Hi, folks. I have had a great time with these contests and thought I should give it a shot for another thing. I recently held contests to update publicity photos for my full band ([url removed, login to view]) and my duo act ([url removed, login to view]), but I still perform most of the shows I do on my own, so I realized I should probably get some new publicity shots, or at least, improve some of the ones taken previously.
As with the other contests, these were decent quality pictures but have boring backgrounds, so I never used them at the time. But I like how I look in these pictures, so hopefully someone can do something fun with one of them that I could use as a publicity shot. I perform concerts and school assemblies for kids (especially ages 3-10), and my show has been described as: bursting with comedy, creativity, audience participation and outrageously fun songs. So that is what I'm looking to represent here. Be careful about the description of me doing concerts for kids, though, because I probably don't want something that would come across too babyish or gummy bears and rainbows and all that. My music is more rock style than anything else. If you look at the previous contests and some of the things I rated highly (and compared to things that were not high rated), you can probably get an idea of what might work. I would also recommend checking out my website and videos for some ideas. Look up Eric Herman on YouTube and Google.
Pick one (or more) of the three pictures to add a different background (and possibly foreground or floor), or cut me out of a picture and put me somewhere else entirely. Whatever works. Two of the pictures (pic1 and pic2) are very similar to each other, so it is probably negligible which one of those you would pick. But pic3 is different, and in a way I like that one best because I am a little more active in the shot, but there is an additional problem on that one in that I am smiling with my mouth open, and I do not have the greatest looking teeth. But if you want to use that one, and can also touch up the teeth in a way that looks natural (coloration, softening the one fang a little), then go for it. The tip of one of my fingers is also barely cut off in that picture, though that may not be noticeable.
VERY IMPORTANT!!!!! Do not use any licensed imagery!! If your entry has Disney or Star Wars images, or anything like that, I CANNOT USE IT!! I would hate to see your time and effort wasted, so please use only original material, or public domain.
I am not a huge fan of extra words or symbols like musical notes and stuff like that. That being said, the right thing is the right thing, whatever it includes, and I certainly will not rule out entries just because they include extra words or musical notes. But keep that in mind.
I will try to provide feedback as best I can throughout the contest. I may be pretty blunt, though, but please understand everything is subjective for me and not necessarily a reflection of the work. You might do excellent work, but for some reason the idea doesn't grab me. But the hope is to get you and others pointing in the right direction.
I have almost no budget for this, but in addition to whoever wins the contest, I will also offer $15 as a runner-up prize of sorts, if there are other pictures that did not win that I think I might be able to use, especially if they happen to be from a different pose than the winner. If that is the case, I will offer to hire you as a separate project to use your entry file(s).
Have fun, be creative, and please feel free to ask me questions.