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  As I had mentioned before, turnout for the contest was low. Therefore there are no assigned winners/special categories, just a presentation of those who submitted entries. It seems some people tried a few new things, which is nice to see. Oddly enough, the majority went with Leigh regardless. Thanks to those who entered, and I hope you enjoyed yourselves and got something out of it.
   Here are the entries in no particular order:

   I see a little shilouette... by andynortonuk :thumb50805874:  :thumb51618334:
:thumb52293234: A Different Kind Of Pain by Draktyr :thumb52919970: Leight Attack by TamTorisuna
    It looks like some good effort went into these, it is pleasant to see and appreciated. Thus concludes the second contest for fun. It is unlikely another will be presented in the near future.

     Meanwhile, keep in mind why you are drawing and what you are reaching for. Most artists want to end up successful at what they do, others draw only as a side hobby. If you really want to end up successful keep in mind the amount of work it takes and the sacrifice involved. Being popular with friends and small microcosm communities will not lead to successful work if you are not good at what you do and have a good handle on a work ethic. There is no magical pill that makes you better at artwork. The methods vary, but the unchanging point is that there is no replacement for hard work and practice. Avoid the pitfalls. If all you want is popularity then you will end up drawing things for other people only and lose creativity by allowing others to guide what you do and how you do it. If you are looking to do work professionally but are unwilling to put in the work required and take that time away from your games and such then perhaps the time has come to reconsider your situation and priorities. There is a saturation of artists competing for work and trying to make names for themselves. The majority will fall to the wayside for various reasons, if you really want to move on you must be willing to do the work, to make quality, to be creative and practice what you do and create a work ethic. I have encountered too many times people who are complaining about how they do not have work, won't get hired and all they are doing is doodling for friends and waiting for a company to come find them and offer them their dream job. Work hard. Work your ass off. Don't talk about drawing, actually do it. Get better. Draw things you are afraid that you cannot. Vary subjects and presentation. Get your name out there and work hard at what makes you happy to reshape it into something that also happens to make others happy. Most importantly remember why you enjoy art and don't lose sight of it.
If your enjoyment does not align with what it takes to do it professionally, well, perhaps doing it professionally is not for you.

     Please do not try to merely take advantage of people. Many people enjoy artwork and it is an honour when people are willing to toss their scratch at you for an image. However, the trend seems to be to offer them the lowest quality they will accept while trying to get the most out of them. Looking at consumers/customers/etc as a mark or fool to be exploited is unfortunate. You shouldn't have to fool someone into paying for your work or push too heavily into the range of charging high because you know eventually one person will buy it making up for all those who do not...this means that your work is not being seen as worth what it is being offered for. Good business should be a handshake, you both benefit from the arrangement and feel it was worthwhile. Not overselling yourself is as important as remembering not to undersell yourself. Focus on being good at what you do so people want to pay for it rather than being good at fooling people into paying for undergrade work. More and more people are wanting less to be good artists and more and more wanting to be popular for minimal work and gag ppl for cash. Disagree with me? Awesome, that is why opinions are free to have. Just food for thought.

     I have been work heavy as of late, and am not able to post the work I am doing as I mentioned before. Sometimes things I work on will end up online, but it obviously will not be as frequent as before. There should be some good projects coming up and I will speak on those when the time is more appropriate.

  I also am working currently in association with Angry Viking Press, a newer publisher. I will be doing covers and other work with them including a book. In a future post i will go into more detail in regards to the company and the team. I will also be at Anthrocon in the dealer's room running a table this year, and I can direct you to the company table as well.

     Played through Super Paper Mario, and I was sad. It started out strong with some great ideas, but it seemed like the developers got lazy halfway through and just made timesink levels and levels that were uncreative and straight forward. It felt a lot like they were merely trying to prolong the game rather than make fun quality levels that are enjoyable to play. Sorrow follows.

   Anyhow, that's it for now.
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clarjon1 Featured By Owner May 14, 2007
I love Leigh, myself... Hey, think you could see about getting someone to make a 3D model in Blender?

That'd be sweet! 3D Leigh...

I like the contest, however. May the best artist win!
dawnbest Featured By Owner May 5, 2007  Professional Digital Artist

Also, nice talent at this event you've gathered.
Lamontraccoon Featured By Owner May 4, 2007
Thats what I'm talking about. That advice just put me back into what I NEED to do. I procasted too much in what I wanted as far as my work goes.

I'm just gonna thank you for posting those words, you have no idea how much this helps me as an artist looking for work. It's hard BUT if it was easy.... there wouldn't be any payoff. I draw because it's my life, making money off of it only came to me after ALOT of comic drawing. Plus other than the money.. I just want to get out there, learn as much as I can and hopefully one day be able to give advice to someone else. Just like you JUST did for me. Thanks man.. this helps. :D
Izixs Featured By Owner May 2, 2007
Ye got a good head on ye shoulders. I forsee ye having a glorious future.
Nomisluck Featured By Owner May 2, 2007  Hobbyist
woot for sexy scales, that dragon girl is just so hawt and oh so hard to recreate with the amount of detail you put into it!
Le-Doude Featured By Owner May 2, 2007
Urks... I can't believe i missed this contest !
About this entry.. Very interesting to read thoughts of a pro about such kind of things (yeah, my english is horrible shame on me!). The journey to glory and popularity promises to be long and hard.
digital-dust Featured By Owner May 2, 2007
Your commitment is giving me envy. All i ever do is slouch around in the bed. : (

Hopefully your wisdom will give me some much needed motivation.
Foxxie-Angel Featured By Owner May 2, 2007
Its nice to hear a pro with the same views as my own! If you want to make it big you're gonna need to focus on something other than backgroundless doodles, you'll need an understanding of organic and inorganic materials, architecture and perspective, I've not sold many commisions, I wouldn't count myself as popular but it doesn't stop me from progressing, most of those who make it as pros tend to be unheard of before hand =p
Poofette Featured By Owner May 1, 2007
Your words have been so inspiring to me as an artist & as a person. I have plenty more to say but I'm sure you'd get bored of reading how much you & your art has had an impact on me throughout the years...Thank you so much Jay.
HessianD Featured By Owner May 1, 2007  Professional General Artist
Thanks, you know how to light a fire under my ass.
pinknikki Featured By Owner May 1, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're awesome. :heart:
Rampsizzle Featured By Owner May 1, 2007
I could'nt agree more. Very inspriational & truthful words :nod:
the-burning-claw Featured By Owner May 1, 2007
It's nice to see a respected artist saying these things. The type of person you find frustrating, frustrates me too. People really expect things to fall in their laps, and wonder why they get a bad reputation when they ridicule their customers. *shakes her head* It's very silly.
westernphilosopher Featured By Owner May 1, 2007  Professional Filmographer
Hey, thanks for your thoughts; it's definitely given me some things to think about myself. Not the part about 'work your ass off'... thankfully I finally figured that out on my own, but more in that it's mirrored things i've puzzled out for myself lately. Sometimes it helps to realize other people have had the same things going on, so that it's easier to push oneself.
saintelle Featured By Owner May 1, 2007
I have bad luck and all the contests I enter die or get cancelled! (Someday I hope can win-- or not).

But you're really right about not getting better by drawing stuff just so people like it. From my experience doing just the opposite doesn't work either. I need a work ethic!
Danifox Featured By Owner May 1, 2007
I though will be a little more pics, anyway, smart words there back, really makes think about my art (if can be called like that) and work and keep working, one day I wanna be a good artist, so, let get some practique by now.

wish you luck with your projects, and keep going Jay.

PrinceKaro Featured By Owner May 1, 2007
I agree wholeheartedly with what you say about treating your customers right... It's a great honor if they want to commission a picture of mine, and I always do the best job possible, and they should expect nothing less.
Lupinator Featured By Owner May 1, 2007
I really appreciate hearing your words in this journal. You have exactly the right attitude for being a professional artist, and that's why you are.

Oddly enough, I'm kinda on the inverse. Like you, I truly believe in giving your "all" when it comes to artwork, but at the same time, I have no aspirations doing any of it professionally. To me, it's just nice to make nice artwork, share a vision or idea, and I'll never have to really worry about making something that I haven't already placed my heart in.

But heck, that might all change some day too.

Take care man.
Lupinator Featured By Owner May 1, 2007
oops... I guess I was pissed in my last enrty... hmmm
ThereminStudio Featured By Owner May 1, 2007
I find the problem that people waches and faves but never gives a critique =(
xladyaprilx Featured By Owner May 1, 2007
I don't have the energy to write anything meaningful, but I really enjoyed the post about ego VS art. I guess it was important for me to see that somebody else noticed the same things going on. Having a creative career requires more work than a lot of people know, and one must have a great work ethic to even survive in school, let alone the real world. It's tough sometimes, though. I feel a lot better after I read that. Thanks JAxer. :3
Inkthinker Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Looking forward to seeing that book!
captainq1632 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007
Thank you for posting this.

On another note, sorry I couldn't contribute to your contest, as I have been away for several months. Ah well, I probably would have drawn Leigh anyways.
Draktyr Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great job everyone! :D
Danifox Featured By Owner May 1, 2007
Draktyr Featured By Owner May 1, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem! :D
Negativefox Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007
It's weird how this second contest would reflect real life. All through life, there are places where failure ranges from little to life changing. When a person understands that they made a failure, they could avoid it altogether and move on through life, or they could try again, hoping that something better, even a little, could come out of it again. Even if they fail again, they will know what it feels like, and even if they can't do it over, at least they tried. Everyone has bad runs, even if they did have it successful in the past. That is what life, and art, is all about.
minionsultd Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007
Much wisdom you have here.
FukaiYamiNoRyu Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007   Digital Artist
Damn O_o Thats an eye opener for me. D: I've not had motivation to draw for a loooonnng time, almost a year, and my art has greatly suffered because of it. I no longer hold the same skill with pencil and ink like I once did.

I see now that internet, and numerous social activites(as well as the incredibly hard to resist TV) have very much gotten in the way of my art.

My fear of my family(still living with them, sadly) also holds me back, and I've decided to cut if off and do a wide varity of art though they may not like it and even threaten to abandon me like they have before. I shall no longer fear gaining artistic skill at the cost of loosing family.

Thanks dude ^_^
Chihiro14 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007
Wow. I totally agree. That's why I didn't go into art as a profession. I don't have the work ethic for it. I'd rather keep art as a hobby, personally. <3 Great words of advice.
SteveBarkin Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007
What you say may seem a bit harsh, but you're absolutely right.
chibipunk7231 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007
wow, all these guys did great! gah, i wish i wasn't so busy so i could join another one of your fun contest. wow, so true on the popular artist thing, at one point i was just drawing pictures for friends and i never got any of my own themes out there. thanks for the advice!~ :w00t: You keep up the great work too, your artwork is always worth waiting for!~
Boneitis Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
"Work your ass off. Don't talk about drawing, actually do it. Get better. Draw things you are afraid that you cannot."

Sounds like the last year of my life, well put. Too bad contest turnout was bad. Then again summer's always a better time.
SilentChaosT Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007
your right. I should spend more time on my art.
Homework isn't extremely important so I could cut down on that, and some of the greatest scientists have refuted sleep as a waist of time so I can cut down to just a couple of hours a day.
Not to mention spending time with others being completely pointless.
I'm inspired by your words sir. I will work harder so I can become better.
Congrats on the new job
JayAxer Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007
hm hm hmmmm
hyspin Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
Hey Jay, yeah that is very true that was why I was unable to make the contest this time around. Also I made a request to a friend to post info on the contest for me in there network but they forgot but what can I do.

I have double amount of work to do (as of late), not only do I have to maintain my graphic design skills for my current career, and business, I also have to get back my illustrations skills that I lost do to a couple of years none usage. So combine that with trying to find better work and seeing if I am willing to disorganize myself to move across country has made time tight to everything. Eventually I will have a proper balance for it all.

I did like doing your last contest. And hope to have time to do more but my illustration skills are slower than most the "Woman Past the Monster" image took me approximate 2-3 days and I know that I am way behind the standards when it comes to speed (but first accuracy then speed), but I am glad on how well it turned out.

I can imagine how long it must take you to do your work and how busy you are being a professional in the business of illustration. I hope to get to be at level to produce great pieces of artwork combined with greate Graphic Design skills.
But I am lucky to have the customers that I have and work (even though it just to pay bills not quality work), but I need now to know how to say know so that I can have enough time for things and know when I am being cheated. If I make more contracts and policies (which I am still learning how to do) I can reduce the problem that arise with customers so they don't try bullying me or cheating me.

Okay I did it again I started going off topic yammering about stuff that irrelevant to you. Okay thanks for the reminder it hard being artist these days everyone is trying to make a buck off us, without paying us, and often taking advantage of young artist they think the can continue this behavior to artist trying to make a living hence dropping the perceived value and time to make excellent artwork or design.

Good luck on your future endeavors .
JayAxer Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007
you seem to have the right attitude to find the balance yer looking for. cheers~
StudioTRUE Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007
You speak TRUTH.

Sorry I didn't enter like I said I would, School and the new discovery of Photoshop robbed me of my focus. But I'll try my hand at drawing something involving your characters just for lulz and pratice.
Xss- Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wish I could fav this entry journal...:3
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duo2nd Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007
Nice one.
Oi1Bob Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree 100%
SilverFenrir Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007
Wow dude. Very well-put.
LychiCambess Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007
Amen. :nod:

Or if you're not the religious type, "Agreed."
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