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Journal Entry: Sat Dec 29, 2012, 10:15 AM
Lady Merreth Contest Banner By Syoshiko-d5oznz5 by LadyMerrethsAuthor

February 28th

Lady Merreth's First Contest is now closed to submissions. 

Judging is in progress. 

Winners will be announced here no later than midnight, PST, Monday March 4th.

*** UPDATE February 26 ***

SYoshiko has generously added to the prizes as follows:

All contest entrants will be featured in SYoshiko's journal for a day.  The features will show the entrant's contest submission plus one other of their pieces.

All contest entrants will receive a llama badge from SYoshiko if they have not already received one.

*** UPDATE January 12 ***

Jessica-Lorraine-Z has generously added to the prizes. Please see below for details.

*** UPDATE January 01 ***

XullraeZauviir has generously added to the prizes. Please see below for details.

*** UPDATE December 30 ***

Uniquely-Designed has generously added to the prizes. Please see below for details.

Many thanks to:

:iconsyoshiko:, :iconuniquely-designed:, :iconxullraezauviir:, and :iconjessica-lorraine-z:

for their contributions to the prize pool. Please visit their pages. They're awesome people.

Contest Entrants

:iconwarriorneedsfood:, :iconmordredoforkney:, :iconmajdarts:, :iconippotamus:, :iconmylochka:, :iconsusomi:, :iconslefor:, :iconchristianragazzoni:, :iconibizkut:, :iconaliciane:, :iconnaturallylecherous:, :iconfarlydatau:, :iconscintillant-h:, :iconslugette:, :iconleilansdream:, :icongravity9000:, :iconmashytaytew:

Contest Submissions can be seen in my Lady Merreth Contest I Gallery

Showcase Video for Contest Entrants

Updated February 10th to incude new entrants and submissions!

Contest Themes

Select from the themes below for your entry. I strongly recommend you read the Lady Merreth Character Bio and at least one of the sneak peak chapters/stories before commencing work. Please also read the Lady Merreth Permissions.

Theme – Puppy dog tails

Lady Merreth has been portrayed as confident, capable, and self-assured (most of the time). She knows how to handle herself … except when it comes to children. Small boys are drawn to her and find her absolutely fascinating. Merreth, on the other hand, feels awkward and clumsy around them. She doesn’t dislike children; she's just doesn’t know how to talk to them.

Depict Merreth as she tries to politely but awkwardly dissuade a young commoner boy from following her around.

Theme – No one sees me like this -- ever

From the illustrations, Merreth's character profile, and any of the posted Merreth stories you might care to read, depict Merreth in a moment of emotion that seems rare, one that she would try to hide from everyone else (be sure that your image explains why Merreth is experiencing this rare emotion and/or letting it show).

Theme - Best Served Cold

Anything you like as long as the depiction embodies the theme and is true to Merreth's appearance and character.


Note: in the prize listings, anything to the left of the first plus sign (+) is provided by LadyMerrethsAuthor. Anything to the right of the first plus sign (+) is donated by the indicated artists.

Prizes are awarded on a sliding scale depending upon the number of entrants:

10 or more entrants

7 to 9 entrants

4 to 6 entrants

Less than 4 entrants


You can enter the contest as often as you like, but you can only win once.

In all cases, the 1st prize entry will be the Featured Deviation on LadyMerrethsAuthor DA page for two weeks starting Monday, March 4th.

All Contest Entries will be placed into a Contest Gallery on the LadyMerrethsAuthor page at the contest’s conclusion with links back to the artists.

The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize winning entries will be placed on:
Links to back to the artist’s DA page will be provided in each case. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize winning entries will be tweeted to my followers (@BrantForseng on Twitter).

In order to receive cash prizes you must have a Paypal account, otherwise prizes will be paid in DA points.

Examples of image quality for SYoshiko’s 1st prize contributions can be found here: Leanne: First Time Contest: My first knife by SYoshiko and Mermaid Vampire by SYoshiko and Lady Simma: Ready for the Ball by LadyMerrethsAuthor.


Entries can be:
  • Colour or black & white
  • 2D or 3D digital
  • Traditional Art
  • Photo manipulation
Important – if you enter a photo manipulation you are responsible for ensuring that you have conformed with the stock-owner’s terms of use; you must provide a link to their terms of use for verification.


See the References Folder in Galleries on the LadyMerrethsAuthor DA page. Within it are:
  • Photos of the model used as Lady Merreth’s reference (all purchased from iStockPhoto) -- Note that Merreth has brown eyes, not blue as shown in the model photos.
  • Selected art by SYoshiko that best "captures" Merreth’s appearance and character
  • Lady Merreth’s Character Biography
  • Any other information deemed relevant
Note that stories and chapters are kept in their own gallery folder, not in the References folder.

*** Very Important *** Lady Merreth has an 'iconic' look. This look includes her outfit: hat, vest, gloves, breeches, boots and whip. Please be true to that look.

Entering Your Submission

Lady Merreth does not yet have a group. To enter your art in the contest, post a comment under this Journal Entry. Place the following pieces of information in the comment:
  • The words “Contest Entry”
  • The theme chosen
  • The medium used
  • A link to your gallery where you have placed the image; be sure to provide a link back to this contest page
  • If you are entering a photo manipulation, a link back the stock provider's terms of use

Time Frame

  • Contest runs from Tuesday, January 1st through to February 28th, inclusive
  • Winners will be announced on the DA LadyMerrethsAuthor site on Monday, March 4th
  • Prizes will be awarded no later than Wednesday, March 6th
  • Delivery date for prizes created by SYoshiko to be determined by SYoshiko and the prize winner

Judging and Judges

Entries will be judged based on creativity, consistency (staying true to Merreth's character and appearance), accurate representation, level of detail and composition.

LadyMerrethsAuthor and SYoshiko will be the judges.

Add a Comment:
simple-minds Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist
What a beautifully organised contest; it seems you've plenty of entries to choose from. I like that last one with the boy.
LadyMerrethsAuthor Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Thank you. I'm a project manager and obsessively organized about this sort of thing. :) Yes, that last one is pretty darn good. :)
MashyTaytew Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Here's my contest entry :) [link]
Theme: Puppy dog tails
Media: 2D digital.
LadyMerrethsAuthor Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
Thank you so much! A great entry!
MashyTaytew Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks again! c':
LadyMerrethsAuthor Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
No worries. :)
Gravity9000 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
Finally finished it [link]

Theme : Best served cold
farlydatau Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
my 2nd(last) "contest entry" :D [link]
theme : best served cold
medium : pencils and, inked traditionally, colored on CS 5
I wish i WIN!!!!!
LeilansDream Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
CONTEST ENTRY! :thumbsup:

Theme : "No one sees me like this -- ever"
Medium : digital painting
---> [link]
LadyMerrethsAuthor Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
Outstanding! I have have added this the contest folder and updated the contest information. Thank you!
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