November 2017 Challenge of the Month

‘Under the Surface’


November 21st 2017


Illustrate a depiction of the ‘Iceberg Effect’ – a scene showing one thing that is apparent on a surface level, hiding an extreme or contrasting part or piece. For an obvious example: Diglett’s body which is always hidden, or perhaps motives or emotions hidden behind an emotional facade of a character, only obvious to the viewer of the illustration, but not those depicted in the image. In short – show something on the ‘surface’ (be it literally or metaphorically) hiding something substantial and surprising – be it scary, funny, epic, cute, etc.

Submissions will be judged on the following:

1 – Technical execution and quality of art

2 – Creativity and originality of the theme

3 – Ambition



Upload your finished artwork to the Art Portal

TAG your artwork with the word UNDERTHESURFACE’
(That’s it! Scouted or unscouted, I will find your entry,
as long as you tag it
with the exact word above)

TAG your artwork with the word ‘B-UNDERTHESURFACE’

OPTIONAL: Share your entry on social media using the Hashtag #UNDERTHESURFACE

This is a worldwide competition – join the Arty Party, wherever you are, and whatever age you may be!


– You may submit a maximum of 1 entry
– You may NOT enter both categories (open/beginner)
– You MUST include a link in the description of your final submission leading to a ‘mid-development’ source (image or video) showing the entry is your original creation, but DO NOT tag more than one piece of art on newgrounds (only tag your final entry, not any work in progress entry) or you WILL be disqualified
– No pornographic material of any kind, violence must be PG13 and not too gruesome
– Your piece MUST be tagged correctly and be submitted by the deadline
– You may not submit a piece using stolen artwork or imagery


Open Category 1st PRIZE:
– A Medium Wacom Intuos Pro Paper Edition Tablet
– An item of your choice from the Shop
– A front page feature on
– 1 Year Supporter Status on

Open Category Runner-Up:
– A signed copy of the art book ’21 Draw – The Illustrator’s Guidebook’
– A Stillman & Birn Epsilon 9×12 Sketchbook
– An item of your choice from the Shop

Open Category Finalists:
Jazza’s Anatomy Bundle from the Shop

Beginner Category 1st PRIZE:
– A Small Intuos Draw Tablet
– A signed Copy of my new book, Draw with Jazza Creating Characters
– A Stillman & Birn Epsilon 5.5×8.5 Sketchbook
– An item of your choice from the Shop
– 1 Year Supporter Status on

Beginner Category Runner-Up:
– An item of your choice from the Shop

When submitting an artwork to the challenge of the month by following the competition specifications and entry guidelines, participants acknowledge that they have read and agreed to the terms and conditions.


Most entries will be showcased in the announcement video as thanks for your participation. Please do not send me emails or PM’s linking to your entry, I WILL FIND IT if you tag as instructed and upload by the deadline!

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