I would like a piece of art that could be a splash screen for an app, later. I am using this art to pitch the project to possible funders.
I need the files as layered Photoshop or Illustrator files for handoff. If your work is selected, I will come back with more elements to create later – related characters and scenes, plus different views of the characters for animation.
This project is called A Palace in Time. What I would like is a graphic that is 1136x640 (designed for iPhone 5) that shows a palace, as well as a logo that says "A Palace in Time" boldly in the middle.
I do not want a standard issue fairytale palace though, all boring and rainbows. I want something with character. This is a "palace in time" and it should look somehow as if time has ground to a halt and instantiated itself into a building. Somehow frozen into time. Not with ice and cold, but somehow frozen time.
This is about the idea of SACRED TIME and the building should look very special.
The castle definitely COULD be a fairytale style with turrets and narrow windows and flags and drawbridges and so forth.
OR it could be more unique. I really love the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco as a possible model.
However, we need to keep the center of the palace itself blank of important details because this area will be used as a “jukebox” where kids will see cards and shuffle through them, carousel style to pick where they want to go.
So - keep the turrets and flags and whatever to the left, right and top and use the center for the logo. Keep in mind we will use this area for the jukebox later and keep the design and your layers in your file flexible so that we can add those things in later.
Here is an example of the jukebox in a monster rather than a castle so that you can get an idea of where we are going with this:
The castle should feel warm and inviting and friendly, not guarded and buttressed and scary.
It should be fanciful but strong and bold strokes. Drawn to appeal to a 6 year old, not a 3 year old. NO PINK. Please keep this in the blue and purple and yellow families and feel free to use plenty of WHITE because it symbolizes the magic and purity of sacred time.
Please draw the palace against a sunset sky and think about doing it in such a way that we could switch the background out easily for a sunrise, a night sky or a middle of day blue sky. It should look great in all these times of day.
Later, I will want to refine this graphic with you and I will want to develop characters that live in this palace. If you have ideas about the characters, feel free to doodle a bit but I don't need these elements in this quick contest. For your information, that description is below in case it informs the way you design the palace.
THANK YOU and I look forward to answering any questions!!
Character project (for later)
Illustrations of 4 characters that would live in the Palace, these are described in detail below. All characters will be animated and should be drawn simply enough that this is not complicated. We are more interested in vectory shapes and pretty shading than in articulated fingers and complex hair, etc.
1. QUEEN – Dark eyes. She is transplendent and all in white. A bit glowy. Looks a bit like a bride only older and more regal. She should look around 35.
Wearing: a very old-fashioned wedding style dress with a train, high neck and long sleeves with pointed ends. She should wear an tufted crown and her hair should be mostly underneath a long white veil and earrings that have a touch of an Arabic flavor to them.
NOTE: Her outfit should not be so elaborate and silly that she can’t do something like eat pizza. This character will be animated in scenes where she will need to sit at tables, eat food, sing and dance. Please keep the shapes and lines simple.
Neither sexy, nor cute. She should be regal and demand respect, but at the same time she is very kind and gentle.
Somewhere between a court jester and a musical bard, this is our jovial male character who sings, plays the mandolin, does tricks and also narrates a lor of our story. He is able to be silly, serious and musical at the drop of a hat. His costume should be whimsical but not too ridiculous. Please make him appear about 21 – youthful and strong. Let’s make him a redhead with a beard.
http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m…o3_400.jpg (not so serious of course but I like how he is strong and yet redheaded, not the silly stereotype)
An everyday-looking modern girl of about 8. Her hair is a punky shade of unnatural color, and in pigtails. She is of indeterminate ethnicity. Maybe a bit Asian looking.
Wearing: a jumper over a long sleeved shirt, or a long sleeved dress that almost hits her knee, plus cool leggings with a design that evokes sunset. These are inspiring: http://www.lunaleggings.com/store/
Some reference art:
An everyday-looking modern boy of about 6. His hair is a punky shade of unnatural color, and in a shaggy cut. He is of indeterminate ethnicity. Maybe a bit Asian looking.
Wearing: baggy pants and a tight tee-shirt worn over a long sleeve hoodie tee. These are inspiring:
‘Some reference art:
http://jaquelindreamz.deviantart.co…-345273217 (I like the boy on the left)