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    Oh, congrats Daestwen! Have fun!


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    Hello everyone!

    Of course, I want to start with my thanks, and about the great job you guys are doing, and how even participating a tiny bit in this contest has made me stretch my thought processes (hooray!)

    My only request right now is that some of the images are fixed on the Our Queen & her Court thread, as many of the images don't load, or appear to have broken links (particularly the earlier ones)

    o...and it would be nice if more people posted in the CHOW CULTURE - a resource for character design thread, but thats not really something you guys are responsible for : 3

    Thanks for all your hard work!!!

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    I´m new here so I don´t have much to say (anyway, lots to learn :-) especially not taking things peronaly :-) )...for me this activity is great idea and it kick´s me and makes me work and draw regularly and improve, as I hope
    ...thanks to D & O

    Just, as I´m reading, few sugestions:

    1. Is this just for profesionals? If not, I dont agree with term ""Digital Color Junkies"...if I get it right, than in that term, the only good character is that one, that came up from hundreds of sketches...someone needs it, someone see pictures and can build it up in head...

    2. it would be good idea, as few people wrote before me, to make 2 final pictures - 1st classsic research/props/ortho view and 2nd "anmospheric" picture - character its environment...and some wips as now...

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    gothique - the ortho requirement is difficult, because when those rounds DO come up, people almost completely stop participating, even though they clamor for it to happen. There are ortho rounds periodically, and there is nothing stopping you from adding orthos to your WIP images.

    And on the other count, the goal is pro work - for every participant to improve and push to achieve an image that one would expect to see in a professional working environment. Sloppy, unfinished work will never fly for getting jobs, and therefore doesn't fly in the CHOW - so color is encouraged, though not required, and more polish is always best (no pencil sketches, rendered work is preferable). It is not, however, limited to digital media - it is simply usually faster to make a digital piece than an oil painting, esp when the deadline is a week long. The media is up to you.

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    Rockman!: The Queen's Court is unfortunately as fixed as it's ever going to be, which is why I am such a harpy lately about using the attachment editor instead of img links. Many of those images have been lost to oblivion. When I fixed the thread initially, I pmed every single person that had won a round that didn't have an image in the thread. I heard back from maybe half. So i managed to save some, but then some told me that even *they* no longer had the image! So for the earlier rounds, I'm afraid it's a loss. As for the later rounds, if you see the words "attachment not approved", it's a glitch with the system I can't do anything about. The image is there, just isn't showing up, but hopefully they'll fix that soon.

    Gothique: As Jessi said, Ortho's don't fly very well here, though we do rounds requiring them every once in a while. As for the professional question... To be honest, it totally depends. Chow is meant to inspire professional work, yes, but a round is totally dependent on it's entries. If you go back to some of the earlier rounds, you'll see what I mean. If the average ability of the people submitting entries is lower, then the bar is lowered. It's totally dependent on what we get.

    Usually a chow round draws around 25-30 entries. For the last few weeks, though, we've been drawing between 60-70 a round! Not only that, but the quality (especially last round, my god) has been hitting the roof! A lot of professionals have been participating, so the bar has been set really high. I hope that people find this inspiring though, and should look at it this way:

    It's kind of similar to applying to a job. Each entry in chow is a job application. Only one person gets the job. Only here, you get to see your competition and learn and grow from it, rather than just be hit with a rejection letter.

    Kind of cool, huh?

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    Hey guys, Quick Announcement!


    As you may have noticed, Oregano decided to phase himself out of Chow in early December. He isn't gone forever, he just needs a break from this place for a while. I've been running it by myself for the last few months, but boy, you guys sure aren't making it easy! The last few weeks Chow has been ridiculously popular. :]

    So, I'm enlisting a small amount of official help, from someone you know very well.

    Poshspice has agreed to help me out around Chow.

    I will still be doing most of it, but Posh will be helping me with doing the selection for poll, as well as helping me reply to PMs and the like (I'm starting to not be able to reply to all of them).

    So please say Thank You to Posh for agreeing to help out, and treat him well! :]

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    Daestwan, in addition to all the comments that we give each other in the CHOW, what do you think about requiring/encouraging someone for each CHOW round to do brief crits & comments on every entry? My idea was that the winner of the previous round, be given the "honor" of making comments for the next round.

    I would just suggest that you do it, but I know how busy you are.

    I only suggest this because I know some participants are feeling left out because their work doesn't get commented on very much. Not me of course... good heavens no.

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    FerrousJack: I used to give comments to everyone, and in rounds that were around 35 entries it would take me two hours. I can imagine that the people who do give comments for the latest rounds (60-75) are spending much longer than that.

    I can't really require that, I'm afraid. I can't force anyone to participate in any fashion, let alone be forced to give up four hours the next week if they win this week.

    I understand the problem but it's not really solvable like that.

    That being said, once Posh and I hit a better stride with this, we should be able to give more detailed comments at least to everyone who doesn't get into poll.


    All I can do otherwise is politely request for everyone else to comment for everyone else. :]

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    Thumbs up

    I understand completely Daestwan. I probably should have worded that differently anyways. I didn't mean to imply that my gripe was actually with how you are running the CHOW... I was really just trying to express how I would like to see more people make constructive comments, especially those people who are obviously so darn good. I don't really expect you to be able to enforce this. I'm getting a lot out of the forum and I appreciate the time you put into it.

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    Hi, don't want to make you extra work but...
    maybe you should change the deadline year next time you create new round.
    And thank you all for this great community and specially Chow

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    Windsrock: Doh! I didn't even notice. XD Thanks for pointing it out!

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    thank you CHOW

    I entered the Siamese Twin Mercenary Tourguide CHOW. I only got two votes including my own (regretfully). But While I was working on it I developed a good story in my head, so I wrote a script around it. I have to say it's pretty solid. Probably the best story ever written ever.

    The CHOW character is only a supporting character, but my favorite one in the story.

    If my comic gets picked up I'll definately donate some $krilla to C to the A dot to the org.

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    Arthur: I've noticed the same thing, but I'm still convinced it's harmless. The voting doesn't seem to reflect it - the better art still gets more votes, and I'm not about to ban people delving more into the character. If it gets out of hand, I'll step in, but for now I think chow has more than enough rules as it is.

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    Quick Announcement!

    Couple things you may notice happenin' around Chow:

    The new winner's badges are here, and they match Cow's winner's badges! Check it out!

    Also, I'm working really hard to preserve chow, but I need your help. We've lost so, so many of the [*IMG] tag entries from previous chows, and I'll like to restore them if I can. So if you entered chow, and you used an image tag, please change them to attachments!

    It'd be a shame if we lost all that awesome art.

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    Hey, just one thing: I noticed, that the winners badges are .jpg - which don't support transparency - and the background color in the userbar is slightly brighter than the normal forum's background color. As they are now, the badges have this darker frame around them.

    You might wanna change it into a .gif (as the COW badges are) or .png that support transparency or just adjust the background color, if thats possible...


    Oh, thanks for the awesome work you're doing...

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