I frequent some messageboards here and there, mostly for stress relief and to pass the time when I'm traveling. On one of the comic book messageboards I check out, they were having a contest. The creators of the Image comic 'NYC Mech' were holding a contest for the best signature that pimped out their book. [A signature is a block of text or an image that follows every post you make.] I love to play with Photoshop, but I've never entered any contests (never finished that color contest from a while back - got too busy). I post a message that I might try it out. How could it hurt? If I lose, I lose. I wanted to wait it out to see the other submissions that were posted, and I got really nervous. These people were really good, really creative. I'm really competitive, but only when it's something I know I can excel in, when I know that the people I'm up against are my peers. In this case, I thought I was a little out of my league. It was nearing the due date, and I hadn't submitted anything.
Turns out I had some free time in an airport while my flight was delayed, so I whipped something together. I tried several things, but my vision of what I wanted just wasn't working out. Finally, I came up with something that I was pleased with, but not ecstatic about. I just wanted to enter something, anything, just to try.
So here's my entry:
...and guess what?
It's the first time I've won anything since 8th grade, when my art was posted at the Art Institute (it was a poem and drawing of Chicago).
So lucky me, I get to have my likeness made into a comic character in NYC Mech, and she is to be named (I think) Yano, because
Christine is pretty boring.
Once the issue comes out, I'll be sure to scan it and put it up here!Posted by Yano at May 12, 2005 02:25 PM