Inkbunny is turning 3! We've grown up in leaps and bounds from our early days. We have a thriving community that is fun to be a part of, and that is growing rapidly. I think it's something we can all be proud of.
Thanks to everyone who is a regular visitor or contributor to the site. Without you, of course we wouldn't exist. Thanks also to our Sponsors, past and present. The operating costs for our site are covered entirely by donations and the community has always been there to support the site with much needed cash.
What does the future hold for Inkbunny?
It's early days now, but we can confirm that work is under way on Inkbunny v2.0! Or more correctly, work is under way on a new art/social site engine we are creating that will be open source, which the new Inkbunny site will use.
We want to move to an open source model to get the community involved in extending the capabilities of the site, and so that anyone can easily create their own art/social site.
To do this we are creating the new site engine from the ground up. It will have all the features that people like from Inkbunny v1.0, but will use an established web framework, will have a new and improved interface and will launch with a bunch of new features we've always wanted to see added to the site.
Please note that right now we are in the planning and groundwork phase. We will let everyone know when we are ready for volunteers to join the project. For now we aren't taking offers, but we will gratefully accept and consider all applications at a later date when we ask for them.
More details will be announced in the near future!
T-shirt design competition
To celebrate Inkbunny's 3rd birthday, we are holding a t-shirt design competition!
We are looking for bold and distinctive designs that community members can wear proudly to show their support for Inkbunny. It can be anything you like, as long as it somehow promotes Inkbunny or is connected to the site/community in some way. Let your imagination run wild!
The top 5 designs will be chosen by our moderators, and those winning designs will be put up for sale on our store on RedBubble.
Winners will be given a free shirt with their design on it, plus free shipping to get the shirt to them. They will also have the people's ovation and fame forever!
Profits from sales of the shirts on our RedBubble store will go towards site operating costs in to the future.
Please keep content in the General to Mature rated range. Nothing that would have to be tagged "Adult" under the Inkbunny site rules, please. We just can't sell adult work on RedBubble (and it wouldn't be a popular choice to buy and wear publicly, either!).
The deadline for submissions is 11pm Friday 3rd of May 2013 CEST (Amsterdam) which is 2pm Friday 3rd of May 2013 PST (Los Angeles). So you have one month! Winners will be announced a week later.
Important! Submitted images need to be 3200 (height) x 2400 (width) pixels in size, 8-bit, with a transparent background in RGB format as a PNG file. DO NOT ROTATE THESE DIMENSIONS. It has to be exactly that width and height (but you can draw smaller within that area, and you can make a landscape orientation image if it fits within that portrait shaped area). For more details about RedBubble's tee shirt design technical requirements, see http://redbubble.com/teehelp.
Also important! To submit a shirt as a competition entry, upload the design as a Submission to Inkbunny, and tag it with the keyword "comp2013". You can just upload a preview version of your design at lower res, but make sure you create the original with the high res requirements listed above. If you win, then we will ask for the full resolution image.
Conditions: You can submit as many designs as you like, but we will only choose a maximum of one winning design per person. You can submit designs, and then make changes to those designs before the deadline. By submitting designs as part of this competition, you agree that if your image is chosen as one of the five winners, then we can use it as a design on shirts that we sell, and that all profits from those sales will be donated to Inkbunny to help pay for site operating costs. You retain copyright and all other rights to your image. If we want to use the image for any other purpose, we'll discuss it with you and get your permission first.
Good luck, everyone!
Update:No adult content in the shirt entries please! Suggestive, sexy and M-rated is fine. And of course G-Rated is fine too. But please don't enter anything you'd have to tag "Adult" on Inkbunny. We just can't sell adult work on RedBubble (and it wouldn't be a popular choice to buy and wear publicly, either!).
Update 2:T-shirt designs can be anything you like, as long as it somehow promotes Inkbunny or is connected to the site/community in some way.