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#1 ZackDavisson

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 07:20 PM

Dark Horse is sponsering a cool little contest for budding artists. Submit a potential Conan cover and get printed in the comic!

Anyone up for the challenge?


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Posted 09 January 2012 - 08:13 PM

I not a good enough artist for such an endeavour but I will make a half ass try, because it is fun.

But I have an idea of drawing a young conan, you know as a spearcarrier and with a pantherloincloth (cough!) possibly with a horned barbarian helmet. I think he should wear the pantherhead like a belt, kind of like a boxerchampion but on the side hip. Also, perhaps some kind of warpaint (for venarium) or actually putting the panther on as a mask. Because it is scary. And symbolizes a nightraider or cimmerian thief of kind. Horns on helmets has no direct use so it should be symbolic of something. Marks that he is chosen for something or has passed a ritual test. For a model I would choose one with a fighters physique rather than a bodybuilder type. Maybe even an early 1930´s fighter, contemporary with REH´s boxingdays, because those guys looked tough!

Feel free to use the idea anyone if you think it is a nice one.

Edited by Lunatic, 09 January 2012 - 08:15 PM.


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Posted 09 January 2012 - 08:43 PM

Go for it! You lose nothing by trying!

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 11:50 PM

I can only draw stick men.

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 11:53 PM

Might give this one a shot. Thanks for posting, Zack.
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Posted 10 January 2012 - 12:24 AM

Entry becomes the property of Dark Horse upon receipt.


This is unfortunate, but probably inevitable considering the licensing mumbo-jumbo that is copyright law.

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#7 ZackDavisson

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 02:03 AM

It is copyright law, specifically on the part of Conan Properties. Apparently the legal harranging are such a pain they may never do something like this again.

Dark Horse's Event Coordinator's explanation in response to complaints:

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So I spoke with our in house council and because we are only a licensor of the Conan Property from Conan Properties company we can't print any Conan artwork that we can't say is owned by Conan Properties. I totally understand where you're coming from. We're not trying to hold anybodies work and in light of your comment and comments from folks from No-Spec movement, this makes me not want to host any more Art contests since we're never likely going to be able to do anything different than the fine print above. I'm lucky we can even host this outside the US per the way our Legal folks want us to do things.
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Posted 10 January 2012 - 06:11 AM

I hate legalities... life should be simpler :wacko:

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 06:13 PM

Errr... that's general practice for such soliciations, guys. :wacko:

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 06:36 PM

I'm new to stuff like this. :unsure:

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 07:00 PM

I can only draw stick men.

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To be fair, that's an awesome stickman.
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Posted 10 January 2012 - 11:52 PM

Nothing is mentioned about size, so I'm assuming this should be standard comic book dimensions, right? 10x15 is the size for the live art area on regular comic art boards, so I'm thinking I'll just measure that out on my sketch book.
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Posted 11 January 2012 - 12:13 AM

http://browse.devian...atic38#/d4ly5ss

There it is, didn´t turn out like I wanted it..but maybe the loincloth looks cool?

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 12:15 AM

We want you to Create a Conan cover like we've never seen before. Think hard, get some inspiration and bring Conan to life! Send us your entry at Contests [at] darkhorse [dot] com.



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Posted 13 January 2012 - 01:25 PM

my best 'cover art' is of Conan's naked butt being spanked by a buxom sorceress [ me ].

ofcourse the vibrant colour image is only in my head, forever,
and no 'robbin-hoods' like 'drak-hoss' or 'see-p-eye' are gonna own my special creation.

but.... i dont mind if some other artist is inspired by my vivid image idea... ;)

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 06:44 PM

Ummmm .... I don't think Conan is the type to lie still and be spanked. The "buxom sorceress" who tried it would probably find herself in the reverse position, then tossed into an open sewer.

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 04:54 AM

Crankin away on mine... The more I work on it, the more ideas I come up with. I hope I finish on time!

Oh yeah, and it's of Conan spanking Buxom. ;)
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Posted 14 January 2012 - 08:12 AM

Ummmm .... I don't think Conan is the type to lie still and be spanked. The "buxom sorceress" who tried it would probably find herself in the reverse position, then tossed into an open sewer.

I think Conan could think of better things to do with a buxom sorceress than toss her into an open sewer. That's a fate reserved for treacherous minxes.
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Posted 14 January 2012 - 07:19 PM

ah man, if only time were not such a strict mistress lol...looking forward to seeing the entries though!
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Posted 21 January 2012 - 06:17 PM

My entry:
http://i256.photobuc...ggro/conan1.jpg
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