CMYK46 wrote:I agree. The traditional drawing contests should be something like "landscape", "still life", "portrait", "floral", "insect". "animal", even "tools" or "kitchen gadgets"...you get the idea...and they could branch out from there. I'd be inclined to participate more. As far as the digital drawing contests, maybe the same thing could apply.
Since many comments refer to the "uninspiring" themes then maybe a more general approach as Bob suggests would work, giving very general categories rather than a specific, limited theme.
Regarding what MossyB suggests (by proxy from CMYK46) I understand what you mean but that would be over complicating the issue, if you look at the entries made in Traditional Drawing you'll see colored pencil on lined loose leaf paper for some and other obviously untrained attempts. I'm not trying to insult these members I'm pointing out that the level of contestants varies greatly and to complicate the contests with points of composition and design to adhere to is too advanced for most members. These contests should be simple, fun and easy to enter.
As for what robvdn says in his last post I have to agree. This may seem harsh but it is pragmatic. I have moderated the Drawing Contests too and there aren't many entries nor many votes cast. That is a cold hard fact.
robvdn wrote:Better suggestions?
Well... every one of us can make suggestions: make them!
The greatest enemy we have is apathy. This is why I advocate members get proactive. If you have an idea suggest it, if you like an idea you see in the suggestions comment on it. Same for any contest. I know I'm repeating myself here but I feel very strongly about this.
jadedink wrote:My only reason for not doing those contests anymore is that my art is very recognizable. I had a contest where I was told that the only reason why I had won is because my style gave me away, and it was a popularity contesst rather than skill. Traditional art is so much more like a finger print, you can really tell who created just by the style it is done in. Almost like handwriting.
It's true, an artist's work is often like a signature. That's also true in the Photoshop Contests. I've been with the site for more than four years and a Mod for most of that time, I can tell the work of a great many members. I'm sure I'm not alone in that either, the anonymity rule is in place to avoid favorable or unfavorable voting by friends or enemies but just because individual style is recognized shouldn't dissuade anyone from entering. This is still a showplace for your talents, there are always new members who don't know an individual's style. If members vote for popularity remember that it's the work that's popular and appeals to them, they might not even know you well but they like the work they see. Granted there are always those who will follow like sheep just as there are those who don't know how to evaluate an entry properly and vote poorly. These things won't change, some will learn from experience and will vote for the work on their own or learn how best to judge what they see but there are always new members who will replace them and so it will continue. For many members (myself included) I look forward to new work from jadedink, hereisanoop, Glockman, scorpy, IDt8r and all the other talented members. So don't refrain from entering because your recognized...revel in the recognition...you deserve it!