20 SBD in Prizes: Surreal Art Contest

in #art3 years ago (edited)


Surreal art depicts the physical world in a way that doesn't make logical sense. Every day objects may become strange creatures, the laws of physics may be broken, a figure may be rearranged into an unfamiliar and alien form.

Today marks the beginning of a contest where I ask you, the artists of Steemit, to create an original piece of surreal art for a chance to win Steem Backed Dollars.


  • First Prize: 5 SBD (1 winner)
  • Second Prize: 3 SBD (2 winners)
  • Third Prize: 2 SBD (2 winners)
  • Fourth Prize: 1 SBD (5 winners)

In total, I'll be giving away 20 SBD to the winners of this contest. The prize money will be transferred after the winners have been announced.

What must I do to win?

Make a piece of art that bends the laws of reality. Drawings, paintings, digital paintings, and even edited photos are acceptable. I want this contest to be open to all artists. I don't want to restrict you to one medium.

You may submit as many pieces as you want, but you will only be eligible for one prize. For example, if you submit two pieces of art, you cannot win both first and fourth prizes. Only one of your pieces will be selected to win a prize. So submitting more art may increase your chances of winning a prize, but it's impossible to win more prizes.

Rules for Submission

  • The art must be your original work. I'll be doing reverse Google searches to check.
  • The art must fit into the surreal genre.
  • The art should be a piece created for this contest. Please don't submit old works for an easy chance to win prizes. This is harder for me to check on, so please be honest.
  • You must Upvote and Resteem this post to be eligible to win.
  • You must submit your drawing as a post on your Steemit blog with the tag #surrealart.
  • You must show me your piece by leaving a comment on this post, linking me to your artwork.
  • Submissions are closed once this post pays out in 7 days.

Here are some examples of surreal art to give your imagination a push

I apologize that I couldn't find the titles for some of the less famous works presented here. I don't expect anyone to create something nearly as elaborate as some of these pieces. I just want you to use your imagination and create something cool!


The Temptation of St. Anthony
Salvador Dali


Dissolution of Ego IV
Peter Gric


Yung Chen


Cyril Rolando


Cyril Rolando

And finally, here's a Photoshop creation of mine from many years ago.


Erin Beside Herself
Seth Tomlinson

I hope these images are an inspiration to you! Draw/paint/Photoshop away! I can't wait to see what you all come up with.


Awesome! Thanks for entering the contest.

Here is my entry:


Its a pen and ink I just finished.

Thanks for entering! But be sure to resteem this post if you want to be eligible to win the prizes.

I got it - just in time.

Your piece was just featured in my last showcase of contest entries. Thanks again for entering!

Amazing! Thanks for participating.

Thank you so much, my pleasure

IS THIS inspired by GYO?

Wow, this is interesting.

great work, who were your inspirations?

I didn't have a particular inspiration for this it was quite freeform I had an idea that I wanted to do an animal/human hybrid and I just let it flow :)

All the art on this post is incredible. (The smart-phone alien facehugger is on-point).

But this entry by @juliakponsford is, for me, on a different level.

I can’t remember the last time I saw something this angst-inducing.

Because there’s nothing intrinsically terrifying or horrifying about it. It’s not even really “grotesque.”

Just the face, by itself, would be kind of cute.

Combined with that...that body-ish...thing.


I just...

I can’t look at it and I can’t not look at it.

It’s perfect.

I think because the body colour looks like skin but the body is so inhuman, thanks for the comments :)

Something about this piece is provoking a strange emotional response. I think it must be her face. I'm gonna have to let this one sit with me for a while. Thank you so much for your amazing entry!

😊 it does have a disturbing quality, thanks for hosting I may see if I can make another entry before it closes!

creative!!!!!! :D hi Juliaaaaaa this is nice :D

Love this one , nice creativity @juliakponsford.

This is incredible! Thank you so much for participating.

Nice to be here :) Thank you for hosting this contest.

This one is my favorite. Nice work @marinaart.

Thank you very much:)

Here is my entry and associated post!. I hope to maybe get it colored, but I wanted to make sure it got into the contest on time. Resteemed and upvoted. :)


This is wonderful! Thanks for entering. Even if the coloured version isn't finished on time, I'd love to see it.

Hi I hope it's not too late to submit!

Here's the link to my entry:

Picture of my entry

Title: Pod Playground
Mixed Media
ive updated the photo with a recent and clearer one!

This is fantastic! Seriously. Thank you so much for entering my contest.

Thank you for the awesome theme !!! :D
and Thanks for saying so.. makes me happy to hear it! <3
the pic just doesnt fit the scanner T.T so theres a little bit glare on it. anyway youll see the different pics I took of it on the post!

Getting good digital images of art is tough. I try to avoid using the scanner if I can help it because the scanner often leaves digital artefacts. But taking a decent photo without any glare is a chore too!

There are pros and cons of using a scanner and in using a camera.
artist problems xD
this is the best I can come up with :)

Awesome! Thank you for entering.

Hello fellow artists of Steemit, this is my entry to the contest, I hope you like it!


I've been doing a lot of figures and nudes lately, so this one is right up my ally! Thanks for participating.

Thank you very much, I appreciate your comment. :D and thanks to you for organizing these contests that support the artists of Steemit

No problem at all! After over a year on Steemit, I think I'm getting to a point where I can consider myself a little bigger than a minnow, and now I think I owe something back to the community. So I'm happy to run a contest "share the wealth" showcase other artists.

Hey, I enjoyed this challenge so much. Here is my entry:

Swimming with the Fishes




Already upvoted and resteemed.

Thanks a bunch @sethlinson :)

nice! I like it!

Awesome job! Thank you for participating.

I am very excited to share my first participation in this contest, I hope you like this totally original illustration of my authorship. Greetings and many hugs from Venezuela <3


Love it! Thank you so much for participating.

Espectacular!!! Me encantó!

My entry to the contest was based on a pencil. I thought in an independent pencil, with brain and heart. I ran out of time and culminate it like that. Probably improve it in the near future.
Thanks for the contest: @sethlinson


Unfortunately you missed the deadline by a couple of hours. And I don't want to start making exceptions.

Hear is my entry

I am not accustomed to oil pastels but I did not have access to my painting equipment last minute.

I love the colours! Sorry for my delayed response! Stay tuned, in a few days I'll announce the winners.

Your piece is one of the featured works in today's showcase of contest entries. Thanks for entering! Today I'll be making my announcement of the winners. So be on the lookout!

Unfortunately I just discovered your contest today. I spent the whole day painting for my book project. I hope the art fits in here and even if it is not only made for this contest, I hope to get a chance participating! Thanks for your work :)


I'll allow it! The piece definitely fits into the surreal genre.

Just remember, if you want to be eligible to win, you have to resteem this post.

This time something a bit different. I'm not big fan of huge manipulations in Photoshop, though still considering need to come closer to this topic. Have not so many such works and here is one of them.

The sad angel with black wings... Shot at Baltic Sea coast, natural light only



Be sure to click on the image to view full screen!


Thank you so much for your submission!

Despite that fact that it's a manipulated photo, it has the look and feel of a charcoal drawing. Thanks for submitting!

My pleasure to participate. Very interesting contest!

Very cool! It looks almost cellular. I'm not sure what your intentions for the piece were, but I see a figure trapped in a tangled mess of limbs. Thank you for your fantastic entry!

My Entry for this contest. Hope I am not too late. :))

Amazing! Thank you for entering. You aren't late at all.

Awesome contest!! wish I had the time to make a drawing to participate

There's still a few days left! Your entry can be as simple or complex as you want it to be.

If I find a moment I will most certainly try to get something out of my head on to paper!

This one I made today, it is not my best, but if you look at that post and the one before you'll understand. Either way, need a distraction and this contest is a good way. besthttps://steemit.com/art/@coquiunlimited/circle-of-life-in-my-sleep


Thank you for participating :) I love your entry.

Thank you. 😊

Wow, cool contest. I will try to make something... Lets see what I can make happen in the time :) I am looking forward to see the other entries too :) Resteemed and totally happy to see this cool contest :)

Thanks for joining! I'm excited to see what you come up with :)

Today ive made this Entry with Oculus Rift Medium -
Postproduktion Flame Painter

I hope its not to late ... Thank you


This is great! And no, you aren't too late. Thanks for entering!

Wonderful! Thank you for entering.

Hi, sorry for my delayed response! Thank you for submitting your fantastic drawing. Stay tuned, in a few days I'll announce the winners.

Thank you for organizing, it was a pleasure to participate.

Just in time! Sorry for my late response and thank you for entering the contest. Stay tuned for the announcement of the winners in a few days.

Very cool. Sorry for my delayed response! Thank you for submitting your artwork. Stay tuned, in a few days I'll announce the winners.

This is amazing! Sorry for my late response. Thank you for entering the contest and stay tuned for the announcement of the winners in a few days!

Sorry for the delayed response! Thank you for submitting your artwork. Stay tuned, in a few days I'll announce the winners.

Wonderful competition, I've been enjoying looking through the entrants and your daily bonus drawings. I only saw the post yesterday so the paint is still wet ;)

My entry


You pulled it off quickly! Thanks for entering. Stay tuned for the announcement of the winners in a few days.

You're a couple days late my friend. I'll be running more contests in the near future, so if you watch out for those you can try again.

Here is my entry, hope you enjoy!
It is a digital painting, made with procreate app on ipad.



This definitely reminds me of something I've seen before... maybe an album cover. I can't put my finger on it! Anyway, it's very cool. Thanks for entering!

Now you’ve got me wondering what it could be, i am a bit of a music addict. Please let me know if you remember! Thank you for your kind words and congratulations on your contest, great initiative :)

Better late then never, but here is my entry for the #surrealart contest. This is my piece here.


I upvoted and resteemed this post and here is MY POST with my entry. I hope I did it all correctly. Thanks again for hosting this.

Nope, you're not late. The contest is still open. Thank you for entering.

This entry is a bit late, but I had a lot of fun doing it.
Thanks for hosting this awesome contest. Lots of great art here.


Surreal Art Contest

You're not late. All entries are accepted until the post payout time. Thanks for entering!

Not too late at all! The contest doesn't close until tomorrow. Thank you for your art.

Glad made it on time.

Hope to see more contests like this in the future :D
Amazing stuff peeps!

Looking forward to participate. Up voted and resteemed done.

Dios! me estoy enterando un poco tarde de este concurso. Desde ya comenzaré a pintar para que me de chance de publicar hoy. He dado reestem/ upvote para ser elegible. Saludos.

Hello! here's my entry, hope it fits well with the surreal theme, I'm not quiet sure XD

Definitely surreal! Thanks for entering.

I can still make it!!!!!!!!!! yes!!!!!!!!!!!

Hope this comes around again - too late for me to get something new done to enter. Maybe next time.
Upvoted and resteemed.

Thanks for the vote and resteem! This contest is going very well so I'll definitely be doing more soon. Probably on another theme though...

Hey @sethlinson great idea for a contest! I have a huge passion for surrealism and abstract art. Here's my entry. I started earlier on but this gave me the boost to get it finished so I hope that's ok. If not totally cool 😎 Honestly I'm not even fussed about the contest part of it, I just love sharing my artwork with like-minded people 😊

Skull of Colours.jpg

I found this post via one of our new members of the Steemit Art Register and thought I would open up the opportunity for you to join if you wish. We put out a daily/bi-daily post to promote Steemit artists and their posts. If you're interested you can check out the latest edition of the SAR here

Yea it's definitely okay. And very cool piece! Thanks for joining the contest. I'm gonna take a look at the Steemit Art Register now.

Your piece has been featured in the latest contest showcase. Thanks again for entering the contest!

Thank you for entering!

Thanks to you! I hope you liked it 👽💚

There are a lot of things to consider about this piece. Thank you so much for entering!

Thanks for entering! I'll be posting all submitted artworks in future blog posts that link back to the source (YOU), so watch my blog for that in the next day or two.

Hi! I found you through one of your comments on yoganarchista's post. I am not sure if I will have time to participate in your contest (too much to do this week, UGH, lol...), but I wanted to let you know that I think this is really cool and I will be following you and watching what others post here! I LOVE surreal art. Thanks for creating this contest, see you around. :)

Thanks for your interest. Even if you don't have time to create anything for this contest, I'll surely do another one soon after!

Good to see something is happening in the surreal art department here on Steemit!!!

Hope your contest ins successful, i may even contribute my self!

Looking forward to it! Just remember to read the rules before submitting anything.

Thank you for the chance to share my works! While viewing, please allow your imagination soar 🕊️

Wow thanks for sharing @dickdeepdog. I really appreciate seeing new style of arts.

Fantastic art! However, the intention of this competition is to have artists create new pieces to submit. Perhaps that didn't come across clearly in the contest description, and unless I'm just mistaken, this looks like a collection of work you've already done. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Art is always in the making, but yes, you are correct. These are a few of my pieces I deemed most appropriate to your desires.

Well, since I was a little unclear about the rules, I'll accept your submissions ;)

I re-steemed your post. Hope it will help with turnout .I am not strong with computer graphics and could not possibly compleat oil painting , but I can do black and white concept image:) even if I will be late I will do it anyway:)

Choose whichever medium you want. I'm excited to see what you come up with!

Super genial este concurso. sin limites pero preciso en el objetivo. un placer participar

Estoy esperando su participación. Solo recuerde leer las reglas cuidadosamente antes de enviar cualquier obra de arte.

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¡OK! Pronto la tendra

Awesome, I will be joining this contest with pleasure! Thanks for taking this initiative to help artists get support and exposure. Do you have a preference for people, animals or landscapes? Doesn't hurt to try and get an edge right?

No preference at all. I want everyone to be creative and play to their own strengths and skills. I'm looking forward to seeing your art! Just remember to read the rules before submitting.

Yes you did! Thanks for your submission :)

I think I've never tried to make surreal art, I'll join the contest and I'll tell my sister to join it, too (she's good at this) :D