Something I thought might be fun is if we tried a little collaborative designing. (This is for the fun of it, and I certainly understand if no one feels like contributing). Below is a blank template of an Essence (traced from a pic of the same kite in it's assembled form, so it is true to the real thing). If you are interested and capable, please feel free to submit a sail pattern of your own creation. If enough patterns get submitted, I will then run a poll to see what the forum likes the best. If the pattern looks feasible (within the realm of my ability to adapt it to the plans). I will build one extra kite to be granted to the designer (colors of the winning design to be custom within the selection of fabric I have on hand).
Designs can be submitted publicly in the thread, or to me personally via email or private message (should the contributor wish to remain anonymous).
The small print is:
*I work on an extremely slow timeline, so it could be months (and months) before the kite is finished.
*Only two of these kites will ever be produced... mine and the winner's (unless permission is granted by the artist, who will retain copyrights of the graphic beyond the scope of this project)
*cost of shipping will need to be covered by the recipient.
*winning custom kite will include a storage sleeve, but otherwise be without accessories.
*I will respect requests to have any design eliminated from the running under the premise of copyright infringement (i.e., if you submit a graphic that too closely mimics an existing kite, and it is brought to my attention, the design will be removed from the running).
*I think 10 will be the minimum number of entries for me to then post a poll. (10 different designers... no limit on how many one person can submit, but there must be at least 10 people who have contributed)
*If the winning design needs to be altered to accommodate building, I will do so in collaboration with the artist.
*Other than the previously mentioned cost of shipping, no money will be exchanged.
So, if that isn't too restrictive, feel free to start submitting.Update
*Some great designs coming in. We are now at 10 contributors (many designs, but 10 separate artists). The submission process will end tomorrow evening (Sunday April 27) at 8:00 p.m. (Pacific Daylight Time).
Any designs that come in after that time will not be included in the poll, which will be started sometime later in the week. I will take all the designs and turn them into a black and white line drawing (basically a blank color template).
For the poll, I will include the line drawing and the original color submission (if you submitted multiple color schemes for your sail pattern, I will choose the first of your submitted options unless otherwise notified).*