Thu 2nd Feb 2012, by Paul Hellard | Eventcoverage
The Share One Planet competition was hosted by Wild Animals Project Fund, China Institute of Strategy and Management, IACGA and China Association for Global Development under the United Nations.
Under by the International Computer Graphic Promotion Organisation leewiART and the Beijing Imperial Court Cultural Development Company Ltd.
There were some brilliant pieces submitted, in keeping to the contest’s particularly tight theme. Each work represents an artist’s concern to the world and love for the animals where we all share this planet.
The trophy given out to the winners of each category is the head sculpture of a Tibetan Antelope (Pantholops hodgsoni) on a base that is composed of several animals. Its DNA shaped horns carries the earth planet. To protect the stability of species’ DNA is protecting the stability of biological diversity.
“I wanted to create a communicative link between the animal and the viewer, to transmit an overall sense of fragility not just with the Slow Loris (Nycticebus coucang), but with our world as well,” says Antonio. “I came up with the idea of this little fellow clinging to our world as a shipwrecked person clings to a floating board.”
“I scanned the rough sketch and added some color in Photoshop. I always set the dimensions of my working file in Photoshop before I start adding the color to the sketch, this one here was 4972 X 5172 pixels. That helps me see the level of detail the final image will have. I also use the same file to create the final piece so all the structure of layers and blending modes I create during the color-sketching will remain the same. I simply work on top of them when I go to finals."
"The loris is a nocturnal creatures and a dark environment looked appropriate. The Loris fur was created by hand using a simple chalk brush in Photoshop. I created the sky in Vue and for the final step I created some blue hair light coming form the moon to enhance the volume."
Liam Peters won the category of ‘Harmony’. He says he settled on the Harmony category because he felt like it would be the hardest challenge to portray but it also seemed to envelope the general concept of the competition as a whole. He spent a lot of time doing research and gathering heaps of references on many different animals. “I wanted to stay away from images of people cuddling animals with rainbows and happy faces,” explains Peters. “I decided to portray this equilibrium around the sharing of the primary resource in the world, water. This competition was a great opportunity for me to share my work among other professional artists around the world, while also serving a greater purpose by encouraging awareness and conservation.” By then Liam already had the image in his head of hands cupping water and with that he started searching for an animal that would fit into that idea. Ultimately he decided on the Black Faced Spoonbill. This particular bird not only had a type of grace and beauty to it, but it’s smaller size and physical attributes allowed Liam to piece the composition together without one subject blocking out another completely. “I wanted the piece to feel intimate and close up; I kept the perspective at the crane’s legs and extending their bodies beyond the shot it made them seem larger than life. I wanted to reflect these two species existing in harmony without threat to one another - so close in proximity and seeming comfortable in that moment.”