Everything’s grounds for competition these days. Cupcake baking. Weight losing. Runway walking. So why not character designing? That’s the premise of the Characterized tour, produced by Cut&Paste, a New York-born organization that tries to make designers better understood through performance, video, and conversation.
To that end, the group is bringing the Characterized tour to Miami with an event at the The Lightbox at Goldman Warehouse, in Wynwood, on Saturday night. Here’s the official description:
Lightly competitive yet with no shortage of creative pride, each CHARACTERIZED Tour 2013 event blends a unique perspective on characters, with a visceral exposure to designers’ techniques and instincts. In partnership with HP, CHARACTERIZED incorporates Cut&Paste’s experimental team format to bring character designers together for an onstage throwdown. Teams of two artists each will create throughout multiple rounds of design, using computers and analog tools to make original characters. A jury decides the winning team by consensus, which receives a HP® ZR2440w 24-inch Display. Each event promises to be a dynamic mashup of designers as an audience witnesses work broadcast on projection screens while teams make designs in real-time.
The Miami jurors are Brian Butler (a familiar name around here), Mike Del Marmol, John Lacko, Phi Hollinger, and Vassoula Visiliou. The competitors are as follows:
Kevin Espeche (www.kevinespeche.com)
Andres Roquete (www.behance.net/rosquete)
Eric Fernandez (www.teslacake.com)
Anthony Anaya (www.behance.net/anthony_anaya)
Maciel Vargas (www.cargocollective.com/macielvargas)
The 21+ event costs $7.50 in advance or $10 at the door. To enter to win a FREE pair of tickets, shout out the name of your favorite character — comic book, cartoon, etc. — on the Beached Miami Facebook page with a link to this post. We will announce the winner via Facebook on Friday afternoon (as in TODAY).
Until then, this video will give you a sense of the atmosphere at a Characterized event.