Many thanks to everyone who entered the Ruffles Pop Quiz! Since we only had 23 entries I'll say a little something about each.
Off we go!
Albannach's demon used the item as teeth masked to the head, I believe. I had to go look it up as I couldn't tell. On the one hand, it's kind of cool that I couldn't figure it out by looking at the image, but on the other hand, I couldn't figure it out without looking at the image. It's a nice character design, though.
I love the way Drummergirl used the ruffles as the neck of the dragon. That's definitely one of the most creative uses of the item, which is what I judge by on these. I do wish the warrior figure were standing on something, though.
FRM made a very clever Jill-in-the-box. I like the vibrant colors and the overall composition a lot. And while the ruffle is used as a neck item, contrary to the rules, it is also used much more as the pop up parts, so that's ok. Nice illustration!
Harlequin produced the absolutely lovely "Love Is Always Win", one of his nicest pieces to date (which is really saying something). Beautifully framed, with great color design, and subtly used ruffles as trim on the clothing.
Johnny Gear's "Moon and Sun" is a very pretty illustration, but it took me a while to figure out the middle blue part was the challenge item. And then I couldn't figure out what it serves as in the image. Is it a lake, a representation of a world (so the same scene is mirrored)? I didn't quite "get" this one.
MadPac went with a pretty standard "killer clown", with the ruffles used as ruffles on the sleeves and pants. This is an example of using the item as what it actually is, which was a little disappointing.
Ploughed Jester's "Irish Dance Outfit" is a lovely character sketch, but again I had to really search to find the challenge item. And then it was used as clothing. Plus, the feet are a little floppy. Still, a beautiful costume design!
Superfan1's "Alisha the Clown", like several of the others, uses the ruffles purely as clothing at the end of the shirt and pants, while what I usually like to see on these is something more out of the box. It's a very nice illustration, though, as usual from this gifted creator.
Thundersong's "LadyMidori-San" is a stunning piece of work. I love all the patterning and color, she's just gorgeous. The ruffle is used as a hat, which is not the most innovative usage, but it's truly a lovely, lovely piece.
TOOL came with "The Red Queen", which is a fun illustration but which uses the ruffles as neckwear, which I asked you all not to do. So unfortunately it isn't in contention. Still a nice piece, though!
Vampyrist's "Jadek" is another excellent character design, but unfortunately for me, flattening the ruffles into the hat brim ends up looking a bit like corrugated cardboard edging. I really like the character itself, though.
Ultimately I narrowed the Finalists down to Harlequin, who a gorgeous image with a not terribly innovative usage of the item; Jack, with the most creative use of the challenge item but which has the clown theme heavily used by a lot of others; and Thundersong, with that stunning costume design, though it still uses the ruffles as a piece of clothing.
I was pretty stuck on which one of these three to choose as the winner as they're all outstanding. Ultimately I had to go with the one that I thought was not only a great illustration, but which also heavily featured the use of the challenge item in an innovative way. And since of the three, only Jack used it as something other than clothing, I went with him. Although I can't figure out how the "dirt" patterning on the car was done within HM so Jack, if you read this, fill me in!
Congratulations to our winner, Jack! But well done everyone, it was another fun and successful contest. I appreciate your creativity very much!