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The winner has been chosen!

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You can watch the recorded stream here if you want to...
> see all the entries and the studies
> hear a short critique/comment/tip on each one
> learn why the winners were chosen


Trophy Third place: Phoebe Wood KnavesAndKnots Trophy   

Hello From The Other Side by KnavesAndKnots


Trophy Second Place: Michael Witmann 2tall4yall Trophy 

Hunt by 2tall4yall


Trophy Winner Winner: Luisa Preißler LuisaPreissler Winner Trophy 

Winter Art Challenge by LuisaPreissler
Winter Art Challenge: Compiled Studies by LuisaPreissler


The other amazing participants (in no particular order)
Go and give them some love for being awesome!

:bulletblack: Alex Arscott MarsWater
Attempt 2 by MarsWater

:bulletblack: Seleia Aleynia
Santa's Helper by Aleynia

:bulletblack: Jakub Wiśniewski badbaddog
The Hunt for the Red Nose by badbaddog

:bulletblack: Lena LeoCandens
What's this by LeoCandens

:bulletblack: Ludvik Skopalik LudvikSKP
The Snowy Mountains by LudvikSKP

:bulletblack: Nuriya RisingAngelss
Queen of the North by RisingAngelss

:bulletblack: Styles Osunde vansty
Winter Tragedy by vansty

:bulletblack: Tiago Talexior
Merry Christmas! by Talexior

:bulletblack: Thilo Schön JNLN
Winter by JNLN

Thank you all so much for participating! :heart:
I hope you had fun creating your paintings and I hope it was a good incentive to start studying and improving your art! :) There will be more challenges like this one in the future, so look out!


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Original post:

As promised on livestream, here is a little challenge for you!

:bulletblack::bulletblack::bulletblack: Create a winter/holiday themed painting that you can then send out as a holiday card! :bulletblack::bulletblack::bulletblack:
This is a very vague theme, I know. But I want you to try and come up with something that will represent your own ideal ‘art job’ - something that you’ll have a lot of fun creating, something you can put in your portfolio, something that could be a part of a personal project or something you can send to clients (or potential clients) to give them a better idea of what kind of art you like to create.

Anyone is free to join!

The winner receives

Anatomy-book-challenge by depingo

:bulletblack:  this very comprehensive book on the anatomy of both humans and animals. I’ll ship it to you for free, anywhere in the world! (the text in the book is in German, but it’s the pictures that are the important thing anyway)
:bulletblack:  an hour-long 1-on-1 portfolio review/critique/mentoring session
:bulletblack:  a signed MtG artist proof of your choice with a personalized sketch on the back!


:bulletblack::bulletblack::bulletblack: Deadline - December 15th 2015 :bulletblack::bulletblack::bulletblack:
That way you’ll still have time to maybe print and send your finished painting to family, friends and (potential?) clients!

Submit by either sending me a note here on deviantart with links to your final painting and studies OR by e-mailing me at annasteinbauer -at-

But here’s the catch: You need to do studies alongside your painting! This is something you should really be doing as much as possible anyway, ideally for every painting, to really maximize your progress. If you’ve never done this before, now is the time to begin! Start building those good habits before the new year comes :dance:

:bulletblack::bulletblack::bulletblack: How to Win :bulletblack::bulletblack::bulletblack:
The winner will be chosen based on how much work and effort they have put into both the studies and the finished painting, as well as on the progress made. Basically, this challenge is all about improving your art!


:bulletblack: Not so sure about the pose? - Draw some gestures! Either from life or photos, using very convenient tools like…

:bulletblack: Can’t come up with a good composition? - Take a look at some Master artists! Analyze and study how they handled their compositions.

:bulletblack: Having trouble with anatomy? - So many options! Andrew Loomis’ books (Drawing the Head and Hands; Figure Drawing for All It’s Worth) are a great start, as is Michael Hampton’s Figure Drawing: Design and Invention. Always supplement what you learn from books with studies from photo or - better yet - life!

:bulletblack: Don’t know how to paint skin/hair/fur/metal/cloth/etc? - Study that material and remember the steps you took to recreate that look! Ideally from life if possible, but photo studies are great too.

:bulletblack: Any other problems? - Get creative! Use your brain and try to figure out what kind of studies could help you with your particular issue. Look around forums to see what other people have done. If you're really stuck, feel free to ask!



Q: Do I have to do studies to take part in the challenge?
A: Yes.

Q: Do the studies have to be new and specifically created for this challenge?
A: Of course! The point is to improve! Please, please don’t cheat here - it’s not only unfair to the others taking part in the challenge, but also to yourself. Why would you cheat yourself out of an opportunity to improve your art? D.B.A.A.

Q: Does it have to be digital art?
A: Not at all! As long as it’s drawn/painted (and not photobashed or whatever), anything goes!

Q: Do I have to send my final painting to people as a holiday card?
A: It’s not a requirement. But the goal is to create something you’re proud of - your best work yet after all the work you’ve put into the studies - so why not show it off and wish people happy holidays at the same time?

Q: Can I submit my entry early?
A: By all means, be my guest!

Q: Why does the winner get an anatomy book? Shouldn’t the person with the least developed skills get something to learn with?
A: I’d like to think that the winner will be the person to show the biggest hunger to learn - therefore the one that would make the most out of a good book.

Any more questions? Please feel free to add them in the comments here!


Anna Steinbauer
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
freelance illustrator


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aetheldeviant Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Your art is an inspiration. I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy it. 
LadyKazegami Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2016  Student General Artist
Großartige Artworks, bin ein riesen Fan! 
La la la la
*Österreich high five* :'D
Schön mal jemand bekanntes aus Österreich zu sehen, kommt ziemlich selten vor...
Amynhotep Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your art is absolutely breathtaking! You must have put a lot of work into this.
snowy15708 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Saw your art on a Costco book cover! Amazing work :D
depingo Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Haha what? What book?
snowy15708 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Valkyrie ^^
depingo Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Ah! Cool :D
Volnium Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2016
Wonderful art!!!!!
jesuisblanche Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Atemberaubende Kunst! :)
Razeikel Featured By Owner May 22, 2016
Thank you for your beautiful artwork. I bought a years worth of ImagineFX after your cover caught my eye. Didn't realize you had a deviantart! As a long time magic player its awesome to see AMAZING new artist come into the scene. My favorite artists have always been John Avon, Terese Nielsen, Alexsi Briclot, Chris Rahn and now Anna Steinbauer! Hopefully you stay around for a while! Thanks again!
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