These little guys are examples of our barbary whelp.
We will NOT be commenting on submissions: don't want to show any favoritism! Also, if you don't post your signal-boost link for your second, third, fourth etc. entry, it will NOT be counted.
The immature version of a barbary drake (adults coming soon), they're so named for their barbarous nature (mind your fingers). Barbaries are voracious eaters, and when full grown quite capable of tackling prey larger than itself (mind you there isn't too much larger than a full grown barbary). Hatchlings display a wide variety of colour patterns, often in outrageous combinations. These bright, distinctive pelts are thought to advertise the immature drake's venomous nature to any would-be predators. Although somewhat unpredictable in captivity, whelps imprinted at hatching can be domesticated with some measure of success.
Each whelp comes fully armatured, hand painted and sewn. Made of durable resin & acrylic, these guys are perfect as cosplay or larp accessories, bjd photoshoots, or protectors for your all important desk detritus. They're quite pose-able, and can have a small loop added to their belly upon request so that they can be pinned securely to your shoulder.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to design a barbary the likes of which has never been seen before. If we pick your design, we'll make and ship a barbary made-to-order from your design to you! :3 Two runners up will also receive prizes (more info. on prizes below).
How are you judging these?
Designs will be judged based on uniqueness & plausibility. What's that mean? It means if you cover the body with forty-seven thousand lightning bolts all 3.3333 millimeters wide, that isn't something we can actually MAKE for you, so you're not likely to win. Really think about your design, and ask yourself, why would it be the colours/patterns you've chosen? No explanation for your chosen colour scheme is actually required, but it'll help you in your design process to consider why it might look the way it does.
How do I participate?
1) Design a whelp! You can either use the line-art provided, or come up with your own.
2) Post it! You can upload entries on DA, FA, Tumblr... anywhere your heart desires.
3) Make sure to link both our DA account (or FA/Tumblr account if you're posting there), and the contest journal in your entry's comments.
4) Post a link to your entry on this journal so we can see!
First place will receive their barbary, in the flesh (okay, in the fur), & a coupon good for a discount on any of our cast horrors.
Second runner up will receive a handmade bitty-barbary from , painted to look like their design & a coupon. fav.me/d56bqvh
Third runner up will receive a handmade barbary pendant from , & a coupon. fav.me/d56eqvr
If we get lots of entries, we'll add more prizes.
The contest will run until Saturday August 4th at 12am EST.
How many entries can I have?
You can have a max. of three entries. For every entry over your first however, you need to signal boost the contest in some other way, be it a journal entry linking the contest, a tumblr link, or whatever you can think of.
What media should I use?
Whatever you're most comfortable with. Digital, watercolour, markers, coloured pencil, acrylic... just no macaroni-glued-on-with-sparkle-paint. That's right out.
Do I get any points for drawing my own line-art?
Short answer, no. The contest is about the design, not the drawing. If you'd prefer to use your own line drawing to make your design, that's cool with us; just remember that anything that distracts from your design (fuzzy line-work, inaccurate proportions etc.) isn't going to help you.
Can I make a barbary based on Captain America/some other pre-existing character?
Well you CAN, but Steve would be SO DISAPPOINT. Which is to say, we're looking for original, unique designs... not iron-man-the-barbary. Fanart barbaries aren't eligible to win.
Do I have to enter the contest to adopt a Barbary?
Nope! While this contest is the only way to win a whelp, Custom whelps are available made to order for 85$ + shipping. Just send us an email, firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to skip the colouring pages and go straight to whelp ownership.
Ready, set, go!