Haha, wow! This is a very creepy monster you created here. Wonderful design here, SamKablamm! I really like how his form just melds into the shadows along the walls there. And the top hat - just class, even for an unholy spawn such as this
After they announced the semifinalists. I spent about a minute being disappointed, then I started looking at the pieces that moved on. Media aside, I honestly and earnestly looked at what they did that made them stand out from mine and some of the other awesome pieces in this contest.
Three things stuck out....more attention to the narrative ( most of them had interaction with children ), dramatic use of light, and greater attention to the environment.
I actually did spend quite a bit of time concepting the creature. Thank you there! I unfortunately didnt spend any time on the story setting, and after honestly looking at the other two. I could have pushed them more.
Still, I learned quite a bit and with all the best intentions. I hope the best is yet to come!
I look forward to seeing what eventually comes out of your rejigging of this piece - and yeah, that is a challenge with contests. You never know exactly what the judges are looking for (take it from the guy who has only ever won one contest ever), and when you do, often their requirements feel more like a creative straitjacket than a proper challenge. So kudos to you for going with your heart and fear and making something truly creative and personal. Maybe it didn't get the exposure and accolades you wanted, but that doesn't mean its any less valuable a piece... in my humble opinion at least
Our imagination can often be more frightening than reality as children. A reflection, shadow cast from outside, or something in the room becomes something monsterous and menacing. Fear of the unknown or more accurately fearing THE unknown. Mr Longfinger is both. The scary shadow on the wall and something far worse. He likes to collect little trinkets from the children he terrifies and attach them to his hat or his long coat. A lost button, hair ribbon, a little bell off a toy...I probably gave this one a bit to much thought.
Didnt make the final cut, but each finished piece is a great learning experience. I spent a quite a bit of time objectively looking at the finalists and saw some things they had that mine was lacking. Live to fight another day RAWR!