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Solace 2010-10-08 01:09

SOTM 2010 - October (Autumn!) - Entry Thread
!!!Welcome to the SOTM!!!

~Congratulations to Star-wing and Kaze for winning the September Contest!~

The theme chosen for October is - Autumn!.
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 Friday, October 8th, 2010 and lasts until Friday, October 22nd, 2010. Entries will be gathered and put up for voting on Sunday, October 24th, 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:

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

milan kyuubi 2010-10-08 01:44

Awesome theme :D

Here is my first try :)


Daniel E. 2010-10-08 01:54


Originally Posted by milan kyuubi (Post 3286760)

Watch out for the file size.

milan kyuubi 2010-10-08 02:32


Originally Posted by Daniel E. (Post 3286767)
Watch out for the file size.

Well it was 49.31 KB so I thougt it was ok, but I din't see that it was 50492 bytes :)

So I fixed it now :)

ganbaru 2010-10-08 04:23

My first try for this month:

C&C would be welcome.

felix 2010-10-08 09:04

Urei 2010-10-08 09:36


Originally Posted by milan kyuubi (Post 3286760)
Awesome theme :D

Here is my first try :)


Nice, but I have one objection about the graphic itself. It kind of feels vertically flattened.

felix 2010-10-08 12:09


Originally Posted by Urei (Post 3287227)
It kind of feels vertically flattened.

Pretty sure it is...

Suomi 2010-10-08 21:31

Well first off I wanna say thanks to Star and Kaze for an amazing theme. I cannot express how much I love it.

first try:

LKK 2010-10-08 22:13

@ Sworn to Believe: I assume the dark line below the flare is supposed to be a tree, right? It's really distracting to me because it looks like a badly drawn line. Is there some way you could mask it or hide it, or do something?

CrowKenobi 2010-10-08 23:46

Much better! :D

Now about the size... (54,212 bytes)

Suomi 2010-10-08 23:55


Originally Posted by CrowKenobi (Post 3288370)
Much better! :D

Now about the size... (54,212 bytes)

ohright sorry, one sec >.<

edit: fix'd

Urei 2010-10-09 00:11


Originally Posted by Sworn to Believe (Post 3288378)
ohright sorry, one sec >.<

edit: fix'd

Great idea but I have to complain a bit about the sharpness of the picture. It's a bit too blurry. ;)

milan kyuubi 2010-10-09 03:51

New try :)


ganbaru 2010-10-09 10:21

A new version, C&C would be welcome:

Chiu_fan 2010-10-09 10:33


Originally Posted by ganbaru (Post 3288959)

Looks awesome! IF I could vote now, I'd immediately would vote for this.:D Though I can't get off feeling me that there's something missing. Maybe the ambiance of the season?:confused:

ganbaru 2010-10-09 12:08


Originally Posted by Chiu_fan (Post 3288973)
Looks awesome! Though I can't get off feeling me that there's something missing. Maybe the ambiance of the season?:confused:

I do feel than it lack something, my first reflex is to look for a quote, but I don't know what quoting.

milan kyuubi 2010-10-09 12:31


Originally Posted by ganbaru (Post 3288959)

Maybe if you add some text, and reduce the amount of white light around her a little. :)

LKK 2010-10-09 12:34


Originally Posted by ganbaru (Post 3288959)

I give up. What's the difference between the 2 versions? :uhoh:

Edit: Never mind. I think I finally saw the difference. :heh:

Cyz 2010-10-09 13:07


Originally Posted by ganbaru (Post 3288959)

Really nice. If you can, instead of a white light -- how 'bout something orange-ish to give it a little autumn sunset feel? :heh: Either way it looks good.

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