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Fri Apr 29, 2005, 5:58 AM

A-kon 16 is coming up fast! June 3-5

With many exciting panels and guests, it's the best excuse to brave Dallas' hellish summers evar! I'll be there with an artist's table in the Komik Market. So, drop by and say 'hi'!


Create-A-Nin Contest!

Beginning April 23 and ending the second week of June (Friday, June 10), I will be accepting entries to this contest! Prizes include Naruto Gekitou Ninja Taisen 2 (the Naruto fighting game for Game Cube*), a character CG commission and print by me, or the contestant's choice of three (3) Graphic Novels**

So, now with all the good stuff out of the way, here are the rules!
  1. First, go to Seventh Sanctum's Super Ninja Generator.
  2. Choose one of the randomly generated descriptions that appeal to you.
  3. Draw, sculpt, animate, cosplay, build (it's up to you!) a depiction of that character!
  4. Contact me with a link to a picture of your creation and the generated description before the deadline. IT IS IMPORTANT TO SAVE THAT DESCRIPTION! Entries without one will not be accepted.

Pieces will be judged PRIMARILY on how accurately they depict and incorporate all of the generated description. Secondly, they will be judged on ORIGINALITY. Finally, they will be judged on artistic merit (style, anatomy, form, composition... etc.) I stress this last point so as to make everyone feel welcome to participate. Your artistic ability isn't as important as your ability to follow the description and be original with it. Most importantly, I want people to have FUN and not have to worry about some 'better artist' beating them out of the competition.

The contest will be judged by a panel including myself, telophase , and the creator of the generator Steven Savage.

I would also like people to spread the word about this if you can! If I only get a handful of entries, obviously it's really not worth all of our effort to run this. If I receive more than twenty entries, I will also include a year's subscription to DA for the prize pool!

Best of luck! I hope to see some entries soon.

*Special mod disc to read the import game not included. Game is used but in 'like new' condition.
**Subject to availability and age rating.

  • "What is the entry limit? Is there one?" No, there is no entry limit. Enter as many times as you like. Remember that quantity does not equal quality, but it's always great seeing people's interpretations of these descriptions!
  • "Do you allow collaborations?" Yes. You can collaborate with as many people as you like. In the case that you win with that collaboration piece, you'll have to decide how to divvy up the prize. We will not provide multiple prizes for one entry.
  • "I can't scan in my entry. Do you have any suggestions?" Indeed I do. Resorting to photographing your entry with a digital camera will result in a very poor-quality image in many cases. I recommend going to a commercial printer's like Kinko's, Office Max, or any place that can scan your image and load it onto digital media for you. Many places that do photo processing can do this now. It's not too expensive, but certainly less expensive than buying a new scanner.

Much thanks to Seventh Sanctum for donating the webspace.

**Next Kiriban--100,000**
Theme: Bling Bling
Instructions: You choose the character. I urbanize them!

Congrats to sir-REI for winning my last kiriban! Thanks for all the hits. I'm so honored.

To claim the kiriban, supply a full screenshot including the counter and your computer clock for verification. If the exact number of the kiriban isn't hit, I'll take the closest posted hit after. If there are mutliple claims, the first is accepted. (Due to a trend of kiriban hunters--not that I don't appreciate it, because I :heart: you all, but I'm going to have to make a new rule of 'no repeat customers'.) Sorry about that ^^ I think it'll be more fair to others, though. Still, good luck!
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exzentriker Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2005
Fun contest! I think I might join. It gave me an awesome description, I'm definitely going to draw it. :3
AzHeavenblade Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2005  Hobbyist Writer
Happy birthday!

Too bad for us writers then...I can't draw worth much, save fuzzy landscapes. Could provide a super-detailed description for a collaboration though...
The-Z Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2005  Professional General Artist
Or you could write a script for a manga or animation for collaboration too ^^
AzHeavenblade Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2005  Hobbyist Writer
That'd definitely plenty of ideas on that count, been spending a chunk of my free time inventing new jutsus for an original character that I've been working on actually.
shiori-chan Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2005
happy b-day ^.^
matsunoki Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm definitely going to join... (has desc and ideas on ready..)

I just hope that no one makes up their own description so that it will be easy for them to create a character.. :paranoid:

Please God... if ever.. bestow immediate karma onto them.. :bounce: XD

P.S. HAPPY BARTODAY The-Z! WISH YOU LUCK.. and more... hm.... GODAIME COSPLAYS!!! YAAAAAAAW0000t! :lmao:
Mrknownothing Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2005
wow this should be fun ^^
Grey-Ash Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2005
Awesome! I think I'll enter this one! I don't care much for the prizes (though I wouldn't mind winning) but I need a good excuse to draw a cool ninja character! ^^
moose-o-doom Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2005
Oooh Ill enter ^_^ In the rare chance if I won I would hafta sell the game since I don't have a gamecube ;o; but oh well, im bored anyways
Loki-rei Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2005
XD I'm considering entering the contest. I went to the site and did the thinger and got a nin that's ...Gaara. Or like...Gaara and Lee's lovechild or something.
"This poised ninja has a graceful build. He has a weak chin. His round eyes are jade-colored. He has very short brown hair worn in a businesslike style. His preferred weapons are knives. He is skilled in sprinting, astronomy, and comedy. He can mentally shape and control sand."

I find that so amusing, that I think I'll enter. Great contest~!
lyebe Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2005
I have my ninja's lineart, but i still have too clean eat and colour eat... bad thing my scanner is dead, 'cause all this process could take much less time :P I'll have to post a photo of it when finished. I hope thats ok
scortia Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2005
*is game* Will come say hi at A-kon... here's hoping everyone gets a good table this year.

Happy Birthday ^^
sephzer Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2005
I'm actually really considering joining this (Which is kinda strange cause I've -never- entered a contest with art prior to this ... so consider me a new entry wreck xD: )

And Happy Belated Birthday~
annenas Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2005
Count me in! And happy birthday!
Muckamuck Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow. I'd really like to join that contest. :D The generator has definitely spit out some interesting character designs. I'll go spread the word about it right now.
iggygirl Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2005
Happy Belated Birthday

I think I'll try your contest but I have a question. Do you need a link to the describtion at the generator or do you just want the description copy and pasted? Cause everytime I try and bookmark a description, when I click the link it just sends me to a different description. So is copy and paste fine?
The-Z Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2005  Professional General Artist
Yes, copy and paste the desc, please!
duneboo Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2005
Whaa!!! Happy Birthday! :hug: I think I still made it in time. ;P I'm definatly up for the contest. :D Hope you had a great day. :heart:
The-Z Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2005  Professional General Artist
I played Growlanser for 5 uninterrupted hours!!!! :heart: I took the entire day at my own pace. It was wonderful!
alykazam Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2005
Happy Birthday! Have a great one~ ^-^
ShinnoNoir Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2005   Photographer
I wish I had a tablet or whatever.......people use them but I dont know how to get one....or anything about them.
I want to enter this.....but I dont have a scanner or a camera or a digital drawing media........any help?
The-Z Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2005  Professional General Artist
Hmm. My advice would be to go to a copy place like Kinko's, Office Max, or wherever they may be able to scan your image for reproduction and see if they can't either put it on digital media or mail it to your email address. I would suggest the digital media myself (CD or floppy) and then you could upload it somewhere.
ShinnoNoir Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2005   Photographer
thank you....if im not able to enter this contest ill be sure to enter another one of yours.
The-Z Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2005  Professional General Artist
Alright! I hope you can enter, but if not, I'm sure I'll talk to you later ^^
TigerZahn Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2005
Happy Birthday! ^_^
Pachabel Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2005   Digital Artist
So.. do they need to have Naruto headbands or...?

And HAPPY BIRFDAY! =DD *clingu*
The-Z Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2005  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! I'm have to work on my birthday, but I get out early too, so it's a good tradeoff.

As for the headbands, they needn't be wearing them, no. You can put them on if you'd like, but I don't want to limit this to just Naruto ninja.
Teh-Dave Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2005
Happuray Burthoday!
xCalee Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy birthday you... April baby you XD

I'm sorry, just everyone's born this month XD or maybe it's just me... lol cause I was born in april... ^^;;

anyway... Mega question about the contest....

What's the entry limit? O_o;
and can we chose more than one character, like make a whole team with the descriptions?

^_^; thanks....
The-Z Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2005  Professional General Artist
Thank you for the birthday greetings!

After confering with the other judges, we've determined there's no entry limit. However, each character will be judged individually for their descriptions just to be sure it doesn't become a quantity issue. You're welcome to do them in teams or seperately, so long as you include their descriptions with the submission for each. ^^
wolfen Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2005
Happy Birthday Z!
RLFedun Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Happy birthday! ^_^
I might just enter the contest....That Nin-generator sounds interesting. :D
Shikyo-Koinu Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2005  Student General Artist
Happy Birthday! ^.^ hope ya have a great day! :w00t:
RicciG Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2005
Happy birthday to you! ^^ :party:
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