tips 2 win a skin contest (that have nothing to do with drawing)
I’ve gotten 5 skins that have won contests since starting FR (and since I don’t enter every contest by a long shot and even took a hiatus for a year, take that as you will). The thing is, after a certain point, there are PLENTY of artists that are equally skilled and produce results where there is only subjective superiority, not objective.
Basically, art gets so good that there isn’t a clear winner and it’s anyone’s game. Stack the odds in your favor!
Here are all the things u need 2 know to have a pretty good chance at winning that don’t actually have anything to do with drawing
1. Follow the rules
You can only have two entries, and each need to be transparent 350px by 350px formats. You cannot alter the shadows or lineart, so make sure they’re there and still present. This should be self explanatory, but so many people do not do this? Ridic.
2. Make it a skin
Of the 17 pages of entries for this festival, only 37 entries were skins that cover the whole body (and some of those are from the same artist, or are very similar in design). Less than two pages worth of entires, and half of the festival winners will be skins. Would you rather try for top 7 of 37 entries or top 7 of 300? Not to mention, accents typically sell much better than skins when selling privately, and many top-notch artists hedge their bets by making accents for the festival so if they DO fail, they still make lots of money and get good advertisement by posting to the submissions thread. The skin competition is both dramatically smaller and less attractive for quaity artists to enter.
3. k. i. s. s.
Keep it simple, stupid! Don’t post a brillion detailed shots of the 300% zoom version of your work. It may look cool, but people just aren’t going to be able to see that in the final result. It doesn’t really matter. Focus on making it look good when it’s being WORN, meaning make sure to zoom out if you work with a bigger canvas so all those details you might add don’t end up looking like muddy garbage because they end up too small and blurry!
4. Minimize gimmick
Transparent sections, body and texture mods, clothing aditions etc- these are a few of the things staff typically do not look for. Can and will they get accepted? Absolutely! Is it the common winner? No, they tend to favor marking-type art, not things that push their “breed must be recognizable” additions, or art that horn in on their potential festival apparel. If you give your imp skin a pretty flowy cape and the festival item is a pretty flowy cape, good luck.
5. Small quality tips-
this miiight be drawing related, but it doesn’t actually require any drawing to do. First, don’t forget to color the lineart and tint the shading! They’re small things that you can do with a mouse if you’re smart about it, but it pulls a picture together nicely, and it lines up with the site’s style (especially not having hard black lines). Just make sure that the lineart is dark enough!
6. Observe the competition
if 90% of the skins entered are imps, don’t do an imp (unless you have a REALLY AMAZING PERFECT DESIGN THAT YOU HAAAVE TO DO because passion can go a long way in quality). Staff aren’t going to pick more that three of one breed for a festival, and even more than two is usually pushing it.
that’s it. Basically just make life easy for the staff and minimize competition.