Halloween Artwork Contest: The Winners

Sat, 31 Oct 2020 14:07:21 +0100

This year's Halloween Artwork Contest is over and we are about to announce the WINNERS! But first, let us say how amazing your contest artworks are and how blown away we are by the number of entries. We thank each and every one of you who entered the contest and made this Halloween the spookiest time! 

Altogether 94 artists have entered the contest this Halloween time with 160 artworks. Choosing a winner was a tough task for us. So many of the artworks excelled in creativity and originality, skill and technique, and execution of the Halloween theme. That is why we decided that besides the first three prizes, we would also announce five honorable mentions of individual artworks as well as five honorable mentions for spooky series created by one author.

THE WINNERS


1st place: Boneface by Valence
Prize: $200 USD Amazon eGift card and $200 USD credit at Escape Motions shop


2nd place: Welcome to Halloween Village by nasilzang
Prize: $100 USD credit at Escape Motions shop


3rd place: Happy Halloween by Ploopie
"On Halloween night when the moon is high and all the children have gone to sleep the witches come out to collect all the leftover candy the children didn't take. This little witch got lucky and found a full bowl of candy at her first door, it was like it was served just for her. Before going back home she takes a moment and sits at the graveyard to inspect the candy and taste them. Normally she gets the candy no one likes but this year they were all good ones!"

Prize: $100 USD credit at Escape Motions shop

Honorable mentions for the individual artworks


Honorable mention: Mother and Daughters by Thil0
"On Halloween mother comes along with her pretty daughters…"

Honorable mention: Thieves by 10fuyu"They have their own motives for Halloween night."


Honorable mention: Awakening by Neoneater
"There is a beautiful old crypt near the town that I live in. I always imagine what it would be to go there at night."

Honorable mention created with Flame Painter: Mirror Mirror by zlatokryletz


Honorable mention created with Amberlight: Descent by JylArt

Honorable mentions for the series


Honorable mention: Spooky creatures series by martinwoodsart


Honorable mention: Spooky artcard series by MaryProki


Honorable mention: Vampire series by inkdote


Honorable mention: Monster heads series by goomi


Honorable mention: Dark theme series by Olivier

Congratulations to our winners! To see all of the contest entries, click here.


And that’s a wrap on our first Halloween Artwork Contest which we immensely enjoyed. Thank you to everyone who participated. Have the spookiest Halloween.

Boo to you from our crew!
Your Escape Motions Team



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Route To Digital Stone

Tue, 20 Oct 2020 14:00:32 +0200

The stone is one of the oldest art materials. Archeological discoveries confirm that engravings in limestone slabs were created by prehistoric societies. In 1937 in French LaMarche, Léon Péricard found several thousand-year-old engravings depicting 49 heads and 18 figures.

Limestone is a very interesting material. This fine-grained to solid sedimentary rock consists of 80% calcium carbonate (CaCO3) in the form of calcite or aragonite and may contain dolomite, siderite, quartz, or clay as impurities. The color of limestone can have many shades - from grayish through yellowish to soft pinkish. As a stone, it has one extraordinary characteristic. In places where you draw with a greasy material (lithographic chalk, for example), it can take on color after preparation with nitric acid. In other places, the color is repelled. This makes it a perfect matrix for printing.

Alois Franz Senefelder, a native of Prague, took advantage of its qualities and created the lithography technique on the above principle. This forerunner of today's industrial offset printing became the main technique for reproduction printing in the 19th century. Originally a nomadic musician and actor, Senefelder made a great career with lithography. He won several important awards and became an inspector at the Munich Lithographic Institute. During his life, he created and perfected a number of lithographic techniques (chalk, multicolor) which were and still are used by generations of artists. Let us mention a few names, like Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Alfons Mucha, or Pablo Picasso.

The beautiful limestone structure and great artistic potential inspired us to create its digital equivalent so that artists working in the digital environment of our painting software Rebelle could also enjoy these extraordinary surfaces.

The path to it wasn’t easy at all. Today, the best Solnhofen Bavarian limestone is used only in specialized lithographic workshops. Therefore, we visited the graphic workshops of the Jozef Vydra School of Arts and Crafts in Bratislava whose teachers were kind enough to borrow us a few stones of various surfaces for scanning.

By the way, have you ever hand-carried and cut lithographic stone? It's a wonderful experience, so if you ever have a chance, we encourage you to try it! We chose stones with various grain sizes. Some of them were hand-sanded to an almost smooth surface, some were left with the remnants of the structure and various scratches, and some were scanned in their original, raw condition.

To preserve the natural beauty of these stones, we needed to achieve the maximum quality of the scanning process. That's why we used a state-of-the-art CRUSE large-format scanner with controlled lighting and color calibration. By adjusting the lighting angle and light intensity, we looked for the most suitable ratio between light and shadow length. We spent many hours calibrating the sharpness and color. It was an exciting adventure, but the journey does not end there!

Hours of searching for suitable cut-outs from original structures, intuitively creating tiles, composing edges and software editing of originals paid off. Now each Rebelle user can experience the special artistic feeling of touching a beautiful stone surface and making the first stroke with a pencil or brush. Thus was born the digital stone and the digital lithography with it.

When Senefelder discovered lithography at the end of the 18th century, he freed graphic artists from tool addiction. The image and its reproduction were no longer limited by the characteristics of the chisel. Paintings, drawings, or basically any technique could be reproduced. Today, Rebelle is taking the next step. It frees the artists from the difficult physical preparation of the stone and allows for the freedom of creation, the visual beauty of the stone, and a vast ocean of possibilities.

New Surfaces For Your Art Creation In Rebelle

Now, we invite you to enjoy creative freedom with these brand-new lithography stone sets that have just been added to Rebelle 3 assets family!

This set is a digital interpretation of high-quality Solnhofen limestone, which has been used for lithography printing for more than two centuries. We left two of the stones in their raw state and one bears the remains of an old lithograph and the natural scratches that arose when handling the stone. The surface is suitable for ink painting, pencil or charcoal drawing.

Another excellent interpretation of Solnhofen limestone is hand-cut stones of various hardness. The stones prepared in this way are used by many renowned artists for their lithographic works. The set contains several degrees of surface grain. The stones are great for pencil, pastel and watercolor creations.

The lithography stones, as well as the rest of the paper sets for Rebelle 3, are available from our website for 9.99 USD each. Every set contains three different limestone surfaces.

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The author of the text is Mgr. Ľubomír ZABADAL, PhD. - an expert for traditional art media and assistant professor at Department Of Creative Arts and Art Education at UKF University, Slovakia.



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Halloween Artwork Contest: Time to Get Spooky

Wed, 14 Oct 2020 16:29:52 +0200

It’s the spooky season at the high! We are excited to announce the Escape Motions Halloween Artwork Contest and see your horrifying, spine-chilling, bloodcurdling art! Enter for a chance to win a $200 Amazon gift card and $200 credit at Escape Motions shop. Our Gallery is more than ready for your hauntingly good works full of monsters, ghosts, spider webs, witches, wizards, black cats, and all the creative magic. 

How to enter the Contest

Publish artwork fully or partially created in Rebelle, Flame Painter, Amberlight or Inspirit software to the Escape Motions Community gallery with a description and the hashtag:

#SpookyTime

The topic of the contest is Halloween. Include one or more elements typical for this time of the year, inspired by scary stories, witchcraft, superstitions...just make sure the art captures the spirit of the Halloween season. Each entrant may publish a maximum of four (4) artworks to the contest. The entry may be a painting, an illustration, a photo manipulation or an abstract composition. Your imagination is the only limit here. Using third-party software is allowed but the use of our software must be obvious in the final image.

You can submit your entries in the following ways:

- Publish directly from the software and add a tag #SpookyTime, or
- Upload your artwork from your Community account and add a tag #SpookyTime

Uploading artworks to Contest Gallery

You can start uploading your entries from today, October 14th, 2020 (contest starts). We will accept all entries submitted by October 28th, 2020 23:59 GMT (contest ends). We will announce the winners on the day of Halloween, October 31st, 2020.

To publish your entry from Rebelle, Flame Painter or Amberlight software, go from the menu File or Community > Publish. Set Picture name, Description add #SpookyTime hashtag to Tags and click the “Publish” button.

It is not possible to publish directly from Inspirit. In order to enter the contest with Inspirit work, the entrants need to upload it directly through their Community account and add the #SpookyTime hashtag to Tags.

Only new artworks can enter the contest. Artworks that have already been published in the Community Gallery before the contest starts will not be able to join.
 

Judging

Three winners will be selected internally by us in the Escape Motions team. We will judge all submitted art pieces based on quality, personality, originality, and spookiness, of course.

Prizes

The main prize for the first place is a $200 Amazon eGift Card and a $200 credit to be used at Escape Motions shop.
Moreover, we’ll choose winners of the second and the third place who will each get $100 credit to be spent at Escape Motions shop.

Open to everyone

This contest is open to everyone from across the world.

Examples

Not sure what art to enter with? We've hand-picked some of our most favorite spooky art from our online Gallery to inspire you:

Rules

We believe this blog covers the most important information on how to join the contest. You can review the full Halloween contest rules on this link:
https://www.escapemotions.com/halloween-contest-rules

…or if you have any questions, feel free to ask us at info[at]escapemotions.com.

Boo to you from our crew!
Your Escape Motions Team

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Cover Image:
Creatures painted in Rebelle 3 by Featured Artist Martin Hanschild

Example Images:
Balrog by Gus Estevez
Creature from the Black Lagoon by Daniel Murray
Frankenstein's Monster by Daniel Murray
Forest Maiden by jessbernadette
Octofishy girl by Nora Rodriguez
Riding Hood by kosterjoris
Sanctuary by Danny Cahan
Star Eater by Liiga
The predator by Carlos Morais
The Witnesses by Stardust_79



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