Re: Warm and Cozy
As always, people have a lot to say about this artist's designs. I glanced at it earlier in the derby, noted that my initial thought was he was an Eeyore character of Christmas... trying to be happy and bright, but still bein' a one turtle gloom squad.
I would have enjoyed the design more, perhaps, if it were taken that way, because the support of that concept is what I see in the drawing. The slight smile is too slight. The posture suggests stiffness and isolation instead of cuddling against oneself.
I understand the intent of the drawing after reading through the comments. However, it should be considered that there are better poses/ways to demonstrate such an idea.
Not saying this is the most outrageously horrible thing I ever have seen. Not at all. It still carries a lot of wonderful design attributes that the artist is known for. I simply think this is significantly weaker than recent entries and not a particularly strong design, for my tastes, in this derby.
Perhaps there were some people who voted because they wanted the Eeyore type of Christmas character. The success of ambiguous designs is that it could be read a number of ways by a large number of observers. :P