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Hey guys!!

Alright first off, thank you so much for 20k watchers! It's flipping awesome that you all enjoy what I post enough to click that button. It really means a lot to me. That sounds sarcastic but I swear it isn't, haha! XD

Now, since I had a contest for 1k, and 10k, why not continue the tradition and have a 20k contest? :)

So here's the deal:

For this contest, you must create an original alien species. It can be humanoid, quadruped, completely messed up tentacle monsters, anything you want that is either comedic or awesome! Heck, if you want to create a fun new unicorn type thing you can. However, please do put some thought into how that species has evolved. Don't just slap something together, try to think about their development. :D

The contest will conclude and winners will be announced on the 20th of May! Read the rules fully in order to enter!


Rules:

1. Must be an open species. If you're really proud of it, of course you can sell adoptables since the species will still belong to you, but it would be great if we could all create our own creatures from your guys's species (like if you want to create a shark-dog, owl-person or slime-oobleck you totally can!)

2. Do not plagiarize. It's fine to take inspiration from creatures from shows and such, but please try to be original. This will play a large part in the judging portion.

3. Make sure to provide basic info about your species like their species name (including plural version), their native planet, and whether they are sentient (do they have a civilization, or are they simply creatures likes dogs, deer, or fish?). It would also be nice to know how their appearances may vary (do they come in different colors, patterns, etc.). I will provide a reference sheet for you to use, although you can also make your own ref. sheet if you'd like. Here's a link to my reference sheet:  Ref Sheet for Contest! by RiverSpirit456

4. You can submit/create as many species as you'd like as long as they remain awesome! :D However, we will most likely only select one species from each person.

5. In order to submit your creature, please go to this post: Contest Judges :submit here: by RiverSpirit456

and comment a link to your creature's reference sheet, as well as type this: "How can I refuse?" just to make sure you've actually entered this contest. Please don't comment random things on that post. It's meant to be solely for this contest. 

6. If your creature has any kind of "magical" abilities, please do not make the ability too powerful: keep it within an explainable area. Powers like telekinesis, telepathy, small elemental control, etc... these are fine and could be well incorporated into a sci-fi world, however flying without wings or laser eyes...these must be explained in some way (please don't make an overpowered superman.) Haha!

7. Please have fun!!! These contests are meant to inspire creativity and a good time.

7. Ava insists that all potato related species will be immediately disqualified. No exceptions. (wtf ava? Now people will be submitting potatos! Purple agrees! this is a stupid rule...)


Judging: 

This contest is not only for fun, but also as a way to find new species to feature in the comic Ava and I are developing (Star Chasers). Yay for ulterior motives!

We will be selecting winners based on creativity, how interesting the species is, and how much story potential they have (you don't exactly have to create a full character/personality, but it would be nice if they had potential for something really interesting). Art skills is not really as much of a requirement. Just make sure to include color and a basic idea of what the species looks like. Still, try your best! :D

The submission can be traditional (pen, colored pencils, etc.) or digital ( use any program.) :)

Prizes: (Holy carp there are so many now!)

1st place:
- This creature will receive a large role in Star Chasers (perhaps main villain/rival, or supporting main character. They may travel with the main three for a while).
- a sketch of any character you'd like from yours truly
- 1000 points
- a llama (always fun to throw in a llama. :D )
- digital bust painting from :iconmelaniethekitteh:
- A year-long Core Membership from :iconlefabtasticdomino:
- 1 character fully shaded drawing from :iconbloodwolfie25:
- Fullbody scene with up to 2 characters, no background from :iconskyeshade77:
From :iconany2004:
~A Llama Badge
~A traditional full body with complex background/scene
~A traditional Full Body with a round background
~Two traditional busts (must be cats)


2nd place:
- This creature will receive a supporting role in Star Chasers (large side character/possible recurring rival)
- a sketch of any character you'd like by yours truly
- 500 points
- a llama
- simple one character scene from :iconmelaniethekitteh:
- 1 character fully shaded drawing from :iconbloodwolfie25:
- Fullbody with one character, no background from :iconskyeshade77:
From :iconany2004:
~A Lama Badge from me 

~A traditonal Full Body 
~A traditonal bust (must be a cat) 
~A traditonal Chibi 


3rd place: 
- This creature will have a supporting role in Star Chasers (side character. They'll appear occasionally). 
- a sketch of any character you'd like by yours truly
- 250 points
- a llama
- Fully shaded bust from :iconbloodwolfie25:
- One character headshot from :iconskyeshade77:
From :iconany2004:
~A Llama Badge from me 
~A traditional Full Body 
~A traditional flat-coloured Headshot.


Honorable mentions:
- These species will appear in the background, or as possible small roles.
- 50 points
-a llama
- a chibi from :iconcallabunny:
- a Chibi from :iconbloodwolfie25:
From :iconany2004:
~A Llama Badge from me ;
~A traditional bust (must be cats).


I normally give out way too many honorable mentions, so I'm going to limit this to about 10-15 mentions. 

The contest will conclude and winners will be announced on the 20th of May! Read the rules fully in order to enter!

Please let me know any clarifying questions you have. :)

This journal may be updated occasionally.
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:icontonadoesstorm:
Tonadoesstorm Featured By Owner 14 hours ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I want to use the reference sheet you provided, but I have a bit more information then will fit in the options >.<; I wonder is it ok if I include a journal with more information as well?
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:iconcatbreeze212:
catbreeze212 Featured By Owner 17 hours ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
May I offer a prize?
I can give 10 points and a llama badge if that helps :)
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:iconorionstar87:
OrionStar87 Featured By Owner 19 hours ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ooooh I'm entering, I was already making a species anyways! XD
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:iconmourninghowl:
Mourninghowl Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I believe I shall try but my creativity may suck so Idk just how original it'll really be...
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:iconallaboutwarriors:
AllAboutWarriors Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Artist
Ah id be so glad to join! :0 this will be amazing
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:iconsquirrelshine:
Squirrelshine Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey River, could I offer prizes? Namely, two shaded fullbodies and a background-shaded bust for first place?
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:iconsundew13:
Sundew13 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I will definitely join, this is so an awsome idea and it's awake my creativity, I love it. <3
I just hope I can realize my ideas. ^^
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:iconcopperlight:
Copperlight Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey River, do you still need someone to draw some prices for the winners? ^^ I could do some fullbodys or Headshots if nedded, both shaded :)
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:iconigniteddreams:
IgnitedDreams Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I want to join and I already have a really good idea but everyone is better than me damnit

I'm gonna quit while my pride's still intact.
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:iconiamtheintrovert:
Iamtheintrovert Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Question: I don't have access to digital drawing tools, (other than the draw feature in apple notes which sucks) is there any way I could draw it traditionally? Also does it have to be on the template? If anyone could give me advice it would be very appreciated 
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:iconigniteddreams:
IgnitedDreams Featured By Owner 14 hours ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you have a scanner, then draw it traditionally and scan it. Then upload it. Just because an artwork is digital doesn't matter it better.
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:iconleafiapaige:
LeafiaPaige Featured By Owner 18 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Traditional is fine, and the template is optional ^^
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:iconiamtheintrovert:
Iamtheintrovert Featured By Owner 15 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much
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:iconleafiapaige:
LeafiaPaige Featured By Owner 8 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem ^^
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:iconblueelk:
BlueElk Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i did her last contest thinking i wouldn't get anything but i still got an Honorable mention, you never know ^^
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:iconigniteddreams:
IgnitedDreams Featured By Owner 14 hours ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh but you're so much better than me <3
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:iconblueelk:
BlueElk Featured By Owner 8 hours ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it was a wile ago ^^ my arts changed a lot. just try it!
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:iconanimekittens16:
AnimeKittens16 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New Deviant
ye! :) (Smile) 
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:iconsimiku:
Simiku Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Are we allowed to create a species together with a friend and just split the prizes if we win?
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:iconriverspirit456:
RiverSpirit456 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student General Artist
Yeah, if that's what you'd like to do, go ahead. :)
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:iconsimiku:
Simiku Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oki~ Thx! ^^
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:iconsketchy-cat-draws:
Sketchy-cat-draws Featured By Owner 1 day ago
I would love to make a prize for first the places! I will send a note now!
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:iconanimalecho462:
AnimalEcho462 Featured By Owner Edited 1 day ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just wondering can I use Spore to make a species? If I want and allowed to can I make it in Spore then draw it and submit both of the versions?
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:iconriverspirit456:
RiverSpirit456 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student General Artist
Huh, that would be interesting. Sure! :D
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:iconanimalecho462:
AnimalEcho462 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks ;) 
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:iconany2004:
any2004 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
Hi River!I sent you a note yesterday about contributing to this contest's prizes,and since you didn't give me an answer I would like to know if you really recieved the note?I'm not trying to be rude man,just wondering :').
Thank you for reading as well!
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:iconhollymask:
Hollymask Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student Digital Artist
Does it have to be a new species or can it be one you already invented?
(Also who is Purple? xD I ask bc my name was Purple for all of your livestreams and I was just wondering :))
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:iconriverspirit456:
RiverSpirit456 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student General Artist
You could submit one you've already created! Just make sure all the info is there about their planet, lifespan, etc. 

And Purple is FreakyFangirl360's nickname, Ava's sister. :D
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:iconskyeshade77:
Skyeshade77 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you think I can volunteer for a prize for first, second or third? I would love to do them!
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:iconriverspirit456:
RiverSpirit456 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student General Artist
Sure! Send me a note with what you'd like to draw for each place (ex: a one character commission, a headshot, a sketch...)
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:iconskyeshade77:
Skyeshade77 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok! Thank you so much!!!
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:iconleafiapaige:
LeafiaPaige Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds great! ^^
Out of curiosity, would it be possible to submit to the contest via stash? I'd like to join, but don't want to put it up on my page unless it gets chosen, for various reasons ^^"
Also, does the artistic quality have to be that good? I'm a bit limited with digital art atm and I'm not sure how well colored a traditional piece would end up with limited resources >v>"
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:iconriverspirit456:
RiverSpirit456 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student General Artist
Sure, you can submit it to stash, however do remember that if yours is chosen, it must be open to everyone. 

And no, artistic quality doesn't matter so long as the idea is interesting and creative. :) You can do it digitally or traditionally.
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:iconleafiapaige:
LeafiaPaige Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Gotcha, thanks! -^^-
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:iconxxdaisyforeverxx:
xXDaisyForeverXx Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Is it okay if it's not digital art??
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:iconriverspirit456:
RiverSpirit456 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student General Artist
Yep! Says so on the journal. :)
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:iconxxdaisyforeverxx:
xXDaisyForeverXx Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Cool! I'm excited :D it's fun brainstorming ideas!
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:iconmollymoss:
MollyMoss Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist
I wish i could but i dont have a tablet. meh whatever. cant wait to see the winner!
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:iconriverspirit456:
RiverSpirit456 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student General Artist
It doesn't have to be a digital drawing. You can draw traditionally and simply write the info in the description once you post it. :)

No tablet required. :D
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:iconmollymoss:
MollyMoss Featured By Owner Edited 2 days ago  Hobbyist
Thank you :)
I just thought i could not do it because of the description box, but again, thank you for replying!
Edit: oh whoopsies i did not read the rules properly, it did say it can be traditional whoops
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:icontheunicornlegend:
TheUnicornLegend Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wait, how do I enter? I can't find it on the journal...
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:iconriverspirit456:
RiverSpirit456 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student General Artist
It's on there. :) Make sure to read the rules. :D
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:icontheunicornlegend:
TheUnicornLegend Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah ok
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:icontheunicornlegend:
TheUnicornLegend Featured By Owner Edited 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh I get it! How did I miss the bold, wow..


ok well I already read the rules so yay ' v'
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:icon102945:
102945 Featured By Owner 3 days ago
is it ok to submit a character that you made up a few days before the journal entry?
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:iconriverspirit456:
RiverSpirit456 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student General Artist
Sure! :D
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:icon102945:
102945 Featured By Owner 3 days ago
thank you ^^
though I'm not to certain if I should use it or not, as it is based of a tv show character fav.me/db6jorh
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:iconriverspirit456:
RiverSpirit456 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student General Artist
It's alright if he's inspired by a tv show character, just make sure there are enough differences that it's still an original creature. :)
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:icon102945:
102945 Featured By Owner 2 days ago
I guess he is, I mean, he is inspired from Rahzar from teenage mutant ninja turtles, and in some ways they are very different but in other ways he is not so I might not use him actually fav.me/db6o6j4 me and my friends spent working up to 11:30 at night and we have come up with some crazy ideas, ant tbh I love them, so I might enter them instead ^^ XD
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RogueTheWarriorCat Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Artist
Should the planet be a real or made up?
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