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Unmasking the Darkness

The Game

Deceived by the forces of evil into prematurely bringing about the end of the world, War – the first Horseman of the Apocalypse – stands accused of breaking the sacred law by inciting a war between Heaven and Hell.

Dishonored and facing his own death, War is given the opportunity to return to Earth to search for the truth and punish those responsible.

Hunted by a vengeful group of Angels, War must take on the forces of Hell, forge uneasy alliances with the very demons he hunts, and journey across the ravaged remains of the Earth on his quest for vengeance and vindication.

Go to www.darksiders.com to learn more about the game!

The Contest

We are challenging you to create a piece of artwork in any visual medium depicting a creative and personal interpretation of the last days of Earth during an 'apocalypse'. What would the end of the world mean to you? Is it your favorite TV show getting canceled? Your best friend moving across the country? A world with no ketchup (OMG!)? Whether your version is "fire and brimstone" in the biblical sense or a world overrun by cannibalistic bunnies – we want to see what your 'last days' would look like!

As an extra special treat, the winners for this contest will be selected by Joe Madureira of Vigil Games, AKA Joe Mad!

See Official Rules

Resources

Feel free to use the assets provided in the download pack here. If you want to create an entry that is 100% you, that's fine as well.

Download Resources

Prizes

1st PLACE

  • Limited edition statue of War from "Darksiders"
  • Your choice of a Xbox 360™ Elite or a Playstation®3 Computer Entertainment System
  • $400 American Express gift card
  • "Darksiders" Prize Pack (includes a copy of "Darksiders" for either Xbox 360™ or Playstation®3, a "Darksiders" shirt, and a "Darksiders" poster signed by Joe Madureira)
  • A devWEAR shirt of your choice (depending on availability)
  • One year Premium Membership to deviantART
    

2nd PLACE

  • $1,000 American Express gift card
  • "Darksiders" Prize Pack (includes a copy of "Darksiders" for either Xbox 360™ or Playstation®3, a "Darksiders" shirt, and a "Darksiders" poster signed by Joe Madureira)
  • A devWEAR shirt of your choice (depending on availability)
  • One year Premium Membership to deviantART

3rd PLACE

  • $650 American Express gift card
  • "Darksiders" Prize Pack (includes a copy of "Darksiders" for either Xbox 360™ or Playstation®3, a "Darksiders" shirt, and a "Darksiders" poster signed by Joe Madureira)
  • A devWEAR shirt of your choice (depending on availability)
  • One year Premium Membership to deviantART
    

Each of the 25 Semi-Finalists will receive a one month premium membership to deviantART!

If Winner is a non-United States resident, a cash equivalent will be awarded instead of the "Darksiders" game and/or the Xbox™ 360 or Playstation®3.

Rules and Judging

Rules

Entry must be received by 11:59:59 PM (PT) on December 17, 2009 and be submitted to the Contest gallery on www.deviantart.com "click here."

  • Entrants must be 17 years or older;
  • Entries must be in GIF, PNG, or JPG file format;
  • Entries may originate in any visual medium;
  • Entries must be made for this contest;
  • Entries may not use any watermarks or distinguishing artist marks;
  • You may submit more than one entry;
  • Online entries only, hard copies not accepted;
  • You must be a member of deviantART to enter.
    Membership is free.
See Official Rules

Judging

Your work will be judged on the basis of Originality, Creative Interpretation of the Theme, and Technical Skill.

25 Semi-Finalists will be selected by a panel of full time deviantART Community and Creative staff.

The final winners will be selected by Joe Madureira of Vigil Games!

Joe Madureira worked on several very successful comic book series over the last twelve years, including X-Men and his own "Battle Chasers". His unmistakable style of character design and visual storytelling have earned him international acclaim.

In 2001 he left the world of comics to pursue his love of games. Joe is now the Creative Director of Vigil Games, and his unique visual style is the driving force behind "Darksiders".

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:iconpors24:
PORS24 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
why i missed this contest
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:iconsputnikmisha:
SPUTNIKmisha Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
know that feel maaan :(
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:iconirishitatsumy13:
IrisHitatsumy13 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
WOW!! :jawdrop: :omfg: amazing! but this game is only for PS3 and XBox 360 :sniff:
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:iconticodrawing:
TicoDrawing Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
bye bye playstation 3 and gift card :(, that is what i was most interested in, but my efforts werent good enough,well at least in pencil style i think my entries were pretty decent, my entries

abduction [link]

judgement day [link]
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:iconnightmaregk13:
NightmareGK13 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010  Student Digital Artist
why wasn't i informed of the news regarding the 25 semi-finalists?

also
the game releases today so will the results be announced as well?
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:iconmargotdent:
margotdent Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010
The semi-finalists were announced today, the winners will be another time. No one got notified about the semi-finalists yet, a message will go out later today :)
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:iconnightmaregk13:
NightmareGK13 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010  Student Digital Artist
ah okay :D
can't wait eheh
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:iconobliviondawn:
OblivionDawn Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010  Student Digital Artist
If anyone hasn't noticed, the 25 semi-finalists are here:

[link]
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:icondavidsauron:
Davidsauron Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't wait moreeeee, hahaha, I think I'm watching my screen computer each 2 minutes…hahaha crazy…but dream on!!!!
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:iconjen4eternity:
jen4eternity Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
Make sure you all remember to check your email regularly. They'll need you to verify your age before you can officially be made a semi-finalist.
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:iconcasperium:
Casperium Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
hmmm i didnt get asked for verification on the Love Unites major contest until After they posted the semifinalists...and prior to that contest, last year on the Nvidia one they never asked for verification at all...it this something new they are doing?
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:iconmargotdent:
margotdent Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010
It's especially important for contests like this, where there is an age limitation, or contests where there's a geographical limitation :).
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:iconjen4eternity:
jen4eternity Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
Dunno, that's just what they told me in the email. Heck, maybe they just wanted to make sure I wasn't 12 or something. hehe :D
Just trying to help things along a bit. Didn't want anyone to miss out because they missed an email.
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:iconcasperium:
Casperium Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
did you get an email from the darksiders or was it another contest? and yes, that was a great suggestion.. :)
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:iconjen4eternity:
jen4eternity Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
The semi-finalists are up now! Yay!

And yes, I got the email for the Darksiders contest a few days ago.
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:iconcasperium:
Casperium Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
nevermind i read your journal.. congrats!!!
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:iconceejaye:
CeeJaye Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010
aaaaagggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhh i'm going crazy with anticipation (i know i dont get anywhere - but i wanna see the ones who did) so anxious to see who they picked!! IT is 6 Jan where i am already, GAH the horrors of being ahead of the rest of the world :(
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:iconraiyneofgailin:
raiyneofgailin Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I'm losing my mind waiting for the results from all these contests!!! X_X I hope we hear something soon. I know i didn't win this one, but i'd like to see the semi-finalists so i know what they were looking for.

I just did your average kill the world bit: [link]

^_^
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:iconminikikiart:
minikikiart Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
Can someone please link me to where it says the results would come out on 5 Jan? Cos I'm starting to think I read wrong, or it was a joke... :oops:
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:iconradactphoto:
RadActPhoto Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010  Professional Photographer
Just give them some time...
They have to recover from the holidays. hehehe ;)

Here is the link- [link]
It it is in section 2 of the rules

2. SELECTION OF WINNERS: Potential winners will be selected on or about January 5, 2010 from all eligible entries.
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:iconminikikiart:
minikikiart Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
aha. Yes true. Thank you :) That clears things up for me a bit :)
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:icondesiree-amber-moore:
desiree-amber-moore Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
When will we know!?
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:iconjohannesvongrun:
JohannesVonGrun Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Student General Artist
I am itchin' to see who wins. GOOD LUCK to everybody!!!!
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:iconrockleebg3:
RockLeebg3 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
Many different version of the world's end and here is mine [link]
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:iconheartthedead:
heartthedead Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010
Good job to everyone who entered!
here's my entry [link]

it's a bit different but it's my version.
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:icondavidsauron:
Davidsauron Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Good luck to all...
I can't wait more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :p
My entry [link]

[link]
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:iconall-nothing:
All-Nothing Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010
Good luck to everyone !!! =)

here are my entries:

[link]
[link]
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:iconitsallwil:
itsallwil Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010   Digital Artist
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:iconfear-is-spreading:
fear-is-spreading Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
No way I'm going to win...... But I would like to know the semi finalists... HURRY UP, lol
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:icondoneski:
Doneski Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
[link]
[link]
[link] my entries..

Anyone knows when/where we can see the semi-finals list?
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:iconlaurielefebvre:
LaurieLefebvre Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Great artwork by DA artists. Here is mine [link] It's a little different than the rest but means alot.
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:iconsourpixel:
SourPixel Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009
Yo!! even if I don't win or place this was alot of fun and a total honor to participate with such talented artist
Heres mine
First:[link]
Second:[link]
Third:[link]
Thanx for lookin=D
Good luck everyone!
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:iconpain-designs:
pain-designs Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009  Hobbyist Filmographer
:iconfingerdanceplz:
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:iconzaigwast:
Zaigwast Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009
hehee good luck all! ^_______^

Here is mine [link]

Squirrel Apocalypse :meow:
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:iconminikikiart:
minikikiart Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009  Professional General Artist
To all the entrants who have entered herein,
I say, "may the best artwork win"!
Let the vote not rise from popularity,
but rather be decided from originality,
creativity, and a unique sense of style.
Don't worry - they wait is but a short while! :aww:
Though there are many superb entries, I think,
I shall share my entry too --> click this [link]
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:icondalubnie:
dalubnie Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009
Seeing as how everyone else is doing it, I might as well to.

*jumps on bandwagon* [link]
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:iconhc4l:
HC4L Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009
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:iconginra-san:
Ginra-san Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good luck to all of ya!

View mine?
[link]
[link]
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:iconrconfx:
rconfx Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009
good luck to everyone !


my work : [link]
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:icondarkartwork:
DARKARTWORK Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009
Amazing work everyone...


Here are mine...
[link]

[link]

[link]
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:iconceejaye:
CeeJaye Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
It is going to be so hard to pick the semi finalists. I wonder what they will look for as the entries are so varied in technique and ideas.

check out my entries here if you like :) Feel free to fave, comment and critique!! OO also - which do you prefer?

[link]
[link]
[link]
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:iconaghatadefuego:
AghatadeFuego Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi!

Here is my job:

[link]

Happy darkness nights!
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:iconabbadon56:
abbadon56 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009   Photographer
Good luck everyone ! :)
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:iconkrystalice:
KrystalIce Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009  Professional General Artist
Just thought I'd let everyone know about an art theif who entered the contest.

Everyone, say 'Hi': :iconyuthanatos:

They are trying to pass this as their own, and to this contest.

Give your love.

(Original is by :iconsabrine: and can be found here, so share the true love.)
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:iconry-spirit:
Ry-Spirit Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
haha lucky you spotted it! great work. I hate art thieves, I had a few myself to be honest and I hate them!
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:iconechelon-x:
Echelon-X Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009
Thanks for spreading the word, they banned that bastard! >:'D
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:iconkrystalice:
KrystalIce Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009  Professional General Artist
>D Good!
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:iconechelon-x:
Echelon-X Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009
Indeed! :iconevilgrinplz:
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:iconravendarkshadow:
RavenDarkshadow Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2009
Super Excited, can't wait to find out who wins!!
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:icondoneski:
Doneski Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
damn , 5th Jan cant wait :P
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