cmdixon2 wrote:I am not really offended by being compared to Seki as I think she does have an good eye for making pretty visuals. My only real complaint with Seki besides subject matter(which I can't fault her for) is her general lack of concept in her work.
Even I've occasionally been guilty of putting visuals before concept. Most if not all artists have. Sometimes it's for lack of a great idea. Sometimes I start with a general direction and a concept is born from that...and sometimes not. Usually those end up being my least favorite.
Sometimes concepts are born that I never would have thought up just brainstorming or sketching. This one was one of those and I'm actually quite happy with the final product.
I would love to get some more feedback(negative & positive) if you don't mind. Is it just the amount of halftones used or the method with which they are used? Or both?
To me, the colors don't come off as garish. There are 2 fairly low intensity colors (dark pink & purple) and one bright (yellow). Perhaps you can elaborate a little?
Thanks again to all those that DO like this shirt. I appreciate the kind(and the critical) comments.
That is far too generous to Seki, sir, but I shan't press.
Anywho. For me it is the purple/gold combo more than anything. The shades just clash for me, looking more like a kings robes of state or something of that matter than light... the saturation just doesn't gel to my eyes. As for the halftones, when it gets down to the bottom and they're nice and chunky, that just feels off too, because you can see the circles, and that takes the whole effect and turns it upside down, to me.
I'm not going to pretend there's not some bias also. I feel like i've seen this sort of thing every week lately. Ooooh, it's glowing! Oooooh, it's fine halftones. Ooooooh, look at the negative space. I'm not going to say any one of those things is inherently bad (i'd cite something like Rain Dance, which I feel used negative space brilliantly), but everything together, I can't help but look at it and feel it's stale.
As an anecdote: this week I saw a design at Threadless that took a pretty fun and original take on Mario. I wanted to like it more, but being here, where horrible, non-parody videogame shirts are made often enough to warrant a rule against them, and checking teefury, which seems to steal someone's intellectual property at least twice a week without enough parody to justify it, I couldn't like it. Even if I was able to appreciate how it was fresher. And I think that this suffers like that. I feel like this is just light enough on concept to feel like any generic shinyshiny piece we've seen over the last year. I admit that is likely infused with bias, but I really don't think that, after the last year, I can be fully faulted for that.
No clue if that explains any further for you or not, but there you have it.