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Started by Bromio on Jan 28, 2017 9:26:35 PM
Poster design contest for international animation festival with the theme of empowered women

My point is that I want to win the cash.

"The theme of the Poster should be related to women. This year we are looking for posters with female characters or related to femininity, or concepts that highlight values and issues related to women. It must reflect the power of creativity and talent of women, giving special emphasis on overcoming barriers and obstacles that women face today. Without falling into sexism."

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Bromio - 28 Jan 2017 21:29:42 (#1 of 54)

All ideas given due consideration. Anything outstanding and I might even consider sharing 1% of my winnings.

Bromio - 28 Jan 2017 21:40:12 (#2 of 54)

Slightly awkward given the competition guidelines this year but I am doing this in partnership with my model who is astonishingly and disconcertingly beautiful. We'd decided to enter before we were aware of the extent of the theme (we knew it was going to have a feminist slant but didn't quite expect the specific requirements) and now we're a bit stumped.

Brunothecat - 28 Jan 2017 21:47:50 (#3 of 54)

Superimpose an image of the Trump inauguration crowd on the image of the women's anti-trump rally, with the discrepancies in size coloured to stand out. Obviously, you play with the images in terms of colour and whatever other effects you like. Blending photography with painting, if that is your thing.

Bromio - 28 Jan 2017 21:55:34 (#4 of 54)

I like the idea but my model might be a bit miffed.

Brunothecat - 28 Jan 2017 21:58:27 (#5 of 54)

It was the empowerment thing which made me think of it, and the fact that most of those women are anonymous "nobodies" in the usual sense of the world.

Irgalmatlan - 28 Jan 2017 21:59:26 (#6 of 54)

An off angle close up black and white shot of model apparently awaiting a partner to arm wrestle, flexed muscles elbow on table, but instead of another hand in theirs a red baseball cap (the only colour in the piece) crushed in their fist and a mildly forceful expression on their face.

Brunothecat - 28 Jan 2017 22:00:07 (#7 of 54)

But of course, maybe it would work better as a background with a more specific woman/women as the main feature sharp and in foreground.

Hey, I like that Irg.

HouseOfLametta - 28 Jan 2017 22:01:53 (#8 of 54)

Barbera Cartland, kicking a dog

Bromio - 28 Jan 2017 23:28:52 (#9 of 54)

I had a bad feeling about this thread and my fears have now been fully realised.

thismorning - 31 Jan 2017 00:58:36 (#10 of 54)

retreat and delete. otherwise all these powerless women will have you for lunch. just sayn.

you see their power comes from not having any power.If they had power they would be powerless.

um...read that back to me, Mrs Lyda..

no, on second thought, just send it off as is,

kind regards etc etc

J.W. Symcocks

Bus 17

14th and Jefferson

Portland, Oregon

YouGotTheMoney - 31 Jan 2017 22:58:14 (#11 of 54)

I had this brainfart that you could photograph your model to replicate ingres' odalisque, except she'd be wearing a lab coat and safety glasses, and holding a test tube. and rather than a come-hither look, she'd have more of a fuck-off-I'm-busy look on her face.

I don't know if that particular version would necessarily work, but you get the idea, maybe.

KizzyK - 31 Jan 2017 23:10:51 (#12 of 54)

Having a stunningly beautiful model is prob going to be a bit of a problem in a poster with that design brief given that you need to somehow avoid it looking like all the endless parade of tabloid visuals, ads and posters and the like selling us shit by featuring stunningly beautiful models.

I mean, as a bog standard woman I'm happy that stunningly beautiful women exist but they don't really represent most of us or how we want to overcome barriers in life. Someone like Mhairi Black is a fucking awesome example of a strong woman who has fought her way into a post where she is massively out numbered by much older men with a vastly different background to her and part of her appeal is that she is perfectly plain and appears to give zero fucks about it. Sorry I know thats no help but I'd rather have a poster with women like her on it to be honest.

Bromio - 01 Feb 2017 00:01:21 (#13 of 54)

I completely agree, Kizzy, so no need to apologise. It's not my model's fault that she looks how she looks though, of course. We were planning on doing a reworking of Liberty Leading the People by Delacroix but that was before we had the full guidelines for the contest. Now we're thinking of going in very close up and making a more graphic image heavily reworked with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop with less emphasis on her beauty and more on her femininity, if that makes sense.

The Liberty concept is not a thousand miles from YGTM's proposal.

TinyMcOtter - 01 Feb 2017 01:00:08 (#14 of 54)

You could challenge their expectations by sending them a snapshot of a tree, as an ironic repurposing of their imposition ofsuch a normative narrative.

Or something.

Irgalmatlan - 01 Feb 2017 02:18:53 (#15 of 54)

less emphasis on her beauty and more on her femininity

For feminist animators' poster maybe go with a 30s style look to it, as near to Soviet propaganda art as you can get without being crushingly angular in frame, muscle defined in shadow, facial features lit up, that whole heroic thing.....they'll lap it up.

thismorning - 01 Feb 2017 04:52:29 (#16 of 54)

Mrs. Lyda, hope lunch was satisfactory. Now,if you are ready a few more thoughts to same correspondent.

Dear Major Whipple. I recall a conversation I had with Mother Teresa in Calcutta which comesback to me now in a possibly new light. To wit,beauty in a woman is a result of holiness, aquality which has nothing whatever to do withthe shifting fashions of mundane social constructs,or the transient allure of pornography. Of course,that is just my paraphrase. She was cleaning disgusting sores on young women with advancedleprosy at the time, and I had to cover my nosewith a cloth because of the stench. Anyway,strength of character trumps any accidents of thefemale body. Best of Muck.

J.W. Symcock,

17 Bus

14th & Jefferson

Portland, Oregon.

wickeltisch - 01 Feb 2017 08:16:45 (#17 of 54)

I have no suggestions to make but the topic made me remember this:

http://www.learnnc.org/lp/media/uploads/2009/10/we
_can_do_it.jpg

Bromio - 01 Feb 2017 08:40:14 (#18 of 54)

Yes, me too. I'm sure there'll be a few variations on that entered.

KizzyK - 01 Feb 2017 09:31:30 (#19 of 54)

Me too unsurprisingly. Just out of curiosity, how come using the model is obligatory?

GyratingTrampoline - 01 Feb 2017 09:52:40 (#20 of 54)

It would seem a bit funny to dump the model on the basis that she is too attractive and therefore can't be in it without making it sexist.

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