briansantamaria wrote:Why is Woot only for hand-drawn illustrations...Is it possible that something could be a completely legitimate submission AND you don't like it?
Everything I was gonna say about colors and photos has already been said, but I'll just add a couple things.
The derby theme was to reinterpret the name of a famous piece, not to parody or reference the original work. Though this is sort of a grey area for some titles and has admittedly flummoxed many people in this derby, it's what they were looking for. So if you wanted to use La Pieta as your reference, the better thing to do would have been to reinterpret the title itself, or the translation, The Pity. Not the original statue or Lazlo Toth. Look at some of the other rejections and you can maybe see what I'm talking about.
As far as the template in your shirt comp is concerned, I don't think Woot really cares, considering the majority of shirt comps are on other presentation templates, mine included. Is that always gonna be 100% true? Nope. But I would bet that as long as your print-ready art file is on their template and everything else is in line with the rules, it's probably fine.
No one is saying that it's breaking rules because they don't like it, they're saying it because it's true. Maybe don't take it personal, just learn from it so you don't get rejected in the future.