So, we have our line-up...
I remember first discovering Design-A-Character and participating in this challenge - being very curious as to what the thinking was behind the shapes. I suspected a number of ploys being used that made for interesting challenges. Not the least of which was a certain amount of distraction within the shapes that already resembled something; it's my opinion that obvious choices of characters in the shapes can be predictable and trend throughout lots of the submissions within each month. Analysing the shapes is crucial, and I wanted to give you guys a tip on the processes I use to create shapes and how you can use them creatively.
I encourage you to look. Be sure to identify every possibility with your characters and take advantage of the irregularities between shapes to explore variations in your designs. The origin for the shapes stem from imagined creatures/characters that are outlined first - which become distorted through improvised protrusions and conscious choices to elongate areas and make others stubby. This month's shapes are hyper organic and are reminiscent of full-body silhouettes because that's what I had in-mind - but don't let first impressions fool you into seeing the shapes for what they are, and allow yourself time to deviate from it. Also remember to rotate the shapes if you want.
Lastly, please allow me to take this opportunity to ask for your opinions about including featured highlights of each month's submissions into the new month's Shape journal. I'm hoping it would be an additional incentive towards participating in the challenge and expose you guys for your hard work. I'm yet to discuss it with LuigiL but we're mutually agreed on the development of new challenges, better standards & presentation on the homepage. So please, share your thoughts with us.
Once again, apologies for the absence of last month's shapes!