Hello guys! Got an E-mail invitation,thank you very much! I read the thread, here is my 5 cents…
I love the idea of cooperation in general,but it must be well structured to work. Immediately some issues will arise.
In case of artist collegue pairs, you need to find people on similar level / type of native expression,so you two dont clash in style too much. The idea of combining strengths is great here. So, you would need a clear task to know who to pair with, and ask around,to see if the artist is willing, capable and in the same time available.
Many artists are not very outgoing in nature,so this could be a bottleneck,but definitely would be interesting to try out.
I like the “open continuous” Idea more,i think it has more potential and less constrictions,and less personality-style conforming issues. And,it might feel more organic in the long run, as every stage would yield a new pool of ideas and boost creativity overall.
As a more practical blueprint here is a brainstorm i have now: A multistage challenge announcement, this will be like a thriathlon,multidisciplinary race,with overall end goal, clear in advance,so people know how to approach it from the get-go ( Meaning to plan the higher details to be in the texture and shape language to allow rigging and animation) . You can highlight those periodically in a form of stages in the blog. TIER 01! Highpoly / sculpt - This is raw ideation and base. Here it is important to portray the spirit and the style of the model. Winners model becomes available to download for everyone for TIER 02. This is retopology,UVs ad texturing. (hopefully it is not a dragon with 10 000 horns ) Now, this winners model is available for TIER 03 Rigging and animation, where best and most charismatic animation wins, and that is then available for TIER 04 - Build a small scene arround the animated model to add immersiveness to the whole thing, include scene/editor effects and lighting setup and best initial render angle (establishing shot). This would fit the “director” types of artists the most,i think.
This should connect a lot of people on the way,and expression can change unexpectedly in a good way.
Later on,you can make a mutual interview with winning artists as they talk about how their expectations may have been surprisingly changed upon their own legacy through the steps. That way they can make great friends, with that event connecting them in a nice positive and energetic way. Because at every stage,you dont know who will take on the next level and actually win, so there is no initial awqwardness or making obligatory deals before the act takes place, and in the same time your unexpected collegue is best of the best among the contestant pool ,which you probably couldnt find on purpose.
Also this would potentially have a great organic cumulative effect on combining follower base from all artists involved and more sketchfab members even. Maybe even more,who knows! If it goes according to plan.