Contest Winners for August: "Worst Fear"

  • SVS Team SVS Instructor Pro SVS OG

    Well, here we are again. The competition is getting stronger and it looks like technique and concept are both getting REALLY good. I notice an improvement in both areas in the submissions.

    This is both good and bad. It's good if you made it in, but it's getting a little harder. You need to have everything working together to make the cut. I saw quite a few that had good concepts, but the technique wasn't quite there. And vice versa.

    So congrats to the winner and honorable mentions. And for the others I want to stress that you should KEEP TRYING. These kinds of projects are what make you stonger! : )

    Winner: Tess Wrathall (@TessW)


    This one was a no brainer for me. It had everything going for it. A great concept that is so unique I can't say that I ever would have anticipated it. Then the technique is flawless. Color and lighting are amazing. Great work Tess!

    Second Place: Tyson Ranes (@Tyson-Ranes)

    Second place was tricky and it took some time to figure it out. There were 4 that were right there and I kept switching between them. Ultimately, I had to keep coming back to the prompt. Which one really hit "worst fear" the best. In my option, Tyson's image couldn't be ignored. Great paint technique and hit the fear topic perfectly.

    Honorable Mention (in no particular order):


    Megan Stringfellow @stringfellowart

    Beautiful palette and super fun design

    Sarah Elliott @sarahelliott489
    Very nice design here. This one has such a calm feeling and is so scary at the same time.

    Mike Blake @MikeBlakeStudio
    Very fun composition and style. Very current in the children's market right now.

    noemie Gionet @NoWayMe
    Totally pro work here. Concept is great and another that feels ready to be published

    Julian Beresford @julian-beresford
    Had a few wolf entries. This one was so sinister and the character design was on point.

    Eric Castleman @Eric-Castleman
    Eric seems to be on a streak and finding himself in the top group every month! Great work as usual.

    No name on this one. But I loved the understated quality of it. I kept coming back to it for it's simplicity and style.

    Kai Satoshi @kai-satoshi
    Wonderful style and palette. Kai belongs at Pixar I think...

    Gary Wilkinson
    Scale is a great tool for this prompt and this piece is terrifying. Lovely design!!

    Rebecca Hirsch @RHirsch
    Simple style and a concept we all identify with. Keep me away from the basement!

    Niki Vaszi @NikiVaszi
    Saw this one on the forums and loved it immediately. Great paint strokes and texture. I'd like to see more from this story. Reminds me of the "Stranger Things" series.

    That's it for this month. Like I said before, this was some great work. You guys keep stepping it up! See you next month! BTW, here's the link for next months topic:

  • Oh, wow. Just want to say thank you to all of you who helped steer my illustration to what it became. I was lost with it for a while! And a big shout out to Tyson, who I know was feeling a bit down after the last competition. He makes really good work, and it paid off for him in this particular competition! Good job, Tyson!!! Congrats to the rest of the finalists and to everyone else; there were a lot of amazing pieces that I think could easily have taken 1st place right along with me.

    Thank you!

  • SVS OG

    @TessW Congratulation Tess, great piece you were one of the ones I had on my list to win.

    @Lee-White Thanks Lee, glad you liked the character design of the wolf

  • There are a couple that must have been uploaded after the last time i checked but my favorites are all here! congrats πŸ˜ƒ
    Great job!

  • Congratulations @TessW !!! Such great execution! Everyone submitted wonderful artwork! They were all so different with styles. - H

  • SVS OG

    Excellence work guys! You all did such an amazing job!

  • @tessw My prediction was right πŸ˜‰ Amazing work!

  • Great work @TessW, @Tyson-Ranes and to everyone else, it was my first competition and I feel I learned a lot from you all. Excited for the next one πŸ™‚ Oh and I will remember to put my name on it properly next time (Wilkinson, not Wilkenson, sorry my bad)

  • Pro SVS OG

    Congratulations @TessW and @Tyson-Ranes and all the others, fantastic work everyone!

  • Everyone did really well this month. Many people who didn't make the cut had a huge leap in skill from July to August, and I hope none of them feel discouraged by not making the cut. I am looking forward to being pushed off this list by all of you πŸ˜‰

    @Tyson-Ranes dude, what a leap you made. Your art has always been stellar, but your concept this month was much stronger, and deserved the placement it received.

    @TessW great piece! Incredibly professional. When I flipped through the images via @Chip-Valecek slideshow (you are awesome for doing this every month, and your piece this month was a even stronger than last btw) I saw your image, and knew I was doomed πŸ™‚ my wife couldn't even lie to me about it after seeing yours lol.

    @NoWayMe yours was my personal favorite. You really captured something in your piece that reminds me of when I first met my wife. The girl in your image also has an incredibly indearing vibe to her, and so it sold me right away. Love it!

  • SVS Team SVS OG

    Great work from everyone once again. It's getting harder and harder each month with the level of work you are all doing. Congrats on the winners, very well deserved.

    @Eric-Castleman thanks for the kind words. Nothing like getting knock out month after month to come out swinging the next in the hopes to land a punch. The only way to get better right?

  • SVS OG

    I'm not surprised @TessW won! Congratulations guys!

  • SVS OG

    @tessw It's beautiful! Such a great job. You are awesome.

  • SVS OG

    Congrats @TessW and @Tyson-Ranes and everyone else, awesome submissions!

  • SVS OG

    Everyone did a fantastic job! It will be a long time before I can catch up with you all. Just amazing work, IMO.

  • Wow really did not expect to make the cut with so many great entries!!

    Mine is the one with the girl falling through the sky. Sarah Elliott @sarahelliott489

  • @tessw I was silently voting for urs to win! great job πŸ™‚

  • @aska oh, n forgot to add that other finalists done a great job too:-) It would be a dream to have all those pieces in ones portfolio.

  • SVS OG

    Congrats to all the winners, you guys deserve it! @TessW, I just loved yours, there is so much emotion in it, and it's so beautifully done...totally a winner!

  • Congrats Tess, itΒ΄s a great work and all others too, this was a awesome contest. πŸ˜‰
    I've enjoyed watching all the works.

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