Achievement in Technical Skill
Church of the Broken God by Zhange
What more could I say about this piece that hasn’t already been said by Zhange in this, her love letter to Robert Bumaro and the Church of the Broken God? The Church’s leader and its devoted following are depicted, armed for war, with the rising sun at their back and their massive deity Mekhane standing shoulder to shoulder with them.
The Church in Zhange’s piece is a mechanized marvel, a miracle of machinery armed and ready for their endless war against Yaldabaoth. As per usual, Zhange’s attention to detail is stunning; light glistens and flickers on the metallic armor of the Mekhane’s champions. Banners flutter in the wind in the background, and the burning heart of the Broken God churns passionately in the front.
Personally, the whole scene is a little too anime for my taste and isn’t what I’d describe as djkaktus brand canon for the CotBG. But as a work of art it is impecable, something that draws you in and refuses to let go. A masterwork of technical skill, Zhange’s Church of the Broken God is worth honoring for its achievement.
Achievement in Abstract Interpretation
SCP-035 by Amn3siia
In a quiet, curtained room, a young girl stares into a mask. This is the setting of Amn3siia’s “SCP-035”, where the reader is left to ponder the nature of the piece and what it says about the famous 035.
The scene is lit from above, and in the foreground ornaments hang and glisten from thin threads that snake across the room. Flowers lay on the floor at the girl’s feet, tossed as if onto a stage. The hem of her victorian dress is lined with face, some comedic and some tragic, and hands reach towards her, fingers outstretched.
The whole piece portrays the struggle between identity and annihilation - anyone who wears the mask loses themselves as the mask takes over. There is the direct representation in the girl holding the mask, and the indirect in the scenery around her - the hands, the flowers, the stage. The mask is powerless without her, but by stealing her body can assume her part in the narrative. The mask can take her place on the stage.
Interpretations aside, Amn3siia’s piece has style. The use of shading under the bright light above is beautiful, and contrasts well with the darkness behind the curtains. Hanging ornaments closer to the viewer appear blurred, while those further away fade into the background. The color is scant - only shades of greys and light reds, but their presentation is almost dreamlike. The subject of the piece, the mask itself, is only barely visible, but its effect on the piece is palpable.
Best Application of Subject
SCP-3999 by Pendleton_Miller
The word “subject” is described as “a person or thing that is being discussed, described, or dealt with.” As an adjective, it can be described as “likely or prone to be affected by (a particular condition or occurrence, typically an unwelcome or unpleasant one).” And as a verb, “cause or force to undergo (a particular experience of form of treatment).”
When discussing subject, or what one is subject to, or how one might subject another, we would be amiss to not discuss LordStonefish’s SCP-3999, “I Am At The Center Of Everything That Happens To Me.” The subject of the piece is Talloran, who then is subjected by a malicious, horrifying entity who subjects him to a millions years of torment. The metanarrative is interwoven not just through the literature, but through its subject, Talloran.
In Pendleton_Miller’s SCP-3999, the true inescapable horror of Talloran’s pitiful situation is revealed; Talloran is nothing but an illustration, bound by the whims of a creator god that not only breathed life into him, but shaped every facet of his being and could undo him at a whim, and does. The pieces captures the spirit of SCP-3999 in a way that few others in the contest were able to, and does so in a spectacularly lighthearted way. The chibi Talloran is even dwarfed in the shadow of the SCP-3999 metanarrator’s “hand”, his posture and expression so perfectly encapsulating the subject of the source material.
Best Application of Mood
SCP-2146 by Amamidori
Before discussion the winning entry, a big shout out to LadyoftheCrescent for creating what may very well be the most unsettling image in the entire contest.
So many entries tackled the subject of mood in the way that comes most familiar with the SCP Foundation. Dark hallways, monsters behind locked doors, the sounds of screams and ruin in the distance, all buried beneath the ground. These are common themes within the Foundationverse, and their inclusion in this contest should be no surprise.
But perhaps the most surprising entry was that of a gentle, frozen whale drifting slowly through space from the perspective of the interior of a research craft. In the background you can see the Earth, far away from the quiet scene above. On the desk inside the vessel sits a simple radio and some crayons, and taped to the window are a child's drawings of Bay-Bo the cosmic whale.
The entire scene is serene. There is no action here, and the fighting is all very far away. In the simple setting of this drifting whale and the quiet research vessel, I can imagine Erik Satie’s Gymnopedie No. 1 playing softly from the radio while a tired researcher waits for another transmission. In the often explosive and bombastic world of the Foundationverse, this is perhaps its most reserved moment. And it is beautiful.
Best Application of djkaktus Source Material
First Place: SCP-1730 by SunnyClockwork
So almost all of you fuckers decided not to do the noble thing and didn’t contribute anything relevant to djkaktus brand source material specifically. Fortunately SunnyClockwork is picking up the slack for all of you with her incredible rendition of the climactic final scene in “SCP-1730” by djkaktus. As Captain Hollis, Tau-5 and their entourage make their escape, THE DEER, Elijah and the Gate Guardian do battle in the basements of the cursed site. It’s fucking incredible. +100 points to Gryffindor. No overtime tonight. Winner winner chicken dinner. SunnyClockwork is the godhead.
Welcome back, art fans! After finishing up our results, we've decided to start a little early and release the first two caption (Color, Contrast) results tonight! We'll release the next two minor captions on Tuesday per usual, and then the rest later this week as expected.
So without further ado, your djkakt.us Usurped Art Contest Caption Winners!
Best Application of Color
First Place: SCP-3007 by Flawed
While there were a number of fantastic depictions of Zhange’s SCP-3007 in this contest, none demonstrated such a masterful use of color as the interpretation by Flawed. This piece, depicting the two artists as contrasting blue and red figures, uses color to show the stark reality of what was, and what is. Where below we can see the goddess in her city of dark blue hues set against a gorgeous sky of reds and purples, above we see the world as it is- grey, empty, twisted and dead, with the black pillar at its center. The atmosphere created by the two scenes, both enhanced as they are by the colors Flawed chose to depict them in, is striking.
Best Application of Contrast
First Place: Red Reality by Bluernoon
This is perhaps the simplest entry in the contest: a stark, black background with the faintest impression of a man’s face illuminated in red at its center. Bluernoon’s piece speaks to the loneliness and isolation of OZ Ouroboros’ Red Reality, where Dr. Robert Scranton is trapped for years in the darkness between dimensions, alone save for the titular Red. In this piece, the contrast is nearly overwhelming; the red at the piece’s center is almost entirely covered by black, its dim light almost suffocating beneath the darkness around it. While other pieces depicting SCP-3001 tried (and succeeded!) to evoke such a strong contrast between the two, none do so with quite as much grace as Bluernoon’s “Red Reality”
That's right! In lieu of the results for the ongoing SCP Foundation Social Media Art Contest, I'm going to do one instead. Anyone who submitted a piece to the Wiki contest is automatically entered in this (more) esteemed contest. Starting this week, our venerated staff (djkaktus) will begin to review the submissions and then announce the caption winners and overall top three next week! Probably! Maybe at the end of the week! But seriously this time!
The awards, as they will be determined by djkaktus, are listed below. Prizes (or prize, who can say) will be announced alongside the Major Caption Awards.
Minor Caption Awards (Announced 11/28/2017):
- Best Application of Color
- Best Application of Contrast
- Best Application of Subject
- Best Application of Mood
- Best Application of djkaktus Source Material
Major Caption Awards (Announced 12/1/2017):
- Achievement in Technical Skill
- Achievement in Abstract Interpretation
Overall Awards (Announced 12/2/2017):
- The Official djkakt.us Duke/Duchess of Art Second Runner Up Award
- The Official djkakt.us Prince/Princess of Art Runner Up Award
- The Official djkakt.us King/Queen of Art Award
Stay tuned for these announcements, and best of luck to all participants!