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Update 28-02-18

Small update on the judging, since so many people ask.
Unfortunately real life and health issues have been getting a bit in the way of my online activity lately. That combined with the sheer number of entries and all of the stories that come with them (many people wrote large texts in the descriptions) make judging both hard and time consuming. There will be judging, but I really want to do watch and read every entry properly, as that would be fair to all of the contestants. Long story short; it's gonna take another while.


Update 02-02-18


The contest now is officially closed.
To those that submitted, please make sure your work is in the contest folder. If not (and you submitted your entry according to the rules) please send me a message.

There's a lot of entries, and I want to actually read all of descriptions people wrote underneath them.
Please allow up to two weeks for judging. I'll keep you updated :)


It's 2017 and time for another challenge!!!


As a follow-up of last year's challenge, I want to organize another one.
The general idea of a challenge is that it's done for you. It's not a full contest. Yes, there are prizes, but the main goal of a challenge is your own improvement. To some degree all of those that enter are winners. You've all won at improving your own art!

Note: This journal will be updated when things change 
Last update: December 20 2017


The challenge


The challenge is simple. 
Take an artwork from your gallery from either late 2016 or 2017 and re-do it. 
Make it better! Show us what you've learned in the past year.


How to enter 


Bullet; Red  Pick one of your older artworks made between October 1 2016 and June 1 2017 (There are no exceptions for these dates!!!)
Bullet; Orange  Redo this artwork. You don't have to use the same medium, or the exact same setting, but it has to have enough similarities to see that it's the same thing
Bullet; Yellow  The new artwork has to be made between December 1 2017 and January 31 2018. It has to be made for this specific contest!
Bullet; Green  Put both the old and the new artwork in a before and after meme (something like this one). Make sure to add the dates of both artworks, like this!!!
Bullet; Blue  (Optional, but encouraged) Write in the artist description what you feel you've improved on.
Bullet; Purple  (Optional but encouraged) Fave this journal. Make a journal about this contest. Tell your friends about it. Spread the word! The more entries, the more prizes are unlocked.
Bullet; Pink  Link to this journal in the artwork description. 
Bullet; White  Make sure your work appears in my inbox, either by linking to this journal directly by thumb code, or to tag me DamaiMikaz (click here for instructions on how to tag).
Bullet; Black  Visual art only (no writing).
Bullet; Black  Deadline for the contest is January 31 2018

Caution  Note that you need to do all of these (except for the optionals) in order to qualify for getting the prizes!
Artworks that do not fit these criteria are rejected for the contest without any further notice!!!


The prizes 

1st prize
500 Points (original prize pool by DamaiMikaz )
500 Points by saltytowel 
600 Points by IdiotTwins 
50 Points by Glo72
100 x 100 animation by MyMelodyOfTheHeart 
Digital waist up drawing by TheKikkaKibaz
Colored sketch page by Kasperosm
Animated pixel art chibi by JellyBX
1 Randomly generated Sketchie Page by VanillatheNeko
Digital shoulders up drawing by JaceB-Art
Half Body with atmospheric background by IdiotTwins 
Short gif colored shaded with background by Glo72
Full body full shaded drawing by GuruOfNonsense
Lineart with full (fancy) sharing by LoyalTea
Full color head portrait of OC of choice by lDestiny
Fullbody drawing by cinalilli
Fullbody with a background by Temporaryfind


2nd price (unlocked when 5+ people enter)
250 Points (original prize pool by DamaiMikaz )
200 Points by saltytowel 
300 Points by IdiotTwins 
40 Points by Glo72
100 x 100 animation by MyMelodyOfTheHeart 
Bust pen sketch by TheKikkaKibaz
Sketch page by Kasperosm
Animated pixel art chibi by JellyBX
1 cell shaded bust with frame and 1 color palette pixie by VanillatheNeko
Digital shoulders up drawing by JaceB-Art
Headshot with simple background by IdiotTwins 
Short gif colored and shaded by Glo72
Full body flat color drawing by GuruOfNonsense
Lineart with color and cellshading by LoyalTea
Sketch head portrait of OC of choice by lDestiny
Halfbody drawing by cinalilli
Shaded Fullbody by Temporaryfind


3rd price (unlocked when 10+ people enter)
100 Points (original prize pool by DamaiMikaz )
100 Points by saltytowel 
100 Points by IdiotTwins 
25 Points by Glo72
100 x 100 animation by MyMelodyOfTheHeart 
Headshot sketch by TheKikkaKibaz
Sketch page by Kasperosm
Animated pixel art chibi by JellyBX
1 color palette pixie and a headshot expression Icon by VanillatheNeko
Glitched gif by JaceB-Art
Simple icon by IdiotTwins 
Short gif by Glo72
Sketch/Lineart by GuruOfNonsense
Lineart full body by LoyalTea
Sketch head portrait of OC of choice by lDestiny
Headshot/icon/bust by cinalilli
Flat Fullbody  by Temporaryfind


Star! Want to donate prizes? Contact me via personal message, stating what you want to donate for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.
Star! If you want to kept updated on new prizes and updates for this contest, please press the +watch button on my page


The judging 


The challenge will be judged by me (DamaiMikaz), and will be judged on effort, rather than skill.
You don't have to be an amazing artist to win!!!


The deadline


The deadline for participating in this challenge is:
January 31st, 2018

The winners will be announced early February (Date depends on the number of entries there need to be judged)

But of course you can still do the challenge by yourself afterwards.
The prizes will be gone after the deadline, though :)


The submissions


You can see all entries here


Questions and Answers


Q: Does the before-artwork has to be from between these specific dates?
A: Yes. There will be no exceptions.

Q: I don't have full drawings from that time period. Are sketches fine too?
A: Absolutely.

Q: I don't have a DeviantArt account for so long, but I do have old drawings.

A: Drawings from an older account, or uploaded on other websites are fine as long as you can specify the date.

Q: I did an improvement meme last week/month/whatever. Can I just submit that?
A: No. The after-artwork has to be made for this contest.

Q: Why isn't my artwork it in the folder?
A: Did you include the before and after dates? Do these dates match the date brackets listed above? Did you submit your artwork more than a few days ago? If all answers are yes, contact me via PM.

Q: Why the specific date bracket?
A: It's a contest so there are rules.

Q: Can I submit more than one entry?
A: Yes, but you can only win once

Q: Can I donate a prize and still enter the contest?
A: Yes, you can. Only judges are exempt from winning.

~ Good luck and have fun! :dummy:
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:iconxlily6336x:
xLily6336x Featured By Owner May 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey! Don't want to bother you but do you think the judging will be done soon? If it's not then there's no need to rush!
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:icongrasspatch:
GrassPatch Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey i hate to be a bother but has the judging ended?
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:iconumbatman:
umbatman Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Professional General Artist
I wish i found this earlier
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:iconoutsidethemean:
outsidethemean Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fave. You have great gallery keep it up!
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:iconfluffyballofdread:
FluffyBallOfDread Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Where's our up date at xD?
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Still working on it. There's so many entries
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:iconfluffyballofdread:
FluffyBallOfDread Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah okey doke, xD wasn't sure if i was missing something or not, much thanks!
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:iconforgetmeagain:
ForgetMeAgain Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
aaaa missed it . Definitely  going to look forward to the next ^ -^ Congrats on everyone developing skills
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:iconssmaartist15:
ssmaartist15 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2018  Student Digital Artist
too bad I missed the contest :W:
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:iconkikio3000:
KikiO3000 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 1, 2018
Art Improvement Contest by KikiO3000  Here is my artwork! Wink/Razz 
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:iconlokidalton:
LokiDalton Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for mentioning our contest! We truly appreciate it!
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:iconcranash64:
Cranash64 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You are welcome! Hope, you`ll have a lot of entriesNod 
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:iconlokidalton:
LokiDalton Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
We hope so as well!
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:iconlizchwan:
LizChwan Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Deadlines will be the end of me  Redraw - Goth Miku by LizChwan
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The dates need to be on the artwork in order to qualify
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:iconlizchwan:
LizChwan Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I borked the photoshop layers my bad (fixed it)  Redraw - Goth Miku by LizChwan
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:icontaytaykudo:
taytaykudo Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2018  Student Artist
Here is my piece o A o
Improvement Meme Challenge by Taykudo
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:iconkikio3000:
KikiO3000 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2018
Hello, I only just heard about this recently, but I've been busy with school...any chance I can send my art in tomorrow?
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nope. Deadline is deadline.
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:iconkirasel:
Kirasel Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2018
Heeeerrrrreeee it is:

re-reignition by Kirasel
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:iconeric-s-huffman:
Eric-S-Huffman Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Just for grins.. since I missed the cut off date by 20 days in June...

Original.
No Mans Land by Eric-S-Huffman    
Newest
Bb by Eric-S-Huffman
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:iconredwolf-studios:
RedWolf-Studios Featured By Owner Edited Jan 31, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
last minute entry sorry XD    Before and after of Hazeldawn 2016-18 by RedWolf-Studios
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:iconicy-heartproductions:
Icy-HeartProductions Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Here's my last minute entry c:
Improvement Challenge | What We Want by Icy-HeartProductions
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Are those dates correct?
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:iconicy-heartproductions:
Icy-HeartProductions Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh damn, they're supposed to be.
Accidentally wrote 17 in the new piece instead of 18. Going to fix it immediatly.
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:iconfluffyballofdread:
FluffyBallOfDread Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My entry: Contest Entry by FluffyBallOfDread  
finish it just in time xD 
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:icondemortum:
Demortum Featured By Owner Edited Jan 30, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My entry:
Before And After by Demortum

I made it in time, yay~

P.S. yes, it's the same dragon, I've just redesigned it a little~
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:iconsushy00:
sushy00 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2018  Professional General Artist
Here is my entry: Draw this again [Lovefairy] by sushy00
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:iconnitaoart:
NitaoART Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I finally had a time to do this challenge. I made it in time! :3 I'm so happy from the result.
Guys, keep drawing no matter what. You will build that visual library over time, and every next piece will be an improvement. :)
2017 improvement challenge by NitaoART
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:iconthaeavoira:
Thaeavoira Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
[Contest] 2017 Improvement Challenge by Thaeavoira

Made it!
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:iconiduna-haya:
Iduna-Haya Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Phew, made it! :D

2017 Improvement Challenge by Iduna-Haya
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:iconfadingspectrum:
FadingSpectrum Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Here's my effort! I'm excited to see the other entries, ^_^

Improvement Challenge 2017-2018 by FadingSpectrum
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:icondragonchaser195:
DragonChaser195 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Here's what I did. :\

[CONTEST ENTRY] Bete Noire - Redraw by DragonChaser195
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:iconshywah:
shywah Featured By Owner Edited Jan 25, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There are really many people who improved a lot during the course of one year :D
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:iconlibertas268:
Libertas268 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2018
Here is my entry :heart:

Draw this again - The Stars Came Down by Libertas268
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:iconfursona4life:
Fursona4Life Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is this still On?
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:icondamaimikaz:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes
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:iconfursona4life:
Fursona4Life Featured By Owner Edited Jan 24, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool thank you
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:iconcreative-escape:
Creative-Escape Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2018
Here's mine! Thank you for doing the challenge !

Draw this again! by Creative-Escape
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:iconsereida-arts:
Sereida-Arts Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2018  Student General Artist
Here's mine :)

Improvement Challenge by Sereida-Arts

Such a cool challenge btw :D
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:iconbluediscord:
bluediscord Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2018  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Here's my entry~ thank you for the opportunity! :thanks:

Improvement Meme - Crescent Rose I and II by bluediscord
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:iconpaladinpeach:
Paladinpeach Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Imrpovement by Paladinpeach  everyone is adding theirs to the comments and im worried im supposed to hhh lskjdngkjsdfng
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:icongentlegrim:
GentleGrim Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2018  Student General Artist
Woah your improvement is awesome 
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:iconajiestefan:
ajiestefan Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Draw this again meme by ajiestefan   
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:iconmegalodonias:
Megalodonias Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2018
Draw This Potato Again by DeathTheBunny  ayyy
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:iconk-a-g-i:
k-a-g-i Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2018
Meme by k-a-g-i
Can i enter please? =3=
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:iconday-tunes:
day-tunes Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2018  Student General Artist
Does the drawing have to have been posted on DA? 
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