One surefire way to inject some inspiration into a project is by opening up the objective to the world at large. We were pleased to see crowd-sourcing contests by two very different artistic enterprises—Marvel Comics and Shepard Fairey for the LA Fund—tasking illustrators and students to get in on the action. Whether it’s determining the fate of an action hero or livening up the streets of LA, the details for each currently running contest are outlined below.
Steer the Story
As part of the lead-up to Iron Man 3, Audi has created Steer the Story, a contest that asks visual artists to draw or photograph the final frame for a digital Iron Man 3 comic book. The winner of the US-based submission—as selected by Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso and editors Jeanine Schaefer and Bill Rosemann—will win an original art board signed by Marvel artists as well as a trip to Comic-Con in San Diego for an art review by a top Marvel editor.
Head over to the Steer the Story website to watch the video and submit your own entry.
Arts Matter with Shepard Fairey
To support The LA Fund’s mission to bring positive change to the city’s school district, Shepard Fairey is asking students to supply inspiration for a poster that will adorn buses and billboards. Fairey’s call to action asks students to “tell us in your words what the world looks like when you take away the things that limit you.”
Fairey is accepting responses by Twitter (#ArtsMatter to @LAFund), on LA Fund’s Facebook page and through mail (The LA Fund for Public Education, Attn. Arts Matter, 10250 Constellation Boulevard, Suite 230, Los Angeles, CA 90067). Applications will be accepted through 16 April 2013.