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Darling Army Art Contest by DarlingArmy Darling Army Art Contest by DarlingArmy

Hello and welcome! I’ve decided it’s about time that I hosted another art contest! The last one turned up so much talent. I would love to see more  ^_^

CONTEST

The Darling Army wants you! It’s time to put your talent to create the adorable to the test and join the Darling Army! As someone who can’t draw or paint, I always admire those who can create beautiful things with a pen and paper (or tablet and screen  XD). I would love to see how the Darling Army inspires you.

Here are some ideas of things I’ve seen in the past:

+ Your own cosplay pinafore design

+ A character (ex. Goku, Matt Smith, Castiel, etc.) wearing a Darling Army pinafore

+ Your own Darling Army mascot

HOW TO ENTER

First, create your original artwork! This can be a chalk painting, a sculpture, watercolor, sketch, copic marker, digital art, etc. If you are not working with a digital medium, please scan your art or take a very clean picture of it (but scans are recommended). Next, please send it to me in a .JPEG file by either sending it to the following along with your name, email address, and any art site you have so I can provide you with full credit:

Email: the.reading.rainbow@gmail.com

Facebook Messaging: www.facebook.com/DarlingArmy

You're also going to need to SHARE this contest and will be asked to provide proof that you did so in the event that you win. You can share this via DeviantArt, twitter, Facebook, tumblr or any other media site you use. Sorry, but since I'm independent and not on any search engines (like Etsy or eBay) I need all of the exposure I can get  XD

The absolute deadline is Wednesday, December 11th at 8PM. Winners will be announced on that Friday (the 13th) and will be notified via email and Facebook.

JUDGING

I will be the ultimate judge of the art contest, but I will take the comments and “likes” of others into account. I will post all of the images (or the top 10 if too many are submitted) in galleries on Facebook and DeviantArt and allow comments so you and I get more feedback. While technique and general skill will be taken into account, they are not necessary to win. Your unique ideas are just as valuable as your skills as an artist.

While I will need all submissions by Wednesday , December 11th at eight at night, I will begin posting submitted images as early as the time I receive them. If you want more feedback, you should send in your pieces earlier. Please be aware that I am located in California and will therefore be using my time zone as reference.

PRIZES:

Grand Prize: $85 in Darling Army store credit and free shipping on one piece. You can choose a pinafore design that already exists, a custom commission, or a design that you create. If you want a pinafore priced above $85, you have the option of paying the difference.

Runner Up: Darling Army Bow. Can be one that exists or a custom one.

All winning and notable art will be posted on my DeviantArt, Tumble, Facebook, and Darling Army Store along with credit and a link to your online art portfolio’s if provided. This should offer you a lot of exposure as I have roughly 10,000+ followers spread out over the interwebs.

RULES:

+ The scan/image/photograph must be submitted before or by the 11th of December

+ You must share the contest post via twitter, Facebook, DeviantArt, tumblr, etc.

+ You can submit multiple entries, but you can only win one prize.

+You can certainly win and give the prize to a loved one if you have no need for a pinafore.

+ The contest is only valid if there are a minimum of 25 unique submissions from different people, so tell your friends! The more the merrier  ^_^

P.S. I would love to see lots of different styles! I love realistic, chibi, anime, vector, Adventure Time style...<3
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:iconcatjunkie:
CatJunkie Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
all your dresses are so adorable!
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:icondarlingarmy:
DarlingArmy Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks  =D
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:iconcieldoesntloveyou:
cieldoesntloveyou Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That ouran one *^*
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:iconmikisakiiro:
Mikisakiiro Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Gosh diggity dang I missed the deadline. Guess that's what I get for not checking dA often enough. XP
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:icondarlingarmy:
DarlingArmy Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Maybe next time  ^_^
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:iconmgheika:
Mgheika Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
I'm entering! How many people have already?
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:iconbluedinosaurrawr:
BlueDinosaurRawr Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So I mean I"m not saying if I enter I'll win or anything but if I were to win then could I get like those three Doctor Who stockings instead? (Sorry I was looking at your shop and I noticed they were around the same price.)
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:icondarlingarmy:
DarlingArmy Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's $85 store credit, so you can use it however you like  =)
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:iconsolarmiko:
SolarMiko Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I''ll give it a go:D
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:icondarlingarmy:
DarlingArmy Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
=D
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HanaLorine Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I just saw this and I wanted to say that I really wanna join. I just hope I'm not to late though. :iconpachuuplz:
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:icondarlingarmy:
DarlingArmy Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Nope! You have until the 11th  =3
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:iconlilyumi-chan:
lilYumi-chan Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
eh so i wanted to do a 3 different things to cover all my bases but seems like ill only get one done, oh wells~ im still working on it but heres a preview~ Hikaru WIP by lilYumi-chan
yeah so i was looking threw everyone on facebook, and it seems like almost everyone was designing new pinafores, will a new design be more likely to win? vs like im drawing one that you already have made? or it doesn't matter either way your judging on art/creativity in general? 
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:iconfrogy106:
frogy106 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Can one person do two submissions?  I saw two by what seemed to be the same person while looking on Facebook, and I have two ideas, so...? X3
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:icondarlingarmy:
DarlingArmy Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes! As many as you like. You can only win one prize, though  =3
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:iconfrogy106:
frogy106 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I realized after I commented that someone else had already asked this, sorry! But thank you for answering anyways.  
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:iconslerian:
Slerian Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, hello. Just one little question. I was thinking of participating in this contest with designs. But then I realized I was designing entire dresses instead of pinafore designs. Would that still be ok? Maybe they could be simplified if they were to be actually made...
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:icondarlingarmy:
DarlingArmy Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That's fine  =3  Lots of people are taking different takes on the designs, including dresses
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Quitterie-Creations Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
This got me inspired to try and get everything cute onto one picture! :heart:


Is it okay to make a  Molang theme pinafore? Or does it have to be from a well known fandom, because my other idea was Devil May Cry.


Thank you very much :D have a lovely day!
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:icondarlingarmy:
DarlingArmy Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Nope! You can make anything you like  <3
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Quitterie-Creations Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
:3 great, thank you very much!
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RaraCloe Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope this question haven't been asked before, but, yeah....

Can I do ha whole dress or just the (pinafore?)?

Can I do it in the design based on my OCs' outfits, or dose it have to be from already existing character, or just something from my mind? 

And should it be from front, back, side? 
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:icondarlingarmy:
DarlingArmy Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I prefer pinafore if you're going cosplay ideas, but general mascots can wear dresses. But technically pinafores need to be worn with other clothing, so you can have whatever you like under the pinafore.

You can do whichever design you like as long as it has something to do with the Darling Army (which centers around lolita-inspired femme fashion and cosplay)

Just the front is fine, but you can do multiple views if you like
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RaraCloe Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
okay, I will do my best
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naginamini Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If it weren't almost midnight I would start drawing RIGHT now. But it is. So I'm not going to. I'm going to put my laptop away and sleep......
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:icondarlingarmy:
DarlingArmy Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sleep is good!
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:iconbleachxfan:
bleachxfan Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
I'm sooo gonna enter this because I love these! ^^
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:iconsjrivera:
SJRivera Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
How many entrants did you get last contest? *Curious about competition scale*

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:icondarlingarmy:
DarlingArmy Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Maybe 20, but that was over a year ago when I was a tiny store  XD  I've had about 15 photos submitted in the first 24 hours of the contest, but lots of them are multiple entries from the same people  =3
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:iconsjrivera:
SJRivera Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
...we're allowed to submit more than one?
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:icondarlingarmy:
DarlingArmy Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes. But you can only win once (so you can't take 1st and 2nd place).
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:iconsjrivera:
SJRivera Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Oooh, Okie doke! :3
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:iconkeireichan:
KeireiChan Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
All over this heck yea
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:icondarlingarmy:
DarlingArmy Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
^___^
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Zap-Zap-Forever Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

Ooooh, this looks too good to miss! ;o; Looking at your stuff, I'm really impressed! I'd love a shot at winning something as amazing as that! I do have a quick question though, if you don't mind. ;w; I hope I'm not asking you something you've already answered a thousand times over, but can we draw the characters in YOUR pinafore designs? (They just look too cute to NOT draw, but if you're looking for a totally original idea, then that's fine)

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DarlingArmy Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You can certainly use my existing designs  ^_^  It's whatever your heart desires as long as it related to the Darling Army somehow  =3
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Zap-Zap-Forever Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

Fantastic!~ I've already started work on my entry. I'm probably going to do a few - it's the perfect reason to draw a few of my friend's characters as well.

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:iconrainleaf-bbw:
Rainleaf-BBW Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Kinda stupid question but what is a "pinafore"?
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:icondarlingarmy:
DarlingArmy Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's a clothing accessory thing. Almost like an apron, but one that wraps all the way around and that is made to be worn as clothing and not for cooking and cleaning. Most of the designs in my gallery are pinafores  =3
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Rainleaf-BBW Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh okay! Thanks for the explanation :D
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:icondramaticrabbit:
Dramaticrabbit Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Student
Can I do a picture of cosplay that looks cute? Or does it have to be a certain thing?
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:icondarlingarmy:
DarlingArmy Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You can do a cute cosplay as long as it's feminine and fun since I specialize in making boy costumes cute for girls  =)  A common theme people go from is either "cute military" since my line is called Darling Army with the catchphrase "An Invasion of Cuteness"or more of a cute maid look since they double as aprons.
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Dramaticrabbit Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Student
Thanks so much! Llama Emoji 02 (Blush) [V1] 
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ReinaChan22 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's awesome, I want to participate! ^w^

I have some questions though (they might sound/are dump, sorry)
1rst: When you say "Your own cosplay pinafore design" you mean that we'll have to design a pinafore of our own?
2nd:The character has to hear a pinafore of yours right?
3nd: Do the disigns have to be colored? (I don't mind coloring it, but I just want to know.) 
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DarlingArmy Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
1. You can certainly design your own  ^_^  But that's up to you. You can also use a pinafore that already exists
2. That again is up to you. You can use a design that already exists, alter a design, or create a whole new one. I've even had people just make adorable military uniforms and used those since it is technically the Darling Army"
3. Not required, but it can only help
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ReinaChan22 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for answering so quickly! I'll start right away! ^^
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RainbowSofie Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm going to enter 

BUT what do you mean by "Your own Darling Army Mascot"? and does it matter who wears the pinafore (can it be my original character, me or does it have to be a well known character)?
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:icondarlingarmy:
DarlingArmy Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It can be all of the above  =)  You, your character, random character, or existing character  ^_^
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:iconrainbowsofie:
RainbowSofie Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
and the Darling Army Mascot? 
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:icondarlingarmy:
DarlingArmy Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Anything you like. My current mascots are just chibis of girls wearing my designs. For my last art contest, people submitted girls fighting with buttons for shields and needles for swords and all kind of cute ideas
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