So I was going to enter the art contest this time around but I’ve had other IRL priorities so it’s not looking likely at this stage. I did, however, finish an outline for the Mask of Creation so I though I would at least share that, as well as the creative process that went into it.
There’s still a slim chance that I’ll submit an entry with this, but it’s unlikely - it seems a bunch of people more able than me have gone for the concept I would have (mirroring the Karzahni artwork, although I would have gone for more contrast than clone, I think).
If anyone would like to use it in their own entry, I’m completely ok with that as long as the mods are too.
Hope you enjoy!
Here it is!
My main inspiration behind this mask was the fact that none of the ones I had seen so far really felt like they actually hearkened to the description, in my opinion. (Not to say there haven’t been some epic designs regardless, though).
Specifically, this bit:
“The metallic protodermis from which it was forged was arranged in intricate patterns and designs, each reflecting one of the many cultures that flourished in the universe.”
That says to me more than “slap on a bunch of runes/pretty shapes and call it a day.” It should really be symbolic in its design, not just because its been written all over. It should be super detailed with subtle flourishes all over.
So I went in that direction, and also tried to model it after the G2 mask, which should be apparent. I chose gold for consistency with the other legendary masks, the G2 mask, and to suggest that it was created for Artakha. Here’s an image highlighting the design statements hidden within the mask:
I kind of went overboard, but that’s kind of the point, when you read the description. For a final touch, seeing as Artakha was often mistaken for Mata Nui, I wanted to put a hint towards the greatest mask in the series in the design of the Great Beings first Legendary Kanohi. I’m sure some of you have already spotted it by now:
Here’s the multi-perspective view (I’d add a colour version if I change my mind and end up doing a full entry). I struggled a lot with the top view, thanks to the vagueness of the Metru Nui colliseum’s proportions:
And that’s all! I’d love to know your thoughts on this design, and if anyone would have actually voted for it if I did make a proper entry. (I’m also well aware this would be the absolute bane of 3D modelers if it got through, lol. Sorry!) Again, as long as the mods are cool with it, I’m totally cool if people want to use it themselves, too. Thanks for your time!