Hello Pencil2D community! I’ve been thinking long and wide on this and I think it’s about time we begin to get the feeling of what it is to be a community geared towards animation.
EDIT: Due to some of the answers, I want to clear this up, first this initiative is a discussion to see if we SHOULD host a contest, it is not an announcement. Second this is NOT to change the current “logo” design. This is to add a drawn “character” to serve as Pencil2D avatar. It is different but equally important. We can discuss about what to do for the main design later…
I would like to propose you with a simple contest: To design the next mascot for Pencil2D! Every Open-Source project has it! (probably) So what about us? Well that’s where YOU come in.
The Idea of this contest is to get your creative juices flowing and come up with an original concept (no “inspired-by-other-artist” submissions) for what you think could be the ideal mascot for our Pencil2D Animation Software.
Make no mistake, Pencil2D needs funds to work in the future, and I think a mascot can be a great anchor for potential users of the program. Remember this software is open-source, but if we aim to have more development we need to start thinking forward.
As for the “guidelines” for the contest here’s what I’ve thought:
The submissions will be sorted in two cycles:
First via community vote. You know, the most voted submissions get to stay. We will have 10 runners at most.
Second, we do a criteria vote with a select jury. This is so it gets fair & square, because we hate those “I have more facebook friends than you do” kinds of contest.
Submission & Voting Criteria:
- How well does the mascot communicates Pencil2D’s role(s) as an artist’s tool.
- How well does it communicates it’s original purpose as envisioned by Patrick Corrieri & Pascal Naidon
- How well does it communicates it’s present purpose
- How “clear” and “easy to read” is? (i.e is it aesthetically pleasing? Does it have “appeal”?)
- How well it’s design can help to market it (i.e does it look good on a T-Shirt? On a mug?)
Everyone's welcome to participate...This will not be decided by mere technical ability.For examples on software "mascots" look at my response to another user below: Examples