Sunday, December 3, 2006

OoT Fanart Contest - Rules and Details

Nope, it's no joke! I was browsing through some Zelda fanart recently and, after coming across some absolutely stunning work, I thought to myself that it sure would be great to see more pictures like those out there. Therefore, I am holding a very special contest in order to inspire and achieve just that! If you're a great artist who would like to get something nice just for showing off your skillz, here's your big chance!

There will be two winners selected from all eligible entries. The grand prize is a brand new Nintendo Wii! I will personally purchase it from a reputable online retailer so that it will be delivered right to your door. The runner-up will receive a brand new copy of Twilight Princess, for either Wii or Gamecube, winner's choice.

Think you've got what it takes to win? Go ahead, knock my socks off! I'm posting this message on every Zelda forum I can find, in the hopes of generating as much participation as possible. You're encouraged to spread the word as well! The more entries there are, the more great pics everyone will get to enjoy! ^^

The contest details and rules are listed below. Please follow them carefully to ensure that your entry will be eligible. If you have any questions, you're welcome to e-mail me at linkfanart(AT)gmail.com (of course, you'll need to replace the (AT) with the @ symbol) or post them to this blog.


------------------------------[BEGIN CONTEST RULES]

  • The picture must include Link from Ocarina of Time (OoT). (Dark Link does not count.) He may be portrayed at any age but must be his natural self (no mask transformations). Alternate clothing is okay. Oh, and just as a reminder, Link is left handed!
  • Other characters may be included, but they must be from OoT. It's okay if a character is not well known (such as the lady who cooked for the carpenters in Kakariko), just as long as he or she is actually in the game. No original characters.
  • There is no size requirement for the picture, and it does not have to be in color.
  • No official art imitations. By this I mean do not take an official picture and merely draw the same thing yourself.
  • No porn. No yaoi. No yuri. No gender bending. If you have something risque in mind but are unsure if it would be allowed, feel free to send me a description and/or rough sketch of the image, and I'll let you know. I will make the final determination of an entry's eligibility at my sole discretion.
  • Use your best judgement to keep the overall concept in good taste. If you choose to include text in your picture, please refrain from profanity. If in doubt, you're encouraged to ask me.
  • Entries from individuals who live outside of the United States are welcome.
  • You may enter as many pictures as you like. Each entry must be your own work. What medium you use is up to you, be it pencil and paper, image editing software, or whatever, as long as it can be digitally captured and e-mailed to me. Also, since the whole point of the contest is to encourage the creation of more quality fanart, please do not submit pictures made before December of 2006.
  • Send entries to linkfanart(AT)gmail.com (being sure to replace (AT) with @). You may zip multiple pictures into one archive, but do not send as a self-extracting file or anything with an EXE extension. Once I receive an entry I will send you confirmation that it has been entered into the contest. Do not assume it has been entered until you receive this confirmation. If for some reason I determine an entry to be ineligible, I will notify you and state the reason(s) why.
  • Include with your artwork its title and your name as you want it displayed should your entry be posted.
  • Feel free to also post your entry here or anywhere else you wish; it's all about sharing amazing fanart, after all! Just make sure it gets e-mailed to me (see previous two rules) if you want it to be eligible for the prizes!
  • Entries may be submitted anytime from now through March 7, 2007. Plenty of time to cook up something snazzy! Unless I get totally buried in entries or something really weird happens, I should have the winners selected by the following week. (In the event that both winning entries are from the same artist--well...I guess that person gets both prizes!) The top 10 entries will be posted on this blog and the grand prize and runner-up winners will be notified via e-mail. The prizes will be ordered as soon as possible after I receive the necessary details from the winners. (Don't worry, I won't use your e-mail addresses for spam or anything like that; I have better things to do than send people trash. Whatever info you provide to me will be used for the contest and nothing but the contest, and afterward I will delete it from my computer.)
------------------------------[END CONTEST RULES]

By the way, just to clarify, I am in no way whatsoever affiliated with any of the brands or companies I've mentioned. The contest is being held and funded solely by me--just a simple gamer like yourselves who appreciates great art!

That said, since I am incidentally the sole judge of this contest, it will be in your best interest to appeal to my personal tastes. To give you an idea of what kind of style I like, I've posted a couple of my favorite pictures:




After some searching, I discovered that this Water Temple Link masterpiece was done by someone with the user name paintpixel on Deviant Art. Click here to see her gallery! I have no idea who made the other picture, but if you're responsible for it and you're reading this, allow me this opportunity to say your work is phenomenal!!

Following the contest, this blog will remain available as a showcase for the posted artwork. If this event goes well I may have future contests too!

Whew, okay, I think I've covered just about everything. All that's left is for you to submit your droolworthy pics, and there just may be a free Wii in your future! Again, if you have any questions, I can be reached at linkfanart(AT)gmail.com. Updates to the contest will be posted to the blog, so you're encouraged to check it out from time to time. Without further ado, the contest begins right now! I look forward to receiving your entries! ^^

46 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey I was wondering if you did some old fanart of OoT (years old) if that was okay to toss into competition?

Hylian Reploid said...

I prefer new art, since that's what the contest is designed to encourage, but as long as a picture meets the rest of the criteria it will be allowed.

Anonymous said...

Wow! You'd actually do that for someone? That's really nice of you! A Wii costs a fair amount of money (although not as much as the PS3 or Xbox 360, haha), and it's so nice that you'd actually even consider something like that for a prize. That's phenomenally kind. Be sure to post all the entries you get so we can see! :D

Hylian Reploid said...

Thanks for the kind words! ^^ I've always wanted to do something like this. If I get a whole bunch of entries I may not be able to post them all, but I promise to at least post the best ones!

Anonymous said...

hey thanks for telling me about this from fanart central, i would like to join. ill ask questions if i need to by your email. love the idea. ^__^ ttyl then~~ ZELDA ROCKS!

~zeldafanatic~

Hylian Reploid said...

Sure thing, I'm looking forward to receiving your entry! ^^

LJinx said...

This is a fabulous opportunity you're offering us! I shall spread the word on DevArt - that should drum up some fantastic pieces :)

I did have one question, which I think should probably be addressed in the competition rules... After submitting an entry, what will happen to it? Will it be posted on the blog (even if it doesn't win)? Will it be archived somewhere with this site permanently?

I'd love to contribute to the blog in future too, if you want :D

Hylian Reploid said...

Yay, thanks for the support! The more people we can get involved, the better this will be!

Whether or not I post all entries I receive really depends on how many I receive. Server space is pretty limited, unfortunately. If there's room I will definitely post them all, but if not I promise to at least post the top 10! After the contest ends, I'll leave it up so that people can still visit and enjoy the artwork.

Sajomir said...

Well, I know I got it from someone over at deviantART... I was really surprised by whoever I found it on, but I can't remember for the life of me who it was!

But it was passed to me in someone's signature, I believe. :D

Sajomir said...

Annnnnnnnd sunnofabiscuit I just posted that in the wrong spot >.<

Anonymous said...

You would really do that?! I've been jealous of my other syblings for YEARS because I could never get my hands on a gaming system!!! I've had to use theirs and I'm leaving the house soon so i won't be able to use them anymore. I'm not as good as some of the other artists here and my computer editing will be limited but I'll sure as heck try. I agree with your rules by the way. Keeping it clean is a good way to go!

HoboRiss said...

Oh awesome contest!
I should definetely find the chance to do this, whether I am good enough to win or not, it still gives me an excuse to make OoT art! :D

gureiduson said...

OMG! WII as a prize?!? OMG!!!!! I'm on!!!

Ios said...

hey, is this thing still on, and when is it closing?

amir said...

Sounds fun! I think I'll join!

Anonymous said...

Is there any particular reason why only OoT Link is allowed? I personally find TP Link and Oni-Link's designs more interesting and inspiring as far as artwork goes.

And if you're looking for Zelda fanart, try the following links:
http://www.silvestris.net/galleries.asp?status=zelda
http://meadowhaven.net/gallery.php?gallery=17&uid=
http://kacfrog711.deviantart.com/gallery/

Hylian Reploid said...

Those of you who've commented since me, welcome! I look forward to receiving your entries. Many have already been submitted, but it's still anybody's game!

I chose to dedicate the contest solely to OoT characters because it's meant to be a special tribute to this title. (My blog entry entitled Hero of Time explains this in more detail.) With his having all but been left behind and forgotten, I needed some way to give my fav Link another round in the spotlight!

Josie said...

Oh, PaintPixel! I've actually met her at an Anime convention, and she's pretty amazing. I bought one of her prints..

siphios said...

YES!
this is so awesome =D
i'm on! =)
this is an extremely generous contest by the way =)

Anonymous said...

A Colombian friend says: Hi there!
I don't know if asking this is a little outstanding, but anyhow I will...
OK, I just found out about this contest not too long ago (thanks to a friend who will also be in) and I really find it amazing, thanks for creating it.
The problem here is, for me, that I don't have a lot of time, I have to study and to work and other stuff I guess you don't mind, but I really want to do something good for this, so I will need a little more time... maybe it would be helpful to for other people with the same problem I've got.

Could you please make the time limit go further? It would be so great and you would get better images. Well, I don't want to convince you, I am asking a favor. Anyway, I will be in, though, count on me!

Thanks so much! -mysticnova7
PS: my mail, if needed: mystic_nova_@hotmail.com

Hylian Reploid said...

Hello and thanks for your interest in the contest! More and more people have been asking for deadline extensions lately, and I personally don't mind, but I wasn't sure how the majority of contestants would feel. That's it! Time for a poll! ^^

In the meantime, I wish you the best in working on your entry! Can't wait to see it!

Anonymous said...

thank you! I think you should edit that in the contest rules, just in case people don't read the comments (like I almost didn't). The reason I knew was because I recognized some older art in the entries. I really am trying to make new stuff, but until then I'd feel a lot better if I could enter some old stuff...

Alamus said...

HI, I just came across this website and and its contest and I think its a sweet idea and I plan to submit pieces. I have a question though when you say "alternate clothing" because I've drawn OOT fanart and have some in the works, but once I saw Links outfit from Twilight Princess I kinda changed his clothing to more of that style.

Basically, what I'm asking is if that would count for still being OOT fanart? x.x

Hylian Reploid said...

Hi there! I'm so glad you've decided to join in on the fun! ^^

Dressing Link "TP-style" is acceptable as long as he still looks like the same Link from OoT otherwise. The key points to watch when maintaining this are his face (particularly the eyes) and hair.

Hope this info helps! Best wishes with your entry!

Alamus said...

POOP! Hahaha, I always like to make my fanarts more serious, so he still looks like he's from TP. Hahahha, well damn.... hmm.... Maybe I can whip up something more OOT. Hahahha!

Mayshing said...

I have sent in my work through mayshing@gmail.com

I hope you got it.

Hylian Reploid said...

Yes I did, mayshing, and a confirmation e-mail has been issued. Thanks much!

Anonymous said...

Shoot, I just heard of this. I wish that it would be held until the beginning of the next month (April) and not March. Shame. Would you be willing to extend for us who just got on board?

Hylian Reploid said...

Welcome! The possibility of a deadline extension is being considered right now, actually! Please see the Need More Time? post for details, and be sure to vote!

Anonymous said...

Thanks!!

Rintrah Wako said...

Can I submit a scene from Majora´s Mask? The Link from MM is the same one from OoT. Let say normal Link fighting the Skullkid for example.

Hylian Reploid said...

You can include characters from MM only if they are also found in OoT. Since there are skull kids in both titles, it would be okay to submit a piece like what you described. As for the background and inanimate objects, you can pretty much use whatever you like.

Anonymous said...

Hi again!

It's really a shame that the poll has been closed and therefore the deadline extension possibility is now dead X_X. Now I will get my time and work tighter... But...well, everything happens for a good reason, doesn't it?

So, anyway, you can still can count on me and a great illustration.

Good luck rating the images you get!
-mysticnova7

Hylian Reploid said...

Absolutely! It probably is for the best; had things been strung out any longer, I think everyone would've been driven crazy with suspense! ^^; I'm glad you can still make the deadline and look forward to receiving your entry! Best wishes on it!

bishoujosteph said...

Sent :) I made it in time without the extension ^.^ Let me know if you received it, thank you.

Tiff-olotopus said...

I know I sent you an E-mail about this (my e-mail's all goofy so just in case...)but I can't seem to send my pictures (2) through e-mail. What should I do?

Hylian Reploid said...

Bishoujosteph, I got your entry and have sent a confirmation e-mail to you. Thanks much!

Tiff, I've sent you an e-mail with an alternative means of getting the entries to me. Let me know if this doesn't work for you, okay?

Matt said...

Three cheers for the contest~<3

I kept putting this off, for lack of good ideas, but tonight I really put it in gear and tried my best. ;w; <3

Since I've already sent off the entry to you, I might as well post it up here. ^^

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v357/Eiffel/Zelda3.jpg

http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/50322098/

Best of luck to everyone who entered!

`Matt`

Darkestheartofall said...

Hi i just wanted to say ill be sening in an entry 2nite. It sucks because i just found out about this contest on Mon. the 5th so it didnt give me much time to do anything, but I pulled it off. But I can turn it in tonight(Wed -7th), right? thats okay? anyways good contest idea...

Hylian Reploid said...

Yes, entries will be accepted all day today (March 7). I'm currently out of town so I won't be processing entries right away, but rest assured that it will be included when I get back.

Anonymous said...

is there any way i might be able to get an extention? i just found out about the contest and i would really like to enter if it is possible still.

Anonymous said...

Also, since the whole point of the contest is to encourage the creation of more quality fanart, please do not submit pictures made before December of 2006

- You said that but there are a lot of entries that were made well before 06 in this contest...

bishoujosteph said...

Hey there, I sent an email a couple hours ago with this, but to make sure it is in before contest time (in case the email fails or something unexpected like that..) I'll post the link where I posted it on DeviantART to be sure the timestamp shows here at least ^^;

http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/50384313/

There you go, my second and final entry. :)

Solipherus said...

*DIES*

I sent my second one in. It is half an hour past the deadline. TT___TT I'm so sorry! Photoshop nearly crashed and killed all my progress at 11:55 so I am SO GLAD that I still have an image left to send! D: D: D: X_X *crackle* *THUD* *respawns* *dies again*

here are links to mine just for the heck of it:

http://studentpages.scad.edu/~erreis20/triforce_beach.jpg
http://studentpages.scad.edu/~erreis20/SNOWLINK_FINISHED_SM.jpg

~Soli

lol said...

did u got my entry? if not here it is :)

very sucky but...didnt have much time :)
http://i18.tinypic.com/4dbw6sn.jpg


o_O works are wow, i dont have a chance ahaha :)

Solipherus said...

O____________O
Okay this is probably not allowed, but, my honor demands that I at least show you....

After I uploaded my entry to deviantart people said it looked like Link's tunic... *ahem* .. Well, I fixed it, it doesn't look like THAT anymore. It is a very very minor fix in one little area, and I just wanted you to know it was never supposed to look so awkward in the first place.

http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/50393577/

Since this is so long after the deadline I understand if this isn't allowed to count towards my entry, but I thought you should at least know. ^_^;