environment of the week would be really good for my practice in backgrounds so sign me up.
For the rules there could be something like:
- Do not show any animals or inhabitants of the enviroment unless it is required for the topic
- Original architecture only
- the setting of the environment
Maybe a small description should be added when a certain topic is chosen.
Topic - Mysterious island
Description - This island, with it's high peaks, is always surrounded by mist. Mystical smoke signs erupt from these peaks.
Something like that.
my €2 cents
Last edited by possessed; October 13th, 2005 at 07:34 AM.
possessed: i think the rule you suggest about not showing animals etc, should be more correctly expressed. Something like "the environment, and its elements of design, must be the focus of the illustration. Works with a focus on characters or creatures within the environment will not be accepted". That way if someone is painting a 'gigantic dragon lair' or some such, they can put creatures in.
Also, on some occasions, figures (or at least the indication thereof) will be integral in establishing a sense of scale for the scene.
Basically logic rules here - if the environment is poorly designed/boring and the characters are in dramatic poses - not accepted. Focus on the environment design. Criteria for a good environment - - i will try to get some professionals to summarise a list of points for voters to think about.
I was actually thinking if there were going to be other weekly community activities.
I would preffer a weekly charachter activity, but enviornments sound really interesting as well. Characters and enviornments are the two things I would like to participate in the most, as well as creature, so I'm in.
rules are being made already i see. but before we exclude anyone lets talk about what the rules will accomplish. why are they there? whats the artistic purpose?
why not just have guidlines and then let the voters have there will. If people think that focus has been pulled from the enviro to the creatures in it. Let them say so by voting differently. Also lets think of what Oregano said in the COW tread, lets use the winners like guidlines, and let the people decide who winns. i mean, you can have a picture with a char standing right in the middle and enviro behind,. It can still be accepted. That kind of factors often relate to eachother. It can accually feel more empty from people if you put in ONE than if you put in zero.
also, i feel the suggested topics are a little well, boring. I would like to see us mix in colour demands and perspective views. (just putting up words for people to follow, they can choose to follow some of them and discard others.)
red city dawn
future japan from above
blue traffic city
ancient china midnight
rain city neon
sunlight temple from below
Ok guys, all of your suggetsions are being taken into account
oregano - running it on a rotational basis will unfortunately break the flow.. if someone is only interested in creatures, they have to wait for 3 weeks between topics... it loses the immediacy cow etc have at the moment, i think.
tuchten: it is stated in the rules that characters and creatures are allowed in the concept. HOWEVER.. if the piece is seen to be relying on the chara/creature to be succesful, it will not be allowed. If the environment has no discernable unique design features as pertaining to the topic, it will not be allowed.
I will be fairly logical and lenient on this, but it will be enforced to maintain a good level of quality.
hopefully with the simultaneous running of the cow, eow and possible how, we shouldnt have too many dramas anyway.
tuchten: No, actually I like possessed's ideas better, because they are more open to interpretation. "Haunted Swamp" is specific in topic but you are free to represent it any way you choose, from any angle, use whatever perspective you like, colors, mood, etc.
future japan from above, or sunlight temple from below are already imposing limitations regarding the representation. Of course if this was a job that would be totally normal I guess, but I think its more fun just to set the theme and let everyone do it how they like.
EDIT: if it was future japan, or sunlight temple, thats a different story. : P
broken and tuchten both have a valid point of view. I will try to choose topics which are open to interpretation, but also give direction. For instance the first topic, "The Titan Fortress", is specific in that it must be a fortress, and somehow convey 'titan', but it can be any time of day, any colour scheme, any time period etc.
For another i might get specific with colour, but loosen up on other specifics, ie "Crimson Outpost".