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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

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Trophy Third place: Phoebe Wood PhoebeWood Trophy   

Hello From The Other Side by PhoebeWood

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Trophy Second Place: Michael Witmann 2tall4yall Trophy 

Hunt by 2tall4yall

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Trophy Winner Winner: Luisa Preißler LuisaPreissler Winner Trophy 

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



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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!


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: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- gmail.com
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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!



Studies

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

: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!

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Q&A

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!
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:iconahuilli:
Ahuilli Featured By Owner Edited Nov 27, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HAHAHA How ironic .... The winner - The person who has one the best drawing quality - Win stuff to learn to draw ....  :wat:  LOL! XD

Very great contest congratulations!
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:icondepingo:
depingo Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
It's because they have worked very hard to get to where they are now - and therefore are the most likely to do something great with new learning materials.
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:iconahuilli:
Ahuilli Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, one can never stop learning .... but the prize seems a bit ironic ... Hehe
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:iconbadbaddog:
badbaddog Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015   Digital Artist
was super fun! Can't wait for another one!
Happy holiday!
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:icondepingo:
depingo Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you liked it! Your painting came out really nice :)
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:iconambiguityart:
AmbiguityArt Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Dayum I'm sorry I missed that. Cool of you to do at any rate :).
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:icondepingo:
depingo Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Yup, there will be more of these challenges! Not sure when yet :)
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Wolkenfels Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015
sorry fürs nicht-einreichen, aber ich möchte das Bild noch nicht öffentlich zeigen - sind noch nicht alle Karten abgeschickt. :)

Immerhin hast du das Hauptziel erreicht. a) ich habe eine Karte gemalt und b) ich habe Studien dafür gemacht. (wenn auch nicht soviel, wie ich sollte)
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:icondepingo:
depingo Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Du musst es nicht öffentlich zeigen, um teilzunehmen! Es reicht, wenn du mir die Sachen per Mail schickst. Außer du willst, dass es auch für mich eine Überraschung bleibt ;)
Aber egal ob du teilnimmst oder nicht - es freut mich sehr, dass wir das Ziel erreicht haben :)
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justonewing Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
German:
Das ist wirklich eine tolle Idee und mal was ganz anderes. Mensch immer wenn ich denke: Depingo - die ist jetz eine von den Großen - die nur noch sehr viele wichtige und unglaublich coole Dinge zu tun hat weil sie mit ihrer schönen Kunst endlich Geld machen kann - kommst du mit solch schönen Ideen. Ich glaube ich mache auch mit - allein weils so ein super cooler und ganz persönlicher Ansporn ist. <3

English: I said a lot of "Your awsome - awsome projekt - im as always stunned of you!" :D And one question: Do you want some screens of the study work as well or only the finla end product? :)
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mooninkz Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015   General Artist
I'm in!!!!!
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Viccolatte Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Waaah this sounds like a great idea, and a great excuse to get my ass in gear and do more studies. Gonna try to do something for this:)
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:icondepingo:
depingo Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Oh yes, please do join! I can't wait to see what beautiful painting you come up with :heart: :hug:
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moondustowl Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I just came by curiosity cuz I love everything that is winter themed, but you really caught me with this challenge. Not the prize... but the progress asked for our work to be done... it is something unusual and a really great idea! ...also I need to thank you for the practice site you shared. It is awesome and helps a lot! :aww:

Happy early Halloween by the way! NaNoEmo #1: Happy Pumpkin 
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Toyona Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome. I think Im doing this.
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sherrysaini Featured By Owner Edited Oct 31, 2015  Student Digital Artist
i think i will participate in it, not for the prize but just as a chance to compete with professionals and learn a lot! :D
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:iconprotekpax:
Protekpax Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015  Student
what is a study?
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:iconbekonuizado:
BekonuIzado Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Long story short Let's say you want to draw a bird
You have no idea how to draw a bird
You then look at birds and draw then
Draw their facial structure
Anatomy, wings
And keep drawing till u gots the hang of it
Some people fill sketch pads with nothing but study's
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:iconprotekpax:
Protekpax Featured By Owner Edited Oct 31, 2015  Student
wow..thanks man. Say I want to check out how other people draw birds. And I try to draw the way they did. Is that study ?
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:iconbekonuizado:
BekonuIzado Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Yes? Kinda, but it I think it's more of looking/studying the actual thing rather from someone else?
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:iconprotekpax:
Protekpax Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015  Student
so its more about observing stuff in real life, is it?
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:iconbekonuizado:
BekonuIzado Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015  Student Digital Artist
exactly!
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TooSillyForWords Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Might give it a try.
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aldesi Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Great idea, I think I'll participate just to get drawing. I barely have a portfolio because I've been so inactive lately, so the prize would be totally wasted one me though, hehe xD
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zimzimzim1235 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pumpkin
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:iconvanvanmar:
vanvanmar Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015   Digital Artist
It is really awesome that you are focusing on the person development rather then his skills!! Thanks a lot for coming up with this callenge!!
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ShiguKun Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015  Hobbyist
May I ask how much this book  ? ;w;
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Dangerfields Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I love  :icondepingo: for this  Heart Heart Heart Heart  Excited for this!
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NadiaRausa Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015  Student Artist
This is so exciting! I am definitely going to try and do it. This will be my first serious challenge. :D Thanks so much for the opportunity!
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:iconbadbaddog:
badbaddog Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015   Digital Artist
hereby I pledge to take part in this challenge!
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:icondepingo:
depingo Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome! :highfive:
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:iconbleghargh:
bleghargh Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015
Sounds so fun!
Will definitely give it a shot! 8)
Thanks for this XD
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:iconobfucia:
obfucia Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015  Student Digital Artist
This would be awesome for my art portfolio seeing as its my final year in university, Thanks for the opportunity to get professional art feedback Anna you're amazing :D!
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MowenDesigns Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
What a lovely idea! I will try my best to participate. :) I'm not a very good illustrator but it'd be nice to have my own Christmas cards anyways hehe.
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:icondepingo:
depingo Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
It's judged based on improvement and effort, so you really don't need to worry if you don't think you're that good yet! And exactly, I was hoping that people would just be doing their Christmas cards anyway!
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Aleynia Featured By Owner Edited Oct 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm super excited! But the nervousness destroys that excitement XD
I better start brainstorming! And do some studies. And cry-die.
But I'll try my best and maybe even send it to some art directors, friends and family!
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Stargazzer811 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015
I'd enter but my only artistic talent is in writing :( (Sad) 
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:icondepingo:
depingo Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
This is judged based on improvement! So if you don't know how to draw at all and learn to draw just a bit (I recommend Andrew Loomis' Fun With A Pencil which you can find as a free pdf online), you might have great chances anyway ;)
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Stargazzer811 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015
Perhaps. :) (Smile) 
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miss-hena Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015
Wird zeitlich sehr eng für mich, mal schauen ob ich das irgendwie hinbekomme. Aber selbst wenn nicht, ist es eine super Idee!

(Och nööö, ausgerechnet heute Abend bin ich mal wieder nicht da :( )
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:icondepingo:
depingo Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Aww, wir haben dich vermisst! Und ich hoffe, dass du Zeit findest! :)
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:iconneophobica:
neophobica Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
YAY! Need to make time for this :D
And double YAY livestream :heart:
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:iconyihyoungli:
YihyoungLi Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
This is so generous and cool of you!  I'll try to submit something.
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unikatdesign Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015  Professional
What a nice challenge! Looking forward to this, I hope I get inspired and I got enough time to create something new :)
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:icongrieverjoe:
Grieverjoe Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015
Very interesting. I might give it a shot. :)
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:icondepingo:
depingo Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Please do :) It's something you'd probably be painting anyway, so why not? ;)
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:iconengelszorn:
engelszorn Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015  Professional General Artist
Awesome! I'll give it a try :)
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