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This is a page about the (now ended) Cities Festival 2008.

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Cities First Annual Royal Art Show!

Disclaimer: Show may or may not be annual, depending on the whim of the 'King.

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Welcome to Cities First Annual Royal Art Show, which is to take place during the Cities Festival 2008! Citizens are called on to demonstrate their natural talents by creating visual art displays in the theme of "An Aspect of Cities Life". Rules are as follows:

Winners

Traditional: Where's my @#$% beanstalk already?? by Maaaweee
3D: Trials of a Mage by ford_prefect
Digital: Circumnavigation by Cthu1hu

Thanks to everyone that voted - and to all of our entrants. I have a little something for each entrant to thank them for their participation.

Rules and Administrivia

Rules:

  1. No more than two entries per player (not per character).
  2. Entries will be required in a wiki-friendly digital format, such as jpg.
  3. Categories of art include Traditional (scanned or photographed drawings, paintings, etc); 3D (photographs of sculpture); and Digital (digital painting, photomanipulation, rendering, etc).
  4. All work must be your own! In the case of photomanipulation, the base photo/s must be free of copyright restrictions - either your own photos or those you have permission to use, such as from a stock photography website (see morguefile or sxc for examples).

Timelines and Prizes:

  • Timeline: The Festival runs from 9-24 August. Submissions are no longer being accepted. Polling is taking place from 18th August till 24th August. VOTE NOW!!
  • Prizes: The winner of each category (Traditional, 3D, digital) will receive the following fantastic prizes from the 'King:
A drinks cabinet that will provide one of (almost) every alcoholic drink in the game (everyone knows artists like to drink!); and
the ability to modify their character gfx image.

Entries

Entries are listed in order of submission...


The Wizard's Eye (Sample)

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Note that this is a sample entry!

Artist: Rhapsodie

Category: Digital Art (Photomanipulation)

Blurb: A piece representing the challenge and opportunity - chopportunity? - faced by any Cities Wizard. To remain loyal to one's home City, or to embrace the chaos? (Macro of an eye courtesy of morguefile.)

Where's my @#$% beanstalk already??

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Artist: Maaaweee

Category: Traditional

Blurb: This piece is a homage to the diligence of the citizens who plant sunflower after sunflower, oat after oat, cuke after cuke - just to get up the that #$%@ Cloud City. 5 more AP! 5 more! VOTE NOW!!

Trials of a Mage...

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Artist: hammyhamster

Category: 3D - Photograph(s) of a sculpture

Blurb: This piece, a model of a wizard complete with magic boots and wizards hat (I wish) is pictured here showing the trials one who has chosen, or nay been chosen by fate, to tread the path to Wizardry. The first tableau shows the new apprentice in the thick jungles of the wizards retreat (or the window box I have been cultivating) gathering fruits (the pink balls are pommegranites, the brown one is a coconut and the orange thing that isn't the legs is a pineapple...honest). This gathering of fruits is symbolic of the struggle younge mages undertake to fulfill their destiny. The second tableau (top right) shows the next stage, a Shaman to be on the yellow brick road (a plastic bag) in front of the emerald city (a green cushion) holding Dorothy's Locket. The opulence and splendour of the road and the city contrast strongly with the frugal existence of one who has tried for so long to get a copy of YSMR. We next come to the hunt of the large reptile (that looks suspiciously like a dragon), and this one can be seen mocking the shaman with the wizard title he or she is trying to achieve (and Rock Hawk's socks...). Finally the last stage of wizardry for now, attacking a plot bunny (note the copy of Brothers Grimm it's reading....), showing the subject aligning the monster (because a wand was easier to make than a plot device...) captures the slow and carefully planned route one must take to achieve in this field. The artist hopes that this piece moves you to further appreciate the life of a mage (and to buy some plastacine and make a better model to keep mine company :o)...pretentious enough? ;o) that was fun!) VOTE NOW!!

The Sea Horsie

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Artist: Maaaweee

Category: Traditional

Blurb: This piece embodies the emotional plight of the once most beloved pet in Cities: the Sea Horsie. With the advent of new Trawlers, more and more Sea Horsies are finding themselves laid aside for the more vigorous sea-faring ventures. Although owners still feed and ride them from time to time, these poor creatures find themselves less needed than ever before. As every horsies dream is to live, serve, graze and fight, it's no wonder than these normally pinto, gray or black beauties have turned green with envy in a blue sea of sorrow. VOTE NOW!!

Wizard Faces a Phoenix

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Artist: Kressida

Category: Digital Manipulation

Blurb: The standoff between the power of a Wizard and the ever evolving Phoenix.
Wizard supplied by me, Fire from here and Eagle from here (all copyright free images). VOTE NOW!!

Circumnavigation

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Artist: Cthu1hu

Category: Digital Manipulation

Blurb: An artist's impression of the trials of performing a circumnavigation. In this image, a much-harried Sargeant Duke heads North on his trusty Winged Horsie, battling his way through the Crill Sea and longing for the sight of the beaches of Oz. VOTE NOW!!

All images courtesy of SXG.

Shear Madness!

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Artist: AmishRobots

Category: Digital Art (KolourPaint)

Blurb: Ah, the trials and tribble-ations of a Cities-zen! Here we have a handsome fellow, at the height of fashion, battling a vicious beast on a sunlit day. You can plainly see how the artiste has truly captured the thrust and parry of daily life, with his clever use of colour and digital brushstrokes. Notice the subtle use of bold shapes and resolute lines to draw the viewers attention away from the scene of bloodshed and into the eye of the sun; the sun of course, represents daytime, a symbol of virility and daily routine. Yet the eye cannot help but drift back to the raging inferno of blood and mayhem that is the battle between beast and man. The morbid fascination with conflict compels you to ponder the deeper meaning behind our daily struggle for food and shelter. This piece truly embodies the Latin phrase "Se la vie, tu pluribus ovinum?", which, very roughly translated means "yeah, i like wool, how bout you?" Also notice that our hero wears the quintessential party hat, thus symbolising how, even in the face of death, our sense of mirth endures; or as the contemporary Americans once said, "The show must go on!" Yes, truly this masterpiece speaks volumes in its every detail; from the double zero quad F of its sky to the #007c00 of its grass! Even the heavy yellow sun itself seems gravid with stories to tell! VOTE NOW!!

Elemental Spirits

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Artist: Rackmout

Category: Digital Art (Vector Graphics/Lame)

Blurb: An important and vital piece from the artist's "inkscape for five minutes" period, this piece captures the vital essence of the struggle within each of us to gain an insight into the nature of ourselves. The symbolism is at once quadripartite, dualistic (note the contrast between the feminine forms of the Sylph and Undine, and the mannish stature of the Gnome and blatant phallic imagery of the Salamander - indeed, the Manichean implications of female=left=sinister/male=right=correct are almost too insightful in their critique of traditional attitudes towards sexuality!), and unifying - showing as it does that each part of us in a way surmounts each other part in an Escherian ever-ascending struggle towards the godhood implicit in each of us. It is a work at once visceral and simplistic, speaking of the childlike zeitgeist of grown humans engaging in games which past ages might have thought the work of children, but which we with our post-fin-de-siecle society have taken into ourselves as part of the very transcendence of convention which informs our information age. It is a transgressive masterpiece. VOTE NOW!!

At The Dragon Spire...

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Artist: hammyhamster

Category: Traditional - Photograph of a drawing

Blurb: This piece seeks to convey the violence and poetic movement of battle and is set at that most frequented place, the dragon spire, while Knights may try for glory with dragon slaying, and tradesmen try to align weapons the base of flow and form is captured in the vivid colours. The artist (who wishes that having spend the last week climbing mountains was better at drawing them) portrays a pure white, faithful steed to contrast against the bright colours of the bestial dragons (who are friendly really). With this, her second entry the artist has demonstrated her wide range of (in)abilities using many (two) other media (and has now run out of pretentious waffle so leaves you to enjoy the better entries :o) VOTE NOW!!

First Fight/First Death

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Artist: BortJr

Category: Digital Art (Pencil on paper/Photograph of drawing/Heavy Photoshop)

Blurb: Many say this Artists style is derivative of Roy Lichtenstein, while others say it it obviously derivative of the first drawings of children. This particular piece represents a narrative of the struggle and anguish of early battle. The Yellow Man symbolizes ignorance, and the rabbit symbolizes Fate. The Rusty Sword is such a ubiquitous piece of equipment that many of us forget how precious the first one was. First Fight/First Death intends to bring about new consciousness of those who have no rusty swords. VOTE NOW!!

The Speedboat

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Artist: AmishRobots

Category: 3D - Photograph(s) of a sculpture

Blurb: Last minute entry by Amishrobots captures beauty of fine craftsman-ship. Using simple raw materials, the boatwright turns a pile of ancient wood, a handful of copper nails, a bucket of tar and a few odds and ends into an elegant vessel of the sea. The sleek lines of this powerful craft give evidence to the hundreds of hours spent toiling away in the forest with simple tools to create a masterpiece worthy of conquering the mighty ocean. sorry, meant to also add, more pics of this masterpiece here: [1] VOTE NOW!!

The standing stones

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Artist: Eusebia

Category: Traditional art (scanned pencil drawing)

Blurb: It is not my fault this is kinda rough - ask the crocodile's ghost who did loot that corpse, and the God of the Stone circle what I did consume. VOTE NOW!!

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