||[Dec. 16th, 2008|12:40 am]
Here's what you've been waiting for...the 2008 Luminosity Winners!
And if you're curious, here is a detailed commentary.
This year's contest was the first Winter competition. The timing threw some people off and there were very few entries until I posted about it on mlptp.net and mlparena.com - next year, the contest will be midsummer again. There were fewer entries, including a late one due to a time zone difference. Next year, I'll include a gap of a day before posting the entries.
Posting the names of the received entries so people could check was a good idea. However, there were a few ponies with the same or similar sounding names. I posted the pony's base color to compensate for this. Perhaps suggest that people pick more creative names for next year? Or an award for the most creatively named pony?
Designers seemed to enjoy the theme of "Luminosity". Many of the entries were star/sun/moon related. I wonder if this was influenced by this year's banner. There was an overwhelming number of dark colored ponies, compared to earlier years. Unfortunately, a lot of them look fabulous as concept sketches, but not as real ponies. We were delighted that some designs stretched the limits of reality, and included elements such as laser beams and fiber optics. Also, just as we've seen in previous years, designers came up with similar ideas at the same time. Almost all of the entries were revealed at the same time, so copying is unlikely. Yet there were 4 "fish that glow" themed ponies, 4 "aurora borealis" ponies, about 15 "night sky" ponies, a few "candle" themed ponies, a few "city at night" ponies.
Voting for the People's Choice Award was all over the place during round 1, but quite narrow during round 2. Sadly, some designs were eliminated during round 1 for cheating.
Picking the winners for the other awards was tough. We almost selected #40, Comet, for the main award. Despite its popularity and strong design, we decided against it because we felt it wouldn't translate well into a real pony. It's also too similar to African Sunset, the 2006 contest winner, which also featured a gradient and tree silhouettes. Instead, we opted for something different! ^_^ This design should be quite a challenge to create. Keep an eye on this journal for updates.
Congrats everyone and thanks for participating!