UIC Image Contest for February 2005
Theme:  "Planets and Moons"

A note to our contestants from Dan Mowry, our judge...

Well done to all the artists who submitted entries for the February Diard Software contest. The theme of "Planets and Moons" has been well represented with exciting pieces.

 -Daniel Mowry

And the winners are....


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Best Overall goes to
"Planets and Moons"
by Jason M. Warren....$25 Prize

A comment from our judge...
   Befitting of the title theme of this contest "Planet and moons" is a vibrant, beautiful piece.

The dramatic colors work extremely well in the subtly drifting waves of nebulae - translating to attention in detail of the changing colors cast upon the planet and moons.

Star flares that sparkle in harmony with the color shifts add so much to this piece. Debris from the fragmented moon gives a hint of chaos amid the calm.

The depth and dimension created by strong lighting and shading make this a bold piece held together by poetic colors and waves of light.

It is with confidence that I award "Planet and Moons" the "Best Overall" title as it represents the theme and quality of Diard Software tools so well.

2 Planets and Moons
by Jason M. Warren

Submitted February 4, 2005
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Best Use of Color goes to
“Reflections”
By Karla Munger....$10 Prize

A comment from our judge...
Subtle hues of burgundy and Earthy tans make this yet another 'dark horse' winner in the category of "Best use of color."

As much as popular convention might suggest this category requires a myriad of bright, rainbow palettes, I strongly believe color is often a statement of what works best for the sake of the piece. "Reflections"
clearly makes this point.

This piece, had it been done in dozens of bright colors would loose everything that it is. It would loose the mood. The dramatic lighting, the waves of reflection... would become lost. In short - this piece uses the choice of color and saturation of color to make the important elements stand on their own and creates ambience.

Light and shadow become more obvious because of these choices. This piece is entirely about mood, again. It has weight, it has beauty, it has tone to it.

I applaud the reserved command of color for the greater good of the piece. In a medium where one might have access to *too* much of a palette - "Reflections" stays true to the art.

12 Reflections
by Karla Munger

Submitted February 22, 2005
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Most Original goes to
“Pluto's Demise”
by AtticMan.....$10 Prize

A comment from our judge...
If your imagination were to ever ponder what having a front-row seat to a planetary cataclysm would look like - "Pluto's Demise" gives you the view.

Almost too fiery and bright to look at - the chaotic pyre which was Pluto - this piece makes it clear what the subject is, what the subject is about, and leaves no question as to where things are headed.

...this is a lot to convey in a single image. The artist can be proud of the fact "Pluto's Demise" does it all.

While certain subjects might be "in vogue" and certain perspectives popular with artists... this almost "documentary" glimpse of the destruction of Pluto is original.

Not everything is in "perfect" level - some portions are even bright enough to wash away the detail. The colors are those of flame and light - not of green and blue like friendly, Earthly colors. However, it is exactly this unique approach which gives it that snapshot-like quality.  This is a chaotic event, it's a destructive event - it's not about calming and soothing levels. This is the best portrayal possible for this moment and for this piece.

We now know what an event like this would look like, thanks to this artist.
 

17 Pluto's Demise
by AtticMan

Submitted February 22, 2005
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Honorable Mention goes to
“Gas Giant Rising”
by Rikk Flohr....$10 Prize

A comment from our judge...
What would make an already attractive view of trees and a snow-covered field, or an already attractive view of two, rising planets, come together to create a far more intriguing piece when combined.

It's refreshing to see an artist take what might be a detailed and well-composed spacescape and allow it to function as a backdrop to serve the greater good of the final piece. However, it's this precise attention to detail and willingness to allow it to be partially obscured
that suggests confidence in the artist, and an appreciation for what makes a dramatic view.

This is what people see in their dreams when they travel to other planets.

Subtle details such as the flash of star flare between tree branches to the casting of correct light from distant planets to nearby trees all help hold this piece together.

"Gas Giant Rising" is a piece that makes many of us wish a scene like this really existed. Perhaps it does, perhaps not. But, when viewing this piece - we can believe it does.

10 Gas Giant Rising
by Rikk Flohr

Submitted February 21, 2005
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February 2005 Image Contest Entries

You can view all of the entries original images by clicking on the smaller image below.

**NOTE:  The artists who created these images spent a lot of time on them.  Please do NOT copy them.  

Image
Number
Image, Name, & Description
1 Home
by Kelly Cooper

Submitted February 4, 2005
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2 Planets and Moons
by Jason M. Warren


Submitted February 4, 2005
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3 Persistence of Accretion
by Photoscribe

Submitted February 8, 2005
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4 Cycle Tour
Martin Bulmer

Submitted February 8, 2005
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5 Scaling Heaven
by Richard Merk

Submitted February 9, 2005
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6 Martisica
by Bobby Ray

Submitted February 13, 2005
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7 Image for Pro Contest
by Pierre Gagn
é

Submitted February 14, 2005
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8 Moon Glow
by Justinn

Submitted February 15, 2005
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9 Somewhere Out There
by Kevin D. Gibbs

Submitted February 21, 2005
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10 Gas Giant Rising
by Rikk Flohr


Submitted February 21, 2005
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11 Blue Nebula
David Mckenzie

Submitted February 21, 2005
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12 Reflections
by Karla Munger


Submitted February 22, 2005
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13 Lake of Stars
by Stinger

Submitted February 22, 2005
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14 Sea of Planets
by Mr. Crocodile

Submitted February 22, 2005
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15 Planet Unveiled
by Sarah E.

Submitted February 22, 2005
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16 Galaxies of Planets
by Ponygirl

Submitted February 22, 2005
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17 Pluto's Demise
by Atticman


Submitted February 22, 2005
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18 The End of Earth

Submitted February 22, 2005
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