoiler
    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!


    FAQ

    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?

    Click spoiler below. Unlock full membership by posting twice on the forum. Submit your entry by uploading one image file to the public gallery, and then submit it to the relevant contest gallery. You may contact the contest organizer to instead have your file sent via PM or 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.

    Display Spoiler
    Tags which you might want to use for this specific contest include "Warriors of the Dark Gods" & "WotDG":

    First you have to upload your image file into the public gallery:



    Then you enter your gallery image and upload it to the active contest:



    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
    Images can be submitted from Jun 27th 2018, 2:00am until Aug 27th 2018, 1:59am. Timezone: Europe/Berlin.
    Voting will be from Aug 27th 2018, 2:00am to Sep 3rd 2018, 1:59am. Timezone: Europe/Berlin.

    (Only certain user groups may submit images.)
  • dais wrote:

    @Henrypmiller
    i have a spare Creature Caster possessed dragon i could donate to a good cause :)
    Seems fitting for a WotDG competition. Wasteland Dragon anyone?

    creaturecaster.com/products/possessed-dragon
    wow! That would be very generous! I’ll pm you!
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  • In translating the Contest Rules into French, I took the liberty of defining who could be those « Others » the Warriors have to fight against.

    « This could be any other 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.). »

    That would include several homebrew army books such as al-Qassar or Iron Crowns, but exclude Nippon, Hetmanate of Ukray or Vermin Anteaters, who are not part of the official fluff (yet ^^).
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  • Good work, @Blonde Beer! Thank you. And also huge thanks to Henrypmiller and tiny for making this a reality.

    Eldan wrote:

    So, are we still on for mud painted on walls? I could do stick figures.
    Try it! We wouldn't disqualify cave painting style entries on principle.

    The post was edited 2 times, last by Karak Norn Clansman ().

  • Karak Norn Clansman wrote:

    Good work, @Blonde Beer! Thank you. And also huge thanks to Henrypmiller and tiny for making this a reality.

    Eldan wrote:

    So, are we still on for mud painted on walls? I could do stick figures.
    Try it! We wouldn't disqualify cave painting style entries on principle.
    @Ghiznuk: Thanks for translating and adding onto the announcement. Updated English version soon to come. However, we'd do best to not exclude any of those factions who are not yet part of the official fluff, or for that matter the Void, oceanic people or whatever artists happen to fancy facing off some WotDG against. Creativity thrives best when the limits are few. :)
    You bastard. Now you'll send me down a three day wiki hole of trying to find out how to make authentic cave painting paint.
  • Where would rats be but down some hole? It's educational, and you could always invent your own style rather than mimicking something existing closely! Also, you could paint on skin, but keep it reasonably flat (e.g. someone's back or one side of an arm or leg). Tattoos would by the way be welcome. As long as it's a reasonably 2D/flat surface.

    Tip: Powdered coal, ash and ochre are good starting places if you're going to put some different colours into it. Mixing egg into the natural pigments will make it stick and bind well. Spraying it from your mouth (this is an authentic Neolithic technique, look it up) can allow you some primitive airbrush effects.

    I believe most of us who plan to enter will be... less traditional. ;)

    The post was edited 7 times, last by Karak Norn Clansman ().

  • Karak Norn Clansman wrote:

    However, we'd do best to not exclude any of those factions who are not yet part of the official fluff, or for that matter the Void, oceanic people or whatever artists happen to fancy facing off some WotDG against. Creativity thrives best when the limits are few. :)
    Eeeeh… no, I don't think so, because we want to be able to use those pics for our upcoming official material, so for armies and nations whose existence hasn't been confirmed by the BG team, you'd get creativity, sure, but then you're not in the T9A world anymore, and you risk having stuff which will be unusable.
    So you might as just drop the idea of T9A altogether.

    You're talking about Ocean people, then what if people will start drawing Warriors vs Sigmarines, Warriors vs Tyranids, Warriors vs the Chinese Women Liberation Army, Warriors vs Zombie Italian Fascists, Warriors vs Little Pink Rainbow Teddy Bears or Warriors vs Rammstein fans ? You need to define a boundary, people can't just make up any faction they like and pit Warriors against them, else you're not in the universe we agreed upon.
    In fewer words : we need pictures that we can use.

    So, Ukray, Nippon, Oceanborn, Vermin Anteaters, Naga and Mukumbusu Gorillas are not in the official fluff, they should not be in the contest. Sure, people apparently love them, but there is no indication yet that they will ever be considered as actual – not even playable – but existing factions. Koghi, Vanhu, Tsuandan, Iron Crowns, Destria, Sagarika and Silexian tribes, though not being officially playable yet, officially exist in the official fluff, so they can be in the contest.

    Simple.
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  • > Rights to Use Artwork

    Note that by the very act of entering a T9A Art Contest, you give the Ninth Age in particular, and anyone who feels like it in general, the right to use any of your artwork submitted in an entry, including for illustrating army books and compendia. Preferably such persons will take effort to give you due credit and even notify you when such art of yours feature in some work or another. However, better leave your signature (not your T9A username) 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!


    @lawgnome - I had someone ask me on discord what this meant, does this essentially mean that the artwork is in the public domain?

    Edit:
    Specific question:
    Is someone else allowed to use the image as they see fit, and profit from it? Is the artist giving up all rights to the image?

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    The post was edited 1 time, last by kisanis ().

  • We'll await legal expertise and change if need be, but the intention behind the words is squarely to put entered artworks in the public domain, sacrificing exclusive rights. Specifically to give T9A smooth access to use good art entries (with the expectation that due credits are always given), but also unlocking art to the general public, so that e.g. someone writing a homebrew army book in whatever system can use it (expected credit given) without asking for permission in distant years to come, no matter what happens to T9A.

    At the core, this is a community event for a community-driven project, and its fruit should stay available for the fantasy community without artificial locks put into place.

    As to profit, ruling here will have to be considered and decided by those who ken such laws and practices: This was not a concern, for creative free access was instead. But do note that if some T9A publication ever gets sold, the team shouldn't have to shoot themselves in the foot by having to ask permission for contest-entered artwork... all over again, as it were.

    Also note that rule on signatures is removed: This will be updated soon enough.

    The post was edited 3 times, last by Karak Norn Clansman ().

  • kisanis wrote:

    > Rights to Use Artwork

    Note that by the very act of entering a T9A Art Contest, you give the Ninth Age in particular, and anyone who feels like it in general, the right to use any of your artwork submitted in an entry, including for illustrating army books and compendia. Preferably such persons will take effort to give you due credit and even notify you when such art of yours feature in some work or another. However, better leave your signature (not your T9A username) 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!


    @lawgnome - I had someone ask me on discord what this meant, does this essentially mean that the artwork is in the public domain?

    Edit:
    Specific question:
    Is someone else allowed to use the image as they see fit, and profit from it? Is the artist giving up all rights to the image?
    We do not want the art to be public domain.

    The art contest should abide by the same licensing rules that the rest of the website uses: when you post an image to our site, 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.

    We need to update the contest rules so that we are merely reminding people of the license that they agreed to when they signed up for the site. Nothing else is needed.
  • Hello, I'm new on this forum, someone on DeviantArt said I should look into T9A to share some of my "artworks" and try to participate to this contest.
    now, the thing is I didn't find the contest gallery on the forum to post my image, and maybe the image might have a problem regarding copyrights, but not GW copyrights (don't think so)
    and the image contains nudity (a breast), not sure it's alright.
    anyway, is there an admin or someone to help me with it ?
  • Hi @Blitzgob !

    Here is the contest folder link:
    the-ninth-age.com/gallery/inde…contest-vote/&contestID=3

    And in case of nudity - please post it anyway - if it is offensive for anyone it will surely get reported and then our moderator team will take action.

    Welcome on forum and have fun in 9th Age ! :)

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