Hundreds of TERA players poured their hearts and souls (not to mention blood and guts) into our Master the Dark Arts contest—and it showed. We intended to select 10 winners, but so many amazing submissions made that nearly impossible. In the end, 13 lucky winners received dark side weapon skins. En Masse Entertainment’s own creative director, Aaron LeMay, offers some insight into why these dark artistic creations stood out.
by Kageano of Ascention Valley
Simply beautiful. Great expression, line work, and color choice. From light to dark.
by Ehrrr of Mount Tyrannas
Awesome graphical style, look, and feel. Fiendishly playful.
by Mad.Hatter of Mount Tyrannas
Great use of juxtaposition of the good, the bad, and bloody. Nice detail on the cards.
by Mana of Ascension Valley
Love the playfulness of this piece. Nice composition and character work. Makes us smile.
by Papayaparade of Ascension Valley
Powerful and energetic—nice use of effects and skilled in paintover.
by Kassir of Tempest Reach
Interesting use of negative space and color. Line work is solid.
by Red.Tiger of Ascension Valley
Awesome use of a totally different style and approach. Impressive use of color and line weights. Well done!
by Lillilanes of Celestial Hills
She had me at the ringlets and tattoos on the face. Who wouldn’t want to have skulls for pupils?
by Nyquil of Mount Tyrannas
Nice perspective and fresh approach to color.
by Araxir of Celestial Hills
Hollow Zombie, Fierce Elin—new movie poster?
by Brimochi of Ascension Valley
Fun illustration with a good graphical feel.
by Victoria.Delacroix of Tempest Reach
Dark, moody, and really digging the armor design.
by Magdalena of Tempest Reach
One of the better screenshot paintovers. Nice use of effects and lighting.
by Creamydream of Tempest Reach
by Feariel of Mount Tyrannas
by Saryniti of Tempest Reach
by Nysith of Ascension Valley
by Mirianna of Mount Tyrannas
by Elna of Tempest Reach
by Pluielle of Lake of Tears
by Newt of Mount Tyrannas
by Tirami of Mount Tyrannas
by Vae.Victis of Celestial Hills
by Xcalivur of Mount Tyrannas
by Xenosys of Tempest Reach
by Gorran of Mount Tyrannas
by Yuss of Ascension Valley
On behalf of the art team, we were all so impressed with the number of entries, but more importantly the quality of the artwork we received. It was a challenge to pick from so many great selections. To top it off, some entries were hilarious. We’re so impressed with the community members—so much great talent. Thank you from the art team for taking the time and focusing your attention on making some really great art to show off your darker side.
Keep killin’ it!
Editor's note: This post was updated on April 25 to reflect a change in the list of contest winners.