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Og-sf-preview by seoul-childJoin the rebellion and fight for freedom with these 25 semi-finalists from the @HomefrontGame Contest!

Freedom Fighters Contest

Congratulations, Semi-Finalists!

In the Homefront: The Revolution Freedom Fighters Contest, we challenged you to create illustrations of revolutionary heroes worthy of following into battle. Featuring iconic marks of freedom such as the Liberty Bell, Valley Forge, and Independence Hall, hundreds of deviants took it upon themselves to create portraits of the revolutionaries from Homefront: The Revolution. DeviantArt's judges reviewed hundreds of battle scenes and striking portraits to find the twenty-five war-ready freedom fighters that stood out above the rest. Now, these illustrations will be sent to Deep Silver’s Product Marketing Manager Ryan Avery, Global Brand Manager Huw Beynon, and Senior Art Director Philipp Foly, who will select the first, second, and third place winners.

Congratulations to all of the semi-finalists, and thank you to everyone who entered!




In the Homefront: The Revolution Freedom Fighters Contest, we challenged you to create illustrations of Homefront's revolutionaries. DeviantArt's judges reviewed hundreds of battle scenes and striking portraits to find the deviations that stood out above the rest. Join the rebellion and enjoy these 25 scenes of war and mayhem!

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WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2016
:iconcongratssignplz: to the semi-finalists! Such fine talent on DA. Just looked through all the semi finalists and know the judges will have a hard time finding a winner :iconbwavoplz:
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AGENTofCHAOS-6 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Damn those are amazing, Congratz to the winner, awesomest prize :D Enzoy the game!
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digira Featured By Owner Edited Apr 5, 2016
All I want to know is...

Am I the only one who knows what a freaking portrait is? Why tell people to draw a portrait if you wanted full on action scenes? How many people drew a portrait, thinking they were following the rules, only to discover that what the judges really wanted was a distant shot of figures with faces you can't even see?

Next time I commission an artist for a portrait, can I expect them to draw two silhouettes in the distance and call it a day?
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ElOblazewicz Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2016  Professional General Artist
You do know that a portrait can be done at a distance in a wide shot with some actiony elements right? Like the Rembrandt's Night's Watch?
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digira Featured By Owner Edited Apr 6, 2016
Rembrandt's Night Watch might qualify as a portrait considering you can clearly see everyone's face in the picture, and I'm not saying every submission violated the rules, because there are many great works that aren't centered on the face that still have good facial expressions that convey emotion.

But there are others that made it into the top 25 where the action or even the landscape is more of the focus on the piece.

But don't look at, say, the very first entry and tell me that this is in any way a portrait.
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digira Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2016
"portrait is a painting, photograph, sculpture, or other artistic representation of a person, in which the face and its expression is predominant. The intent is to display the likeness, personality, and even the mood of the person."

So, like I said, if you can't even see the face, or the face isn't predominant, it's not a portrait, is it?
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therogueone Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2016   Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm sure many of us would have chosen entirely different compositions/subjects had the rules not stated "portrait of a freedom fighter." *Sigh* So many entrants were kneecapped from the get-go for following the rules.
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digira Featured By Owner Edited Apr 6, 2016
Consider this: You weren't knee-capped for following the rules. You were actually doing what the ultimate client (Deep Silver) wanted. I'm guessing the rules were Deep Silver's rules (they are the commissioner who knows what they want, after all). DA judges just delivered a flawed sample that included some that Deep Silver probably had to exclude immediately, for the crime of not being actual portraits.

Deep Silver: "Oh, uh, thanks DA judges...you know some of these aren't actually portraits, right?"
DA Judges: "Well, we think they are 25 of the most war-ready freedom fighters that stood out above the rest!"
Deep Silver: "Okay, um, thanks."
*DA Judges leave, slapping each other on the back for a job well done*
Deep Silver (talking among themselves): "Well, so...we have 17 actual portraits. We just whittled down our list in about 5 seconds."
"Really? Were there any more among the submissions that were actually good portraits?"
"It doesn't matter. The rules state we have to pick winners from these 25, and these are what they gave us."

Deep Silver picked 3 portraits from these 25. It's just that they weren't delivered 25 actual portraits.

If you entered the contest, and you created a good portrait, you'd have every right to be upset if your entry wasn't included, when someone with a 'battle scene' was. Because it is possible your portrait might have interested Deep Silver more. They just didn't see it.

I did not enter (I'm not an artist), but the thing is that Deep Silver only necessarily saw the 25 semi-finalists. I don't know if the rules came from Deep Silver (I assume they did), but if you look at the 3 they picked, all three of them have visible faces, with expressions/postures that definitely conveys mood. You know, portraits. There were other actual portraits--damned good ones--that were submitted to the contest, but they were edged out by unrelated things slotted in by the DA judges.

They also did a fancy double-swap above, did you notice? "hundreds of deviants took it upon themselves to create portraits of the revolutionaries from Homefront: The Revolution."

Then: "DeviantArt's judges reviewed hundreds of battle scenes and striking portraits to find the twenty-five war-ready freedom fighters that stood out above the rest."

Yes, there are battle scenes (like #1 above, not to knock the artist, I just don't think he/she followed the rules as stated) included, but the rules were very clear about portraits.

So, to review:

1) The rules said 'portrait'. See the definition of portrait above.
2) Deep Silver, in the end, chose three portraits according to the definition above.
3) Some of the submissions above do not qualify as portraits.
4) Meaning that if others who had followed the rules had been included, instead of those who didn't...
5) Deep Silver may have awarded one of those edged out with 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place instead.

I think it's fair to say the judging was flawed, and by ignoring the rules they also gave Deep Silver a poorer selection.

This is all assuming that Deep Silver were looking for portraits. If you review the winners, I think they all qualify as a portrait (using Rembrandt's Night Watch above as a rather good example of a portrait that isn't necessarily just a close-up face shot).

I think it's fair to state that the DA judges did not know what a portrait is. Hopefully they do now.

And for anyone that thinks this isn't something worth being a bit dismayed and pissed off about, consider that there was $6000 involved. I know for a fact that many artists obsessed over their submission, trying to make it the very best they could--above and beyond what they would even do for a regular $50 commission, and doing everything in their power to follow the rules in the hopes that they wouldn't be disqualified outright for not following the rules.  Imagine their surprise, shock, and anger when they discover that some of the semi-finalists did not follow the rules they struggled so obsessively to follow.

I don't want to take anything away from the winners, or rain on their parade. But at least one of them has $6000 to console themselves with if I've hurt their feelings. Besides, they followed the rules, and made portraits, so this isn't about them. I'm sure, if they are honest with themselves, they'd have wanted to compete alongside the 25 best that followed the rules, as they did. Their victory is somewhat tainted by this in my eyes as well, so they have the right to their own outrage at the half-assed way that DA went about judging this contest. They certainly put nowhere near the care into judging according to the rules as the artists did that followed them.
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XtremeDarkArts Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Very well said, one of there past contest was
Insidious Contest, the rules were you must not make any picture  excessively violent,  one of the semi finalist had a women being cut open with her insides showing. If that is not excessively violent than I don't know what is.
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MarkTheGr8 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Excessively violent" is probably just term they use, that could be used for their protection, not for judging fairly.
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digira Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2016
I did not know that. Damn. So not a one-off at all...an ongoing pattern of setting rules and then ignoring them when it comes time to do the judging.

It's always hard to know what the judges are looking for--that's why having RULES is useful, because presumably you follow them...because that's what the judges are looking for.
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XtremeDarkArts Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
you got it right on the nose
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Kmany Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2016
The judging was complete shit in this competition..  even worse than it usually is..
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digira Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2016
Yeah, and I haven't even gotten into the other drawings I thought should have been included instead. :(

Nice post you made, by the way.
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therogueone Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2016   Traditional Artist
Also, of the semi-finalists and ultimate winning entries, which would you say would work as a billboard? It is my understanding that billboards cannot be too visually crowded/busy because people are driving by them and will only have a second or two to take in the visual information. Again, how many entrants limited their designs based on the billboard mentioned in the rules?
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Kmany Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2016
Thanks.. Wish I did not have to whine about those things, but the judging is so fucked up, that I felt I had to say something..
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XtremeDarkArts Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
yup, but look at many of their past contest that they awarded contestants for not following the rules.
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Echo-80 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2016  Student General Artist
They all look the same to me
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5ofnovember Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thats why they are in the semi finals
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Echo-80 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016  Student General Artist
Isn't that bad? No diversity, seems a bit boring too me.
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5ofnovember Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is how this industry works. The winner artwork going to be a big bilboard and should capture the attention of most viewers, not the ones that are looking for original artworks. If you are looking for diversity than contest like this one is not a good place to be. 
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Feakry Featured By Owner Edited Apr 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm why not let the Deep Silver team choose then decide themselves, that'll be more fair for other great works, plus most of these works don't have the iconic landmarks to be 'war ravaged', even some of them didn't put the landmarks but get pass selection
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WhateverRSD Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, so much talent.....
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ACE585 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Devianart promoting freedom fighting  good job guys amazing art
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11Anirbn Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016
shame
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Zimniart Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
too bad i didn't get here
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Cl0udy-M1dn1ghts Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woah, talent much
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a-sur Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Given a choice to be a CRITIC then I would give many of the arts a BIG ZERO over the minor yet minute mistakes....there are many but what most or almost all of them did is the use of CHINESE FLAG (red with star) INSTEAD OF THE UNITED KOREA FLAG (blue-red-blue with white star) ....Now people will say where on earth did you find it....well firstly its in one of the asset pages...2nd its easily gOOgled if not known already....3rd Fighting advanced Korean troops is hard enough...don't put stress with CHINA....

Well there are some pics(outside the contest) which are searchable on GooGle with the Homefront name with the Red Flag...well its from the earlier game and then again its mostly fan-art....and they are not CORRECT and you (most of the) people followed their steps....and the JUDGES ....well are either sleepy or got a date with Ophthalmologists!!! :D :D :D
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digira Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2016
Just curious: Didn't the winner selected by Deep Silver actually prominently display the wrong flag you're describing?
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Kmany Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016
It has been confirmed.
The Judges entered hibernation when the contest started.
They are expected to wake up sometimes after 5.4.2016.
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XtremeDarkArts Featured By Owner Edited Apr 4, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
if they keep this up they will never come out of hibernation
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XtremeDarkArts Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Mine was done using the blue-red-blue with white star, although the star is being ripped apart but you get the meaning
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a-sur Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Exactly!!!
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KatouMiwa Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
So epic... O_O

         -!n@
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HoneyHapkins Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016
They all look the same.
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a-sur Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Here is something different for you...though it didn't make enuf impact : arya-tabs.deviantart.com/art/H…
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XtremeDarkArts Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
yup that is different and original to, just to bad judging seems to be done on everyone having the same type of style, and not based on everyone having different substance
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alekhx Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Best wishes :)
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sherrysaini Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2016  Student Digital Artist
omg this is just amazing, godamn it would be hard to select a winner!
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Raneem90 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconllamaglomp: I'm here to trade llamas with lovely llama traders :iconllamatruckplz:
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meisjoe1 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2016
I'm guessing that one of the judges REALLY likes motorcycles.
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mangamie Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aaaaa didn't make it -_-" but congrats to everyone! i'm gonna do it better next time!
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Kmany Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016
So you fixed and replaced one entry, with a dude from one of the most famous games in the genre, congratz..  but not the others.. Some lazy judging on this one.. Jeez..

So you really want other people to do the little research needed to do a basic check on the pics?
I guess the assets rule can be disregarded, if the company is okay with it, even tho it really stated in the rules that you should not copy them, but the photos.. the damn photos.. lol

No company is going to want to run these kind of competitions on DA unless you sharpen up the Judging a bit!
And it would be a shame if they stopped.
Pics with unlicensed photos in them should not get past the judges.. at least not if the photos are among the first results on google.
Judging is not easy, but.. come on!


Here is a little checklist for whoever picks judges and is in charge of the competition.

1.Pick people who have an interest and history in art.
2.Pick people who have an interest and history in the subject or genre, the competition is about.
3.Pick people who or not biased(not accusing you of this)

4. Explain the rules to the judges

5. Have a scoring system.
6. Do a final checkup before you submit the semifinalists, to make sure they follow the rules.



Here is a little checklist for any judges in any drawing competition.

1. Read the rules.
2. Read the rules again.
3. Ask someone to explain the rules for you, if you still do not understand them.

4. Proceed to pick your favorites.

5. Examine your picks, and do some research on things that might be subject to plagiarism.
In this case it would be the landmarks, the freedom fighter, and whatever else stands out.
Access your database of pics in the back of your mind.
Usually it takes one look, to go hmmm.. that looks familiar, where have I seen that before.. Then go for a little hunt, to see if you find it.

6. Submit your picks to whoever is in charge.


Alright, have a good weekend!
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Gollorr Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016
The best ones are not even among the semi-finalists yet once more. Good job DA, you've done it again :) 
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a-sur Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Wished it to be one of the selected 25...but judgement varies from person to person.....maybe on another day it would have been a different story...but whatever it may be I think this can be a limited edition cover for the game....nevertheless with all that extra stuffs buffed into with bug updates and maybe more mission and game-play for the HOMEFRONT game : arya-tabs.deviantart.com/art/H…

+fav & share(on your wall or in group walls) for bringing the Homefront guys to really make a cover out of it or something similar to it.... :) Then again if YOU really like it...and nothing else...overall my cousin(bro) will be immensely happy if people enjoy his work...and give more exposure! :)
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Uproariousorake Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016   Artist
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Harmruiner Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2016
They should give you an OSCAR, man!!! I like your humor))) Thumbs Up 
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Nukorial Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
wow just beyond words amazing congradulations
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torSilver Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Great work,, Congratulations to all
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TreePencil Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016
These are all amazing, congratulations!
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