I finally finished the Hundred Themes Challenge!
For those who don't know: the Hundred Themes Challenge is a deviantArt-wide challenge that any individual can choose to take on. There is a list of 100 themes - for each one of these, you must create a piece of artwork, but no single item can count for two themes. It's a thoroughly rewarding endeavour if you manage to get through it all, so make sure you have the commitment before you start!
You can view the themes list alongside my gallery here: rahiden.deviantart.com/gallery…
After a slog for over four years(!), I have actually brought the project to completion. In total they make up about 19% of my gallery, and there sure is a lot of variation in there. Inevitably there are some entries that I thoroughly dislike, but I guess I keep them around so that I can have something to compare my recent work with; whilst rare, there have been a handful of deviations that I've really
enjoyed making, so I'd say it's been worth it. Of course, the 100TC and Hero Faffory were my two 'regular' ongoing projects, and now that both of those have come to a close, I can only hope that I'll stay active enough!
In any case, I thought I'd take this opportunity to highlight a few. Not necessarily because they're my favourites, but perhaps I have something to say about them... TC1: Introduction
. What a boring way to start off, eh? I remember thinking, way back in March 2009, that I'd breeze through the themes with these four MOCs leading the charge. Ahaha, how things changed. TC11: Memory
. This was one of my attempts at Bionicle humour. Because remembering the age of a Great Being is harder than it sounds, surely? TC19: Grey
. My first 100TC MOC! I'm actually pretty proud of this guy. He was the first time I'd given myself a proper colour challenge, and he even managed to secure a decent role in Faffory three years later. TC27-29
. The themes Foreign, Sorrow and Happiness were a three-part strip involving Niyyan and my favourite minifig. In just four silent panels, one encounters greeting, loss, desperation and reunion (and a poorly-drawn heart, too. What was I thinking?!). TC43: Dying
. It's fun how I can use projects like this as a timeline for significant events in my MOCing life. In this case, I was in the process of dismantling my Toa team, which was actually quite emotional at the time. TC51: Sport
. Utilising Niyyan's colour scheme and GIMP's Contrast setting extensively. I wonder how I would do this differently if I were to have another go. TC57: Sacrifice
. Look, it's Creator! He hasn't changed at all. TC69: Annoyance
. I believe that this one was my most popular 100TC entry for quite a while, but that's just because of the Pokémon reference. May as well use them while I can, eh? TC76: Broken Pieces
. A strong candidate for my favourite 100TC entry. As the second 100TC MOC, Sock was a perfect example of exploiting a simple concept to its fullest, and the concept presented itself to me quite willingly. I had the chance to experiment with colour placement, scrap building style and the fully legitimate usage of illegal connections, so I couldn't really ask for more! TC87: Food
. I remember being in the kitchen, trying to get a picture of Spore looking at an apple. Then this happened. TC90: Triangle
. It's strange how the 100TC pushed me to try out seemingly simple new things, like balancing Titan MOCs on top of oneanother. I can tell you now that it is far more difficult than it sounds; I had blurry photos of a mid-fall Psystrike to prove it. TC91: Drowning
. Have you noticed that I play around with darkness and water quite a lot? I've gotten quite proficient with operating a camera, torch and watering can all at the same time. This particular shot was done in an old fish tank and involved my hands getting extremely cold, but I'm happy with the result. TC92: All that I have
. My first and only drawing as a 100TC entry. Certainly my least favourite of the three MOC drawings I've done, but I like how it adds a bit more to the variation. TC95: Advertisement
. Speaking of variation, Advertisement was my only stopmotion contribution to the challenge. In fact, only now have I remembered that the Nameplate is a true 100TC MOC; I'm very glad I decided to keep it around, as the letters make for a suitable banner across my shelf. TC98: Puzzle
. I think it'd be fitting to finish with my (other) favourite 100TC entry, don't you think? The Puzzlebox is one of the very few interactive MOCs that I have made, and it has proven to be a fun challenge to give to my friends. So far only one of them has managed to do it virtually unaided, so I was quite impressed.
This journal may not have been my longest in terms of text, but by vertical height I think it's a good contender! On that note, I shall say this: it's incredibly satisfying to have finally finished this marathon that I signed up for. If you're willing to take it on yourself (as motivation for your activity, perhaps?), then I wish you the best of luck. Thanks for reading!