Wall art: "The Elephant in the Room"

  • Status: Closed
  • Prize: $399
  • Entries Received: 7
  • Winner: Furiku19s

Contest Brief

I am looking for an artist to illustrate an elephant grim reaper inside of a room. I know it sounds strange, but hopefully the idea should be obvious ;) The tone should be serious -- doesn't need to be overly serious/dramatic, but not too comedic (a hint of comedy if possible would be great but since that can be tough to pull off, it's fine if there's none). No text (other than your signature if you wish to incorporate it), just the depiction. We'll brainstorm the specifics / details / peripheral images together but ultimately you have much creative license, as the only real requirement is that it depicts a grim reaper that is an elephant that is in a room.

I'm thinking ideally this will be a frameable wall piece, but a poster could also be fine, depending on what we end up with!

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Public Clarification Board

  • amelnich
    amelnich
    • 1 week ago

    Yes!!
    Now I understand what you wanted.
    I wouldn't do that even in a drunken stupor.
    I saved my sanity.

    • 1 week ago
  • alviolette
    alviolette
    • 1 month ago

    Bye the way what was the runner-up award amount?

    • 1 month ago
    1. vivshiv
      Contest Holder
      • 3 weeks ago

      each in the range of 200 to 350 or so, slightly less than the top prize

      • 3 weeks ago
  • alviolette
    alviolette
    • 1 month ago

    Sorry to Brandon R. and myself ...

    • 1 month ago
  • alviolette
    alviolette
    • 1 month ago

    Well it looks like all you sceptics were wrong! SIX RUNNER UP PRIZES!!?? WOW, show you eh? Congrats to all the awarded and one finger to the scoffers!!

    • 1 month ago
  • joshiprabhat108
    joshiprabhat108
    • 1 month ago

    The contest holder will first give you 5 star and then he will reject it. He doesnt know what he wants. Lol

    • 1 month ago
  • genesiseng
    genesiseng
    • 1 month ago

    I agree with @Jonathan B. as it looks like a fishing project in water even the contest holder don't know what to hope for. Man hours wasted on the "Elephant Grimm reaper" Project is actually pointing towards a different elephant, The one which doesnt have value for time invested in hardwork ,even ignoring other projects. All the contestants are shooting at a bulls eye which even contest holder is himself unaware of...too late to figure it out..but this is the "elephant in the freelancers room"..may God forgive you.

    • 1 month ago
    1. johnchhana
      johnchhana
      • 1 month ago

      You organized a contest with an idea. The freelancer's job is to draw based on that idea, and your responsibility is to pick a winner

      • 1 month ago
    2. vivshiv
      Contest Holder
      • 1 month ago

      but as Jonathan B astutely pointed out, the idea "just doesn't work"; therefore, we are indeed all losers!

      • 1 month ago
  • realmarymurray
    realmarymurray
    • 1 month ago

    "I didn't realize that I was breaking any rules of the platform." Be accountable. This isn't a charity platform. All of the contestants believed you to pick a winner - you even mentioned runner-ups. Even if you have changed you mind about the brief, only a decent human being would pay for all of the hours put in (especially those that made your changes). This is exploitation and you know full well it is! Be a decent human.

    • 1 month ago
    1. johnchhana
      johnchhana
      • 1 month ago

      Fully agree. I made more than 10 revisions to get to my final one

      • 1 month ago
  • lodhiAyush
    lodhiAyush
    • 1 month ago

    For the 10th time i did the changes to the design based on the review and you rejected the entry finally.

    • 1 month ago
    1. vivshiv
      Contest Holder
      • 1 month ago

      I did not demand revisions out of anyone. It is an open contest and anyone is free to put as much or as little time as they wish. The format and reward are pretty clear, and it's not like I deceived anyone. Again, results matter more than effort, that is the reality of the world.

      And you're right, it's just a $350 bucks contest, not $2000. So I could just have easily questioned why artists are putting in so many hours of work for such little expected return? But I'm not doing that because I respect the passion people have for their work.

      • 1 month ago
    2. JonBenn
      JonBenn
      • 1 month ago

      That's not the point. This is a contest. You should accept the submissions and choose a winner. If none of the entries stand up to your vision, then so be it, that is the risk you take when commissioning art in this way. The better option would have been to set this up in the project section and invite bids on the job. You then choose a designer and work with that designer to get what it is you are looking for. Then you can work on revision after revision. But playing several designers against each other in a contest, asking them to revise and put extra hours in knowing all but one will go away empty handed, is unfair on everyone except the winner. This contest has now been running a long long time. And some designers have worked their asses off trying to meet your expectations. I think you should be fair and choose your winner today. Maybe afterwards top up the money for the winner and do some much needed revisions with that winner so everyone else can move on to something else.

      • 1 month ago
  • genesiseng
    genesiseng
    • 1 month ago

    Contest holder please do not delete off this contest after all submissions are done, by sighting "security reasons" if not other reason... I learned "Guaranteed Contest" can be deleted by the contest holder ( it was a shoking new thing to me after 6days of work put in). And is not bound to declare a winner or even distribute prize money equally after 30 days in case of not having a winner.(contest #1813485. this after contest closing,submission, extention corrections rating waiting for result)... im sharing this after permission from the chat from the support staff who chatted with me. Requesting you Please respect our hard work.

    • 1 month ago
    1. lodhiAyush
      lodhiAyush
      • 1 month ago

      There are even more ways to get away with a guaranteed projects, speaking from my past experience, what happens is one can create a fake account award him the prize simple. Or even if we report that entry freelance is just going to return the money to the contest holder and it is up to him if he may award it or not, possibly he will not. There are verry few who are genuine CH’s.

      • 1 month ago
  • Dimschi69
    Dimschi69
    • 1 month ago

    This is just a suggestion. But regarding the specs of this project, it seems only fair that it should be treated more as a Fine Art project. That is, either to accept or reject the concepts without the need of alterations. This I feel would be less disheartening for the participants.
    The contest proposal is challenging and creative.

    • 1 month ago
  • Dimschi69
    Dimschi69
    • 1 month ago

    Hello.
    May I suggest keeping the contest open for the remaining time allocated (2 days and 23 hours remaining), and then proceeding on closing the contest, whatever the outcome.
    This only seems fair for those that are still working on the project.
    Thank You.

    • 1 month ago
  • johnchhana
    johnchhana
    • 1 month ago

    I don't care if you don't pick me as a winner. But simply closing the contest after all this time just because you change your mind will not do. Have some integrity because we have done our part. I for one still have the private requests you sent me as I'm sure others do as well. Take this as an advice that was long due

    • 1 month ago
  • antoniodasilva95
    antoniodasilva95
    • 1 month ago

    needs to be just painting? can't I do photo manipulation?

    • 1 month ago
    1. vivshiv
      Contest Holder
      • 1 month ago

      any method is fine. if using photos they must be non plagiarized and royalty free

      • 1 month ago
  • gerardolamus
    gerardolamus
    • 1 month ago

    You have rejected 2 entries ... what do you think if you keep the design in order to see what people might say about ?? regards

    • 1 month ago
    1. vivshiv
      Contest Holder
      • 1 month ago

      not sure I understand what you mean? If I reject an entry, it means there's no chance it will be picked as either a winner or runner up

      • 1 month ago
  • vivshiv
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    https://www.freelancer.com/contest/poll-MTgwMjI5NDox rate and comment away ; and entries are still open for submission, don't worry

    • 1 month ago
  • genesiseng
    genesiseng
    • 1 month ago

    if you are rejecting give some reason so that we can improve upon it

    • 1 month ago
    1. vivshiv
      Contest Holder
      • 1 month ago

      feel free to look at other entries as well as ponder the meaning of the idiom “elephant in the room” for inspiration as to how to depict

      • 1 month ago
    2. vivshiv
      Contest Holder
      • 1 month ago

      i’ve been pretty busy, i’ll try to give feedback if i didn’t

      • 1 month ago
  • alitblaul
    alitblaul
    • 1 month ago

    You already open the sealed entries, Does it mean no more entries for the rest of the the contest?

    • 1 month ago
    1. vivshiv
      Contest Holder
      • 1 month ago

      as i stated below, you can keep submitting until i pick winners

      • 1 month ago
  • gerardolamus
    gerardolamus
    • 1 month ago

    Hello .. I m going to do another entry photo manipulation ... is it ok ? or it is mandatory to illustrate .. regards

    • 1 month ago
    1. vivshiv
      Contest Holder
      • 1 month ago

      any method is fine as long as the result looks good

      • 1 month ago
  • vivshiv
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    final extension, 10 days from now - also, entries are unsealed for viewing and voting for the rest of the contest; gonna open up a poll

    • 1 month ago
    1. vivshiv
      Contest Holder
      • 1 month ago

      im gonna take polling results into consideration, not decide based solely on it

      • 1 month ago
    2. johnchhana
      johnchhana
      • 1 month ago

      and if you keep receiving submissions after unsealing them, then it may have made all those sealed weeks redundant

      • 1 month ago
  • dshowrav
    dshowrav
    • 1 month ago

    Please don't close the contest before time.

    • 1 month ago
    1. vivshiv
      Contest Holder
      • 1 month ago

      i will keep it open for at least another 4-5 days, maybe up to 10 but i can't guarantee that i won't pick winners a few days early; as i've already extended it a bunch

      • 1 month ago
  • alexfreelancepin
    alexfreelancepin
    • 1 month ago

    Are you still going to receive more tickets? I would like to improve the one I had presented before.

    • 1 month ago
    1. vivshiv
      Contest Holder
      • 1 month ago

      yea feel free to keep submitting

      • 1 month ago
  • genesiseng
    genesiseng
    • 1 month ago

    can you please reveal what type of room you plan to use it in ....like conference room, office, healthservice facility parlour.......etc

    • 1 month ago
    1. vivshiv
      Contest Holder
      • 1 month ago

      most likely inside home/apartment rooms, probably not commercial spaces

      • 1 month ago
  • vivshiv
    Contest Holder
    • 2 months ago

    1) reminder: please reserve the comments section for clarifications, questions, etc. only -- no need to inform me of your submission, rest assured I will take a good look at each and every one
    2) I can tell you right now I definitely will be picking at least several runners up already, regardless of who gets top prize
    3) although I've sealed entries for now, I'll be getting them unsealed for viewing (and probably voting!) by the end of the contest period

    • 2 months ago
    1. JonBenn
      JonBenn
      • 1 month ago

      You wrote this 3 weeks ago, yet you haven't checked anything, or rated anything, in a long time. Are you serious with this contest or have you chosen your winner already and are just allowing designers to keep working away regardless? I ask in good faith, is this contest also in good faith?

      • 1 month ago
  • Plurinx
    Plurinx
    • 1 month ago

    Hello! I have two questions : the minimum 2 sq ft have equal sizes? Can you add also the measurements in cm ? Thank you, Lorenna

    • 1 month ago
  • DayArts2405
    DayArts2405
    • 2 months ago

    Hi Sir! Glad to participate. Are you ok if i upload a couple of sketches showing different "scenes"? Ej: Different elephant psoitions/angles related to the room.. etc.. ? Then, if you like a particular scene/option, we can keep going the work adding more an more details till the final art gets done. What do you think? Thanks!

    • 2 months ago
    1. DayArts2405
      DayArts2405
      • 2 months ago

      Thanks! 3 sketches already uploaded :D !

      • 2 months ago
    2. DayArts2405
      DayArts2405
      • 2 months ago

      Working on (based in your feedback, thanks)

      • 2 months ago
  • benjicoco
    benjicoco
    • 2 months ago

    do you want an elephant head to look like a skull or more "alive" ?

    • 2 months ago
    1. vivshiv
      Contest Holder
      • 2 months ago

      either can work! skull would probably be cooler if you can pull it off but it's definitely much harder to pull off than alive head

      • 2 months ago
  • artbybrandon13
    artbybrandon13
    • 2 months ago

    What size painting/poster are you thinking of?

    • 2 months ago
    1. vivshiv
      Contest Holder
      • 2 months ago

      aspect ratio flexible -- I originally said minimum 4 sq feet, but actually gonna lower that to 2.5 sq ft minimum

      • 2 months ago

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