So, I owe AJW (the winner of the first Friday Night Fights 2 Consolation Prize) an apology. First, it's taken me a really long time to do his prize. Second, he hasn't gotten to approve it yet.
The reason is, of course, that I have a bad habit of making stuff up as I go along. In this case, I never really defined what a "Sketch of the Day" sort of prize -- which is what AJW chose -- would involve. In my mind I meant it as more of a "Draw Hulk smashing a tank" kind of a thing, and not a custom character sketch. Usually sketches of characters you make up are reserved as Grand Prizes. But I never said that, so he asked me to draw his own creation, specifically this guy:
But this left me in a bit of a pickle. How could I differentiate "custom character illustration" from "a Sketch of the Day" style drawing, so I retained some value to the Grand Prize?
What I finally decided to do was to compromise.
Usually with a full on character sketch type of prize I am in close contact with the winner, getting approval on at least one rough draft before doing more complete versions, then getting approval before calling it all "done". This lets the winner have a lot of control over exactly how the character looks, what they're doing, how they're dressed, background elements, etc.
Instead, I'm defining the SOD style drawing as "Jeff gets to draw it however he wants and you have to live with it." Which is why I owe AJW an apology, because I didn't tell him any of this ahead of time, on account of I just decided it about an hour ago.
So AJW, here's your prize, and since I didn't give you any warning, if you want to substitute an HM3 item instead, that's fine, just let me know. But, I hope you like it anyway!
jeff that is so awesome thanks a lot that is so cool
Phew, glad you like it, AJW!
That reminds me, did I qualify for one of those for coming in second or was that just for the consolation rounds?
DiCicatriz, as the overall runner-up you do indeed qualify for a full-on custom character illustration. Or if you prefer, you can opt for a couple of HM3 items, or two items off the Replacement Prize list, or a portrait, or something else you think of that I haven’t.
Imp as the overall winner could have gotten a custom color, fully tricked-out custom illo but he chose four replacement prizes instead.
The other people getting a Consolation Prize like AJW (one item, or a SOD style illo, or a portrait) are Alex, from whom I’ve not yet heard, and Frevoli, from whom I likewise have not heard.
Apparently these prizes ain’t all that great because a LOT of people never bother to claim them! Maybe I should switch to Appleby’s gift certificates or something :-/
What’s not to like?
im so printing it and framing it if that’s okay
And yet here I am full of ideas, and falling short of the prize all the time.
Okay, except that sports team logo pop quiz. I did nail that one.
@Jeff: You could always put a time limit on the prize (say 3 months for example) and at the end of that time just do the next couple of things from the replacement list. AND, if you ever get done with THAT whole list, I’m sure we can come up with just a few more things to add. 😉
Not a bad idea, Worf.
Hey jeff, you should hold a “Mythology” Character contest.
Hmm…Jeff, I think you should open a DeviantArt account.
I’m sure you could make lots of money thru commissions….cause wow….that picture. It is just sooo cool!
Jeff, I don’t think they realize they won because their not regulars. However this does give the regulars a chance to have a claim to theirs. We’ll probobly have another vote at the rate these fellers are going anyways!
Jeff, I’m still thinking over what to get.
I was considering a SOD, but had the same thought as AJW… Is this rule with SOD / character sketch fourthstanding?
I also assume there’s a limit to how much can be in the SOD… e.g. not the whole X men roster
Yes, the “I get to draw it how I want” rule for SOD style prizes will remain. Otherwise there’s no benefit to winning one of the “big” events.
And yes, all prizes are subject to negotiation and approval. They have to be “within reason”. The entire X-Man roster is a good example of something I’d not be willing to do.
Basically it ought to take about as much effort overall as a custom item. There’s some back and forth on those, but they don’t take all that long to draw. A SOD takes a lot more time and effort to draw, so to compensate I need to take out the back-and-forth.
The hardest part of custom character illustrations is communicating about what the winner wants exactly, tweaking the outfit so it’s just right, perfecting the pose … it’s just a LOT more work. I really need to reserve that for big prizes like FNF and whatnot.