Challenge 14 is going to be a round-robin. Even though the stories and artworks will be created by teams of several writers and artists, you are not going to be signing up as a team but individually. The challenge will go down as follows:
Friday, Sept. 19th > Sunday, Sept. 21st: Sign-ups.
When signing up, please be sure to include the following information:
Writers: your email address, your preferred characters and pairings, what you won't write about, if you're willing to pitch-hit in case another writer can't make a round.
Artists: your email address, your preferred characters and pairings, what you won't do art for, the program you use... photoshop, corel, the gimp, etc. and the version, if you're willing to pitch-hit in case another artist can't make a round.
Info for later: my email address is: newkidfan at gmail dot com
Mon., Sept. 22nd > Sun., Sept. 28th: Week 1 - Writers: Round 1.
Artists: Nothing to do yet.
Mon., Sept. 29th > Sun., Oct. 5th: Week 2 - Writers: Round 2. Artists: Round 1.
Artists: On Monday, you will receive in your in-box the beginning of a story. You'll have until the end of Sunday --and by that I mean your Sunday, whichever time zone you're in-- to start an illustration based on the story. Once done, email the art to me and me only and wait for the second round to start.
Mon., Oct. 6th > Sun. Oct. 12th: Week 3 - Writers: Round 3. Artists: Round 2.
Artists: On Monday, you will receive in your in-box a new story along with the art that was created for it. You'll have until the end of your Sunday to continue and add to the illustration. Once done, email the art to me and me only and wait for the third round to start.
Mon., Oct. 13th > Sun. Oct. 19th: Week 4 - Writers: Round 4. Artists: Round 3.
Artists: On Monday, you will receive in your in-box a new story along with the art that was created for it. You'll have until the end of your Sunday to continue and add to the illustration. Once done, email the art to me and me only and wait for the fourth round to start.
Mon., Oct. 20th > Sun. Oct. 26th: Week 5 - Beta Week. Artists: Round 4.
Betas: I will have made a post during week 4 asking for beta-readers and will send the stories to them on Monday. Because the story is written by several people, beat-ing the content is not an option and it will focus on the form only: spelling, typos, formatting, etc...
Artists: On Monday, you will receive in your in-box a finished story along with the art that was created for it. You'll have until the end of your Sunday to continue and finish the illustration. Once done, email the art to me and me only.
Mon. Oct. 27th > Fri., Oct. 31st: Week 6 - Posting week.
The stories and artworks will be posted evenly throughout the week. I will post a posting schedule during week 5.
Rules and requirements:
Writers and artists: Because a round-robin involves many people, please be considerate of others and be sure that you'll be able to fully participate and be punctual throughout the four rounds before signing-up. That being said, real life is sometimes unpredictable and if you realize, for example, that by the end of round 2, you won't make round 3 and 4, no problem, just let me know as soon as possible so that I can ask someone to pitch-hit for you. I'll have little tolerance for disappearing acts without any kind of notice.
Writers: Each round you'll have to write 400 words minimum. The title for each story is given in the fourth round, by the fourth and last writer. Keep your formatting simple (use the usual html tags and that's it), it will make my job easier when I go through the stories and make sure they are lj-post ready. Save your document as rtf so that both Windows and Mac users can use it.
Artists: You can decide to expand the canvas with each new round, or not. In addition to your contribution, you can also partially edit the work that has been done before you: change a color tone, placement, etc... to fit the story as it progresses. Art forms can be mixed: it's not because the artist before you made a drawing that you have to make a drawing... a drawing can very well be mixed with a photo collage and so on.
I'll try if possible to regroup people using the same software together. If using Photoshop, naming your layers is recommended; it will make the life of the other artists a whole lot easier. Save your work as a psd and a png. Email both to me. If using another program, the format of choice will be decided on a case to case basis. The png will be used if everything else fails.
My lovely friend, le_mot_mo, who was kind enough to take a look at the challenge a couple of days ago, asked me a few questions regarding the artist's work frame, so in addition to what I wrote above, I'm going to answer her questions below --hopefully other artists will find it useful as I realize a round-robin for artists is less easy to achieve than for writers.
Is it okay to partially merge some layers (from the previous artist) when you're working on your own contribution? Or do all layers have to remain unmerged for everyone to (partially) alter as they seem fit at that moment? You can decide to merge them or not, it's up to you; you can always duplicate a set of layers and then merge the duplicates, this way you still have a back-up for you and the one(s) after you. In any case, know that once you're in possession of the pdf file, it becomes yours for the week, and therefore you can do whatever you want with it, short of deleting the work of the previous artist of course.
Second, you say that the first artist has to start an illustration. How far can they go in that? Because most artists are perfectionists who keep on changing little things to make the whole look better. So, how should they define 'start an illustration'? Is it okay to just cut out one of the characters from a screencap and place it on a blank canvas, or do we need to do more? In other words, how far can we go when starting an illustration? Artists can go as far as they wish to go, as far as the story allows them to go... The artwork has to feel finished to them, even though it's not finished as a whole. Same goes for the following artists. To answer your question, just cutting a cap on a blank canvas isn't enough. Being 1st or 2nd or 3rd doesn't mean you only get to do the ground work; you can make your own and whole piece of art. The artists following you will just incorporate your art with theirs.
When an artist receives a story, does he/she know where exactly the previous part ended and the new part starts? I'm just asking, because the artists are supposed to add to the illustration-- so that means that they have to know what exactly has been added to the text.
Parts will be indicated. That being said, it is not actually essential that artists know what's been added as the new artist isn't limited to the new part of the story. He of course completes the previous artist's work but it can be based on the whole story and not only the new part. It will depend on the story and what the previous artist has done really.
Do the artists get assigned randomly?
Yes and no. Yes because I'll make lists and just assign people in the order of my list which may be alphabetical or in order of comment in the sign-up post or just plain random. No because my lists will regroup people by interest such as characters or pairings. But yeah, mostly random.
Will we know who's participating in which team up front or do you keep it a secret until the big reveal. :o)
No, you won't know, because 1. I'm Evil. Mwhahahaha (<<< evil laugh). 2. the fun in a round-robin is the surprise at the end. Everything will be anonymous until posting week.
Let the fun begin!
ETA: Forgot to say that any pimping of the challenge would be greatly appreciated!
Sign-ups are closed. Thank you!