tgentry wrote:I'd also add that designers don't have to do 'epics' every time out. I know personally it can be frustrating to just want to do something simple and fun and then get complaints about how it isn't up to snuff with your usual work, when in fact there's really nothing wrong with it.
I would also add to this that sometimes the simple but clear designs are also the great ones that work on the medium in question (**on a t-shirt*).
This is not the WIP forum on cgtalk, it is a t-shirt site. The art goes on t-shirts and is sumbitted for that purpose, not to be insulted by your average user, especially impolitely. (Frankly, it is a little pitiful to see someone who has no entries or never places in the top ten to be as consistantly insulting to the artists and voters as they are. I mean, what is the point?)
Of the 30+ different wootshirts I own, my most frequently admired are the ones with simple, clear, and well-executed designs. The same ones that are most often derided by the most negative posters on this site (Adder, for the loudest example)
Examples of clear, frequently complimented, simple and well-executed (and popular) designs include: Angry Day, 1986 (Zelda), Grow, Cake, Maple Leaf, KTHNXBIA!, etc... At least two of which got ridden in their derby by commenters as "bad" / overly simple shirts.
I vote and purchase based on if the design should be on a t-shirt. Many of the most frequently insulted artists (Cho, tgentry) are also the ones who understand the medium in question, and work to push the edges to new and interesting ideas.
Oh, and simply, designers leave if they get insulted to the degree that they do on this site by folks who have no manners whatsoever. We have already lost old derby winners (and printed entries) already, like fan-favorite Jimiyo (and Cho for a while), who got printed but moved to other less fan aggressive t-shirt sites.
Think before you post, and ask if you want the community to be toxic.