THE ALVINLEEART.COM DIGITAL COLOR CHALLENGE!
THE SEARCH FOR BRIGHT NEW TALENT BEGINS HERE!
To celebrate our new launch of ALVINLEEART.COM we’re having an international digital coloring challenge, so get your pen tablets ready and let’s do some coloring! The piece in question is, STREET FIGHTER TRIBUTE by Alvin Lee. This piece is dying for some color, how you decide to do it is entirely up to you! Selected initial submissions will be featured on this website as the contest continues. The Final Five finalists as determined by our board of judges will be featured on this website and will be voted on via web-poll. The winner will be determined by our board of judges along with Alvin Lee, meanwhile taking into consideration the final vote count, will then be rewarded one GRAND PRIZE!
Each of the five finalist will be featured on ALVINLEEART.COM and will each receive an autographed copy of Nix & Scratches, Vol. 1, along with an Original Alvin Lee Head-sketch of the character of your choice!
There is only one grand prize winner. The grand prize winner will receive a limited edition print of both New World Army and Calgary Cowgirl, a copy of Nix and Scratches Vol.1, a Gnomon Workshop DVD: Layout and Penciling w/ Alvin Lee, and an Original Alvin Lee Head-sketch of the character of your choice, all autographed by Alvin Lee! The grand prize winner’s submission will also be featured on ALVINLEE.DEVIANTART.COM along with ALVINLEEART.COM and depending on the review of Alvin Lee, the grand prize winner may also get a chance to be rewarded a professional comparable rate of $300USD, in which the submission will be made into limited prints (of 200) with full artist credentials, and made available right here on ALVINLEEART.COM! The winner might just become Alvin Lee’s next exclusive digital colorist for many future projects to come!
TO ENTER PLEASE SEND THE MESSAGE, “SIGN ME UP!” TO THIS ADDRESS: ColorChallenge@ALVINLEEART.COM
It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3! Complete and return your email contestant form, once completed the site administrator will review the form and send you the link (& password) to download your high resolution file to begin coloring! Return your completed submission to the same email address above before the submission deadline of September 30th, 2009. Any entries submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.
CONTEST RULES & REGULATIONS:
To enter this contest you must be 18 years or older. The submission must be done on the original 300dpi high resolution version of STREET FIGHTER TRIBUTE by Alvin Lee; provided to you only by ALVINLEEART.COM once you have reviewed and submitted your contestant agreement form. Upon reviewing the completed form, the site administrator will proceed to send you the 300dpi high resolution file along with a password in order to unzip the file. (All characters represented © reserved by CAPCOM Co. Ltd.) The content is provided strictly for scholarly review and cannot be reproduced in any form without the expressed written permission of the respective owner(s). The return submission must ONLY be a flattened 1MB JPG copy of the file. DO NOT RE-SUBMIT THE HIGH RESOLUTION FILE (ie; PSD or TIF), it will not be accepted! The submission must be done digitally, we will not be accepting photos and or traditional paintings, etc.
NOTE: If you do not complete your email contestant form your contest submission will not be accepted, as you must agree to further Terms & Conditions stated on the email response form.
SEPTEMBER 30th, 2009 before Midnight(Oct 1st 12am EST) .
OCTOBER 5th – OCTOBER 29th, 2009. The winner will be announced on OCTOBER 31st, 2009. Good Luck!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
When do I get the email to download the high resolution file?
Our site admin has to manually read through each submission form, so it’s not an automated process. Submissions will be routinely checked at 9 am EST and/or around 6-9pm EST(during business days). So please be patient.
It’s been X days since I submitted the form, I still haven’t received the response.
This is normal, Our site admin doesn’t work on this site full time and might not be available for a couple days. Don’t worry, your form was submitted and a response should be sent back to you within a couple days. Check the update statuses in the comments below. Please refrain from double/triple sending your form, it will not speed up the submission process. If you still haven’t received it after recent status updates, please check your spam folders. It could be possible that it was falsely detected as spam mail.
The password Link you sent doesn’t work? How do I get the password?
Please read the the Contest Acceptance email again, and again if you have to. The Password is NOT a Link, your email program automatically flags it as a link, but it’s NOT a link. That IS the password. Yes, It’s that simple!
I can’t enter the password. How do I extract the ZIP file?
You will need a better extraction tool, the default de-compression tools that come with both Windows and OS X do not offer passworded extractions. If you are on a PC, you need either Winzip or Winrar. If you are using OS X, StuffIt Expander works fine. You do not need to purchase those programs to extract the files, the freeware or shareware versions will do.
I can’t open the file. What format is this?
TIFF(TIF) files are the industry standard. It’s a loss-less format that retains all of the quality of the file without any compression artifacts(ie; JPG). The file was created in Adobe Photoshop, this should be compatible with most photo and painting programs. We recommend either Adobe Photoshop CS3/CS4 or Corel Painter XI as the coloring software to use.
STREET FIGHTER QUESTIONS
I don’t know all the characters, where can I get more information?
Alvin’s SF Tribute consists of the entire lineup of characters (except for boss character Gill) from Street Fighter III – 3rd Strike. All the characters are listed on this Wikia page (courtesy of Wikia Gaming). If you need references, Google Images is a great source, simply google their “character names + street fighter” in the search.
Who is that female character under Ken?
Elusive like a shinobi should be, she’s Ibuki.
I’m new to coloring, how much of the lines can I cover?
You can cover or delete lines. However, taking a role as the colorist there’s a fine line professionally as to how much of the lines you can modify or redraw, some colorists change the line color to match the coloring, others paint over it, it totally depends on your style. However, most Pencillers like their line art retained as much as possible, so keep that into consideration on your submission as it will affect your results. Since this is a contest and not for professional work, you can do whatever you like as long as you feel that it’s your best work.
What is Alvin really looking for? Is there a specific style I should be using?
He’s really just looking for something creative, detailed and colors that give visual impact. Simply, something that looks amazing and not a specific style.
Why a 1MB JPG?
Having a low-resolution JPG allows to protect Alvin’s as well as your own work from plagerism. Since the first round of the contest is based on user voting, we will be posting these files for public viewing directly without any further image processing. Our optimum resolution is 950×1468 pixels. This is adds security, saves us time, and storage space. Do NOT delete your original layered work file though, keep it as your personal portfolio.
Will you be accepting a submission based on Alvin’s SF Tribute posted on DeviantArt?
We probably won’t be able to tell from the compressed JPG once you’ve coloured it and submitted it to us. However, if you by chance make it to the 5 finalists, we will be asking for the full layered Hi-Res version of your submission for final judging. If your file was based on the low resolution version, you will be disqualified.
Where do I send my submission?
Send your completed contest submission to info@ALVINLEEART.COM with your subject as “MY SUBMISSION”. Attach your JPG file and type your full name and/or alias in the body of the email.
Can I post my submission on my DeviantArt page?
Sure, we don’t see why not. Please do not provide a full resolution image on DA. The only thing we ask for is proper credits and linking to our contest in your image description.
I made some changes to my submission, can I re-submit?
Yes, if there are significant changes to your piece we welcome the change. All submissions are rejected after the deadline of Sept 30 before midnight EST(Oct 1st), so please make your revisions before then.
I’ve sent in my submission, I haven’t received a response…
As long as you sent it to info@ALVINLEEART.COM the submission should be in our mailbox. Your submission should be received and processed and we’ll be posting them accordingly at the end of the submission deadline. We will not be responding directly to submission emails unless there are concerns with your submission.