Avatar Master: Decision
posted 4/4/2013 10:48:42 PM
First off I'd like to say thank you to all who entered and congratulations to those who advanced. Without further stalling for time, here are the judges decision as to the winner of Avatar Master.
Latios- Both entries were solid final avatars. I wasn't blown away by either one, and I was a little disappointed at how conservative both contestants were with their submissions.
That being said, Rick's avatar is very technically sound, the colors are drab, gritty and realistic and the picture fits the frame quite well. It's a very good looking avatar, but there's nothing to really separate it from the hosts of other similar avatars to it already in the avatar gallery. There are enough gritty brown avatars in the gallery in my opinion.
Angel's on the other hand is blue, with a sort of ephemeral feel to it. It still is fairly realistic in its design but it is also quite artistic with the way it is just askew, the same way the avatar character itself is on one leg, it is the less-traditional to Rick's uber traditional avatar, and for that reason I think Angel's avatar should be the winner.
dstates- RageaholickRick: A good looking avatar that would surely fit into the CHU gallery. Please excuse me if I'm being overly critical, but with this being the contest finals, i have to express it is a little underwhelming considering Ricks abilities, I expected more color, more contrast, and an awesome base picture choice. I think the base picture for this is the girl from Hunger Games but I'm not sure. Ascetically, the avatar is a bit monotone with a lot of grays and browns. At first i thought it looked a little grainy, but after inspecting the avatar closely reveals that it seems to be raining in the picture, which i feel [even though it is there intentionally] it takes away from the clarity of the avatar.
Angel: This avatar would also fit well into the CHU gallery. But as with Rick, I'm going to express some criticism for this final round submission. I appreciate the amount of color, but i feel the color should be more diverse. It just seems like the avatar has a blue hued haze over it which hides the potential for the nice contrast of light and dark tones in the picture. Im not sure if was intentionally set off-centered when this avatar was cropped, but it seems the avatar would look cleaner if she was more centered.
Overview: I do honestly feel like an ass for dishing out this much criticism. Please don't take it personally, i know everyone joined the contest to have fun. It's just that i know what kind of skills you guys have and my first impression when i saw these submissions was that they were simple crop job avatars that didn't really get as much attention as they could have. I tried to take some of my criticism and see if i could pull off fixing some of the flaws that i had pointed out in each submission, and i wasn't exactly pleased with what i was able to do myself but i'll show them anyway.
My Vote: this one was really tough, the toughest call I've had to make yet, and i have changed my decision multiple times before submitting my final review to Latios because these submissions are so damn close....but I have to go with Rageaholic rick for this, and i honestly can't give a clear and concise reason for why...i wish i could.
forty-two- I have to say, these two were the two that deserved to be in the finals. They both did a great job throughout the competition.
RageaholicRick. Your avatar has a darker, grittier style, with a color scheme that sticks with a central theme (the dull browns). It fits the proper dimensions and uses the CHU frame that was basically required for this round. It's very sound, all around.
Angel. Your avatar took a lighter approach. The color contrast between the light blue and the dark suit draw the eye to the avatar. This avatar also fits the proper dimensions and uses the CHU frame.
You both did an awesome job. They really both look great, and I'm proud of both of them. However, the most important part of this round was how the avatar would fit in the avatar gallery. If you take a look at any page of the avatar gallery, there are two main components: the shot is from a video game / movie, and it focuses on a face. RageaholicRick's avatar did a better job of this, in my opinion, as his was solely focused on an action shot of a current video game's main character's face. Angel's was slightly disadvantaged by not being focused enough on the face/shoulders. It was a really tough decision, and I'd be happy to see both in the gallery. But I have to give my vote to RageaholicRick for this one.
Congratulations to RageaholicRick for winning the Avatar Master competition! You earned it and can truly call yourself the premiere avatar maker on all of CHU. You will receive your prizes shortly.