First and foremost because the sheer amount of entries (Over 200 of them!!!) . Second because a lot of the entries had large descriptions underneath them, and I wanted to properly take the time to read all of them.
What I first and foremost looked for in the entries was the amount of improvement, and the time it took to get that far. But even by those standards, the entries were fairly hard to judge. There were so many different people, on so many different levels, and with so many different styles. The second thing that I specifically looked for, where the descriptions underneath the artwork. I don't love to just see good improvement, but I love to see people share their process of how they got that far. Reading how people progress is inspirational, and it might be helpful for us all.
Knowing I judged the entries by that standard, here are the long awaited winners:
I don't only love the amount of improvement (it's massive) but also the way the artwork description takes you through her journey about finding out what to improve about this artwork. It's honest, interesting to peek inside the mind and see the idea behind the drawing, and it leaves up some open ends for (perhaps) next year.
Second placeKipip with
The sheer amount of added details in the new version, while keeping the style fairly consistent, is downright impressive. I know environments/backgrounds aren't most people's friend, but the amount of time put into this new artwork makes it impressive. Certainly a winner.
Third placenakaru-san with
This is one of the examples that shows how much of an impact a bit of change can make. It went from a cute drawing to a picture that leaves you wondering who those two characters are and what the story is behind it. Very impressive.
Honorable mentions(listed in no particular order)
Impressive entries that just didn't make it to the cut.
You can still be pretty proud at yourself, though
All other entries can be seen here
About the prizesTo all of the winners: I will send you your prize as soon as possible.
Please claim your prizes from our other people by sending them a note or a message.
There's one last thing I'd like to say to you and that is: Thank you!
A final thank you
A huge thanks to MyMelodyOfTheHeart, CannabeDraws, Hamish-Mitty, VanillatheNeko, smash8989, Zamarozvannie, sambeawesome, Zenopic, PhantomDragon1, meeshemomo, xXCheshireSinXx, ProxyHorror, Chap0ng, FoxTa1l, Kittastica, AOTshadow1 and OoViolinaoO for donating prizes so generously.
A huge thanks for all over the OVER 200 people that entered the contest, and the many more who shared the link on here on DeviantArt and on other Social media websites. You all did awesome, and it was really hard to pick a winner.
May 2017 bring you lots of improvement and awesomeness.
And for those that didn't win: Let's see each other again at the 2017 improvement challenge!
Have a nice day!