HeartlineTwist wrote:Adder, I'm curious about what your answer to her question is. This concept is essentially the kiwi concept. The only twist on the kiwi concept is that one is a bird and one is a fruit instead of both being fish, and the bird is sad instead of frightened. Are those differences enough for you to not deem the Kiwi shirt as bad for the same reasons you deem this shirt as bad?
The fact that Loop's takes a more absurd view is in and of itself more creative. I also enjoy how the textures on both the fruit and the bird match up, bringing a true connection besides just the names. Would I like it even more had she made the fruit another bird which, when sliced open, had the flesh of the fruit inside? Of course! It'd have been a way stronger concept. But this is woot, and that would have been too edgy.
But there is also a matter of being bored to tears by sushi designs. I've been at woot long enough, and have browsed enough other sites, to simply be unimpressed with the plays on sushi. I've seen many cannibal fish eating sushi. I've seen a big fish eating a raw human. I've seen sushi about to chop you up. I've seen a samurai sliced up by another samurai and falling into place as sushi. I've seen countless octopus sushi concepts, from octopi eating themselves, to octopi with cleavers attacking people eating sushi, to cho's sashimi hunters last year, featuring divers diving to get sushi straight from an octopus. And I've seen just as many foods-scared-because-another-food-has-been-cooked shirts. There is nothing about this concept that feels fresh, and while the kiwi comparison isn't a new one either, it is a far rarer concept, and one I don't think I've ever seen printed.
But I don't think I needed to defend myself in the first place. TheInfinityLoop is an artist, and anyone who denies it needs some new eyes. Whether it's with votes or verbal support, that's the horse I run with in an ART and DESIGN contest, not just anyone who can slap something cute on a shirt. Open your eyes. Regardless of whether anyone is cheating or not, regardless of the fact that four of the top 6 entries are shirts by people associated with one specific user (because yeah, NO ONE should be suspicious of that, I TOTALLY agree! It's so easy to explain away!) the fact is that the derby is broken when people who can do mind blowing work are only able to succeed when their work is incredibly dumbed down. I obviously believe there is something wrong with the users in question, and I feel there is enough evidence that that dialogue should not be dropped, but this is deeper than Ramy and Seki and any other kawaii piece of trash entered into the derby. If you truly can look at the average derby and say "yeah, this shirt is worth $1000 bucks", I pity you.
That has ALWAYS been my gripe, from LONG before these particular hack jobs showed up. This isn't a lottery ticket. It is a design contest, and there is a lot on the line. The designers entering deserve to know their hard work puts them at an advantage. right now, the opposite is true. To me, having to defend that opinion is the equivalent of being told that hard work SHOULDN'T pay off, and that disgusts me. Loop is playing the game. Ramy and Seki ARE the game. Because if they leave woot, they'll keep doing the same desu work and keep signing up friends for tables at artist alleys in various conventions so they can make more money, but if InfinityLoop leaves, she will start putting out the best of herself at places that will appreciate it. God forbid I support someone struggling to compete on an uneven playing field over the people who snuck in at night with a backhoe to make it less level.