Art Challenge Event: The Halloween Masquerade
The cool damp air subsides as you make your way up the thick marble steps; a warm glow inviting you through the grand carved doors of the manor house. A squat figure with a grin wider than his face bows and beckons you in with a broad sweeping gesture; “Welcome esteemed guest - please leave your outer-garments with the cape master, and head on through to the main hall”. You continue on down the candle lined corridor, overlooked by tall portraits that seem to leer disapprovingly through the shadows. As you draw near, the gilded doors at the far end sweep open - revealing the grand hall. You stop just inside; peering around the vast space - scanning across figures of various shapes and sizes as eyes flash towards you from behind elaborate masks.
Task in brief:
Craft a portrait representing your fantasy alter-ego, including a designed mask partially or fully covering their face.
Reveal your finished masterpiece in the artwork section on 31st October 2020 (Halloween).
I’m keeping the requirements basic so people are free to interpret the theme according to their tastes.
You might want to emphasise the Halloween theme but it’s not essential e.g. maybe add horror or macabre design elements to your character and/or mask. Perhaps use subdued lighting to enhance the feeling of mystery.
Your character is meant to be a fantastical projection of your inner-self; it’s up to you how much of your own features you include - it doesn’t have to look like you at all.
I suggest keeping your portrait as a bust (head and shoulders), or no more than 3/4 length so you can more easily focus on the character/costume design over the figure or setting. This should also fit well with the theme - so it’s more intimate; like encountering faces as you move through a crowded ballroom.
If you don’t feel confident doing this on your own, or just want feedback it’s okay to post in the Work in Progress section and ask for help.
Here’s some film clips to get you in the mood and stimulate your imagination:
That last video from Labyrinth is good reference as it combines fantasy with the classic Venetian look. There’s loads of videos on youtube of the Venice Carnival which you might find inspiring, but some of the designs are very elaborate and intricate.
This is not a contest - it’s a party; So don’t hesitate - just have fun creating and participating!
Feel free to ask questions or just chat random nonsense in the comments below…
Note: At time of posting I haven’t run this by any moderators - so things may be subject to change depending on feedback.