Estria International Graffiti Battle Honolulu


Battle info:

These are the rules of the game. Breaking a rule is grounds for disqualification. Rules may be subject to change prior to battle.
1. A word will be presented that day, every artist paints the same word
2. Word must be spelled as agreed at beginning of battle
3. Artwork must be completed within the agreed upon timeframe. Incomplete pieces will be disqualified
4. The invited artist is the only person who can paint on that canvas
5. Artists must use only the colors provided by EIGB
6. It is not acceptable to use more paint unless the colors are the same as the ones we pass out
7. You can bring your own tips
8. Using photo reference or previously drawn sketches is not allowed
9. Acceptable: skinny caps, one paint marker, tape
10. A sketch can be created on the spot
11. Not acceptable: rollers, paintbrushes, brush paints, and stencils
12. No promoting of businesses and organizations on your canvas

1. Canvases are 8′ tall x 10′ long, already primed
2. Each artist receives cans of Montana 94, their low-pressure line
3. Due to size of canvas, word will not exceed 5 letters
4. All the painters will have 5 hrs to paint that word and concept
5. Judges’ decision is final, and cannot be contested by artists
6. Winner(s) is/are announced shortly after contestants stop painting

Criteria Used in Judging of Battle
1. Lettering
We want to see fresh lettering. Usually those who made letters an afterthought have not won. We are looking for solid lettering structures. Note that Lettering is #1 on the list, and is given the heaviest score. Depending on who the judges are, these are the things considered: style, flow, connections.
2. Concept
You must address the assigned word with a concept. This is where characters, backgrounds, and messaging are considered.
3. Color
Judges will be looking to see how well you used color to make your pieces burn.
4. Composition
Folks tend to score lower here if the lettering goes straight across the canvas, dead center.
5. Originality
Judges are looking for something new and different than what you usually do. Surprise us. Also your style must be unique, as opposed to clearly being a derivative of someone else's style.
6. Technique
Here is where we consider your can control, and what you do with techniques that sets your piece apart from the pack.

1. Pieces will be judged by a panel of judges.
2. Judges score each criteria 0-5, with 5 being the highest. Scores are totaled for each painter, then all the judges' scores are added together. In case of a tie, judges must deliberate and pick a winner.
3. Lettering is scored 0-10. Scoring is only with whole numbers, not fractions of points.
4. Judges can award a 0 (zero) if the artist broke a rule.
5. Incomplete paintings and incorrectly spelled words are disqualified.
6. Judges are chosen by Estria.
7. Every battle will have an odd number of judges to prevent a tie.
8. Judges will have an opportunity to explain their decisions.
9. Decision by the judges is final. There is no appeal process.

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