Results of the artwork contest 2016 – Places 13 to 25

It’s finally time to present the submissions placed between the positions 13 and 25 of the Sandra and Woo and Gaia artwork contest. There are some great works of art to be seen here, partially thanks to the extension of the submission period. I would like to thank all artists who have submitted a drawing or other piece of art. Don’t forget to check out the first batch of submissions which I posted on Monday.

Please show your support by visiting the artists’ websites and writing a comment in the comment section of this blog post!

Michael Masukawa (website)

This submission by Michael is not actually in the top 25. I put it in the wrong folder on my PC and missed to post it on Monday together with the other submissions that missed the top 25. I’m sorry, Michael, but it’s always a lot of work to organize everything correctly, so mistakes like that can always happen.

[Artist’s comment: I felt bad for poor Shadow and Sid, so I made a comic book cover for the greatest story never told!]

Place 25 goes to Marcus

Sandra, Woo and Larisa as fearless space adventurers who are somehow able to breath in space. Maybe thanks to a spell cast by Larisa.

Place 24 goes to Gatekid3

The swamp monster and its minions won’t stand a chance against Cloud and his team of heroic fighters! The similarity of the poses in this and the previous submission is striking. Sandra and Larisa are even standing on the same positions.

Place 23 goes to Erin Roosa

A nice pencil drawing of Ilias and Viviana with particularly good looking clothes. But the story that comes with it (see below) is much better than the work of art.

[Artist’s comment: Your contest may have saved a life. For my entry I ran out of a marker I needed. So my mom and I went to the mall for markers and other shopping. On the way in we noticed an elderly lady sitting in a car with the window open. We didn’t think anything of it at first, but as we left the store after an hour, she was still there, this time with the door open. It was blazing hot today and she was shaking. We were very worried and tried to help by getting her cold water and a cold washcloth for her head. She was unable to walk on her own. We had security look for her daughter in the mall, but she didn’t show up until an hour later.

She seemed okay finally, after we gave her water, but she may have been in the summer heat for over three hours (we know she’d been there for at least two.)

If not for your contest we wouldn’t have been there to help her in the first place. So thank you.]

Place 22 goes to Helen Ruby

A really cute small figurine of Sandra in a chibi style. I particularly like the hair and the book. I’d have liked to see some proper feet on Sandra, though.

[Artist’s comment: Made out polymer clay and painted with acrylic paint.]

Place 21 goes to Zsolt Somogyi (website)

More swamp monster shenanigans. The last panel is funny, but also very random. Zsolt reached #14 last year with another funny comic strip featuring Woo and his family.

“Finding Woo”

Place 20 goes to Brad Johnson

A six pages long story in which Woo is captured by a mad scientist. The story flows well from start to finish, but also comes with a couple of literary issues.

Place 19 goes to Lilli Kempf (website)

This is one of the funniest submissions this year. The fur and Woo’s face are drawn very well in particular. With a forest background of the same quality, it would have had a chance to make it into the top 10.

Place 18 goes to Kaylee Walsh

I always love to get comics as submissions for these artwork contests. Unfortunately, most comic submissions also seem to come with at least one problem. This one is no exception with its incomprehensible fifth panel and Larisa’s suboptimal dialog in the seventh panel. That’s too bad since the idea is one of the best ever in the history of our contests.

[Artist’s comment: Panel 5 is supposed to be a flaming tequila shot: “Oh Larisa, your first shot!”]

Place 17 goes to Chelsea Goodman

If you think Larisa’s lips look large, you should have seen them in the initial version Chelsea sent me in which they were truly ginormous. I think the succubus looks really good. The blue sphere with Sandra in it also looks interesting.

Place 16 goes to Alyshia Z. Kauffman

Alyshia was very creative and drew this interpretation of the genesis of Gaia. I think the planet and the sphere that contains Bhaal are done very well. Gaia looks a bit too much like a New Age version of Mother Earth for my taste, though. Note that there are no other stars or planets in the world of Gaia as depicted here. That would be contradictory to Gaia’s origin story.

[Artist’s comment: This is an artistic take on what we might see if we were able to look inside of the planet of Gaia.]

Place 15 goes to Zach Mitchell

I wonder if Zach works as a graphics designer since this funny advertising page really looks like it was created by one. I like the most that hell is apparently a “people company”. It’s a bit lacking in originality for the top 10, though.

[Artist’s comment: The Devil takes his branding in a new direction.]

Place 14 goes to Aile D’Ciel

After making it into the top 10 last year with this drawing of Sandra, Woo and Richard on #8, Aile misses them this year with a submission of almost similar quality. I particularly like the stuffed animals and the red light effects. I’m not as fond of Woo’s face which is a bit far away from his usual appearance. This is now the third submission prominently featuring spherical objects in a row, weird…

[Artist’s comment: The queen Sandra has obtained a powerful Twiforce orb and become corrupted with its power. Will the brave hero Woo be able to keep the second Twiforce orb away from the queen until he finds a way to revert orb’s horrible effects?]

Place 13 goes to KucingKecil (website)

KucingKecil drew this super stylish portrait of Ilias and Viviana. I particularly love the branches and Ilias’ hair and face. Viviana’s facial features didn’t turn out so well, though, which made the submission miss the top 10. There is also the original version which suffered from a pretty strong yellow-green tint.

[UPDATE: 27 Aug 2016] For several hours, this list also contained the submissions by Michał Litowiński and Jennifer Zhu on the positions 11 and 12. However, almost immediately after posting this blog post, I came to the conclusion that at least Michał’s submission deserves a spot in the top 10. Therefore, I decided to think about the order again and later post a top 12 list instead of a top 10 list which will then include the two submissions removed here. All submissions in the top 12 will receive prize money.

Need a few more days for contest results

I need a few additional days for the remaining posts about the results of the artwork contest 2016 since I’ve been sick with a cold for three days. But I feel better now and should be able to post at least the places 11 to 25 this week.

Results of the artwork contest 2016 – Places 26+

Our yearly Sandra and Woo and Gaia artwork contest ended last Saturday. The extension of the submission period paid off: The number of sumissions almost doubled to 67 in total! I really didn’t expect that and am very grateful for it. Today, I’m showing you all the entries that didn’t make it into the top 25. There are some really nice drawings among them, so you should definitely check them out as well. I will create two other news posts for the places 11 to 25 and the top 10 later this week.

The following list of submissions starts with the eight submissions placed on position 26+ which I liked the most, in alphabetical order. The subsequent submissions are then ordered alphabetically again. The artists’ names are colored in red if a link to their personal website is available. Show your support by visiting the artists’ websites and/or writing a comment in the comment section of this blog post!

To our gold and diamond patrons: I will offer a convenient download archive containing all submissions in their original size after the end of the contest.

by Ihuoma Ohanaka
I like the cutesy art style. Unfortunately, the lines have noticable aliasing artifacts.

by Matthew May
[Artist’s comment: Taken inspiration from classic Noir movie posters.]

by Maximiliano Penna
The quality of the individual drawings varies a bit too much in Maximiliano’s entry for a spot in the top 25.
[Artist’s comment: I dressed up Cloud, Sandra, Larisa and Woo like characters from the Ace Attorney video games. I thought it would be a fun crossover because I love both franchises!]

by Oliver Barber
Oliver’s drawing shows that a good drawing technique doesn’t secure you a spot in the top 25 when the general idea for the picture just doesn’t work with the depicted character(s). Since Oliver’s other great drawing of Sandra and Woo is high up in the top 10, he should be able to get over the low placement of this one fast. There is also an alternative version without blood.
[Artist’s comment: I really wanted to help bolster your number of entries in any way I could so I drew this rather upsetting image of Lilith. Lilith is stuck inside a mirror looking on at her friends beng slaughtered. That was the idea, the broken glass is where a spell or a piece of shrapnel broke it. I drew it because It was how I felt when my friend died (like a useless spectator).]

by Philippe
Philippe’s nice pencil drawing would have profited from scanning it properly.

by Thomas Sem Frisli
Thomas submitted three entries, and this is the best one in my opinion.
[Artist’s comment: Combining 2 things I love, Legend of Zelda and Sandra and Woo.]

by Elin Ståhl
Another nice traditional drawing that would have profited from scanning it properly. I like the triangle symbol on Viviana’s hand.
[Artist’s comment: A picture of a slitghtly older Viviana in all her queenly-glory :). Painted with ProMarkers and watercolours.]

by Sandy Tanudjaja
This is a seriously cute drawing.
[Artist’s comment: Here’s Sandra and Cloud cosplaying as Final Fanatasy VII: Advent Children Tifa and… Cloud.]

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Artwork contest extended until Saturday

In the last two years, we received 68 and 82 submissions for our yearly artwork contest. This year, we’ve only received 32 submissions which is not a lot given that the 10 best entries receive prize money. The number of submissions this year is rather comparable to the one in the years 2011 and 2012 when the total prize money was much lower ($200 and $300).

While there are definitely some nice entries this year that deserve to win a prize, I’m nonetheless a bit disappointed by the quantity of this year’s entries, regarding the total number of submissions as well as the number of submissions being worthy of getting into the top 10.

Therefore I have decided to extend the submission period until Saturday. Maybe some artists were put off from submitting something this year by the fierce competition last year. But the competition this year is certainly not as fierce. I need a couple of days to prepare the news entries for the result of the contest anyway.

Artwork contest 2016, with $1000 of prize money!

Once again, it’s time for our yearly Sandra and Woo and Gaia artwork contest! It comes with a total prize money of $1000!

As you can see below, not only the best entry will receive a nice sum of money. If your drawing skills are just average, you will still have the chance to become one of the winners by drawing something funny, clever or innovative. Your drawing has to feature at least one regular character from Sandra and Woo or Gaia. You can also submit other types of art such as 3D models, action figures, fanfiction, or even a cosplay costume.

  • 1st place: $200
  • 2nd place: $175
  • 3rd place: $150
  • 4th place: $125
  • 5th place: $100
  • 6th place: $75
  • 7th place: $55
  • 8th place: $45
  • 9th place: $40
  • 10th place: $35

Please send your entry in an e-mail with the subject “Artwork contest 2016” to You can attach the file to the e-mail or put a link to it in the e-mail’s text body. You must submit your entry until (including) Monday, 15 August 2016. If you have a website which I should link, please put its URL into your e-mail as well.

Additional information about the contest:

  • You can submit several drawings or other types of art, but you can win at most two prizes. In this case, the first winning entry has to feature characters from Sandra and Woo and the second winning entry has to feature characters from Gaia.
  • Please do not publish your artwork on other websites before the end of the contest. After that, you can post it anywhere you want.
  • You can sign your work. But a large, ugly watermark will reduce your chance of winning.
  • Digital images should be sent in their original size in a lossless format, for example as a PNG file with full color depth. If you draw the image on paper, you should send me a large, clean version in a lossless format, for example as a PNG file with full color depth. However, you can’t send me files larger than 25 MB by e-mail.