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Hello Traditional Artists :wave:

Today was the last day of my commission contest. I'm very thankful to all who have participated for their kindness and good will. I have chosen 3 works to buy as it was my primal intention and soon I'll be contacting the authors so we can agree on the terms of purchase.
I was contacted to extend the contest period, but as you can easily understand, this is not a regular contest: I think that any of you, traditional artists reading this, who have the will to produce a piece accordingly the rules below can contact me any time to show me a WIP or a finished work. If I like the piece, I'll buy it :nod:
Also below (scroll down to the end of the article) you can find my favourite works, wonderful pieces, just like I was looking for.
For now I'll remove the references I don't want any more but I'll keep the others available until the end of January 2013, so you are welcome to use them as I'm still commissioning you!
Thank you to all :blowkiss:


Note: the lines in italic were written originally at the beginning of the contest and don't apply any more.

:bulletyellow: The contest starts now, as this article is published. The references are still available and they'll be visible until the end of January 2013.
:bulletyellow: This is a Traditional Art Contest on the Portrait category.
:bulletyellow: The medium is paper but you can use graphite, coloured pencils or any other technique.  Instead of a drawing it also can be a acrylic painting on canvas but you have to remember this is going to be shipped to Portugal and I don't intent to pay more for the shipping than for the piece.
:bulletyellow: The size of the piece has to be no smaller than a A3 paper.
:bulletyellow: I have no rush, so I'm accepting entries until the 30th October. You can choose any reference and you can draw/paint it as many times as you want.
:bulletyellow: There is no specifications about the way to submit the work to dA: you can photograph it or scan it, you may submit to your gallery or to your scraps.  If you prefer to submit a small pic or with the dA watermark you can, but probably I'll be requesting for you to send me a larger file with no watermark to my email. On your comments you may write it is a commission if you want, no need to link it to the reference.
:bulletyellow: If you are excited with this work and want to submit WIPs, I'll accept them. This… is the gallery for this contest, where you can find all the works. You'll be finding there the references too.
:bulletyellow: These are the references:



:bulletred: The references are to be use in these commissions, you can't use them for other purposes.
:bulletred: I want realistic works, if you are a modern art lover and you like Abstract Expressionism, Cubism, Pop Art, Surrealism or Impressionism to express yourself, then don't bother. I really appreciate this kind of art but it's not what I'm looking for right now.
:bulletred: I reserve myself the right to not buy any work. I don't know who is going to participate, I don't know if the works have the quality I require but if that is the case I will give 3 prizes of 12 months subscription to dA to the 3 works/artists I like the most.


I want to buy at least 3 pieces. So you will not get a prize, you will get paid.
How much am I going to pay? Well, that's for you to say.
Some time ago I asked in a poll which is the fair price for a pencil portrait. Of course each one of you gave me different answers: it depends on the material used, if it has background, if it is more or less precise/ realistic, if you are a professional or an amateur, but I guess one of the most strict condition is were you live: indubitably a German artist will want to be better paid than a Portuguese one, just like in every other profession. The life conditions for the different countries aren't the same even when living in the European Community.
So, you will say which is the fair price when the time comes - I'll contact you. Also, I'll be paying the shipping expenses and all costs related.
As I said before, I reserve myself the right to not buy any work but if that is the case I will give 3 prizes of 12 months subscription to dA to the 3 works/artists I like the most.

Now it's the time to ask for your help:
 - Do you think this is a fair deal?
 - Can you work with the given references?
 - How about the time? You have 8 months to complete a work. Is it enough or is it too much?
 - Do you have any suggestion or doubt?

Please comment here or contact me by note at Egil21


Are you looking for a direct copy of one of the references, or is it okay to add stuff like a margin or other little elements, or combine two of the references, or change the colours around a little?

When organizing contests I always focus on the creative freedom of the artist, I think that is so important.
All the artists should be free to create and to give us their vision of a subject or object.
In this particular "contest" I'm searching for realism because I want those faces to be drawn as they are (so they can be recognizable) but you can add, combine, change colours. In fact I think I'd appreciate that, to have more visions :) that's why I uploaded several references: I want you to have the will to create and not be limited to one reference.

How would the works be sent? In a roll or straight or ..?

I was looking in the Internet the packaging for paintings and I intend to go search for drawings...I'll try to get more info with artists used to send their work by mail and I'll post that too.

I want to know whether you want it framed and shipped or if you want to frame it the way you like it.

It's not a matter of "likes" : a framed work must be very expensive to be sent by mail. So I prefer with no frame.
That can be applied to canvas partings too: I'd like to have a painting but how much would that cost? Can the wooden frame be removed? Sorry, this is a lame answer on a FAQ! :lol:

What is the size of the A3 paper?

According to Wikipedia:  297mm × 420mm / 11.69in × 16.54in

How will you pay?

Through Paypal or any way you want, it's your choice.


Here you can see the pieces which illustrate what I'm looking for:

Double portrait by markstewart

Traditional contest portrait by yarivt

Commission for Elsa by Blacleria

You may find the rules, references and entries here…

Thank you,
Elsa :iconpinklilyplz:
I appreciate all the help on promoting this commission contest, I think it would be nice if this reached most of traditional artists here on dA.

Don't forget it goes until the 30th October 2012.

Thank you to all people promoting :thanks:

:iconanothercontestgroup:'s blog for contests ending June-December 2012 [link]
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discret Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
30 October ends...
Till night or Before 30? :confused:
discret Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
I think I will prevent the contest, so you can expect new entries :D
Why the most leave all for the last time?...
aeonsiege Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it'll go crazy the last day and you will find that there will be lots of entries. If my job won't keep me, I'll submit mine :)
Egil21 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
I hope so :aww: I'm looking forward to see your piece!
aeonsiege Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's unfortunate I have a couple of deadline this week at work and my drawing materials waiting in my apartment. I'll try to start earlier next time. I thought the deadline was 31st and was hoping to get in what I can finish... :(

Anyway, I hope you can find something that you like :D
Egil21 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
I am giving one more week, then I start contacting the artists who did the pieces I like the most. If you have an unfinished work you may post it as it is, so I can see it.
aeonsiege Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I just got to the outline and is still erasing the grid. I'll post it once I at least have a few washes of coffee on it (i'm just addicted to coffee paintaing). I think I can come up with something with that week's extension. But maybe you need to have an announcement for an additional week or the others may react :)
glunac Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012   General Artist
Hope you find exactly what you are looking for.
Wishing you & the artists that participate the best.
Blacleria Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I'd like to participate in this contest, I will start my drawing soon. I hope pastels are allowed as well, as they are my fav medium. DinA2 size is allowed, isn't it?
Egil21 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Yes to both :nod: you may use your favourite medium, of course, and if you prefer to work that big (A2 size) I have nothing against it - I just don't want works smaller than A3.
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