By Daniel_Wiedemann on Tuesday, 11 December 2007 11:06 AM
Definately my favorite!!! Love it!! You got my vote for sure! :) Congrats!
By gill99msu on Tuesday, 11 December 2007 11:42 AM
Wonderfully Done....and with just one image. Love it!
By fotoflare on Tuesday, 11 December 2007 2:05 PM
very nice. full size would be nice though
By DesignerScott on Tuesday, 11 December 2007 3:28 PM
By grubloader on Tuesday, 11 December 2007 4:01 PM
unique, much better than all of the "roots coming out of the guitar" or "a bunch of random stufff thrown together."
By tuck_away on Tuesday, 11 December 2007 4:33 PM
Definitely awesome. Very emotive, and I hope people get that. You've got my vote!
By blueberries on Tuesday, 11 December 2007 4:47 PM
Oh how cute! Gives me the chills too!
By Milkbird on Tuesday, 11 December 2007 5:23 PM
nicely done but not an orignal idea...maybe it was for you but this concept has been done alot..........
By Kevin_P on Tuesday, 11 December 2007 5:29 PM
I disagree, I think this is excellent, and where are your examples. There's one crappy entry with four separate trees still on a white background, but nothing like this whole scene. I'm voting for it!
By jeffdressel on Tuesday, 11 December 2007 5:31 PM
I like this one, Scott. I like the footsteps in the snow, like she's been sitting there through the seasons. It adds to the "passing of time" theme. Beauty.
I want a full-sized print!
By Melissa on Tuesday, 11 December 2007 5:44 PM
That pic is awesome! Well played.
Awesome work
By Dork on Tuesday, 11 December 2007 7:08 PM
That definitely looks like the same tree throughout the year. I really hope you win for the story and title alone.
By Tucker on Tuesday, 11 December 2007 7:39 PM
Oooh, excellent work and a great idea.
By lindseyb on Wednesday, 12 December 2007 12:26 AM
Very nice. The more I look at this piece, the more it speaks to me. The simple, purely elemental feeling is all the artistic expression it needs. I don't care if this particular theme has been done before. In the entire history of art, or even photography, what hasn't been done? The point is that it tells a classic, familiar story in a colorful and enjoyable medium. I could definitely see this as the cover of a book... (maybe one that I could edit!)
By on Wednesday, 12 December 2007 1:32 AM
This makes me want to wander out into that field and sit under that tree every day of the year.
By A on Wednesday, 12 December 2007 3:03 AM
Awesome work! If I were voting you'd be my pick!
By Original-Thinkr on Wednesday, 12 December 2007 3:06 AM
Much better than the current leader ConstantinPotorac who flat out plagarized his stuff. This is great.
By liquidworm on Wednesday, 12 December 2007 4:42 AM
Exceptional work DesignerScott... definatly a vote, cheers

The Long Cold Seasons
By kt on Wednesday, 12 December 2007 12:44 PM
I love the simplicity
By AEF on Wednesday, 12 December 2007 3:08 PM
As someone who LOVES the changing of seasons, I love how this picture catches the beauty of each! WELL DONE!
This is top-notch.
By Brrr on Wednesday, 12 December 2007 6:12 PM
I'm not sure why its getting overlooked, unless some of the other entries are rigging the vote. Excellent description btw.
By DesignerScott on Wednesday, 12 December 2007 7:17 PM
thought you all might want to have a look at this just for fun.


It might take a while to load though. Sorry.
By 4ii on Wednesday, 12 December 2007 7:41 PM
Oh, man that's an awesome progression!
By WyomingDennis on Wednesday, 12 December 2007 7:47 PM
Exceptional work for a relatively young artist. There are many who strive for years to achieve what you've accomplished in a very short time, you're truly gifted.
By JQ on Wednesday, 12 December 2007 9:58 PM
oooh, excellent work! Just the way I think of the 4 seasons. Best of luck
By Stokers on Wednesday, 12 December 2007 10:04 PM
Definitely should be in the top 3, and I hope it wins. Great work DesignerScott!
By daemon-X on Thursday, 13 December 2007 12:47 AM
This is much better than the current vote winner: http://www.crestock.com/blog/design/contest2007/entry.aspx?id=6261

I sure hope yours wins over his, since it's much, much better, and clearly took many hours of work.
Love it!
By Kennedy on Thursday, 13 December 2007 4:18 AM
Great composition, with the footprints in the snow leading you into the picture - and I especially like the tire swing. Somehow, that's the definition of summer. Nice.
Great Story
By jk_johnson on Thursday, 13 December 2007 2:34 PM
The story on this one is perfect! Each 'quarter' fits perfectly together.
You've got my vote for sure!
By under_where on Thursday, 13 December 2007 3:52 PM
That's a fine piece of work there DesignerScott. How long did it take you to do it?
Tough Competition
By PhotoGod on Thursday, 13 December 2007 4:32 PM
There's some good entries in this competition (and some awful ones), but I thought you made excellent use of the image with a sensible image. Voting for it right now!
My new wallpaper
By Dork on Thursday, 13 December 2007 7:41 PM
I just made this my new wallpaper. I hope you don't mind but it's totally cool. Awesome vid btw.
By DesignerScott on Thursday, 13 December 2007 8:13 PM
Thanks for all the compliments everyone. And by all means take the high-res from flickr for your wallpapers everyone, but I would appreciate a vote ;)
By JaneKrak on Thursday, 13 December 2007 8:54 PM
talented with photoshop. But I don't know if I'd call this creative. I've seen similar stuff on halmark cards. I'm sorry if that was rude. Good luck.
By DesignerScott on Thursday, 13 December 2007 9:13 PM
I really just wanted to do something different from all of the floating islands, and base the image in reality. Sort of something you would actually see happening.
It seems like everyone else went straight to a make-believe world where you can add anything you want without boundaries, but that's just not my style.
I like it.
By Wuzzup on Thursday, 13 December 2007 9:23 PM
Technically, it's very precise.
Emotionally, it connects.
Visually, it's engaging.
Great work, I'll give you a vote!
By PicChic on Thursday, 13 December 2007 9:30 PM
Great idea, and fairly well executed, nice job.
Thank and...
By DesignerScott on Thursday, 13 December 2007 10:24 PM
By the way, does anyone know if I can make prints of this with the rights of the crestock image? I'm just asking because I've had a couple requests, and don't know if the usual stock rights apply since they were free for the competition.
Oooh yah.
By Photoblogr on Thursday, 13 December 2007 10:31 PM
I hope you do get to make prints, because that would look really awesome in a gallery somewhere. I might have gone with a 4x6 crop though! Great work.
Great shot.
By Zipster on Thursday, 13 December 2007 10:34 PM
Great pic/photoshop. I can't wait to find out who wins! Good Luck, and great job.
I totally agree
By Jordon on Thursday, 13 December 2007 10:59 PM
It seems like everything else up here is either a copy of something else (like this one: http://www.crestock.com/blog/design/contest2007/entry.aspx?id=5945)
or it's a floating fantasy island. Yours definitely stands out as unique, and I can only imagine how long it took.
Good composition.
By TannerB on Thursday, 13 December 2007 11:27 PM
A lot of people are probably gonna dis this because it isn't the normal illustration style nor the grunge-pop style that seems to be getting so much respect here, but as a fellow designer, I love this, and I can appreciate the photo-realistic quality it has.
Great work!
Very Lovely
By SuzyQ on Thursday, 13 December 2007 11:32 PM
I like how you made the winter and fall panels bigger because they do seem longer. It also breaks the image apart quite nicely, instead of the usual quartered seasonal image.
Very nice to see something 'not-trendy' ;)
By itsthateasy on Friday, 14 December 2007 2:51 AM
This is a terrible attempt at art, the finished looked is horrid. It looks like a 45 year old(more then likely you are) artist trying to fit in with todays look, however was extremely unsuccessful. This is far from unique, and far from good. It is beyond my knowledge why this has even gotten one vote. Anyone with PS, and knowledge of seasons could do this. The tree doesn't even look like it is realistically coming out of the ground. The shadow under the tree is completely inaccurate. The least you could of done was blend the separator in some creative fashion rather then a rushed black divider between the seasons. I hope next time you would think more into something and do something good rather then something that kids do in a high school graphic design class in 5 minutes. I hope you'd do something better for clients if you expect any success in this industry.
I'm sorry
By DesignerScott on Friday, 14 December 2007 3:01 AM
I'm sorry you feel that way "itsthateasy"
BTW, where's your entry, or some examples to show that you even know what you are talking about. And where do you get this stuff about 'trying to fit in with today's look?'
Sounds to me like you're skulking about your own entry doing horribly ;(
So yah, I'll call you out! Put your entry where your mouth is!
I'm sorry
By DesignerScott on Friday, 14 December 2007 3:02 AM
I'm sorry you feel that way "itsthateasy"
BTW, where's your entry, or some examples to show that you even know what you are talking about. And where do you get this stuff about 'trying to fit in with today's look?'
Sounds to me like you're skulking about your own entry doing horribly ;(
So yah, I'll call you out! Put your entry where your mouth is!
Or is this your idea of good work? http://www.crestock.com/blog/design/contest2007/entry.aspx?id=6261
Because right now, it's winning.
By DesignerScott on Friday, 14 December 2007 3:05 AM
Oh, and for all those interested, I'm a 24 year old graphic designer/photographer with a four-year degree.
AND, I think 50+ people will also agree that this is good work!
By DesignerScott on Friday, 14 December 2007 4:13 AM
So, back to the question at hand? Does anyone know if the royalties on these stock images are different from if I had purchased them?
By JudyCarlton on Friday, 14 December 2007 4:27 AM
Excellent work. This truly is a timeless piece that everyone should appreciate. Good luck with the competition.
royalty free
By dschlosser on Friday, 14 December 2007 5:50 PM
I believe that you own the rights to your final image. But I can't find where I read that now. Maybe try here: help@crestock.com
By mtgirl on Saturday, 15 December 2007 2:18 AM
Classic and appealing to all. Plus it doesn't give off the "pyscho" vibe that a many of this round's entries do.
The Best
By dparchen on Saturday, 15 December 2007 2:26 AM
Definately the best I've seen!
By lmancuso on Saturday, 15 December 2007 2:30 AM
Amazing and very realsitic.
A Crowd Pleaser
By tthornton on Saturday, 15 December 2007 2:39 AM
This is a design that everyone can enjoy and I'm sure the judges will appreciate. Nicely done man.
Diggin it
By tooker on Saturday, 15 December 2007 3:04 AM
Dude, I really dig this. Right on.
What an ass
By hollyp on Saturday, 15 December 2007 3:24 AM
Well, I was reading your comments and I agree with most of them. People chose your work because of its excellent qualtiy. However, "itsthateasy" is a moron who obviously has never been taught any kind of manners. Remember the rule, "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all?"
By adgirl79 on Saturday, 15 December 2007 3:32 AM
As a fellow designer, I would market something like this to my clients. It's not too flashy, but it does have a lot of intricate details.
By grandmap on Saturday, 15 December 2007 3:44 AM
Hello sweetie. I am so proud of you.
My Fav
By logandog on Saturday, 15 December 2007 3:57 AM
This design reminded me of something- not an image I've seen, but a feeling I've had. You wrapped up nature and humanity here.
By vandal on Saturday, 15 December 2007 6:37 AM
http://vandal.nu/ , my name is Nick Delaney. I didn't post in this contest. I decided to merely browse through this site to see what people were doing, and decided to comment on some work. I didn't join the competition, because I one, don't have time because of client work(something you don't get with your 4 year degree, which is why you are in this competition in the first place) 2 working on my resume http://vandal.nu/cv_nickdelaney.pdf something you don't have really filled up Three http://computerarts.co.uk , something you probably look at wishing you were in but aren't. As well as 5 Rhode Island School of Design something you could never get into . Thank's designerscott, I'm not immature enough to the point where I call someone out. I merely disagreed with what people thought about this image, it showed great weakness compared to others in this competition and I made my point known. I don't see how that was wrong, and I used examples to back it up. It's a simple critique, something that if you were in college you would of gotten by some professors. I understand I may of went about it in a slightly more brutal matter, but it irritated me that this community is full of people who don't understand composition or concept, something that this image has nothing of.

As for hollyp, you are completely wrong. Welcome to the art and design world I don't know where you've been, but its called a critique I pulled out the things I didn't like and expressed my opinion. I don't feel that I am wrong, or what I did was wrong. There is a comment system here that doesn't require me to leave a 5 word comment saying oh my god thats amazing. When I don't think something's good I'm going to express it. I hope one day you get past your deviantArt days or your little art forums, because it's a hell of a lot different. If you are handing something into a client and it isn't good they are going to say it sucks.

Designerscott, I'm sorry if I offended you. I just expressed my feelings, and I hope that you can accept that. I just felt this piece was poorly done and could have been better(explained in my comment) .

Good luck
By JeffC on Saturday, 15 December 2007 7:22 AM
Fair enough,
You've got a great portfolio, and lots of free time! I'm sorry you don't like my entry. I guess it will be up to the judges.
Just try not to come off so pretentious and egotistical next time though.
By vandal on Saturday, 15 December 2007 7:59 AM
The reason why I said what i said...
I think the fact you digitally painted this is great, that takes talent, but this could have been done easier with a photo-manipulation(thats why i said its something any high school kid could have done) . I think since you can digitally paint you should have expanded more and made it more creative and strengthen the unity. For example instead of the black bars separating the season, have the snow melting into the spring, and so on. If you have the ability to digitally paint use it, think of ways to creatively fill up the canvas, and an improved method of showing the difference in seasons. Thats why I feel this image is overrated, some of you may feel the idea is cool, but you have to admit.... this image would have been better way better!

I will admit this image is in my top 10 images I liked on here, I was just disappointed that this is doing better then others in that top 10 that deserve to be noticed, and that you didn't take your ability to digitally paint and expand.
It's the four seasons!
By DesignerScott on Saturday, 15 December 2007 4:06 PM
Overdone? No, the examples you posted aren't the same at all! Two of them are photographs taken throughout the year, and the illustrations don't have nearly the same detail, or the constraints of working from a single photo on such short time. (And I hadn't seen any of these before, so it's not like I'm plagarizing like some other entries here)
To me, it's kind of like looking at great band with a bass, drums, guitar and singer, and saying "the concept is a bit overdone." You have to look deeper.
And vandal... There were a number of things that I would do differently with more time, but I do have other projects that I was working on at the same time, and I opted for the black bars instead of a blend to distinctly break up the piece into "The Long Cold Seasons." The reason I 'called you out' the first time was because it seemed like a lot of petty things to be critiquing.
By Toolkit on Saturday, 15 December 2007 4:42 PM
Cool image! It is a shame that the judges are probably going to go for another fantasy "over-the-top" kind of image though!
By D.Joe on Saturday, 15 December 2007 4:46 PM
No swirls, lens flares, random dots, butterflies, or apple stuff!
Very good work!
Definitely Good
By Yahoodler on Saturday, 15 December 2007 5:13 PM
I'll throw a vote your way because you clearly put effort into this, and it appeals to "the average person."
Definitely Good
By Yahoodler on Saturday, 15 December 2007 5:14 PM
I'll throw a vote your way because you clearly put effort into this, and it appeals to "the average person."
By Yahoodler on Saturday, 15 December 2007 5:14 PM
Sorry for the double post. Good job again.
By niknak on Saturday, 15 December 2007 5:39 PM
I would have said great job, but after looking at the full hi-res version I see some technical nasties. The extraction on the summer leaves, tyre and woman look rushed and a bit sloppy. There's some haloing on all 3. I know I probably shouldn't judge it on the full size version, but then again if you're willing to display it I think you'll have to be judged by it.
By The Executioner on Saturday, 15 December 2007 6:10 PM
How does this one even stand a chance???? There is definitely some foul play going on in this competition. The fact that this one is even in the running proves it. If this one wins just know that it was rigged. Not that im knocking the image or the photoshopping but the idea has been done a hundred times.....for those who need proof.



By TickyTack on Saturday, 15 December 2007 6:23 PM
Sounds like there are some real haters!
1st off niknak, all I can see in the high-res is some nasty jpeg compression so you are really exaggerating and nitpicking.
2nd Executioner, google images turns up nothin' like this, the flickr shot is a real photo blended, and the other crestock entry is nothing like this at all, just gratuitous crap!
I can't believe people are ripping this apart so much, and to claim that it's rigged is very presumptuous!
People lay off, it's not plagarized or even a close copy to someone else's work! Just because it is based around the four seasons, and is split in fourths is no reason to spout off every other shot of a tree in seasons. IT'S NATURE FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!
Ease up everyone!
By DesignerScott on Saturday, 15 December 2007 6:43 PM
I can't believe this one is getting so much controversy! Look, either you like it or you don't, can we all just be polite, and agree to disagree without name-calling and finger-pointing.
I just want to be clear on a few things though.
1) I didn't copy or plagarize anyone. I have sketches of the whole idea from start to finish, and came up with the idea on my own.
2) I'm not rigging the contest in any way, nor trolling for votes, and am ready to throw myself at the mercy of the judges, who will likely vote for the flurry of fantastic fantasy entries.
3) I know that there are plenty of other great entries, and appreciate their style (great work mosk, rarz, Ryuneo, and many others), but I wanted something a little more "familiar" in the sense of we all have memories and feelings about the season changes. (I hate the cold seasons for example).
4) Vote for me, or don't but please be polite because I do have feelings. Thank you all for your support.
By niknak on Saturday, 15 December 2007 7:02 PM
Not at all Tickytack, you might be looking at the normal hi-res not this full one: http://www.flickr.com/photo_zoom.gne?id=2102074307&size=o

A quick look at the summer leaves, bit of background stuck to the top of the girls head or tyre or jagged lines around the blossom are enough to show the poor extraction techniques used.
By ToughStuff on Saturday, 15 December 2007 9:36 PM
Definitely in my top 3, this is a pretty diverse competition, but your entry does stand out as being more "Normal" than everyone else's in a good way. Best of luck.
By GomerMan on Saturday, 15 December 2007 9:42 PM
Geez niknak, nobody else posted anything higher than 800x800 resolution for approval, and if this is a web-competition, I don't know anyone with that high a screen resolution, and if this is a print competition, the little bit that your blowing up would still print just fine for most sizes. (I'm a printer)
This entry's got one of my votes for being a simple and concise image that I can relate to.
By GomerMan on Saturday, 15 December 2007 9:44 PM
I just checked again, if you look at the 1024 res image, it looks perfect, so I would for sure say it's fine for a competition like this.
By weird on Saturday, 15 December 2007 10:14 PM
I'm also agree I've seen this a lot of times before. I'm really shocked that people voted that much on this one in particular, I can't find an original concept neither an spectacular outcome that justify it.
By DesignerScott on Sunday, 16 December 2007 4:20 AM
I think part of what's going on here is that my entry is going up against so many make-believe images (some really inspiring ones) that it seems more 'everyday' and 'ordinary' in comparison.
I'm sorry if people are looking for an over-the-top unrealistic image in all of the entries, because that isn't what I was aiming for.
So if you're looking for something never seen before than look to the other entries of flying worlds, guitar houses, telephone boats, guitars growing out of the ground, and glittery 'things'.
As for me: My vote is actually for this one:
because it's real, it tells a story, and it's well done.
By niknak on Sunday, 16 December 2007 1:11 PM
Firstly a large number of top entries posted high resolution versions for scrutiny and most of the ones I have looked as stand up to that scrutiny. Nobody posted higher than 800 x 800 you say? Odd that seeing as the minimum size for entry in the rules is 1000 x 1000. The range specified of 1000 x 1000 up to 4000 x 4000 clearly indicate it is a print size competition, not web. If you are unable of maintaining details at print resolution, then you don't deserve to win the competition.

As for the 1024 version looking 'perfect', I pity your eyesight if that is what you think. Even a quick look at the bottom of the 'spring' tree, i.e. how the blossom suddenly stops, is enough to see it has quickly and crudely been masked off. It doesn't look realistic, and a look at the hi-res version just comfirms this.

In a Photoshop competition you have to be judged on your Photoshop skills. I haven't even been discussing the concept of the picture as whether you like that or not is entirely down to individual taste. On technical merit though, there is no way this is good enough to win.
By TickyTack on Sunday, 16 December 2007 3:18 PM
Stop stalking this guys entry! He's obviously created something that people like. Show some respect and stop being an @sshole!
By niknak on Sunday, 16 December 2007 3:58 PM
If people like you start arguments then be prepared to fight them, trying to deflect attention away from the fact that your first comment was wrong doesn't work now. Oh and respect has to be earned, it isn't given for no reason.
Ease up
By DesignerScott on Sunday, 16 December 2007 4:29 PM
Vote for me, or don't but please before you write something here, imagine saying it to someone's face first.
Thank you all for your support.
Break out the popcorn.
By leahzero on Sunday, 16 December 2007 6:37 PM
Wow, this thread is entertaining.

Vandal.nu/Nick Delaney, it's interesting you revealed your identity. Glancing at your site, I found your work derivative, vapid, and faddish. MTV called, they want the 90's back!

--oh wait, you DO design for MTV. How deliciously ironic!

Your success in the art and design world has little to do with talent or vision. It has to do more with trendspotting, salesmanship, networking, and willingness to conform. Clearly you excel in these areas. Your opinions on art, however, I find as meaningless as they are petty. DesignerScott's work could be legitimately critiqued in quite some depth, but your points are silly, superficial, and expose a lack of experience/education in HOW to critique.

I'm intrigued that you include so many ad hominem attacks in your posts, too. It reeks of personal insecurity. You seem to have some deep-seated issues regarding age and education. I suspect you're not very confident in your own success/achievements and have a sense that you're riding the coattails of trendiness rather than talent or vision. Might want to work on that before you alienate everyone around you. Sorry, but snotty rockstar designers are a dime a dozen, kid.

@DesignerScott, I feel your composition is somewhat cliché as evidenced by the links to conceptually identical works, but ironically, the dominant cliché in these contests has been the "floating fantasy island" concept, so your traditional cliché actually seems fresh and original in comparison. I would have voted for you until I saw the backgrounds were painted. While they work quite well, illustration in a photomanipulation contest seems inauthentic to me unless done sparingly, and I feel the illustration in this case makes up too much of the piece. The challenge of a photomanip contest should be limiting yourself to manipulating the given set of existing images with only minor supplemental/retouching illustrative work.

Still, this is a solid piece. It does feel fresh to me because it's not another damn floating island, which is something, at least!
By Nestr on Sunday, 16 December 2007 11:56 PM
If you think my image
is worth looking at then please drop a comment saying: Yes
If you think it is not worth it then please don't hesitate to say: Bullshit.

Thanks for your time
By becky on Monday, 17 December 2007 9:39 PM
Wow lots of conflicting opinions on this. I have to say I'm surprised that this has gotten so many votes. It's not very creative, and the black lines dividing the seasons are really distracting. Maybe if you would have transitioned within the image the final product would be a little more pleasing.
I like it
By Johnny on Tuesday, 18 December 2007 5:26 PM
But I can see why some people are giving it a thrashing.
I think a lot of people want entries like rarz's, that is nothing but make-believe. From a design perspective I also see why you have the black bars there, looking at some of the other 'examples' that people have posted, the continuous change looks horrible and lacks a distinct grid.
I probably would have just put it in a black frame too!
Great work though, much harder to do than finding, 'any old random' things to throw on a guitar.
By nestr on Tuesday, 18 December 2007 5:28 PM
I have seen the idea hundreds of time before. It is well done technically, but to me it is not creative enough to deserve the win.
By Blah on Tuesday, 18 December 2007 10:55 PM
In this field, this piece looks pretty clean.

The high res version shows a few inconsistencies in the way the tree is formed and I don't like the way the figure sits in the piece, but I do like the environment. Subtleties like the foot steps give it a good feel. I don't want to bark up the same old tree, but it is a done concept, would've been nice to see someone with your skill do something fresh.

I disagree with posters above me who think that the black lines are bad. Although it would've shown a higher level of skill for sure, it could've taken a lot of the impact away.

This is probably the only 100 vote+ piece that I think has earned most of that on merit, but there are still better peices with fewer votes.

Best of luck
Thank you very much.
By DesignerScott on Wednesday, 19 December 2007 6:21 AM
I would like to thank all my supporters for your comments and votes. Hopefully the judges will share your view this holiday season.
'Blah', thank you for your honest commentary, I have read your critiques across many other entries, and have no arguments with anything you have said, and you have been concise, polite, and dignified, so a special thank you for weighing in.
To crestock, regardless of whether you pick my entry or not, thank you for putting on such a unique contest (and valuable prizes). I understand your position for wanting the publicity and recognition through holding popular elections, however I think many of the entries receiving massive votes (we all know which ones) leaves a bad impression for all participants. I would of course love for you to repeat this contest annually, but like many of my fellow participants feel the popular vote to be far less valuable than 40% overall.
Have a happy holiday everyone!
By noway on Wednesday, 19 December 2007 1:39 PM
What happened that you lost half of your votes? Oh let me guess, you made all your votes yourself and the IP was the same, right? Now that's sad. You talking about massive votes, how ironic...
What the...
By DesignerScott on Wednesday, 19 December 2007 4:26 PM
actually no I didn't vote for myself, at all so I have no idea where all the votes went!
I wonder
By DesignerScott on Wednesday, 19 December 2007 4:29 PM
I know of quite a few friends from my old school voted for my entry, and I bet they are all on the same school IP. I'll have to send an e-mail out to crestock to find out what's up!
By Very blah on Thursday, 20 December 2007 2:22 PM
Seriously? The only one that merits its 100+(now down to 65) votes? Have you looked at the high rez?


Is DesignerScott trying to market her/himself? If DesignerScott is not Blah, I apologize, but there are many entries (some which Blah/DesignerScott have commented on) that have much better technical skills and originality.

By some guy on Thursday, 20 December 2007 7:13 PM
Is there really a need to be so negative? It's art, for pete's sake. Art is supposed to make you feel good. Whether Scott did a perfect high-res or not is irrelevant. Let it go, man. It's a nice thing to look at, and makes me feel happy.
By Blah on Thursday, 20 December 2007 8:53 PM
I'm not DesignerScott. I am a art director for a publisher and the partner of another entrant in this competition. For the sake of not making it political, I choose not to mention who that is.

You've misinterpreted my intentions 'Very Blah'. I agree, the technical skill demonstrated in this piece is lower than others. I simply felt this was a clean execution of a concept.

I chose to comment on all 100vote+ peices. I truly feel NONE of them deserved that, but of those peices, this is the one that communicated best to me. I guess I was wrong however that this had earned it's votes on merit.

By nikos on Friday, 21 December 2007 1:27 PM
this is just amazing! you've got my positive energy on you, hope u win!
By blob on Sunday, 23 December 2007 11:46 AM
I personally feel after spending much time reviewing the video, and looking at the hi-res version of this piece is that it wasn't even digitally painted. If you really look at the hi-res version you see that this entire thing is a bunch of different photos. In the video he quikcly airbrushes then suddenly BOOM its done, thats where he just took real images and put them over, which reallly doesn't require that much talent. it's further proved by the fact the the trees don't even mesh together anyways, I'm pretty sure if I painted this from scratch on the computer that it would all blend. I had a feeling that this looked to photo-realistic for someoone to of done this completely from scratch opposed to taking differen't photos and putting them together. The high-res version I think is what killed it for me, you just see the lack of quality, time and effort spent when you see how sloppy everything is including the halo's around the objects in the image. It didn't feel like it was done professionally or even up to par with the other 100+ images in this competition, although it was deserving in being in the top 10 of the competition as it was deffinetely better coneptually then several others. I must say that this stood out in the competition because of its simpicity, and obivous theme because it's easy to understand and seems to have purpose rather then the others. That I think is the reason why I orginally fell in love with this piece because of it's concept, something that all of us know and can think of. I almsot feel like had you not shown the high-resolution version your chances would have been greatly increased, because you would not of seen the visual inconsitincies, and the problems that can only be seen in the high-resolution.

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