ABOUT CHARACTERIZED

Cut&Paste’s first custom design tournament series, CHARACTERIZED serves as a design lab of sorts. While lightly competitive, each event is formatted to blend a unique perspective on the design of characters with a visceral exposure to each designer’s technique and instincts. In addition to observing their creative choices, events can either be composed of individual artists or based on a team format featuring the mashup of dynamic designers coming together to create original characters.

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KEEPING IT FRESH

The most common question we hear at Cut&Paste is: “What are the differences you see in design between the cities you visit?” In short, it’s impossible to express verbally. For this reason, the official goal of CHARACTERIZED is to make each show a visually stimulating study in character design intent and technique. Each event's format is different, each challenge with its own sense of direction, each artist using different techniques and process. Our only guarantee – you will learn something different from each event.

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WHAT EXACTLY HAPPENS?

CHARACTERIZED integrates with conferences and also hosts one-off pop-up events. Depending on the space, there may be an onstage show with artists showing their skills projected live onscreen. Audience members are invited to create sketches that may be incorporated into the onstage artists final designs. CHARACTERIZED also hosts fully participative events where all attendees are invited to create their own original characters. Onstage or offstage, artists are presented with a creative brief to design a character following an on-the-spot theme. Creators execute the brief throughout rapidly timed rounds of design. During these rounds, designers alternate sketching, adding color, and creating scenes using digital and physical tools, accompanied by plenty of booze, DJs, and live bands. Everyone wraps up an event when a winning character is chosen.

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WHO WILL COMPETE

Cut&Paste invites individual artists or teams to participate in each event, and any character designer interested in competing may throw their hat in the ring by applying with our Online Form. There is no hard deadline for applying for CHARACTERIZED. All applicants will be considered on a rolling basis and will be notified if they will be invited or not for their selected tournament. Applicants may apply without indicating a teammate. If an applicant is invited, Cut&Paste will work with him/her in selecting a partner of their choice (e.g. friend, colleague) if the event is team-based.

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PRIZES AND JUDGING

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Events may host design and illustration luminaries to determine the winning team. Jurors include character designers, illustrators, graphic designers, art directors, and animators. But we also love to hear you guys yell for your favorite team, so select tournaments use audience voting to determine a winner. Prizes vary from event to event, but past prizes have included HP Displays and Wacom® Inkling digital sketch pens.

WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE

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HP

As our 2013 PRESENTING PARTNER, HP provided the onstage equipment and support to make each event happen. HP continues to support CHARACTERIZED events thoughout the year.

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Threadless

We're stoked to work with Threadless as our GLOBAL MEDIA PARTNER! Threadless is a community-based tee shirt company that prints awesome designs created and chosen by you!

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Pictoplasma

Our friends in Berlin couldn't be better MEDIA PARTNERS for our global character design tour. Pictoplasma is the world’s leading festival of contemporary character culture.

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Rival Schools

Hats off to the good people at digital content house Rival Schools for producing the Characterized show package. Rival Schools is an independent agency and production house, currently working on the Brambleberry Tales series of children's books.