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Jan 2012 Contest - P2P

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Old 01-02-2012, 12:19 PM
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Jan 2012 Contest - P2P

Welcome to 2012! I thought we would start of the year with a photo to painting contest (P2P)!

The client wants the dog photo turned into a pastel sketch.

Source Image: from Stock.xchng taken by Darko Skender. Click here to download the image: Dog
You will have to register to download the image, but registration is free.

Information A Pastel is a drawing or painting done with a soft, chalk-like pastel "stick" composed of powdered pigments held together with an aqueous gum binder.

In appearance, the pastel stick essentially looks like a piece of chalk, although it is actually somewhat softer and smoother.

The pigments used in pastels are the same as those used to produce all colored art media, including oil paints.

Additional Help (RP Live Tutorial)
If you want the additional help of a tutorial try the RP LIVE show on Digital Pastels by Sue Bloom (NOTE this is a rental, so it is not free).

New to the contests? Please review the FAQs

Prize: Prize will be "Winner's Choice" of any one plugin: Dfine 2, Viveza 2, HDR Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro 2, Color Efex Pro 3, or Sharpener Pro 3, donated by Nik Software

Dfine 2.0
Best-in-class noise reduction to improve the quality of virtually every photo.

The most powerful tool available to selectively control light and color in photographs.

The new professional standard for powerful realistic and artistic HDR imaging.

The world's leading black and white imaging software.

Color Efex Pro 3.0
52 photographic filters with over 250 effects for professional quality images.

Sharpener Pro 3.0
The most advanced, powerful, and complete sharpening solution for photographers.


1. Contest will run from 2 Jan to 24 Jan 2012. Deadline for entries is 7pm (Central Time).

2. I will not answer questions concerning the rules. Interpretation of the rules is as important as execution.

3. Tasks:
  • Turn the dog photo into a pastel sketch
  • Final image must be exactly 600 pixels high by 800 pixels wide (landscape format); cropping or adding canvas to get the required dimensions is permitted.

4. When you submit your entry put your username in the filename (ie: tpaul.jpg). This is so users can save the images to a local directory and remember who did what--important when it comes time to vote.

5. Post your entries to this thread. Links will not be accepted. Please restrict your comments, questions or discussion to the Contest Discussion thread. Inappropriately placed posts will be deleted.

6. Only one entry per person. You can change your entry up to the deadline.

7. Voting will run from 25 to 31 Jan 2012. Only those with entries may vote.

8. Voting:
  • Submit the 5 best entries (by artist name) in order, starting with your favorite.
  • You cannot vote for your own image.
  • Once you have voted, do not change your votes. The votes are tallied as they come in so any changes in the votes may not be reflected in the final results.

Finally, please remember that this is a friendly contest and suppose to be a learning experience. Tips and suggestions to help others are highly encouraged. Also please don’t limit your comments to just the top 5 when you vote. Most members are eager for feedback about their images, so remember to help each other out.
Old 01-03-2012, 08:46 PM
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Re: Jan 2012 Contest - P2P

Ok here's mine. I will probably change it latter.

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Old 01-06-2012, 10:53 PM
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Re: Jan 2012 Contest - P2P

Here's my pastel sketch.
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Old 01-07-2012, 11:19 AM
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Re: Jan 2012 Contest - P2P

It's my pastel dog.
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Old 01-08-2012, 09:51 PM
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Re: Jan 2012 Contest - P2P

Just did what I do..... Pastel? Sketch?... Dunno..
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Old 01-09-2012, 10:17 AM
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Re: Jan 2012 Contest - P2P

adding one me too!

(Happy New everyone!)
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Old 01-09-2012, 01:12 PM
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Re: Jan 2012 Contest - P2P

A nice easy challenge to start out the new year.
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Old 01-10-2012, 11:36 AM
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Re: Jan 2012 Contest - P2P

Here is my try.
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Old 01-12-2012, 12:45 PM
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Re: Jan 2012 Contest - P2P/ My Pastel

Here is my pastel puppy
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Old 01-14-2012, 06:02 PM
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Re: Jan 2012 Contest - P2P

Here's a try at a pastel.
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