Everyone tries on different personas, behaviors and points of view sometimes leading to internal conflicts—whether it’s tension between what you want to do and what you know is right to do, or between your active side and your lazy side. But in the movie Split, Kevin (James McAvoy) has internalized 23 distinct personalities—and a 24th is about to be born. Kevin’s personalities are in constant conflict and fight for control of his body, and the result is a battle for power that drags everyone along for a terrifying ride.
DeviantArt is challenging you to depict what this inner battle looks like. Taking inspiration from the movie or from your own life, create an original piece of art illustrating an internal struggle—either between Kevin’s various personalities or between your own inner personas.
Your entry can be figurative or abstract. Read Official Rules.
Watch the trailer above to learn about the movie Split, and review the assets provided. You may use the assets as reference, but you may not directly copy and paste images from Split as part of an entry.
Create an original piece of art illustrating an internal conflict—either between Kevin’s various personalities or between your own inner personas. Find inspiration from the movie or your own life. Read Official Rules for more details.
Submit your artwork to the contest category using the button below. Your entry may be figurative or abstract, and may originate in any visual medium but must be submitted at the Contest Site as a single JPG or PNG file at least approximately 2,000 pixels in its shortest length.
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Watch our interview with M. Night Shyamalan and learn more about Kevin’s different personalities!
“Dennis is the strongest personality, and he reminded me of a soldier keeping everything under control,” he says. “We reflected that policeman quality with a strong grey color.”
Barry wore soft colors and materials including wools, explains Delgado. “We wanted his wardrobe to embrace his creativity.”
“We dressed him in a tracksuit, which was popular with kids his age, and we added a little bit more color since he’s a child.”
“We had discussions if James would wear a wig and actually look like a woman,” he says. “Ultimately, we decided that Patricia needed to look like a man wearing women’s clothing.”
The ‘Split Contest’ begins at 12:00:00 am (PT – Los Angeles Time) on March 10, 2017 and ends at 11:59:59 pm (PT – Los Angeles Time) on April 9, 2017 (The “Promotion Period”).
Entrant must be at least 13 years old as of March 10, 2017;
The completed entry (“Work”) may originate in any visual medium but must be submitted at the Contest Site as a single JPG or PNG file at least approximately 2,000 pixels in its shortest length;
Entrant must follow the instructions on the Contest Site and submit a completed entry following this direction: In the movie Split, Kevin’s multiple personalities (as played by James McAvoy in the motion picture) are in a constant struggle to take control. Taking inspiration from the movie or from your own life, create an original piece of art illustrating an internal struggle—either between Kevin’s various personalities or between your own inner personas.
Do not include the Split title in an entry;
Other requirements and restrictions apply and please read the Official Rules carefully;
The 25 semi-finalists will be chosen by DeviantArt Staff with an independent judge. The first, second, and third place winners will be selected by M. Night Shyamalan with the same independent judge. The judges will use the following criteria in whatever degree the judges believe appropriate:
Overall Emotional Impact of the Work,
Originality and Artistic Skill; and
Success in Portraying the Contest Theme.
Please read the Official Rules for more details about judging.