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Contest Winners

After a weeks worth of voting, we have a winner! Two of them, actually.

Two entries were separated by only two votes at the time I wrote this so I've decided to appoint them both winners of the Sorsha to Pig contest. Each will receive a photomanipulation and the winning artwork will be displayed in my journal for the next little while. The second and third place winner's artwork will also be displayed in my journal.

First Place

by digitalcirce

by Toledo-the-Horse

Second Place

by Zulema

Third Place

by zeromager

Again, thanks to all who participated!

Future Contests

Please let me know what you thought of this contest. I'd like to do more and I'd love to hear your *constructive* thoughts.

Contest Finalists

I'd like to thank all those who participated in the contest!

I have narrowed down the entries to six favorites of mine. I was going to do just five but I had too many favorites :)

I also asked three other artists (who did not submit artwork to the contest) to select their favorites and then I compared and these are the results (in alphabetical order by artist):

Willow Pig TF Comic by digitalcirce by :icondigitalcirce:

:thumb175033055: by :icontoledo-the-horse:

Sorsha Pig Contest Entry by oboroten by :iconoboroten:

Sorsha Contest Art by Rubarab by :iconrubarab: (aka Ruba on FA)

:thumb171302073: by :iconzeromager:

This ain't Disney by Zulema by :iconzulema:

Contest Voting

Please take a moment and cast a vote for your favorite image of Sorsha being transformed into a pig.

The poll can be found here.

Shout Out

I also wanted to shout out to a couple of artists who, while not in the top six, still made an impression on me:

:iconwhyme777x: for a very creative approach to the contest

:icontfghost: for multiple entries (digitalcirce also contributed multiple entries)
Contest Rules

Submit one or more deviations of Sorsha (or a likeness of Sorsha) transforming into a pig.

This must be new art (or never before submitted art) submitted on or after June 15th, 2010.

Any of the following art types are allowed:

  3D Art
  Drawing (Digital or Traditional)
  Painting/Airbrushing (Digital or Traditional)
  Pixel Art
  Vector Art

Please no nudity/adult content or copyrighted material.

Contest Deadline

Midnight (EDT), August 16th, 2010

Contest Prize

A photomanipulation of themselves or a loved one (preferably into a pig but I'll be flexible).

Contest Entries

Contest ONE lessthanhuman by Tarla-Trent  Sorsha TF Contest Entry by TFGhost  :thumb171302073:
This ain't Disney by Zulema  Sorsha Pig Contest Entry by oboroten  :thumb172579992:
Sorsha TF 2 by TFGhost  Sorsha TF 3 by TFGhost  :thumb174510506:
:thumb174510693:  :thumb174510909:  Sow in Distress by digitalcirce
:thumb175033055:  Sorsha with Special Effects by WhyMe777x  Sorsha Contest Art by Rubarab
Sorsha to pig by Lemonade4Jessa  :thumb175436143:  :thumb175436350:
Willow Pig TF Comic by digitalcirce

More Details

For more details, visit this journal.

Have fun!

Contest ONE

Journal Entry: Mon Jul 12, 2010, 8:12 AM

I'm a big fan of movies...particularly those that feature some sort of transformation in them. Unfortunately, due to budget, time, lack of resources, most promising movie or television transformations either occur off camera or are poorly done.

An example of this, and the subject of this contest, is the character Sorsha from the movie Willow.

As many of you already know, Sorsha, along with her new boyfriend Madmartigan and an entire army, are forcibly transformed into pigs by Sorsha's mother, Bavmorda. This scene caught me off guard when I originally saw the movie in the theater. It is, hands down, one of the best transformation scenes I have ever viewed.

The bulk of the scene focuses on Madmartigan's metamorphosis rather than Sorsha's. From a film making point of view, this makes perfect sense. Sorsha's on screen transformation scene consists entirely of her doubling over while emitting a porcine squeal from her quickly changing larynx. It's a wonderful start to what we had already seen to be a horrible transformation.

So...that said, the subject of this contest to visually depict Sorsha's transformation into a pig. This can be accomplished as a one shot-image or a sequence. The idea here is to show graphically what we were left to imagine.

Over the years, several wonderful artists have illustrated Sorsha's change. Some of my favorites are below:



Sorsha Mid-Change by lessthanhuman


To enter, please submit one (or more) deviations of Sorsha (or a likeness of Sorsha) transforming into a pig to your gallery dated between July 1st, 2010 and no later than midnight, August 15th, 2010. It must be new art (or at least not previously submitted).

Please put a link to this journal entry in the artist's comments sections and send me a note with the following in the subject line: SORSHA PIG CONTEST ENTRY and a link to your image.

Shortly after the deadline (August 15th 2010), I will select five of my favorites and create a poll allowing you to vote for your favorite. My favorites will be selected based not only on artistic merit but on creativity and detail. The idea is to capture the magic (or horror) of the transformation.

Contest entries can be viewed HERE

After a short voting period, the winner (the entry with the most votes) will be announced and the artist will receive a photomanipulation of themselves or a loved one (preferably into a pig but I'll be flexible :))

If anyone wished to donate additional prizes, please let me know.

The following art types will be accepted:

3D Art
Drawing (Digital or Traditional)
Painting/Airbrushing (Digital or Traditional)
Pixel Art
Vector Art

Nudity/Adult content WILL NOT be accepted. Let's keep this clean please.

If you plan on submitting a photomanipulation, please be sure that you are using copyright free stock or deviantArt will eventually remove it from your gallery.

Useful Links

Willow Wiki Page
Sorsha's Wiki Page
YouTube Video or the Pig Transformation Scene (Sorsha's part begins at around 0:50)

Final Thoughts

This contest is purely for fun and hopefully it will increase the amount of Sorsha into pig related artwork available.

If this contest is successful, I'd be open to holding additional contests along the same theme...either show was was never shown or re-imagine what was shown.

Here are some ideas:

April O'Neil into a cat
Boof into a teenwolf

If you have any questions, just let me know!

Fairy Tale Project

Journal Entry: Thu Jul 17, 2008, 9:51 AM
So I had this idea which consists of visually depicting existing fairy tales with a transformation based twist.

My latest photomanipulation, Red Riding Hood, is an example.

In this version of the story, Red begins to change into a wolf.

I've had a few people come up with ideas for other fairy tale transformations but I'd love to hear some more ideas.

List of current ideas:

Red Riding Hood --> Wolf

• Hansel and Gretel --> Pigs

• Princess from The Frog Prince --> Frog

• Puss in Boots --> Cat

In addition, I will not be shooting my own photography for this project (this is why). I will be using stock from right here on deviantArt. Anyone who wishes to point out appropriate stock or, better yet, provide stock, please let me know. I'm going to need some help on this one.


I am open for commissions. Prices start at $40 and vary depending on the complexity of the photomanipulation. Please note me for details!

Gallery Issues

Journal Entry: Thu Jul 17, 2008, 6:53 AM
Many of you have noticed that much of my gallery has been removed.

Over the past few months I have discovered that quite a bit of my artwork has been posted on websites other than deviantArt without my permission.

Out of respect for my model, I have chosen to remove all photomanipulations of her (there may be a few exceptions). It bums me out but I have not been able to find a better solution.

I still plan on posting photomanipulations based on stock found here on deviantArt. I also plan on using my model for commissions if a model is requested.

Thanks for understanding.


I am again open for commissions. Prices start at $40 and vary depending on the complexity of the photomanipulation. Please note me for details!

Thank you and Merry Christmas!

Sat Dec 23, 2006, 1:29 PM

I just want to thank all those of you who commissioned artwork or who bought a print. Thanks to you, I was able to purchase a replacement monitor and still stay within budget. I really do appreciate the support and I hope that you are happy with your artwork or your print(s).

I have found that even with a new monitor, I haven't been able to work on my own personal artwork as much as I would like. Work has been really busy for the last month...lots of people wanting us to finish up various projects before year's end.

With all that is going on, I have found it difficult to really catch that holiday spirit. Hopefully I will be able to in the next day or so before it is over.

Merry Christmas!


I am open for commissions. Prices start at $40 and vary depending on the complexity of the photomanipulation. Please note me for details!


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A bit of a setback...

Wed Oct 25, 2006, 1:35 PM

I'm sure some of you are wondering why the lack of updates. Where is the female teenwolf sequence? Where are the next two Beauty as a Beast photos? I usually try to put at least one or two photomanipulation out a month.

Well...a month or so ago, my HP monitor stopped working properly. At first the screen would just randomly go black and would solve the problem by turning the power off then back on again.

About a two weeks ago my temporary "power off then on again" solution stopped working altogether. Naturally, due to the "high quality" (read: poor quality) of many of today's electronics, my monitor only had a one-year warranty which expired 11 months ago. Nevertheless, I expect things like this to work for well over two years so I called Hewlett-Packard several times.

To make a long story short, they will not replace my monitor. What they will do is allow me to purchase a nice refurbished (read: used) monitor from them at a slightly discounted price. I did some checking and I can get the same monitor elsewhere for less. On tope of that, what is to keep this next monitor from doing what the first one did?

Well, I chose to pass on their little "offer". I really don't feel I should spend more money on something I purchased and expected to last.

For the time being, I hooked up an old monitor to my system. It's very dark. Some of you old-timers will remember the first few photomanipulations I posted here...they were very light (to compensate for my dark monitor). Until I can save enough cash for a new monitor, I won't be doing much recreational photomanipulation.

I'm still planning on taking commissions (now more than ever) but I will have to do them using my system at work. I miss being able to photomanipulate from home :(

Anyway, if you were ever planning on buying a print or commissioning a photomanipulation, now would be a really, really good time as I am in need of cash for a new monitor. I don't like to take donations so if you want to contribute a print or commission me. Get something in return!


I am open for commissions. Prices start at $30 and vary depending on the complexity of the photomanipulation. Please note me for details!


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New stuff, new subscription and me!

Sat Jul 1, 2006, 6:26 PM

It has been another long while since I last posted. I have been out of town and quite busy but I hope to be able to post more regularly as the summer progresses. I've just posted a couple of new photomanipulations...Mouse Change I and <a href'="…">Hoof Foot IV. Certainly not my best work but fun nonetheless. Please take a look and share your thoughts.


Hoof Foot IV by lessthanhuman

Thanks to AlanRalph I am subscribed again. He never said a word...just went and bought me another year. His kindness and generosity will be rewarded with a photomanipulation of his choice. Thank you again AlanRalph!

Please pay his gallery a visit at the link below:



I am open for commissions. Prices start at $30 and vary depending on the complexity of the photomanipulation.

I am currently working on a unicorn transformation for Merman1234. It is taking quite a while but I think it will be pretty cool when finished.


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It's been a while...

Tue Apr 25, 2006, 11:20 AM

It's been a few months since my last submission but I finally posted something new...the result of a commission. Please go give it some love :)

I recently passed 200,000 page views! Thank you all for visiting!

In other news, I removed some of my manipulations for personal reasons. They may be back. They may not be. We'll see. I like having a smaller gallery anyway.

Finally, just so you know...I am open for commissions. Note me for details.

Previous Commissions:

Tiger Change I by lessthanhuman
for Frazzy626

Oolostkitty by lessthanhuman
for oolostentity

Cat Change VIII by lessthanhuman
for AlanRalph

Unfamiliar Reflection II by lessthanhuman
for JazItUp86


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DD Recovery

Fri Mar 3, 2006, 6:58 AM

About a week ago, I finally finished replying to the 783M, 168C that I received in the 24 hours following the DD I received on Aqua Change II.

Again, I would just like to thank everyone for commenting, watching and faving. I like to hear what others think of my work so replying to all the comments and messages was wonderful!

This week I managed to update Aqua Change II. I had always intended to make some changes to it but never had the chance. When it was selected as a DD, I really felt like I should polish the image.

A full description of changes can be found in the "Artist's Comments" section here. Please take a look and let me know what you think.

A print should follow soon.


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What a great surprise!

I logged in this morning to find that Aqua Change II had been selected as a Daily Deviation.

Aqua Change II by lessthanhuman

I'd like to thank fangedfem for the suggestion and nighty for deciding it was worthy of being featured.

I'd also like to thank fetishfaerie-stock for taking the time to shoot specific stock for this piece. Manipulation is nothing without high, quality stock.

In addition, I'd like to thank everyone who has been supportive of my work here. I feel honored. I am surrounded by some very talented artists here and much of my inspiration comes from them.

:iconfetishfaerie-stock: :iconnighty: :iconfangedfem:

I just wanted to take a moment and thank all of those who visit, comment, fave and watch my artwork and gallery. Yesterday I reached a whopping 120,000 pageviews and deus0ex0machina became the 1000th person to watch me! I appreciate all the support. I really enjoy reading the comments I receive.

I haven't really been working on anything specific at the moment. The third photomanipuation in the Beauty as Beast set is in progress. I am also preparing many of my images to be sold as prints (assuming anyone is interested).

Just FYI, my most popular piece, Devolution, is for sale as a print here.



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Labor Day and Beyond...

Thu Sep 1, 2005, 10:39 AM

The move is done...well at least the actual relocation-of-all-our-possessions part of the move. There are still many boxes that need unpacking before the place feels like home.

I will be out of town over Labor Day and for the week that follows and will only be checking dA sporadically. If it takes me a while to respond to comments, notes,'ll know why.

It looks as though page views are closing in on 100,000. If you happen to capture it, let me know and I will send you a preview of stuff that I am working on. I'd offer a photomanipulation but I have no time as it is.

My latest two manipulations, Wolfin' Out & Aqua Change II...

:thumb22311512:Aqua Change II by lessthanhuman

...were received very well. Thanks for the support. Keep on comment'n and fav'n!


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An Explanation

Fri Aug 19, 2005, 7:22 AM

Things have been quite slow as far as posting new art. This has been a very busy summer. Back in June I began house hunting as a result of being fed up with loud and inconsiderate neighbors. Two months later, I own a house and all of the fun maintenance work that comes with that. The big move will be tomorrow. I must admit that I am really going to miss some (but not all) aspects of renting. At least now my monthly mortgage payment is going toward a house instead of toward nothing.

That said, both time and finances have become somewhat tight for right now. Once the house is more livable (don't get me wrong, it's not in bad shape, it just doesn't feel like home yet) and the financial situation more stable, I will resume posting art more regularly. I'm always working on something and perhaps I should post more of that in scraps.

Anyway, I just thought you watchers and visitors deserved at least some explanation regarding the lack of recent art in my gallery.


Prints are available here for those that are interested. Sales have been slow but I plan on submitting more prints for sale if things pick up any.


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Prints Available Now!

Fri Jul 15, 2005, 8:36 AM

I'd like to thank those who left feedback regarding prints with borders versus prints without borders. While I personally love the way a print looks with a border, I have chosen to sell prints without borders for the time being. The absence of a border makes it much easier for me to submit a print without having to crop too much of the image away. I also do not want to deal with crooked or uneven borders.

Prints of my graduate thesis project are now available for purchase! As a promotion, I will be selling them at a lower price for a week or two!

$8.00 for 8x10 (matte & glossy)
$3.00 for 4x5 (matte & glossy)

Get'em while they're hot (and on sale)!



Thanks to AlanRalph, I again have a subscription. It's funny how much you miss being subscribed when you're not.


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I'm not dead...just really busy.

Wed Jun 15, 2005, 8:21 AM

It has been far too long since I updated my journal. As was expected, I haven't been posting much art lately. I've been quite busy with family and work...things that really do take priority in life. I do have a few photomanipulations in progress though. Hopefully I will be able to finish some of them in the next few weeks.

I am currently working on a commission for ninazdesign. It is about halfway finished. Thanks for your patience Nina!

I do have a Print Account now. Look for prints to pop up in the next little while. I will most likely make my thesis project prints available first, followed by other pieces. If anyone really wants a specific piece put up for print...please note me.

A couple of weeks ago, I passed 75,000 pageviews. Thanks to all who visit. Please be patient, more art will come. I somehow still manage to reply to nearly every comment, note, favorite, and devWatch I receive. Your support is appreciated! I'll have to think of something special to do for the 100,000 mark.

I saw Revenge of the Sith after reading the novel. I really quite like it now that I have seen it more than once. The first time I wasn't so sure. There are things about it I loved and things about I really didn't like much. Regardless, I had a wonderful time watching this 'last' movie in the saga.


The three-month subscription to dA that is included with a Print Account will expire in the next couple of weeks. I have more or less become accustomed to many of the features offered with this service.

As such, I am again extending my abilities as a photomanipulator to anyone who is interested in purchasing a year subscription for me (that's $29.95). As before, I will manipulate one portrait (meaning face, not full body) based on stock of the buyer's choice into whatever animal he or she desires. If you are interested, please send me a note (prior to purchasing me a subscription).


In all honesty, I really just wanted to try out the thumbnail posting capabilites of the journal. is my thesis all it's photomanipulated glory!



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  • Watching: Revenge of the Sith

Well, as of today, I have posted the last of the images I created as part of my thesis project. Overall I got some good feedback and a ton of really nice comments. It was a great project and I would love to eventually do a part 2.

Because I really don't have any more "old" artwork to post, updates may be few and far between. My requests for specific stock photos (based on sketches in my scrap gallery) went unanswered. A few kind individuals pointed me to stock in their galleries but nothing was shot based on those sketches. I'm kinda bummed, as there were some fun poses there.

I have a couple of projects going with some great dA stock providers and artists and I just wanted to say thanks! (You know who you are :))


I am looking for someone to buy me a prints account so that I might make some of my artwork available as prints. Of course, I am not nieve enough to think that someone would actually buy a $24.95 account for me without being compensated some how. Therefore, I will offer my services as a photomanipulator as payment for a prints account.

I will manipulate one portrait (meaning face, not full body) based on stock of the buyer's choice into whatever animal he or she desires. I usually charge $100 for a full body manipulation so $25 for a portrait is quite reasonable. If anyone is interested, please note me.


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Wow, 50,000+ views!

The first 25,000 views came quickly....the second came even more quickly! I just want to again thank all of you who have commented, noted, favorited :+fav:, devWatched :+devwatch:, or simply visited my deviations or gallery.

I look forward to the next 50,000 hits!



None at the moment.


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I've noticed that vacation is never quite long enough. I already miss the sun and sand.

Thanks to everyone who left comments, dev watches and faves! I will reply as soon as I have the chance!


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