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What's the real mask?

A simple image to show the close relationship between the hacker, untouchable in the dark, and the man or woman he can actually be.

Photo of Thibault Lenclud
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Sketch 1 (1,500 characters)

The world needs hackers but hackers need to find themselves in a world that suits them well. The two are inseparable and cannot exist separately. The hacker's mask is not real, the new mask is not real either, but the combination of the two allows it to be accomplished in the world. In the end, all hackers have the same mask but are in reality all unique and different

Sketch 2 (1,500 characters)

What's the real mask?

What have you learned through this sketching process? (1,000 characters)

I was surprised by the very dark side of the pictures of the hackers offered on the internet, giving them a frightening side for no real apparent reasons.

Tell us more about you. (1,000 characters)

I am a new freelancer passionate about graphics and photo editing, this project intrigued me and I wanted to propose something.

Why are you participating in this Challenge? (750 characters)

I like challenges and I wanted to try my luck even if my proposal may not be the most suitable for this contest.


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What is your experience with the field of cybersecurity?

  • I have never worked in cybersecurity before but am excited to learn more and get involved.

What best describes you?

  • I’m a professional visual creator freelancer.

How did you hear about this OpenIDEO Challenge?

  • In the news

Location: City

I live in a small town in Belgium called Louvain-la-Neuve, I can nevertheless easily move around (to France)

Location: State / District


Location: Country

  • France


Join the conversation:

Photo of Ben Banks

Thibault. There is merit in this idea (in my opinion). I think the visual needs development. I like it artistically. It is dark and slightly disturbing (to my eye). Almost like a photographic version of Frances Bacon. My only reservation is that it might be too extreme for an average viewer. What would be good would be to create (or borrow) a 3D wireframe model of the anonymous mask and then 'skin' it with a real face digitally so that it appears more natural. Then (if it works) present it in a series of different pictures (perhaps 9 faces). Do you think that is possible?

Photo of Thibault Lenclud

Hello Ben,

Thank you for your comment, I just tried a model product according to your advice (uptaded on sketch 2), I'm not sure it's any less scary than the first one though! What do you think of that?

Photo of Ben Banks

I think they are a little less jarring and they have retained their unsettling edge. The monochrome one works best (IMHO). I don’t know if it is possible, but you could try drawing the mask details in white and perhaps blending the layers differently.