Posted Tue Nov 30, 2010 12:03PM
Posted Tue Nov 30, 2010 12:26PM
Him^ is my Monkeys Kwazie Fwen. My Monkeys EYES is soffer, and I Love Him.
Kitty and Monkey. He is singing her a song about Monkeys .. XOXO
Posted Tue Nov 30, 2010 12:41PM
yep...my monkey look like he gonna get hit by a car anytime soooon - kitty misses monkey - poor kitty
Posted Tue Nov 30, 2010 1:06PM
nice monkeybusiness girls..
Posted Tue Nov 30, 2010 1:17PM
Posted Tue Nov 30, 2010 2:02PM
Thanks for the patience everybody. We are very close to posting the results.
The scores are very close. Obviously, we had a hell of a match. Both contenders did amazing work and the scores reflect that.
We've decided to bump up the second place prize pack by an additional $1000. That's in addition to the Wacom tablet, 500 iStock credits, and year NAPP membership.
The winner will still receive $5000.
Won't be long now everybody.
Posted Tue Nov 30, 2010 2:04PM
Oh, one more thing to mention. We had a special guest judge for the final. In addition to 2 of our most senior BEC mainstays, the final was judged by our defending 2009 Battle Royale champ: the one and only jc_design. Thanks Jamie!
Posted Tue Nov 30, 2010 2:08PM
Oh cool, bring on the judging
Posted Tue Nov 30, 2010 2:26PM
Cool WTG Jamie! *sigh* I remember the days when he was a cage noobie asking me for advice...
Loves the monkey Bea
Posted Tue Nov 30, 2010 2:29PM
Great News! It was very hard to pick these guys apart... I knew it was going to be very close... so I think its very fitting 2nd place got a well deserved bump.
and who better to judge then the current King Of The Cage jc_design HUGE thanks Jamie.
Posted Tue Nov 30, 2010 2:29PM
hey! big fat yehaw on the 2nd place $ bump!!!
(This might be the 1st time i don't envy Jamie)
Posted Tue Nov 30, 2010 2:33PM
Beas a good little Monkey Sip Sip
Posted By singlewhitepixel:
Cool WTG Jamie! *sigh* I remember the days when he was a cage noobie asking me for advice...
Loves the monkey Bea
Posted Tue Nov 30, 2010 2:34PM
Judge Jamie is my new fave show!! more than pawn stars
everybody's got sunthin to hide cept for bea n her monkayyyyy
Posted Tue Nov 30, 2010 2:42PM
Whats Monkey's name Bea?
Posted Tue Nov 30, 2010 2:53PM
Who is the winner....winna,winna-chicken diner.. Who is the winner, tell us now !!! ))
(Edited on 2010-11-30 14:54:56 by socialme)
Posted Tue Nov 30, 2010 3:06PM
Him name Wes Lead Belly Baby
Pix that what him name
Posted Tue Nov 30, 2010 3:25PM
43 - 45 - 47 = 135
40 - 48 - 39 = 127
For starters I just wanted to say how much you guys have truly stepped things up each and every round and this final is no different. Im going to talk about the battle blow by blow then hopefully wrap it all up with an overview on the areas I felt made the difference.
R1V1 Beautiful, I think this design as a concept really works well, thr contrast from good and evil, dark and light is a classic recipe to success. The monster in this reminds me of I think it’s the old Warcraft games I felt the positioning of the monster was a bit obvious and I felt was a bit lost within the design as the tree sort of all blended in, now another little area I thought id pick on was the overall colour pallette didn’t seem to blend as well as it could, because this is fantasy we have the luxury to make things whatever colours we would like, so although each individual element of the design is supremely coloured they simply don’t gel as well together, maybe intentional to add to the whole light vs. dark theme but I just felt overall things could have been tied in nicer. The other thing that took me a while to figure out is the depth of field the image felt a little flat and I struggled to see any distance between the monster and the bear it almost felt like they were on the same plane.
Now with all that said this design was first class, right up to the smallest details there is nothing but beautiful design, once again awesome theme and even awesomer execution.
What a way to kick things off.
R1V2 Absolutely love the movement in this design, I really feel a part of the whole explosion, capturing the audience like this is definitely one of the biggest parts of any art form, to push emotions or feeling to your viewer, so well done Rosen in that respect.
There were a few things that really stood out for me and I couldn’t shake, the first was and im sure this is intentional but maybe the image inspector coming out in me but the main guys face seemed pixelated, now I know this was possibly a desired effect but the girl is then totally smooth, well actually very smooth so the contrast between these two didn’t sit well with me and it was were my eye kept turning to. Another point which I always thought was going to be a tough area from you guys as your styles are so different is that there wasn’t a great deal of carry over.
Some good points was the perspective and as always your colouring and lighting is off the hook.
R2V1 I’ll talk about this more in my wrap up but once again not a great deal of carry over from the previous blow, but what you have used has been in a pretty creative way.
As for the design this is simply beautiful, I love the fact that your designs tell a story, you really work in the details to not only paint a beautiful picture but to have a very easy to consume narrative that any story book would be jealous of. The little caracters are so cute and there little home is amazing.
The one little area that stood out for me was the posture of the girl on the swing, luckily it wasn’t a focal point of your design but I felt the design would have been stronger with out it.
R2V2 AMAZING, I felt all the stars aligned in this design. The perspective is mind boggling, the storyline is super dooper and the execution is close to flawless. Not much to say but well done.
R3V1 deedl your designs are soooooo polished, every time I open one of your designs it just blows me away, this design certainly encompasses that feeling that at full sized im simply gob smacked.
Once again there is not a lot I can say as the design speaks for itself. Top Marks.
R3V2 Classic RD in action, lots happening but yet I still feel involved within the artwork, well like im about to ride out of the back of an aeroplane what am I thinking , luckily the review mirrors don’t look like me much. The red lighting I felt wasn’t quite right but it still worked. The perspective once again draws you through the design very nicely and although it wasn’t as polished as it should be the grittyness worked nicely with the overall theme.
To wrap it up, you guys really raised the bar, and I think we are all in awe of what you guys achieved, It definitely wasn’t an easy road as both of your styles were at the totally opposite end of the spectrum which I feel made things difficult especially when it come to carry over elements.
I feel just slightly deedl may have just edged out rosen with super silky skills and polished execution also her attention to detail with even the smallest detail being very much a part of the overall design. But it is close so this battle can really go either way. I mean really I see this being a matter of a few points and with the increased scale, I really take my hat off to both of you and cant say how much I enjoyed being a part of both of your journeys.
38 - 45- 48 = 131
44 - 46 - 47 = 137
Fantastical image, I love all the detail and the hand brushed element. Tonally very nice and the lighting in the background and the illustrated troll/ogre coming up the rise is great. You have a great style and eye for detail, each time I look at this I find a new small element I didn't see the first time, like the glowing eyes in the knot of the tree.
The composition is great and the eye travels nicely through the piece, my only issue with this piece is that it seems a little static/posed and a couple of the elements look a little 2 dimensional, like the owl and the skulls on the polar beer. I think in and of themselves they're fine, but the shadows they're casting on the polar bear are the shadows of a flat object. But look, that's really nit picky but we are getting right down to the wire with this one I'll be looking for any advantage each competitor has over the other.
Okay - I'm just LOVING the perspective and movement through this image. The lighting is just outstanding, the use of complementary coloring in the foreground and background really works. You both have great attention to detail but in very different ways. Deedl's details are all the intricate elements in the image, while Rosen just gets the interaction of elements and lighting down to a tea.
The angles and characters move the eye the the image in a sublime way, you feel like you're travelling through the piece.
The floating glowing embers/cinders in the foreground feel natural, and while I like the detail of the girl's foot splashing up soils or water, the movement of those looks a little forced/artificial.
Again it's just a nitpicky thing in an incredible piece, but it is the final - we're looking for chinks to see who deserves the mantle.
You two have such different styles it's not a matter of comparing you to each other, it's all about the finished piece.
I get the feeling that this is Deedl in her element, full on illustration mode. While your first blow felt a little stilted/forced, this one just feels flowing and natural, like rather than struggling to create it - it just came from within. Great stuff. Reusing the hero in the previous blow as the guitarist up top and also the canister, nice touches. This is Deedl at her finest fun, complex, whimsical, cute and always something new to find in the image no matter how long you soak it up, and trust me I've been soaking.
May I just take the time to say BAM! Killer composition? Check!
Again Rosen creates a really 3 dimensional image by use of his natural ability to use perspective and lighting. This is great and really shows Rosen's versatility, totally different style to previous, yet just as kick ass. Perspective lines of the window give the image real depth, great color tones, nice saturated slightly off hue look. Detail, humor and innocence make this a really fun piece. Love the inclusion of deedl's characters on the boys shirt.
My only niggle is the shadow on the little sister's face, it's not looking as natural/realistic are the once passing of the boy
Woohoohoo! Great transition! Harry Potter eat yer heart out! Flawless execution. Your style is imminently recognisable these days. And this one is clean, crisp, and magically fun. Great concept, great lighting and great finishing... that's it I have no more to say...
While Rosen has shown his ability to work in different styles previously this is trademark Rosen at his most comfortable.Again great colring and transition through the scene, it seems like we've just frozen a moment in time. I could list everything that's flawless about this image, but I'll just leave it at - Octopus? Hell yeah!
The crunchy oversharpening works really well on this piece, although it might be a little overdone at the bottom of the piece.
I marked out of 10 for Lighting, Composition, Concept, Technical and Overall impression, and I was surprised at how similar the scores came out, with both of you having strengths in different areas.
Deedl had the difficult task of starting the battle, and from there Rosen took it up a notch which deedl then effortlessly matched and/or took it to a new level again.
Absolutely stunning work you two, whoever turns out to be the winner this year, just know you are both masters of your craft.
47 - 46 - 48 = 141
47 - 46 - 49 = 142
This was truly an amazing battle that involved two talented artists with different styles. It was my pleasure to review each of your works of art and analyze your every detail. It is only after careful consideration of technical aspects, composition, creativity and use of elements that I can come to my decision.
R1:1 You have managed to tell a story within a compelling composition. Your use of elements and level of detail is amazing and I can appreciate the hard work involved. If I was to point out anything, it would be that the owl appears a bit flat and the background could use some more work to blend in with the appearance of the foreground elements.
R1:2 This image has immediate visual impact on the viewer and movement throughout. I love how you used dramatic light and scale to focus attention. The overall image is a bit sharp in places, for example the sparks by the man’s foot. The scorpion man is an interesting element for the chase scene, but not as strong as your main characters.
R2:1 Wow, there is so much detail to enjoy here and it is oozing with creativity and cleverness. I see you have given the couple a nice picnic, with a few minor elements from the previous round added. The underground scene is really very unique, however the little blue characters seem a little less integrated compared to other elements like your food pantry area.
R2:2 Using lighting and angles, you immediately focus attention on your subject. The few carryover elements are not dominant, but using the dinosaur skeleton along with the themed story works well.
R3:1 Your creativity is on display in full force, integrating the scene with the graphics tablet and including details like the pencil sketches – wow. The carryover is immediately noticeable, which is nice. There is not much to pick at, but the composition feels a bit full and the cat could use a little more shading for better integration, particularly around the bottom and paw area.
R3:2 Okay, this blow stole the show for me on many levels. I love the contrast, the cool to warm colors, the edge light and all the action. I found myself looking hard for carry-over elements and found a few. I see you opted more for a story carryover using the portal theme. There is a lot going on in the scene and some of the elements seem compressed in the space, but I am just nit-picking at this point because it is great work.
Every blow was well done technically speaking; you are both highly skilled with Photoshop. Deedl exhibited exceptional attention to detail with above and beyond creativity, while rosen_dukov showed us dynamic compositions with action and dramatic light. It came down to who did those things better and for me I give the slightest edge to rosen_dukov.
Contender: 407 / 450
Opponent: 406 / 450
Winner by Split decision is deedl.
Award: 50 download credits.
Judges for this battle: Colonel, chemc, jc_design.
Edited by rogermexico to remove extra characters from comments and adjust judging scale from 90 to 450.
(Edited on 2010-11-30 17:05:16 by rogermexico)
Posted Tue Nov 30, 2010 3:26PM
WOW... Im still totally gobsmacked about how close the scores where... and really it is totally a good reflection of how close this actually was... I really couldnt imagine how we could have ever set you guys apart out of 10 and as you can see even with the increased scale it all boiled down to 1 point...
I cant help but really congratulate you both as in my mind you are both deserving of being champions.
Rosen I cant help but feel for you but I hope the extra bump in prizes helps.
deedl what can I say each and every design you have submitted through out the competition was first class.
Im very proud to be a part of both your journeys through to the BR final as this year definately far surpassed even my far fetch expectations... thank you... and to everyone to making this year extra special.
Im still blown away with the scores...
Posted Tue Nov 30, 2010 3:28PM
Wow, congrats to both, such a battle, so hard to pick the winner! You guys rock!!
Posted Tue Nov 30, 2010 3:33PM
Congratulations to both of you. It's been an unreal final and all six images were completely outstanding. We raised the scale and judged out of 50 for each entry, and there still ended up being only 1 point separating both of you.
deedl, you've been such a treat to watch the whole tournament. Thank you for the incredible imagery.
Rosen, you were fantastic throughout and have created some images that are going to live forever in the Cage. While I know coming so close has got to sting, I hope that the extra bonus in the runner up package helps soften it.
Thanks to everyone who has been part of the tournament this year.