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So pleased to share with all the Winners - Thanks for all the creepy, errr...rather CREATIVE entries - our judges are cross eyed, hoarse and not speaking to one another after several days of debate. They may never recover. Enough though - here are the results!

The judging process:
All entries were numbered and put in a dropbox. A point system was ascribed and a survey via MailChimp used to vote. Two members of Novel Expression tabulated votes independently, entering resulted in a spread sheet, then swapped spread sheets to check results. 

The Judges: 
Undying appreciation to  SheridanlaEllenCHerbert, and NovExChip, and special guest judges: Spotted,ermes-buttolo and marioluevanos

Prizes donated by:
The lovely, generous and always gracious ElandriaCelticStrm-Stock and PirateLotus-Stock 

The Results:
Honorable Mentions.Will be posted on Novel Expression site and in Social Media, along with the other winners:

Honorable Mention #1 by kuldi

Serpent's heart by Kuldi
Judges comment:Holy creepy hero! While there was not a lot done to our model, the light touches successfully made him ominous. I would be intrigued by this cover whether I saw it from the back or front - beautiful design.

Honorable Mention #2 by aramisdream

Tales from the crypt - Monster me up cover contest by Aramisdream

Judges comment:
 I just loved the entire execution of this image. It as the feel of a classic tween book - maybe a modern short horror story collection. I would have liked to see the model more "monsterized" but the total execution here is what makes it my winner.

Third Place by gardjeto7

Frankenstein'sBride by gardjeto7

Judges Comment: What a fabulous creation. The model looks wonderfully creepy.. but could also be a little kitschy - in a good way.


Second Place by TheCoverArtisan

The-Dwell by TheCoverArtisan

Judges Comment: 
         Without reading a blurb or anything else, this cover creeped me out and hinted at a haunting tale. Love the grunge look.    

First Place! 

by eclipsy    

Heart of a monster by eclipsy

Judges comment: 
The artist did a beautiful job overall in telling a story through this piece, as soon as I saw this image I knew it was my 1st place choice. The transformation of the male model was very creative and well done. All of the elements, the lighting, shadows, highlights all very well done - excellent job!

Take a look at ALL the entries to enjoy and to honor all the artists that took the time to share their talent with us.  And remember:
A gypsy fire is on the hearth,
Sign of the carnival of mirth;
Through the dun fields and from the glade
Flash merry folk in masquerade,
For this is Hallowe'en!
~Author Unknown
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alphabetsoup314 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Open question to anybody with experience on the matter:

I have some photos with people in it playing a particular sport, and I think it might be helpful to release said photos as stock. However, I'm hesitant to do so because it was basically an opportunistic shoot, and the players may or may not have been aware of me taking photos. Now, I know there's street photography on dA, so I know it's not FORBIDDEN DARK ARTS to post photos of unaware subjects, but what are the ethics of releasing some person in a stock photo? What do you guys do? Do you ever get people coming up and asking you to take their photos down? Even if their photo has already been manipulated/referenced and posted in lots of other places? I've never posted stock of humans before, so help is appreciated.
DamselStock Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional Digital Artist
Generally what we do is post very plainly that the artist can use the stock at their own risk as there is no model release available. We also restrict usage to no commercial use aside from perhaps dA prints. You could even restrict it to only allowing it for pose reference/study and not allow manipulations.

This is an example of a stock of a stranger I have and how I worded the restriction I set forth: Blushing African American Bride by DamselStock
alphabetsoup314 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is very helpful to see. Thanks for the input!
Nolamom3507 Featured By Owner 1 day ago
That is a tough one.  Personal opinion here - street photography is not stock, it is art in and of itself.  Stock shots of human subjects should have model releases, so that if there is ever a question, you are legally protected. 
alphabetsoup314 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the input! I'll definitely consider contacting the sports team in question.
nudagimo Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Thanks a lot for the request! :hug:
SpellpearlArts Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the Request!:heart:
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AsiaAndEric-Stock Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
Thanks a lot for the request! :iconokie1plz:
nudagimo Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014
Thank you very much for the request! :hug:
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