ochopika wrote:Hmm... I never thought of it that way. I made it to be a "chop", which is the signature red stamp on most Japanese woodblock prints.
Though if I weren't thinking of it as a chop, I could see how it could be distracting.
Does anyone else dislike the stamp? Should I keep it or get rid of it? Move it, maybe?
I like the chop! It gives it the sense of being a unique work of art.
Also, I'm not a big fan of wearing things that have words on them which, of course, defeats the purpose of a designer putting their name on it - to develop name/brand recognition. But I think this chop is a nice way to develop that recognition for your work without it being too obtuse for someone like me to wear.
One thought I had about the chop placement has to do with it being a bit far aside from the rest of the design. I know that this placement is in keeping with the way a chop would be placed on, for example, a painting. However, have you tried putting it in, for example, the larger white space on the lower right side, between tentacles 6 & 7 (counting from the left) or the smaller white space at the lower left, between 3 & 4? I'm not sure if that would then 'clutter it up' too much, but thought it might be worth giving a try to see how it looks.
So, just to be clear, I actually don't find the chop on the left side to be a problem but I'm just thinking ahead, in case it turns out that more people see it as a distraction than not, if you think you need to reconsider how to incorporate it. I don't think you should get rid of it, though - I like the chop!
In addition to the chop, I think the design is great - composition, colors, textures. I'm very curious/intrigued about the eightfold path being represented as eight tentacles - could you say a bit about that?