Re: Twin Dragons
This design is not significantly different from the one submitted in the "Two" Derby. The lines are a bit cleaned up, and the mouths are moved a bit. Uhh, yay?
Other artists can, and do, consistently have their slightly-modified resubs rejected by Woot. RamyB does not appear to have that problem.
Just like the other design, this one is fairly weak. From the shirt comp, the placement looks really awkward for females, as the lower dragon will lie under the chest. The detail on the dragons is uninteresting. There is some hint of motion here, rare for a RamyB design (which is a plus), but it still falls short of being dynamic. The dragons feel flat against the shirt.
Just as before, the shading is totally off. No consistent light source can be created to justify the shadows. In fact, it looks like no light source was considered when the body shadows were created, and a flat bevel of some kind was used down the width of the dragon's body. The center is dark, and the edges are light, all the way around, and for both dragons. Even though their bodies curve and twist, the shading doesn't. Okay, it moves slightly, but hardly near enough to conform to the lay of the bodies.
On top of all that, this is a generic dragon shirt. Why are there badly drawn Chinese dragons on the shirt? Because they're dragons. That's where they belong, on shirts, or something. Why are they sorta firey and icy? Because fire and ice go with Chinese dragons, right? The fire is the heat of strong yang energy, and the ice is the flow of strong yin energy, right? Err, no, wait, that's water, not ice. The whole point of water in the Wu Xing is that it's yielding, gentle, fluid, and infinite. Ice is none of those things.
I understand why people would vote for this design. There are people who have consistently proven that this sort of motionless, badly (and quickly) drawn clipart interests them.
What I don't understand is why someone would want to actually wear it in public.
To each his own, I guess.