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11/30/2001 - Quick changes:
The Wintersday Extraordinaire Award will be modified so that instead of being a winner/HM in the official contest, an awardee must have been a nominee for the People's Award. Those wanting to be a judge must have a recommendation from one of the current judges. Workshop deadline will now be at 12:00PM PST on the day of the last Wintersday Finale event (approximately Jan 1, however this will be finalized when Wintersday is officially announced). Winners will be tentatively announced at the workshop party and in this thread 2 weeks after the deadline.
The Wintersday Workshop is a forum thread at Guild Wars Guru in the sub-forum "Nolani Academy", in which artists can share their progress in various Guild Wars related art-forms and receive constructive criticism along a friendly competition in personal development.
The Wintersday Workshop is a part of the many workshops arranged around the official events in Guild Wars, though it is not an official arrangement from ArenaNet's side, though it has been encouraged by them.
The workshop does not hinder the artist from submitting it's art to the official competition, rather the opposite; the workshop encourage the artist entering the workshop to do so, and a big part of the whole idea with the workshop was to share progress and get feedback on entries before being submitted to the official competitions.
Everyone is free to enter the workshop and there are no limitations to what kind of art is accepted though there might not be a specific category for in in the contest. Entering is done by filling in a "questionnaire" and posting in the thread. More info is found in the original post.
Examples of Entries Previous Years
- Watercolor paintings
- Digital paintings
- Musical composition
- Short stories (literature)
The only rules restricting the art is that it is to be Guild Wars related and on the theme of wintersday. There is also a requirement of a progress-diary of some sort for the judging part of the contest and for other people to review when attempting to give constructive criticism.
The idea of the contest is to reward the individual's personal progress and/or general progress. Thus all levels of skills are welcomed and encouraged to join. The judging is made fair weighing in the artist's progress and level of work. It is a friendly competition with focus on the journey rather than the result (i.e. speeded through entries without any form of progress nor opportunities to be commented are greatly discouraged).
The Workshop normally have a slightly extended deadline than the official competition, for those who want to continue to work on their entries or didn't want to enter the official contest for various reasons.
Please be aware that the nature of the Wintersday Artist Extraordinaire, The Best Progress, and The Smiley Face Awards means that those that are very last minute entries (i.e., day before deadline) will most likely not be considered since these awards are over a period of time during the workshop. However, all other categories do not have that restriction since we don't want to discourage those that discover the workshop close to the end from entering, sharing their pieces, and getting whatever feedback they can get to help them grow as an artist.
☆Wintersday Artist Extraordinaire Award☆ This award is given to the artist who meets 3 criteries: was mentioned in the winners or honorable mention section of the official Guild Wars Wintersday contest, participated actively in this thread (both giving and receiving critique and generally being chatty), AND was a candidate for at least 1 of the other Wintersday Workshop awards.
- Winner -
(prizes:(approx total prize package value: 925k*) - EL Knight - EL Kahmu - EL Morgahn Tonic - Elite Tome Set, - 5 Z Keys, - 1 armbrace - 40 ecto )
☆Best Progress Awards☆ These awards are for the artists who have listened intently to critique, mastered the art of personal growth, and made long leaps to better his/her piece regardless of art skill level.
- 1st Place -
(prizes:approx total prize package value: 880k*) - EL Avatar of Balth - EL Dunkoro Tonic - EL Tahlkora - Mini Candysmith Marley - Miniature Mandragor Imp - 5 Z Keys, -1 armbrace - 40 ecto )
- 2nd Place -
(prizes:approx total prize package value: 740k*) - EL Jora - EL Goren - EL melonni - Miniature Dryder - Miniature Mandragor Imp - 5 Z Keys - 1 armbrace - 40 ecto )
- 3rd Place -
(prizes:approx total prize package value: 680k*) - EL Razah - EL Norgu - EL Sousuke - Miniature Kirin - Miniature Mandragor Imp - 5 Z Keys - 1 armbrace - 40 ecto )
☆The Smiley Face Award☆ This award is given to a person who didn't necessarily enter the thread as an artist - more of a supporter of the thread and the goal. This person kept the thread alive with kind chatter, maybe donated something to the prizes, gave useful critique, submitted tutorials and ideas unselfishly, and generally kept us motivated all the way.
(prizes:approx total prize package value: 660k*) - EL MOX - EL Anton - EL Zenmai - Miniature Heket Warrior - 5 consets - 5 powerstones of courage - 1 armbrace - 20 ecto )
- Runner up-
(approx total prize package value: 530k*) - EL Automatonic - EL Xandra - mini wallow - 5 consets - 5 powerstones of courage - 1 armbrace - 20 ecto
☆The People's Award☆ Ha! You think voting is easy? Well, this award will be based on you - votes from all of the workshop participants so you can all share in the voting fun! Voting is limited to people who have posted in this thread prior to a week before the workshop deadline to make sure voting is fair (no getting friends to vote for your piece last minute :P ). Despite the 1 week rule, all workshop entries are eligible for this prize. Voting will not be open until the end of the workshop. Votes must be sent via PM to me, and I will keep your vote secret. Please don't vote for your own piece. Since you, the workshop participant, is the judge for this award, the workshop judges (aside from me) are also eligible for this award! So, vote for whoever you think wins this award - the one with your favorite art, the one with the most encouraging words, the one who's the friendliest to all, or whatever you want to vote on. This award is yours to give!
- Winner -
(prizes:approx total prize package value: 505k* + art commission coolness factor!) - EL Kieran - EL Koss - EL MoW - Miniature Wind Rider - 2 gold zcoins - Photoshop background commission (from Brandylynn) - 20 ecto )
- Runner up:
(approx total prize package value: 330k*) - EL Zhed - EL Ogden - mini turtle - 2 gold zcoins - 20 ecto
☆The Most Epic Award☆ This award goes to the artist who's piece stands out from the rest and make the judges do a double-take, whether that means zooming in on the art to see if they saw what they think they saw, rereading that lit piece that made them go 'say-wha?', or replaying the music/video that made them go 'zounds!'.
- Winner -
(prizes:approx total prize package value: 530k*) - EL Rurik - EL Queen Salma - Miniature Juggernaut - 5 Black Dyes - 20 ecto )
- Runner up -
(approx total prize package value: 295k*) - EL Hayda - EL Livia - mini jade armor y1 - 5 White Dyes - 20 ecto
☆The Campfire Award☆ This award is given to the artist who manages to inspire the Judges and bring warmth and comfort within the cold, dark hearts of the Judges.
(prizes:approx total prize package value: 510*) - EL Cottontail - EL Gwen - Miniature Juggernaut - 100 Glacial Stones - 250 feathers - 20 ecto )
- Runner up-
(approx total prize package value: 240k*) - EL Boreal - EL Hayda Tonic - mini jade armor - 100 Glacial Stones - 250 dust - 100k
☆The Grentch Steals Wintersday Award☆ Bah, humbug! Who needs Wintersday cheer, anyway? The Grentch Steals Wintersday Award bows in favor of Grenth, not Dwayna!
(prizes:approx total prize package value: 535k*) - EL Skeletonics - EL Shiro - mini wind rider - 125 Candy Corn - 20 ecto )
- Runner up-
(approx total prize package value: 255k*) - EL Skeletonics - EL Macabre - Miniature Jade Armor - 125 Candy Corn - 100k
☆The Bonus Award☆ Hmm... why didn't this person get an award, because all the judges felt this person was worthy of one (great effort, positive energy, or something else entirely)? So, this award is for you!
- Winner -
(prizes: Award 1- (approx total prize package value: 130*) - EL Margrid - EL Jin - Miniature Aatxe - 50k: ) Award 2- (approx total prize package value: 115k*) - EL Dunkoro - EL Morgahn - mini aaxte - 50k
☆The Mysterious Raffle☆
Ooh, mysterious! How do you enter? You'll just have to wait to find out! Details on this raffle and how to enter will be given 1 week before the end of the workshop!
Winner - (approx total prize package value: 115k*) - perfect inscribable "Insightful cobalt staff of fort" (r9 SR) - EL Olias - Miniature Aatxe
☆The Wintersday Spirit Award☆ This award is brought to you by Arghore and will consist of a prize valued somewhere between 80k-100k.
- (donor and judge: Arghore)
☆Additional Prize Pool☆
These are unallocated prizes to be allocated before end of workshop. For those wanting to donate something but don't have much, consider looking over these prizes and think of donations that can complete sets, add to current stacks, or give a second matching pair All donations are accepted and appreciated! This workshop is completely run on the generous donations of the GW community!
- 1 armbrace - 36 plat - 109 feathered crests - 1 armor of salvation - 1 grail of might - 1 kournan coin - 1 ministerial commendation - 1 trade contract - 1 lunar token - 4 x stygian gemstones - 4 x torment gemstones - light equipment pack - Mindclouder - 5 ecto - Saurian Scythe
Judges: Thistle, Aeronwen, Brandylynn, Sierraa
Helpers deserving a special thank you: ☆Satomz for advertising workshop on IncGamer ☆Sierra for advertising on dA and GWguru ☆Aeronwen for advertising on GW2guru ☆GeminiJuSa for creating a wonderful wiki page for the workshop ☆Brandylynn for advertising on BladeRadio.com and keeping our the workshop wiki up-to-date ☆Arghore for sending in an article advertisement to GuildMag
Donators: ☆Halloween Workshop Prize Pool extras (held by Verene <3)
*300e *7 armbraces *250 Candy Corn *EL Hayda Tonic *Mini Candysmith Marley *Saurian Scythe *Miniature Aatxe (2) *Miniature Jade Armor *Miniature Mandragor Imp (3) *Miniature Heket Warrior *Miniature Wind Rider *Miniature Juggernaut (2)
☆Aeronwen: 100k, 100 Glacial Stones, 20 Z Keys, Elite Tome Set, 10 consets, 10 powerstones of courage (traded and held by Thistle)
☆Enchanted Krystal: 100k, EL Skeletonics (2), EL Morgahn Tonic, EL Dunkoro Tonic (traded and held by Thistle)
☆Konig Des Todes: Miniature Dryder, Miniature Kirin, 1 kournan coin, 1 ministerial commendation, 1 trade contract, 1 lunar token, 4 x stygian gemstones, 4 x torment gemstones, light equipment pack, 4 gold zcoins (traded and held by Thistle)
☆Lord Dagon: super donation! (traded and held by Thistle) uber tonic collection
- EL melonni
- EL Goren
- EL Hayda
- EL Sousuke
- EL Jin
- EL Dunkoro
- EL Kahmu
- EL Livia
- EL Margrid
- EL Morgahn
- EL Norgu
- EL Olias
- EL Tahlkora
- EL Xandra
- EL Zenmai
- EL Anton
- EL Jora
- EL Koss
- EL MoW
- EL MOX
- EL Ogden
- EL Queen Salma
- EL Razah
- EL Zhed
- EL Gwen
- EL Kieran
- EL Rurik
- EL Shiro
- EL Automatonic
- EL Boreal
- EL Macabre
- EL Cottontail
- EL Avatar of Balth
- EL Knight
- 5 ecto
- 1 armor of salvation
- 1 grail of might
- 250 feathers
- 109 feathered crests
- 250 dust
- perfect inscribable "Insightful cobalt staff of fort" (r9 SR)
- 86 plat
☆Brandylynn: Photoshop background commission
☆Murke: mini wind rider, mini wallow, mini devourer, mini aaxte, mini turtle, 2 x mini jade armor (traded and held by Thistle)
☆Valdis: 20 ectos (traded and held by Thistle)
☆Darcy: 50k, 5 Black Dyes, 5 White Dyes, Mindclouder, 100 Glacial Stones
Need some inspiration? Don't know where to start? Take a look at past Guild Wars Wintersday Art Contest winners and check out some tutorials to help you get started!
Wintersday Art Contest Winners:
- Line art Tutorial (Photoshop)
- Anime Eyes Tutorial
- Anime Hair Tutorial
- Watercolor Tutorial
- Eyes/Face/Hair Realism Tutorial
- Manga Colouring Tutorial(hit download on the left)
- Traditional Painting Tutorial
- Hair Tutorial
- Choosing Skin Colors
- Painting Fur
- Using Photo References
- Drawing Using References
Normally the workshop is finished by a party, in which the winners are announced and the prizes delivered. Will be hosted by Arghore :D More details to come towards the end of the Workshop!
This thread is still under development! Please feel free to post your thoughts on the workshop :D Awards and prizes are fluid and are subject to change depending on donations.