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CONTEST: 30 minute challenge

Thu Jun 16, 2016, 6:00 PM by OdysseusUT:iconodysseusut:

Contest Rules:

1) Must be completed in 30 mins - I'm going to rely on your honesty here.

2) Must depict a zoomorphic/anthro/furry/transformed character that contains a hybridized mix of human and animal features.

3) Medium must be photomanipulation (this may be a combination of multiple images blended together, or a result of digital editing/painting/morphing of a stock photo - NOT MIXED MEDIA)

4) ALL stock photos and resources (this means the model, animals, backgrounds) must be from a legitimate source* and they must be credited and/or licensed correctly (I won't accept uncredited entries or entried that use random photos off the Google, etc).

5) You may enter as many times as you like (Note: You cannot win more than one prize, except for the people's choice award)

6) Keep it PG-13 - if it needs a Mature Content flag, I will disqualify it

7) Must be a new piece of work created for this competition

8) Put a link to this journal in your description

* I will accept the following as legitimate sources:
- Resources & Stock section of dA
- Pixabay
- 500px, but it MUST have a Creative Commons license
- flickr, but it MUST have a Creative Commons license
- Purchased stock from sites like ShutterStock, fotoitalia, 123rf, Dreamstime, etc
- Personal photos (you must state that the photo is your own)

Here are some links if you need help finding legitimate source images, please use the searches below:
DeviantArt - Stock & Resources
Flickr - Attribution, Share-Alike
Flickr - Attribution, Share-Alike, Non-Commercial
500px - Attribution
500px - Attribution, Share-Alike
500px - Attribution, Non-Commercial
500px - Attribution, Share-Alike, Non-Commercial

Submission Instructions:

Please link to your entry in the comments below or send me a note


31 August 2016 11:59pm (NZT) (click to convert to your timezone)

Judging Criteria:

I'm going to try to be as objective as possible in my judging (aside from the last judging category). These are the criteria upon which your entry will be judged along with their weighting. I will not be releasing the scores publicly.

  • Execution (out of 20) - keep the details crisp and clear. Ensure the lighting is correct. Patterns and markings are aligned with the contours of the body. Edges are well blended.

  • Difficulty (out of 10) - reflections, transparency through clothing or showing tufts of fur through lace, integrating the character seamlessly into a background, etc will obviously ramp up the difficulty of a piece.

  • Character design (out of 10) - the degree and amount of effort put into the hybridization is important. I'm obviously going to score a kemonomimi (animal ears and tail only) much lower than a well blended character. Likewise, in the other direction, I will not look favourably on a piece that takes whole animal heads, legs, paws/hooves and pastes them right on top of a human body.

  • Concept (out of 5) - providing an overall idea for the picture that is unique or interesting will definitely score points

  • X-factor (out of 5) - this one is a purely subjective judging criteria where I will award points if I really like your piece or not


1st Place - 200 points
Runner-up -  100 points

People's choice award - 100 points

Important Note: One person cannot win more than one prize (except the people's choice award).

Want to join in but don't know where to start?

I had a go at the 30 minute challenge myself. You can see the result here:
30 minute challenge - Leopard by OdysseusUT

I recorded the whole process, so I recommend you watch the video clip. I've uploaded two versions:
x1 speed

x10 speed

I've also got a short guide here: My guide to making photomanipulations V2.0

Also check out some other tutorials by others:
pythos-cheetah Part 1, Part 2, Part 2.5, Part 3, Part 4
Toledo-the-Horse Photomanip Video Tutorial 2015!

Coding by SimplySilent
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GreatToaNui Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
These are good
absorr Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad you enjoy them :)
GreatToaNui Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
These are good
VulpesVulpesSapiens Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Resurrecting this comment board seems like a high enough priority.
lavitzstrife Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
hmmm, I'd second that
Artiro Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for featuring my image, "Hear me roar!", in your gallery! :-)
OdysseusUT Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome. It's a good piece
Neybulot Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This guy might be relevant: [link]
triplea657 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
what is the best way to make stuff like this?
i would really like to make this kind of stuff, but i'm not really sure how to.
OdysseusUT Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Here's a quick and nasty guide to how I do them:
1) Get a photo of someone you want to manipulate and once you have that, start looking through the stock photos and photography sections for a photo of an animal, but make sure that the lighting conditions and angle that the photo is taken at are similar in both photos. You may need to use more than one photo and take elements of each for different areas of the face/body.
3) Copy the animal's face onto the model's and lower the opacity of the layer
4) Use 'Free Transform' to resize and rotate the animal's face to fit the model's face better and use the liquify tool to make finer adjustments.
6) At this point you may want to duplicate the layer with the model and smooth out their face (essentially make her face flat as if they don't have a nose). The patch tool is handy for this, but simply using the eyedropper and painting in the face works just as well.
7) Change the blending option for the layer that has the animal face. You may want to use multiply to darken the face. You may find it useful to duplicate the animal layer and play around with different combinations of opacity and blending options.
8) Tidy up the picture, use the eraser tool to clean up any left over backgrounds from the animal photo. Use the dodge and burn tools to lighten and darken areas as required. Pay attention to lighting and add shadows and highlights as required.
9) You may need to paint in fur to make the image more consistent. I don't think I've had a single photomanip where I haven't had to paint in some fur. Start off with a base colour, and then add darker and lighter layers. I personally like to use different layers for each colour of fur that I add. To draw the fur, I just use the dune grass brush or just a single pixel width brush, though there are far better ones around. You may find it useful to set the brush to paint in the direction/angle of the mouse strokes (you can set this in the brush settings).
10) Paint the lips/eyes/ears/teeth on separate layers as required
11) If the colour/saturation in any part of your photomanipulation doesn't quite match up with other areas, use adjustment layers to get them blending in better with the other layers. This is usually necessary if you're working with several different photos.

:iconhitsuji16: also wrote a very good tutorial as well [link]
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