The Forgotten Force Customizing Group
Critique Of The Week
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Critique is open only to members of the Forgotten Force listserver.
This document is managed by the coordinator for the Forgotten Force Customs Critique
of the week.
Customs Suitable For Critique
For the sake of benefitting all members, the following customs are not eligible for critique: Head-swaps only, parts-exchanges only and repaints only. (Of course, a combination of the three is suitable.)
Critiques will benefit the group most when the custom involves some degree of sculpting, part "modification" (sanding, carving, articulation, etc.) and/or a variety of painting techniques.
In the interest of giving all members a fair chance at having an opportunity to be critiqued, no member will be able to showcase a second time until volunteered submissions are depleted. At that time, when no new customizer is submitting, previously posted customizers will be eligible for new critiques in the order posted at the COTW site.
"Fan-fiction" or "personally-imagined" characters or vehicles are also eligible.
Who May Submit
Customizer must choose one custom item for critique. Choose the item you want feedback on most. Only one item will be considered at a time.
Send submissions so Dan Curto in the form of links to website displays or emailed images (following the specifications below). Allow one week for consideration response and critique scheduling.
Format: Images should be saved as jpeg with the .jpg extenion in the title (ie: Darth1.jpg). Images should be scanned at 200 dpi.
Size: Long side of image must be no greater than 3.5 inches (700 pixels), no less than 3 inches (600 pixels).
*** If you are unable or unsure how to use a photo program to meet the size and format requirements above, email Dan Curto with specific questions.
Number: You are permitted up to four significantly different (in regard to angle, closeness, pose, etc.) images to showcase important details, workmanship, etc. Additional images can be used in some cases.
Focus: Images must be as sharp (in focus) as possible. Clarity of the image is imperative to adequately discussing the custom work. We can't help you improve if we can't see the work clearly.
Background: You will get the best feedback if we can see the custom without distraction. So, make your best effort to photograph your custom against a solid background (devoid of pattern/design/other figures/household items/etc. which will obscure the detail of the character). Also, be aware of the color of the background. Dark figures are best seen against light backgrounds. Light figures are best seen against dark backgrounds. (Don't worry about making an interesting scene with the custom. We're attempting to critique each customizer on their customizing skills not diorama skills or photography skills.)
(NOTE: Only one custom will be critiqued at a time. The only exception is Cinema Scene three packs which must have custom packaging back and front.)
Scheduling: Customs will be scheduled first come, first serve; except when similar or identical characters are being considered. In that case, the similar customs will be scheduled no less than four weeks apart from each other. This maintains interest through variety.
In order to allow as many members as possible to take advantage of COTW, those who have been critiqued will not be eligible for a second critique until a time when there are no new "first-timers." Then a rotation will begin with the first customizer posted on COTW and will continue through the order every time there is a lack of "first-timer" participation.
Any questions? Feel free to ask: Dan Curto.