dfunk29


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no1 wrote:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Road_Not_Taken_%28poem%29



LOVE that poem! Someone please do that one!!

bstan517


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Someone must do the poem from the willy wonka tunnel scene

There's no earthly way of knowing
Which direction we are going.
There's no knowing where we're rowing
Or which way the river's flowing.
Is it raining?
Is it snowing?
Is a hurricane a blowing?

Not a speck of light is showing
so the danger must be growing.
Are the fires of hell a glowing?
Is the grisly reaper mowing?
Yes! The danger must be growing
For the rowers keep on rowing.
And they're certainly not showing
any signs that they are slowing!

Karikokitty


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One of my favorite poems, and I feel the first few lines would lend themselves well to a (not zombie!) illustration, if anyone feels so inclined.

T.S. Eliot, The Hollow Men

We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men
Leaning together
Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!

Etc...

Here's a link to the entire, fantastic poem, if anyone would like to read the entire thing.
http://www.cs.berkeley.edu/~richie/poetry/html/poem74.html

toby8915


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From "A Nauseous Nocturne" by Bill Watterson

grahamcrackercoyote


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piwerx wrote:an oldie but a goldie, worth the read, I will try harder to make the design wearable:


Evolution
Langdon Smith

When you were a tadpole and I was a fish
In the Paleozoic time,
And side by side on the ebbing tide
We sprawled through the ooze and slime,
Or skittered with many a caudal flip
Through the depths of the Carbrian fen,
My heart was rife with the joy of life,
For I loved you even then.

Mindless we lived and mindless we loved
And mindless at last we died;
And deep in the rift of the Caradoc drift
We slumbered side by side.
The world turned on in the lathe of time,
The hot lands heaved amain,
Till we caught our breath from the womb of death
And crept into light again.

We were amphibians, scaled and tailed,
And drab as a dead man's hand;
We coiled at ease 'neath the dripping trees
Or trailed through the mud and sand.
Croaking and blind, with our three-clawed feet
Writing a language dumb,
With never a spark in the empty dark
To hint at a life to come.

Yet hapy we lived and happy we loved,
And happy we died once more;
Our forms were rolled in the clinging mold
Of a Neocomian shore.
The eons came and eons fled
And the sleep that wrapped us fast
Was riven away in a newer day
And the night of death was past.

Then light and swift through the jungle trees
We swung in our airy flights,
Or breathed in the balms of the fronded palms
In the hush of the moonless nights;
And, oh! what beautiful years were there
When our hearts clung each to each;
When life was filled and our senses thrilled
In the first faint dawn of speech.

Thus life by life and love by love
We passed through the cycles strange,
And breath by breath and death by death
We followed the chain of change.
Till there came a time in the law of life
When over the nursing side
The shadows broke and the soul awoke
In a strange, dim dream of God.

I was thewed like an Aurock bull
And tusked like the great cave bear;
And you, my sweet, from head to feet
Were gowned in your glorious hair.
Deep in the gloom of a fireless cave,
When the night fell o'er the plain
And the moon hung red o'er the river bed
We mumbled the bones of the slain.

I flaked a flint to a cutting edge
And shaped it with a brutish craft;
I broke a shank from the woodland lank
And fitted it, head and haft;
Then I hid me close to the reedy tarn,
Where the mammoth came to drink;
Through the brawn and bone I drove the stone
And slew him on the brink.

Loud I howled through the moonlit wastes,
Loud answered our kith and kin;
From west and east to the crimson feast
The clan came tramping in.
O'er joint and gristle and padded hoof
We fought and clawed and tore,
And cheek by jowl with many a growl
We talked the marvel o'er.

I carved that fight on a reindeer bone
With rude and hairy hand;
I pictured his fall on the cavern wall
That men might understand.
For we lived by blood and the right of might
Ere human laws were drawn,
And the age of sin did not begin
Till our brutal tush were gone.

And that was a million years ago
In a time that no man knows;
Yet here tonight in the mellow light
We sit at Delmonico's.
Your eyes are deep as the Devon springs,
Your hair is dark as jet,
Your years are few, your life is new,
Your soul untried, and yet-

Our trail is on the Kimmeridge clay
And the scarp of the Purbeck flags;
We have left our bones in the Bagshot stones
And deep in the Coralline crags;
Our love is old, our lives are old,
And death shall come amain;
Should it come today, what man may say
We shall not live again?

God wrought our souls from the Tremadoc beds
And furnished them wings to fly;
He sowed our spawn in the world's dim dawn,
And I know that it shall not die,
Though cities have sprung above the graves
Where the crook-bone men make war
And the oxwain creaks o'er the buried caves
Where the mummied mammoths are.

Then as we linger at luncheon here
O'er many a dainty dish,
Let us drink anew to the time when you
Were a tadpole and I was a fish.



Glad someone else knows about - I have 2 copies of the original in my book collection

thewronggrape


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This thread makes me melancholy.

It reminds me of how incredibly awesome poetry can be and how much I used to love and absorb it in my youth.

No I'm an old fogey and haven't read much poetry in over a decade.

skahfee


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shikausstan wrote:I think this is pretty good for a first derby. It looks like you have some gradients on your design so before submitting make sure they are halftones(If they aren't already)



Thanks! Yeah, they're gradients, but I'm an Illustrator user. As I understand I'm supposed to leave them as gradients?

ApeLad


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ApeLad wrote:Here's what I've got, based on Bad Morning, by Langston Hughes. Google it!


bad morning by Ape Lad, on Flickr

This will make three weeks in a row of tired animals. Probably because I am a tired animal, what with the new baby and all.



Here's the poem:

Bad Morning, by Langston Hughes
Here I sit
With my shoes mismated.
Lawdy-mercy!
I's frustrated!

jwaal


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toby8915 wrote:From "A Nauseous Nocturne" by Bill Watterson


Why is he giving me the finger?

j5


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I want to see Jesus and a walrus eating oysters by the beach.

move along

trekmiss


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I'm usually not into cutesy shirts, but I'd like to see The Duel on a shirt.

ochopika


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skahfee wrote:Thanks! Yeah, they're gradients, but I'm an Illustrator user. As I understand I'm supposed to leave them as gradients?



You leave them as gradients for the print file only. Gradients need to be visible in the shirt comp and the thumbnail. This is so that people vote on what the design will really look like on a shirt. Good luck and have fun!

colinlepper


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Hey everyone! I'm new here and am currently facing that overwhelming feeling of... huh? that accompanies getting to know a new website/community. so just wanted to say hi somewhere!

Anyways this will be my first derby entry! I see some people posting their submissions here... so I will mimick. Mostly to see if I figured out how to post an image...

Any feedback would be much appreciated!

I worked from the line: "I’d rather learn from one bird how to sing than to teach ten thousand stars how not to dance." by e.e. cummings

tjschaeffer


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So I've decided to do a Shel Silverstein piece. It's based on the words of Falling Up, but references all of his great works. I tried to make it simple, but am having trouble picking a scheme. Here's what I'm thinking:

All white, like his book covers:


fallingup_comp_white by bakaprod, on Flickr

Cream, just to have a better shirt color:


fallingup_comp_cream by bakaprod, on Flickr

Or a combo:


fallingup_comp_cream_white by bakaprod, on Flickr



Please help!!

ochopika


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colinlepper wrote:Hey everyone! I'm new here and am currently facing that overwhelming feeling of... huh? that accompanies getting to know a new website/community. so just wanted to say hi somewhere!



That looks really great. I think it will do well! I would like to give some helpful criticism but I don't see anything that needs changing right now.

gdkeen51


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ochopika wrote:That looks really great. I think it will do well! I would like to give some helpful criticism but I don't see anything that needs changing right now.




I agree! I think the coloring or your blues is delightful!

Jussslic


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Have a feeling I'm probably too late to be putting in a recommendation, but I would LOVE to see an Ozymandias shirt.

..."My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"...

My favorite poem ever. Well, aside from the Iliad.

TheGolux


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I was thinking I would see something from "To His Coy Mistress"


Andrew Marvell


Had we but world enough, and time,
This coyness, lady, were no crime.
We would sit down and think which way
To walk, and pass our long love's day;
Thou by the Indian Ganges' side
Shouldst rubies find; I by the tide
Of Humber would complain. I would
Love you ten years before the Flood;
And you should, if you please, refuse
Till the conversion of the Jews.
My vegetable love should grow
Vaster than empires, and more slow.
An hundred years should go to praise
Thine eyes, and on thy forehead gaze;
Two hundred to adore each breast,
But thirty thousand to the rest;
An age at least to every part,
And the last age should show your heart.
For, lady, you deserve this state,
Nor would I love at lower rate.

But at my back I always hear
Time's winged chariot hurrying near;
And yonder all before us lie
Deserts of vast eternity.
Thy beauty shall no more be found,
Nor, in thy marble vault, shall sound
My echoing song; then worms shall try
That long preserv'd virginity,
And your quaint honour turn to dust,
And into ashes all my lust.
The grave's a fine and private place,
But none I think do there embrace.

Now therefore, while the youthful hue
Sits on thy skin like morning dew,
And while thy willing soul transpires
At every pore with instant fires,
Now let us sport us while we may;
And now, like am'rous birds of prey,
Rather at once our time devour,
Than languish in his slow-chapp'd power.
Let us roll all our strength, and all
Our sweetness, up into one ball;
And tear our pleasures with rough strife
Thorough the iron gates of life.
Thus, though we cannot make our sun
Stand still, yet we will make him run.

The best would not pass Woot's rating filter but I would love to see Draxxx's interpretation.

colinlepper


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Hey thanks you guys! That's really encouraging to hear I'm glad you like it!

TheGolux


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Jussslic wrote:Have a feeling I'm probably too late to be putting in a recommendation, but I would LOVE to see an Ozymandias shirt.

..."My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"...

My favorite poem ever. Well, aside from the Iliad.



And this would be number two on my list.

thewronggrape


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tjschaeffer wrote:
All white, like his book covers:




I like the white best. A lot of people here don't like white shirts, but I think a lot more dislike cream. There are exceptions to the rule, such as when the shirt color fits the image perfectly. I think white does that here.

xpenguin


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tjschaeffer wrote:So I've decided to do a Shel Silverstein piece. It's based on the words of Falling Up, but references all of his great works. I tried to make it simple, but am having trouble picking a scheme. Here's what I'm thinking:

All white, like his book covers:


fallingup_comp_white by bakaprod, on Flickr

Cream, just to have a better shirt color:


fallingup_comp_cream by bakaprod, on Flickr

Or a combo:


fallingup_comp_cream_white by bakaprod, on Flickr



Please help!!



Keep it all white )) Awesome :D

feloniousacronis


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Brother built a guillotine, tried it out on Sister Jean. Said Mother as she got the mop, these messy games have got to stop.

katienza87


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Karikokitty wrote:One of my favorite poems, and I feel the first few lines would lend themselves well to a (not zombie!) illustration, if anyone feels so inclined.

T.S. Eliot, The Hollow Men

We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men
Leaning together
Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!



I was thinking of this poem too. But rather than the first lines, I wanted to see someone go for the last:

This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.

skahfee wrote:Ok, so this is what I've got, this is my first shot at a Derby, so be kind!


Fire and Ice by SkahfeeStudios, on Flickr



I'm glad someone's thinking about Fire and Ice already. I wanted to suggest that too.

I guess I'm into the whole "the world ending" theme right now. haha.

bluejester


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What a bit of dark humor? Why not some Robert Browning and "My Last Duchess?"

TheXBritish


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It would be great to see a Beowulf shirt. Because it's not just a poem, it's an epic one!

shikausstan


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So here is my Shel Silverstein entry. Where the sidewalk ends.



what does everyone think? Don't worry it has halftones.

shikausstan


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tjschaeffer wrote:So I've decided to do a Shel Silverstein piece. It's based on the words of Falling Up, but references all of his great works. I tried to make it simple, but am having trouble picking a scheme. Here's what I'm thinking:

All white, like his book covers:

Please help!!



I like the white too. Did you try to merge the covers of all the books to get this? IT looks like a light in the attic with falling up...

cattieloves


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Someone please design a Wm. Carlos Williams shirt with a huge pile of adult diapers atop a red wheelbarrow...it would make my life.

Radscoolian


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Where the Sidewalk Ends


Air Quote the Raven


Thoughts? Suggestions?

anamya


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I have a piece of art finished, but don't want to go through the trouble of halftoning it. I've never done halftones, and they will kill me. Does anyone want to halftone it and promote it for a collab credit?

roysterer


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Radscoolian wrote:

Thoughts? Suggestions?



Nothing to say about the artwork, but the title of the second one needs to be "Air Quoth the Raven", for several reasons.

tjschaeffer


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shikausstan wrote:So here is my Shel Silverstein entry. Where the sidewalk ends.



what does everyone think? Don't worry it has halftones.



I like it. Reminds me a bit of Birthplace of Inspiration, not that that's a bad thing at all.

Looks like you and radscoolian were having similar thoughts, though.

tjschaeffer


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shikausstan wrote:I like the white too. Did you try to merge the covers of all the books to get this? IT looks like a light in the attic with falling up...



Yeah. I took the words from falling up, and added in concepts from A Light in the Attic, The Giving Tree, and Where the Sidewalk Ends. Was trying to create a nice Silverstein vibe, using elements of his style along with my own.


Falling Up:

I tripped on my shoelace
And I fell up—
Up to the roof tops,
Up over the town,
Up past the tree tops,
Up over the mountains,
Up where the colors
Blend into the sounds.
But it got me so dizzy
When I looked around,
I got sick to my stomach
And I threw down.

tjschaeffer


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thewronggrape wrote:I like the white best. A lot of people here don't like white shirts, but I think a lot more dislike cream. There are exceptions to the rule, such as when the shirt color fits the image perfectly. I think white does that here.



Thanks thewronggrape! I was originally going to go white on a black shirt, but it was ugly. :P

I thought the white shirt would be too bland, but I agree if looks good for the image. The cream was definitely a little blah.

tjschaeffer


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xpenguin wrote:Keep it all white )) Awesome :D



Thanks for the help. I'm definitely going all white here!

anamya


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shikausstan wrote:So here is my Shel Silverstein entry. Where the sidewalk ends.



^Is awesome. I would probably buy it. I'm picky, too.

Where do you click to submit, and what time? It is like 12pm CST on Friday, right? My first derby.

firebirdude


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shikausstan wrote:So here is my Shel Silverstein entry. Where the sidewalk ends.



what does everyone think? Don't worry it has halftones.

It's good, but I think the sidewalk needs a more apparent ending.

Radscoolian wrote:
Air Quote the Raven


Thoughts? Suggestions?


aaahahahahaha awesome

shikausstan


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Radscoolian wrote:Where the Sidewalk Ends


Air Quote the Raven
*picture*

Thoughts? Suggestions?



I like the sidewalk ends one... now I have to relook at mine and see what I can do better... ;)

ChronoSquall14


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tjschaeffer wrote:Yeah. I took the words from falling up, and added in concepts from A Light in the Attic, The Giving Tree, and Where the Sidewalk Ends. Was trying to create a nice Silverstein vibe, using elements of his style along with my own.


Falling Up:

I tripped on my shoelace
And I fell up—
Up to the roof tops,
Up over the town,
Up past the tree tops,
Up over the mountains,
Up where the colors
Blend into the sounds.
But it got me so dizzy
When I looked around,
I got sick to my stomach
And I threw down.



When I was young, I liked this poem's smart ending as a joke on "threw up." Now I like it to mean the modern usage of throw down. "And I THREW DOWN."