Derby 269: Worst. Job. EVER.
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So Alone...

So Alone...
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oakenspirit


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Re: So Alone...


Curiosity has the hardest job possible... Searching for life, ALL ALONE, on a planet light years away from his creators...

It's kind of like we are just throwing him out there to die...

Also... This shirt is Red...


oakenspirit


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So, I would love some advice.
I have been posting shirt ideas for a few months now with little to slight success. I know the competition is fierce and that many of my ideas/art will lose by default when put next to some of the other designs but I am hoping to improve each week. (I'm truthfully pretty new to photoshop as I am more of an oldschool artist).

So, point being... this shirt, I was decently proud of AND I felt fit the Woot demographic... yet, I have 2 votes... 2. I know its likely too late to update and improve it but is there anything anyone would recommend about my style/format that may help in future derbies?

Hope this is coming across relatively nonentitled sounding...


tomspc


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oakenspirit wrote:So, I would love some advice.
I have been posting shirt ideas for a few months now with little to slight success. I know the competition is fierce and that many of my ideas/art will lose by default when put next to some of the other designs but I am hoping to improve each week. (I'm truthfully pretty new to photoshop as I am more of an oldschool artist).

So, point being... this shirt, I was decently proud of AND I felt fit the Woot demographic... yet, I have 2 votes... 2. I know its likely too late to update and improve it but is there anything anyone would recommend about my style/format that may help in future derbies?

Hope this is coming across relatively nonentitled sounding...


Here's how I see it. This woot group is nothing more than a clique. You my friend are outside the clique and no one will vote for you. Plus they looooove their rainbows, unicorns, bunnies, kittens, etc. Draw as if your audience is a bunch of snobby little 12 year old girls and that should help your reputation. Until you actually get chosen for print, you will be treated as a nobody. Good luck!

tomspc


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oakenspirit wrote:So, I would love some advice.
I have been posting shirt ideas for a few months now with little to slight success. I know the competition is fierce and that many of my ideas/art will lose by default when put next to some of the other designs but I am hoping to improve each week. (I'm truthfully pretty new to photoshop as I am more of an oldschool artist).

So, point being... this shirt, I was decently proud of AND I felt fit the Woot demographic... yet, I have 2 votes... 2. I know its likely too late to update and improve it but is there anything anyone would recommend about my style/format that may help in future derbies?

Hope this is coming across relatively nonentitled sounding...


I gave you my vote.

sheenachu


quality posts: 0 Private Messages sheenachu
oakenspirit wrote:So, I would love some advice.
I have been posting shirt ideas for a few months now with little to slight success. I know the competition is fierce and that many of my ideas/art will lose by default when put next to some of the other designs but I am hoping to improve each week. (I'm truthfully pretty new to photoshop as I am more of an oldschool artist).

So, point being... this shirt, I was decently proud of AND I felt fit the Woot demographic... yet, I have 2 votes... 2. I know its likely too late to update and improve it but is there anything anyone would recommend about my style/format that may help in future derbies?

Hope this is coming across relatively nonentitled sounding...


I'm having the same problem I love this design though! It is clever AND cute which seems to be what is popular here GMV!

sheenachu


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The derby is a cruel beast

wottwin


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oakenspirit wrote:So, I would love some advice.
I have been posting shirt ideas for a few months now with little to slight success. I know the competition is fierce and that many of my ideas/art will lose by default when put next to some of the other designs but I am hoping to improve each week. (I'm truthfully pretty new to photoshop as I am more of an oldschool artist).

So, point being... this shirt, I was decently proud of AND I felt fit the Woot demographic... yet, I have 2 votes... 2. I know its likely too late to update and improve it but is there anything anyone would recommend about my style/format that may help in future derbies?

Hope this is coming across relatively nonentitled sounding...


It's a cute concept and I like some of your details (like the "live long and prosper" hand signal), I just think your execution needs a little refining. The background doesn't read Mars to me, too pinkish maybe, and since I'm not too familier with the Curiosity I thought it was Johnny 5 or Wall-E at first. Something that makes the design seem off to me is that the Curiosity has a hand-drawn, unsymetrical style. Since it's a machine I think it would be better if the lines and angles were more straight and symetrical like a real machine is. That's my two cents, hope you find it helpful. Keep on truckin'!

kevlar51


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oakenspirit wrote:So, I would love some advice.
I have been posting shirt ideas for a few months now with little to slight success. I know the competition is fierce and that many of my ideas/art will lose by default when put next to some of the other designs but I am hoping to improve each week. (I'm truthfully pretty new to photoshop as I am more of an oldschool artist).

So, point being... this shirt, I was decently proud of AND I felt fit the Woot demographic... yet, I have 2 votes... 2. I know its likely too late to update and improve it but is there anything anyone would recommend about my style/format that may help in future derbies?

Hope this is coming across relatively nonentitled sounding...


What's your method when approaching photoshop? Do you draw by hand, then scan and color from there? Or do you use a tablet? Work with what you're most comfortable with for now.

As for the style, I think scaling back on the halftones will help; though everyone goes through a phase of over-halftoning before they learn how to cut it down. But they're really not crucial to a good design. It helps to look at your work during the process and ask yourself "is this element necessary?" If the answer is "no," then take it out.

When it comes to "cute" designs, try to steer clear of "tear-jerker." Honestly, "Geek" trumps "cute" here most times anyway. Only a couple artists here have really managed to pull off cute designs successfully (but admittedly, they have been very successful with it).

And submission time still matters if you're going for votes--it's easy to get lost in the shuffle when you sub mid week, in my opinion.

Bottom line is keep it up. As people get to know you and your work you'll build a nice following of good people who really appreciate your stuff You're definitely on the right track by constantly striving to improve!

paxdomino


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oakenspirit wrote:So, I would love some advice.
I have been posting shirt ideas for a few months now with little to slight success. I know the competition is fierce and that many of my ideas/art will lose by default when put next to some of the other designs but I am hoping to improve each week. (I'm truthfully pretty new to photoshop as I am more of an oldschool artist).

So, point being... this shirt, I was decently proud of AND I felt fit the Woot demographic... yet, I have 2 votes... 2. I know its likely too late to update and improve it but is there anything anyone would recommend about my style/format that may help in future derbies?

Hope this is coming across relatively nonentitled sounding...


I really like the robot in the foreground. I think you could add a field of space in the background with earth far in the distance and it would really enforce the feeling of lonliness and being on another planet. Good luck!

oakenspirit


quality posts: 72 Private Messages oakenspirit
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Thanks for the thoughts and advice guys.

This is quite a learning experience but I am really enjoying it so far.


oakenspirit


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kevlar51 wrote:What's your method when approaching photoshop? Do you draw by hand, then scan and color from there? Or do you use a tablet? Work with what you're most comfortable with for now.

As for the style, I think scaling back on the halftones will help; though everyone goes through a phase of over-halftoning before they learn how to cut it down. But they're really not crucial to a good design. It helps to look at your work during the process and ask yourself "is this element necessary?" If the answer is "no," then take it out.

When it comes to "cute" designs, try to steer clear of "tear-jerker." Honestly, "Geek" trumps "cute" here most times anyway. Only a couple artists here have really managed to pull off cute designs successfully (but admittedly, they have been very successful with it).

And submission time still matters if you're going for votes--it's easy to get lost in the shuffle when you sub mid week, in my opinion.

Bottom line is keep it up. As people get to know you and your work you'll build a nice following of good people who really appreciate your stuff You're definitely on the right track by constantly striving to improve!


I typically draw the images, scan them in, use threshold in photoshop, and color from there...

As for the halftoning excess, I can see your point. I was thinking more along the lines that halftones on just the shirt have that faded look so may work well as a background with a more solid focal point but in execution, I suppose it did come off a little more busy than intended.

Thanks for the input.


aerc712


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wottwin wrote:It's a cute concept and I like some of your details (like the "live long and prosper" hand signal), I just think your execution needs a little refining. The background doesn't read Mars to me, too pinkish maybe, and since I'm not too familier with the Curiosity I thought it was Johnny 5 or Wall-E at first. Something that makes the design seem off to me is that the Curiosity has a hand-drawn, unsymetrical style. Since it's a machine I think it would be better if the lines and angles were more straight and symetrical like a real machine is. That's my two cents, hope you find it helpful. Keep on truckin'!


I had a similar reaction to this design. The idea itself is good, I just personally prefer when the design is a bit more polished, for lack of better phrasing. One aspect that stuck out to me is that the white part of the background reminded me of the effect the spray can in MS Paint has. That's cool for doodles/sketches, but not necessarily something I'm going to pay for. Again, the idea itself is not bad and I think the big thing is to just keep working, keep practicing. Talk to artists, watch tutorials.

fizzicksdude


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oakenspirit wrote:Curiosity has the hardest job possible... Searching for life, ALL ALONE, on a planet light years away from his creators...

It's kind of like we are just throwing him out there to die...

Also... This shirt is Red...


Sorry, but as a physics guy I can't let you get away with saying that Curiosity is light years away...more like light minutes...around 7 min right now and 22 min when we are as far a part as possible.

oakenspirit


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fizzicksdude wrote:Sorry, but as a physics guy I can't let you get away with saying that Curiosity is light years away...more like light minutes...around 7 min right now and 22 min when we are as far a part as possible.


See, I knew when I wrote that I was going to get flak...

haha

Lightyears just sounds so much cooler!


fizzicksdude


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oakenspirit wrote:See, I knew when I wrote that I was going to get flak...

haha

Lightyears just sounds so much cooler!


I do agree that does sound more impressive than light minutes lol...I think that's is why in the news articles they get quoted as "10's of millions of miles away" or something along those lines.

I was teasing all and good fun and I do like the shirt, I just have a hard time feeling sorry for Curiosity when it is the single coolest piece of technology that has ever come along...in this solar system at least.

oakenspirit


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fizzicksdude wrote:I do agree that does sound more impressive than light minutes lol...I think that's is why in the news articles they get quoted as "10's of millions of miles away" or something along those lines.

I was teasing all and good fun and I do like the shirt, I just have a hard time feeling sorry for Curiosity when it is the single coolest piece of technology that has ever come along...in this solar system at least.


Is it amazing... I have been doing curiosity art for months now... hehe... even wrote a picture book for my lil daughter...

and no worries... I assumed you were teasing... I typically read EVERYTHING on the internet with sarcasm and joking filters on so I don't go home crying... ;)


tia1982


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oakenspirit wrote:So, I would love some advice.
I have been posting shirt ideas for a few months now with little to slight success. I know the competition is fierce and that many of my ideas/art will lose by default when put next to some of the other designs but I am hoping to improve each week. (I'm truthfully pretty new to photoshop as I am more of an oldschool artist).

So, point being... this shirt, I was decently proud of AND I felt fit the Woot demographic... yet, I have 2 votes... 2. I know its likely too late to update and improve it but is there anything anyone would recommend about my style/format that may help in future derbies?

Hope this is coming across relatively nonentitled sounding...


This shirt made me feel sad. It works but I don't want my shirt to make me feel alone and unwanted.

oakenspirit


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tia1982 wrote:This shirt made me feel sad. It works but I don't want my shirt to make me feel alone and unwanted.


I actually agree with this...

I made him happy in another version of this shirt but wanted to make it fit the theme better... maybe I'll tweak it and submit it again later in the happy, cleaner, BETTER done version. hehe


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