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'The Ghost' Contest [Extended to July]

Journal Entry: Tue Feb 25, 2014, 4:05 PM
THE GHOST CONTEST by THE-DARK-MIA

               Official Contest Information______



Contest Theme: Seisui Naito

This contest is dedicated to the first OC that I ever created, Seisui Naito. The Captain of my 11th Division alternate-universe of Bleach, he was one of the things that brought me to this website so many years ago. Without him, I would never have started my project. I owe him so much. He brought me here, helped me kick of a universe of writing that would see my skills improve over years, and introduced me to friends from around the world. I figure it's time to pay him back.


New Contest Deadline: July 1st


Judging Period: July 1st - July 10th


______________References______________


Written

Character Sheet Pt. 1:  Seisui Naito: Pt. 1
Name: Seisui Naito
Nickname(s): Kenpachi; the Ghost; the Silent Night; the White Tear
Age: 367
Sex: Male
Sexual Preference: Heterosexual
Species: Shinigami
Alliance: 11th Division Captain
Appearance: Seisui Naito, the child of a Rukongai couple struggling for mouthfuls of water in the slums, was cursed from the moment of conception to lead an existence balanced on the tragic precipice of life and death. A premature birth by nearly seven weeks brought him into Soul Society both significantly underdeveloped and so pale that he appeared to be stillborn. The midwife who delivered him famously called him the "ghost-child". His quiet but enduring wails and chilling, milk-white tears--symbols of his painful future--fell upon the deaf ears and ashamed eyes of his parents; the sadness sunk into his unwashed cheeks as the struggle of poverty continued on. Still, he lived, much to the surprise of the fearful and shallow couple. The unwanted
Character Sheet Pt. 2:  Seisui Naito: Pt. 2
Zanpakutō Name: Yūrei (Ghost)
Zanpakutō Appearance: Yūrei, the fearsome blade of the Kenpachi, has sown the seeds of a dark reputation. The rumors from its whispered name always speak of its raw power: the destructive past, present, and future that it seems to embody. Outside of Chūsei, the legendary Zanpakutō of Harotaissen Tsuribakki, this particular weapon is considered to be the most spectacular blade in the Gotei 13. And such compliments are not given lightly; dozens of scholars have studied the spiritual power, abilities, and history of the weapon, writing veritable encyclopedias on its every intricacy and nuance. The fact that its powers have allowed 'the Ghost' to live over two centuries past the average for a man in his condition is astounding, and many believe that it holds the secret to elongated life. Whether or not this is actually true has
Character Sheet Pt. 3:  Seisui Naito: Pt. 3
Bankai Name: Yūrei, Zōki Niwa no Yasashii (Ghost, the Tender of the Organ Garden)
Bankai Appearance: Infamous as the Bankai responsible for the death of the previous Kenpachi, Yūrei, Zōki Niwa no Yasashii is limited by Central 46 in a series of laws and sanctions meant to protect the structural integrity of both the Human world and Soul Society. Without such restrictions--they do not apply so long as the Kenpachi is in Hueco Mundo--Naito is incredibly quick to unleash the full force of his Zanpakutō, regardless of the strength or number of his enemies. His unbelievable supply of Reiryoku makes this normally straining state-of-being into a sort of second nature. Only in extreme cases can this lock on his powers be lifted. By activating a signal in his ventilator, which sends data about the situation back to Central 46, an emergency vote can be held to determine whether such actions are necessary. Whichever way they decide, only they can send a sign


Visual

Unreleased Form: Seisui Naito: His Sickness by NexusYuber 
Shikai Form: Seisui Naito: Shikai by NexusYuber 
Bankai Form: Seisui Naito: Bankai by NexusYuber 
Unreleased Form (Ventilator Model 2): Battle: Spiritual Spiral by NexusYuber


__________Official Contest Rules__________


Submission

All entries to this contest must be submitted to the 'Contest' folder in Nexus-Nation for consideration.

The original contest journal on NexusYuber's page must be favorited.

All entries must contain mention of the contest within the artist's description.

All entries must be non-watermarked, or have a 'clean' version available to me over note/email.

No single participant may submit more than one image for consideration. However, images can be withdrawn and replaced before the deadline.


Content

All entries must prominently display Seisui Naito, the focus of the contest.

No canon characters can be included in the image.

No outside OCs can be included in the image. Only Nexus-Verse OCs.

In the case of an entry displaying multiple Nexus-Verse OCs, Seisui Naito must be recognizable as the central focus of the image.


Ownership

All images are transferred to my ownership upon entry into this contest.

All entries will be credited continually to the artists, and links to their pages will be provided upon any future uploads.

All entries can still be used by their creators in portfolios, websites, and personal use however they'd like.


__________Official Contest Criteria__________

Judges: :iconnexusyuber: :iconthe-dark-mia: :iconstrider-of-twilight:

Each entry will be rated on a scale of 1 to 100 by the individual judges based on the four categories listed below. At the end of the judging period, the judges will combine their ratings, giving all entries a final score out of 300. The entry with the highest score will be the 1st Place Winner, the next highest will earn 2nd Place, and so on. In the unlikely event of a tie, the judges will vote on which image deserves the higher spot. The raffle will be occur after the winning placements are determined, and those who win the bigger prizes are ineligible. Anyone who does not place will be entered into the raffle, and the names will be chosen randomly through the use of a random number generator.

Artistic Style (30 Points): The overall cleanliness, complexity, and skill shown by the entry. This category is about the work of art itself, and points are scored by showing off artistic skills such as shading, coloring, anatomy, background-work, and other techniques that make the piece more visually appealing. Elements that can cost points are incorrect anatomy, badly scanned uploads, and other things that take away from the artwork.

Character Accuracy (30 Points): The accuracy of the picture to Seisui Naito's design, both visually and conceptually. This category is about the representation of the contest's subject, and points are scored by using the references to accurately duplicate the character, represent his personality, and utilize his abilities (if represented in the art) correctly. Things that can cost points are incorrect features, misrepresenting his personality, or showing him utilizing abilities that he does not have. Any questions about Naito should be directed to me in advance to ensure proper representation.

Impact (20 Points): The impact of the artwork, both visually and emotionally. This category is about how memorable the entry is, and points are scored by having a piece that makes a lasting impression through action, emotion, scale, concept, or any other element used within the piece. Things that can cost you points are bland concepts that don't stir interest, or images without impact.

Creativity (20 Points): The idea behind the artwork, its concept, and the use of Seisui Naito. This category is about the idea of the entry, and points are scored by exploring a unique aspect of the character or using said aspect in a creative way.


__________'THE GHOST' CONTEST PRIZES__________


1st Place Winner

-500 USD from NexusYuber

-Extended Journal Feature on NexusYuber's and Nexus-Nation's Page

-Winners Package from AnotherContestGroup

-Detailed Color Fullbody (Up to Two Characters) from Z-Angaros

-Colored Front & Back Fullbody by buttjeeeks

-Colored Headshot by Beckerwith


2nd Place Winner

-250 USD from NexusYuber

-Extended Journal Feature on NexusYuber's and Nexus-Nation's Page

-Winners Package from AnotherContestGroup

-Detailed Color Bust from Z-Angaros

-Colored Front Fullbody by buttjeeeks

-Colored Headshot by Beckerwith


3rd Place Winner

-100 USD from NexusYuber

-Extended Journal Features on NexusYuber's and Nexus-Nation's Page

-Winners Package from AnotherContestGroup

-Cel Shaded Headshot from Z-Angaros

- Colored Headshot by Beckerwith


Honorable Mentions (Three Slots)

-50 USD Each from NexusYuber

-Journal Features on NexusYuber's and Nexus-Nation's Page

-Sketch Headshot from Z-Angaros


Raffle (Five Slots)

-20 USD Each from NexusYuber


All monetary payments are to be made to the winners through Paypal.


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If anyone wants to contribute prizes or advertise, let me know! It's all extremely welcome! And every little bit helps!


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:iconyumenthic:
Yumenthic Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hello sir :D
here's my entry fav.me/d7ooys0


hope i don't make a mistake. :la:
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:iconavaloki:
Avaloki Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
did the contest is over? :'(
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:iconnexusyuber:
NexusYuber Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
In three hours!
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:iconavaloki:
Avaloki Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
here's my entry i hope it's not too late orz :iconlazecryplz::iconlazecryplz::iconlazecryplz:
CE : Seisui Naito - ghost colour by Avaloki
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:iconavaloki:
Avaloki Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
oh my god....hope i can make something good in 3 hours orz..thank you
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:iconxolanel:
Xolanel Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
My entry >...< fav.me/d7omjt8
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:iconnexusyuber:
NexusYuber Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you!
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:icontalitapersi:
talitapersi Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
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:iconnexusyuber:
NexusYuber Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I'm glad you could make it!
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:icontalitapersi:
talitapersi Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Anna squee Anna squee 
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:icon35kizu:
35Kizu Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
Hi sir, may I ask when exactly the contest finish ? 
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:iconnexusyuber:
NexusYuber Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
The contest finishes in just over a day. As soon as it becomes July 1st, it's over.
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:iconultimatesketchqueen:
UltimateSketchQueen Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Alright, got my entry in the other day.
Whether it wins or not, I hope you like it :'3 And good luck to all the other entrants and contestants! man there are so many good entries!~
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:iconnexusyuber:
NexusYuber Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much for taking the time to enter! Like usual, the massive amount of entries are coming in right under the wire. Haha. That's the way things usually go in contests like this.
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:iconannaarmona:
AnnaArmona Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I apologize for my carelessness.  Character's Sword  may be bloodied?
It would make my composition more interesting. :D
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:iconnexusyuber:
NexusYuber Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
It can be bloodied, absolutely!
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:iconannaarmona:
AnnaArmona Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
what architecture can be present in the picture? Admissible imitation Chinese pagodas?
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:iconnexusyuber:
NexusYuber Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Pretty much any Bleach-themed architecture, although I'm admittedly not too knowledgeable about that.
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:iconartesstr:
ARTesstR Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Student General Artist
AH SHIT. totally distracted and forgot I'M ON IT. *opens up PS6*


FFFFFF- :iconorzplz:
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:iconnexusyuber:
NexusYuber Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
If you have any questions, let me know!
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:iconartesstr:
ARTesstR Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Student General Artist
i noticed in your gallery that a few of the masks are slightly different....SOOOooo is it okay if its a little improvised?

(I'm trying to make it look like your last example, Spiritual Spiral)
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:iconnexusyuber:
NexusYuber Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
That's mentioned in the character sheet, actually! The one in Spiritual Spiral is the combat-oriented mask. A little improvisation is fine, so long as it isn't too out-there.
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:iconartesstr:
ARTesstR Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Student General Artist
AHHH. Sorry i failed to see that :'D Well i tried my best to keep it as close as possible~! :) Any detail that looks made up is because I couldnt figure it out so i just winged it xD;
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:iconnexusyuber:
NexusYuber Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
No worries! I can't wait to see your entry!
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:iconartesstr:
ARTesstR Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Student General Artist
I was tempted to show you a WIP preview of the mask, but i dont know if thats cheating to show it before posting.... aaaand then i'd be afraid you'd tell me it doesn't look right, aaaand i'd cry :icontearplz:  cuz I spent way too much time on it :iconhurrdurrplz: 
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:iconnexusyuber:
NexusYuber Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Haha! I can't give full critiques, since that would be favoritism. So good choice! I'm sure it will be fine! Be confident! :)
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:iconsamiraku:
Samiraku Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm working on mine. :noes:
I should be ready on time.
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:iconnexusyuber:
NexusYuber Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Let me know if you need anything!
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:iconsamiraku:
Samiraku Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Double espresso and a slice of lemon drizzle cake please. I'm done! :eager:
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:iconnexusyuber:
NexusYuber Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
W00t! I'm glad you could enter!
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:iconvylin:
Vylin Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ALMOST DONE! I'm putting so much effort into this and I'm sooo excited. :D 
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:iconnexusyuber:
NexusYuber Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I wish I had been able to respond to this earlier! I was just on vacation without access to a computer, so I've been talking to you over the phone, which is a horrible way to have to access Deviantart. ;-;
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:iconvylin:
Vylin Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's all right. :D
I've already submitted though! Good luck with the judgement. (There are so many cool entries omfg)
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:iconxovinx:
Xovinx Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
After reading up on this guy, I've decided I definitely want to enter. :) His design and abilities are just... so well thought through!
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:iconnexusyuber:
NexusYuber Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much! And I apologize for the late response; I was on vacation up until today, and haven't had access to a computer.
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:iconxovinx:
Xovinx Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome, and thank you for making the contest! I had a lot of fun drawing him. :D
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:iconxovinx:
Xovinx Featured By Owner Edited Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
And here it is. xovinx.deviantart.com/art/Seis…
It says in the rules that it must be submitted to Nexus-Nation's contest folder to be counted for consideration, but I am uncertain if that means I must become a member to join the contest, or if a member or admin just has to know about it and submit it themselves. Clarification, please? Heh, never mind. :D
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:iconburlew:
Burlew Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My art is nowhere near the level of the other entries you already have, but I think I'll give it a go anyway. ^^; The more the better, right?
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:iconburlew:
Burlew Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Azedarach Thought you might be interested in entering this. :-)
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:iconazedarach:
Azedarach Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
:omg: I don't know how I'll be able to do it with my crunched time, but... dang, this sounds FUN. Count me in. :)
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:iconnexusyuber:
NexusYuber Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Absolutely! And there are raffles for everyone who enters, too, so no matter what you have a chance to win.
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:icontammi-adopts:
Tammi-Adopts Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
this seems interesting...... i think ill give it  a try :)
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:iconnexusyuber:
NexusYuber Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I hope you like the contest! And thank you for considering participation! XD
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:icontammi-adopts:
Tammi-Adopts Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
it seems really cool :)
lol np. I hope i can get it done in time ^_^
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:iconnexusyuber:
NexusYuber Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
If you have any questions, be sure to let me know. XD
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:icontammi-adopts:
Tammi-Adopts Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
kk i will :)
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:iconspacecreepers:
spaceCreepers Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Ohh I'm super interested! I will definitely join!
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:iconnexusyuber:
NexusYuber Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
That's awesome to hear! I'm glad that you're thinking about entering. If you have any questions at all about the contest, the character, or anything else, please feel free to let me know!
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:iconkarrendaen:
Karrendaen Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I feel the deadline increase to be terribly unfair. I'm at the other side of the world, I rushed all I had to do my entry and now there is 2 more months ... Seeing that everyone was just waiting the last second to enter it's just lame.
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:iconnexusyuber:
NexusYuber Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I understand how you're feeling, but I hardly had another choice. As unfair as it may have been that you had to rush, others could not make the initial entry date, and I've set aside a large amount of money and effort towards this contest.
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