I'm honestly shocked that this competition also includes 3D modeled art work. It sounded from the OP that beyond the shadow-of-a-doubt this was a digital painting competition. I was excited about this because it was finally a "clean" competition where the entries were clear. Most art competitions that I've come by don't separate digital from other mediums, and many people around my artist community (where I live) don't even understand what digital paintings are. I entered my digital paintings in a competition and they categorized my work as "mixed media."
When I attended the art show where my digital paintings were on display, I had to continually explain to the older artists, and various guests, that I actually digitally painted my work. I had to explain what a tablet is, and that I use a stylus. It's frustrating to not be recognized, and lopped into the category of things that are completely unrelated. My digital paintings were being judged against random things like colored pencil entries, charcoal entries etc. they refused to put my entries in the painting category (like oil, or whatever) even though that would realistically be much closer. General people have this perception that when you say you drew or designed something digitally that the computer did the work for you. Now I know this has nothing to do with League, or this competition directly. But, I guess I found comfort that there was an art competition directed at digital painting specifically. Finally a competiton where apples would be compared to apples.
The inclusion of 3D modeled and rendered art is truly disappointing/disheartening because to compare and judge digital painting to 3D sculpting and modeling is to compare apples to oranges. They don't belong in the same competition. I'm not arguing that 3D modeling and sculpting is any less artistic, but that it belongs in its own competiton. I'm actually going to school for 3D modeling, sculpting, and animation, so I'm definitely not biased against 3D art. 3D art is actually what I want to spend my life doing. For the sake of this competiton, however, I'd rather see all of the apples rated against apples and all of the oranges rated against oranges. I'd thoroughly enjoy a full-fledged 3D art competition. I'd love to see what myself and the community could come up with.
Could there be some distinction in what is and is not allowed to be entered? Allowing various kinds of art mediums in the competiton ruins the validity of the competiton as your judging things that are entirely different.
Thanks again for giving us the opportunity of this competiton. I think it's great what Riot is doing, you guys are my favorite gaming company, after all. I plan on entering a piece of my own. I plan on getting a ton more done this weekend.