FINALLY got mine done and sent in. Sheesh. I think I speak for many of you when I say I'm relieved that I can finally get back to all the other projects I've been putting off! Did this contest ever challenge me. Now it's time to sit back and enjoy everyone's submissions
If home situations had been different I would have joined the fun; it looked like a blast. And I like the required materials idea; it forces you to look at things for what they could be instead of what they are. I think that's a required skill for being a really good costumer or propmaker if you're not a one-material purist.
Voting will absolutely suck, there were some marvelous entries here. More than three, that's for sure. Some of them will have to go without a prize and it seems so unfair when you consider the quality and amount of time and effort spent on many of them... but hey that's why it's called a contest. This weekend I'm working the masquerade at Archon and once again I'll be pitying the poor judges who will have to choose between too many masterpiece-grade costumes. There's nothing like a friendly competition to bring out brilliance.
It's a pretty cool contest (my first on the forum!). Like the others have said, being forced to use specific materials is great. Pushes you to think "what's the best way I can use this?". It was my first time using paperclay AND my first time making something that moves (at one point I was worried about using materials/approaches I'd never done before).
The neat thing about the entries is you can see people thinking totally 'out-of-the-box'.