I’ll be hosting this month’s contest, so my friends only LJ will have to go public for this entry only, since I certainly don’t want to discourage anyone who is not on my flist or who may not have an LJ account from entering. So please, if you are too shy to enter yourself, spread the word to anyone you think might be interested in participating. I must stress that artistic talent is completely unnecessary. The purpose behind this is only to have a laugh and a good time.
For March’s theme, I decided to tweak the rules a bit. Instead of Snape becoming a character in a particular painting, this time he will merely be added to the original or will pass through. Let’s pretend he’s invented a spell that gives him the ability to walk in and out of paintings at will and do damage as he sees fit. This is your chance to be completely wacky. You, the artist, will choose for Snape to either become a part of a famous painting, or to walk into the picture wreaking havoc on its subject or subjects.
1. Suppose Snape walks into the frame of The Laughing Cavalier. He might decide to hex off the subject’s moustache, thereby causing his expression to change.
The Laughing Cavelier
2. Or perhaps Snape is hungry for a midnight snack and decides to take a seat at the counter in Edward Hopper’s Nighhawks.
3. Fancy adding Snape to a landscape? Perhaps he is doing the backstroke through Monet’s Water Lillies. Put him in a Speedo. We’d all like to see that, wouldn’t we?
Your painting can only contain the original subjects and Snape. No other canon characters are to be included this time, although canon objects like wands, potion phials, etc., are perfectly acceptable. Snape should be dressed in his normal canon attire, but if the occasion suits, you are free to dress him in more appropriate attire.
Dialogue is optional. I don’t think it should be necessary in order to put across the joke, but it’s up to you whether you wish to use it.
The winner will be announced on Monday, April 3, and the prize will be remain a mystery until that time.
You may create your paintings here: artpad
For the past couple of months, Artpad has been a fickle friend. It does not always wish to cooperate. But thanks to the technical know-how of sylvanawood, there is a way to preserve your painting if you cannot save it and get it to play back. In Sylvanawood’s own words:
“The way to at least preserve the image before it gets eaten is to make a screenshot. You can use screenshots whenever an image refuses to be saved (some programmers block the save as option).
You press 'alt' and the 'print' or 'Print Screen SysRq' button (right hand side, just above the key block with insert, delete, home, page up etc.) -- it's the button on the left of this three-button block. I don't have a US keyboard, so don't quite remember what it says on that button. Anyway, you hit those two keys. Then you open paint -- it's under 'applications or tools' in your programs menue.
There you click on the main window and hit 'ctrl-v'
Voila, the content of your screen, including the image you wanted to save shows up. Now you chose the select tool and now can select the area you're after (the image) and copy it. (edit - copy or ctrl-c).
You save the original with all the surroundings, just in case, and then open a new window in paint. There you say edit-paste (ctrl-v) -- and now you have the image you want. You can now save that as a gif or jpg file and upload this to photobucket to share it with us.
If you have a Mac, like me, you just use 'Grab', which makes high quality screen shots very easy.”
Another option is to use Mypaint
Quick edit: Forgot to mention that if possible, please provide a link to the original painting. Thanks!
The Hits of Highly Improbable CDs are burned and good to go, and as soon as the programs are completed, I’ll be mailing them out, hopefully before the end of the month.
I do apologize for updating so infrequently, but I can’t think of anything interesting to post. I still owe a few memes and I’ll try to find the focus to complete them eventually.