Hi everyone, I’m proud to announce the next Hot Mess Art Contest.  The Amazing Emily Chan is running this one through her Deviant Art site, and she’s really upped the ante.  More prizes (including StupidFox plushies!), more winners, and a really cool theme.  I’ve reposted some of the rules below, but to enter, just go over to silentreaper.deviantart.com – and let the creativity begin!

:star: WHAT IS THE CONTEST? :star:

:bulletblue: CATEGORY 1: Draw yourself with at least one animals/creatures representing a part of your Psyche! Your Psyche-Entity can be in the form of a real OR made-up animal/creature, but cannot be another person or personified inanimate object :P . Then, write at least 3-5 sentences telling us about what part(s) of your Psyche the animal/creature represents. You must include yourself in the piece, but it does not need to be an accurate depiction :)

:bulletblue: CATEGORY 2: Draw at least one of any of the characters from “Hot Mess” (Person or Animal)! This can be done in your own style or you can follow the comic’s style. (Judging for this category will be based mainly on Artistic craftsmanship.)

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Judging for Each Category is as follows:

:star:CATEGORY 1: Artistic Quality
:bulletblue: In Category 1, entries will be judged based on the following for Artistic Quality:
- Use of Line and/or Color and/or Craftsmanship.
- Composition and Placement.
- Time and Effort based on Amount of Detail shown (OR) Cleanliness.

:star:CATEGORY 1: Thought & Creativity
:bulletblue: In the Artistic Creativity Category, entries will be judged based on the following:
- Meaningful and Relevant Character Design(s) without over-designing.
- Depth of Concepts and/or Ideas.
- Depth of Concepts and/or Ideas related to the “Hot Mess” web-comic.

:star:CATEGORY 2: Artistic Quality
:bulletblue: In Category 2, entries will be judged based on the following for Artistic Quality:
- Use of Line and/or Color and/or Craftsmanship.
- Composition and Placement.
- Time and Effort based on Amount of Detail shown (OR) Cleanliness (OR) Thought in Design.

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:star: GENERAL RULES:
1) Although mentioning the title “Hot Mess” in the artwork itself is not required, it is required in either the Deviation Title (OR) Artist Description for reference.
2) Entries may also be disqualified for the following: Vulgar or adult material, works suggesting any racial or sexual discrimination and works with clearly offensive intentions.
3) The following mediums will not be accepted: Photography, Paper-Craft, 3d Renders, Actors & Cosplay, Animation and Flash.

4) All Artwork must be 100% created by the Artist (Exception: collaborations). Any work suspected of plagiarism in any way will be automatically disqualified.

5) Only one (1) entry allowed in one (1) category per person. If in any case two submissions are received from the same person, the newest submission will be disqualified as a repeated entry; no exceptions. If a new or updated entry is uploaded over the first entry, the update will be ignored since entries will be saved externally from DA as they are first received. Therefore, make sure your entry is your final entry before you send it in!

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:star: ENTRY RULES:

1) Submit your entry to DeviantArt as you usually would.

2) In the description area, please include the following requirements:

:bulletblue:All materials and/or programs used.
:bulletblue:Mention/Write “Hot Mess” in the Deviation Title (OR) Artist Description for reference.
:bulletblue: (CATEGORY1 ONLY) – In a short paragraph, describe to us what part(s) of your Psyche the animal/creature represents or how it relates to you.

3) Send me a note with the subject “Contest Entry”, and include a link to your entry. Make sure this link works. You will know if your entry has been accepted when I add it into my collection.

4) DEADLINE IS: APRIL 30, 2011 @ 10PM PST

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:star: :trophy: :star: PRIZE LIST :star: :trophy: :star:

(*STAR MEANS : Prize will be unlocked once a certain number of entries are received! Once unlocked, the star will be removed.)

:star:CATEGORY 1: Grand Prize
- 1 StupidFox Plush
- 1 Hot Mess Pin Pack
- 1 Hot Mess Preview Book*
- 1 StupidFox 4-Pin Pack*
- $50 USDGift-Card/Cash Prize* (Redeemed Online)

:star:CATEGORY 1: Artistic Quality> First Place
- 1 Hot Mess Pin Pack
- 1 Hot Mess Preview Book*
- 1 Original, drawn card of a Hot Mess Animal of your choice or of StupidFox* (OR) StupidFox 4-Pin Pack*
- $20 USD Gift-Card/Cash Prize*(Redeemed Online)

:star:CATEGORY 1: Artistic Quality >Second Place
- 1 Hot Mess Pin Pack
- 1 StupidFox 4-Pin Pack*
:star:CATEGORY 1: Thought & Creativity > First Place
- 1 Hot Mess Pin Pack
- 1 Hot Mess Preview Book*
- 1 Original, drawn card of a Hot Mess Animal of your choice or of StupidFox* (OR) StupidFox 4-Pin Pack*

:star:CATEGORY 1: Thought & Creativity >Second Place

- 1 Hot Mess Pin Pack
- 1 StupidFox 4-Pin Pack*

:star:CATEGORY 2: Artistic Quality> First Place
- 1 StupidFox Plush
- 1 Hot Mess Pin Pack
- 1 Hot Mess Preview Book*

:star:CATEGORY 2: Artistic Quality >Second Place
- 1 Hot Mess Pin Pack
- 1 StupidFox 4-Pin Pack*

Read on for the FAQ!

A couple of the prizes: