EO: “Where are you going at such a great rate of speed? Of course I should have known, to your death.”
Brad Ingle, “Kuo-Toa Surprise”
EO: “Perhaps the most doomed of all the adventurers pictured in the contest. Yeah, I know, the guys being eaten by the hydra and crushed by the cyclops are in bad shape but these guys just seem really doomed.”
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EO: “Eerie. You never like have your brains sucked out, but maybe it’s just taking over the brain? The metal doors with those handles are also a bad sign. This room may just fill completely up with giant brain juice.”
EO: “Gritty style to match the circumstances. I'd have to say make a quick move and shoot the big fellow on your right under the chin and blow its brains out. Might not work on the undead, unless you have a special bullet. Then good luck with the sword!”
EO: “It’s sad when a party is completely wiped out, but as we all know it does happen. I can't really see any alternative here; both monsters appear quite fit, every adventurer is badly wounded and the cleric's head is compressed into the thorax.”
EO: “The concept and treatment are working strong together. The light and shadow overlaying the textures/shapes of the rock is powerful. I'd like to say ‘chin up, you still have 1 charge’...but I think things are well past that.”
EO: “When I first saw this picture it was hard to take in all at once. Now I think I understand. The three sub females are very cool. An echo of the vampire's harem, except instead of a vampire here we have a... Shepherds take the dimensional gate sooner rather then later. Pull up your trousers lad. The terrain is wonderful, including the strange solid gas cloud the women are riding.”
EO: “I never thought I would see such a sweeping majestic battle with Stirges, but there it is. Good thing it is a large party as it appears they have to deal with the ‘roots’ as well, plus some tricky things about gravity. Twisty and beautiful.”
Brad, if you wanted to send along a bigger file of your image, it would be appreciated. Erol and I were both really impressed with the quality and quantity of submissions, and I have to say that I can think of at least a few that didn't make the cut that I thought were totally publication-worthy. So keep up the good work!
For some reason I can't post the winners on Enworld right now. If anyone wants to take it upon him/herself to post them in an appropriate forum you could copy the bbcode from dragonsfoot classifieds. Anyway, thanks again!
Sorry for the delay in getting on here and saying something - this sounds funny, but I couldn't find the reply button. LOL. It's kind of like trying to accept an award and you can't find the stairs to the podium. Then Ignatius told me that I had to log-in in order to see a reply button - so here I am (I was beginning to wonder if it was a closed thread).
"WOW!" That was the first word out of my mouth this morning when I got an email that I had placed in the contest. I didn't know at that time HOW I had placed. But a few minutes later all of the winners were posted and there was my name in 1st place for color. And I could not believe it. What a way to wake up!
The pic is sort of small (the one here) but if you can make out the bald guy with the sword (a stirge slamming into his shield) - that's chgowiz. It's true. He wanted to enter the contest and as the deadline was drawing near he decided that he could not enter for various reasons (which he states in his blog). He was disappointed, naturally, to not enter. I wasn't going to enter either (I felt that I was out of time myself), but my wife convinced me that if I did not, I would kick myself forever for it. Turns out she was dead right. So I created the piece you see (the day before the deadline, with a death in my family that very morning), and I put chgowiz in the painting. I figured if he wasn't going to enter, he could at least "enter" by being a part of the illo. So yeah, that's him on there. This morning I told him that he won.
All in all, I want to say congratulations to every one of the winners. I see some really awesome stuff posted up in this thread! I'm sure it was not easy at all for Mr. Otus to pick through them.
Erol Otus is the reason that I work hard at what I do. It's his art that I saw at 10 years old and said "I want to do that" (i'm 39 now). So this is a big deal to me and I told him so with a really nice email exchange we had this afternoon. He had some wonderful uplifting things to say as well that I'll keep with me forever - it's important stuff to me. So I am truly honored and that's putting it mildly. I honestly thought I wouldn't have a chance with so many entries.
"Thank you so much" to Mr. Otus, to everyone involved, and to anyone that has ever believed in my art!
I plan to look through all of the winners and post - I have some compliments to dish out. I see some pieces that I really like.
Thank you! It really all comes together when you see the entire pic. I didn't pay much attention to the shoulder pad. I just kinda slap the colors up there and get a flow going - some details I refine, some I leave alone if it's not all that important (scale has alot to do with that also). I find that some of the best parts of a painting are random flukes of the brush - sort of letting things land where they may, subconsciously or by mistake.
I would expect to see most or all of the winning color entries on FO! front or back covers over the next couple of years. Mark's, Pete Mullen's, Raven's and a few others are especially attractive to me as front covers for near-term usage, but I would expect to see most of these wind up on the magazine eventually in one form or another.