When we upgrade our forum system, we're going to be doing a lot of changes to Iwaku. One of the biggest changes will be the cosmetic one, seeing as we just can't avoid that. Since forever, when we make banners for Iwaku and there's a fancy picture in it, the image is almost always jacked off the internet. And y'know... that's kinda lame! We don't wanna do that anymore. We want our graphics and content made 100% by us. Once the site is updated, we only want to feature custom artwork made by our members in the title banner! This is where YOU come in! But there is a catch! I am very very very persnickety about the style, size, and quality of the artwork I like to make in to title banners. I can't make amazing graphics with unpolished art. So here are my hefty list of demands! - 100% Finished & Colored Art. Your best work put on the table as it will be representing our site! - The image itself needs to be HUGE and preferably in a high resolution. Somewhere between 1500px and 2000px in width. The higher resolution the better. - Bonus points if you have the .psd file of the art. That way I can control the image quality. - I prefer art done in CG (computer colored) or very smooth color like with water colors or paints. That means no pencil, pen, crayons or color pencils unless you can make a lot of that white texture disappear. (I CAN make exceptions to this if you provide me with color examples so I can say whether or not it works for me.) - The lineart itself must also be very smooth. Thus, no MSpaint work unless you can do it without the pixilation. - If the artwork features a human or animal subject, I would prefer if it's not in an obvious anime style. As much as I love anime, it's not a wide enough genre to attract members with. (I can make exceptions with this since it's a weird request! You can give me art style examples and I will tell you if the style appeals!) - I am very attracted to artwork that features a location or setting. (For example, our previous banner feature a dark road. Our current banner is a magical book on a desk.) Imagery that gives a sense of journey or adventure. - Our site mascot is a plot bunny and should art feature bunnies that is always cool, but not a requirement! - Themes that can represent Iwaku include: Books, libraries, magic, space/stars, bunnies, high fantasy stuff, roads, scrolls - No text should appear anywhere on the image. Random Things to Note: - Remember: I am looking for artwork YOU have done yourself. If I find out you jacked it, you will be beaten to death. - Do NOT make a banner. I am making the banners. YOU are making a beautiful piece of art! - BIG BIG BIG BIG BIG IMAGE SIZE. The better to work with m'dear. - If you put a signature on it, put the signature somewhere that it won't conflict with the banner I make. When I make the banner, it will say somewhere on it "Art by username". Cause that will be awesome. - If I end up liking more than one piece of artwork, I will be making multiple banners and having them bitches rotate. It would be sweeeet. - If I DON'T choose your art, it's not because your art sucks, it just means the art doesn't quote work for the vision! DUE DATE? APRIL 20TH! I'll accept artwork afterwards, but I want to debut our brand new shiny forum with a brand new shiny title! To send files to me when you are ready, you can PM me for my email or skype. Now, if you have any questions, please ask away. >:D I WANNA SEE SOME AWESOME ART. FOR THE GLORY OF IWAKU!