Celebrity Masks

Contest Info

  • Started: 8/3/2007 06:00
  • Ended: 8/5/2007 06:00
  • Level: advanced
  • Entries: 10
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
  • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
  • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
Celebrity Masks
Contest Directions: Just 3 days ago the oldest man-made mask was discovered at the archaeological site in Alaska. The mask is dated to be over 3000 years old, which is 2000 years older than any of the previous masks found in history.
Create masks resembling celebrities and politicians of the present or older days. Here's a good example of Tom Cruise mask. Showing how or who will be using the mask you designed is a plus.

Contest Info

    • Started: 8/3/2007 06:00
    • Ended: 8/5/2007 06:00
    • Level: advanced
    • Entries: 10
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
    • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
    • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
10 pictures
  • Madonna Hiding Behind a Mona Lisa Mask

    Madonna Hiding Behind a Mona Lisa Mask
        • nice work and idea. just a lit' critique,why the hair of monalisa was also change?
        • Decent work, but I would make Madonna's face lighter and give it some more contrast. I like how you blended Madonna's hair into the original painting.
        • this is one of the best works I have seen on this site
        • Congrats Junka, this one was my favorite
  • Jennifer Anniston Holding an Angelina Jolie Mask

    Jennifer Anniston Holding an Angelina Jolie Mask
        • The concept deserves and admiration.If only Jennifer could use Jolie's mask, things could still work out between her and Brad.
  • Woody Holding a Tom Hanks Mask

    Woody Holding a Tom Hanks Mask
        • nice work and color blending here. but i think the right arms looks a bit off.
        • I like the concept, but I would try to match the contrast and lighness of Woody's face and the the rest of the body.
        • Congrats liltim

          [Edited by User on 8/5/2007 9:04:09 PM]
        • Congratulations Liltin, very well done image
  • Michael Jackson Holding a Mask of When He Was Young

    Michael Jackson Holding a Mask of When He Was Young
        • Wonderful concept. I really like how you did the shading from the hands on the mask - looks photo-realistic.
        • This is probably more true than fiction..hehe
  • Dick Cheney Takes Off His Mask

    Dick Cheney Takes Off His Mask
        • Would be better if the outline of the mask and the skin of the head matched up.
        • I would try the same idea with a smooth and thick mask outline.
        • I will keep that in mind for the next time...thanks guys.
  • Scarlett Johansson the Cyborg Takes Off Her Mask

    Scarlett Johansson the Cyborg Takes Off Her Mask
        • we got three combi here. Robot+Mannequine+Human.
        • I would experiment and choose a different robot face - this one looks somewhat flat and drawn than real photo (was probably taken from a low resolution source?)
  • Andy Garcia the Robot Holding His Mask

    Andy Garcia the Robot Holding His Mask
        • I like how you did the mask and the hand, but the face and skin opening is somewhat blurred, as well as a robot face inside.
  • Tom Cruise Wearing a Wooden Mask

    Tom Cruise Wearing a Wooden Mask
        • This reminds me some Arfican masks - Tom Cruise looks somewhat scary in that role.
  • Dick Cheney Holding a George Bush Mask

    Dick Cheney Holding a George Bush Mask
        • Fair work overall.
          I would cut the hole in mask's mouth too. Also I would have shadows with less sharp edges.
  • Naomi Campbell Mask

    Naomi Campbell Mask
        • The bottom part is somewhat blurry. I would also make holes in the place of eye sockets to make it look more like eyes.
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This contest is fueled by the following news: A mask is a piece of material or a portion of an outfit, normally worn on the face. Masks have been used since antiquity for ceremonial, aesthetic and practical purposes. The word "Mask" came via the French masque and either the Italian maschera or Spanish mascara. Possible ancestors are the Latin (not classic) "Ghost", and Arabic "Jester", "Man in masquerade". The 5000-year-old mask of Warka is believed to be the oldest surviving mask. Masks can be manufactured from wood, metals, plaster of paris, fabrics, leather and other materials. Criminals often use masks to avoid recognition when committing crimes. In many jurisdictions, it is an additional criminal offense to wear a mask while committing a crime; it is also often a crime to wear a mask at public assemblies and demonstrations. For example, in the state Virginia, USA, it is illegal for anyone over sixteen years of age to wear a mask. In some states of the USA, it is only illegal to wear a mask if there is intent to commit an illegal act. Occasionally a witness for the prosecution appears in court in a mask to avoid being recognized by the associates of the accused. Participants of a protest in a ghetto usually wear masks and bandannas, to avoid recognition, and to try to protect against any riot control agents used. Protective masks usually have the following functions: Providing a supply of air or other oxygen containing mixture for inhaling; Protecting the face against flying objects or dangerous environments, while allowing vision. Many masks fulfill both the functions. The following are protective masks: Respirators; Filter masks or gas masks; Diving masks; Oxygen masks, worn by high-altitude pilots. The following are available amongst masks meant for air supply: Full-face masks, protecting the respiratory organs and vision and half-face masks, protecting only the respiratory organs. Hence, to protect the vision and eyes, it is necessary to additionally wear protective goggles. At the end of the 19th century, masks were used in Australian jails for suppressing the conversations and alienation. The masks were made of white cloth and covered the face, leaving open the eyes. In the beginning of the 20th century, artists in Europe discovered the world of African sculpture and masks and were astonished by their furious primitiveness. The whole life of African tribes is spent in believing about the existence of a parallel world of spirits. Every tree, animal, mountain has a spirit - friendly or hostile. Their surroundings are crowded with the spirits of diseases and misfortunes, the spirits of their dead ancestors, who continue to look upon the world they left behind, the spirits of men or women, not always have kind feeling towards the opposite sex. The Africans materialize them by making masks. An entire piece of wood is cut into the face of a stranger. 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On the day of the official opening of the carnival, on the Plaza San Marco an artificial pigeon is lowered along a rope and a straw stuffed effigy of winter is burnt. In ancient Venetian palaces, masquerade balls are arranged. The entry is by invitation. Sometimes, the entry ticket has a price tag of at least $300. In ancient palaces, balls for exclusive guests are arranged which are grabbed with both hands by the people from all over the world, dressed in magnificent historical suits. Some dresses are made from as much as 15 meters of cloth, and the waiting period for getting the order ready is about one year. The price of the dress is not below 10 thousand dollars. The tradition of the Venetian carnival has its roots long back in history. In 998 the Croatian pirates stole local girls and brides. Young Venetians chased and won back their darlings. In honor of this successful end of this operation, a cheerful festival was arranged. As per another version, the Venetian carnival is marked from the ethnic festival - Roman Saturnalia. During the mask carnivals, all the conventions and rules of manner were abolished.