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Sounds like Calendar 2024 is safe. Good.
Hard to decide, nearly every topic has benefits and drawbacks. So just how to decide?

Art and Elfquest / printed calendar for 2023
« on: February 03, 2023, 10:58:20 AM »
Eventually arrived. Took some time, even though print on demand should be fairly quick... it's all digital these days, but whatever took Zazzle/shipment.
Quality is okay, the parcel's contents received a few minor dents from shipment. And some parts were cut off by printing alingment. (From the upper rim a relatively small band of pixels is missing.) The coil still goes right through the lower image. Well. Whatever.
So it was good to print metadata on the last page's backside.
Apart from the mentioned things it looks pretty good.
One might think about a 20 pixel mat/frame of e.g. pure white within the 3300x2550 range, since they'll cut it off or break the coil holes through it, anyway.
Oh, and the hole for the nail, it's in the middle and roughly 1 cm from the top. So we shouldn't have any relevant image content there, either. ^_^

Art related:

painting the EQ miniatures (from the crowdfunding, but I guess tips here apply for all sort of miniatures), currently a live stream, but should hopefully be available later as regular video.

This won't be an easy decision.

Some classic topics; then Cliffhanger... which kind of screams for bridge of destiny. ;)
Encounters is a wide field, but that's fine.
Inside life could be in a lot of different places, forest tree nests to troll caves or human huts.
All Elders... does that mean high ones, elderly (looking) elves? Ancestors?

I already have some vague ideas for some topics. But I can hardly decide. O.o
I'm only slightly biased against makers since I just drew this. Though it would still leave open a lot of possibilities, also beyond art-making.

Chit-Chat / Re: Happy holidays 2022!
« on: January 01, 2023, 09:20:35 AM »
Happy new year! May things improve around the world for the better.

And we do have a lot of beautiful art to look at. So I'd call that a good start. I'll continue sighting it as I can, but there's also family I have to tend to.
I also received  some of the physical EQ audio-book/movie backer stuff yesterday. So somebody (totally not grumpy) sends you greetings as well.


I'll take pictures of the whole group later.

Chit-Chat / Re: Happy holidays 2022!
« on: December 24, 2022, 04:55:35 AM »
Happy holidays everyone, stay safe and healthy and have a good time among your beloved ones.

Art and Elfquest / Re: Elfquest Audio Movie - Available for all - for free!
« on: September 05, 2022, 10:09:48 AM »
Backer packages still need some time for the physical rewards.
I guess one can listen, but rating very very likely needs an account. And of course, they'd like you to spread the word, rate it (high) and so on, for a possible follow-up.

Art and Elfquest / Re: 2023 Fan Art Calendar - Theme Chit Chat
« on: February 07, 2022, 12:56:12 PM »
Is there some envisaged date for topic finding or a resolution of the setting / extras / special-about-it regarding for the next calendar?
Asking for a friend ^^

Art and Elfquest / Re: 2022 EQ Fan Art Calendar Guidelines
« on: February 07, 2022, 12:53:57 PM »
If you received a faulty calendar you can write to Zazzle's support. I also told them about the problem (incl. illustrating imagery), in hope they can find the cause and fix it. And they offered me to send new exemplars.

Art and Elfquest / Re: 2022 EQ Fan Art Calendar Guidelines
« on: January 20, 2022, 02:40:38 PM »
Indeed. On the upside there's a little hole to hang it up, just barely outside the image, and towards the bottom the coir goes through the credit line, occasionally even through the image (lower rim). Truly this is a bit "meh" as they say nowadays. It's not totally the same on the 2 exemplars, e.g. January (Christoph's image): the hole for the nail has the same offset, but the beige/grey (hardly visible) passe-partout has a slightly different offset as it seems and once the coil (square holes) puncture(s) the credit line and maybe 2 pixels of the image, the other one lost more pixels of the very image, e.g. a HighOne's knee (the one right to Haken?) is punctures up to his knee.
I assume this beige-grey passe-partout is their kind of stencil? So they might have messed up in the placement/offset from the top of paper. Plus scaling, since the credit line likely was still in the rendered bitmap image, I guess.
Indeed. That ain't good since readability is severly impaired by this.

Art and Elfquest / Re: 2022 EQ Fan Art Calendar Guidelines
« on: January 18, 2022, 07:28:03 AM »
Just received my two calendars today, so it's roughly 14d production + shipment. State was okay, corners slightly dent, and - as so often - no bell rang, driver fored it into my post box (so it would stick out and everyone could've taken it). But at least it's here, so far it seems fine, aside the corners. Even localized calendar part and with the date/year I specified.
Print quality seems fairly good, considering that there usually is the transition from RGB to CMYK. It's a bit small compared to earlier calendars, and it seems to me that a few images are slightly softened, not entirely sharp and crisp, but that might just be me bitching on a high level.

Art and Elfquest / Re: 2023 Fan Art Calendar - Theme Chit Chat
« on: January 06, 2022, 02:00:10 PM »
Well, but I wonder if there are possibilities of making things "special" aside the shee art content. I mean, zazzle, redbubble and whatnot are simply print (your logo) on demand services with a standard palette of items where you can print upon (cups, T-shirts, breadboxes, cushion sleeves and calendars). But I guess at least in that area isn't too much room for custom styles and decoration.
Well, and I doubt people would buy 12+1 cups with different calendar art for their cupboards. :) Besides, the artwork would come out rather small on cups.

Of course, one could celebrate, somehow. Though we also might wait for a multiple of 8 yers for this to happen (EQ elves at least seem to count in eights). ;)

A double feature calendar (24+1) would require a lot of contributions, that's a bit insecure to plan in advance.
Umm, I guess I am lacking creativity when it comes to other ideas of making it "special".
I guess we have most influence in terms of art/topic contents, for the material item is limited by the printing services palette of offers.

Art and Elfquest / Re: 2023 Fan Art Calendar - Theme Chit Chat
« on: January 06, 2022, 04:23:09 AM »
Maybe have a glance at yet undone topics.

+ suggestion elves and art / elves doing artwork

Art and Elfquest / Re: 2022 EQ Fan Art Calendar Guidelines
« on: January 02, 2022, 11:15:02 PM »
Currently there is a sale with 50% off, so one could e.g. think of ordering two calendars, one as a gift. Code ZNEWYEAR2022
It's nice that you can configure the details, thus, the calendar could start next year or later, too.
Shipment prices are okay, too.

Chit-Chat / Re: Merry Christmas (2021)
« on: January 02, 2022, 11:13:13 PM »
Yes, have a good start into 2022. Hopefully things will improve...

Chit-Chat / Merry Christmas (2021)
« on: December 24, 2021, 01:39:26 AM »
Merry Christmas-time you all,
have a harmonic and calm holiday. And please stay safe and also keep an eye out for the ones you love.

Guides & Guidelines / Re: Help Posting Art
« on: September 09, 2021, 09:24:29 AM »
On the right side, under the title bar, there is a link "my albums"


create an album (aka make a directory or "folder"), go into it and you have a button "add an item" (right side).
That should allow you to upload art and a description.

Chit-Chat / Re: ElfQuest next crowdfunding project (2021)
« on: June 26, 2021, 02:19:10 AM »
Funded with > 220'000 USD. Quite a success. Plus the gumroad(?) early bird this is roughly 300'000 USD according to the team.
I'm curious about the outcome and I hope the scale-down will help the little figures to gain more of the elven fine-and-delicate features.

Chit-Chat / Re: ElfQuest next crowdfunding project (2021)
« on: May 27, 2021, 01:01:47 AM »
Those artprints come with a price-tag, don't they? 350 USD for a single art print, even though it is ~46 x 61 cm (or even a larger variant), and maybe printed on good Hahnemühle paper + coating, but 350 USD plus likely something as 50+ USD shipment... ouch.

Chit-Chat / Re: ElfQuest next crowdfunding project (2021)
« on: May 27, 2021, 12:52:20 AM »
Thanks for the heads-up. I received an e-mail, but on their main page there is no info yet. Maybe they posted something on "social" media.
There was also an info-mail about voice actors, but they only accept folks from within the U.S. of A. (even though they wrote something that looked like recording at home, I mean, there still is a pandemic so that would be an option, even though you won't be able to have a top notch quality). Anyway, let's see, or hear, how they do.
I'll probably check in for the little figures. Though they look more like 3d renderings currently.
Oh, and I so hope Rayek won't have that silly kind of role, again (movie scripts 1994/1995). Just stick to the original storyline.

Guides & Guidelines / Re: Image Embedding
« on: May 05, 2021, 01:52:50 PM »
Not sure, there's not much to see in terms of uploading attachments, as far as I see it. But you could embed an image with a link and the img tags, I guess, possibly even one from the gallery here.

Art and Elfquest / Re: 2022 Fan Art Calendar - Theme Chit Chat
« on: April 23, 2021, 01:17:32 PM »
I was hardly able to follow anything laterly for I had another qualification step to do. But now I got that very successfully done, and I can finally get back to looking through the remaining calendar pictures. And I managed to order one early, but it has yet to arrive. The feature to have it printed on demand for future years is very convenient.

Homes... no idea strikes me in an instant, but that could still be exhaustion from the last weeks. Still a very open topic with a lot of possibilities. And I guess there's not much character preclaiming this time? So that would allow possible late / "just in time" (as they tend to say these days) entries if one is uncertain about this year's developments?
I do have some EQ art to do for people, analog art, this must be done first, plus a lot of tinkering I have to do, plus, most important, get moving in job terms. But there will be more free weekends this years, no concerts, no conventions *sigh* - so I might find some time.

Art and Elfquest / Re: 2021 Fan Art Calendar - Theme Chit Chat
« on: April 08, 2021, 12:39:02 AM »
PS: I just noticed that you can also adjust the calendar's start date, so you could have it printed still for 2021, but also 2022 if you'd like. That's handy.

Art and Elfquest / Re: 2021 Fan Art Calendar - Theme Chit Chat
« on: April 07, 2021, 11:58:41 PM »
Ah, that looks like a nice one. Also the print seems to have a different aspect ration, which gives the art more space.
If I wasn't in the middle of my online-schooling I'd go for the art right now.

Chit-Chat / Re: Merry Christmas (2020)
« on: April 04, 2021, 07:29:05 AM »
Happy Easter, Woskreszenie, vrolijk pasen or whatever you celebrate these days.
I hope you all have a calm time and some nice spring weather for a little walk outsides!

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