Re: 1998 - The moon
- This design looks very childlike and nothing like what I would assume anyone that is not currently a child or currently with their children would wear. That said, there is an audience for it, I understand, but woot's audience isn't that one.
- This design has many other problems, that many critics would be happy to critique if not for the overall childlike and MS Paint appearance of the design.
- Make sure that your resulting design is not rectangular or boxy in shape. It does not work well for tshirt designs The fabric is flexible and will flex around the shape of the body, so the designer needs to consider that.
- Make sure that all of your design elements fit into your design area. Leaving a portion of the satellite off the design area with the flat chopped edge make it look very rushed, and that not a lot of thought was put into the design.
- The four "exclamation points" on the design would be argued as being text if not for the overall lack of effort that it appears was put into the design. I do not know their purpose, perhaps "shooting stars", but that is a guess since they look much more like punctuation marks to me.
- The bright orange of the satellite makes it look more organic then man made. The contrast with the gray solar arrays makes it look like a very odd and unrealistic item.
- The lunar surface jaggedness should be smoothed out into an arc, and then crater details should be added.
- The floating crater (?) really detracts from the separation of moon from space.
- The coloring of the moon black and space black really do prevent the visual separation. The surface of the moon should not be the same color as dead space.
- The astronaut's suit is extremely lumpy. I realize that skek's entry may have made you think that all space suits are made of lumps, but taking some time to clean up the lines of the arms and legs would help much. The gloves being different sizes, as well as larger then the boots, make the figure very odd proprortionally. The one round side one flat side of the body is also very noticable and makes it look rushed and childlike.
- Overall, I disagree that the color choice was appropriate or makes a good tshirt altogether. The orange doesn't fit at all, in my opinion. The blue used should be of a lighter shade to not look so out of place on the moon, and would fit more since it was frozen water.
The fact that something like this has more votes then other shirts, specifically, just looking beneath it: Save the Whales, Sprinkbok, Jarvic, Bobby Fischer, and Walkman (each of which took a great deal of time and effort) makes it very discouraging for artists to spend any time or effort working on, much less spending the time to perfect, their pieces. I think that each voter who causes this to happen is encouraging sloppy, childlike, and quickly thrown together pieces to be entered into the derby. It is very discouraging for the AMATEURS that try to perfect their designs each week entering the derby. The argument "this is too late to matter" is a horrible straw to grasp at, because it is not a fear of this getting printed, it is a fear that the people currently putting forth effort will stop putting in the same level of effort, and something like this will be printed in the future.