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    Ok so rather than music itself, album covers? Or music genres. Encapture a style of music in an illustration. Blues, metal, jazz, r&b, 50s, techno...or even pick big name bands and design a cover. Eg Daft Punk, ACDC, Kamelot, Eminem, Ten Tenors etc.
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    I agree that IOW should stick to stricter, more professional briefs most of the time, but I think every once in a while we should get the chance to go crazy!

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    very cool activity !

    some things popping up in my mind


    - editorial - illustrate an article from an magazine
    - scientific illustration (biological,medical etc...)
    - children book illustration (different ages)
    - classic book-illustrations (black and white line-art for example)
    - book cover
    - record cover

    this would be some of the things an illustrator could be confronted with.
    think it would be good to see topics that are somehow related to "real" stuff like this.it´s a long way until an illustrator can "choose" his clients and get interesting topics like monsters and characters for video-games etc. often the topics clients present are less exciting. the art is to turn them into exciting illustrations. but i agree- that we need to have fun with this so the topics should be attractive enough.
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    so... when do we get started? Bring on the first topic!

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    I am in accord with the posts that express concern for a preservation of the range of style which illustration can encompass. Illustration can be technical, it can be expressive, it can be abstract, it can be narrative, it can be highly stylized, or realistic, etc. It would be a pity if the only entries capable of winning were those which cater to a certain popular style. I am excited to see this new section happening and I hope that it lives up to its potential!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat Thompson View Post
    so... when do we get started? Bring on the first topic!
    Aksel (Nyctalgia) and I will be starting the first round when he returns from vacation within the next week or so. We decided it was better to have the two of us be able to discuss it properly and arrange a good beginning for this challenge rather than have one of us try to start it on our own.

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    Since CHOW is going to be more design-focused now, we could do a nice cross-over event with them or even do a big challenge where you can design various elements of the story in one of the other weeklies, then implement them into your illustration for IOW. And if we're really lucky, we might be able to rope in a nice Art Director (someone like Jon Schindehette from Art Order) to supply the concept/brief and maybe award the top voted entries with a critique.

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    I think before suggesting any topics here, we need to come up with a set of rules and guidelines for this challenge, also if theres no mods for this yet, that should be a first priority! And the first round should be a mascot round i think

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    Quote Originally Posted by Parsakoira View Post
    I think before suggesting any topics here, we need to come up with a set of rules and guidelines for this challenge, also if theres no mods for this yet, that should be a first priority! And the first round should be a mascot round i think
    Nyctalgia and I are the mods for this section. We will be ironing out the rules and have already got a general idea for the first round.
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    We apologize for the delay, but since it's summer Andrew was away when this started and I was away the following three weeks. But I'm back! So it's time to get blasting.

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    And the first challenge is up! Can you master it? Huh? Can you?!

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    I was wondering, if the deadlines so far have seemed longer than on most other challenges, why not call it illustration of the fortnight or something ?

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    We're switching between one and two week challenges, so to keep it simple it's "of the week" at the moment.

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    Sci-Fi character Meets Fantasy Character for a Drink

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    A scene from a Brothers Grimm fairy tale

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    Could we get a topic that's more illustrating an event or moment? The last few have been more characters or environments. Could we get a situation as a topic?
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    I enjoy seasonal topics: Winter, Valentine's, St. Patty's Day, etc... I suppose when the period of the year reflects the topic it's easier to get inspired. I realize that not all stories coincide with these, but Romeo and Juliet could work for Valentine's, and an Irish folk tale could work for St. Patty's. Cheesy, I know.

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    Party animals....

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    illustrate an emotional event, eg: anger, anxiety, love, fear, sorrow, lust, happiness, shock, panic, pride, Jealousy, etc......
    2 main rules,
    1. must incorporate a single human figure, and also any number of animals/creatures.
    2. colour and tone must match the emotion, eg: red-anger, blue-calm, black-sorrow, etc...

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    I'm definitely agreeing with the whole bringing graphic design elements into this as an option. Illustrators have to think about word placement if doing covers and some people might want to do that too.


    But anyway, some suggestions:

    CD Cover: choose an Album that you love, and illustrate a front and back cover (inlay optional) that best represents the bands image and style of music.

    Children's Book Cover: Aesops Fables Compilation or The Brothers Grimm

    Adult Book Cover: Reimagine the cover of your favourite novel and post the original illustration to compare (?)

    Magazine Cover: The National Geographic / New Scientist / Harpers Bazaar / Time / Radio Times etc - this would be good to research into what kinds of magazines are out there and how they use illustrations, maybe choose a current or recent event that was all over the news and the participant can choose which magazine to target their illustration at (as if sending it in on spec).

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    Had this one written down in my notes and made me think of IOW

    Between Scylla and Charybdis

    Could be the illustration of the literal situation with the two monsters (My original thought) or maybe in a general sense depict the "between a rock and a hard place" kind of situation.

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    As much as i've been happy with past subjects so far, is there any chance future subjects can have a less fantasy feel to them, not becouse i dont like fantasy, because i do, but fantasy or sci-fi in general does have a limited style option, and doesn't really encourage people to experiment more.

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    Topic Suggestion: Fairytales in Space

    Fairytales in Space:
    A sci-fi reinterpretation of a classic fairy tale. Perhaps we could limit this to retro 60's-70's style sci-fi, or any other particular strain of sci-fi just to reign the topic in a bit.

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    Topic Suggestion: Savage Courtship

    Suggestion: An illustration depicting a courtship ritual that involves two potential mates battling it out. Perhaps this could be part of a racial culture, (orcs, for example) or just two violent individuals (assasins? Soldiers?) who are interested only in a partner who can best them in battle.

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    please change where this is heading towards

    Quote Originally Posted by grenogs View Post
    As much as i've been happy with past subjects so far, is there any chance future subjects can have a less fantasy feel to them, not becouse i dont like fantasy, because i do, but fantasy or sci-fi in general does have a limited style option, and doesn't really encourage people to experiment more.
    i totally support this. i was going to participate but all the themes seams so trivial with no backbone to support them. It's like what you're after is only a pretty image for it self and not something with a deeper meaning.

    Leave out virtuous art and put in some more concept...

    don't get me wrong, i love fantasy and sci-fi, but that those are not the only things we can illustrate.

    just my two cents...

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    Your pleas have been heard. I'll give you some deep meaning!

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    Is the IOW occuring this week or is it on hiatus?

    If I could make a humble suggestion, too many of the topics are entirely too broad and open ended. For example last weeks topic of broken thoughts I had absolutely no ideas for. Happiness, Propoganda Posters and Mayan rituals are all very broad topics. Why not suggest a specific Mayan Ritual to illustrate.

    Most of the briefs that are given are only a sentence or two long. contrast that with the briefs for the CHOW and COW where the briefs are a paragraph or two long. A lot more information is given which rather than stifling creativity, prompts it.

    Here are some ideas I had for future topics. Most of these need to be elaborated on to be successful.

    Illustrate the first lines of one of these a novel.
    For example:
    The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel. Necromancer
    He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish.
    Old Man and the Sea
    It was a pleasure to burn.
    Fahrenheit 451
    We started dying before the snow, and like the snow, we continued to fall.
    Tracks
    As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a monstrous vermin.
    Metamorphosis


    Illustrate a character from a story; just provide a description from the book so they don't have to read the whole thing:
    For example:
    Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (page 10):
    "Ender did not see Peter as the beautiful ten-year-old boy that grown-ups saw, with dark, tousled hair and a face that could have belonged to Alexander the Great. Ender looked at Peter only to detect anger or boredom, the dangerous moods that almost always led to pain."

    Boneshaker by Cherie Priest (page 22):
    "Without the coat, her body had a lean look to it — as if she worked too long, and ate too little or too poorly. Her gloves and tall brown boots were caked with the filth of the plant, and she was wearing pants like a man. Her long, dark hair was piled up and back, but two shifts of labor had picked it apart and heavy strands had scattered, escaping the combs she'd used to hold it all aloft



    Create a movie poster for a classic movie being remade today.
    Create a classic movie poster for your favorite modern movie
    Make a narrative advertisement for a food or product
    Make a children’s book spread for a fairy tale
    Create a theater poster for a Shakespearean play
    Make a magazine cover for a current news story
    Design a new logo for yourself.
    Draw a self-portrait in your illustrative style to use on your promotional materials.
    Illustrate a fortune from a fortune cookie
    Illustrate family life in the future, at least 100 years from now



    And finally, on a purely personal note, since I am in Korea and a few timezones ahead of most people I don't see the new topics until at least Tuesday and sometimes Wednesday, which is too late to start a one week project. Would it be possible to post the new topic at the same time the finals thread for the old topic is posted? Just to give people a little extra time to work?

    Just my two cents...
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    I totally agree with you, Kafka Dreams. This week I had some long talks with an illustrator and I've decided to go for more specific briefs.

    There's an active IOW this week, the broken thoughts one isn't due til Sunday.

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    I must say I've always been fascinated by this challenge, even though so far I've never allowed myself the time to actually participate.

    Still, I would like to suggest "Circle of Life" as a subject. I personally think it leaves a lot of room for interpretation and execution.

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