Kiss of Winter - Winter Solstice 2008 art exchange


Imagine a world that is dark, cold, and dying; a world that boasts technological wonders, but has depleted its natural resources. A world that its people, and the Sun, has turned its back on, leaving it barren, devoid of life, trapped in an everlasting winter. It wasn't always like this. No, it was so much more.

Her people had pale, translucent skin, and welcomed the winter just as easily as it welcomed the rebirth of spring. The cities floated above its warm waters with towers that touched the stars. Natural shifting of the land masses had inspired the world's scientists and its people tapped into the resources, living their quiet, comfortable lives amongst the growing technology that was killing the very planet they built their floating cities on.

Each year the Winter Solstice was celebrated worldwide, welcoming Nature's slumber and the cleansing of ice and snow. Each year the people celebrated their planet, Invernae, and each year there was a warm, fruitful, and glorious spring. The circle of life continued this way for hundreds of thousands of years, till one day...

The migration to the Outer Rim to terraform swiftly gave way to a devastation exodus. The world reveled in its technological wonders and left to spread its gifts to the rest of the universe leaving the remaining inhabitants of Invernae…alone. Invernae is now trapped in what the last survivors call 'Forever Winter', and without the world's population to celebrate what was once thought of as a seasonal ritual, the world died.

Delivered from the blast
The last of a line of lasts
The pale princess of a palace cracked
And now the kingdom comes
Crashing down undone
And I am a master of a nothing place
Of recoil and grace
- Smashing Pumpkins

Welcome to the last TAC art exchange of 2008. This is a simple and traditional exchange. Everyone, with any level of talent, is welcomed to participate just as long as you stay within the following guidelines.

-Winter theme
-Understand that if you sign up, you must turn in at least: a desktop sized portrait of the person whose name you were given
-Do not publish or showcase your work until the turn in date.

Sign ups are from November 16, 2008 to November 23, 2008.

You will receive your person the morning of the 24th.

You must turn in your completed piece on December 31st, 2008.

Rules (these are always fun):

Please do not disclose the name of the person you were assigned.

Please do not wait until the last minute to complete your project – I’m sorry, but you wouldn’t like a rushed piece of art, either.

Please use ANY MEDIUM you feel comfortable with; if you want to work with something outside your comfort zone, you are more than welcomed to do so.

Please complete the following:

Character Name:

Character description:
-Hair color
-Eye color
-Body type

Desktop size:

You are NOT required to include a story, but you are welcomed to talk a little about your character to help the person who receives your name. The opening story in this post was just for me to sit down and write something...winter Anyway, the theme is Winter Solstice - whatever your interpretation is.

Your moderator is Rozbeans. Email me at [EMAIL=""][/EMAIL] or PM here on TAC with any questions, issues, or early turn ins.


tamaelia 15 years ago
Fuck yeah!
ROzbeans 15 years ago
Lunna 15 years ago
Wystro 15 years ago
Okayy....I'll come up with something. This will be fun! No matter how many or how few people sign up, I will pour my heart into the piece that I turn in.
Adiene 15 years ago
sure count me in =)
Lorelei 15 years ago
Signing up......

Character: Cillainea
Game: World of Warcraft
Class: Priest
Hair Color: Blonde
Eyes: Sapphire Blue
Body type: Slender
Race: Human
Desktop size: 1680 x 1050