in regards to the lack of participation lately is it possible that perhaps some people aren’t seeing enough incentive to enter?
any time I’ve entered it’s never been about any sort of prize but I know that there are people who would be more likely to enter something if there was some sort of ‘pot o’ gold’ at the end of the rainbow so to speak.
It could be something as simple as US$25 in a paypal payment, or a digital-tutors lesson, or a month of a CG cookie subscription, or a gnomon workshop DVD (or a month of a subscription there for $59), even an amazon voucher.
It doesn’t need to be some big extravagant thing, just enough to encourage involvement.
I owe a lot of my early progression in 3D to this contest and I would hate to see this place die out, so I’m just throwing ideas out there for consideration.
EDIT: and as for topics it might be best if they are more creatively open. I know in the past we’ve focused a lot on recreating things in exacting detail, or recreating things from someones body of work but sometimes that can limit peoples interest in participating (the Ansel Adams challenge is one that particularly comes to mind).
So if we went more creatively open with the topics they could be things like:
- create the ultimate 80’s action hero
- design a scifi interior
- design a spaceship
- create a comic book character (or a live action version of an established comic book character)
- recreate a room in your house
- straight self portraits (or creating a character where you are the base for it)
- militarised animals
so the topics would be less 'pick something off this list" and more “here’s an idea…run with it”
again…just throwing ideas out there.