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Art and Elfquest / Re: 2021 Fan Art Calendar - Theme Chit Chat
« on: May 05, 2020, 03:40:25 AM »
I like the idea of considering popularity more than actual "screentime", someone like Vaya (while I'd love to draw her) does tend to get a fair bit of attention and might not fit the "lesser-known" qualifier.

Also, I have no idea how useful this is, but I made a Google Sheet with a bunch of characters semi-sorted by tribe/family relations/species. It's by no means exhaustive, there's so many characters  ::) A bunch of them have profiles on the official Elfquest site, but not all.
I've marked some of them with red (too well-known in my opinion) or yellow (might be too well-known), feel free to add characters, write notes or mark red/yellow as y'all like.

(There's some Final Quest names in there, just fyi for the folks who haven't read it) https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1oNf0k5yzkN_aQI5Wxqyer4wWoY8M3cuRhqhkm4WT3GA/edit?usp=sharing

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Art and Elfquest / Re: 2021 Fan Art Calendar - Theme Chit Chat
« on: May 03, 2020, 06:58:02 AM »
Lesser-Known is a great choice! It allows for a lot of creativity and mixing with the other themes.

The "what is a lesser-known character" is more tricky of course.
Background unnamed Sunvillagers and Go-Backs seem a given, but would someone like Vaya be too well-known? She's named and had lines, but was only part of the comic for idk one issue. Same with Ahdri, more prominent than someone like Minyah, Rayek's parents or Yurek, but far less so than Leetah or Savah.
The old Wolfrider chiefs (and a lot of their tribemates) are named and have personalities, but are still pretty obscure imo, except for Bearclaw. Same with most of the Gliders and Go-Backs
 
Would including well-known characters in combination with lesser-known characters be allright? Fx. lot's of people know Treestump and Dewshine of course, but Rillfisher is fairly obscure, so would an illustration of Rillfisher with one or both of them fly?
I'm not sure how one would ensure that 1) the illustration doesn't become primarily about the well-known characters and 2) that the lesser-known character will be recognizable enough on their own.
If artists are required to submit a description with character names the 2) might be a non-issue

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Art and Elfquest / Re: 2021 Fan Art Calendar - Theme Chit Chat
« on: March 12, 2020, 11:31:10 AM »
Having an Anondraw would be fabulous, that would help a ton I think, especially for the more abstract themes. Plus, getting feedback if you get stuck is always good.


Re: the themes, I thought I'd make a list of those that have been discussed already and add a few of the ones I thought was interesting from last years.

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Long Friendships

Creatures of Elfquest

Comedy

Lesser known characters

Through the Comics

Movieposters

Cliffhangers

Colors of Elfquest

Landscapes

Homes of EQ

Villains and Hero's

Evolution

Seasons

Otherness

Personally I'm the most fond of Long Friendships, Creatures, Colors, Otherness, and Movieposters (which could be very cool, but it would deviate from the "canon only" setting [anyone remember the SoC ElfWest alternaverse? It was fantastic to see characters in Wild West getups!])

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Art and Elfquest / Re: 2021 Fan Art Calendar - Theme Chit Chat
« on: March 11, 2020, 11:53:57 AM »
I like all the ideas being tossed around but my original question was do you all want to submit ideas and vote as usual or should the theme be something that is discussed and decided by those who are participating?

Let me know if you have any thoughts on that as well.  ;)
I got completely sidetracked oops

I think having a discussion like above is good. It's easy to think that a topic will be great for everyone if it's not put to a discussion, and I rather like being able to narrow it down like that.
Looking back at some of the past polls, the 2019 has 7 options that got 1-2 votes and 50% of the themes in 2018 only got one vote each. Maybe it could be put to a vote at the end, but only between the top 3 themes that we've discussed and find agreeable? That way people who participate in the calendar but maybe doesn't want to participate in the discussion can still have a bit of a say

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Chit-Chat / Re: Tell us about yourself
« on: March 11, 2020, 11:15:34 AM »
With a person I don't like. Who knows, maybe we have something in common? One of my best friends in high school was a girl that I definitely didn't like at first and vice versa. Regardless, having no company, no help, no nothing sounds awful.

My question: If you couldn't do (job/school) what you do now (for whatever reason), what would you do instead?

(re: Berits question about drawings coming to life, would they look like your drawing? This feels like a djinn's trap)

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Art and Elfquest / Re: 2021 Fan Art Calendar - Theme Chit Chat
« on: March 07, 2020, 03:00:18 AM »
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Elfquest through the comics - Draw Elfquest figures in another comic style/art.

This reminds me of the 2006 theme "Elfquest Through the Ages" which was an *amazing* theme, I'd love to do something similar again! Shifting styles is difficult though but it would be a fun challenge.

Straight up comedy isn't my favourite, but that's mostly cause I'm not terribly funny lmao.
I agree with Afke that the more abstract themes are great. Creatures would be interesting.

I'm personally still really fond of the "The Colours of EQ" and "The Landscapes of EQ (This will include characters interacting with the landscape)" from the 2019 poll :D

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Chit-Chat / Re: Tell us about yourself
« on: January 26, 2020, 08:47:59 AM »
Glass! I wonder if the different colours would have different flavours. And would the shapes/usage influence the taste as well? Would a soft pink wine-glass taste different than the windshield of a car or the green glass of a beerbottle?

My question, if you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be and why?

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Art and Elfquest / Re: EQ Fan Art paint chat is open!
« on: January 23, 2020, 11:17:45 AM »
Oooooooh this is really cool! A lot of Photoshop shortcuts work which is really neat. I've claimed a space, I'll try to scribble something tonight

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Art and Elfquest / Re: 2020 EQ Fan Art Calendar Guidelines
« on: January 05, 2020, 03:40:31 AM »
I get a "Something went wrong. 404" error when I go to the "Products" tab on Zazzle.
Calendar looks amazing though, props to everyone for their hard work!  :love

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Art and Elfquest / Re: 2020 EQ Fan Art Calendar Guidelines
« on: November 05, 2019, 10:41:04 AM »
@Wildfire I don't have Facebook so I wouldn't be able to promote it there myself but I do send out personal invites to members of this group that aren't always active (but have participated in the calendar in the past) as well as places like DeviantArt. Messaging people here has often worked and I have had a positive response in the past from going around and inviting artists from different sites but ultimately those invited artists have rarely worked out. They say yes, I want to participate and then end up dropping the calendar at the last minute or just not responding to messages after a point. So nowadays I tend to shy away from invitations.
The dropout rate is discouraging for sure. Especially if they've been invited personally.
Should the calendar continue, I'd be happy to do some promoting on Facebook. I've posted about the calendar a few times and people are always excited about it, so there has to be some untapped interest there. Doing a monthly/bi-monthly promo would (if nothing else) help garner some excitement.

...As for sharing sketches and the like, I didn't make the calendar rules. They were passed down to me but I think the reasoning behind the not posting anywhere rule is getting an advanced look at the artwork does dull the excitement of seeing it finished and for the first time but it also taints judging and may allow someone to usurp an idea and use it themselves. If you want to send private messages and share work behind the scenes please go ahead.

Collaborations are fun and encouraged. We've had a few in past calendars and if that is something that interests people we could do a whole collaboration calendar.
A thought - is it possible to set up a subsection of the forum to be for invited members only? Having a place where people can collaborate openly or ask and receive feedback might be good, both for the calendar and the website. Having somewhere to turn to for help if you get stuck without an idea or need some help with posing or colours. Even just hearing some positivity and a few encouraging words from other members might help people finish their entry. As it is now, it is a fairly lonesome challenge. Treefox has helped me out a ton through the years (:love), but that was through email, and establishing that connection for a new member would be nigh impossible.
Sketchfab (https://forum.sketchfab.com/c/past-challenges/halloween-contest-2015) does monthly challenges where people post WIP works and it's a lot of fun to follow the different processes. Doing something similar might be worth a shot. We might all learn something new.
People stealing ideas is honestly not something I'd worry about with how small of a group we are. Even if they did "steal" (there has been similar ideas in the past), it's still fun to see the difference in execution and style.

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starting earlier

Tasks expand to fill the time available. Most years I start properly sketching a few months before the deadline, and I doubt that I'm alone for that. Usually the fandom challenges that I've been a part of has had a runtime of 4-5 months at the absolute maximum. Most run for 2 months for a reason. Interest quickly starts to dwindle and people simply forget that they've signed up for it.

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varying the characters
For the "Tribes" year, we were each assigned a tribe. How was that received? If we're no more than 12 people that might be a way to do it unless people hated it.

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Art and Elfquest / Re: 2020 EQ Fan Art Calendar Guidelines
« on: November 02, 2019, 02:17:21 PM »
Perhaps it's more a question of promoting it? Posting a "signups are open!" post on the Facebook group would generate a lot of attention, as would contacting the various holts. Generally making people aware of the project and what it has to offer throughout the year.
Another thought - maybe losing the locked format would make some people more interested as well. But it wouldn't be possible to have a printed version if there's 12 different aspect ratios of course... Maybe trying a vertical version would mix it up a bit?
It's curious that the weekly calendar from a few years back was hugely successful. The portraits one was really popular as well.

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Chit-Chat / Re: Howl of Farewell
« on: October 31, 2019, 01:54:18 PM »
Oh, I'm sorry to hear that. Thanks for letting us know, and sorry for your loss :(

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Art and Elfquest / Re: 2020 EQ Fan Art Calendar Guidelines
« on: October 31, 2019, 01:49:05 PM »
I just submitted! ;D I didn't manage to submit early even though I'd planned on it, but it's done.

I'm sorry to hear about the lack of art. I love this place even if I don't use it terribly much, but it has always been a labour of love tied to the calendar. If interest is dwindling away to other areas of the internet, it might be time to let it go. The Elfquest fandom is still out there, doing the calendar project elsewhere (Tumblr, Deviantart, Reddit, Discord are just a few that comes to mind. Even a Facebook group might do, but Facebook is ill suited for that kind of thing) might be a possibility. It would remove the burden of hosting and maintaining the site and maybe draw in a part of the fanbase that doesn't frequent forums as much as they did 10 years ago.

I've pretty much been committed to the calendar for a solid decade lmao, but committing to something beyond that - I won't be able to do that. I enjoy this niche of the fandom a lot, and I might participate in whatever challenge would come, but I can't promise anything more concrete than that.

That being said, I hugely appreciate that you're not shutting it down overnight. I never imagined that you would, but I never imagined the SoC going down that way either.

@Yavia, I had some trouble with the theme as well, you're not alone! Sometimes broad themes can be difficult  ;)

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Art and Elfquest / Re: 2020 EQ Fan Art Calendar Guidelines
« on: October 17, 2019, 09:54:50 AM »
Krita's not availble on an iPad no. I tried Krita (on my desktop) a while back but I couldn't really get the hang of it. I'm just too used to Photoshop, I've been using it for years and years hah. It's a good alternative to Gimp, though it does fewer of the photography related things.

How's your entry going jaRf? Vectors, I asssume?

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Art and Elfquest / Re: 2020 EQ Fan Art Calendar Guidelines
« on: October 16, 2019, 11:45:34 AM »
Good luck indeed! I'm sure it'll look wonderful.
If Adobe Sketch doesn't pan out, I've heard really good things about Procreate.

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Art and Elfquest / Re: 2020 EQ Fan Art Calendar Guidelines
« on: October 12, 2019, 02:44:45 AM »
Poses are the worst!  :lol

Ooo, all digital Treefox? That's exciting! Are you still using Gimp?

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Art and Elfquest / Re: 2020 EQ Fan Art Calendar Guidelines
« on: October 01, 2019, 12:00:15 PM »
How's it going for everyone? 30 days left! :D As always, I was super slow to get started, but now the ball is rolling and I might just finish before time for once :O

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Art and Elfquest / Re: 2020 EQ Fan Art Calendar Guidelines
« on: February 07, 2019, 12:48:44 PM »
I'd also like to join :)

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Art and Elfquest / Re: 2019 EQ Fan Art Calendar Guidelines
« on: February 07, 2019, 12:21:47 PM »
It's been on the horizon for a few years, I think, and with good reason. As much as I love this project, interest has been waning. The EQ fandom is active enough that I'm sure there'll be other outlets/projects :) And I love the idea of continuing in a different way, it'll be exciting to see what happens.

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Art and Elfquest / Re: 2019 EQ Fan Art Calendar Guidelines
« on: February 04, 2019, 11:25:07 AM »
I'm late as always, but thanks for hosting again, Maggie! You do a great service to the Elfquest fandom every year, pulling all of the artists/works/other strings together is not a small task. Thank you!

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Art and Elfquest / Re: 2019 EQ Fan Art Calendar Guidelines
« on: January 01, 2019, 12:06:57 PM »
Oh my goodness! All the art is so amazing, I'll have to look more closely at the submissions in the coming days :O

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Art and Elfquest / Re: 2019 EQ Fan Art Calendar Guidelines
« on: November 19, 2018, 12:40:13 AM »
I submitted my entry as well, so there's at least 11 entries :)

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Art and Elfquest / Re: 2019 EQ Fan Art Calendar Guidelines
« on: October 25, 2018, 07:10:04 AM »
I'm doing 3D (at least partially) so I'm super not done. I'll get it done one way or the other though! :D

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Art and Elfquest / Re: 2019 EQ Fan Art Calendar Guidelines
« on: August 12, 2018, 09:59:36 AM »
I've been super busy with moving, adorable new kittens, and other RL stuff, so I've barely had time to draw in the past few months!
But I'm still in, I have a rough sketch and an idea for the colourpalette. I hope to get most of it done during August :)

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Art and Elfquest / Re: Vote for the 2019 Fan Calendar Theme
« on: December 01, 2017, 03:27:17 PM »
Oh man, I like all of these and want to vote for... 6 or 7 or them. This'll be tough!

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