JRSly wrote:I'd be appreciative of any feedback folks could give. I know it's a bit cocky to think so, but I thought it had a lot of good things going on and was a bit surprised at the cold reception. Always eager to hear constructive criticism and make the next outing better than the last.
I asked a similar question when I first started, and no one responded which made me all sadface Because of this, I always feel obligate to respond to these post every time I see them even though I may not be the best person to offer advise. Hopefully, you can walk away with something.
First off, off course you like your design; it is not cocky You created it, and it relates to you. However, this piece does not relate to me, and by the looks of it, it doesn't relate to other voters either. I am not interested in a robot jumping rope, putting a little cry-girl to shame. I don't mean to be rude; I am just being completely honest. Subject matter is HUGE on these T-shirt design contest, sadly even more important than the art itself at times (which is really good here- don't get me wrong since you do have skill) and you have to find subject matter that appeals to the masses. This is true outside of Woot too at other T-shirt design websites.
Secondly, the biggest thing I feel ALL designers suffer from time to time is composition. The girl being at tad lower than the robot, suggesting that she is more in the foreground, creates a diagonal composition. This works in some cases, but it doesn't work here in my opinion. Some times you have to play it safe, and I think a dull, rectangular composition would have behooved you. For me, composition can easily make or break a design. A good tip for me is to zoom way out, to a point where I can't see any detail, and study the overall shape my design creates. If it feels wrong, then it is wrong.
Last but not least, make sure your main goal is to have fun and to create great art. If you have fun doing these designs, the votes should not matter because you are already a winner; You have accomplished your goal the moment you upload it to the derby (however, always stop and ask for critiques if you wish to seek self improvement... like you did above). Plus, if you do it for fun, you are more likely to stick around for the long run and not get caught up in the frustration of "why the heck is no one voting for this awesome design." The more attempts you produce, the more chances you have of being printed here. Very few get blessed with overnight success.
Honestly, in this case, there is nothing wrong with this entry. Your only problem is that your concept/ the subject matter/ the joke does not appeal to people here. From what I have seen, if you have a solid concept/ subject matter/ joke that appeals to the masses here, then you can get away with just drawing sloppy stick figures... yet I don't recommend it if you have any self respect
I hope that made sense, and I hope that it helped.
For more help, feel free to read tgentry tips:
Tgenty's Tips for New Designers
I will be honest, I haven't read it... haha. I probably should since he is probably the best person to take advise from here. If he says something that contradicts me, then believe him Even though tgentry rarely submits designs here anymore(since he is now employed at woot I believe), he still hold the record for most prints at woot.