Lovecraft Skin Contest : Now Live!

Submission Period:
Start: March 16th, 2017 @ 12:00 PM EST
End: March 30th, 2017 @ 12:00 PM EST

2 days, 15 hours, 31 minutes left to submit entries

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Skin Contest Theme : "Lovecraft"


1. Create a "Lovecraft" Skin.


Dive deep, delve, my crafter, into the pitfalls of human perception! This month's contest will test your sanity, your perseverance, and most importantly, your skinning skills; your task is to create a skin resembling a part of the horrific and tantalizingly terrifying Lovecraftian mythos, or make something similar. Perhaps you'll be swarmed by fish people from the bottom of the ocean, chased by horrendous flying octopi, or even sucked into the cracks and crevices of the Earth, doomed to fill a hole that was made just for you! And remember, my feeble mortal comrades, there is so, so much that lurks out there, in the corners of our minds, in the shadows 'neath the mountains, and out in the planes of reality...

Confused about the "Lovecraftian" title? No worries! Here's a quick summary:

"Lovecraftian" is a specific genre of horror story-writing.

It was popularized by and named for a certain H.P. Lovecraft, a short story writer from the early 20th century. His stories are the origin of such cult classics as "Call of Cthulu" and "At the Mountains of Madness". I, and the rest of the PMC staff, highly suggest you read some of his work (but certainly not at night). If you'd like to read some of these, here's a link to a public archive with the grand majority of his work; http://www.hplovecraft.com/writings/fiction/ . If you're pressed for time, or just want to test the waters, I recommend the most famous piece, "Call of Cthulu".

TL;DR - Make a skin directly or loosely based on Lovecraft's writings, shed some light on your own horrific being, or make the unfortunate soul caught up in the matter!

2. Skins must be new and made for this contest.


We do not and have never accepted any copies or re-posts in our contests, nor do we accept skins created before the contest's announcement date.

Do not submit copies, or paint-overs, of default textures from the minecraft.jar - This means no Steve skins, zombie skins, pigman skins, Creeper skins, or Enderman skins are permitted!

Do not submit copies, or paint-overs, of skins found in any existing texture packs or mods, even if you are the original author.

Do not submit existing member submissions, from this site or others. This includes your own galleries.

Give us something new and fresh, please!


3. Skins must be valid, usable character skins.


This is a contest for player skins only. Please do not submit mob skins, villager skins, or anything but the format expected for the player model.
Note that as of 1.8 skins are allowed to have transparencies on the second layer, skins with transparencies on the first layer will be disqualified.


4. Submit something you made, entirely by yourself.


Skins that are obvious remixes, recolors, or blatant copies of other people's work are not acceptable. Your entry will be deleted, and you will be disqualified from the contest if you are found to be submitting stolen work.

Using skin-making tools or apps such is not the same as making a skin yourself. Keep in mind also that, when using those applications, you are copying from a library of 'parts'. Several of those 'parts' were taken from talented skinners without their consent, and as such, skins containing those parts are considered stolen art. Those entries will be disqualified, and deleted from your account.

Our global ban list of apps and websites includes, but is not limited to:

MinersNeedCoolShoes Armory
SkinCraft Skin Creator
NovaSkin Skin Creator
Skins Pro Creator (iPod)

Skins created with any of these services will be disqualified with no option for appeal. Continue reading for a list of suggested skinning programs to use.


5. One entry per person.


Each user will only be permitted to submit one skin for this contest.

You may edit your entry for as long as the contest submission period is open. If you decide to change your submission at any point, you are free to do so. However, be warned that deleting your original entry may cause errors and make it impossible for you to re-enter the contest. Instead, you should use the "update submission" button on your active submission, then save the new file over your old one. Remember to change the submission title and description if necessary!


6. The contest will run for two weeks.


Post dates must be made after today's date, March 16th, 2017 @ 12:00 PM EST. The contest will end about two weeks from today, on March 30th, 2017 @ 12:00 PM EST Skins submitted after this date will not be accepted.
After this time the contest will be put into a review period of three days before we move into the judging stage.

7. Take your time, and make it fun!

Give your skin some character! Give them some defining characteristics. Make it unique and awesome!

We've always scored higher for submissions that include more thought and creativity. Write a bit about the history behind your character and we'll all learn more. Remember, you have two weeks to do this. You don't have to put something up right away. Take your time!

If you're unsure if your idea will fit with the theme or have any other concerns feel free to contact our list of judges below they should be able to help you, as well as many of the site moderators.

Do not rush yourself to get something in immediately. This contest is not a random drawing - the submissions are judged by a panel of long-standing members with a great deal of experience in making Minecraft skins. It will not help your chances at winning if you submit anything less than fantastic, so take your time.

Should you chose to rush, remember that you are able to update your submission as many times as you want before the final close date of March 30th, 2017 @ 12:00 PM EST.



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Submit a skin as you would normally, but check the box indicating that your skin is for the contest.

1st Place

  • (1) $40 Steam wallet credit
  • A Contest Themed, Gold, Pixel Art Trophy for Member's Profile Trophy Case.
  • Profile Featured on PMC - 1 Week.

2nd Place

  • A Contest Themed, Silver, Pixel Art Trophy for Member's Profile Trophy Case.
  • Profile Featured on PMC - 1 Week.

3rd Place

  • Contest Themed, Bronze, Pixel Art Trophy for Member's Profile Trophy Case.
  • Profile Featured on PMC - 1 Week.

All Participants

  • A Contest Themed, Pixel Art Badge/Medal for Member's Profile Trophy Case.


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If you do not know how to make skins, or have an idea but have never attempted it before, here are a few things you should know.

1. Skins must be saved as a .PNG file. No other file format will function properly.

2. The most popular tools for editing Minecraft Skins are:

MCSkin3D, an application developed by Paril. You can download it from its PMC page.

MCSkinEdit, an application developed by a user named Swedman. You can download it from the official forums post, here. You will also need the previewer, which you can download
here or here.

You may wish to use a more advanced editor for certain effects. GIMP and Paint.net are free applications that will give you access to better tools for editing.

3. If you need help or want some tips for making nice skins, many of our top skinners have made tutorials outlining the processes and techniques they use for skinning. Check out these ones by Roobus and Leostereo

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Judges will be encouraged to participate, but will be disqualified from winning prizes.
  1. Nah
  2. ThatGuyJake
  3. Irish
  4. Lola
  5. Allergy_Man
  6. UsumiCake
  7. Mursuppa
  8. Fred
  9. KnobleKnives
  10. Jasperrr

Legal Terms

By participating in the event, participant agrees to be bound by these Official Rules and regulations and the decisions of Planetminecraft.com are final and binding on all matters pertaining to this event.