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Old 2010-02-01, 23:06   Link #1
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SOTM 2010 - February (Hatsune Miku!) - Entry Thread


!!!Welcome to the SOTM!!!




~Congratulations to Capture for winning the January Contest!~

The theme chosen for February is - Hatsune Miku.
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 Monday, February 1st, 2010 and lasts until Friday, February 19th, 2010. Entries will be gathered and put up for voting on Sunday, February 21st, 2010. 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 2010-02-02, 00:21   Link #2
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Hmmm... I don't really like the theme but I'll give it a go anyway.
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Old 2010-02-02, 03:40   Link #3
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capture, I love you for picking this theme <3
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Old 2010-02-02, 04:07   Link #4
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capture, I love you for picking this theme <3
How about loving capture all the time?

I also look forward to this theme as there are many awesome renders floating around.....
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Old 2010-02-02, 06:44   Link #5
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How about loving capture all the time?

I also look forward to this theme as there are many awesome renders floating around.....
ok well I love capture all the time, just... it's more this time
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Old 2010-02-02, 07:28   Link #6
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ok well I love capture all the time, just... it's more this time
he captured your heart.
Oh dear, here I go again.
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Old 2010-02-02, 08:45   Link #7
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@Moonie - yeah

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now... I don't like my first try at all... please criticize me.. and I'm aware I still have no border, it's just that I wanted to take care of the rest of the sig first...

v1:


and v2 *only a slight difference*


edit: tried something different, more fantasy like *I'm in fantasy mood XD*

v4:
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Old 2010-02-02, 11:36   Link #8
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Old 2010-02-02, 12:19   Link #9
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Are chibi versions of this character acceptable? And what about photos of figures?
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Old 2010-02-02, 12:37   Link #10
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A belated congratulations to capture! When I first saw your entry, I had a hunch it was a win.

Interesting theme, I've always wanted to try my hands on a Miku sig. Will give this a crack.

Can she be wearing a different outfit or does she have to be very, very original including with the school uniform and everything?
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Old 2010-02-02, 12:44   Link #11
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Must it be digital work?

Because I've just done 11 collages of Miku and more to come for school work.

I could just scan one or something, I've got no photoshop to do any digital manipulation though lol
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Does Blackrock Shooter count as Miku?
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Old 2010-02-02, 13:43   Link #13
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@Moonie - yeah

----

now... I don't like my first try at all... please criticize me.. and I'm aware I still have no border, it's just that I wanted to take care of the rest of the sig first...

v1:


and v2 *only a slight difference*


edit: tried something different, more fantasy like *I'm in fantasy mood XD*

v4:
v4 100% I think the render looks kinda weird

First draft

C&C Appreated

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Old 2010-02-02, 15:00   Link #14
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Are chibi versions of this character acceptable? And what about photos of figures?
Yes. It has to be identifiable as Miku though.

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Can she be wearing a different outfit or does she have to be very, very original including with the school uniform and everything?
Clothing doesn't matter. It just has to be Miku.

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Must it be digital work?

Because I've just done 11 collages of Miku and more to come for school work.

I could just scan one or something, I've got no photoshop to do any digital manipulation though lol
It has to be a signature format, compliant with the forums signature rules.

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Does Blackrock Shooter count as Miku?
No. Black Rock Shooter is a completely different character.
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Old 2010-02-02, 17:01   Link #15
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First try


Pigtails kinda didnt fit into the picture :/





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Old 2010-02-02, 20:14   Link #16
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@preacher: without her pigtails, the way the render is I can't really tell that it's Miku. But then, I'm hardly a Miku expert.


First try. I'm playing around with a bunch of ideas at the moment. I can't seem to decide on any one direction right now. (And the large number of available Miku pics aren't helping. ) So C&C would really be appreciated.

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Old 2010-02-02, 20:16   Link #17
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vandariara The border of V4 is interesting but but V2 look better ( but V2 with the border of V4 would look better ... )
Ayu-smepai Chaho-Chi Look pretty much as something I would expect from you
I would add a border and think about a text
Preacher forget the gift as it look now; besidew the file being too big, it's just not pleasing to the eye

My first try: I played a little with a render and endded with 2 ideas. C&C would be welcome.
1

2

( I am still thinking about a text for the second, and I am not sure than the first one could be recognize as Miku enough for the contest )
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@Sage, the blue dots are REALLY distracting to me Espc the ones over her, they dont blend well.
@ganbaru, Im liking the 2nd vers better though both seem a bit plain. Also on the 2nd one her hair near the bottom is really sharp, try blending it a bit more with the bg.
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Old 2010-02-02, 20:58   Link #19
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