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    The REMAKE/REMODEL meme is one of my favourite things. Artists need a place to show off and Whitechapel should always be It. A handful of entries will be showcased on Bleedingcool at the end of each challenge.

    THE EYE SEES

    THE RULES:

    This is for ART ONLY. Any pen-portraits, or crappy scribbles padded-out with words, will cause a deployment of the newly-trained Urethral Attack Maggots. And a banned account.

    No stock-photo manipulation. No half-arsed bollocks. Anything deemed to be piss-takery will be nuked from orbit. Original photography is fine.

    No more than ONE submission by any one person.

    INSTRUCTIONS:

    THE EYE SEES…

    …is quite possibly the single most bizarre superhero ever to grace the page. Created by Frank Thomas in 1939, it doesn’t get much pottier than this. Thanks again to the excellent Jess Nevins for flag-waving the madness.

    The ingredients are familiar – he’s a guy with amazing powers, a bunch of daring allies, a thing for smug bon mots and an unshakeable obsession with achieving justice – it’s just that he also happens to be a gigantic golden flying fiery-shrouded eye, for fuck’s sake, beyond time and space, which butts into people’s lives like some occult sexpest Voyeur-God, demands they risk their necks doffing-up muggers and pirates and dinosaur-clonists and Nazi kittens and gonad-surgeons and buggery-hijackers and, and, and really I don’t even need to be making-up these baddies because LOOK IT’S A GIANT GLOWING EYE, GUYS, SRSLY, LOOK AT IT, IT EVEN FUCKING TALKS AND GLOATS AND SHIT, and it doesn’t need to be any sillier than that.

    As the ever-reliable Dan Markstein’s Toonopedia puts it: “The Eye missed being properly referred to as simply a flying eyeball by never quite being seen floating freely, or shown from behind. It seemed to have skin, even lashes, and was sometimes surrounded by what looked like yellow fire. It could have been interpreted as a giant humanoid, peeping through a flaming hole in the air. No explanation was ever given as to where it came from or what made it what it was. It was just there, turning up from time to time to help a good guy and/or hinder a bad one, neither of which would be seen in subsequent stories. It talked (again, without a mouth) like an omnipotent, omnibenevolent being, with a strong flair for melodrama.”

    I can even offer you a full online adventure of THE EYE SEES, just so you can see for yourself how batshit ludicrous this stuff is.

    That’s sort of the challenge right there, in fact. How do you reinvent something which is already a) simple and b) UTTERLY MENTAL, for today’s thrill-inured cynical comic reader?

    Bring me the Strange, my hovering conjunctivae of crazy.
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      CommentAuthorjohnjones
    • CommentTimeApr 2nd 2012 edited
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    So, boiling it all down, it's basically Sauron



    as a superhero. Okay. Well, it's for sure that being to use photoshop would have made this challenge easier...
    • CommentAuthorOxbrow
    • CommentTimeApr 2nd 2012 edited
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    In case you missed it, I believe this has been R/Red before.

    Of course, it's such a... singular idea that it could easily be revisited after three years to very different effect.

    For those coming fresh, maybe avoid looking all the way through. (Also, as of page 2, it's even more NSFW than average around here.)
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    No ideas yet, but I will not be drawing a one-eyed serpent. :)
    • CommentAuthordnewling
    • CommentTimeApr 2nd 2012 edited
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    Now I do like this idea. It may be surreal but at least it looks simple. Well, how hard can it be to draw an eye? I could have a lot of fun with my Corel Draw on this one. Mind you, we might be in for a lot of 'eye' jokes....
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      CommentAuthormykeallen
    • CommentTimeApr 2nd 2012
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    Starting my sketches tonight!
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    The 'Eye" is an internet-based hive-mind, with anonymous lifelike drones mingling out among the population and meting out justice where needed....

    The Eye Sees
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    Glorious start!

    SHAME is upon me that I hadn't spotted Warren ran an Eye R/R three years ago. Buuuut, on reflection, let's just roll with it. Bring the *new* new. No digging-out of old entries, please.
    • CommentAuthordnewling
    • CommentTimeApr 3rd 2012 edited
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    @Daddy Si: Ah, so what if it's a repeat of an old challenge? I don't mind!

    Anyway, here's mine. Yes, that eye was begging for some fun with my Corel Draw.

    The Eye
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    In mitigation, I think the previous R/R was a bit more focused on 'Detective Eye' than just 'The Eye', so this broadens it out to the rest of its, eh, career...
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      CommentAuthorFredG
    • CommentTimeApr 3rd 2012
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    I was intrigued with the idea of a circular story, can't tell the good guys from the bad, all linked together by a schizophrenic detective who sees, and listens to, a giant eye.

    The Eye Sees
    • CommentAuthordnewling
    • CommentTimeApr 3rd 2012
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    @ Fred G: I love the use of reds, oranges, yellows and blacks in the eye. How did you do it?
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      CommentAuthorFredG
    • CommentTimeApr 3rd 2012
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    @dnewling, It's one of my bag of tricks I use for fire, water, jungle undergrowth and all sorts of other things. I start with several scanned and vectored paint squiggles like this:
    Untitled-8
    I layer a bunch of different colors, like blues for water, yellow/orange/red for fire, etc. For the iris of the eye I just took the 'fire' and applied a 180° arc in Illustrator, rotated a couple of copies, tweaked it a bit, added a couple of shaded overlays for depth and boom, eyeball. You can see a couple of duplicated shapes in there, usually I edit them out, but I only had an hour to fit this in.
    • CommentAuthordnewling
    • CommentTimeApr 3rd 2012
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    @Fred G: Sounds interesting! What program do you use?
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      CommentAuthorFredG
    • CommentTimeApr 3rd 2012 edited
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    CS3 (need to upgrade to 5.5 someday) and Manga Studio. This one was all CS3 Illustrator.
    • CommentAuthorkmcleod
    • CommentTimeApr 4th 2012
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    the eye sees
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      CommentAuthorMolcher
    • CommentTimeApr 4th 2012
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    I See you
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    I'll be back.
    • CommentAuthorlomopop
    • CommentTimeApr 4th 2012
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    The Eye Sees_lomopop
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    eyespy