Derby #213: Dog Days
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Cat Pride

Cat Pride
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cherylfrancis


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5 colors on brown. Sometimes you've just got to let your true self show!

flowr65


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This shirt and the artist deserves more than 10 votes!!!! Get to voting people!

kaelynangelfoot


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flowr65 wrote:This shirt and the artist deserves more than 10 votes!!!! Get to voting people!


Any particular reason why you think this shirt needs more votes? To be honest, it looks like the artist got bored halfway through, so instead of finishing the dog's body, they just drew an outline.

cherylfrancis


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kaelynangelfoot wrote:Any particular reason why you think this shirt needs more votes? To be honest, it looks like the artist got bored halfway through, so instead of finishing the dog's body, they just drew an outline.


Actually, I STARTED with the dog's body. We are all naturally born storytellers. We draw before we can write or speak. As children, our drawings reflect how we see and feel about ourselves and the world around us. But by age 12, our storytelling takes a back seat to acquiring the skill to "draw well." Technical superiority is praised overlooking personal expression. This continues through high school and college where " how well we can draw" becomes "you have to have a style." When style becomes the focus, what you have to say-your content- becomes secondary. And your stories, unfortunately, fade. When form becomes greater than the content that went into it, you are decorating a page-not making art. There seems to be a whole lot of decorating tshirts on this site. My dog contains a message about being honest with yourself. My dog is an original character. The art on this site is incredible, I agree. I have made several purchases. But only ones that I would be proud to wear. I'm not going to purchase a rip off of a well known artist. I have much more respect for artists than that.

kaelynangelfoot


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cherylfrancis wrote: My dog is an original character. The art on this site is incredible, I agree. I have made several purchases. But only ones that I would be proud to wear. I'm not going to purchase a rip off of a well known artist. I have much more respect for artists than that.


I understand that its art, I was just pointing out that the image gives the impression of being incomplete, and whether or not this was intentional doesn't really matter. I was simply asking for a reason that the other poster was so passionate about insisting people vote for this, because I'm not that impressed with it.

gement


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cherylfrancis wrote:Technical superiority is praised overlooking personal expression.


The majority of designs that do well here have both technical strength and a good story or idea. They may not be ideas that work for you, but they're ideas. They inspire me to smile, and think, and start conversations.

You have a good idea here. Your essay about how our culture doesn't value free expression doesn't change the fact that the art style isn't speaking to me.

Someone explained how the art style wasn't speaking to them. (The body lacks details compared to the head.) Some designs show a whole expression in just a stroke or two, but usually you need more. This needs more. That is my feedback.

cherylfrancis


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kaelynangelfoot wrote:I understand that its art, I was just pointing out that the image gives the impression of being incomplete, and whether or not this was intentional doesn't really matter. I was simply asking for a reason that the other poster was so passionate about insisting people vote for this, because I'm not that impressed with it.


Yes, incomplete is a good way to look at it. He's a brown dog in a brown world, no different than any other lost soul. He doesn't stand out. He doesn't make an impression. He's doing what the masses want until he puts on his colorful mask and is free to be himself. He represents individualism and uniqueness. I am not a fan of standing there while someone stares at my tshirt trying to absorb all that is splashed across the front. A bold graphic is much more preferable. One of the very basic rules of design is "Less is More". I'm not saying that I follow rules that make broad sweeps, but I am trying to find a design style that fits in here without following the standard set by the leaders. One day I hope to be able to attract more votes. I assure you that I am a talented artist and I will always follow my own path.

kaelynangelfoot


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cherylfrancis wrote: I'm not saying that I follow rules that make broad sweeps, but I am trying to find a design style that fits in here without following the standard set by the leaders. One day I hope to be able to attract more votes. I assure you that I am a talented artist and I will always follow my own path.


Kudos to you and I wish you luck. I agree that a lot of the shirts here are extremely similar and a little more variety in artwork might be nice

Word of caution though: the standard is not necessarily set by the leaders but by the purchasing community, and thus I'm afraid you might have an uphill battle ahead of you.

cherylfrancis


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Re: Cat Pride


Thank you! After having my rant here, I decided to go the route of the familiar. The well known character...please check out my new submission, "Anatomically Incorrect."

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