February marks the sixth month we've chosen our Challenge Theme by community vote (see here for the latest results). So, I thought I'd take this opportunity to ask how everyone thinks the new challenge format is going? Are there any concerns or thoughts on improvements? And also, we have March's challenge Theme to think on. We already have quite a list but there's always room for more suggestions. Please post your ideas here for next month's Themes. 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 least popular Themes from the last few polls have enter THE NEUTRAL ZONE and are in danger of being eliminated from the vote in the coming months. The Current List of Themes: 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. Blueprints Arguably the most important manifestation of fan art going back to Franz Joseph and how the popularity of his works proved the ongoing popularity of the canceled series. Taking that as inspiration create your own set of blueprints for anything in Star Trek be it a starship, starbase, technology, bridge layout, etc. 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. 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). 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 (nice! using a lyric) How do characters/species show their love for each other? Friends, parents and kids, true loves...anything you want. 80s Animated Mash! A mash-up of a classic (or obscure) 1980s animation with the 80s Star Trek crew/show/movie of your choice - 2280s TOS Movies or 2380s Lower Decks and Prodigy. (And there's always the Short Trek "Children of Mars", snippets from DS9: "The Visitor" and PIC, amongst other bits & bobs.) [THE NEUTRAL ZONE] Not Good Enough Art inspired by unpopular episodes. Specific show theme Maybe this can carry for much of 2023... do this in cooperation with one of the boards (like TNG, or DS9) , where they pin the contest there as well, and allow for cross/duplicate posting on that board (to allow for bigger interest in the contest). (Post below and tell us your preferred show) [THE NEUTRAL ZONE] Voting for March's Theme will commence ~15 February. Please post your ideas by then for inclusion in the poll. Have Fun!