December TrekBBS Fan Art Challenge - Off the Rack

Discussion in 'Fan Art' started by Ptrope, Dec 5, 2014.

  1. Ptrope

    Ptrope Agitator Admiral

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    Wow, coming up with challenges gets harder and harder! What do people like? What do they have fun doing? What gives them a chance to stretch their talents and skills? And how do we provide a baseline so that they can still compete on an even basis?

    If anyone figures these things out, please let us know at obvious_answers@impossiblequestions.com ;).

    In the meantime, I'm sure many of us look for inspiration on a regular basis at the bookstore, or at the grocery or drugstore, or the comic shop. Every month, there are new magazines on the racks, on practically every topic you can think of and many more on topics you might never have imagined. Whether you're into science fiction, modeling, d├ęcoupage, fashion, art, woodworking, running, sports, or fantasy whiffleball, you can spend about $10 and get a slick cover wrapped around 100 pages of articles and pictures (and ads!) - and the next month, another one comes out of the same title (if we're lucky - some vanish, never to be seen again, like Starlog).

    Do you think Captain Kirk had a subscription to Sports Illustrated? What about Scotty's monthly Core and Driver, or Captain Sisko's Louisiana Cookin'? Did Dr. Crusher ever find a PADD with an e-Playboy on it hidden underneath Wesley's mattress?

    What could a magazine from Star Trek be like?

    Obviously, I love book and magazine covers, and they come in such a variety, I'm betting there's something out there everyone can have fun with. So here's your challenge: create a magazine cover that has a connection to Star Trek, within that universe (not a fan magazine about Trek from our own) - something that would be lying on a shelf in a crewman's quarters, something for those off hours when it's all about their hobbies or interests. It can be a familiar title that exists in the here-and-now, but from the future, or it can be a twist on a familiar title, like a Klingon equivalent of Scientific American or an Andorian Rolling Stone - something that the viewer can relate to, somehow, but that has its context in the universe inhabited by the Federation, its allies, its enemies, and those yet undiscovered. Draw it, Photoshop it, paint it, model it, photograph it on your iPad. Make and enter as many as you like, whether they're different issues of the same thing or completely different titles.

    And to try to make it easy - or at least to remove a variable - make them 8.5x11@150 dpi (1275px x 1650px) - so all entries will be the same proportion. This weekend, go to the store, look at the magazines there, maybe even take some photos for reference, and then you're the editor-in-chief and the art director - make a cover that will sell your magazine and submit it to ptrope at gmail dot com by midnight PST, 12/31/2014, so we can start the new year shopping!
     
  2. Klaus

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    Re: December Challenge - Off the Rack

    ...this should be awesome, given the proclivities of our folks here. :D
     
  3. Ensign Ro-

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    Re: December Challenge - Off the Rack

    I like this idea. :-) Been a while since I entered...think an entry from me is due. :-)
     
  4. largo

    largo Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    Re: December Challenge - Off the Rack

    Scientific Klingon

    New theory proves that today is a good day to die
    Is the House of Targesh developing a new tribble plague?
    Researchers perfect nano-scale bat'leth to prevent Borg assimilation
     
  5. Ptrope

    Ptrope Agitator Admiral

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    Re: December Challenge - Off the Rack

    ^^ Let's see it! :D

    "Sto'vo'Kor: History Proves It" ;)
     
  6. Solarbaby

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    Conngrats on your win. What a fun challenge
     
  7. The Lensman

    The Lensman Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    Congrats Ptrope! That was a great entry! There's been some great work in the past two contests, sadly I don't have a regular internet connection right now, so I miss a lot of stuff.

    Yeah, it's a bitch coming up with challenges. I once won two in a row and was a strong contender to take a third win and I was like "I hope I don't win because I can't think of shit." Luckily I did not win so bullet dodged.


    Well seeing that you've come up with the contest type that I'm good at, I may try to enter. But I typically don't do "large" covers and there's a couple of specific reasons for that. So is this size a requirement or a suggestion?
     
  8. Ptrope

    Ptrope Agitator Admiral

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    If you don't work that large, you could scale it down to half that size - basically, it's about keeping the proportions consistent. ;)
     
  9. Morpheus 02

    Morpheus 02 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    i'd like to request that the voting deadline be At LEAST Tuesday, Jan 5...many of us might be busy with the holidays, and won't check till the next week.

    Thanks so much!

    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
     
  10. Ptrope

    Ptrope Agitator Admiral

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    Happy New Year! Time to get those special editions submitted to ye olde editor so they can be included in the poll :D.
     
  11. The Lensman

    The Lensman Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    Well the time I had planned to whip one of these up was spent traveling, so I'm out. Lot's of good entries this month so it'll be tough to pick!