ramyb wrote:So what you're saying is that I've been trying new things, but have been getting nothing but complaints about how I never do anything new? It's truly amazing the way things work.
Good god at all the hate. What the heck happened to make people so pissed off?
I don't get it. Yes, I understand people being tired of seeing the same/similar things over and over again... but nothing I have seen warrants this kind of malevolence. If you're getting this worked up over forum posts or design submissions on a $10 tee shirt website, you seriously need to reevaluate your life choices and social skills.
The other thing that baffles me is the constant 'change your style!' I hear. >.> Last time I checked, ALL artists tended to have a style. And it is usually something MOST artists have a hard time deviating from because it is a personal style that developed over years and years of practicing whatever it is that they do. Some artists have a wide and varied range they can pull from, but they are certainly the minority. That is even one of the tenets of artist verification used in real world appraisals of artwork.
Yes, it's often nice and refreshing to see an artist step out of his/her box and try something new every once in a while. It's interesting to see and can often help him/her grow as an artist. But style changes are subtle things that happen over long periods of time with practice and influence from outside their niche. It doesn't happen overnight. It usually takes the form of one or two minor details working their way into the style at a time. Something like the shape of the eyes, a shading technique, placement and composition balance experiments.. just to name a few of the many minor things that can change SLOWLY over time as a style evolves.
I could personally care less WHO makes a shirt I want to wear. While I believe there are some amazing designs in this derby, not one of the ones that have made it into the fog could I actually see myself wearing without looking like a fool. The styles are intricate and beautiful, some of them, and might be something I would save or hang on a wall, but this is meant for a tee shirt. It changes the perception. For the most part, beautiful art in two dimensions doesn't look as beautiful when distorted and reshaped by a three dimensional body. The graceful lines of a sakura tree turn into lumpy squiggles with pink dots when stretched over breasts or a beer gut.
I'm all for good art and better artists, but this is honestly not the place for them to showcase their best works. With the many limitations woot imposes, and keeping in mind the human form underneath the design, the art just won't reach the level it could were this a print or poster derby.
But that's okay. I'd still like to see what the everyman can come up with considering those limitations. That's why I'm here. Every now and again, someone blows me out of the water with their inventiveness or talent or sense of humor... and that's when I buy a shirt. Because no matter how beautiful a piece of art is, if I would rather frame the tee shirt than wear it, I'm not going to buy it.
And, on this site at least, that's what it comes down to... what would you buy?