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Apr/May 2012 Contest - Sketch

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Old 04-08-2012, 05:06 PM
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Apr/May 2012 Contest - Sketch

White on Black Sketch

Transform the provided photo into an artistic white on black chalk sketch. Working with white on black takes some practice, but can produces some wonderful results.

Source Image: Photo by Leroy Skalstad from He must be notified and credited when using the photo for any public work. We have permission to use the photo for this contest.

Click here to download the portrait. Note you will need to register on the site to download the image (Registration is free).

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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

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1. Contest will run from 8 Apr to 24 May 2012. Deadline for entries is 7pm (U.S. Central Time).

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

3. Tasks:
  • Turn the photo into a white on black chalk sketch (white media on black background)
  • Final image must be exactly 800 pixels high by 600 pixels wide (portrait format); cropping 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 May 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 04-08-2012, 10:59 PM
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Re: Apr/May 2012 Contest - Sketch

Here is mine. (Best when viewed at least 12" wide)
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:04 AM
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Re: Apr/May 2012 Contest - Sketch

This took a while. Lots and lots of adjustment layers to get it this far. Hope you like it.
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Old 04-09-2012, 04:29 PM
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Re: Apr/May 2012 Contest - Sketch

I'll likely change this - not as much detail as I'd like.
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Last edited by Crapaud; 05-21-2012 at 02:52 AM. Reason: Replace entry with new version
Old 04-11-2012, 08:27 PM
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Re: Apr/May 2012 Contest - Sketch

My brush experiment...
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Old 04-15-2012, 07:46 PM
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Re: Apr/May 2012 Contest - Sketch

My try.

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Old 04-20-2012, 05:59 AM
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Re: Apr/May 2012 Contest - Sketch

Hi all,
Here's my effort.
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Old 04-26-2012, 02:04 PM
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Re: Apr/May 2012 Contest - Sketch

Hi, here's mine...smudge w/tablet.
great work all.
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Last edited by Veralisa; 05-21-2012 at 09:23 PM. Reason: changed image
Old 05-08-2012, 09:27 AM
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Re: Apr/May 2012 Contest - Sketch

Here is my Try.
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:56 AM
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Re: Apr/May 2012 Contest - Sketch

here is my attempt
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