Spiritgreen wrote:Oh man, that's so true. Sometimes I post in the pre-derby thread just because it forces me to look at what I'm working on more critically. :^)
Thanks for the feedback about the contrast. I was shooting for a more subtle overall image, something that doesn't pop, it just blends with the shirt in a wearable way. But that's only a stone's throw from being bland.
Spirit, I dont really think you did anything wrong on this design at all. I do see Odysee's point about the contrast, but I rather like the muted feel as it makes it seem more pirate-y and dark. I like when artists can successfully use muted tones and knock-out lines. I really fail with it, so I tend to go more contrasty, which can be a turn off. It makes things look a bit more cartoony, and less illustrative like this.
I think in this case it's not about your design so much as what people were looking for. We all know that people here tend to look for a specific or familiar type of message or image within the theme. If you don't hit that somehow, people may overlook your design, even if it's amazingly drawn. It seems people wanted gritty pirates and comedic jokes this go round. And for some reason, a cute mouse. I have no idea, really I don't. <--mind is boggled You did a fantastic job on this art, so don't think it's anything to do with the image.
Also I wanted to mention the great tips from both you and Odysee. I also use a hotkey to flip my image as I draw. It helps pick out wonkyness that you wouldn't see otherwise. Using the navigator window to have a far-off view of your design also helps figure out the contrast. There is another trick you can use that is similar. If you have a window open, you can make a copy of that window that will show what is going inside it simultaneously. Go to Window>Arrange>New Window For... This pops up your image in a mirror window. You can draw and paint in BOTH windows and it will mirror onto the other. Keep one small, and one large, and that will help you with mocking up, and detailing at the same time. ^_^
Wee Photoshop FTW!