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Old 2009-06-02, 04:32   Link #1
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SOTM 2009 - June (Monochromatic, with a twist!) - Entry Thread


!!!Welcome to the SOTM!!!




~Congratulations to escimo for winning the May Contest!~

The theme chosen for June is - Monochromatic, with a twist!.
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, June 1st, 2009 and lasts until Friday, June 19th, 2009. Entries will be gathered and put up for voting on Sunday, June 21st, 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 2009-06-02, 04:32   Link #2
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Old 2009-06-02, 06:09   Link #3
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Alas! I'm the first



It's probably over the limit, but I want some CnC before I put it in :3
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Old 2009-06-02, 06:18   Link #4
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It's probably over the limit, but I want some CnC before I put it in :3
Needs colors! j/k
The bottom text should be moved a little on the left. The 'es' from Enemies can't be seen that much.
Aside from those, bg looks good.
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Old 2009-06-02, 06:41   Link #5
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Text is too small.
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Old 2009-06-02, 06:52   Link #6
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@ Silver Dragon, like Moonie and Cats said, the need to be reworked a bit.

My first try, I am still searching something appropriate for the main text. C&C are welcome.
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Old 2009-06-02, 07:04   Link #7
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Books on the left appears redundant, also duplication feel is unwanted.
Contrast on the left one is definetly too low.
Too much position too little composition, you could place the right one so it looks like she's sleeping on herself (the left one)?
A color somewhere to highligh something of interest. (scarlet blood splatter?)
Text in the background is too much like noise since I can't make it out.
Using some stratigic blur on the left and the background may improve the overal feel.
Details should appear to be hidden (ie. not visible) not non existent. (hence the suggestion to use blur)
Right now you need depth, there's no feeling of space, empty or otherwise.
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Old 2009-06-02, 08:08   Link #8
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ok my first draft


C&C would be appreciated
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Old 2009-06-02, 08:21   Link #9
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very nice draft Frailty....
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Old 2009-06-02, 08:39   Link #10
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ok my first draft


C&C would be appreciated
Poor text placement..
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Poor text placement..
textless version then?
I admit, I'm not good with texts
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textless version then?
I admit, I'm not good with texts
feel empty .. -.-a
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well I just got the idea from my previous sig anyway,

I'll try and add some more if I know what to add
anyway
textless version:

w/ text:


C&C so that I may know what to do
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Poor text placement..
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textless version then?
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feel empty .. -.-a
Poor Frailty.

Not regarding the text, the sig ain't bad, but it lacks some point of interest. It seems too...dull.
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well I just got the idea from my previous sig anyway,
Your old sig is more interesting ..
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my head's exploding
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Poor Frailty.
Wait till somebody tells him his latest entry is too crowded
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Wait till somebody tells him his latest entry is too crowded
I think you just did.
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Wait till somebody tells him his latest entry is too crowded
then I'll try to make a new draft
hey I still have a month, but I have classes starting next week
so I may have no time to make sigs starting next week

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I think you just did.
that's the funny part
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Now that's a really nice theme! Creativity is a must cause a monochromatic signature might end up boring and dull. It's easy to get depressed with the result
Hope I'll manage to come up with smt this month cause I was pretty satisfied with my progress on the last SOTM.

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me likey ur first draft better than the second one. Try makin the signature more interesting and appealing (perhaps changing ur color to smt more funky?)
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