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Train Your Brain Semi-Finalists

Thu Dec 20, 2012, 12:31 PM by Ayame-Kenoshi:iconayame-kenoshi:
In the Train Your Brain Contest, deviantART and The Art Department (TAD) challenged you to submit your work in one of the five disciplines offered by TAD: Illustration, Drawing and Painting, Animation, Entertainment 2D, and Entertainment 3D. Your assignments were reviewed by the world-renowned artists who teach as TAD faculty, and the grades are in! The following Semi-Finalists represent the top work chosen in each category. A final review will be made, and the 31 prize winners in each category will be announced shortly!

Be sure to head to TheArtDept for more information about TAD's programs and faculty! At TheArtDept, you'll find free lessons, in-depth sessions with award-winning instructors, and inspiring artwork created by TAD students and faculty alike. 

Congratulations to all!


:thumb341106276:future by ALEXAstM.F.A. by jpacerOn the Beach by jpacersezione aurea by matman8Carnivorous plant by DangMyLinh:thumb340821653:Sleep Walkers graphic novel cover by EllenBarkinLady Murder by SomnicideRain Dance by DylanPierpont:thumb340988165:Cover Illustration by HenryChristian-Slane______ by HenryChristian-Slanedeep inside somewhere... by thuynganGrimms' Fairy Tales by natia11folklore/conceptcover/trainyourbrain/illustration by ani67printemps-automne by simonleclerc0738062The Pacifier - Train your brain by ElderscrollerFlame off by Greg-OpalinskiReflect by Greg-OpalinskiDerelict by SeaMonkey1:thumb340343842:L'Absinthe by ViridRainAunt Augustine's hobby by DwaerEntrance to the map by edgarinvokerEscort by FieldweeblePowder Days by johnstilesThe Summoning by depingoEncompassed by JadeMereDesinence by kellymckernanJail Bird by heycalebmorrisa story about anyone - page 01 by PointLineAreaTreading Through an Untrimmed Memory by mynameistranLord of the flies by yumitaphileaMandrill on Fire by jonomarksPeter and Wendy by lizpulidoJohnny Appleseed vs. The War of 1812 by heycalebmorrisTo Be Read Aloud by JMFenner91The Suicidal Giraffe by amircaticPied Piper by feverish002Perseverance by JenniferHealyThe Old Man and the Sea by johnstilesNight of the living Geek by yakonusukeThe Collector by yakonusukeVintage Self Portrait by KristinaGehrmannDefend Your Nuts by Wildweasel339The Lamentation of Gahl by skdieselFemto - Griffith Reborn by luffieContempt Pg1 - UPDATED - by cinderscarWalls Have Ears by amircatic

Drawing and Painting

Irish House by jpacerDream Glade Metta by Kudiahpersonal_demon by WhoAmI01Nelson the cat by EllenBarkinMarmelade by EllenBarkinIn the Morning by jpacerRossnowlaugh by jpacerFall by adamtanartApples by EllenBarkinChris by DRPRPortrait of my Grandfather Sir Bruce Slane by HenryChristian-SlaneTwins. by cameronasaobar by natia11Harvest Time by Acrylicdreams8 by malik4181the girl in the coffee shop by sonsouearth giant by htkpeh:thumb340342170:Etropole monastery (pyrography) by KGK-92He Set Me Dreaming by darkcornersofmymind:thumb340061592:bears by kian02Artist Portrait by kithlealBlue Ribbon by artofmaxielee:thumb339367276:Self Three (Train Your Brain - Contest) by alexracuBlue Koi digital painting by Rosane-ChawiThe Last One by tskovWandering Across A Borrowed Belief by mynameistranTemple contest submission by mutiny-in-the-airwoman Russian style by ChukgertRooftops by VabloWaiting by radakratchanovaSilence in Hell by BlacleriaRevenge of the sea by PsyDoxArtShops in Bukit Mertajam, Penang, Malaysia by ignatiusyeoGlossy Chair still life by dkdelicious:thumb337041120::thumb337011192:Chronometer as study in the mechanics of time by 21stCenturyDamoclesTime Past by algaegoblinQuestion by balazsbacsiAn Early Ifugao Morning by axis000Self Portraitz by TFseanPalermo 1820 by KristinaGehrmann:thumb285616653:Rising Sun: Arigato by ashiongcoffee and fruit by Flrmprtrix:thumb331574302:Minha Vaquinha by RaynerAlencar


Dancing deer by gaalav Lotus Scroll by Y2LXIII Snoozing owl by s4yo The bamboo dance (Check Description for the Link!) by Evaty Sandstory by jkarlin Shooting Stars (gif) by kureo95 :thumb340093510: Bandito the Raccoon by MoulinBleuMagique Jacques by MoulinBleuAbout a girl and a little robot by Professeur-Poulpe Pantomime by TheLidiaLabThe Escape by 1andonlyEviLAnGeL:thumb340975556: :thumb341036196: :thumb341127724: Waiting for Perrito by ANDRESCOUTURIER God Blessed by mintwinter

Entertainment 2D

River Alley by yinteckPLA interceptor by DrednorztDull Blade by ianllanasShores of Madness by ianllanasCreature Portraits by TylerScarletTime Busters_Train your brain by strenerusExplore by yinteckwhats that? by htkpehNaga by sluggieartRangers of Refuge Harbor by FallonartColonel is back by HiepHDMole Monster by MattKatzThrough The Mountains by aFletcherKinnear:thumb340131513:Sun Fish Concept by yinteckSpirit of Birds by HenryChristian-SlaneSoul Collector by limshOne piece of the slum by DangMyLinhZombie Gladiator by yinteckR'keir by QirlataSecondhand market by DangMyLinhOperation by DangMyLinhHappy moving house #1 by DangMyLinhThe Expedition by Andre-SutherlandTang Lang by yinteckHappy Moving house #2 by DangMyLinhThe Slum by DangMyLinhtechno organic flying lizard by htkpehMountain Fight by michifromkmkinsect warrior by sbalacDangMyLinh by DangMyLinhPort Banks- Stevie's Neighbourhood by yakonusukeGodless by elgamaFox Shaman by artoftasFOR THE GLORY!! by ShadCarlosFungus Valley by ElderscrollerCrystal Forest by KlausPillonbetter hide by sbalacVictorian Street by stayinwonderlandPillars by merl1nczAfterearth: The Fall - Environment concept 2 by boc0Stranded Ship by boc0Blackhorn by ManikkRuins Temple by windboioni valley by sbalacPrecipice Environment by DylanPierpontPrecipice Character by DylanPierpontLaputa's world by DangMyLinhGilded City by aFletcherKinnearAirborn - Ice Setting 3 - Bramble by acapulc0

Entertainment 3D

Bareboned by jocreationCap'n Alina Mayorga by thedancingmad'T Bootje - The Five Continents by Kouru17ULU Man by zongdatdo811Warrior by zigrapherThat toon girl by LunarPacifierAre You Alone? by HINDISMotorcycle 4way by DevonAGViking by zongdatdo811My Dream Car by duowlaHelex 3D by Visual3DeffectThe Successor by smallsketchJade Samurai by BadLukArtAvengers Challange Widow Tron by GraxiousGargoyle (Final Ver.) by nirmalthomasRobots 3 views by GraxiousGasStation 768 1024 by 3djockInanimalia 2.0 by En-Vysion:thumb341121753:Khonec by TheOrckidraniPokhari by nayansthaAdomant 3d Render by Noomeci-artMotorcycle for contest by Kouru17Self-Portrait Bust by LunarPacifierVherushian Male Turn Around by deamienT'Ren by phanthanhtrucWinged Beast Concept by Heliot8Bug Concept by Heliot8Dinogon concept by Heliot8Chopper by AleXM79Cowboy hut by Dushyant20b:thumb340799909:Priest digital sculpture by zigrapherTupo Ship by BangtuyPhongZoe- ready to take on the Zombie hordes. by wearesculptorGriffin by NoxiiMonster in Random (Unknown creature) by akosiartOldMan by zongdatdo811Trident Fighter by aFletcherKinnearPumpkin Hulk Game Model by liamslackofsurpriseDemon 3d by jafaimeBoy + Dinos by OlivierBrissonFuturistic air-vehicle landing by ZelfitCat by MilishWidow Tron Portrait by GraxiousIngol - God of All Existing by ZelfitUnderground Command Centre by conanhsiehMy Train Your Brain Challenge Entry by newhereShanon by olluna3D Music Channel by florescu

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 Train Your Brain Contest, deviantART and The Art Department (TAD) challenged you to submit your work in one of the five disciplines offered by TAD. Your assignments were reviewed by the world-renowned artists who teach as TAD faculty, and the grades are in! Check out who clenched the top spots!
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Vyntresser Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I heard from somewhere that the update will be up soon? But I mean come, ON. It's been over a month since the contest was even supposed to be over lol. Looks a little sloppy if you ask me :/
Detonatress Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Winners have been announced.
Vyntresser Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Detonatress Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This reminds me of a certain Chinese game company... They used to say "soon" but to them, soon was sometimes half a year, rofl!
kellymckernan Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Ooookay, this is a little absurd. :/
Detonatress Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
In before new contest: The "Theatre of Absurd"! The rules will be... the rules of the internet.
TermanianStar Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Completely agree with you on that one. I suppose TAD and DA don't take themselves very seriously.
Andrei-Sitari Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student Filmographer
A contest that ignores/ doesn't respect it's own requirements is at least not a serious contest. First you select entries that clearly do not respect either the requirements , and then you say you will announce "shortly" the winners and yet almost a month passed since and not even an update from you. How ca any of us can expect something good from someone that doesn't even respects it's own rules. What a pity.
Detonatress Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
They were supposed to announce the finalists first and then the winners. So assuming it's like any other contest, there was supposed to be a stage between semi and winner. Guess it has either been changed to a different date, or something funny is going on behind the curtains.

The thing about the semi-final picking: the rules never did state that people that don't follow the rules can't make it to semi-finals, nor that multiple of their entries can't be picked. But they do say that in the end the winners will be ones that respect the rules and only one of their entries may win.
It would be funny if one or more of the winners did not follow the rules. Rofl.

I also think this is what can be thrown as the reason for not posting the results on time: "Sponsors and/or judges disclaim any liability for damage to any computer system resulting from participation in, or accessing, posting, uploading or downloading information in connection with, this Contest, and reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to modify, cancel, terminate or suspend this Contest should any virus, bug, technical failures, unauthorized human intervention (or other causes beyond Sponsors’ reasonable control) corrupt or affect the administration" or pretty much anything that says "We do what we want" lol.
Andrei-Sitari Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student Filmographer
There is also the common courtesy of announcing people in case if some problems emerge ... oh well ...
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