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Hey guys! :) for those who don't know, I've been learning to paint for 4 months now. I want to learn as fast as I can from all you pros on here, so I thought I'd start something like an ongoing contest to give away points and help me improve.

So, basically:
I'm giving away points to people who critique my work. Each new deviation of mine will be open for critiques in its comments section, and there will be 3 prizes totalling 140 points per painting:

Prizes:
  1. First Critique - 20 :points:
  2. Best Critique - 100 :points:
  3. Random Critique or Comment - 20 :points:
Notes:
The 'First Critique' prize goes to the first critique, unless it's really short (i.e. less than 100 words, say). All 3 prizes will be sent and announced in the comments section of the deviation roughly 1 week after the deviation's submission date - and then the contest will close for that deviation. The 'Random Critique' prize can be won by anyone (even if you gave a very short critique or just a helpful comment).

Okay, so what do you do now?
Finish reading this journal, Star!favStar! it, and then critique one of my deviations that is less than a week old and you're in the draw to win points!

How will I choose the Best Critique?
The best critique will be the one that best helps me to understand what I need to improve. A good critique will tell me what's good, what's bad, and *how to improve* the bad parts. It doesn't have to be long, but more detailed critiques are better. Also, don't be too nice! I prefer brutal critiques that get straight to the point about what I need to improve on :D

How long will this give-away go for?
Forever, or at least as far as the foreseeable future.

Can I win all three categories?
Yep, if you're the first, and the best, and you win the random prize, then you'll get 140 points :wow: You can submit multiple critiques, e.g. if you thought of another thing to add - it's just that they wont count as multiple items for the random prize.

How often do I post new paintings?
Once a week, minimum - usually more.

I think that's it. This should be fun :D looking forward to hopefully making some friends in the along the way! If you've got any questions, just pop them in the comments :)
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:iconjosephrocca:
josephrocca Featured By Owner Edited Aug 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Eastern Chipmunk Winners:
josephrocca.deviantart.com/art…
  1. First Critique: Lady-Of-The-Void   (20 Points)
  2. Best Critique: Deerlyng   (100 Points)
  3. Random Critique or Comment:  WingedAfricanWildDog   (20 Points)
Congrats peeps! :D Thanks a heap for your help :)

:) (Smile)

Joe
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WingedAfricanWildDog Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow, thank you so much! <3
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:iconjosephrocca:
josephrocca Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
My pleasure :D
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josephrocca Featured By Owner Edited Aug 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
A Boy and His Snail Winners:
josephrocca.deviantart.com/art…
  1. First Critique: Lady-Of-The-Void   (20 Points)
  2. Best Critique: Karantheartist    (100 Points)
  3. Random Critique or Comment:  Karantheartist   (20 Points)
Congrats (esp. to karen for the double win!), and thanks for the great critiques! :D Another painting coming soon.

:)

Joe
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Karantheartist Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Student Artist
Thx dude! As I said looking forward to more of your work! Oh yeah and lol you spelt my name wrong there, it's ok :D
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:iconjosephrocca:
josephrocca Featured By Owner Edited Aug 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Black and White Winners:
josephrocca.deviantart.com/art…
  1. First Critique: Deerlyng  (20 Points)
  2. Best Critique: Deerlyng   (100 Points each)
  3. Random Critique or Comment:  Deerlyng   (20 Points)
Easiest giveaway yet! haha thanks for your critique Deerlyng - it was the only one, but I think you hit all the important points. Congrats on the points, and I'm look forward to more tips from you :)

Joe
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Karantheartist Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Student Artist
Oops forgot to fave this Sweating a little... 
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lucky7number7seven7 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014
Any specific Deviation that we should critique?
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:iconjosephrocca:
josephrocca Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Any deviation that's less than a week old - you can check when I submitted it in the 'details' section on the right side bar. Thanks :) (sorry for the late reply!)
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lucky7number7seven7 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
Sorry for the even later reply! :D
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josephrocca Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
No worries :D
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:iconwingedafricanwilddog:
WingedAfricanWildDog Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow, thank you for the points!
It means alot. ;w;
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:iconjosephrocca:
josephrocca Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
No worries - thanks for the critique! :D
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:iconwingedafricanwilddog:
WingedAfricanWildDog Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Student General Artist
Not a problem! ;)
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:iconjosephrocca:
josephrocca Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Daydreaming Winners:
  1. First Critique: Mainecare (20 Points)
  2. Best Critique: Everyone :D  (33 Points each)
  3. Random Critique or Comment:  drawji  (20 Points)
Not too many critiques on this one - which mean more points for everyone :D yayay! Decided to break the main prize into 3 just for fun :p

(:

Joe
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josephrocca Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Paper Boat Winners:
  1. First Critique: Mainecare (20 Points)
  2. Best Critique: Deerlyng & Mainecare  (tied - 50 Points each)
  3. Random Critique or Comment:  Deerlyng  (20 Points)
Wow, you guys really tag-teamed it this time huh? Haha thanks everyone for all your helpful critiques!

(:

Joe
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:iconjosephrocca:
josephrocca Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Intersection Winners:
  1. First Critique: Mainecare (20 Points)
  2. Best Critique: Deerlyng & Mainecare  (tied - 50 Points each)
  3. Random Critique or Comment: WingedAfricanWildDog  (20 Points)
Thanks everyone for all your help :) Lots more prizes to give out!

Thanks :) (Smile)

Joe
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Karantheartist Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Student Artist
When is the boy and his snail one coming?
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josephrocca Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Sorry karan, its coming soon - just been really busy lately - barely got time to post deviations! I'll probably do all three of the latest paintings early next week. Really looking forward to reading your critiques!! Thanks :)
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Karantheartist Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Student Artist
K
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josephrocca Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Whoa, got a bit of a backlog of prizes to give out - will get to them tomorrow! :)
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josephrocca Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Procida, Italy Winners:
  1. First Critique: Lady-Of-The-Void  (20 Points)
  2. Best Critique:  DarkLikeVader  (100 Points)
  3. Random Critique or Comment: Lady-Of-The-Void  (20 Points)
So many great critiques! Wish I had more points to give out :( Lady-Of-The-Void, you're so lucky! This is the second time DarkLikeVader has taken the first prize, so check out her/his critique here for some inspiration if you like:
josephrocca.deviantart.com/art…
Good formatting (dot points!), straight to the point, and most importantly it shows me the most important things I need to improve on. It was a tough choice still, since FrostyBananacx and WingedAfricanWildDog provided many great tips that the others missed (again, I wish I had more points to give out!). Thanks again everyone :)

Also, another painting is up: josephrocca.deviantart.com/art…

And another is coming very soon! (possibly tomorrow)

Thanks :)

Joe


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josephrocca Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
More art coming soon - been sick for the last few days and my exams are this weekend! Thanks for all the critiques, will get to them this sunday. Cheers :)
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Deerlyng Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Hope you feel better, Iv been watching for art and didn't see any and was worried something was wrong. Hope you feel better! Glad to know you are hurt :sheepish: 
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Deerlyng Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Arent* awkward >_>
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WingedAfricanWildDog Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Okay. :) Aww, I hope you feel better! Cannot wait for more paintings to critique on!
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WingedAfricanWildDog Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Student General Artist
*sigh* Maybe next time... I just got scammed from all my points, so now I am trying to get them back! I'll keep trying, tho.
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josephrocca Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
The Pigeon Painter Winners:
  1. First Critique: Mainecare    (20 Points)
  2. Best Critique:  DarkLikeVader  (80 Points) and KuroKuroNeko4 (20 :points:)
  3. Random Critique or Comment: DarkLikeVader  (20 Points)
Congrats guys! :D (Big Grin) Thanks so much to everyone! I had to cut the main prize a little to give 20 points to runner up KuroKuroNeko4 for his/her great critique - I hope you don't mind DarkLikeVader (you were luck enough to win the random prize anyway haha! :D). Hints (again) on how to win for future participants: Dot-point-type critiques that are brutal, get straight to the point and teach me something that I didn't realise are the best!

Thanks again everyone :) I'm really happy with how this is working. Learning so much!
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KuroKuroNeko4 Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thankies! I had no idea I could be helpful, and much less when I'm sleepy :D
In that case I'll try to come by and leave more critiques every now and again^^

Again, thanks~
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DarkLikeVader Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
Haha, that's ironic :P Congrats to the other winners! :D
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josephrocca Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Into the Battle Winners:
  1. First Critique: wintermcy   (20 Points)
  2. Best Critique:  Mainecare   (100 Points)
  3. Random Critique or Comment: Naivascha  (20 Points)
Congrats guys! :D (Big Grin) Some close runners up - thanks so much to everyone! Hints on how to win for future participants: Dot-point-type critiques that are brutal and get straight to the point and teach me something that I didn't realise are the best!
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Naivascha Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
Oh, thank you :) 
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MenacingNightmares Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
When do you usually post the winners?
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:iconrakuu-kun:
Rakuu-Kun Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Student General Artist
Hm.... seems interesting, mind if I critique a few of your works? :D
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josephrocca Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
That would be great! Make sure you check the comments here to be sure that the prize hasn't been given away for the deviation that your critique. If a deviation is less than a week old, the comp hasn't ended yet - "The Pigeon Painter" has one day left, for example
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WingedAfricanWildDog Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Student General Artist
I already did a few critiques...
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:iconjosephrocca:
josephrocca Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! I look forward to reading them soon :)
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WingedAfricanWildDog Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Student General Artist
Okay! You have a real gift! ^^
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Wolf-song24 Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
Nooo! I wanted to enter!
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josephrocca Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Yay! You still can, there's two pieces open now and I paint about 2 pieces a week :D
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Wolf-song24 Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
Can I post it? I have a painting of a wolf
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MenacingNightmares Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'm very confused. What is this?
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josephrocca Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Basically I'm giving away points to people who critique my work :) There's a category for the best critique, a random critique and first critique for every single painting I post - hope you can join :D
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MenacingNightmares Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Okay. Well, do you have a folder for that? All your criteria to be seen?
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josephrocca Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Morning After the Battle Winners:
  1. First Critique: Clockwork-Falcon  (20 Points)
  2. Best Critique: jackthebeanstalker   (100 Points)
  3. Random Critique or Comment: Kai-Kita   (20 Points)
Congrats guys! :D (Kai-Kita and Naivascha were close seconds for the Best category - thanks guys :)) BTW, dot-point type critiques are great because they get straight to the point and they're probably easier for you guys to write, so just remember a long critiques isn't necessarily a good critique. Thanks again everyone :D More artworks coming soon!
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Kai-Kita Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconjosephrocca:
josephrocca Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
No worries at all - thank you!
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Kai-Kita Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem!
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Kai-Kita Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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