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~Design Contest! CLOSED!

Journal Entry: Fri Jul 27, 2012, 11:45 PM
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Hey all!
So it's been a while since I held a contest, and I think it's about time for a new one! However, this time I won't get you to draw any of my characters; instead I'll be getting you to design a new one!
I did this with the design of Serphy, yes, believe it or not (his design has changed dramatically from the original entry however) and I realized how fun the contest was, so I want to hold another one almost the same!

Now I've been thinking a lot about this. And I really, really want a new fursona. As in, entirely new; Taz and Marie won't be sonas anymore; instead I will keep them as characters, because I still do love them. However, I just don't feel like they capture me enough. Sure, all of the elements symbolizing the things I like are there, like favourite colours, accessories and what not. But really, they're just cool designs to me now. They don't mean as much as they used to. And as much as I love Tazzies design a hell of a lot, she just isn't realistic enough. I will most definitely keep her, but for the sake of not having '3' fursonas, I will make her and Marie characters, so I'm left with one fursona. Which I would much rather <3

Please don't feel disappointed with this, I know you all love Tazzie, but this is something I've actually wanted to do for a while now. Like I said, I will still keep her and Marie, which means you can still definitely draw them if you like, but they will no longer have that role as a 'fursona' anymore.

Now for this new one, I know, a fursona is something that should be designed on your own, but I'm almost tearing out my hair trying to come up with something. I've been working on designs for a while and I just can't come up with anything decent. I tend to be very fussy with designing things myself, so that's why I'm leaving it up to you guys to share your designs!


For the breed, yes it will be canine of course; I would love to have an Australian breed, to stay true to my nationality. Some breeds I prefer are the Australian Kelpie, Koolie, and Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog. Of course, there is also the Dingo option, but Dingoes have very limited markings and colours, which are either golden brown, or black and tan, and I don't want either of those colours to be honest.

I have also made some lineart for you guys to use if you like: Contest Lineart by Serphire
(Not MS Paint compatible, sorry!)

So you can choose either of those breeds, you can mix the two, or three, whatever. You can also mix in some Dingo with another breed if you like, just as long as the colours follow as listed:

:skullbones:For colours, I would really love a red/brown pelt. When I say 'red' brown, I mean not bright red, or too noticeable as a red pigment. But 'red-brown'.
You can include lighter and darker markings, even a few (but not as a dominant colour) white ones if you like. But remember, I would prefer the red/brown colour scheme, you're still welcome to use a completely different colour scheme. I would love to see some varied design entries, so if you have something cool in mind that I haven't listed or thought of, feel free to share!

:skullbones:As for markings- go nuts!

You can go all out like the koolie markings, or keep it nice and simple like the Kelpie ( I love standard kelpie markings also!). I would rather a fairly simple design however, something that's at least memorable. So I can get used to colouring her. But this doesn't mean you have to make an overly simple design, a little complex is perfectly fine!
Use the photo's as references for markings, they can help you! One thing that I would prefer also, is little (to no) grey colouring, I know that Koolie's can have grey colouring in their fur, but in all honesty I've never really been that mad on grey coloured fur as a dominant colour in design, I've been aiming for nice warm colours, instead of monochrome. But you can of course;  just mix it up with some warmer colours in there too! Take the Red Merle Koolie for example:…

Please no geometric or generic marking shapes, I love them to look realistic! They don't have to be symmetric either; as a matter of fact I love asymmetric designs!

Make the ears nice n' big too! I love big Dingo and Kelpie-like ears! Dem big ol' ears <3

I also love docked tails too, but again, you don't have to include these! You can have a normal length tail also!

You can include the Sons of Anarchy dog tag necklace if you like also, but you don't have to! I will include that as part of her design anyway. But here's what it actually looks like:…

Please no head hair either; I would love to keep her nice and realistic c:

Her eye colour can be either blue/green, orange, both (like one eye green, one orange) or a mixture of all. Blue/green is my natural eye colour, but orange is my favourite colour!

Don't be afraid to vary in designs and experiment! Like I said, I'm doing this because I can't settle on a design myself, so I'm giving you guys the option to experiment with this one! To help guide you on the designs, here's a bit of information about myself, and as for naming, you don't HAVE to name her, but if you want, you can name her based on my name and nicknames, you can even experiment and use the letters of my name to come up with your own!

:skullbones:Name: Tahlia Marie Prowd

:skullbones:Nicknames: Tahlz, Taz, Tazzie, Prowdy, Tahla.

:skullbones:Nationality: Australian

:skullbones:Hair colour: Burgundy or deep red/brown. My natural colour is dark brown.

:skullbones:Eye colour: Blue/green

I won't include personality information, since it isn't all that relevant to the design, but I hope what I've got listed can help c:
Now remember, all of these are preferences and guidelines, you don't have to abide by every single one of these as rules, but they're just there to help you with designing, also to let you know what I originally had in mind for the character design.


:skullbones:1. Use common sense here guys, no tracing, copying other peoples work or designs; art thievery is not accepted, and you will be disqualified and removed from the contest if so.

:skullbones:2. You don't HAVE to use the lineart that I have made, by all means, you can most definitely draw your own!

:skullbones:3. There is NO limit to designs! You can enter as many designs as you like! But keep in mind, this does NOT increase your chance of winning. Remember, only ONE design will win.

:skullbones:4. As said on the artist's comments on the lineart submission, you can NOT use these for anything other than the contest; it's just to help me keep organized with what are entries and what's not. After the contest is over, I will consider putting it up for free use for anything. This means at the moment: no using the lines for adoptables.

:skullbones:5. Please submit your entries via NOTE! To save me from losing any entries in the comments, it will help me keep entries much more organized if I can keep them in a folder in my notes box.

:skullbones:6. If you are using the lines, please do not add any hair or accessories (apart from the one listed above) etc. As any additional accessories will be added myself. This is purely a pelt design contest c:

:skullbones:7. Again, I will only be using ONE of these designs. There will be a runner-up second and third place also to win a prize, but only the first place design will be used!

:skullbones:8.             If you're using the lineart, this does not 'lower' your chance of winning. Regardless of whether the lineart is used, or you draw your own, only the design will be judged c:

:skullbones:9. Last, and most importantly, have fun!


:skullbones:1st place: Will receive a full drawing and background by myself, along with a speedpaint video on YouTube!
Plus a fully shaded character with simple background by dttey,
and a realistic colored + simple shaded headshot sketch by Zintah!

:skullbones:2nd place: Will receive a fully shaded head portrait with a simple background by myself, along with speedpaint video!
Plus a fully shaded character with no background by dttey,
and a colored realistic headshot sketch by Zintah!

:skullbones:3rd place: will receive a simple head portrait by myself, along with a speedpaint video!
Plus a fully shaded chibi with no background by dttey,
and a realistic headshot sketch by Zintah!

If anyone is willing to donate prizes also, feel free to put your name in! You don't have to of course, but any donators will be very much appreciated!

Edit: WOW thank you guys for donating! It meana a hell of a lot! ;-; You guys are too amazing <333

:skullbones:Deadline is August 30th! If you guys feel that there is not enough time, let me know and I will extend the deadline. But you all have approximately a month to submit your entry!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask them so I can include them into the contest rubric.

I hope you guys have a blast with this one! Let the contest begin!

EDIT: WOW. I can't get over how many entries I have gotton already!!! Thank you guys SO much for all your amazing entries, I can already tell it's going to be tough to judge! ;-;

EDIT II: A few people have asked this already; if you want to keep the design you entered if you don't win,then by all means you can keep it yourself :D

-Serph <3

Serphire contest entry by Canis-ferox Taz Contest Entry by Donnecha Contest. Design Sona. by XDeadDog Fursona Contest Entry by Whitelupine :thumb317479377: CONTEST: Design by ScionOfStorm Contest entry for Serphire by ShiranuiArcher ::CE:: Serphire by misaethewolf for serphire's contest no. 1 by SATURDAYinNOVEMBER Serphire Contest Entry AGAIN!?! by CrazeyWulf :thumb317712284: Serphire Contest Entry by alridpath Contest Entry 1 by Misguided-Intentions Serphire Design Entry by BrokenWingProdutions contest no. 2 by SATURDAYinNOVEMBER CONTEST INTRY by Poisoned-ur-face V-alve Contest Entry by Serphire Entry by Psitt Serphire Contest Entry by CornellGirl216…: Serphire Design Contest Entry by SpoonLake :thumb318954572: Contest entry by dinoPharaoh Contest Serphire by xZanshinx Design Entry by LittleAmira Prowdie by Flightless503 Serph Contest Entry by Black1993Storm Contest submission by pure-randomness Serphire's design contest entry by Blue-Willow-Tree :thumb322282469: Contest submission by EmbraceTheAmity Tahlia Art Contest Entry by Kenny-BS

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Schakalo Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Heya ;v; I could donate a prize if you want! But preferably only for one position as I'm going back to school tomorrow, but I find I do better when I have motivation to draw so I might aswell throw my name in here and offer to draw a prize since its probably too late for me to enter I might aswell help out you know? ;v;
I'll be happy to do a bust fake screenshot~ fully shaded n' everything!
Lemme know If you want me to!
And when you've chosen who I'm gunna be drawing for just gimme a note or something <3
Serphire Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh wow, really?! That would be absolutely amazing ;-; <33
You really don't have to! But if you want to, of course you're welcome to! You can do for one place if you like :D That's perfectly fine! Thank you very much <3 Just let me know if you're still up for it, and I'll list you in the prizes! Thank you! <333
Schakalo Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yup!! I'll do whatever place you want me to but I am only able to do one! I'm crazy busy~
No problem! <3
Send me what to draw when you're ready! <333
DangerousBallOfFur Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Student Filmographer
Here is my entry.[link]
Serphire Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Your entry is gorgeous! I adore the colour scheme <3 Thank you very much for entering!
DangerousBallOfFur Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Student Filmographer
Your welcome.
DangerousBallOfFur Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Student Filmographer
Can I join?
darknightwolf2010 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
here's my entry [link] ;)
Serphire Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Your entry is beautiful! I absolutely love it! Thank you SO much for entering! <3
darknightwolf2010 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
can i join?
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