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    Thanks for the great feedback everyone!

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    I love the idea of doing something based on music. It would be awesome to have a brief(s?) to create an illustration based on a song or album with some strong imagery or story, like these for example:

    Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea


    Mastodon - Blood Mountain


    The Decemberists - The Hazards of Love








    Or to make things really interesting, we could try to illustrate a wordless song...










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    It is so awesome to see a new competition specifically for illustrations!

    As for ideas:

    I also agree with the song illustration idea.

    Also- iconic scenes from (public domain or at least famous) stories?

    Or find writers who want to write short descriptions?

    What about specifying type/format of illustration? Maybe sometimes it's a cover, sometimes border art, chapter heading?
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    I lean towards loose, sometimes very loose, like just an emotion or circumstance and let the imagination do the rest

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    just a suggestion: I hope you all will consider an animation and/or motion graphics challenge of the week or month.

    there are other forums that have challenges but not on a consistent basis from what I can find

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    Well, it might be a bit odd but how about illustrating emotions. Like "person in love" or something to that effect. I think it would be interesting to see what comes out of that. Also, maybe a medical illustration challenge I guess.

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    I agree with switching between broader topics and things that are more specific, and switching of time lengths.

    However, I like to think of CA as a place for us all to practice and hone our skills with the purpose at getting better for our real world business - therefore i think the challenges should reflect that - 1 week deadlines for most (2 weeks given only to epic topics that demand large of amounts of stuff, such as a full scene illustration, not for something like a political piece for a mag), style outlined in the briefs during the 'specific' weeks, and a mixture of content that the broad field of illustrators regularly confront - so imo think topics could range from:

    1. Album Covers

    2. Politics & World Affairs (everything from Obama to Arab Spring - however this one could get people all hot and bothered) - perhaps even dictate the style or the tone of the piece - such as "Topic: 10% Unemployment, Wall Street Journal style, with such and such political bias", that way people are forced to think outside their own personal viewpoints.

    3. Songs as mentioned, but nothing too obscure imo. Perhaps take items from Rolling Stones and Hall of Fames, or the TOP 10 lists or something.

    4. Hot-Topics (such as celebs, movie reviews, fad diets, etc)

    5. Story Excerpts (by far the coolest imo)

    6. Science and Medical Illustrations (cells, anatomy, tectonics, birth of a cloud, viruses - how to illustrate an "H1N1 Apocalypse", or even AIDS, for example?)

    7. Poetry - ranging from William Blake, Robert Frost to V-Day gushiness - stuff you'd see in real magazines, like Cosmo (don't know if they poetry, but you get the drift)

    8. History - way too much awesomeness in there.

    9. myth & folktales - and not just typical European/Tolkien stuff - Mayan, Babylonian, Russian, etc. Perhaps picking entries from Carol Roses' encyclopedias would be good.
    Randomly chosen example from my "Spirits, Faries, Gnomes, and Goblins" by Carol Rose:
    Tcaridyi: In the folk beliefs of the Roman Gypsies, this is a female disease demon. This evil spirit was the result of the union between Ana and the king of the demons after Ana had been fed with crayfish. Tcaridyi become the wife of the demon Tculo. She is described as having the body of a worm covered in hairs. This evil spirit tries to enter the bodies of humans, and when she enters a man, she causes burning fevers. When she enters a woman, she lies in wait until she has the opportunity to cause puerperal fever in childbirth. In order to protect themselves, women would carry a talisman made of crayfish."

    10. Fashion

    11. One final idea - how about content written by our very own artists? Instead of taking an excerpt from someone else's story, how about the winner of last week's contest gets to write a story brief or something like that? Kind of like an additional prize to the winners in a way. But then comes the issue of quality control. :shrugs:
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    I will vote for varied 1-2 weeks and varied descriptions.

    But I must say, I don't see the appeal of some of these ideas at all like the music. That is TOO much based on interpretation. This isn't fine art. You can't illustrate emotions because no one will know what the heck it is except you--not to mention that the song or emotion means something else to them entirely. That is for fine art in my opinion.

    And how will anyone know what to vote for if it is 90% interpretive? Half of the entries will be accused of not following the rules.

    I think a lot of these ideas are going too far. All this really needs to be is a step up from CHOW or COW which basically means it just needs a background and the character shouldn't be standing still for a photo. The idea for IOW came from people in CHOW wanting to tell some story. Lets not go overboard here. My humble opinion. In the end, it will be the mods job to try and appease the majority of us lol...I really wish them luck. I look forward to it in any case.

    One more thing--restricting style is just...not a good idea. We need to be focusing on improving our portfolios and practical skills. Why would I waste time doing ink if I never plan on using it, ever. If people want to branch out, then I encourage them to do so without rules telling them to.



    On the other hand, if I end up skipping one or two IOW because its not my cup of tea, that is certainly fine too. Maybe we all need to compromise some

    Thank you mods!

    EDIT: I like Pat's idea of winner-created briefs as a reward. If the mods are up to it, they can do some quality control of the brief ideas from the winners.

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    What I'm worried about with this competition is that illustration is not something you can judge well. It might end up being only - "Who makes the most realistic immersive scene possible". Ironically from book reader perspective the covers that I found as succesful or even more were usually against that direction. Sometimes even just mix of something ornamental with well thought graphic design (Good example is Ariel9 post with Harry Potter books). To me book cover shouldn't really reveal much detail beacause that might force something on the imagination. It only needs to hint the overall mood of the story while being elegant/simple at the same time. Just few examples:

    IOW - Topic Suggestions IOW - Topic Suggestions IOW - Topic SuggestionsIOW - Topic SuggestionsIOW - Topic SuggestionsIOW - Topic Suggestions

    I'm not saying it is always the case or those are better type of illustration than others but from what I saw so far on CA, both competition topics and overall trends force very narrow range of styles.
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    Good points and suggestions presented by all, this looks promising. Some suggestions from me:

    Mythology month: everything mythological for 4 weeks, from Medusa being turned to stone, Hercules slicing up the Hydra, Odysseus vs Cyclops, King Arthur pulling the sword from the stone etc.

    I remember there used to be a random activity of the week, it's been years since I've seen it done before. For ex. 'robot monkey throws damsel off of a flying ship' Extremely random but broad and open to imaginative interpretation. Great exercise to work out your spontaneity muscles. (prepare for client's demands?)

    All I've got for now, good luck!
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    Please NO SONGS!

    I see many of you are suggesting illustrating music, but honestly, it'll most probably end up just as too wide for interpretation, no entry could be disqualified, you can draw and post anything. Ergo totally no challenge at all and boring to participate.

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    yeah I dont think being vague every time would be good, I know I'd run out of ideas without a fair amount of topical inspiration.

    But illustration can be so surreal at times, I think you have to let the imagination run wild once in a while and let the votes decide

    illustrating to music wouldn't work too well but an animation/motion graphics challenge to music would work great

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artfix View Post
    I will vote for varied 1-2 weeks and varied descriptions.

    But I must say, I don't see the appeal of some of these ideas at all like the music. That is TOO much based on interpretation. This isn't fine art. You can't illustrate emotions because no one will know what the heck it is except you--not to mention that the song or emotion means something else to them entirely. That is for fine art in my opinion.

    And how will anyone know what to vote for if it is 90% interpretive? Half of the entries will be accused of not following the rules.

    I think a lot of these ideas are going too far. All this really needs to be is a step up from CHOW or COW which basically means it just needs a background and the character shouldn't be standing still for a photo. The idea for IOW came from people in CHOW wanting to tell some story. Lets not go overboard here. My humble opinion. In the end, it will be the mods job to try and appease the majority of us lol...I really wish them luck. I look forward to it in any case.

    One more thing--restricting style is just...not a good idea. We need to be focusing on improving our portfolios and practical skills. Why would I waste time doing ink if I never plan on using it, ever. If people want to branch out, then I encourage them to do so without rules telling them to.



    On the other hand, if I end up skipping one or two IOW because its not my cup of tea, that is certainly fine too. Maybe we all need to compromise some

    Thank you mods!

    EDIT: I like Pat's idea of winner-created briefs as a reward. If the mods are up to it, they can do some quality control of the brief ideas from the winners.
    I agree about most of you guys are taking it too much to the "unjudgable" area of fine art because IOW was always a the dream of those how don't want to make only CHOW's but they also want too add some backgrounds, atmosphere and tell a story.
    You would never be able to judge correctly between something like Ariel or Farvus showed here and an illustration like this
    Luis Royo
    those are both illustrations but they seem to be so very far from each other on the art scale that it would be impossible to judge who got the best illustration, it's in the end will be a matter of personal taste.
    And if someone made a picture with 4 stick man who fight with stick swords it will have to be able to enter as the rest of the entries...and in my opinion it's just wrong.

    I propose to keep at as simple as possible you must not forget that although there are some pro's doing these from time to time most of us are not professional artists (including me), and you gotta challenge us but not make our life hard.
    I really think that if we won't make it simple and by simple i mean:
    a. character or a number of characters
    b. back ground
    c. atmosphere/sense of something - fight, love, anger and etc.

    We"ll end up judging and comparing "The Black Square" to Marc Silvestri's pencilled art and Manga styled pictures to "Luis Royo's illustrations.

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    I would suggest running a topic every week but giving two weeks to complete it. That way you are always judging the illustration of the week. Hopefully this would allow you to keep members coming back instead of falling away because they weren't into a topic or two. You could even make it a 4 week followed by a two week challenge. Your very first challenge would not go to vot until the 4th week but your second challenge would go to vote on the 3rd. After that, you would have a vote every week. This would give you the option of running an epic challenge every other week (ie, movie poster or magazine spread).

    I would also sugest pulling from ChOW and COW. Reason being, those topics are suppose to be concept art but they have become too narative (seems that ChOW is getting back on tract). Good concept art should be able to be handed over to a modeler or costume/creature designer and be executed in production format. Illustration of the Week would be the place to put those designs into a narative. A modeler can't work off a foreshortened figure doing ninja flips while being obscured by misty fog. But that could make a good pitch piece.

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