2020 Darker Shades of Christmas: The Good, The Bad & The Squiggly

Started by Armorbeast, December 01, 2020, 12:04:20 pm

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Once again it's time for our annual Christmas contest here at DSA. It is a time of chestnuts roasting on open fires, children giggling, sugarplum fairies and werewolves howling at the moon... or something like that. As you know, our Christmas contest is normally an homage to Tim Burtons Nightmare Before Christmas and that's still the case. But this year, we want you to also focus on a theme of bad vs good boys and girls... and squiggly critters that go "Squeak" in the night.

As always, this is a contest that allows dark fantasy to have it's place as well as more traditional Christmas themes, But let's see if you can imagine something cuter this year shall we :)

Maybe even come up with your own Christmas story to illustrate with leg lamps and tongues stuck to frozen flagpoles?

Most of all, just have fun with it and enjoy yourselves.

Merry Christmas to You & Yours From DreamslayerArtworks.

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 any and all winter holidays this includes Christmas, Hanukkah, winter soltice, and new years and anything wintery 

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

Prize:  One Copy of Poser 12

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

Prize: ONE ITEM OF CHOICE SPONSORED BY WOLFIE FROM RENDEROSITY OR DAZ (no partnered items no Daz Originals or Rpublishing)

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

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

Prize:Three Winners get to choose one software program each 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 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

$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


Sorry If I missed it but what are the dates for this contest?... What is the cutoff date and when is winner announcement date?

My computer is in the shop and I will not be getting it back for about 10 days... Thus I hope that the deadline date is some where around 12/20/2020.  Anyway have a great day be safe and stay well.



Always fun to make some Christmas renders, good luck everyone.


our contest runs untill  dec 31 usually about midnight my time so more Jan 1st

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yes all contest images should go into the competion gallery


And our winners are...

1. impmon-Reflections of Darkness

2 Spookielilone-Happy Holidays 2020 SLO-01

3 X kylumi X- The Lion in Winter

4 Margy- Merry Christmas from Valerie

5 Rebelgraphx Bad Santa

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Congratulations Impmon on your great winning image, also congratulations to Spookielilone, Margy and Rebelgraphx well done you guys and well done to all those who entered, The "2020 Darker Shades of Christmas: The Good, The Bad & The Squiggly" competition.




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