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Old 08-21-2006, 04:49 PM
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Black and white was very basic to the deco art style. Mostly used with very stylized geometric patterns, tiles and flourishes. A great mix of curves and straight lines. Very bold and simple (perhaps sleek is a better word). I still use elements of the deco period in some display advertising today.
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Old 08-24-2006, 07:06 AM
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I reposted my first version. I liked it better. Especially the sneer.
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Old 08-24-2006, 08:43 AM
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"I used to be uncertain, now I'm not so sure."

Never mind CathyH, its a woman's prerogative to change her mind (least thats what my wife always tells me).

Both are good!
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Old 08-28-2006, 09:40 AM
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Congratulations Racc, It's obvious that you are going to win!
Great entry, looks realy professional! You do this for a living I assume?

I am curious for the next contest.
I personaly hope that it is going to be an image manipulation challenge!
This was more like desktop publishing. And I don't like working with text!
I am not familiar with the DECO style either, probably before my generation I guess!
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Old 08-28-2006, 12:26 PM
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Congratulations Racc, It's obvious that you are going to win!
Great entry, looks realy professional! You do this for a living I assume?
Well, thanks, HannibalVector. That's nice of you to say, but I never count my chickens before they hatch. You never know. Voting isn't over... anything can happen.

I do do this kind of design for a living... sometimes. My job involves various types of graphic projects. Anything from print/web design to interactive multimedia to 3D animation and motion graphics for TV/video. I've actually done a couple of full size posters... though, not for anything as interesting as a musical.

My current big project at work is integrating an animated 3D toy stuffed dog so that it talks to and interacts with real kids in a video about safety procedures at school during emergencies like the sniper incident we had here in DC a few years ago. The target audience are kids in Kindergarten to second grade.

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Old 08-28-2006, 12:43 PM
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Congratulations, Racc! Well deserving.

Your current project sounds very interesting and I'm sure beneficial to children.
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Old 08-28-2006, 01:57 PM
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I want going to enter until I saw Racc's effort - and that is not to say that everyone else's isnt also very good, but it was almost identical to what I would have done - but executed so much better. The only thing I dont like is the clarinet (i think) it just looks wrong to me, floating
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Old 08-28-2006, 03:37 PM
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Thanks, Swampy.

Nancy... You're right. That's the weakest part of the image. At first I had nothing in that area, but it felt unbalanced and unfinished. It needed something. I tried all sorts of things there... an art deco style chaise longue, a couple of silhouetted line danders, and other stuff. I didn't like any of it. Plus, it all tended to clutter the image and overpower what I wanted to be the main focus--the guy.

I finally came across that clarinet and it fit the black/white/musical theme well enough, but then I struggled all over again with size, placement, rotation, etc. Finally I just had to make a decision or drive myself nuts, and that's what I setteled on. I positioned and angled it so that it would at least be more dynamic and draw the eye from the title to the guy. But, like you, I'm not all that happy with that element.

If I had it to do over again, I probably would have modelled some musical notes or something in 3D and put them in there. Didn't think of that until just now. Oh, well. I do like the way the image came out overall, though.

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Old 08-30-2006, 11:16 AM
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Congratulations Racc!

I showed your entry to my son and he used it as an inspiration for his poster project.
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Old 08-30-2006, 11:57 AM
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Congratulations Racc!

I showed your entry to my son and he used it as an inspiration for his poster project.
Wow, soleah, thanks! To have inspired others is truly amazing, and humbling. I think that's about the highest compliment any artist can recieve.

If his project was for school I just hope I'm not responsible for him getting a poor grade.

Seriously, though, it would be interesting to see his poster when it's done... to see where the inspiration led him.

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