Group Art Project Ideas

I'm sitting here thinking how much fun it would be to just mail some sketchbooks out to people for a few different art projects. Here are some I've just thought of, maybe I'll update this post in the future with new ideas, or I'll make another one and use "art projects" as the linking tag. We'll see.

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One sketch book, Whoever starts it also does the last page. One person pencils something - a location, a figure, a monster, their cat - whatever. They send it on and the next person to receive the sketchbook inks the previous sketch and draws their own and the book gets mailed off. This would be people the opportunity to ink something they may never have attempted to draw, and it gives people the opportunity to ink someone else's work. Photos of inked work can be posted but the pencils ought to stay a mystery until they're inked. It would also be a fun challenge to see how well you conveyed the idea you wanted to share and now someone else interprets your pencils. It would also be a fun way for people to see and introduce themselves to an artist they haven't met as the book get passed around. I propose a time limit of 2 weeks of retaining the book, and this is documented online. 

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Book 2

In the front cover are some themes or topics, as many as their are pages. As each person gets the book they cross of the topic they choose to draw or write their name next to it. They can finish their topic however they like, sketch, ink, colored pencil - whatever. Same deal, 2 weeks to hold onto the book and creator credits on the last page.

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Book 3

1 page sequential comic. Someone starts the sketchbook presensting a protagonist and an initial desire, conflict or action, whatever in one page. They send it off person two draws the next page of the story and mails it off. Person 3 and should only look at what person 2 did and respond and continue the story from that point. Person 4 continues from person 3 and so forth until the book is done as it gets mailed around. After the sketchbook is full (and the story possibly not) someone or a group of someones can write something to finish it or give the characters some sort of conclusion. Writer and artist credits like always

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A regular sketch or doodle book. Like the theme one, but it gets passed along and everyone draws what they'd like on their respective page.  

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One overarching theme for the book. Main theme "Roads" then every sketch is a response and creative interpretation of 'roads'. 

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Whoever starts it writes a topic then mails it off, person 2 draws person 1's topic and writes a topic on the next page. Person 3 draws person 2's topic and so forth.  

 

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Each book would stay with an artist for 7 or 14 days depending on which type of book it is. Like, I think the Ink Someone Else's Work ought to be 2 weeks, same with the Write the Next Page. But the Choose a Theme or more loosely related sketchbook should only be one week. I also like locations being written, whatever the artist is comfortable with. I'd ask for at least the state, or city and state. County and state is also fine, , I just think it would be fun to see how it travels. It can travel within a city if people know one another, but, i don't know, maybe 3 people before it gets mailed off. Stickers and decorating the covers is perfectly allowed.

On the inner first cover is an "If Lost Contact" and it features the address (or po box) for whoever starts it, and an email or website for the project.If they contact the site we can figure out who's closest and ask the book  be sent to them, or to the starter and they send it off to someone who hasn't drawn in that book yet. 

When the sketchbooks are done they get printed and sold at conventions. We kickstart the printing or whatever works. I don't know, I'm playing with this idea, because it would be fun. It'd be a whole mess of work, but imagine how fun it would be to see an international collab-sketchbook, or people on different creative and artistic popularity levels printed together in the same book like this? I feel this could just foster community and fun.  

Hunger Games Video Game idea

I saw this post from Anita Sarkessian showing some of the hate she got after criticizing the the games from Monday's XBox One E3 talk and their launch titles. She very harmless criticized the lack of female led games and a rain of internet jerks tweeted at her at least one rape comment, ad hoc insults, brought of tokenism, plain sexism and a few other traditional forms of hate that generally happen to women on the Internet who have opinions.

I was thinking about how much the Internet (or at least the part I generally inhabit) loved The Hunger Games. I finished it out of spite, I had a lot of problems with it, there was so much potential. But I wondered why a proper game wasn't made for any of the major systems about the movie. Just about every other action movie and property gets a major system game, why not THG? I don't know what discussions happened behind closed doors but I had an idea for a game, or maybe more than one game. I've read all the books and wasn't too hot on the movie, but this is some of the idea I had.  If I skip of parts of the book or if it's a bit out of order, please forgive me, I read it once last summer.

The main narrative that you need to play though is Katniss's story from each book. Going with The Hunger Games we see and animatic explaining everything up to just after Katniss leaves for the Capitol. Maybe there's some training in the woods that covers her basic actions, maybe a little stealth, shooting, and a simple trap. Once she gets on the train you're free to explore and learn facts she needs for later on. The big gala introducing the champions in playable as Katniss talks with people, maybe options here that will help some people be sponsors later during the Games. A montage animatic through the procession of the tributes, the interview bit with Caesar. The training at the Capitol and the test is playable, Katniss's skills improve and maybe she gets small item upgrades. The amount of training and leveling here accomplished is important, there's a limited amount of time and a number of levels and skills that Katniss can earn at this time. We see an animatic of Katniss and Cinna just before the games start. 

Playing in the Games

Maybe a free-world type of play. Everyone starts in the tubes and there's the cornucopia. You have the choice of running to it or going straight to the woods and you play through the game as people die off. Katniss has to help Rue and work with Peeta to win the Games. Everything in the main story line pretty much follows the book, different events become missions. If Katniss gave a good enough impression to people at the Gala she has a better chance of receiving sponsored rewards when she needs health or something. 

Untreated injuries can kill you. Certain direct attacks can kill you. Eating a poisonous plant can kill you. Along with the tributes are animals in the gamefield that can kill you, or be killed for food. Hunger can kill you. A lot of things can kill you. If you die, game over/you go back to your last save.  

To win the Game, Peeta and Katniss have to make it to the end and fight the Muttations. We see some animatics of the end of the everything then there's a small cut scene of the President talking to whoever he talks to at the end of the book. We see Katniss, her mother and sister move into the Victor's Village and things seem okay.

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You've beaten the game and unlocked things. Some ideas on what you can unlock:

A multiplayer play, which is a brawl in the Game field. 
Unlock the other tributes as playable characters for the main story line. 
Build a Tribute: Create a tribute based on one of the Districts. Each District has at least one major strength and one major weakness. 

      ex: From D 12 - Not the strongest, takes a while to level // Does well with hunger and resourceful with things found in the gamefield
   ex: From D 4 -  good at swimming, fishing // poor with certain land weapons, trees
   ex: From D 2 - initially strong, high stamina // poor with hunger, not as good at being resourceful and making stuff

Give players a reason to choose to be a girl or boy from any of the districts. There are also benefits to which age they play as, maybe a kid levels faster but will never be as strong as a teen
Either create-you-own Game Field or a random assigned game field for multiplayer

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This game could be an immersing look into the world of Panem. It would show a strong, resourceful female game lead and a richer world than was defined in the books. Each district would be laid out and have a benefit to it. There would be a pressure to the game with character death meaning the end of the game, or going back to a save point. I mean, making it Fire Emblem "dead is dead" could be a little much but without a sense that Katniss dying is a possibility there isn't as much of a sense of urgency. 

Following the second book: There's more of the mix between playable game and cut scene in the same fashion. This time leading up to the games if Katniss doesn't talk to the various characters that eventually work to save her and Peeta she has a greater difficulty with getting out of the Game Field. In the Games if she doesn't build friendships with the right characters she won't make it out. If they die before the end, she has a harder time to get out, so this one is a bit more RPG and Fire Emblem than the first game.  

The third game would be kind of Legend of Zelda-y as Katniss explores and learns about the weight of everything. She has a lot more side quests: making Peeta sane, visiting the other Districts, sneaking into the Capitol. This is a lot more RPG in the battle sequences, or a team FPS when in the Capitol. If certain team members die, finishing the game is that much more difficult. Maybe other characters can fill in as a similar type of character with similar skills. Accomplishing smaller side quests earns better skill sets, better sneaking, better shooting, etc.

If you transferred the game info up in each game, that affects how Katniss is at the beginning of the game, she has whatever skills you leveled in the previous game. If you don't have an older save file, the game starts as a certain level, probably lower than where she could have been leveled up to and she can level from there. It's an incentive to play each game on the same system or with the same gamer tag.  

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That's what I have as an idea for a Hunger Games video game. This is a loose idea and not everything has been addressed, but I think this could be a fun game.