Originally posted by _Vrish_
That's a variation of what I was suggesting, and an equally brilliant suggestion. If one does that, there's no limit on the #characters one can put. Only problem w/ that, as was w/ what I suggested, is that animated banners are a big no-no.
On the other question of who absolutely must be there, why don't we define a minimum, rather than a maximum, of characters, and give the artists their discretion on the others? Eg if we say just the trinity, or just the trinity + consorts, and for the rest, leave it up to the artists. So one may put in those, and then do a Krishna-centric banner w/ various characters from the Dwapar yuga. Or one may do a Treta yuga banner w/ Rama, Sita, Lakshman, Hanuman, et al. Or one w/ Ganesh-ji, and so on.
Decide on the mandatory characters, and then leave the rest to the discretion of the artist. When it comes to voting, if one doesn't like a banner which doesn't have, say, Krishna, just don't vote for it. That way, one may see a wide diversity in banners, and we might have 3 rounds of voting, instead of the usual 2.
Just my $0.02.
I like this idea.