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Title: An invitation to artists - Eurofurence Contributing Artists Subforum!
Post by: Cairyn on 07.11.2006, 00:50:05
Dear Artist!

During the last years, we have received several offers to help
in Eurofurence's "art department". While some of these offers
led to nice contributions, we must admit that others were not
acted upon properly and timely from our side, which led to unnecessary
disappointment on the artist's side.

On the other side, there is a big need for art on every Eurofurence,
and there is hardly an EF department that would not benefit from
artist volunteers. In fact, there are too many empty spaces which
could show off artwork instead, and too many last minute requests
for imagery that need to be filled with whatever is at hand, since
it is difficult to find artists at all at a late date.

In an effort to merge both sides and to organize communication
between artist volunteers and EF event organizers, we present to you
the Contributing Artists platform on the Eurofurence forum.

This central hub will allow us to direct requests and offers, to
ensure communication between artists as well as between artists and
organizers, and to make sure that no offer is accidentally ignored.

After all, EF is about you.

If you want to contribute artwork, just drop us a note.
We will then give your account the necessary permission to read and
write in the Contributing Artists section. (Obviously, we do not want
to give away all artsy secrets, so it's not public, but interested
artists may join any time. Spread the word.)

Now, how does it work?

EuroFurence basically needs three types of artwork and designwork.

First, the official themed art for a convention, like con book, web site,
or badges (not counting the t-shirt contest since that's a separate
event already). This is highly visible artwork that will need some
special effort and organization.

Second, un-themed art for recurring use, like the art show web site,
or door signs and pointers. (Of course, we could use themed art for
these areas as well, but in this case it would only be usable for one
year.)

And third, "last minute" art for spontaneous and common use, to pep up
otherwise bland and boring forms, like key vouchers, flyers, or announcement
posts.

Obviously, these needs require different degrees of attention.

If you want to contribute to the "last minute art stack", just feel free
to draw something, or to donate artwork from your past work. If some
organizer needs to fill an empty space, he/she will pull something from
that stack. We cannot guarantee that this art is used at all, when it is
used (this year, or perhaps next year), or for what it is used - it's
for "last minute" needs after all! Generic images have a higher chance
of being selected.

If you want to draw something for the more visible categories, this should
be treated as some kind of "donated commission". Do not simply start
drawing - we would end up with three sponsor's prints, most likely. We
do not want effort to go to waste! Instead, post your offer on the forum
first. We will keep a list, select an artist if there are several volunteers
for a single task, and establish the contact between you and the organizer
in question. You can then exchange ideas and art directly. We do encourage
a close working relationship between you and the organizer so that all
requirements are met, like printability, size, or design issues.

On the other paw, organizers may also post their requirements and ideas on
the forum, so feel free to start a dialog, throw ideas, designs, and sketches
around, or chat with fellow artists about EF artwork.

Any effort is appreciated - first and foremost, this is not a contest.
However, please take into consideration that the professional needs of
EuroFurence as an organized event must take precedence over artistic
freedom. We need to set deadlines for highly visible art. And of course
the quality of representative artwork is an issue. Please read the welcome
post first to know the full set of rules.

But don't let that discourage you - there are many art- and design-oriented
tasks open, and if you're a team player, you're always welcome to offer
your ideas.


See you at the subforum;
-- Cairyn & Blue_Panther --
(Art Show Directors)
Title: Re: An invitation to artists - Eurofurence Contributing Artists Subforum!
Post by: BHO on 12.11.2006, 12:49:39
I offer my service for the first two categories. I might be able to do last minute art as well, especially since the next EF will be in the midths of my semester holidays, but you never know what odds life can throw at you. So I guess you're safer with the first two categories.
Title: Re: An invitation to artists - Eurofurence Contributing Artists Subforum!
Post by: Cheetah on 12.11.2006, 20:04:08
I offer my service for the first two categories. I might be able to do last minute art as well, especially since the next EF will be in the midths of my semester holidays, but you never know what odds life can throw at you. So I guess you're safer with the first two categories.

Okay, I've given you access to the contributing artist boards. For any questions, please contact cairyn :)
Title: Re: An invitation to artists - Eurofurence Contributing Artists Subforum!
Post by: Cairyn on 12.11.2006, 23:11:55
I offer my service for the first two categories. I might be able to do last minute art as well, especially since the next EF will be in the midths of my semester holidays, but you never know what odds life can throw at you. So I guess you're safer with the first two categories.

Thanks a lot. We appreciate artsy help :)

The "last minute art" was meant a tad differently... to be needed at the last minute, not drawn then. For example, take a key voucher... the organizer for this little sheet of paper discovers three hours previous of printing that it looks rather bare, and wants to put a picture on it. No artist can dome up with a viable picture in that timeframe, so the organizer simply uses one from a stack of pre-produced, neutral artwork which has been drawn long before (the art pool), not necessarily for this event, just some art to beef up empty paper. We try to pre-plan the use of artwork, of course, but requirements may often pop up late. (Just to clarify.)
Title: Re: An invitation to artists - Eurofurence Contributing Artists Subforum!
Post by: BHO on 13.11.2006, 12:21:29
Thanks guys. I will do my best to help out.
Title: Re: An invitation to artists - Eurofurence Contributing Artists Subforum!
Post by: Bander on 01.01.2007, 19:51:37
As always, I'd be happy to help in whatever function you see fit.
Title: Re: An invitation to artists - Eurofurence Contributing Artists Subforum!
Post by: Snowy Fox on 01.01.2007, 21:09:57
This looks really interesting to me. I'll be willing to contribute in any of those categories.
Title: Re: An invitation to artists - Eurofurence Contributing Artists Subforum!
Post by: Cairyn on 07.01.2007, 13:13:39
As always, I'd be happy to help in whatever function you see fit.

Thanks a lot; glad to have you in ;-)
Title: Re: An invitation to artists - Eurofurence Contributing Artists Subforum!
Post by: Cairyn on 07.01.2007, 13:14:44
This looks really interesting to me. I'll be willing to contribute in any of those categories.

Thanks! We're going to announce some actual tasks very, very soon...

...I hope!
Title: Re: An invitation to artists - Eurofurence Contributing Artists Subforum!
Post by: Cheetah on 07.01.2007, 13:50:03
Thanks! We're going to announce some actual tasks very, very soon...

By the way, Cairyn, I count on you monitoring this thread and send me emails or PMs if you want people to be added to the "contributing artists" board :)
Title: Re: An invitation to artists - Eurofurence Contributing Artists Subforum!
Post by: akeyla on 01.07.2007, 20:23:08
Bonjour!
Blautier hat mich zum arbeiten geschickt :)
wenn ich also irgendwas tun kann, einfach anstupsen (wenn ich nicht reagier hab ich wieder verpennt dass ich mich wo registriert hab, dann einfach mal via LJ oder akeyla ├Ąt gmx.ch antreten)

gruss

Aky
Title: Re: An invitation to artists - Eurofurence Contributing Artists Subforum!
Post by: Cheetah on 01.07.2007, 22:05:00
Bonjour!
Blautier hat mich zum arbeiten geschickt :)

Okay, I've given you access to the contributing artists forum.