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    Welcome to my challenge Deep in The Night.

    I absolutely love night time photography so I took some shots with my camera the other night and, I was amazed by how breathtaking the night is. The tonality and the colours scheme is very captivating, so, the night inspired me with an idea for a challenge. Basically, I want you guys to create your best in the night scene in any fandom. I am going to create options that each option will dedicate aspects of the theme night.

    Options 1: Colour pallet.
    For example, the first option is going to be about the colour that surrounds the night which creates the night, the emotion and the characteristic of the night.
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    Options 2: Stock.
    Option two is going to be about the stock imagery that collides with the night. For example street lights, stars, galaxies, moon and black silhouettes of structures etc... Basically, everything that surrounds the night.

    Options 3: Your favourite night scene.
    And finally, the last options conclude your best representation of the night by creating your best scene that happens in the night.

    I would be so thrilled if you could actually do all three options separately to dedicate an option so that would make three pieces but, you don't have to. You could just choose one.

    And also I'm doing awards and feedback for this challenge.


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    Anything.
    Sizes: Anything! even set of icons and banners.
    Deadline: 4 WEEKS from today. 4th MAY
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    I will try to participate; no guarantees that I will actually manage it though. And if I do, it's very likely that I will disappoint you by not managing to do more than one piece. Sorry!!! But I won't be combining multiple options in one piece, if that's what you prefer.

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    Option 1: Time is up.

    Albus Dumbledore is a giant, smarter and stronger than any other person in the HP books. He flirted with immortality even. But death comes for everybody, also for the great. It's not really a scene, but it's about book 6. He knows he is going to die that year. And while he sounds like he has peace with it, Dumbledore is also a man who dedicated many hours of his life to objects that make a human a bit less mortal. He might have had moments of weakness that year, cursing (and fearing?) his fate.

    It's obviously a digital painting. I made it in only a few hours. Hence the messy look and the lack of details. So maybe I should've kept it to myself as a study, but this section could use some extra art. Even if it's not all that.



    References are from Snitch Seeker & 123rf.
    Other resources are from Daydreaming, Krakograff & Aaron Griffin Art.

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    Just a quick note to say that I've spent the last few days trying to pull screencaps together for the piece I have in mind but I've had a child at home sick and so playing the eps and taking screencaps is really tough. Great for reading stories but not for watching episodes. And now it's the Easter holidays. I'm still hopeful that I'll meet the deadline as I've just done a handful of eps in the small hours today, but I've got a few more to skim through before I can start picking which shots I want. I'm sorry it is looking likely I'll only produce the one piece as I really had hoped that I would manage at least two for this challenge but was thwarted on what I can be doing with a small one who pretty much has spent most of a week wanting to sit on me! Anyway, I thought I'd give a heads up that I might have troubles, at least explain why it'll be a single entry, but also thought that by doing this it would bump the thread and possibly get noticed by others too.

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    Option 1: The best of Starfleet.


    I used the colours you picked, not sure if it really captures the night though. The yellow was so very pretty, I couldn't swap it for something darker. Disqualify it if it's not night-y enough. The wallpaper was a bit of a nightmare anyway, I lack the inspiration to make it something special.


    About the subject of the wallpaper:

    Star Trek started nearly 60 years ago with a pilot that wasn't picked up. In that pilot we saw the famous U.S.S. Enterprise and Chris Pike was it's captain. When they tried again, the actor who played Pike didn't want to return and they made up a new captain: James T. Kirk. The rest is history, Kirk is still the Starfleet captain for many viewers and fans. While the character Pike was reduced to an occasional name drop. We've only seen him once in the original series. In a 2-parter we learn that admiral Pike saved a few starfleet cadets from radiation but he was exposed himself. It maimed him so badly he ended up in a wheelchair and he could only communicate through a bleeping light (one bleep is yes, two bleeps mean no). A tragic ending for one of the finest captains, but most viewers were not that involved since they never saw the character before. Which stayed that way for 60 years. But in the current Star Trek series (ST Discovery) we get to meet him in all his glory. For one season the captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise gets the captain chair of the Discovery. The season isn't over yet and fans are already declaring him one of the finest Star Trek captains ever, if he isn't the best. And where his fate was once no big deal for the fandom, it's a major issue now. This season Pike also learns about his future and gets the chance to walk away from it, but he doesn't for the sake of Starfleet. He truly is Starfleet's best.

    Anyway... his jacket looked great with the yellow you selected.


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    I'm working on something too (to be decided for which option :-) but I'm not sure I'm going to meet the deadline.

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    I'm sorry buffylover but I definitely can't get this finished this week.

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    I could always extend the challenge if you wish. To tell the truth I personally just want to move on. This was just a complete disaster. I was trying to promote it on Tumblr that was just a fail.

    I just want to say thank you NINA for taking your time to create two!

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    Quote Originally Posted by buffylover View Post
    I could always extend the challenge if you wish. To tell the truth I personally just want to move on. This was just a complete disaster. I was trying to promote it on Tumblr that was just a fail.

    I just want to say thank you NINA for taking your time to create two!
    I think it's an interesting challenge and the piece I'm trying to complete I was inspired as a response straight away. I'd just totally underestimated how long it would take me to gather together the screencap options I wanted to consider (I've taken multiple caps from scenes in eighteen episodes that I now need to go through and pick from to get it down to just about 6-8 ish from a total of, honestly, over 100 that I've taken!!). But both my children being ill and being at home alongside the Easter holidays generally has just totally taken away the free time I normally get to use for fanarting. I was actually hoping to get a couple of pieces done and have failed to even meet the deadline with one. Please don't see it as reflective of the challenge, it really isn't for me, it has just clashed with other pressures that have had to get priority for me this time. I've no intention of not completing the one I've started, not after all the hours of capping I've been doing! So I'll post it when I've finished, even if you choose to close the challenge.

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    And I'm going to try to finish my piece tonight. Sorry to say it's definitely not going to be more than one. Like Stoney said, it's not the challenge, it's just lack of time. (Which, frankly, for me is a problem with all the challenges.)

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    So, this happened. All night I'd been working on a fairly complex night scene for option 3 that I had started earlier this week, combining multiple screencaps and some photos of my own. And then, when it was finished I wasn't happy with it. So I decided to throw out almost all of the elements, except for the main ones I had started out with, and to go for option 1 (colour) instead. Here's the result, which is pretty plain and simple, but I like it a lot more than what I had before.


    Credit: screencaps from the HD episodes (hdbuffy.tumblr.com) and one photo by me (taken at Père Lachaise).

    Full wallpaper version (1280x800) HERE.

    ETA: I have taken advantage of the deadline extension to replace it with a slightly improved version; hope that's OK!
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    Should I leave this open for another week, but then again I don't want this challenge to get in the way of more important things.

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    There is nothing on the agenda right now, so I would suggest to leave it open for another week or 2 if you don't mind that.

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    Yes, I'll do that. I will be closing this challenge two weeks time on the 4th of May.

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    Option 1 colour - Slayer, The


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    And finally, all the hundred odd screencaps I've taken are down to eight. I think I've learned my lesson in thinking a picspam was a time saving option. Thank you buffylover for allowing the extension so that all those hours of going through around twenty episodes wasn't in vain.

    The challenge inspired the idea for this almost instantly as the grey/green colour pairing reminded me so much visually of the graveyard scenes in BtVS.
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    Guys this challenge is now closed! Again thank you for taking the time to enter my challenge.

    Feedback probably be up today.

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    I decided not to create awards because I think there is no point, so I just decided to do written feedback.

    Nina:

    I absolutely adore your theme and concept that you achieved. I think you did a splendid job of capturing that sense of anxiety and emotions. The illustration and fine art vibes add extra character, and personality towards your piece. The stock imagery is bold and a great focal point because it adds a dramatic face value feel which I love because death is approaching, and I think making the clock big was an epic execution. The Dumbledore painting is amazing, looking really illustrative. I really love his positioning next to the clock, it adds narration and conceptual feel towards your compositions. I really love this and that you are making concepts within your digital drawings, which I think it's a great way of learning, and I'm loving seeing your own journey. I really loved the colouring it reminds me of the night just waiting until sunrise, but for Dumbledore case it's death. Amazing concept! Well done! Nina!

    Now I'm really glad you picked out the yellow. Because that came from the street lights of one my in the night photography. Your piece reminds me of that someone turned the light on in the dark. That's what I adored about your wallpaper. I like how you surrounded the black on top making it feel that you are looking outside a window, and the yellow again could represent that your focal point could be under a street light? The compositions of your piece are really stunning. The cutting of the image is well executed and very professional. The typography you have chosen is a nice style suiting your theme really well. Those little elements that surrounded the type I really loved how you did that telling the narration throughout simplicity. Again WELL DONE NINA! and thank you for creating two I hope it did inspire you!

    Double Dutchess:

    This is simplicity at its best I absolutely adore your minimalist approach, very clean with a great punch of theme and concept. I thought your theme was really interesting you are really great at conveying a concept, and I find that to be really intriguing and very excellent. The images you cut out was professionally done, and I thought the image choices were very distinctive and significant. The Buffy image really stands out to be very dramatic, and I could feel her hurt and the connection of the symbolism of the angel wings was a great indication she was happy and at peace. The thing that I loved about your piece is that I thought it was a great idea of making Buffy in the lighter shade of colour from my colour pallet because it feels to me it's deep in the night, but you can still see that Buffy and Spike are different from each other but also sharing something familiar. The type is also suiting the layout of your work this could be an idea that you might find useful in the future maybe you could experiment with the type by adding tracking? but the font you have desired within your entry is really well placed.

    Stoney:

    Stoney, I'm very glad that you had the chance to complete your entry. I really loved how you made a story within your picture choice. You picked out some really impressive images that look really fantastic within the picspam design. You have a great eye for style. This is what I adored the most about your piece every image you placed within your picspam really suited each other. It looks neat and very well planned out there just really connect well. My eye just follows the first image right to the end images really nicely. I can imagine how long this took you to do because trust me I take a single day to do my own screen captures just for one scene . I really loved how I can see my colour pallet within your entry, for example, I can see the green and the colour version of the screen captures blending within the darker tone screencaps, you are adding an atmosphere of great connections of deep in the night. The image from OMWF is fantastic great emotion and the night scene again suiting the rest of the images really great! I love the type, especially how you made "Slayer, The" more effective than the rest. It really stands out. Again this could be an idea you might go and try with the type maybe try "Tracking" and "Kerning" this is just a personal suggestion maybe to give you an idea to make the type more experimental because I really loved how you added the stroke with "Slayer, The". I really like the quote you used it really suited Buffy's character and my challenge! Great Job Stoney!

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    Thank you for the feedback and kind words buffylover. I'm really glad that you liked the piece after I made you wait so long for it!! I think this is only the second time I've done a picspam and I just totally underestimated the time screencap gathering would take. The first one I did for a Lost pispam was based all around one episode so it was far more straightforward. With wanting to show varying examples of Buffy hanging out a lot in cemeteries soooo many scenes came to mind it just took so long. I'm glad the mix and flow between the shots I eventually selected worked well for you. Thank you for the suggestion about tracking and kerning, that's really helpful. Neither are something that I have come across or tried before, so I will look for them and play to see what difference it can make when I'm creating again. I often feel limited in what I can do with the type in pieces so tips like this are very welcome and appreciated.

    I loved how different each entry was and really enjoyed seeing the other pieces. I don't often use the pen tool to cut out and remove the background over blending and it is always inspiring to see how effective this option can be in creating focus in a piece. I hope that this challenge is revisited at some point in the future so that I can explore ideas for options 2 or 3 as well.
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    Thank you for the feedback, buffylover! My first attempt for my piece was far from minimalistic, and not good at all. It was actually the clean and minimalistic look of many of your and Nina's artworks that inspired me to go back to the essence and throw out all distractions. And that made it so much better. So thank you both for setting a great example!

    Thanks also for the tracking tip. To be honest, I had to look up what tracking is! I think it's a really good suggestion to experiment with that, but sadly my version of Photoshop (Elements) doesn't actually offer an option to adjust the tracking directly. So I'll have to be a bit creative to work around that.

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    Thank you so much for the challenge and lovely feedback buffylover. I thought (and still think) it was a great idea for a challenge. Sadly enough my current photoshop time is spend on sketching and other digital drawing. So I'm neglecting my more regular fanart. I did plan to do something with Game of Thrones episode 8x03 which took place during the night, so I could enter one more entry. But the caps were just too dark, even for a picspam. After making the caps lighter and adding some colouring the caps were fugly as hell. So I went back to digital drawing. :')


    Anyway, thanks for the kind words. Those mean a lot, especially for the first entry. When you start drawing, your first urge is to throw everything away and never show it to other people. Your feedback always helps to pick up the tablet and continue.

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