Contest: ENTER July Art Challenge - Suggest your Themes!

Discussion in 'Fan Art' started by Starscape, Jun 3, 2023.

  1. Starscape

    Starscape Commodore Fan Art Challenge Winner

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    There's lot's going on this month, May's Matte Painting Challenge has been extended until mid-June and will run concurrently with this month's Cover Me! Theme, so you have extra outlets for your creativity. And yes, we also have to look ahead to July's Challenge.

    We have a good list of Themes to vote on but, as seen in the last poll, a new idea can go straight to the top, so if you have any new ideas they're most welcome.

    To help generate as much participartion as possible you might want to consider whether your Theme idea could encompass a range of some of the following:
    • Skill Level
    • Time Commitent
    • Media (Physical, Digital, Photochop, 3D...)
    • Subjects (Characters, Tech, Starships...)

    Once you've thought of something, please post your idea here and feel free to discuss, ask questions and suggest ideas for entries for any of the submitted themes. If we can get a conversation started about the challenge it'll help to get those creative juices flowing. :)

    THE NEUTRAL ZONE has returned and the Themes within it, which scored the lowest average in recent polls, are in danger of being eliminated from future votes.


    The Current List of Themes:

    Specific Show -- Enterprise
    Dedicated to art inspired by one specific Star Trek show/era. Each month you have the opportunity to vote for a different era cycling through: TOS/TAS --> TNG --> DS9 --> VOY --> ENT --> MOVIES --> DSC --> PIC --> LDS --> PRO --> SNW --> TOS/TAS --> ...

    Transporter Malfunctions
    Duplicates, amalgamations and transmogrifications. Oh my!

    The Menagerie
    We hear about Berengarian dragons, and Andorian bulls, and Orion wing-slugs, and Terrelian seapods and the like, but didn't get to see them. What do they look like? How big are they? What kind of environment do they live in? Will they eat you?!?

    The More Things Change

    Time may move at warp speed, but not everything does. Show us how something Trek has changed over the years - landscapes, buildings, ships, people, beliefs.

    Body by Brand Name
    Since certain iconic brands are bound to survive or be revived in the future, what would a starship/uniform/base, pretty much anything, look like if it was built or designed by a particular company? Not limited to products or types of products the company makes. So what about a starship designed by Tiffany/Swarovski? A tricorder from Blackberry?

    The New Next Generation

    Show what would follow your favorite incarnation of Star Trek.

    Beginnings
    A New Year is here so taking inspiration from that show us some Trek Art related to new Beginnings. It could be inspired by something from the start of your favourite series or show us the beginning of a new mission, the introduction of a new character, ship or family member.

    Where My Heart Is, Beyond Antares

    How do characters/species show their love for each other? Friends, parents and kids, true loves...anything you want.

    Tall Tales
    Or, a funny thing happened on the way to Delta Vega. Dedicated to those adventures that are the most bizarre and unbelievable, the ones where if you described them to someone they'd reckon you'd done a little too much LDS - Abraham Lincoln floating in space, holograms taking over the Enterprise, being shrunk to the size of a toy, evolving into a lizard?! Or perhaps you can think of something even weirder than those we've seen on the show.

    Fighting Stance
    Show hand-to-hand combat at its best and worst - honorable surrender, self-sacrifice, using someone as human/alien shields, no mercy, knock down drag out, fancy footwork, anything goes!

    We're All Friends At This Table

    Depict characters from different backgrounds forgetting their differences, crew of a ship coming together, cooking being a universal language, enemies declaring a truce, etc. all centered around eating and drinking.

    Timekeeping
    We know our Starfleet crews get themselves into all sorts of temporal scrapes, but how do they (and other galactic citizens) tell the time wherever they are? Apart from stardates, the odd PADD/viewscreen display, Sisko's Saltah'na clock, and a couple of "antique" 20th century watches, what do contemporary timepieces look like in the Star Trek time periods? Especially those from worlds other than Earth? After all, not everywhere has a 24 hour day...

    Not Good Enough
    Art inspired by unpopular episodes.

    Where Do I Go From Here?
    Everybody has unanswered questions about what became of their favorite characters, love-to-hate'em characters, and blink-and-you'll-miss'em characters. So where does their life take them in the future? Poetic justice, or a better life?

    Believe It Or Not
    What constitutes an urban legend in the Trek universe? Mysterious creatures, celebrity sightings, gossip about famous legendary Starfleeters...what stories do the new recruits whisper by warp's glow?

    Storyboard
    In the words of Wikipedia, a “storyboard is a graphic organizer that consists of illustrations or images displayed in sequence for the purpose of pre-visualizing a motion picture” or television show. Here you can try your own hand at the process, creating a storyboard for a sequence from your own Star Trek story involving established or imagined characters.

    Space Vogue
    What are all the most fashionable people wearing this year? Design a new outfit or uniform in(spired by) the style of your favorite species/faction.

    Today Is A Good Day to Die-o-rama
    Release your inner child with a diorama demonstrating anything Trek - landscapes, ships, historical moments. Make it or draw it, if you prefer. Mixed media - use any material you want.

    [THE NEUTRAL ZONE]
    This is Me/Us
    Insert yourself in some kind of art...whether a photoshop, hand drawing, or costume photo...something where you show yourself (or a friend/relative).

    A Fate Worse Than Death
    What's a particular character's worst nightmare? No killing them off.
    [THE NEUTRAL ZONE]


    Voting for July's Theme will commence ~17 June. Please post your ideas by then for inclusion in the poll.

    Have Fun! :bolian:
     
  2. Laura Cynthia Chambers

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    Expect the Unexpected
    What's hiding behind that rock? Who's hailing us? Where are we? Depict Starfleet encountering something they didn't bargain for...as usual.

    Trek Tech It Up
    Design a futuristic version of a current tool or device. Even if the upgrades aren't much of an improvement, at least it looks cool....right?
     
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  3. Laura Cynthia Chambers

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    TOS-Up
    Re-design something from a non-TOS Trek show in the style of TOS, whether it's a uniform, a species, a schematic, a ship, or a prop. (Item must still be recognizable, but with '60s sci fi sensibilities. So basically the opposite of what DIS and SNW have done with TOS-era tech.)
     
  4. Starscape

    Starscape Commodore Fan Art Challenge Winner

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  5. Laura Cynthia Chambers

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    Maybe we should keep the holiday specific ones on reserve (beyond antares and new beginnings) until February and January.
     
  6. Starscape

    Starscape Commodore Fan Art Challenge Winner

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    That could be done but, for simplicities sake, I'd rather not have any kind of waiting list.

    In the past THE NEUTRAL ZONE process has weeded out season specific themes, maybe I should get more aggressive with that. I am trying to be more systematic with it (love a spreadsheet ;)).