This year is a big year for the Art Department: it's our first fully-functioning one! We hope we can bring you exciting and interesting contests and challenges.
To further that goal, I've spoken with Miss Gypsy Ardor, my partner in artsy crime. She informed me that she has a marvelous opportunity to study ancient compassionate magic, so of course I told her to go right ahead and not to worry about the Art Department, that I'd find someone with wit and wisdom and a can-do spirit to help out.
Which brings me to the next bit of news. After careful consideration, I asked Miss Rorey Padfoot to assist me in running the Art Department as the new Deputy Head of the department. Thankfully, she agreed.
If you don't know Rorey, you're in for a treat. She's hard-working, creative, enthusiastic, and generally awesome. She's already had some exciting ideas for future projects, and I think you're all going to love them.
So, please join me in welcoming Rorey Padfoot as the new Deputy Head of the Art Department, as well as offering thanks to Gypsy Ardor for her tenure here.
I'm excited; it's gonna be a great year.
Starting August 20 — meaning today, right now! — there is a new Art Department project: My Summer HOLidays.
The project is open until the end of September, so you should have plenty of time to come up with something wonderful.
If you have any questions regarding the project, there's a thread in the Art Department discussion forum for just that purpose; you can find it here.
Here's what the project entails:
School traditions die hard, and one of those traditions is the annual report on one's summer vacation. This time, though, we're having some fun. Instead of writing about vacation, we're depicting it with pictures! Exciting, right?
Make a creative image (minimum dimensions 250 pixels wide by 100 pixels tall, maximum dimensions 640 pixels wide by 480 pixels tall; maximum file size 100 KB) of any sort -- photograph, illustration, some combination of the two, derivative -- showing what you did for your summer vacation.
Get those creative juices flowing and start creating!
The recent (and successful) Art Department contest to create new house logos for HOL has been voted on, the winners have been determined, and their work has been put forward for all to see.
Three cheers are in order for Cosmo Brown, whose shields you can now see on the individual house pages, as well as profile pages. These are now the official house logos of HOL; use them with abandon! Also deserving a hearty congratulations is Pezzie Wolfe, whose charming emblems can now be seen as the house avatars.
There was a lot of good work in the contest, and we hope to see even more in the future, as the Art Department heads towards its first fully-functioning year.
We have so many awesome submissions in the Art Department that do not get the exposure they deserve. This is going to change now as I have added a neat gallery page where you can easily browse through all the art in a form that you will probably enjoy:
HOL Art Galleries
When I find some time I will add all submissions from previous HOL Challenges there, because many of you probably haven't seen them at all.
Enjoy the new galleries.