Knockout 2014 Round 1: Go Retro [+results]

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And it’s on! Welcome to the first round of the Knockout 2014. Before we get to the rules, let’s see the pairs that will be competing:

Pair 1: Meronheddo vs. Redwyn
Pair 2: cKori vs. Painter
Pair 3: SamB vs. lisz
Pair 4: MapleRose vs. pamkips
Pair 5: xxKurumi vs. Deto15
Pair 6: Mayuuki vs. DOOOODY
Pair 7: elisadevelon vs. Horseradish

How were they chosen? You can see it filmed here!

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Theme of the round: “Go Retro”

What does “retro” mean? In the context of walling, retro refers to pre-vectoring techniques - that is, what you had to work with when vectoring wasn’t as popular: renders, textures, brushes etc. (see below for a short explanation of each).

This round is dedicated to bringing back that particular style, which is why vectoring is not allowed unless it’s used for fixing minor bits of the image (e.g. reconstructing very small parts). You have to do the extracting/blending/cleaning yourself, no relying on already clean vectors and no using someone else's vector ^_~

Don’t know what to do? Take a look at the older works submitted on Minitokyo to get a feel of what “retro walling” is :)

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Rules

+ All the general rules from the first announcement apply, as do the ones listed in the MT Policy.

+ You may use vectoring to fix certain parts of the image (e.g. a few small hair strands or a cutoff shoulder), but vectoring MUST NOT be the focus! (so you can’t use a vector in place of a render)

+ There are no restrictions placed on the subject of the wall; you can wall whatever series/game you want!

+ You must send your entries via PM to Mai-chan, without a signature or description! Make sure to specify the subject as “Knockout Round 1 entry”.

+ The minimum resolutions you can submit your entry in are 1600 x 1200 (regular), 1920 x 1080 (HD) and 1920 x 1200 (widescreen). Of course, you can submit higher resolutions if you want to (see the list of accepted resolutions). You don’t need to send us all three resolutions, just the one you’d like to enter :)

+ Don’t post your wallpaper (with or without your signature) anywhere else on the Internet until after the round is over i.e. the results are announced!

+ You may request help! PM Mai-chan with the subject “Round 1 Help!” and she will ask one of our lovely helpers to lend you a hand~ This is totally secret, though!

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The deadline for sending in entries is Sunday, the 17th of August 2014!

However, the round will be over sooner if everyone sends in their entries by then :)

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Questions and Answers

1. Are we allowed to repaint/vector elements in the background? Or does it have to be all from stock photos/brushes/other scans etc?
Vectoring is only allowed if you want to fix something minor (like a shoulder or a strand of hair being cut-off). You should use it as little as possible and definitely not for completely vectoring characters or anything in the background - but if it's reconstructing a small part, it's OK.
There are no restrictions on painting, so go crazy >w<

2. The use of pentool as a method of image extraction is allowed right?
Yes it is!

3. and what about shapes?
Yes you can use simple shapes :3 But try not to use too many, shapes still count as vectors!

4. How do you want us to attach our submission to the PM?
Upload your image to an image host and send the link to it to Mai-chan via PM~

5. Are we allowed to do scan fixing like I did here?
Yes, you can paint however much you want! Just don't use vectoring too much!

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What does it all mean? o.O

vectoring = recreating the image completely with help from the Pen Tool.
render = a part of the image - most often the character(s) - that is extracted from its background. Most renders come in .PNG format.
textures = images that can be overlaid on top of other images to enhance the look of the latter (e.g. placing a wood texture on a desk prevents it from looking too plastic-like).
brushes = rasterized (not vectored) shapes that can be used to quickly paste an object that would otherwise take up a lot of time (e.g. cloud brushes). Brushes are also used in digital painting.

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Good luck, minna <3

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And the results are in, minna!~ Congratulations to all the participants, Mai-chan was so happy to see so many beautiful wallpapers! Now it’s time to see the results!

These are the pairs and winners:
Pair 1: Meronheddo vs. Redwyn -- winner: Meronheddo
Pair 2: cKori vs. Painter -- winner: Painter
Pair 3: SamB vs. lisz -- winner: lisz
Pair 4: MapleRose vs. pamkips -- winner: pamkips
Pair 5: xxKurumi vs. Deto15 -- winner: Deto15
Pair 6: Mayuuki vs. DOOOODY -- winner: DOOOODY
Pair 7: elisadevelon vs. Horseradish -- winner: elisadevelon

Here is a shiny badge to display proudly on your userpage:
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You can see the contest spreadsheet here and a table so you can see how things are going so far here.
Also see the Imgur album for Round 1, where you can find all the wallpapers, with the judges’ comments attached!
Congratulations to everyone who passed! Round 2 will be announced soon, and here’s a sneak peek: it’s more relaxed than Round 1, as far as interpretation goes ^_~

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  • Jul 27, 2014

Painter

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Skull Master >:3

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Luckily, it seems that I have experience in retro walls ^-^' It should be interesting to try myself in such style once more :)

Meronheddo

Meronheddo

SCRIBBLER AT LARGE!

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I have never NOT vectored in a wall before. This indeed will be might interesting :D

Just keep scribbling, scribbling and a wee bit more scribbling :D

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Not much hope left for me TwT with late announcement, I'll only have 2 days to do this ._. interesting theme through!

Good luck to everyone!

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Redwyn

Redwyn

#SJW apparently

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I'm off brush hunting! Good luck guys \o/

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fireflywishes

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Calgon, take me away~!

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Deto, fighting! (^0^)/

Best of luck to everyone!

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Good luck to everyone!

  • Jul 28, 2014

Angi

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Angi

But it is not this day!

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*sprinkles good luck dust to everyone*
:3

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This day we fight!

Mayuuki

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(ノ^ヮ^)ノ*:・゚✧

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Time to take off the cobwebs of my Photoshop, haha. Good luck everyone! :D

linguistics-teamtag-liciousvampire-knight

Horseradish

Horseradish

A-R-T-P-O-P

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OMG. sounds fun! :D
good luck to all of us! :D

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MapleRose

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likes rainbows :D

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nuuu I'm up against pam! Er, I mean, you're going down! >[

*tries to scrape off the rust*

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Are we allowed to repaint/vector elements in the background? Or does it have to be all from stock photos/brushes/other scans etc?

xxKurumi

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inexplicably green

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I think my heart just sank. This is going to be a really interesting challenge, I'm so used to vectoring xD

This is a really great idea, though. Time to get to work~

lisz

lisz

DONG.

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I know the rules state to not include a description with our submission, but is it alright if I include links to the resources I used o x o ?
(i.e. textures, brushes, etc.)

Redwyn

Redwyn

#SJW apparently

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I have a question of utmost importance!

The use of pentool as a method of image extraction is allowed right?

#likethat'sabadthinglol

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Quote by RedwynI have a question of utmost importance!

The use of pentool as a method of image extraction is allowed right?

I think yes you can because extracting a image by pen tool makes the extraction perfect ^^
here Mai-chan also said that

Quote by Mt-Maigetsu You have to do the extracting/blending/cleaning yourself

so i guess you can use pen tool in "paths" mode to do extraction ^^

As the Light begins to intensify, so does my misery,
and I wonder how it is possible to hurt so much when nothing is wrong.
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pamkips

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?????

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Somewhat same question as MapleRose, can we paint our background (for example clouds) or paint over our scan with brushes? Like adding shadows and lighting to a character's face? jw, jw.

Anyways I'm psyched, good luck to everyone! <3

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Painter

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Skull Master >:3

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Are we allowed to do scan fixing like I did here?

xxKurumi

xxKurumi

inexplicably green

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Kind of what everyone else is saying, are we allowed to paint the background, or vector certain aspects of it? Obviously not the foreground, and what about shapes? Does everything have to come from a brush, scan, picture or texture, or can we do some things for the background, since many brushes come from vectored patterns/shapes to begin with?

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Quote by MapleRoseAre we allowed to repaint/vector elements in the background? Or does it have to be all from stock photos/brushes/other scans etc?


Quote by pamkips can we paint our background (for example clouds) or paint over our scan with brushes? Like adding shadows and lighting to a character's face?


You can repaint/vector just to fix the scan or complete elements, as long they are minor changes its ok :3, and using brushes to enhance your scan? of course!

Quote by liszI know the rules state to not include a description with our submission, but is it alright if I include links to the resources I used o x o ?
(i.e. textures, brushes, etc.)


It is not necessary when you send it for qualification ^.^

Quote by Redwyn The use of pentool as a method of image extraction is allowed right?


Yes it is!

Quote by PainterAre we allowed to do scan fixing like I did here?


As long as you don't repaint all the background, yes!

Quote by xxKurumiand what about shapes?


Yes you can use simple shapes :3

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  • Jul 31, 2014

lisz

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DONG.

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/waaah sorry this might seem like a stupid question, but

How do you want us to attach our submission to the PM?
Should I upload it to a general image hosting site, or is there a specific method that I just can't find @ - @ ?

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Quote by lisz/waaah sorry this might seem like a stupid question, but

How do you want us to attach our submission to the PM?
Should I upload it to a general image hosting site, or is there a specific method that I just can't find @ - @ ?


Exactly what you said xD, send me a PM with the link from an image hosting site >w<.

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  • Aug 01, 2014

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Oo, I'm loving all the activity here! :o Good luck, everyone!

Oh, and about painting: you can paint however much you like, the only restriction is on vectoring!

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Redwyn

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#SJW apparently

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A couple of days extension please! I'm pretty sure I can finish by tomorrow but just in case >_<

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Horseradish

Horseradish

A-R-T-P-O-P

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welp. still haven't made mine. DX
currently doing it now.
hopefully i'll be able to finish it on time. (Xw X )

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