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I've had this idea for a contest for quite some time now, but have never gotten around to doing it. I'm hoping to get a lot of entrants, so anyone of any skill level, feel free to enter. There's lots of prizes for everyone!
The purpose or goal of this contest is to create a full desktop wallpaper by combining four quadrants of equal size together into one wallpaper.
- Create 1/4 (one-fourth) of a desktop wallaper image.
- The entire wallpaper is to be 1920 x 1200 pixels.
- Each entry must be 960 x 600 pixels.
- The background of the wallpaper must be DARK; the foreground can be any colors that blend well.
- It does not need to be solid BLACK, but relatively dark.
- Use of lighter colors is permitted, but try to make sure that when merged together with the 3 other pieces it will blend well.
- Please display your entry as a PNG or BMP image. NO JPG or GIF
I'm not looking for any particular style here. I want the finished product to contain different styles of art, so I don't want to define one thing. I do like abstract art, image manipulations, and typography, but feel free to explore any style you want. If it looks really nice, all the better.
But there are a few things I do NOT want:
- NO over-grungey work. If it's so noisy and messy that nothing is distinguishable, I don't want it.
- NO excessive use of bright or vivid colors, including white, as it will clash with the rest of the wallpaper. I do very much like color, as well as grayscale, I just don't want it to be like a giant flashing rainbow.
Be creative, imaginative, follow the guidelines, and you'll have a good chance of winning some points.
When the contest is over, I will compile the full wallpaper myself and post it here. Anyone who wishes to use it will be able to request a different size. This is the reason why I am alloting for such a large final image size (1920x1200).
If you have any questions or concerns about this contest, please contact me in the thread or via PM. I will try to clarify all that I can.
NOTE: If you are picked as winner in the end, it would be appreciated if a Photoshop (PSD) or GIMP (XCF) file is provided.
...That have arisen in the course of the contest:
While I don't think it will ever get to this point, if I get so many awesome entries that would allow for making two wallpapers, I may be willing to have two final, completed wallpapers, and thus add another 10K or so to the contest. But this is ONLY if there are a LOT of really, really good entries.
I would really like to see a typography piece based on lyrics by one of my favorite bands. Some suggestions for this would be: "The Small Print" by Muse (any of the verses); "Take the Veil Cerpin Taxt" by The Mars Volta (first or second verse); "5805" by The Classic Crime (the section "I've got a sneaking suspicion..." to "at the top of our lungs"); "Weekend Wars" by MGMT.