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TEAMdue vs. TEAMuno

Battle Completed

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aliakseikoran
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Posted Sun Jul 18, 2010 10:27AM
I see, well then: peace, love, brotherhood,
aliakseikoran
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Posted Sun Jul 18, 2010 12:45PM
Beanie, how did you get a blood drop?
TammyFullum
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Posted Sun Jul 18, 2010 1:26PM
Magik
friztin
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Posted Sun Jul 18, 2010 3:09PM
hahaha... Not for judging or placing any of us on top or bottom, but I say is good to know the wows and flaws of our work, good for learning
Battle Elder Council
Posted Thu Aug 5, 2010 12:45AM
Scores:

9 - 8 - 7 - 8 - 9 = 41
9 - 8 - 9 - 8 - 8 = 42

Wowser, yup... it was a bloody battle alright, a battle for the ages. TEAMdue came out guns blazing with an opening blow of epic proportions and from there it just kept on styling. Unfortunately for team TEAMdue they dropped the ball mid way and TEAMuno edged ahead and held on till the end. Congratulations to both teams on an excellent battle.

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8 - 7 - 8 - 8 - 7 = 38
9 - 9 - 9 - 10 - 8 = 45

First off, I scored these in relation to each other. In a regular match, these are all 9-10 caliber blows. Seriously, every single piece that's entered here is really wonderful to look at and dig into. So yeah, all ten of these are a 9 or a 10 in any other cage match. The scores here are in context to each other only. The criticisms that I'm going to add are all extremely picky and minor - but hey, we have to have something to talk about and rate, right?

I also just wanted to say that its amazing how recognizable and individual so many of your styles are. I opened the judging page here without having looked at the actual battle in a while, and so many of these jpegs have the artist's personalities all over them - especially ryuneo, fritzin, shad & che. Anyway, lets get into it:

1:1
Talk about great attention to detail. The minutae and texture are really strong. I like though that it looks just as good in the thumbnail view - like, when you shrink it down where all you see is just the colours and how they're arranged, it looks really good, and then you blow it up and get close to it and its all about the leaves and the stonework. So you've done a good job addressing it both ways. I've got a minor technical complaint - I don't quite believe the depth of the scene behind the wall - something about the tower and where it sits with those trees. That's just being extra picky though - on the whole its really great work, awesome stuff.

1:2
I want to resist the urge to use adjectives like 'charming' or 'whimsical' here because I think that would sell it a bit short. You have an excellent way with characters and connecting them with the viewer. That bird and that panda are just rally fantastic and lovable. Overall I like the colors, I like the light and space, and I especially like the negative space - you haven't charged in to fill every part of the field here, and that gives it room to breathe - both thematically and visually.

2:1
I think its safe to say you have the strongest individual style of any artist in the cage (this is Shad, right?) Your color palette, your approach to light, and your hand-made characters are completely one of a kind, and every blow you make could only ever be made by you - which is really great. I like this image - very well made, nice perspective, very seamless. My problem with it is, it feels like a background - what I mean is, there isn't a distinctive foreground element. Now I'm not saying you have to have like a clear subject on a different picture plane from the rest of the image, but this particular setting that you've made here, this landscape, is kind of crying out for it.

2:2
You more than maybe anyone else here gave us a subject - I really appreciate that and it makes the blow really strong (which might explain why I found that as something lacking in the previous blow) I love the really painterly approach you take to light in general, and in here its applied excellently. There's kind of an unreal quality to it that is good - it really puts in mind of an allegorical painting, which given the subject is entirely appropriate. Love the wood texture and the detail that went into the logo carving.

3:1
Great sense of space and depth. Fun stuff - especially the characters but also just real good attention to detail throughout the whole environment. I like the colours and the strong contrast. The actual construction is pretty good, but the lighting on queen hamster there doesn't quite seem consistent with the rest of the scene. And given the extreme perspective you've got going on in that floor, the flamingoes don't seem to quite recede enough. But hell. that's being picky - good stuff all over.

3:2
I love the graphic treatment here. I think people always feel compelled in the cage to try and create like a photograph of a made-up world - which is cool, but it doesn't have to be the only approach! I think this is a super compelling piece of design - its got a narrative quality to it definitely but it isn't linear and it gives the person looking at it the license to read into it. Love that. Just a real treat to look at that rewards you for taking time with it. And technically its pretty spot on too- you really give yourself the chance to show off a lot of different kinds of chops in here beyond what goes into a more photo-realistic approach.

4:1
Your colours here are great, and you might have done the best job of anybody in creating real believable depth in a scene (love that out of focus fern!). The elements are blended wonderfully. My only compositional complaint is that the most eye-catching elements - the tongue (which is awesome!) the ladybug, the butterfly - they're kind of peripheral. I find my eye wants to let the light and colour contrasts move it down into the scene but I get distracted by those peripherals. That's minor though. The lightness of the whole thing is so strong - I feel like I can smell it, you know what I mean? You can really feel the air in this seen just looking at it, and that's quite a feat.

4:2
Absolutely my favorite blow in this match - what I've done scoring wise is made this the 10 benchmark and graded everything else against it. So, nice work. Why I like it so much, is it does everything so well. It's a really great design - the motion and the lines are great - the circles on the left, the direction of the robot, and then the counterbalance of that faint city grid in the background, all so good. You boil that down to simple shapes and it's so striking. The contrast between textures, light and dark spaces, your use of colour - all awesome. That green eye just pops right out at you and it does it from exactly the right place in the field. Then you get into the actual photoshop construction of it and damn, flawless stuff.

5:1
I think this is about one more lighting/color correction layer away from being great. I love how much fun it is and how much there is to discover on close examination. For being so busy with elements it is very well laid out. The pieces just aren't quite hanging together in the same space though - it might be that everything has a real high contrast to it, kind of equally on the different planes: we get this really sharp HD level of detail in the octopus and the helicopter, as well as the woman and the steak, and that makes it all kind of equally near to the eye in a way. So, fun stuff, but the elements all seem a little too separate from one another.

5:2
Really cool and well put together. The color and lighting palette is very consistent throughout - you've done a great job recolouring everything to make it all seem to be sitting in the same atmosphere. Your construction is obviously very good. My only quibble is that the woman on the mushroom kind of jumps further ahead in the frame than the guy in the front - that might just be because she's got more contrast (black and white) and demands the eye a little bit more than he does. Like I say though, that's awfully minor and overall this works really well.

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10 - 9 - 9 - 8 - 9 = 45
9 - 8 - 9 - 8 - 8 = 42

Team deathmatch. Awesome.

I'm not even going to bother blabber for this one. Here goes, straight to the point.

R1:1 is pretty much pure gold. I love the depth created by the out of the focus plants in the foreground, and the incorporation of the birds is flawless. I think the blue bird on the left should have some light from below hitting its chest, but other than that... I can't find a single thing wrong with this image. Pure gold I say.

R1:2 Very whimsical and fun. Makes you smile. I would have liked to have seen an element or two remain statically position in the transition, but the new scene works them very well. The panda is SO cute. My only other comment for this one is that its a tad on the busy side. Lots of things going on. Not a huge problem, but its hard to tell where the story starts.

R2:1 Not really liking the fact that these designs have been flattened. Its hard to judge technical skill on a flat image. Regardless, I do like the cartoon-y feel to this. Great sky incorporation and the waterfall looks awesome. A little on the flat colour side, but it still works well. I also managed to find the iStock logo. Nice work. It reminds me of the camera hunt ads I created for iStock a few years back that were very popular.

R2:2 Couldn't find any static carry-overs here, but maybe thats because its so well integrated. Great image here. I love the light rays and the snake. Woman is a little on the fake side, but maybe that was the intention. She stands out because everything else is so detailed yet she is so flat. You did a wonderful job with the lighting here and the colour is great!

R3:1 Woa! This PSD is a plethora of unlabeled layers. That is a huge technical no-no in my books. Not gonna ding marks for that though, as in the end, its the image that matters. I will blame it on the time crunch required to produce such awesome imagery. This image is definitely awesome. there are some tonal flaws here, but nothing major. The groundhog Queen is pretty flat while the rest of the image is very contrasted. Decent composition here too, but I feel like elements are competing for focus. If the cat was a little faded back more, it would add that extra "cool" factor, rather than a simple floating head. The flamingos are a nice touch too.

R3:2 Ah yes, finally something different. Far too many times do cagers attempt to simply create a scene or image depicting a story. Finally something off the grid and designed using more than just photographic elements. I love the geometric feel to this image. Shapes, images, and colour... all working together. It is a tad on the busy side though. No real focus or main message. But I do like the colour accents.

R4:1 Woa, talk about a smackdown of colour after R3. Great image here. Clean composition with lots of texture and colour. Again the DOF with the plants is working well, and the frog tongue is simply awesome. Well done.

R4:2 Interesting transition here. Very creative. Feels a little "soft"... almost blurry... but still works. Not much depth here and the space ship in the background (lower left) gets a little lost, but the creativeness of it keeps the image interesting. Would have liked to have seen a couple more elements to really pull the image together, but I think you managed to tell your story very well. The green Hal eye is awesome!

R5:1 And the complete opposite comes. From simple and effective, back to busy-holy-crap-I-can't-keep-up imagery. Lots going on here, but it all seems to work together. Great lighting. Great isolation. Great overall level adjusting. I love the octopus and helicopter, and you nailed the shadow on that. This image want to jump off the screen and come alive.

R5:2 Another fairy tale brought to life. Love the smoking caterpillar, but the overall image has some tonal problems. The grass and trees appear flat with the contrasty mushrooms in front. Some of the grass blades (lower right) also appear to be too detailed compared to the dark grass below. Looks a little chopped. Compositionally, its great. The man in front with the killer top hat is awesome, but a little too low. With the angle of the path, he would just be a head with feet on it. Very minor though. Can't stop looking at the caterpillar. Excellent job!

I love seeing these team battles. So hard to judge but so fun to watch. Getting a 10 from me means an image has to really blow me away. As a result, my favorite of the match would be R1:1. Congrats to the winning team!

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Totals:

Contender: 124 / 150
Opponent: 129 / 150

Winner by Split decision is TEAMuno.

Award: 1 download credits.

Battle Over.

Judges for this battle: So-CoAddict, rogermexico, evilclown.
chemc
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Posted Thu Aug 5, 2010 12:47AM
wooo hooooooooo we have judgement....
mevans
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Posted Thu Aug 5, 2010 1:23AM

That was quick!    


Seriously, congrats to the Teamuno - it was a fantastic battle.
aliakseikoran
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Posted Thu Aug 5, 2010 1:47AM
Wonderful battle, congratulations Teamuno! Even though it's so difficult to cheer for one team only, because I liked it all, Cheers!!!
singlewhitepixel
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Posted Thu Aug 5, 2010 2:32AM
Finally! Yay! um... which team was I on? Oh teamdue... congrats teamUno its amazing how much less it hurts when you loose a team battle than when its personal great comments from two of the judges - is this the first time we've seen evilclown judging in the cage? if so welcome
Ryuneo
Posted Thu Aug 5, 2010 8:51AM
Yay! could it be? We have the judgement! I also forgot what team we was on Pixie. Congrats teamUno and thanks for the judges kind comments

(Edited on 2010-08-05 08:52:21 by Ryuneo)
5Starrebel
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Posted Thu Aug 5, 2010 9:16AM
In your FACE teamdue!!!Take that MFers!!
J/K..im not even sure which team i was on either i think TeamDue?...was fun tho and the judges were very kind to me
Ryuneo
Posted Thu Aug 5, 2010 10:47AM
Tony don't spend your 0.2 credit all at once lol

Posted By 5Starrebel:
In your FACE teamdue!!!Take that MFers!!
J/K..im not even sure which team i was on either i think TeamDue?...was fun tho and the judges were very kind to me smile
TammyFullum
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Posted Thu Aug 5, 2010 12:32PM
Another fairy tale brought to life. 
johnrich
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Posted Thu Aug 5, 2010 12:46PM

Nice to see this one finally be judged.

Looking forward to seeing (most of) the participants competing in the BR.
suemack
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Posted Thu Aug 5, 2010 1:36PM
Congrats to both the teams, that was the most incredible battle ever! When's the calendar coming out ..... I wanna buy one so I can enjoy these masterpieces for another year.
bomadics
Posted Thu Aug 5, 2010 1:58PM
Wow, start to finish this battle took 6 months, that must be a record! Congrats to the winning team, but we were all winners being able to view such great artwork, thanks all for this battle!
rogermexico
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Posted Thu Aug 5, 2010 5:14PM
I started typing my comments and then I looked at the clock and it was six months later... sorry I'm kind of long-winded.
singlewhitepixel
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Posted Thu Aug 5, 2010 8:13PM
^ lol
Dr.Shad
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Posted Fri Aug 6, 2010 7:44AM
wow, finally congratulations fellas, do you have any idea if some images could be used on marketing materials or something?
Dr.Shad
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Posted Fri Aug 6, 2010 7:49AM
biggrin hehehe, .. yeah! long-winded wink it always happens to me when typing a love letter :D:D:Dxoxo



Posted By rogermexico:
I started typing my comments and then I looked at the clock and it was six months later... sorry I'm kind of long-winded.


(Edited on 2010-08-06 07:50:15 by Dr.Shad)
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