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4th Annual Illustration Contest (New Entry)

Journal Entry: Sun Feb 9, 2014, 4:01 PM
:new: We're up to four entries now! Check them out below!

And, yes, the Beast Wars Collab project is still underway.

And here we go again!

Your Challenge:

The challenge, should you chose to accept it, is to translate my short stories from the verbal to the visual! Pick your favorite from the list below and draw a scene or characters from it! Action, drama, science fiction, romance, humans, robots, werewolves... There should be something down there for everybody. Some characters already have references, but some don't. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Some stories contain characters that belong to my friends, but feel free to draw them as well!

Your Rules:

:bulletgreen:To enter, +fave this journal and +watch me so you can get updates for the contest. If you don't dig me, you can always un-watch once we're done.
:bulletgreen:Draw an illustration depicting a character or a scene from one of the ten stories below.
:bulletgreen:You may submit as many entries as you like!
:bulletgreen:Entries will be judged by faithfulness to the source material and complexity of the image.
:bulletgreen:In the description under your entry, include a link to the original story and this contest article.
:bulletgreen:Send your entries to me in a note so I can add them to this folder.
:bulletgreen:Entries must comply with the dA Terms of Service and be filed into the correct category. Any stock material must be properly credited. Also, no bases! Entries must be completely made by you.
:bulletgreen: The deadline is Tuesday, May 6!

(Hopefully) Your Prizes:

Unfortunately, this year I cannot afford as extensive a prize pool as I have in past years. I wish I could shower you all with prizes, but I hope this will be sufficient to draw you in!

Third Place

A simple sketch (like this) by SilverMender
A sketch by Underbase
A bag of Jelly Babies
A journal feature by sun-lily
A drawing by Beautiful-Doubt

Second Place

A colored character drawing by LittleMissAwesome
An inked drawing by Underbase
A Ghostbusters T-shirt (size XL)
A short story by me (1K word count)
A journal feature by sun-lily
A drawing by Beautiful-Doubt

First Place

One 3-month premium membership!
An art piece (as yet undecided) by aunjuli
A colored picture by Underbase
A short story by me (1K word count)
A 128MB memory card containing a collection of songs that keep me inspired
A bag of Jelly Babies
A journal feature by sun-lily
A drawing by Beautiful-Doubt

I'm also accepting donations to the prize pool. If you're interested in donating to the pool for some cross-promotion, just drop me a message.


Your Source Material:

Original Works

The WerefoxShe strode—no, glided—across the dance floor, striking in her bold nakedness. Her cinnamon  fur glowed like fire despite the minimal illumination, and did nothing to protect her modesty. Her posterior pumped two mounds of muscle up and down, up and down, with hypnotic reciprocation as she walked… that is, until she stopped, flicked her bushy tail and peered back over her shoulder to look at him. Him. Sammy hunched behind his table, and thanked providence that his own species had robust coats that prevented him from seeing such intimate details on his packmates. It also prevented her from seeing the red heat that emanated from his face.
San Francisco’s secret “thropes”-only club seemed like the place every werewolf had to experience at least once, but Samson felt himself experiencing was overwhelm and regret. And so he had slunk off into the farthest, darkest corner of the room just to observe. The club seemed to understand its clientele&
or MisbegottenChainsaw growls and guttural screams disrupted the peace of the pre-dawn hours. The dour smell of blood completed the picture: Someone was being murdered within the borders of Argo, and two werewolves diverted their patrol to ensure their land was not being used as an execution ground. As the crisis resonated through the forest, Sammy—known to his brethren as Phoenix—felt a surge of anxiety, and channeled that nervous energy into his speed.
 What they discovered was an unexpected sight, to say the least: two rogue werewolves, easily identified by their gaunt skin and ragged pelts, beating another to death. Werewolf fights were everyday occurrence, but attempted murder inside someone else’s territory was not. The Argo pack did not care for intruders; trouble-making intruders were cast out with extreme prejudice.
He didn’t have time to think before Hatchet howled a battle-cry and charged into the fray. Sammy, urged by instinct and loyalty, followed his mentor

The further (mis)adventures of Samson Phoenix, a young man with an inferiority complex as massive as his werewolf form.

Legends
"Professor Sewell! Come quickly! You're not bloody going to believe this!"
Professor Elizabeth Sewell gave the intern a cross glare through her glasses. She was a middle-aged woman, with red hair just beginning to silver. She was not finicky about her appearance, yet she tried very hard to avoid the "stern librarian" appearance displayed by many of her colleagues. "Language, Mister Porter. If you wish to be a professional, you'll need to control that hasty tongue of yours."
"Right sorry," young Porter gasped obligatorily as he shoved aside both flaps that served as the door to her tent and beckoned her outside. He was a consummate portrayal of young adulthood: longish hair that constantly dangled over his brows, sloppily-shaven stubble, and lose, dirty clothes. Dark brown hair and eyes were the only color contrasting an otherwise pasty complexion. "But you must come see this! We've found something in the cave!"
Elizabeth sighed as she closed her archeology book, obviously in no hurry.

The archeological discovery of the century proves the existence of werewolves... or does it? This story ties in to the universe of the novel I'm currently editing.

The Next StageDis Carson and Zriz dropped their guns and raised their hands—on in Zriz’s case, claws—into the air. Zriz spat at the feet of the Eubolan holding them at gunpoint. Dis shared the sentiment. Out of habit, he berated himself. He should have seen the signs of ambush before boarding the derelict and called in the authorities. As if the life of a search and rescue unit wasn’t dangerous enough, he’d had to go charging into the dead ship looking for survivors. Trying to be a hero.
Instead, it looked like he was going to be just another victim. A five-year veteran should have known better.
“Look, just take the rations and go,” Dis said. “Shit ain’t even expensive.”
“Do not tell me you are afraid of death, Carson,” said Zriz with that clicking noise he had for a laugh.
“Hell no,” he said. “But dying at the hands of a filthy pirate over a measly box of food rations isn’t what I want carved as an epita

“You humans have such odd concepts of death. To my people, there is no such thing as a ‘proud’ death. There is only tragedy.”

Earth and FangThis deep into the ancient maintenance halls of the disused subway system, air ventilation was not sufficient for a fire. Clara Hailey tightened the ratty length of knitting she called a scarf around her weather-worn face and surveyed the other piles of tattered, filthy clothing huddling together for warmth in the dank, dark environment humanity had been pushed into. Her raw fingers squeezed at the frayed ends of her scarf, as telltale sign of her stress. She did that a lot lately. The cold penetrated her into the marrow, as she had very little flesh on her bones to retain body heat. This was no way to live. Only two decades ago, humanity had been the undisputed masters of the world. She had been a child then, but she still remembered the pinnacle of their species. Now there was a whole generation for whom those were only abstract stories.
Sure, they had managed the Earth with foolhardy recklessness, but it had still been theirs. They had more rightful claim to it than the aliens who h

When Earth is overrun, monsters must emerge from the shadows.

The Princess PrerogativeNo one knew where Omnicide came from or how he had begun. All the people of Earth knew was that he was from a dark corner of the universe, and driven to become the last form of life standing. And, as cosmic energies built up about him, they knew one other intrinsic fact: It was him, or them. The Planetary Guardians did not kill. But for genocidal maniacs, they would make an exception. So long as none of the “pure” heroes had to taint their costumes with blood.
That’s what they kept Wildman around for.
None of the other Planetary Sentinels had the guts to do what was necessary. With scream that would be described as inhuman by anyone who didn’t know him, Wildman coiled and sprung himself into the vortex. He pulled his trademark machetes out of their sheaths. Omnicide was so sure in his victory, so enraptured by the play of energies around him, that he did not see Wildman coming until it was too late. The Indestructanium blades pierced his thick black hide. He loo

The antihero Wildman won't let anything get in the way of his mission.

Fan Fiction

The ZooCybertronians did not experience grogginess. Unlike humans, there were no levels of consciousness; they were either offline or online. Moonhunter had tried to explain what it was like to Whiplash once, on a Saturday morning when her human brother Cassidy had been reluctant to get out of bed. But the young Maximal had not been able to fathom what it was like and she still couldn’t.
Although, when she snapped online to find herself in a dark cell, staring up at a barely-illuminated ceiling, she found herself wishing she could control her level of consciousness and go back offline without fully registering the freakishness into which she had just awoken.
She played back her most recent memories for some clue as to how she’d wound up here. There had a huge sphere in the sky, suddenly spearing out of nowhere while she scouted a valley on some remote planet. A blue light had illuminated her and then nothingness. It must have been a stun ray, or a tractor beam, or some efficient

When a young Maximal is kidnapped, how far will her creator go to rescue her?

The Warrior's PathHe had decided. As his sensei had taught him, a warrior needed to be resolute. Ironic, then, that the warrior's interpretation of his master's teachings had led him down a path that separated him from said master. Sensei had disapproved of his intentions, saying that he sought glory, not honor. But were they not the same thing? Glory could not be achieved without honor, and honor meant nothing without glory.
He walked through the hallways of the Astrological Imperium. Such a duplicitous hideaway was hardly becoming of the future conquerors of Cybertron. But then, the legends said that the original Megatron had founded the Decepticon movement amongst worse straights. The Predacons were repeating history, but they would learn from the mistakes of their ancestors. This new Megatron had assured him of a grand plan to wipe Cybertron free from the stranglehold of hypocritical, oppressive Maximals. They would succeed where the Decepticons had failed.
He hesitated at the entrance of Megatron's

"I, Dynobot, pledge myself to your cause," he rasped. "My sword is yours. I will stand by your side as we terrorize our enemies."

Oddities“Welcome, Nikola, to the TARDIS!” said the Doctor. He tossed his hunter-green coat onto a coat rack and spread his arms out for dramatic effect. “Is it not magnifisome?”
Nikola Tesla was awestruck by massive room. “It’s-“
“Bigger on the inside?” asked the Doctor.
“Actually, I was going to say beautiful,” Tesla said. “You didn’t really expect me to state the obvious, did you?”
The Doctor pouted. “Most people do. Care to take a guess at how it’s done?”
“Well, this is obviously beyond the reach of contemporary science, but I would hazard a guess at the manipulation of dimensional laws?” He stepped forward and surveyed the control panels. As if dared, he reached out to touch the console. It somehow felt more real than he expected. “For a fantastical machine, the façade strikes me as rather anachronistic. Wooden panels, brass fixtures. What are these glowing rods in

A very-random collision between two Doctors, Nikola Tesla, and an astronaut.

Half the BattleBilly couldn’t take it any more. His parents were so mean. So he was going to run away. That would teach them a lesson. He stuffed his backpack with clothes, his favorite action figure, and a jar of peanut butter. He would take care of himself and prove to his parents that they shouldn’t treat him like a baby. And then when he finally came home, it would be on his own terms.
He waited until midnight. When his parents were sound asleep, he opened his bedroom window and climbed down the latticework from the second story.
Billy made it all the way to the corner before a yellow car transformed into Bumblebee. A military helicopter shone a spotlight over him and several G.I. Joes rappelled down around him. Superman swooped down from the sky, landed, and put his hands on his hips. Captain Planet materialized in a rainbow of light. A manhole creaked open and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles came pouring out of the sewer.
All the assembled heroes scrutinized him.
“Okay, okay,

If you didn't grow up in the 80s and/or 90s, you probably won't get this.

Your Entries:

Earth and Fang by Canalus La Belle sans Merci copy by anubis-x Half the Battle by Raydzl Dis and Zurr by Underbase


Previous Years' Winners!

Gunslinger and Betsy by Canalus St'Nan couple by SilverMender
:star:but you CAN fall off a cliff by Underbase:star:
2011
Gunslinger and his new protoform by Bluetabbycat Lonely-1 by Kingoji
:star:Last Moment by Nightenscythe:star:
2012
Nonissue by Underbase Captive by Zimeta The Kill by LupinHen
:star:Apex Predator by Sidonie:star:
2013

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Bluetabbycat 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
IT'S COMING! IT'S COMING! ARRRRG!!! ... 

Trust me, you're going to love it. [EXO] Luhan Emoticon 
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JZLobo 1 day ago  Hobbyist Writer
I don't doubt that!
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KaydenFrei Apr 7, 2014  Student General Artist
No promises I'll finish this piece for your contest so don't get too attached tot he idea or not (this is the hardest thing I have worked on yet I may just get frustrated and drop it lol)
But the werefox, does she have any fox-like markings? or just pure cinnamon fur?
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JZLobo Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Well, I always figured she has a lighter shade of fur for her underbelly, like a real fox. And she retains the black hair of her human form.
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KaydenFrei Apr 7, 2014  Student General Artist
Any darker markings on her arms or back? :3
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JZLobo Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Hm, no I don't think so.
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KaydenFrei Apr 7, 2014  Student General Artist
Alrighty :3
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JZLobo Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Good luck. :)
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KaydenFrei Apr 7, 2014  Student General Artist
I think i need it right now lol
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