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In the Beautiful Creatures Light or Dark Contest, we challenged you to decide the fate of Lena, a caster who must choose between light or dark in the new film Beautiful Creatures. The entries were amazing, showcasing the implications of either choice. Check out the top 25 pieces that rose to the top, and will now be sent to the authors of Beautiful Creatures, Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia, who will decide these Semi-Finalists' fate!

The remaining 20 Semi-Finalists will receive:
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Beautiful Creatures: Lena's Love by camilliette Taken by the Dark by ataraxicare The Dark Caster Awaits by JamesHillGallery Grasp of Darkness by chitobein Fading in the darkness by hubie-the-cat And She Fell Away by Nanushii Bathed in Light by SamKablamm Lena's Tempest by wylielise Lena Light or Dark by bluespottedfrog Beautiful Creatures  - Dark by Viruul Lena of Light: Only our Will by V-shue Guided by Light by TheK40 Entering the Dark by pinkparis1233 Overcoming the Dark by PickledAlice Dark Lena- Inner Light Outer Darkness by BeaGifted The Light of Darkness by keiiii Lena by JenniferHealy Beautiful Creatures - Light by Heabuur Light Amid the Chaos by AdamRoush Lena of the Light by Enchantress-LeLe Lena - Dark by Christina-The-Weird Dark Lena by ACZamudio Away from the Shadow's Grasp by Crittercreator Beautiful Creatures - Lena of the Light by DLDigital

Please note: If during the finalist judging, any one of the semi-finalists becomes ineligible or is disqualified under the Official Rules, the semi-finalist judges will replace the disqualified entry with a new selection to be considered by the final judges.

In the Beautiful Creatures Light or Dark Contest, we challenged you to decide the fate of Lena, a caster who must choose between light or dark in the new film Beautiful Creatures. Check out the top 25 pieces that rose to the top, and will now be sent to the authors of Beautiful Creatures, Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia, who will decide the fate of these Semi-Finalists!
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davidartistic Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
I didn't think i was going t o win but, it still sucks that i lost.
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MaddalinaMocanu Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I find it unfair that the semi-finalists are only from the United States. It's like saying sorry other people if you're not from the States, you don't get a shot at being a semifinalist, no matter how good your submission is. I have not participated, but seeing such blatant national favoritism is a bit infuriating, to say the least.
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DayandNight90 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
I say congrats to the Semi-Finalists, but I agree with the fact, that there all digital media art, and that it is really disappointing that all the traditional art that is true art, didn't make it.
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Nillo77 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
All of these are not digital. There are at least 3, that used traditional mediums, and several others that appear to be a mix of traditional and digital. What's disappointing is the idea that art is true, based on what medium is used. There's more to art than the tools used to make it. Concept, composition, color, technique. To say that a person who puts in the same amount of work, effort, and skill as one who does traditional work is less of an artist than one who does traditional, is a very narrow minded thing to say. It's just the same as saying a person who writes their story by hand with pen and ink is more of a writer than one who types it. Paint, Crayon, Charcoal, digital-- they're all just tools. Some require more work than others, but they're all just tools that the artists uses to bring their vision to life.
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camilliette Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
FINALLY! YES.

"Digital" or "Traditional"... either way, both are visual representations of an idea.
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jamescox1996 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
you obviously don't know what you are talking about. You're missing the entire point. There is 0 variety in this contest. Digital, photoshop, photography, nothing here is done by hand. It is all computer driven artwork. There is no denying, the proof is right above you. Scroll up and look. Not one work is done by hand. You might say that these r the best ones because the judges picked them, but the truth is these judges are fools just like anyone who comes on this site and tries to say digital media and traditional art take the same amount of work to create. Its like comparing Mozart to Nickleback. People might like Nickleback and if they had a good song maybe i would too. Too bad they dont. What im trying to say is many people who do digital media on here arent talented, they just have a computer. And this was a contest involving a serious opportunity that people worked hard for. I blame the judges.
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Nanushii Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
And the first one.
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Nanushii Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Hey if you scroll up and see the fifth and sixth entries, you'll see two semi finalist entries that were done very much by hand.
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camilliette Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
You're missing the point. The point is NEITHER about the variety in materials NOR the time it takes to make a piece. It's the end result; THE IMAGE and its ability to COMMUNICATE its concept.

Everything here is done by hand. Nobody here just magically created their work without effort on their own part. There is SO much art has to offer!
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jamescox1996 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
the images created BY HAND were ignored. Better images then the ones chosen here. Thats only my opinion, i get that. But i'd bet a lot of money if someone with artistic credentials decided what pieces were chosen the outcome of this contest would by MUCH different. And by artistic credentials i mean an artist. An actual, accomplished artist. In fact, a whole panel of artists.
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camilliette Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
This is not an Art contest. This is not a curated show. This is DA. This is illustration. And "someone with artistic credentials" wouldn't want to judge this contest unless those "artists" are actually interested in the plot and story. And what is an artist with credentials? I have a Masters in Fine Arts-- does that make me a "true artist" that makes "true art"?

"a panel of artists". A panel of artists would find this fight between materials a real pity.
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jamescox1996 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Your right. And this is where Deviant Art lost my respect. And no, having a masters in fine arts doesnt make you a true artists. Having a masters in fine arts means you have a fucking masters degree in fine arts
and if your telling the truth about having a masters degree your a loser on deviant art speaking down to a 16 year old.
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camilliette Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
You're right I was wrong in seeing you as someone who had potential to have an open mind. Good luck!
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Grapevinesinthesun Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
The first entry was cut from paper, beautiful!
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camilliette Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
; u : thank you!
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Keletane Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
[link] Cut from paper.
[link] Watercolour and white ink on illustration board.
[link] Watercolor.
[link] Pencil + digital coloring?

And every single one is made by hand.
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jamescox1996 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
3 were made by hand
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Keletane Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Computers don't make create automatically. Artists create their own art with their own hands even when they use digital medium.
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jamescox1996 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
I don't need you to explain to me anything. 3 pieces of art in this selection were created by hand.
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Keletane Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
I hope your grudge against digital art will fade someday, then you could really learn new and important things about art, skill and effort.
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Grapevinesinthesun Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Actually you are the one missing the entire point and as you get older you will understand more the value in what others do, even if it isn't what you think is good. By placing "blame" on the judges you are not learning anything new. You are too quick to name call and criticize others, it is a poor attitude no matter what medium you use. There are entries made by hand...all of them, unless someone uses their feet to draw.
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camilliette Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
<3 Yes. SO TRUE.
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jamescox1996 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
you really just wont stop. This whole argument that burst out is because you replied to my comment. If your so wise and non judgemental you would have left is alone. There are 3 entries made by hand as far as Im concerned. Your so quick to size me up but you really know nothing about me. This contest was unfair, and i know there are many that agree with me. I couldnt care less about how i did. I'm not to quick to criticize others. All my life ive as an artist ive witnessed how computer driven art overshadows traditional. These contests should have traditional and computer art SEPERATED.
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Dead-Petal Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What it sounds like you're saying is that if a person uses computers to make art then they're not an artist. How dare you even imply that or imply that it's not hard work. You think it didn't take me days to work on my pieces for this contest just because it was on the computer? So I guess graphic designers aren't artists now? Who are you, at 16 years old, to decide what is the right and wrong way to create art? I've been doing computer driven art for nearly 10 years, but I guess to someone like you that means nothing.
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jamescox1996 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
first thing i said when giving my opinion on digital art. "i respect anyone with talent." That includes graphic designers, video game artists, logo designers, architects, anyone who might use a computer to create. My point is there are those who abuse it. Especially on this website. Just like there is good electronic music, there is shit electronic music. Enough said. And for the record, creating a piece of artwork digitally is easier then painting on a real canvas.
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Dead-Petal Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, almost redeemed yourself..but then had to add in that last part.Saying "And for the record, creating a piece of artwork digitally is easier then painting on a real canvas." is just making another dig at us digital artists. It is not a "fact" that creating digital art is easier, so please, just leave it as your personal opinion and not a proven fact, because it's not. What's easier and more difficult is different for each person. A painter who has never used Photoshop or Illustrator might find it harder than anything else they've ever tried. I've painted on canvases, drawn, sketched, tagged, tried my hand at sculpting, and done graphic design. I've founding painting to be way easier than sculpting and sculpting to be way harder than graphic design. But that's for me. Doesn't mean a sculptor wouldn't feel the opposite.I get that what you're saying is how you feel and it's good that your passionate and protective of your art form, we all are, but maybe try not to seem like you're criticising and lashing out at everything else.
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jamescox1996 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
i didnt say people who use computers to make art arent artists. Fuck off.
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camilliette Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
I'm sorry, but if you've truly lived your life as an artist you'd see how much "traditional" art over powers digital. Have you even gone to museums today? Do you see much "digital" art?

You'll realize that Fine Art in galleries and museums, that have received so much acclaim... are "traditional" art. BUT, they didn't make it in there because of their materials. They are so much more than that. It was about the concepts and the imagery-- what is the piece about and its ability to make one feel and think!! There are so many ways TODAY besides oils and paint and ink; "traditional" art, to EXPRESS. There is film and performance art and digital work-- It is a shame if you decide that one is better than the other-- because all of them are different.

Non-digital art is NOT DEAD! It is out there and STRIVING. And if you guys would just open your eyes and realize that there is so much more to Art than the fucking heirarchy of materials you'd realize how similar and amazing all forms of art are.

Art is not about the mastery of a material. Its great if you can master your material and all, but THINK! WHY are you even making ART?! To prove how good you are at drawing and painting?! That's not going to get you fucking anywhere. And that's not the point.
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jamescox1996 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
I've lived my life as an artist. I wonder how you'd feel about music if everyone just decided to be "free" and "expressive" and just bang on the instruments and make songs with no melody or skill. Art is not all fun and games. Theres a point where you shut your rebellious-inner-artist fucking mouth and learn the skill. "You learn rules before you break them." And that's my final opinion.
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camilliette Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Sorry, I just remember thinking the same way as you. Hahaha.
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Grapevinesinthesun Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Your comment from two days ago demonstrated such a poor attitude towards DA,and other artists that I had to comment. If you vent on a public forum, expect some feedback. Good luck to you in the future, life's experiences are a good teacher. The world is a big place and needs more art, all types, everywhere.
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jamescox1996 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
it needs better judges too
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jodielar8 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Thank you. It's nice to hear someone who speaks on behalf of traditional artists. I worked on a canvas with oil. It took many layers of paint. I have entered a few competitions in the past, and I will say, this contest had the most amazing art done by hand I have ever seen. It's sad that the judges didn't choose half of the artwork as traditional, it would only be fair. There is amazing talent in those artists too.
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Keletane Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Sure, there are awesome traditional etries there, but they should not be chosen just because they are made with that medium. I shall quote roguephoenix311's comment about this matter:

"I see ur point but at the same time it eliminates the sense of competition Imo. If you changed the subject and said for instance that "lately too many women have been winning this contests so were going to start choosing a male finalist and a female finalist" it would seem unfair and off putting. Its like putting training wheels on the weaker entries, it dilutes the gene pool and that urge to try harder. Following this path we'd eventually end up with everyone getting first place. making everyone winners in fact makes everyone losers."
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jodielar8 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
I'm rather appalled anyone would compare digital vs. traditional art to gender equality, and am suprised you are backing that argument.

Is the point behind this comparison to infer that the difference in men and women are are equal to the two mediums in question, or is it simply an attempt to pose a seemingly more powerful argument by relating the matter to an iconic, age-old power struggle? I sincerely hope it is not the first scenario.

Of course it would be unfair for any entry to receive special priveledges for any reason, and I don't think that is what anyone who has objected to the outcome of this competition is trying to say. However, it is equally unfair to disregard the distinct differences between the two mediums, ESPECIALLY given the factor that one of the judging points was supposed to be "technical skill" of the artist.

How can this be so if the end result is overwhelmingly in favor od digital artwork? Are we to believe that the traditional artists that enterred this competition were not selected because they were not as skilled as a digital artist?

And let's not forget that the traditional artist's work can also face depreciation in visual quality when entering a competition that is strictly online, for they must photograph or scan there artwork and import it to a computer, in order to enter. Even the most professional adjustments from there are never true to life. Digital artists, on the other hand, can enter their creation exactly as it appears in whatever program they used to create it.

If both forms of medium cannot be given equal consideration when included in the same competition, then perhaps, they should have seperate categories to impose such equality.
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Nillo77 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
While the comment did use gender as a point of reference, the message behind the quote is that the contestants should be treated as equals, regardless of the medium's used to create the illustration being judged. Gender might not have been the best example to use, but the message is still worth considering, in my opinion.
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jodielar8 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
All I am asking is for traditional artists to be judged fairly and equally, as well. Which it is quite apparent to me(and numerous others), given the top twenty five selections, that simply didn't happen.
Otherwise, there wouldn't have been such an uproar, would there. Earlier, that is why I propose the compromise of seperate catagories. That way, there can still be a grand prize winner and all entrants can be more equally judged on skill. I don't feel that would be too much to ask going forward, expecially given that they already had two catagories; dark and light.
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Nillo77 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
I like that quote, Keletane
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camilliette Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
The point of this contest is not how long it takes to make a piece... but the ability the image has to tell the story.
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DayandNight90 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
I was just saying that I thought some of the traditional art was really fantastic, that's all I was saying, and I wasn't asking you or anyone else to answer, also I just what would to point out that I'am not narrow minded, I was just surprised, like some of the DA members. Again I say congrats to the Semi-Finalists.
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Nillo77 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
This is like an open forum, people are free to comment and answer comments-- unless you mentioned before hand that you'd prefer not to have feedback. And I never called YOU narrow-minded, but its a narrow minded think to SAY, that traditional art is true art-- weather its from your mouth or someone else. This was no personal jab at you. Just sharing my opinion, like you have.
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DayandNight90 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
I know that people are free to comment and answer comments,but why did you answer my comment, I didn't say anything rude or offensive too you or too any body else, all I did was agree with someone on DA, that I like traditional art.
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Nillo77 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
I answered because I find it offensive, for a person say that traditional art is true art, because by saying so, art created by any means other than traditional mediums, is fake. I respect the fact that you appreciate those who's work is digital, but in a way, by saying what said...you're also calling the work they do fake. I don't think that's right. I know artists who put a lot of heart into their work, and it's digital, but because it's digital doesn't make them any less of an artist. That, and I wanted to call to attention that there are traditional pieces up there. Maybe not the ones you hoped, but they're up there.
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DayandNight90 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
I didn't say they were fake at all, they are fantastic, but have not said anything that you are saying that I said, please, get off this comment.
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Lilyblossom26 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student Writer
And thus a magical adventure of comment wars begin. e-e
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Keletane Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Well said! :thumbsup:
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DayandNight90 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
It least someone knows what I'm saying, Thank You! :D

-Day
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Keletane Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
I liked Nillo77's comment, not yours.
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DayandNight90 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Whatever, you guys should not be bullying people that just say that they like traditional art, that is just sick. So get off!
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camilliette Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Yeah, I agree! There are a lot of great submissions made non digitally. :)

I get what you're saying. I'm mainly a non-digital artist, myself. I suck at digital art-- but those comments like the first one in the thread and so many others in this comment stream on digital art as non-art are really hurtful to those who also put so much time and effort in their digitally made work.

But thank you for clarifying. : )
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