The Level-Up Live’s main competitions are the online group tournaments for each of their games. On the side, there are a few artistic contests that offer generous prizes for the budding young artist or the hungry professional. This guide will help you win in these contests.
The first thing you have to remember that LU Live is a marketing event whose main objective is to sell their games to their target audience that consists mostly of adolescent males.
That being the point, the judges will most probably be marketing people and not artists. Therefore aesthetics will depend on what the target audience wants, rather than proficiency in artistic techniques.
This year, the contests will include Cosplay, Digital Art, Film Festival, Digital Photography. Digital art and photography replaced the on-the spot art contests of the past.
Here are my recommendations:
The Best Female is always the pretty one with the stage presence and the revealing costume.
The Crowd Favorite is always the girl with the more revealing costume, unless you do really something to gain attention, such as falling thru the stage.
The Best Male/Craftsmanship is always the guy with the really creative, elaborate, hard to make rubber armor costume.
Best Junior Cosplayer is always Alex Mei Alegria, by default.
The Best Group is always the group who can entertain the audience the most with the right balance of stage fights and sexy comedy.
- simple 3D and Flash animation (even the stiffest of movements will do)
- simple particle special effects