Alright, sorry it took me so long, but I had some serious thinking to do. ^.^;; All of the entries were made of awesome, so it was a tough choice. In the end, instead of picking one and keeping it, I decided to mix and match (something I did say was a possible outcome XD), so the winners were the entries which contributed the most (in actual appearance, or design inspiration) to my final design.
So, without further ado, here are the winners:
(Those scales, the 'mane', and the thought put into creating those talismans totally won me over. <3 Also, this is an awesome concept for her monsterform. o.o)
(The only entry who combined all of my marking preferences into a cohesive whole. <3!)
UnregisteredCat (FA) with:
(Those ears~ *LOVE* And the idea to put the double-diamond all the way down the nose. Genius. I also loved the buttwings, but ultimately couldn't use them. Still awesome, though!)
Articus-the-tigulf (FA) with
(Facial markings, scales on the face, and horns - you reminded me that I love horns <3)
(Fluffy feets~ <3!)
(Ethereal butterfly wings! *glee* And the creepy snakejaw thing, complete with snake teeth. XD)
Aaaand the raffle winner! (Almost forgot. XD)
*drumroll* *scamper to random.org* *moredrumroll*
evilcarp! (FA) Congrats!
Yes, there are four honorable mentions. That's what happens when I have too many awesome ideas to choose from. XD
To all winners: Check the prize list ([link], then ontact me via note with your ref(s) and paypal address (if applicable). :3
If you won, it means I'll be using some aspect of your entry in my final design. For the most part (except, potentially, the first place winner), you are absolutely free to use or sell the designs that you made for this contest - all I ask is that the silver 'double-diamond' marking be either altered or removed before they're sold, as it is a sort of personal trademark. ^.^;;;; But other than that, you're free to do what you like with them.
Thank you all so much for entering! Keep an eye out for the final design to see your ideas in action~ 8D