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    P.O.W.! Challenge 52 (A-B-C-D-E)

    We're a bit late again, but this should be just a one-shot glitch. The heat wave caused a small brown-out in our area--no power, no computer. Sorry about that.


    P.O.W.! Challenge 52 (A-B-C-D-E)


    THERE HAVE BEEN MAJOR CHANGES MADE, SO READ THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY!

    All future POW! Challenges will roughly follow the format below, unless otherwise noted for a special event. For the time being, we'll keep the "Illustration" part until the new Illustration gang gets everything settled down.

    Five more-or-less related Challenges will be posted from various sources--A, B, C, D, and E. All (except where noted) will run simultaneously. One (C), will end two weeks before the others. Just verify the dates under each challenge and you'll be cool.

    You can do any one, two, three, or four, or all of them if you wanna make your mommy really proud. You can "mix and match," meaning if you do A, you don't have to do C(illustration) if you want to do an illustration, too...you can choose illustration D, instead.

    If you're a bit unsure of yourself yet, you can try doing the E part of each challenge. It will be a bit easier and less nerve-wracking because we're treating E as a kind of "learning the basics" kind of thing.

    In all cases, you can interpret the art any way you wish, and the more creatively, the better. Any media. B&W or Color, unless we specifically point out otherwise.


    Comic Topic A: Artists: Almost like real people...

    How about we play with the stereotypes that most of the public has assigned our profession? This could be done as a "comparison" of how "real people" do things and how WE do them (two-panel format set up as self-contained situations), a straight story of just plain "culture shock" ("Be right back, Mom... If a naked girl shows up, just send her to the studio, please..."), or any other idea you can come up with that can be mined for irony or (probably) humor.... Just make sure that whatever you come up with plays with the perceived differences between artists and "real" people in everyday life...

    Comic Topic B: Living in the Sticks...

    This was suggested by OmenSpirits, and is another "lifestyle" type of thing, but obviously has a lot more possibilities outside of humor... For those of you outside the US, "the sticks" is slang for living in an area that is definitely not urban, like living in the woods, on an isolated island, or in a section of the country that doesn't have a large population, or access to a lot of what we "city folk" consider absolute necessities...like toilet paper...or toilets...or Starbucks...

    Either or Both-Deadline: Sunday, August 21, 2011, 11:59 pm anywhere in the world.

    You can present your solution as a minimum of THREE to any practical maximum you wish which adhere to standard comic specs as below...and, yes, you can have the first or last (or both) as a splash page if you want--just don't get TOO extreme on page counts. REMEMBER: You don't have to have a complete comic to qualify for polling--if you realize you're running out of time, try to get at least THREE pages finished by the deadline. That's all you need to qualify for polling..

    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)

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    Comic Illustration Topic C: Artists: Almost like real people...
    Deadline: Sunday, August 7, 2011, 11:59 pm anywhere in the world.

    This illustration doesn't have to match the approach you might choose for (A) above if you're doing both. You could do it as possible cover art or a stand-alone illustration. You have about TWO WEEKS, all other sizes/rules apply.

    Comic Illustration Topic D: Living in the Sticks
    Deadline: Sunday, August 21, 2011, 11:59 pm anywhere in the world.

    This illustration, again, doesn't have to match the approach you might choose for (B) above if you're doing both. You have TWO WEEKS, all other sizes/rules apply (above in bold face).

    NOW, to be perfectly clear, you can do all four of the above requests, or you can do just one. Any one (or two or three) and they just have to follow the topic descriptions. they DO NOT have to be the same style/approach. 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...well...I haven't changed that yet, but at least ask questions.
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    P.O.W.! Challenge 52E: Interacting...

    If you're kinda new to this stuff, here's a little thing you can work on without losing your mind...and fingers...and sleep...

    Last time, we played with individual characters (and we'll do more of that in the future), so for this week, let's drift a bit further into the "story" type of art we're doing here. One problem that people have with comics is they suddenly realize the little characters they develop have to interact with each other--over and over. You can probably fake a drawing of a guy on a horse to get a point across, but here, you may have to show the guy getting on the horse, going somewhere at different angles and views, and getting off the horse, maybe after doing some running/jumping/flying and stuff like that. Looooots of work...a lot more than doing one drawing...and you have to make it believable.

    Let's keep it simple. Do "ALMOST" stick figures (don't go into a lot of detail, just enough to see what and who is involved) interacting with each other in various angles and views--just talking, walking, sitting in a conversation, arguing, fighting, being sexy, working together or against each other, etc. This is practice for establishing how people appear in a situation that the reader will recognize immediately. Gesture and "type" is more important than finely drawn characters here.

    Deadline: Characters E: Sunday, August 21, 2011, 11:59 pm anywhere in the world.
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    Good luck.

    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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    Awesome. I was just about to finish the poll for 51 when the support functions went down. I'll fix the poll when they're up. I'm calling a shot at the Comic Topic A Artists topic.

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    Oh, cool! I'd love to practice with E! I don't do it nearly enough.

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    Ooo, I'll take a crack at A, I think.

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    Red face

    One night I sketched out a couple of ideas. The first one is for challenge E, and is VERY rough. I'm getting out of what seems to be an untimely art funk, so this is supposed to be an interaction between some "cool" guy and some possibly infatuated lady. Results don't happen the way that guy hoped, but retaliation just isn't worth it. Though I don't mean to describe it here, it's just such chicken scratch for the challenge that I thought I should.

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    This was just some off idea for A. I may not even DO A...or may I not? o_o Hmmmm...
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    your going the right way

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    So I guess this is 52A, not 52C. The paperwork just gets more and more complicated every year..

    Edit: I meant to give thanks to Angel Intheuk, who made this comic which I'm kind of riffing on: http://conceptart.org/forums/showpos...8&postcount=14

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    Waterbird, that is seriously good. Looking forward to seeing the ending!

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    Thanks, donalfall. No, yeah that is how it ends. He stood her up, thinking only about his work. I was considering doing a dream sequence while he takes a nap, but I thought 5 pages was enough for this particular exercise.

    If you want to know what happens to the characters afterwards, let's see... I would say she breaks up with him. He then does a series of artworks (it is left unclear in the story what kind of artist he is-writer?illustrator?) that are inspired by her icy beauty, which get noticed by another woman. They embark on a similar relationship and the cycle continues.

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    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.... I skimmed it earlier, my mistake. More looking at the Art than considering the story properly. Although I like the extra ending material.

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    I went for challange E as I still struggle with the basic stuff. There will be continuation. In order to prevent the usual art block when inventing story I make it as I go. Nothing special really. Equal size of panels also helped .

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    Nicely done farvus. The very last panel make the guy falling off the ladder seem much bigger than the guy lying on the ground, but that's a minor quibble - it still reads perfectly well.

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    Topic B: Living in the Sticks

    Here's my crack at topic B. It's about a mountain man who just can't get the peace and quiet he wants. I also included a process GIF at the end if anybody's interested.

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    donalfall - Thanks! I should have used thicker line for that bigger guy. He's supposed to be coloser to the viewer.

    I still continue with this comic so it is already success. I guess the sticfigure thing worked. Policemen have one eye beacause I'm lazy .

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    I'm sorry, I'm having some rough patches, I can't even finish E. I was hoping I could have made it better.

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    I won't have the new challenge up til tomorrow, because last minute, I changed my mind on one of the comics. It won't be a comic. Hint: I'm really tired of the piece of shit logo/banner we've been using...one of the worst things I ever did...

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    Here's my B side. Living in the Sticks:

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    so we're burning our flag? too put up a new one?

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    52 A

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    Challenge 52A - I'm late as usual (tsk) my mum would be disappointed. But at least I finished

    Waterbird: That's a great story, look at you with 2 entries! I love the extreme perspective on their legs in panel 9. - p.s thanks for the honourable mention, what a nice surprise. (edit: didn't mean to delete the crit, oops, yeah motion lines on the tractor are missing )

    Mr Sebastian Sir: That's really funny

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    Angel-

    Glad you posted again. Your first panel puts me in mind of Maurice Noble, who did backgrounds for the old Chuck Jones cartoons.

    Re your earlier comment about the motion lines, I added a sound effect to the bottom left panel of this page that I had accidentally left out. Thx for your attention to detail. Crits always welcome

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    angel- gimlen glubberine! (watchu mean funny) that last frame is amazing i needed that 0800 number like 2 years ago! lol! p.s did you just add a sir? at the end of my avatar name....have i just been knighted? awsome......maybe i will change my name to Sir Sabastian....just a thought....
    waterbird your camera angle sense of perspective and forshorting are amazing in your take on the sticks.....top noch work my friend/p.o.w! nemesis!

    i didn't realize i mssed the deadline.....whhhhoooopppppppsss!

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    Thank you all for the great efforts on this challenge, and, YES, j.s., we're burning that ugly banner. It's about time, too.

    Challenge is almost ready to mount (later today). Sorry for lateness, but I decided to eliminate the C and D sections as regular challenges because the Illustration Challenge Section seems to be well on its way, so the redundancy is no longer needed.

    One of our challenges WILL be a redo of the banner this time around, but will be in addition to the regular challenge, so I'm making it a separate SIMULTANEOUS challenge, so the rewriting of everything has been taking me a bit of time. Bear with me a few hours more and we'll be cool.

    D', thank you for the polls. You're a gentleman and a scholar...

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    Whoa...sorry about that. Had to return a favor that took a bit longer than I thought it would. Nothing serious, just time consuming and at the worst possible time. Guy got himself into some construction troubles and I had to go help him out a bit.

    All I have to do is change the dates on the new challenge and proofread it, so the new challenge and the logo thing will be up later today. Thanks for being patient, everyone.

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    No problem. Looking forward to it! Also I'm a total stats/voting nerd, so I like doing the polls. A LOT.

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    um yeah!!!so i just HAVE TOO BEE A GOOD BOY.....shut the f-ck up. wait A week and a half to buy a used motion comp!!!!! then (after shipping and handling) Rule the air waves dude!!!! although. i do suck at for filling my own dreams.....

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