Friday, March 23, 2007
CALL FOR ENTRIES 2007
As the first order of business, Brandstudio Press LLC is proud to announce two brand new, special books. I mean, these are very, very special books. I will start a tradition right here and now.
'You know these publishing companies out there, putting out these nice books, chock full of artwork from all corners of the world. They produce these annuals, like the Society of overrated illustrators which publishes "Illustrators 49" etc. etc...ad infinitum. Where they ask artists to submit pieces for inclusion in these compilations. The artists fill out a form and send anywhere from $20 to $100 bucks to be judged by a bunch of "professionals" most of whom have no real talent to speak of.
If your work makes it into these annuals/competitions there's a lot of prestige and pride that goes along with it, but no money, of course. There are no real prizes to win except the "Gold" or "Silver" medal and 3 copies of the book or something cheap like that. All the folks who didn't make it into the book get the shaft and lose anywhere from 20 to 100 bucks, a chunk of self-respect and artistic confidence. Well, that's nothing new or original; design magazines have been doing that for ages.
Now, I would love to start an annual competition book myself. This book would not be any different than those other books; it will be beautifully printed in full, glorious color and it would showcase the best art from all over the planet. Same fucking thing but without the false pretense, the hypocrisy and the entry fees. Oh! . . . and without the lame judges.
First annual book: 'EYE CANDY FROM STRANGERS 1.0' FULL COLOR 200 PAGES HARDCOVER 9X12.5
Deadline: May 1st 2007
This is an official call for entries for all of those who love to draw women. Yeah, I know somebody else beat me to it, there's a compilation out there already which "celebrates" the female form but I don't like that book, there's lots of crap in there and some of those judges can't draw a real woman if their lives depended on it.
For this book I will be the sole judge, if I like it, it gets printed, as simple as that! No Committee, No Fees, No Panel of Judges, No Bullshit! Also, there will be no Silver Medals or Gold Medals, just a nice sense of pride for doing a great job and being the best that you can possibly be. Art is not a fuckin' competition. What is this? . . . a freakin' sport?. . .sheesh!.
The art to be included in the book will be selected based solely on its artistic merit. I will make no distinction between professionals and amateurs, if J. Scott Campbell or Picasso submit a mediocre effort, they won't make the cut. :)
WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU?
Your contact info will be listed (Website, blog, e-mail address, mailing address, phone # or whatever you wish to make public) this is entirely up to you. Your work will be seen by many, some of whom might even offer you a job, who knows? I can't promise you that you'll get work from showcasing your work in this book but since the book will be distributed worldwide anything is possible, you have nothing to lose and a whole lot to gain.
In addition, if your work is featured in the book, you'll receive one copy of the volume and if you'd like to purchase more books I will be more than happy to give them to you at half the price so you can make a couple of bucks (you pay for the shipping) You can give them to family members or even send one to your high school Art teacher, the one who said you'll never get your stuff published. In your face Mr. Weinsberg!
The front cover will feature one of the entries (selected at my discretion) as well as the back cover.You will be notified if your art made it on the cover or back cover. I guess to be featured on the covers will be the equivalent of Gold and Silver Medals. For those of you who like competitions.
There is no particular theme for this book; any genre, style, rendering technique will be accepted, just as long as the art rocks hard! Cartoony or super real, loose or tight, abstract or figurative, caricarure, animation turnarounds, character concepts, drawings, sketches, inkings, from life or from reference or from your brain. Just make sure that if you draw from reference you're not acting like a camera, use the reference as a starting point, I'd stay away from exact likenesses of actresses unless you're caricaturing them. Make it your own, this is about YOU, submit the work that most represents you, your style, your strengths.
This book will not be about "celebrating" women or any of that used car salesman garbage, it will celebrate art, the art of drawing women & the art of painting women (digitally or traditionally) it will be about excellence (or at least what I consider excellence)
Like I said, there are no fees, the rules are simple: You submit via email, to: firstname.lastname@example.org a low resolution (72 to 150 DPI) jpg, gif or tif image of your entry.
You can enter as many pieces as you want.
The work must be original, none of that licensed character stuff, no copyright violations.
You must own the rights to your entries.
IF YOU MAKE THE CUT
If your entry is selected, you must provide a high resolution image 300 to 450 DPI, the page size is 8.5x12 inches. You agree to give Brandstudio Press LLC permission to print your work one time only under the First North American Printing Rights.
You assume all responsibilities and hold Brandstudio Press LLC and its associates harmless of any and all litigation resulting from any and all copyright infringements on the material submitted by you for inclusion in our annuals.
Whereas The management cannot be held responsible for any accidents, incidents, loss of property or life or limb. And Whereas For damage caused by lightning, earthquakes, floods, fire, frost or frippery of any sort, kind or condition, consequently the undersigned take responsibility. Whereas During the term of this Agreement you will become and remain, at your sole cost and expense and at our request, a member in good standing of any then properly designated labor unions, guilds, or other organizations, as defined and determined under the applicable law, pertaining persons performing services of the type and the character to be performed here and hereunder. Nothing herein contained shall be deemed to require the violation of any written agreement executed between us and any such labor union, guild or other organization which may be in effect at the time of the execution of this agreement, and wherever there is any conflict between the provisions of this agreement and any other, the latter shall prevail, but in such event, the provisions of this agreement so affected shall be curtailed and limited only to the events necessary to permit compliance with such payment of any additional compensation it shall be at the minimum that is permitted thereunder. . . Yaddah, yaddah, yaddah, . . . legal shtuff, legal, shtuff, one, two, three, testing, testing. . . is this on?. . .etc. etc. etc. . . . . .
Don't worry much about this Willy Wonka legal crap, if your art makes the cut I will send you two full pages worth of legalese to sign, same shit as the other publishers, in fact, I just copied some of that stuff and asked a lawyer to change it so it won't be recognizable. -Just kiddin' Mr. Lawyer Sir- don't sue me.
Second book: 'BLOG BOOGALOO" A Directory of Art Blogs.FULL COLOR 200 PAGES HARDCOVER 9X12.5
Deadline: May 1st 2007
This book will be nothing but a yellow pages of art blogs: comics, animation, illustration and anything artistic that ends in "ation" .
If you'd like to be included, send us your blog address to: email@example.com if your blog makes the cut it will be featured in our book, along with your contact info and one or two full pages of your work. We'll seek wide distribution of this book to further your cause and help promote your blog and art.
Just like with our other books, original images, a must. All blogs to be included will be chosen at our discretion.
Deadline: May 1st 2007, both these books are scheduled for July release.
I am seriously considering printing a soft cover version to give away to selected Animation studios and design firms. This will depend on the amount of entries we receive.
Thanks to Thomas L. Broadhead for his Wonka Legal quotation.