OmniArt 2005  
Current Round: Going Down In History
  • 18 Nov. 2005 We're down to six! Semi-Finals results posted.
  • 21 Oct. 2005 Semi-Finals open! Quarter-Finals results posted.
  • 9 Sept. 2005 Quarter-Finals open!
  • 5 Sept. 2005 Round Six results and Wildcard entrants posted.
  • 29 July 2005 Qualifier Round 6 opens! Round Five results posted.
  • 11 Jun. 2005 Qualifier Round 5 opens! Round Four results posted.
  • 23 Apr. 2005 Qualifier Round 4 opens! Round Three results posted.
  • 5 Mar. 2005 Qualifier Round 3 opens!
  • 24 Feb. 2005 Round Two results posted.
  • 15 Jan. 2005 Qualifier Round 2 opens!
  • 1 Jan. 2005 Round One results posted.
  • 23 Dec. 2004 Updated Frequently Asked Questions.
  • 4 Dec. 2004 OmniArt 2005 Contest Page up. Qualifier Round 1 deadline postponed to December 27, 2004 at 11:59pm PST.
  The Grand Prize  

The OmniArt 2005 champion will be crowned on December 31st, 2005 and will win a cash prize of $600!

  How to Participate  
  1. Read all of the information on this page, especially the official rules and frequently asked questions.
  2. Read the current challenge description.
  3. Create your work.
  4. Send it to with "[CONTEST] Your Name - Title of Work" in the subject line.
  5. Watch for the results at the end of the round. First, second, and third place artists from each qualifying round will automatically be invited back to the finals.
  Final Three - The Grand Finale  

Round Opens: Monday, December 26, 2005
Submission Deadline: Saturday, January 15, 2006 at 11:59pm PST
Reader Voting: Monday, January 17 - Thursday, January 20, 2006
Winner Announced: Friday, January 21, 2006

The Challenge

Three artists are competing, but only one will take home the Grand Prize.

This is it, folks; the final challenge of OmniArt 2005. I know some of you have been waiting your whole lives to get here - maybe just the one or two of you who don't have anything better to do - and I assure you, your artistic skills will be sorely tested for this last go-round. The theme for this is simple: take a scene from an RPG, and make it a scene from a musical.

Partial to opera? Turn that dramatic soliloquy from Final Fantasy (any of them, really) into Pagliacci, and bonus points if you can tie in that Seinfeld episode (no, not really). Broadway your thing? You know Wild ARMs is begging for a Cats redux. Motion pictures tickle your fancy? People die in Chrono Trigger, People die in Moulin Rouge. Coincidence? I think not!

In simpler terms, the object is to take a scene from an RPG and draw it based on a real-world musical; sorry, FF6ís opera scene doesnít cut it. Historical or contemporary, movie or stage production, the basis for the piece has to be the real deal.

Chicago, the Producers, the Sound of MusicÖ so long as itís based around the idea of people breaking into song, itís fair game. Ideally, it should be fairly close, thematically, to the scene from the game youíre drawing; that is, you probably shouldnít really give Wild ARMs the aforementioned Cats makeover, awesome as that idea might be.

The round opens Monday, December 26 and closes on Saturday, January 15. Anyone who wants to draw something for the contest can submit their work as well, though those pieces will not be considered for voting. They will, however, be posted along with the winners on Friday, January 21. I encourage everyone to participate, as this will be the last chance to draw something for Omni-Art 2005. Good luck!

The Rules

Please be sure to include the art period you select in your submission e-mail.

Except as specified above and in the Official Rules, all other normal fan art submission guidelines apply. Please be sure to include "[CONTEST] Artist Name - Title of Work" in your submission e-mail's subject line. All entries should be submitted to by 11:59pm PST on Friday, December 2, 2005. Please note that we cannot accept entries after this deadline for any reason. For confirmation that your entry was received, please include an automatic read receipt request with your e-mail.

OmniArtists, please pay special attention to the Additional Rules for the OmniArt 2005 Finals.

Reader voting for this round will begin on Monday, December 5, 2005 and run through Thursday, December 8, 2005. The results will be announced on the final day of voting at 8pm Pacific Time in Fan Art's IRC channel (RPGamer IRC FAQ | RPGamer Java IRC Client) and the next day on The three contestants with the most votes will advance to the Championship Round; the other three contestants will be out of the competition.

First Second Third
Qualifier 1
Guillaume Chartier

David Mitchell

Lauren Nicolo
Qualifier 2

Jamie Jennings

Maiji/Mary Huang
Qualifier 3


Qualifier 4


Lauren Nicolo

Qualifier 5
Nanami Yuki



Thunder Blossom
Qualifier 6
Matt McMillan

Kenton Alkemi



Xavier Garcia

Final 12
Tending to Master
No One Left Behind
Fade Away
Losing Control
Nanami Yuki
The Train Ride
Lauren Nicolo
Raging Panic
Xavier Garcia
Home is Where the Heart Is
Meet my Friend
Guillaume Chartier
Tellah's Meteo
Artist's Block
Jamie Jennings
An Angel and a Fool
Maiji/Mary Huang
Final 6
Final 3

  Contest Schedule  

Contest Schedule is subject to change. All submission deadlines are at 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time (adjusted for Daylight Savings) on the date listed.

Challenge Announced Submission Deadline Winners Announced
Qualifier 1 Sat. Nov. 27, 2004 Mon. Dec. 27, 2004 Sat. Jan. 1, 2005
Qualifier 2 Sat. Jan. 15, 2005 Mon. Feb. 14, 2005 Sat. Feb. 19, 2005
Qualifier 3 Sat. March 5, 2005 Mon. April 4, 2005 Sat. April 9, 2005
Qualifier 4 Sat. April 23, 2005 Mon. May 23, 2005 Sat. May 28, 2005
Qualifier 5 Sat. June 11, 2005 Mon. July 11, 2005 Sat. July 16, 2005
Qualifier 6 Sat. July 30, 2005 Mon. Aug. 29, 2005 Sat. Sept. 3, 2005
Wildcard Picks Announced Mon. Sept. 5, 2005
Challenge Announced Submission Deadline Reader Voting
Finals 1 Fri. Sep. 9, 2005 Mon. Oct. 10, 2005 Mon. Oct. 17-20, 2005
Finals 2 Fri. Oct. 21, 2005 Mon. Nov. 7, 2005 Fri. Nov. 11-14, 2005
Finals 3 Wed. Nov. 16, 2005 Fri. Dec. 2, 2005 Mon. Dec. 5-8, 2005
Finals 4 Fri. Dec. 9, 2005 Sat. Dec. 24, 2005 Mon. Dec. 26-30, 2005
OmniArt 2005 Champion Announced Sat. Dec. 31, 2005
at 11:59pm PST

  Official Rules  


1. Contest begins Saturday, November 27, 2004 and is scheduled to conclude on Saturday, December 31, 2005. Chances of winning depend on the number of contest entries. Void where prohibited.

2. Winners of qualifying and final rounds will be notified via e-mail following the conclusion of each round by the dates specified in the contest schedule. Winners will also be posted in RPGamer's Fan Art section. Except where prohibited, by entering this contest, entrants consent to the use of his/her name for advertising and promotional purposes without additional compensation. Allow 4-6 weeks for delivery of prizes. All prizes will be awarded. No cash or other substitution for prizes except at the option of RPGamer, for a prize of equal or greater value. Prizes won by minors will be awarded to a parent or legal guardian. Prizes for each round will be announced at the start of each round.

3. RPGamer's decisions in all respects relative to the contest are final. By entering, you agree to be bound by these Official Rules. The contest is offered by RPGamer. RPGamer is not responsible for incomplete, illegible, late, or misdirected e-mail. By participating and/or winning a prize, the winner releases RPGamer and its employees and sponsors from any and all liability with respect to any prize. RPGamer reserves the right to cancel or modify the contest in cases of fraud or prize supply limits, as determined by RPGamer in its sole discretion. RPGamer reserves the right to disqualify any entrant, as determined by RPGamer in its sole discretion.

4. The format of the contest will consist of six (6) preliminary qualifying rounds, followed by four (4) final rounds.

4a. During the qualifying rounds, a new fan art challenge will be posted according to the contest schedule, and entrants have until the deadline for that round to submit their entries via e-mail to with "[CONTEST] Artist Name - Title of Work" in the subject line of their e-mails. Entries submitted in any other manner will not be accepted. Following the entry deadline for each round, a panel of judges selected by RPGamer will decide on a first, second, and third place winner, as well as a number of honorable mentions. The first place winner will be awarded the prize for that round. The first, second, and third place winners will automatically qualify for the contest finals.

4b. Once the qualifying rounds have concluded, judges will select up to three entrants to receive wildcard positions in the contest finals. The wildcard entrants and the automatic qualifiers will make up the contestant pool for the final round.

4c. During the final rounds, a new fan art challenge will be posted according to the contest schedule, and entrants have until the deadline for that round to submit their entries via e-mail to with "[CONTEST] Artist Name - Title of Work" in the subject line of their e-mails. Entries submitted in any other manner will not be accepted. Following the entry deadline for each round, all entrant submissions will be posted in the RPGamer Fan Art section. The readers of RPGamer will vote for their favorite work. Votes will be limited to one vote per day per IP address. Any reader of, including contest entrants and RPGamer staff, is eligible to vote. The top vote receivers for each round will advance to the next in the manner described in the contest schedule. During the first three final rounds, vote tallies and rankings will not be made public. At the conclusion of the fourth final round (also called the championship round), reader voting will determine the first, second, and third place winners, and prizes will be awarded to these contestants accordingly.

4d. Limit one entry per artist, per round. Except as noted, all RPGamer Fan Art submission guidelines also apply to contest entries. Guidelines, notes, and clarifications posted for each contest round are considered part of these Official Rules.

4e. An entrant may enter any, some, or all of the qualifying rounds, even if he or she places or wins in one of those rounds. An artist may only win the first prize in one qualifying round. However, an artist who places second or third in one round may still win the first prize in a later qualifying round. In such an event, a fourth place artist may be chosen, at the option of RPGamer, to advance to the finals.

4f. RPGamer reserves the right to publish all submitted works on Artists reserve all other rights.

5. Information submitted for this contest, such as your Name, Email, or Address will be used exclusively for the purpose of this contest. RPGamer does not sell, loan, or share this information with third parties, nor use it for their own promotion. Your privacy is important to us.

6. The contest is open to all American and Canadian readers of, except employees of RPGamer and its sponsors, including their partners and their immediate familes.

6a. Readers of outside of the United States and Canada, as well as RPGamer and sponsor employees, partners, and familes, may also enter the contest, but they will not be awarded any prizes. Should such an entrant be awarded first place in a qualifying round, the entrant will receive only the first place title and the prize for that round will be added to the final grand prize package. In the event that such a person also places in the top three of the championship round, the entrant will receive only the first, second, or third place title, and their prize will be awarded to the winner in the next place that meets contest qualifications for receiving prizes.

7a. Additional Rules Regarding OmniArt 2005 Finals. Judging of the OmniArt 2005 Finals will be handled by the RPGamer viewing audience who will vote for their favorite entries each round. At the end of each round, a voting period will begin and readers will be asked to pick their first, second, and third favorite from each of the pieces. Votes for third place earn the entry one (1) point; votes for second earn two (2) points; votes for first earn (3) points. Only voters who pick a first, second, and third place entry will have their votes counted; those who don't will be presented with an error message and asked to vote again. Votes will be monitored by the RPGamer Staff for attempts to unfairly influence them through several means including IP address validation. Each IP address will be allowed to cast one ballot every 24 hours during the voting period.

7b. OmniArt finalists can feel free to ask their website visitors to vote for their entries. A special voting page on will show thumbnail-sized images of each entry along with its title and artist. Artists may link to RPGamer and to the voting page itself, but artists may not attempt to trick visitors into following a hacked link programmed to automatically vote for a particular artist; while steps have been taken to prevent this, anyone caught doing so will result in disqualification from the rest of the contest. Artists may not influence second or third place votes; they may encourage their website visitors to vote for them in first place, but they may not encourage picks for second or third place votes.

7c. At the end of each round, the results will be posted to on or about the day after the last day of voting. Exact scores will not be posted but will instead distinguish between the highest vote-getters who will advance to the next round and those who have been eliminated from the finals. After the first round, 9 of the 21 contestants will be eliminated leaving 12. After the second round, those 6 more will be eliminated leaving 6 contestants. After the third round, only the top three will remain. The final round will determine the OmniArt 2005 Grand Champion and the winner of the Grand Prize.

8. These Official Rules are subject to change and clarification at any time. Changes to and clarifications of the Rules will be posted on the contest webpage.

  Frequently Asked Questions  

Who owns the rights to my art if I enter it in OmniArt 2005?
You do. By submitting any work of art to RPGamer Fan Art, whether it's for a contest or for a normal showcase update, you retain all rights to your work. You can (and are encouraged to) submit it to other websites, magazines, etc. and do anything else you want with it. The only right we have is to post it on RPGamer for our readers to enjoy.


If you would like to serve as a Guest Judge in one of the upcoming preliminary rounds of OmniArt 2005, please fill out this application and send it to with "[CONTEST] Guest Judge" in the subject line:

Guest Judge Application

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