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    P.O.W.! Challenge 47--Five Covers #2...

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    P.O.W.! Challenge 47
    Deadline: Sunday, February 6, 2011, 11:59 pm anywhere in the world.

    Topic: FIVE COVERS #2...


    We had so much fun with the last all-cover challenge that I thought we'd start the new year off with another on. We'll be doing FIVE covers to standard comic specs, and they're all character-oriented, and a couple f them are going to take some careful thinking to stay out of the World of the Obvious--AND one is an all-time classic. If you pea-brained pissants can't have some fun with this one and turn in some amazing work on time, you should probably take up competitive needle point...

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    Note that this Challenge REQUIRES that you DO ALL FIVE COVERS below.

    1. Ttle: JOHN COTTON.

    Born a slave without a name in the deep south of the US, our main character gives himself a name, walks off the plantation after the US Civil War and heads west. The story should fall between 1865 and 1900, and occurs in what we call The Old West.

    Our hero is black (African-American). How old he is and what he makes of his life is your decision. Does he settle down peacefully as a farmer, become a cowboy, a gunfighter or an outlaw, or something really strange for the time period? The cover should give us an idea of what he's like and make us want to read the story.

    2. Title: THE LADY IN THE BOX.

    Interpretations of this title can run from the bizarre to the mundane, from horror to mystery to humor. What kind of "lady?" What kind of "box?" Why is she "in" the box? Why should we even care?

    This one is wide open, so it's critically important that you be successful at communicating what to expect when we see this cover... Think before you start, and don't go for the obvious, unless it works.

    3. Title: TATTOO.

    Wide open. The story we're producing the cover for can be about a tattoo, someone with a tattoo, getting a tattoo, or even a tattoo looking for someone to grab onto. The genres are absolutely unlimited here, ranging from humor, Wall Street, teen angst, through pure horror and fantasy.

    4. Title: AMY'S DOLL.

    Again, we're wide open on genre. You can be sweet and cuddly or terrifyingly gross. The doll can be old, new, stuffed, porcelain, cute, ugly, or any other thing you can come up with. Problems to cope with--who is Amy, and why is her doll worth a comic?

    5. A Classic Title: Mary Shelley's FRANKENSTEIN; The Modern Prometheus.

    This one's a gift. You know the story, you've seen the movies. You read the book. NOW...give me a cover for the classic story (which we'll assume is a comic) that proves you can be original. Good luck on this one--it looks so easy, but it really sucks, because you're redesigning a creature that already has various accepted appearances implanted in our subconscious.

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    You can interpret the art any way you wish, and the more creatively, the better. Any media, but since they're covers, I'd stick to Color.

    Each cover should be suitable for retail display, with the title, author/illustrator for the comic (YOU, except for the Mary Shelley one), and should contain a small CORPORATE PUBLISHER LOGO/BUG somewhere--like the DC and Marvel logos we're used to. To get some real practice in, try to create all five different styles/approaches to push yourself a bit.

    REMEMBER: The minimum for going to poll is ALL FIVE COVERS for this Challenge.

    Standard Comic Book Size:

    --Trim size: 6 5/8" x 10 1/4"
    --Live art area: 6" x 9"
    --Bleed size before trimming: 6 7/8" x 10 1/2" (1/8" in all directions)

    This thread will be the place you ask questions on this challenge, trash talk, post WIPs and post your final art. See the READ THIS FIRST thread for all specs.

    Good luck.

    This one is going nearly five weeks...just because I'm in a good mood...which may end at any moment. Enjoy it while you can....

    P.O.W.! Challenge 48 will be posted on Sunday Midnight, February 6, 2011.

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    A little note here for all of you who have supported the P.O.W.! Challenges...thankyewthankyewthankyew...

    Just a reminder--those of you who didn't get a chance to finish exactly the way you wanted to, or ran into deadline problems, remember there is a sticky section where you can post your stuff when you do get it up to speed.


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    I wholeheartedly support this and intend to participate to the full extent of my abilities. Time to start gathering reference.

    CRITIQUE AS YOU WOULD BE CRITIQUED
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    BTW, I mentioned every comic should have a Corporate bug on it indicating a publisher. I should have mentioned that in the first go-'round, we used the letters CA POW as the logo. This is actually all you need. I use mine in a box that always appears at the right edge of the comic at random vertical spots. It's the little box over the kid's jacket below.

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    Funny, just the other day I was thinking about the first run on this topic, regretting I didn`t join...and now this!
    Hope I`ll manage to finish these in time!

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    gee...... it would be great if all who enter A cover challenge will continue to make panels as well.... that's where the real fight is!!!!! the race against time, the priority's of ones life and there creative ability's......i have learned much from the last cover challenge the cleaner the better.....whatever that means.....bring it!!!!!

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    Aw man! I had January all planned artwork-wise, now I really want to do this too...I'm going to thumbnail and brainstorm anyway and see where it goes

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    Wow.... Challenges for comic art. That is great. I am in. =)

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    A selection of references I intend to make use of for my first task, the Frankenstein cover. Others may feel free to do likewise.

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    CRITIQUE AS YOU WOULD BE CRITIQUED
    http://conceptart.org/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=59
    THE ABOVE LINK IS ALL YOU NEED

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    I'm scared. This is GOOD practice, but I'm totally scared! I want to try it, though. >_<

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    What's to be scared of? The worst that can happen is that you'll screw up a cover a bit...

    ...and the FDA will outlaw every flavor but grape...

    ...the world as we know it will end...

    ...they'll start making the Packard again...

    ...and the Pinto...

    ...and tripe cookies will be introduced by Keebler...

    ...with grape icing...




    Gird your loin chops and go for it!

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    I haven't been here for so long... life is tricky and demanding somemost times...

    these topics are so inspiring, I already have some ideas! ^_____^

    Can you give me the link to the last challenge please?

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    *GASP* Kitty, NO!!! ;_; Alright, I'll do it!! I'm more scared of things being grape-flavoured! *sobs 'n' runs away*

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    Zeitwolf, I'm not sure whether you literally meant the last challenge, or the last COVER challenge, so here's both, in that order...

    http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=201370

    http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=177105

    Poll for covers: http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=179714

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    ooh! This sounds cool! I missed the last Cover challenge..I say last, it was the one before that, or before THAT even...I'ma give this one a go!

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    Pace yourself. Do a minimum of one per week. You'll just burn out if you procrastinate until the last two days. It's a lot of work and that's why the chumps don't even start.

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    hmm, I might be actually taking part of this, this sounds a good subject

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    *waves hand* Question! Do we just need to get all five covers done by the final deadline, or is it one per week, or what?

    I kinda want to take a whack at this if my time looks fairly open-ish... looks like I missed a week, though. Can I still jump in and play?

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    The deadline for all five covers is the same, sunday night, whatever date i posted above...

    You can post them as you finish them if you wish, but post them all in one post as edit/additions so I don't miss one or two when I go to poll...

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    Thought I'd get this rolling, close to finish WIP for Frankenstein cover.

    Back to work.....

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    Hey!! I'm just showing some thumbs...I'm very short on ideas, but four of the five cover concepts (or three) could be solid... I'll have to explain the words and my ideas after. Heading to watching something!

    Frankenstein...well I read interesting stuff about the story and the author, and I still can't figure out a cover I want. I do like the idea of the monster reaching out to Frankenstein, though. The beginning for monster's journey through a rather miserable life.
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    John Cotton...my favourite idea for him would be that he's actually a brilliant inventor, and during his enslavement he learned from his intellectual master many MANY tricks and things. He conjured up ways to put "disciplinary" devices to good use. Though I'm not sure how, or if he's a good guy or what.
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    Still up in the air on this one. My thoughts are between a lady coming from a very different dimension through a special cube-like "door", and a creepy thriller type of concept where the body parts of a woman appear in a very elaborate box as the story goes on. That one makes me shudder though, for I've never made imagery like that.
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    Another one up in the air. Either a rich woman with a living tattoo that people mistake for her hair (and it has some hold over her...ew), or some weird crime story about a team of detectives or whatever trying to foil the malevolent schemes of a crime lord who lacks an eye, but has a huge tattoo over that part of his face.
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    Also unsure, but I may keep this one lighthearted, where Amy's doll is having adventures while the girl is away. Or I'll make a cover for the concept of a life-sized house, where Amy visits to maintain and the living dolls within, who normally are benign and helpful, try to kill Amy in an attempt to be free of imprisonment.
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    Two weeks late to the party, but what the hell, sounded fun.

    @Dilated: I really like the mood in that one, maybe push the expression further; more angry.

    @ Jazz: There are some kick ass ideas there, excited to see them fleshed out some more.

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    Thank you, Pierce9! I'm looking forward to seeing you really flesh out the ideas you have!

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    John Cotton: Fighting daemonic Klansmen with bullets and VooDoo.

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    Touch of progress, although this is just an idea that I'm thinking I'll try for the Frankenstein one. Having the gruesome-looking monster come alive, reach out...and he looks way too dark and sickly, but I'm thinking those blood vessels and whatnot are pretty much darker than the rest. Still, I'll work on better colour, better lines, definitely! I just want to remember what I'm aiming for.

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    @ Jazz:I like the mood you have going there, as a crit I'd say the pectorals are too bunched up: the extension of the torso and arm stretches the muscles out and makes them lie flatter. Kickin ass, glad too see you're still working.

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    Yargh, mixed dump of thumbnails and studies and general noodling around... Doing everything at once, bit of a mess at this stage... (Am I really going to get any of this done in time?)

    Frankenstein is definitely the book version, forget the movie. Probably going for the North Pole segments 'cause the monster is so badass-rebel in those...

    Um, am I gonna get in trouble for John/Joan Cotton the Drag Queen of the Wild Frontier...?

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    Thank you, Pierce9!! Anatomy is so not my strong point so I'm just starting with the idea. I'll be able to check out your crit better with my next draft. Good to see you working hard at yours, too! It's too early for me to crit, but I'm intrigued!

    QueenGwenevere...hee hee! I'm asking the same question of getting them all done on time. I doubt I will, but I'll try to get ONE done. Good success with getting them all, too! You got some coool ideas going! I admit, I like the drag queen dress for "Joan". XD

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    @ Pierce9: cheers man I'll keep it in mind when i finish it up

    oh man need to start bringing out my a game after seeing these entries.

    WIP on John Cotton

    note to self plan more before painting.

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    Some great work going on guys, looking good! I may not get all 5 done, but I'll have a few finished at least. My sketchwork for frankenstein, amy's doll & woman in a box are in my SB. I have two trips before the deadline, so they'll probably eat up all my time.

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    Another wip

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