bassanimation wrote:About winning...I'd like to explain that I've been unemployed since January. I'm an artist in the gaming industry, but where I am the industry has taken a huge, huge hit. A lot of our big studios closed here. I can't even get underpaid logo work on Craigslist these days. My friend (who also needs money) started to enter the derbys here and told me about them. As someone who hasnt had income in 10 months...yes, winning is on my mind...so I can afford some car payments or my meds, etc, etc, etc. :\
I'm sorry if my motives regarding this entry seem less than noble. I will try harder to submit good stuff that isnt pandery next time. But for me, if pandering means I can approach the fog rather than linger in the dust, I'm ok sacraficing some of my artistic dignity.
There is pandering, and there is gross, disgusting, makes me want to claw my eyeballs out in despair pandering. You *may* be guilty of the former- but not the latter.
In my [not so] humble estimation, there is absolutely nothing wrong with desiring to win. Not only is there nothing wrong with desiring to win- this desire should be encouraged.
In winning- there is absolutely nothing wrong with desiring to receive some sort of monetary reward. There is nothing wrong with taking this money, and spending it as desired (rent, food, cute shoes, undead kittens, etc).
So- I do believe that I see a certain amount of 'pandering'. You have, over these last derbies, been attempting to find the sort of design that us wooters will vote for in large enough numbers for it to win, and thus earn you money.
There is NOTHING wrong with this.
The issue that *could* arise, sometimes does arise, and has NOT arisen in your work (to date!), is that of pandering to a lowest common denominator. Of removing all of 'you' from your art, and submitting reworked, regurgitated, generic crumb-bunny 'art'.
I happen to enjoy this piece.
It is parody.
It 'panders' to a segment of the shirt.woot community who follows the derbies. However, I see a lot of class, skill and style in this drawing. You attempted to appease the masses, but in that attempt, you did not sell yourself short- nor our taste.
This design would stand well *on it's own* as a shirt- without any knowledge of what has occurred in this derby.
It just gives an extra snicker to those of us who think 'Srsly, ur teh winner now' (I'm not sure if I silly-internet-typed that correctly).
Thanks for having the guts to worry a little about whether you were pandering. The fact that you cared enough to worry about it- pretty much proves that you weren't.
You do good work. You will print here- sooner I hope, rather then later.