31 Days of Hell ~ Seventeen Years of Hell

Started by Armorbeast, October 01, 2020, 02:03:25 am

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October 01, 2020, 02:03:25 am Last Edit: October 05, 2020, 03:14:14 am by Impmon

Seventeen years ago, Dreamslayerartworks held it's first 31 Days of Hell contest with a challenge to see who among the participants could do one image for each of the 31 days in October leading to Halloween. Over the years, we dropped the requirement to try creating 31 images because that was proving too much Hell to handle and those attempting it weren't posting their best work because the hectic pace of trying to achieve this end goal took a toll on their artwork. Every year, there would be a theme and a story with everyone being instructed that this was still a Halloween contest and, if they kept this in mind, all relevant images relating to the horror genre should qualify.

Over the years, we've gone from contests where almost every image was a little girl with a big butcher knife, to homages to your favorite entertainment stories regardless what form they might take. There have been contests where shambling undead were taking over the world, vampire hordes turning the skies dark by day and dark fae unleashing their twisted desires upon the world of men.

This year, we begin a new era for 31 Days of Hell where men of science exploring the mysteries of what happens to us after we die have unleashed Hell On Earth and every nightmare mankind has ever dreamed has become reality. Mankind has learned that the greatest fear isn't dying as there are far worse things than death where death would be welcomed... and yet, it never comes!

Your challenge is to chronicle this world in the aftermath of science gone mad by creating art about vampires, werewolves, zombies, demons, monsters and every other nightmare you might dream up. This is a world where the beating black heart is the darkest place on Earth. A place of horrors unimagined which has been there all along but you refused to believe... Kravenwood Manor!


IMPORTANT: ALL Prize lists MUST be in within TWO days after the contest is over. please remember to include prizes in order that you might like them along with links to the items you want unless its a gift card item, email address and usernames and for software/shippable items please include real names and home address thank you

1) First and foremost, we want everyone to enter. If you do not wish a prize but want to participate in the spirit of showcasing your talent, we will be creating a list of those members who will officially receive a DSA No Prize. We've had trouble in the past where members enter who actually do not want to win. These members don't want to take anything away from members who are participating to win prizes and we've had issues in the past where we tried to accommodate these members but not every judge understood or read comments by the artist not to choose their image. When the official contest topic is posted, we would like any member who only wants to participate in the spirit of competition to contact us and we will officially add them to the No Prize list.

2) Your images must follow the theme to the best of your ability. But how you do this is up to your individual creativity and imagination. So ask if you have questions about the theme.

3) There is a post limit of one image a day... no reworks as all images must be original for this contest. Try adding different races and different cultures... explore the variety that makes up who and what we are.

4) Images cannot be posted anywhere else for five days and must include links to this contest or statements that it is for this contest.

A) Images posted late will be excluded from judging

5) Artistic nudity is allowed but our rules on child nudity apply. No child nudity is allowed. This is defined as genitals and nip's so cover them up or risk violating our rules. A good alternative would be anime.

6) The contest is open to any medium that you wish to use. You can enter with Computer generated images, photo manipulated, hand drawn, painted, or any other type of medium you can think of. Make note of the prizes being offered as only rarely might they not be 3d oriented.

7) We consider it trolling if criticism about content is made when images are within the rules.

8. Unless otherwise specified, make sure to add an alternate prize selection should you want a bundle or partnered item. Some of our sponsors allow this, some do not and some may on certain items of which we have no way of knowing.

9) Consider adding some written text to explain your illustrations to help others better understand your image and leave comments on the entries of fellow contestants to show your appreciation.

10) Make sure to check and see if the prize you have won is a coupon or a gift certificate. If it clearly says it is a coupon, do not apply it as a gift certificate at the sponsors site or vice versa.

11) The theme should focus on halloween  which includes all things scary or cute in costumes or creatures

12) Include the following information ~

A) Username (for DSA and sponsors site)
B) Email Address
C) Real Name & Physical Mailing Address (for software and physical prizes)

13) Beginning June 1st, 2015; At the end of the month contests will be judged within 7 business days. Winners will be contacted but are also expected to check back in to avoid oversights barring unforeseen circumstances.

Again, please click the link at the top of the rules list to view the page set aside for this specific rule and discussion.

14) Winners will provide a list including each sponsor in order that they would like to have the prizes. We will then choose what prizes you win on a first come, first serve basis. Our First Place winner will receive the first item on their list which will be removed from all other winners lists. Our Second Place winner will be given the first item remaining on their list and so forth. When each winner has been awarded a prize, we will begin again with the First Place winner until all prizes are awarded.

A) Our normal monthly contests will have 5 winners. Our larger contests will have up to 31 winners. We will alert members should this change at any time or if the sponsors have alerted us to award items to runners up.

B) You may provide a list to us at any time during the month. Providing the list does not guarantee a prize. Items given to runners up, if any, will come from these lists or be donated by prize winners.

15) If you do not provide the items you would like where you have won a "choice" of items from the sponsor, on the list you provide to us, you will have 5 business days after notification to contact us. It is unfair that, in cases where a sponsor provides a prize to multiple winners, that winners who reply quickly must wait of winners who reply late.

16) Remember, if you have any questions, please ask them in the contest topic so that staff or fellow members can explain and help you to understand rules or themes in our competition


Prizes: One $75 gift certificate
One $50 gift certificate
One $25 gift certificate from Renderosity
One Copy of Poser 11

Prize: One  copy of BlackSmith3D Pro Version 7 from Renderosity.

Prize: Two Winners One item of choice  from Fantasy Realms Market[

Prize: One copy of Flame Painter 4 from Escape Motions

Prize: One item of choice from Sabby ( can be partnered with Fred or Seven no other partnered items RENDEROSITY ONLY please)

Prize: One item of choice from vyktohria(no bundles no partnered items Renderosity only)

Prize: One item of choice from Ladylittlefox(no bundles no daz originals item can not exceed 20 dollors

Prize:  One item of choice from 3D-GHDesign ( no Daz Originals, no bundles and no partnered items)

Prize:  One item of choice from Sixus ( can be both renderosity or daz but keep in mind no bundles no partnered items no daz originals)

Prize: One item of choice from Alessandro_AM(no daz originals)

Prize: One item from TwiztedMetal (no partnered items unless its hotlime  but no bundles )

Prize: Three winners One item each from Adam Thwaits

Prize: One item of choice from Simonwm (NO DAZ ORIGINALS no partnered items)

Prize: One item of Choice from Antfarm (NO DAZ ORIGINALS no partnered items)

Prize: One item of choice by HotLime3D (no partnered items unless partner with TwiztedMetal but no bundles)

Prize: one item of choice from ORESTES GRAPHICS

Prize: three items of choice from Mortem Vetus rendo or daz store(no daz originals)

$25.00 Gift Certificate From Forender
$12.00 Gift Certificate From Forender
$12.00 Gift Certificate From Forender
$12.00 Gift Certificate From Forender
(New Rule ~ Forender Wants To Spread Things Around A Bit More. So If You Have Won From Them Recently, Please Choose A Participant That You Would Like To Donate This Prize Too)

Prize: One Item of Choice From SR3 (No Daz Originals no partnerd items)

Prize: One Item of Choice From Mercenary Studios

Prize: One Item of Choice From AngellsGraphics

Prize: One copy of DSA Lycan DreamslayerVisions

Prize: One Item of Choice From Avros

Prize: One Item of Choice From Spookielilone(NO DAZ ORIGINALS)

Prize: One Item of Choice From Jepe (No bundles, No Daz Originals or partnered items)

Prize: One Item of Choice From Hongyu from Renderosity or DAZ3D (No partnered items or bundles)

Prize: One Item of Choice From Prae(no items partnered with Rpublishing)

Prize: One Item of Choice From Darwins Mishap (NO DAZ ORIGINALS NO PARTNERED ITEMS)

Prize: One Item of Choice From Sveva NO PARTNERED ITEMS


Yeah happy to see the contest again. Thanks the team !!!


Thank you so much for the email.  I'll have to get busy with the rendering...
You can avoid having ulcers by adapting to the situation: If you fall in the mud puddle, check your pockets for fish.     

Author Unknown


We thank you for replying and hope you'll be entering.

As mentioned elsewhere, we were fully expecting to be on our new site by now but 2020 is kicking everyone's patootie. So we've decided to stay open here possibly up to the beginning of 2021. Spread the word :)


Great to have you all back on track... and as all years hell has not ended yet. Hope we have a real "SHOCKTOBER".
Make the world a little beautiful by painting it blue.


Thanks for the email ... I'll try and get something done 😁



thanks for the reminder and glad you are back and running the show.definitely participating in this challenge.



Awesome, hope to get back to art again, this year has been "hell on wheels"


happy halloween for all who entered the free gift will be this poison apple made by littlefox textured by me if you dont get a apple please pm me thank you


You can avoid having ulcers by adapting to the situation: If you fall in the mud puddle, check your pockets for fish.     

Author Unknown


And our winners are...

1 Rebelgraphx The howling

2 MYQUAD Plague Doctor Portrait

3 impmon Happy Halloween

4 malv Antigonish

5 Spookielilone Join Me For a Bite?

6 aqua Afraid

7 Mysticglendesigns Vamp Pin up

8 reserv888 Cleansing the cellar

9 margy 31 Days of Hell - Zombie Wedding

10 Lornagracevibert Don't go out alone

11 TheKatster The Rising

12  UlfEisenbart 31 Days of Hell - It´s that time again. Happy Halloween

13 Guardian Angel 671 Haunted Bliss

14 renecyberdoc 31-Dayz-Zombohunters

15 Steeleyes Trick or Treat

16 Utebigsmile The puzzled old Alchemist


Congratulations to all the other winners.. great choices and great contest (as usual).
You can avoid having ulcers by adapting to the situation: If you fall in the mud puddle, check your pockets for fish.     

Author Unknown


May the hands of fate be kind to you & yours.