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Are you the next Transformers Cover Artist?

Well here's your chance. The masterminds behind the “Transformers: Mosaic,” in partnership with Chris Ryall, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of IDW Publishing, are running a competition for all Transformers artists, which gives them the chance to be considered for providing a variant cover to an upcoming Transformers comic produced by IDW Publishing.
Excited yet? Good, you should be.

So how does it work?
Step 1: Email your full name to Next.Tf.Cover.Artist@gmail.com by the end of December, 2007.
Step 2: On the first of January 2008, you will be emailed the name of the Transformer you are to provide a "cover" for.
Step 3: You have until February first to submit your work.
Step 4: Once all entries are in, they will be divided into groups based on characters used.
Step 5: All entries will be displayed on the IDW forums ( http://forum.idwpublishing.com/viewforum.php?f=2) and voting will commence. Voting will be open for 2 weeks.
Step 6: Once voting is complete, the top 3 artists from each group will be contacted and given another character to prepare a cover for and another month to complete.
Step 7: The second round of entries will be posted on IDW forums and voting will once again be carried out.
Step 8: Once voting on the second round is complete, the names and contact details of the top three artists will be given to Chris Ryall, who will work through the final process.

Things you need to know.
1. There is no guarantee that this will lead to paid work for IDW
2. All work should be submitted in line-art only, no colors allowed.
3. Be creative, designs can either be classic or your own redesign.
4. Voting can only be done by members of the IDW forum, and yes, you can vote for yourself.

So, if you think you've got what it takes, step up and prove it!
Credit(s): Josh van Reyk
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Re: Are you the next Transformers Cover Artist? (492135)
Posted by matrixprime on December 5th, 2007 @ 5:18pm CST
I'm real good at drawing but not that good
Re: Are you the next Transformers Cover Artist? (492138)
Posted by Justicity on December 5th, 2007 @ 5:22pm CST
Any international issues? Can you enter if not in the USA???
Me want!
Hehe, I'd love to take part in this.
All we have to do for now is tell them our name??? Seems almost too easy :P I know theres the drawing & voting & such later, but at this moment it's like sending my name isn't enough, I want to tell them my life story! :P
Re: Are you the next Transformers Cover Artist? (492153)
Posted by horus on December 5th, 2007 @ 5:27pm CST
Me want too!! Me good with transformers drawings but me far away from USA.
Re: Are you the next Transformers Cover Artist? (492208)
Posted by Sherade on December 5th, 2007 @ 5:56pm CST
I'd do it, but I'd prefer my art be exclusive to Seibertron.
Besides, I couldn't handle the pressure.
Re: Are you the next Transformers Cover Artist? (492231)
Posted by Sonray on December 5th, 2007 @ 6:07pm CST
Sherade wrote:I'd do it, but I'd prefer my art be exclusive to Seibertron.
Besides, I couldn't handle the pressure.


Thats why i wont be entering. Plus im in one hell of an art/creative slump right now.

Could i submit a piece that i drew a while ago instead? If they want people to draw Prime then i have a pretty decent drawing of him already. ;)
Re: Are you the next Transformers Cover Artist? (492249)
Posted by Seibertron on December 5th, 2007 @ 6:14pm CST
I submitted my name. This could be a great opportunity for me to get back into drawing at least on a limited cover basis. :)
Re: Are you the next Transformers Cover Artist? (492251)
Posted by Briggs on December 5th, 2007 @ 6:14pm CST
Sonray wrote:
Sherade wrote:I'd do it, but I'd prefer my art be exclusive to Seibertron.
Besides, I couldn't handle the pressure.


Thats why i wont be entering. Plus im in one hell of an art/creative slump right now.

Could i submit a piece that i drew a while ago instead? If they want people to draw Prime then i have a pretty decent drawing of him already. ;)


remove the purple poo poo from behind him and we'll talk.

Haha I am just kidding, yankin ur chain :P
Re: Are you the next Transformers Cover Artist? (492255)
Posted by Briggs on December 5th, 2007 @ 6:14pm CST
I sure do hope Timshinn enters this.
Re: Are you the next Transformers Cover Artist? (492271)
Posted by Justicity on December 5th, 2007 @ 6:22pm CST
Sonray wrote:
Sherade wrote:I'd do it, but I'd prefer my art be exclusive to Seibertron.
Besides, I couldn't handle the pressure.


Thats why i wont be entering. Plus im in one hell of an art/creative slump right now.

Could i submit a piece that i drew a while ago instead? If they want people to draw Prime then i have a pretty decent drawing of him already. ;)

Prime spotlights been done sadly.

Which brings me to an interesting point.
Who do you think they'll ask us participants to draw???
I'm confident that I can do a really nice piece within the month allocated, however I'd like to get some practice in before then as it'll be my first cover art :-s , even if it's a completely different character.

So who do you think deserved a Spotlight? Who would you like me to practice my cover art skills on?
Re: Are you the next Transformers Cover Artist? (492282)
Posted by Sherade on December 5th, 2007 @ 6:27pm CST
Sonray wrote:Thats why i wont be entering. Plus im in one hell of an art/creative slump right now.

Do what I do, make G1 characters into Muscle Cars.
Yes, I capitalize Muscle Cars. It's THAT awesome.
Re: Are you the next Transformers Cover Artist? (492285)
Posted by Tigertrack on December 5th, 2007 @ 6:29pm CST
I'm in, I e-mailed my name...
Re: Are you the next Transformers Cover Artist? (492295)
Posted by Richter on December 5th, 2007 @ 6:36pm CST
To answer a few questions;

Anyone can enter, regardless where you live.

And no, you can not use something you prepared earlier, only new material from the start of the project.

No hints as to which characters you'll be given, just know that we went with a diverse range.
Re: Are you the next Transformers Cover Artist? (492327)
Posted by Saberspark model H. on December 5th, 2007 @ 6:48pm CST
I may enter I doubt it will win but eh who Knows(Do you?). Also I don't know if I want to advertise my name out to the Public.
Re: Are you the next Transformers Cover Artist? (492390)
Posted by Shinobi Rendar on December 5th, 2007 @ 7:14pm CST
This sounds like a lot of fun!!!!

I entered. Can't wait to see who i get to draw :D
Re: Are you the next Transformers Cover Artist? (492397)
Posted by Sherade on December 5th, 2007 @ 7:15pm CST
Shinobi Rendar wrote:This sounds like a lot of fun!!!!

I entered. Can't wait to see who i get to draw :D
Man, we know who's gonna win now. spoil it why don't ya. :P
Re: Are you the next Transformers Cover Artist? (492461)
Posted by The Collector on December 5th, 2007 @ 7:43pm CST
Good God, am I tempted! I know I can get up there with their guys, I just take FOREVER to do it.
Re: Are you the next Transformers Cover Artist? (492477)
Posted by Tangent on December 5th, 2007 @ 7:50pm CST
I'd love to have a go, but I'm not up to standard. I'l just wait and see what everyone else comes up with.
Re: Are you the next Transformers Cover Artist? (492501)
Posted by Shinobi Rendar on December 5th, 2007 @ 8:01pm CST
Sherade wrote:
Shinobi Rendar wrote:This sounds like a lot of fun!!!!

I entered. Can't wait to see who i get to draw :D
Man, we know who's gonna win now. spoil it why don't ya. :P

come on that was uncalled for lol

Seriously guys this is a great opportunity. Don't think twice just enter and do your best. Anyone can be the next transfomers cover artist!!!

First Mosaics... now this... it's just too much for a tf fan to bear lol :grin:
Re: Are you the next Transformers Cover Artist? (492515)
Posted by ToaVahu on December 5th, 2007 @ 8:09pm CST
Yes I am!
Re: Are you the next Transformers Cover Artist? (492780)
Posted by Dinobot Prime on December 5th, 2007 @ 11:19pm CST
I really want to do this, but there are a few unresolved issues in my mind.

When sending the e-mail, what do we put in the subject bar?

And since it's a no-colour drawing allowed, are we still allowed to put shadows? Because my entire drawing style is based on shadows.
Re: Are you the next Transformers Cover Artist? (492838)
Posted by TaiPoh on December 6th, 2007 @ 12:18am CST
Uhmmm...I'll probably enter, I just hope I get a Beast Wars character, although there's probably a very slim chance of that happening.
Re: Are you the next Transformers Cover Artist? (492857)
Posted by Justicity on December 6th, 2007 @ 12:51am CST
Heh, I'm posting a lot in this topic :P
Do you think qualified (can you get a qualification?) cover artists will be entering? People from other companies who want to try & get into IDW??? Or is this really just a fan thing?

I'm so interested in this :P Can't wait to show of my ideas!
Re: Are you the next Transformers Cover Artist? (492950)
Posted by Tangent on December 6th, 2007 @ 4:17am CST
I'm still debating, I know I wont win, but it would still be fun. Two more things I just thunk of, how big do they want this drawing? And what if you get given a lame charicter to draw? :shock:
Re: Are you the next Transformers Cover Artist? (492997)
Posted by Justicity on December 6th, 2007 @ 5:20am CST
Tangent wrote:I'm still debating, I know I wont win, but it would still be fun. Two more things I just thunk of, how big do they want this drawing? And what if you get given a lame charicter to draw? :shock:
They wouldn't make a Spotlight of a lame character so we're safe in that respect. They should only make a comic if they think it'll do well, don't expect a Spotlight: Seaspray anytime soon :P

I'd like to see Spotlight: Wheelie actually XD

As for size I'd say A4 size on paper, scanned in & made small enough to work on in Photoshop or something, yet big enough to keep detail.

I'd like to think I could do well, but I know it won't even be considered. That's not stopping me though, yea I may not win the competition but It's a chance to get work into IDW knowing it'll be looked at. Besides, we have a month to work on it, I'm sure I can do & redo it enough times to get it looking good, I may have a chance :P
Re: Are you the next Transformers Cover Artist? (493002)
Posted by Tangent on December 6th, 2007 @ 5:26am CST
Justicity wrote:I'd like to see Spotlight: Wheelie actually XD


That's what I was afraid of!! :P

A4 I can do, hell, I will give it a go. Can't hurt right? :?
Re: Are you the next Transformers Cover Artist? (493007)
Posted by TaiPoh on December 6th, 2007 @ 5:33am CST
Justicity wrote:
Tangent wrote:I'm still debating, I know I wont win, but it would still be fun. Two more things I just thunk of, how big do they want this drawing? And what if you get given a lame charicter to draw? :shock:
They wouldn't make a Spotlight of a lame character so we're safe in that respect. They should only make a comic if they think it'll do well, don't expect a Spotlight: Seaspray anytime soon :P

I'd like to see Spotlight: Wheelie actually XD

As for size I'd say A4 size on paper, scanned in & made small enough to work on in Photoshop or something, yet big enough to keep detail.

I'd like to think I could do well, but I know it won't even be considered. That's not stopping me though, yea I may not win the competition but It's a chance to get work into IDW knowing it'll be looked at. Besides, we have a month to work on it, I'm sure I can do & redo it enough times to get it looking good, I may have a chance :P

Most likely the required resolution is 300 dpi, so that optimum results can be achieved when the artwork is printed out, but I could be wrong. But what if you could make a really lame character look kickass? What about a badass Wheelie?
Re: Are you the next Transformers Cover Artist? (493018)
Posted by Justicity on December 6th, 2007 @ 5:46am CST
Tangent wrote:
Justicity wrote:I'd like to see Spotlight: Wheelie actually XD


That's what I was afraid of!! :P

A4 I can do, hell, I will give it a go. Can't hurt right? :?

Yay!!! The more the merrier I say ^^
I think we should start a practice thread in the kitbash forum, showing off practice artwork, coming up with ideas for possible characters, & discussing the conventions of Spotlight covers for those of us who have never tried a comic cover before. Once I've done a few practices this evening (possibly Powerglide, Wheelie & Seaspray :P ) I'll think about posting a topic if anyone agrees.
Re: Are you the next Transformers Cover Artist? (493025)
Posted by Dead Metal on December 6th, 2007 @ 5:49am CST
I hope we get to draw someone like Prime, or Wheely and Rodimus.

Prime cos I love drawing him and the other two, ,let's say I love drawing busted Robots.
Re: Are you the next Transformers Cover Artist? (493097)
Posted by Dark Monkelus on December 6th, 2007 @ 7:09am CST
Yessssssssssss! I kick ass, I really do!

Not really, I'm shit, but rubbish is the new good I hear, so I'll give it a go.
Re: Are you the next Transformers Cover Artist? (493173)
Posted by Powermaster Jazz on December 6th, 2007 @ 8:14am CST
Count me in.
Re: Are you the next Transformers Cover Artist? (493257)
Posted by First Gen on December 6th, 2007 @ 9:34am CST
I emailed my name in. The chance to do a cover? And you got a month to come up with the piece? Oh heck yeah baby.
Re: Are you the next Transformers Cover Artist? (493405)
Posted by Powermaster Jazz on December 6th, 2007 @ 11:03am CST
I'm guessing it'll be an obscure character like Guzzle or Hosehead. :P
Re: Are you the next Transformers Cover Artist? (493517)
Posted by Pyrostrata on December 6th, 2007 @ 12:38pm CST
I consider myself a decent artist, but not nearly good enough!
Re: Are you the next Transformers Cover Artist? (493855)
Posted by Mr. Buzz Killington on December 6th, 2007 @ 3:35pm CST
I've entered, and the TF2 Skywarp picture was something that I just drew up in 5 minutes! Right now, I am making a cover for Megatron, not that I was e-mailed already saying that was who I was to draw, but it would be awesome if I was picked to do Megatron! It is awesome!!!
Re: Are you the next Transformers Cover Artist? (493906)
Posted by Windracer on December 6th, 2007 @ 4:00pm CST
I'm thinking about it.

I'm not nearly as talented as some of the TF bigwigs, and besides that I'm really bad with G1... too bad there's no Armada Spotlights planned down the line, lol.

Ah, what the hell. I have all of January off so maybe I could give it a shot...

Also, I'm wondering if the linework can be done in Photoshop, or does it have to be pencilled / inked in the traditional way?
Re: Are you the next Transformers Cover Artist? (494249)
Posted by nexisconvoy on December 6th, 2007 @ 6:45pm CST
ill try to enter i doubt ill get any were with victory as my main Transformer show
Re: Are you the next Transformers Cover Artist? (494542)
Posted by NightFall on December 6th, 2007 @ 8:49pm CST
I'm a little rusty, it's been too long since I picked up a pencil and went full on drawing, but I'm going to try. It's just a cover right? Why not, it's going to fun :)
Re: Are you the next Transformers Cover Artist? (494666)
Posted by Samsonator on December 6th, 2007 @ 10:42pm CST
Hmmm... I may just have to give this a shot... I am, by no means, a great artist, but it would definitely be a good opportunity to practice and see how I stack up.
Re: Are you the next Transformers Cover Artist? (495731)
Posted by BLIX007 on December 7th, 2007 @ 3:20pm CST
Thankfully this is only asking for a drawing, that I am half way good at....coloring, not so much.
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