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Old 2009-02-05, 04:25   Link #1
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SOTM 2009 - February (Dancing) - Entry Thread


!!!Welcome to the SOTM!!!




~Congratulations to Riker for winning the January Contest!~

The theme chosen for February is - Dancing.
What is that? See here for details.





About the SOTM:
The Signature Of The Month contest is open to all members of the Animesuki Forums. The goal of the contest is to provide a fun and competitive way of showing off and improving the signatures and personal skills of contestants. The winner of each months contest is given the privilege of choosing the theme for the next month.

The contest begins on the first of each month and consists of roughly two weeks of entry creation/submission, one week of voting, and one week off. The entry and voting periods may be extended or shortened slightly as needed.



About the SOTM Theme:
Each month prospective contestants are given a theme to base their entries on. This theme is decided by the winner of the previous contest. The theme can be anything, as long as it does not break forum rules regarding inappropriate material. At the end of the month, voters choose which entries they liked best out of all submitted entries and a new winner is decided. Themes cannot be used twice in a row.



The Rules of the SOTM:

1. Contestants are allowed to create, work on, and submit their entry from the start of the contest until two weeks from the start date. This period of time is specified by the organizer every month. Once the entry period expires, all submitted entries are gathered up and sent to the Voting Thread.

2. Contestants must submit original works. This means you cannot simply cut a picture out, slap your name on it, and call it your own. Claiming someone else's work as your own is also not allowed. Anyone caught doing this will have their entries removed from the contest.

To further expand on this rule:
2A. Unless proven otherwise, all entries made by contestants are derivatives of works made by someone else. Thus, no claim of "ownership" shall be made in reference to the image(s) used in the signature entry.

2B. Misrepresenting someone else's signature work for your own is prohibited and will result in an immediate expulsion of the entry and disqualify the contestant from the current month's contest.

2C. In the spirit of originality, "crop" sigs are frowned upon, but not discouraged; however, the contest organizer can call upon all contestants to show the source of their entry(ies) at any time.

2D. Also in the spirit of originality, new signatures are encouraged. However, if you feel one of your older signatures is perfect for the theme and wish to enter it, you may. Just remember that the signature still has to follow the rules stated above.
3. Contestants are allowed to create as many entries as they wish, but are only allowed to enter one. To submit an entry officially, the contestant must mark the post in the Offical Entry Thread containing that entry with the words "Final Entry", or they can submit the signature to the contest organizer using the private message function.

4. Contestants who wish to keep their entries private until after the submission period can private message the contest organizer with their entry. The entry will not be displayed until submissions are closed, unless the contestant displays that entry publicly.

5. Entries must comply with Animesuki rules regarding signature size. This means each entry can be no larger than 500 x 160, and must be less than 50,000 bytes. They must also comply with forum decency rules. If you think your entry will be offensive or reported to the moderators, don't post it, even as a joke.



About the SOTM Entry Process:

Every month, a new entry thread is created. Each month's entry thread is a central spot meant to give contestants a chance to create and improve their entries as well as their skills, in addition to providing them a place to post their official submissions.
The thread is solely about helping contestants with entries, and as such these things will not be tolerated:
1. Nonconstructive and negative criticism (if you truly dislike something about an entry, be polite and helpful)

2. Comments, questions, or complaints about General SOTM affairs

3. Flaming, trolling, and other uncivil behavior that breaks Forum Rules
Anyone disrupting the thread will be asked to take it privately, to the SOTM Generic Discussion Thread, or if the offense is severe enough - reported to the moderators.




This Month's Entry Period::

This months entry period officially starts Sunday, February 1st, 2009 and lasts until Friday, February 20th, 2009. Entries will be gathered and put up for voting on Sunday, February 22nd, 2009. Voting will end on the following Sunday.

The due date ends at 11:59 (midnight basically) UTC/GMT. The polling will be up one day later after 11:59 (again, midnight). I will try to be as lenient as I can with last minute submissions but only slightly.

It is up to you as a contestant to know what your time zone is in relation to UTC/GMT. I cannot do this for you.

Here is a site that can help you figure that out: http://www.worldtimeserver.com/convert_time_in_UTC.aspx




Good luck to all contestants, and most importantly, have fun!!!

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Old 2009-02-05, 04:26   Link #2
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Old 2009-02-05, 06:09   Link #3
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Using this sig as a stand-in until I'm able to find time to go render hunting ^^

May also use the same render, just redo the sig~
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Old 2009-02-05, 06:42   Link #4
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Wow! What a rather hard theme to make.
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Old 2009-02-05, 07:21   Link #5
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Looks like an interesting and fairly easy theme imo Ill try to get some free time to see what i can come up with.
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Old 2009-02-05, 08:12   Link #6
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I will be very busy this month.. I can spare some times for my collecting duty, but I probably wont be around playing in this thread much
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Dancing? Why not a Valentine theme since its february??

Good theme though.
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Old 2009-02-05, 12:00   Link #8
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On a random note... why the banner still says SOTM 2008? O_o...
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Old 2009-02-05, 16:56   Link #9
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I will be very busy this month.. I can spare some times for my collecting duty, but I probably wont be around playing in this thread much
Understood. I'm also finding myself short of free time lately.

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Dancing? Why not a Valentine theme since its february??

Good theme though.
Dunno. So far no one has picked a Holiday theme when the appropriate month came around. I won't object to you making a Valentines signature, just so long as it includes dancing. ^^

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On a random note... why the banner still says SOTM 2008? O_o...
It says that because I keep forgetting about the banner until someone reminds me that it's 2009 already. I'll get around to updating it sometime.
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Old 2009-02-06, 01:07   Link #10
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kind of a stand-in probably



ddr does count right? <<
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an experiment sig


C&C please
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Old 2009-02-06, 14:19   Link #12
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It says that because I keep forgetting about the banner until someone reminds me that it's 2009 already. I'll get around to updating it sometime.
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Using this sig as a stand-in until I'm able to find time to go render hunting ^^

May also use the same render, just redo the sig~
Well, the sig is really cute and catchs perfectly the theme, but the text is a bit hard to read :?

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ddr does count right? <<
Hmmmm.... maybe if we remove the lens flare....

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C&C please
Doesn't look much like dancing... still I could be wrong.
Mayabe if you focus more body of the dancers it would catch more the theme
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well, this was the stock I used
the hands were cut but I've watched this already and they were dancing
thought it was noticeable that they were dancing, I was wrong
maybe I'll find another stock
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Anoo .. I'm confuse about border again .. which better ???







C&C ???
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Old 2009-02-07, 03:18   Link #15
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I think it looks like dancing. There are many types of dances with that kind of pose while dancing!
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at first i didnt see your stock.. maybe you should make the dancer stand out more
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C&C please
I like it
and because its nice and simple (stock+brush+gradient mask = doen ) I actually have nothing to criticize about it. (lol)

If I did say anything it would be that the brushes you used first hit me as a semi light source. If you really want, you can try to adjust them to match the stocks shadows,or other way around using something simple like dodge and burn brushes (brush on right is overlaying guys left side shadow).

Though it also looks good the way it is because it flows.

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The first white border looks nice imo on the default board style.

The shadow/dark glow around the man might be too spread out. It actually looks like a feathered (brushed?) erase job thing but the problem is it came out rly wide (easiest way to fix would be to erase just a tiny bit off the edges of the dark areas to make them more contrasting and sharp in comparison to the background).

Also your render looks like it came out of a dark image while your signature looks to be bright. On the layer with you render (or just make a mask overlay if you can't do that) just adjust the exposure and saturation a little bit, even contrast and brightness might help with the touch up.

Its a good sig but the render has a rly dark theme to it that doesn't match the rest of your sig.

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Hmmmm.... maybe if we remove the lens flare....
It was all part of this out of focus thing I was aiming for, but now that I think about it, that was really stupid : making the render which naturally becomes a focal point out of focus << no details to rly show what part is focused >> I wasn't rly thinking about it so it came out diferently.

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new entry
:< I think I resized it too small,
theres also alot of spots I see that I know I can fix, but I'll take care of them later.

cc can nvr hurt :3


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Anoo .. I'm confuse about border again .. which better ???







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I think that the 3rd one's border looks really cool

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:< I think I resized it too small,
theres also alot of spots I see that I know I can fix, but I'll take care of them later.
Looks really funny
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:< I think I resized it too small,
theres also alot of spots I see that I know I can fix, but I'll take care of them later.

cc can nvr hurt :3


Argh, a Ranka sig. You know, even though it's her I'll give you words of praise. Nice idea doing Nyna Nyan Dance For one thing, it looks a bit empty though I understand it's a work in progress
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