An artist's style is like a person's handwriting, completely unique to the artist. And so, for some reason, there's something really cool about seeing a character you designed drawn in the style of another artist. You've maybe gotten fan art from somebody before featuring one of your characters. I'm sure you'd like to see more of it, huh? You could go around just asking people for art, but you'd get a lot better results out of people who are after the same thing and are willing to trade art. That's what MAX is for.
How does MAX work?
MAX works in rounds of two weeks. What you do is sign up by registering here at Comic Dish. It's a simple process, much like any message board. If you have visual examples of original characters to be drawn, you can be approved for MAX. You then choose to enter the next round. When the next round begins the names of the participating artists are randomly arranged so that you have half a month (about two weeks) to create art of another artist's character, and somebody else will draw one of your characters. Before that time period is up, you upload your picture to MAX though our simple interface. And if you hold through and make that art, and if you want to, you can participate in the next round. Results will be posted here at the end of the round so everyone can see your new masterpiece.
What do I need to qualify?
A few things will be necessary if you want to participate:
1. A personally maintained website that has your art and characters on it. This is so that somebody has a place to see and study your character before making the art. (galleries like Elfwood and DeviantArt work fine). A personally maintained comic on a comic hosting site is also acceptable. Also because MAX is for all ages, the reference pictures must be suitable for all ages (and viewable from a safe-for-all-ages page).
2. You cannot be on MAX's Blacklist. The Blacklist will be explained in a moment.
3. At least one character of your own invention.
4. The ability to have one decent picture created and online in two weeks. If you're not sure you can do this, you might want to wait. You will be held to your part of the exchange.
What is the Blacklist?
In the case that somebody signs up and doesn't make anything for the person they were going to make art for, he ends up on the Blacklist. This is a list of the names of artists who have yet to deliver their one piece of art. Artists on the Blacklist can't participate in another round of MAX until they make the picture for the person they were arranged with. As soon as we get that picture, they're off the list and can continue again with MAX.
How do I join?
It's quite simple. You just need to create an account here at Comic Dish (it's like signing up for any message board). You'll find the link to create an account in Comic Dish's menu at the top of the page. When you're done with that, find your MAX account in the MAX links at the top. Fill out your website URL and the characters you would like to see drawn, and apply for MAX membership. If you meet all the requirements listed above, you'll be approved and be able to sign up for exchanges.
NOTE: You cannot qualify for MAX without filling out the "URL to Draw Inspiration From" and "Suggested Characters" fields.
Guidelines for submitted artwork
- It must be recognizable as the artist's character.
- Full body or most of the body. Not just a portrait!
- Color is recommended, unless it's REALLY well-shaded in B&W.
- Backgrounds are not required, but they sure do make the picture look better.
- Submissions that appear to have little effort put into them will be rejected.
Some Final Comments
MAX can be a fun and interesting if we all keep it in good spirits. Here are some things to keep in mind as you participate:
- Artists of all ranges may end up drawing one of your characters. Don't be upset if that person's a beginner. We're all on different levels.
- After people are matched up randomly, I may make adjustments so that everyone is exchanging with somebody new.
- Please don't mail me your finished artwork. Submit it through MAX's online form.
- Be sure to respect the character you're going to draw, and its creator. If you're not sure the creator would approve of the art you're making, be sure to ask him or her.
- Put a solid amount of effort into the art you make. Don't wait until the last minute and then whip out some quick simple pencil sketch. Make something you can be proud of. You'll want the same from whoever is giving you art.
MAX explanation in comic form
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