Contest Directions: Photoshop this bird mask image (CLICK HERE to download) any way you wish. Examples may include changing the bird mask design, merging the bird mask with some other object or animal, including the bird mask in paintings. These are just some ideas.
You have 3 days to submit your entry. Submitting it early will give you plenty of time to read the critique comments and edit your image accordingly.
Many thanks to Lyina for help with the concept, and to Stock Exchange for providing the source image.
Started: 11/29/2007 06:00
Ended: 12/3/2007 06:00
This gallery only contains our top 13 selections from its parent contest Bird Mask. All 15 contest pictures can be viewed here.
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This contest is fueled by the following news: A mask is a molding on the face from some material with a cut opening for the eyes.
From ancient times the mask is an important attribute of theatrical actions.
Generally it is an emblematic picture of theatrical architecture as a whole. The theatrical mask has historically gone out of the ceremonial masks. It traditionally exists as in the form of a molding on the face (Theater of ancient Greece, Buddhists mystery theater, comedy art and so on), and in the form of a Grim mask (Japanese theater Hoo and Kabuki)
With the help of masks in modern theater the emotions of a moving body of an actor (according to statistic masks, hiding the face) are emphasized, and helps to relieve all possible prohibitions (including from social and sexual) and attains stage grotesque. In the modern theater practice it is frequently used to accept publicly "putting" and "taking out" of masks, making the situation itself a "transformation", "change", "reincarnation" of the actors visible for the audience. In such a way, an exemption is achieved to the performer from the character, the existing border between "Games" and "Life" is underlined.
The mask is for the dramatic means of the representation of a man. The dramaturgy type of masks – a schematic un- ascertained picture of man, related with the search of the general universal human being qualities (thematic, gender's, socials and so on). Close to theatrical specialization, opposite to the dramatic character. The type of mask in the drama on account of external events will not undergo internal changes; will not have development, saving from the beginning to the end the one and the same features. The strictly restricted behavior for the type-masks, guessing and predicting by virtue of this its actions enables the "masque" even in some special conditions dealt without written dramaturgy, limiting only the script-piece, in which the subject is fixed, the sequence of dramatic situations, but not prescribed in detail the monologue and dialog of the personage. "Theater masks" is based on the extempore (as, for example, in the theater practice of comedy dell' arte). The actor of "theater masks", as per rule, is specialized for performing only one role in a particular type of mask.