Updated February 10th to incude new entrants and submissions!
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
1st prize -- $150 + an original image drawn by SYoshiko of a value up to $60. See below for examples of comparable images + 1000 points donated by Uniquely-Designed + 50 points and a feature donated by jessica-lorraine-z.
1st runner up -- 50 points + 1 month premium subscription and $5 in points donated by XullraeZauviir.
7 to 9 entrants
1st prize -- $120+ an original image drawn by SYoshiko of a value up to $60. See below for examples of comparable images + 1000 points donated by Uniquely-Designed + 50 points and a feature donated by jessica-lorraine-z.
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: and and .
Entries can be:
Colour or black & white
2D or 3D digital
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
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.
Hmmm! Impressive. Not at all your 'run-a-the-mill' contest. This has clear intention and a wealth of forethought. The prizes reflect a healthy respect for contestents, which is rare. Nicely put together.
In my less hectic life I would be enchanted into participating .. perhaps I still may, if I can sell some sleep hours before the month runs dry.
In or not I wish you the best of fortune with this inspiring adventure; I am certain the result will deepen and expand this already fascinating characterization.
On the contrary, yes you can compete. Entries are judged on a variety of factors including attention to Lady Merreth's outfit and character as well as attention to the contest themes. If you take at look at the contest entries so far you will see there are a variety of styles and mediums submitted. So I urge you to enter.
I strongly prefer that you do *not* alter her outfit.
As the message you quoted says, her "look" is iconic and it is what identifies her instantly as Merreth. While you are free to submit an entry with alterations to her outfit, the judges will take that into consideration when assessing the winners. The judges will have to do that in order to be fair to those people who have submitted entries that stay "true" to Merreth's look.
i'd like to partecipate, but i have some question, i feel more inclined in manga style(as you see to my gallery) so could you accept a version like anime and manga style? However if you think the realistic style ould be more interesting for you i could try to draw in this mode
No worries. Manga and anime are fine. It is less the style and more the attention to Merreth's character details and contest themes. If you go to 's page and look at her galleries you will see an example of Manga Merreth.