an advanced art challenge. While we encourage people to do the challenge on their own, we will only post pictures of those we feel are of an excellent quality in terms of skill and/or creativity. If you feel you are qualified, please read the rules to find out how this blog will work and how to apply and e-mail us your applications and submissions! We will put them up as we receive them.
Nov 30, 2010
Nov 28, 2010
When submitting your entries, please keep your pictures within a 1,000 - 2,000 px limit in width and height, depending on if your image is horizaontal or vertical, or at least under 2MBs in memory size. For one, pictures look so much better when they're a viewable size on most monitors, and for two, we only have so much space. Mostly it's the space. Thank you!
Posted by Toby at 9:06 AM
Nov 27, 2010
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We decided that the challenge main due date will end on Wednesday the 1st to make up for the holiday.
The following challenge will be issued that Wednesday and will be 2 1/2 weeks long as well, making the challenges get back to a Sunday - Sunday biweekly schedule (at least until Christmas time which we'll probably muss around with the scheduling again).
Once again, hope so see more submissions! Thanks for all the great work so far, fellas and gals!
Posted by Toby at 2:25 PM
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The Catoblepas or Katoblepon is a rather melancholy monster whose name literally means "Down-looking." or "Heavy-headed". This beast has been mentioned many times in Medieval folklore and the Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder first described it in it's home on the Nile river in Ethiopia.
The Catoblepas is about the size of a large horse or bull, it moves very slowly because of the weight of its head and enormous horns which are usually held low to the ground. In some interpretations it has the snout, head and tusks of a wild boar, while in others it has a more cow like appearance.
Although not vicious unless provoked, it has dangerous noxious breath and eyes like a basilisks which are able to turn anyone who looks right at them into stone. The Catoblepas's skin is covered in thick fur and protective scales. It is said to have a heavy mane of hair on its muscular neck and over its eyes. This monster is usually content to graze but if an intruder wanders into its territory its mane will bristle uncovering its eyes and sealing the fate of anyone nearby.
Today it is thought that the Catoblepas might actually have been based on second hand accounts of the Wildebeest or the Gnu which have been greatly exaggerated over time.
Info on the beast!
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Link: Keryn's DeviantArt!
Nov 5, 2010
Just a little reminder in case this post confuses people, for the time being unless we decided different, Kasey and I will post any submissions people do after a challenge ends, like if someone joins when we're on F and wants to try to do all the others. Only stipulation is, of course, you don't get to a chance to "win" the challenge and be highlighted so nicely like Emma was for Angha.
Nov 4, 2010
It was very hard to settle on an Angha to feature. To say that the one we've choosen is the best would be the wrong thing to say since all of the entries were wonderful and too different to compare. But this particular Angha really stood out to us as a highlight of the letter and a general basis for the quality of entries we would like to see in the future.
Our feature Emma Lazauski is to put it bluntly, an insanely talented artist. She is a multi-talented lady with a knack for composition and a renaissance like skill set that includes nature, animals and humans. She has the sensabilities of a traditional watercolor painter but the quirks of a true storyteller. Her Angha manages to seamlessly combine the different animals and elements while having a real medieval beastiary flare. We hope to see more wonderful work from her for the other letters of our Alphabeastiary. Featured below are two other spectacular pieces by Emma and her gallery can be found here.