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Midnight Masquerade Blue

Midnight Masquerade Blue
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orabbit


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Re: Midnight Masquerade Blue


I've had this idea kicking around for a while, and this seemed like the derby to get it done. I have a fear of moths, but find them fascinating at the same time. Something about the dust on their wings and the erratic way they fly. Anyway, thanks for looking!

runnerfrog13


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I would love to see this as a moth-only design too (or moth-wit-circle/moon), it's very appealingly drawn

orabbit


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runnerfrog13 wrote:I would love to see this as a moth-only design too (or moth-wit-circle/moon), it's very appealingly drawn


So is this too weird for you wooters? I can't tell what people will respond to anymore. I'm super happy with this, but it sucks not to get many votes. Sorry to have another whining fit, but I'm really trying to figure out how to balance my taste with the community. Anyone have any advice?

bounty42


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orabbit wrote:So is this too weird for you wooters? I can't tell what people will respond to anymore. I'm super happy with this, but it sucks not to get many votes. Sorry to have another whining fit, but I'm really trying to figure out how to balance my taste with the community. Anyone have any advice?


For me it's a case of Thumbnail doesn't match design. Your thumbnail is a Moth. Your image isn't a Moth.

Ramyb got the same hit back in teh cooking derby because his thumb looked like a chibi rabbit cooking, but his full comp was the Bunny BBQing the knights.

Your design is solid, and I think given the weekend it's going to move up, but the disconnect between thumb and full is going to mean people who would vote might not click to see it, and people who click to see it aren't neccessarily going to want to vote.



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bluetuba


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orabbit wrote:So is this too weird for you wooters? I can't tell what people will respond to anymore. I'm super happy with this, but it sucks not to get many votes. Sorry to have another whining fit, but I'm really trying to figure out how to balance my taste with the community. Anyone have any advice?


Sometimes weird is good, I like it. Especially with the recent rules where you've got a chance of impressing an editor with your work every week instead of needing the masses.

"You can't just dress a Minion like Spock, and add a caption that says "Logical Me". There's a prison for people like that. Below my house."

llamassassin


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Re: Midnight Masquerade Blue


I almost did an owl on a branch with the moon in the background this derby. He's sitting in my sketchbook right now, in fact! I decided against it at the last minute and now I'm glad I did because it would have been way too similar to this design. Heh. Of course, yours is more unique and interesting.

Good luck to you! I know it's discouraging to not get many votes. I'm in the same boat, and it's especially discouraging this derby, because the one-liners take A LOT Of time. I know I put a ton of hard work into mine, and looking at the other entries this week, I'm sure many did.

That aside, personally I don't find it too "weird." It's unique, yes, but in a good way.

mothlab


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Re: Midnight Masquerade Blue

The melding of what looks like a luna moth and an owl with the moon is a nice use of hidden language and image. As a silkworm geneticist I use the handle mothlab" and like your design in part because Luna is a wild silkmoth. I have no fear of moths but some people in my field do, so you're not alone. Am writing mainly to encourage you and hope the judges recognize the strength of your design even if the masses don't.

orabbit


quality posts: 31 Private Messages orabbit
mothlab wrote:The melding of what looks like a luna moth and an owl with the moon is a nice use of hidden language and image. As a silkworm geneticist I use the handle mothlab" and like your design in part because Luna is a wild silkmoth. I have no fear of moths but some people in my field do, so you're not alone. Am writing mainly to encourage you and hope the judges recognize the strength of your design even if the masses don't.


Thanks so much for your comment, mothlab. Yes, it's a luna alright. Can you make fabric from luna cocoons? I never quite put it together that silkworms are moths. I'll have to dwell on that next time I wear silk boxers.

mothlab


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orabbit wrote:Thanks so much for your comment, mothlab. Yes, it's a luna alright. Can you make fabric from luna cocoons? I never quite put it together that silkworms are moths. I'll have to dwell on that next time I wear silk boxers.

Luna is in a group called "Saturniids" - related to Polyphemus, Cecropia, Prometheus (common names) moths native to the U.S. Their silk cocoons aren't very high quality (probably bec fibers are uneven, break easily, etc.) so I doubt anyone uses it for textiles, also because it would be hard to rear enough larvae to be practical. OTOH Antheraea pernyi and A. mylitta are close relatives that are semi-domesticated and cultivated en masse in China (Ap) and India (Am) for silk. They're the source of what looks a little like muslin fabric - the natural fiber is light brown and uneven so it's not shiny, but still has a nice "feel" or "hand." I believe it's often used in wool and cotton blends. Your boxers are probably made from silk of Bombyx mori, the only fully domesticated silk-producing species (can't survive on its own) which is the one used for most silk textiles. It's a moth but adults can't fly because bodies have become too big for their wings (or wings too small?) during domestication - a result of artificial selection, probably for bigger bodies and higher silk yield, also easier management in breeding, etc. Sorry to be so long-winded; probably more than you wanted to know.

orabbit


quality posts: 31 Private Messages orabbit
mothlab wrote:Luna is in a group called "Saturniids" - related to Polyphemus, Cecropia, Prometheus (common names) moths native to the U.S. Their silk cocoons aren't very high quality (probably bec fibers are uneven, break easily, etc.) so I doubt anyone uses it for textiles, also because it would be hard to rear enough larvae to be practical. OTOH Antheraea pernyi and A. mylitta are close relatives that are semi-domesticated and cultivated en masse in China (Ap) and India (Am) for silk. They're the source of what looks a little like muslin fabric - the natural fiber is light brown and uneven so it's not shiny, but still has a nice "feel" or "hand." I believe it's often used in wool and cotton blends. Your boxers are probably made from silk of Bombyx mori, the only fully domesticated silk-producing species (can't survive on its own) which is the one used for most silk textiles. It's a moth but adults can't fly because bodies have become too big for their wings (or wings too small?) during domestication - a result of artificial selection, probably for bigger bodies and higher silk yield, also easier management in breeding, etc. Sorry to be so long-winded; probably more than you wanted to know.


Wow! Thanks for all the info. Looks like the Bombyx larvae are used as a food too? Mmmmm, "ground cucumbers"!

mothlab


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orabbit wrote:Wow! Thanks for all the info. Looks like the Bombyx larvae are used as a food too? Mmmmm, "ground cucumbers"!


I've seen stir-fried Bombyx pupae but not larvae (yet). They're probably quite tasty - rich in protein and oil. Used as a source of vitamin B during the war in Japan.

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