I don't speak up about most things on here but I take issue with why this was rejected. I really don't care who does what or whether a design is great or a big steaming pile. I don't care if you love or hate the artist or design. I personally don't get into the whole politics and drama. I just like rules to be followed by the artists and by the people in charge. I hate seeing designs break rules and win, and I hate seeing legit entries rejected.
I understand NO TEXT rejections because its plainly stated in the rules. I wish USE OF VECTOR PACKS was cause for rejection but putting aside any hatred you have for the artist or the design, why was this rejected?
The reject statement says "So this contains the color blue, but that's the only reference I see."
Fair enough. I don't see any other references to "blue" either...but what did the rules say? Did the rules say that you needed more than one reference to BLUE? I didn't see that part in the description. Please show me. And if you can, I'll gladly say I was wrong and this should be rejected. I didn't vote for it nor was I going to buy it or make money off of it. My whole point for speaking up is for the principle of the whole thing. The theme isn't "The Blues" or "Feeling Blue". How can you have a description for the theme that says:
"Are we talking about the color of light with wavelengths of roughly 440–490 nanometers?" ... "Yes, all of it and more. Any shade of meaning of the word "blue" you desire is fair game this week."
and then reject something that centers around the color blue? The way the derby description is written, "the bird being blue" is all it has to be. There are designs centered around blue berries, blue birds, blue whales... so why not this bird that is emanating blue? If he was sad, then would it have been ok? If he was playing the blues would that be ok? If being "blue" or playing "blues" is whats required, then the other elements of using an animal or plant with "blue" in its name or the color "blue" are completely irrelevant. And if those are the only uses of the word "blue" that should have been used then the derby description should have specifically said "Your design should center around the feeling of being BLUE or center around musical style of THE BLUES and should not center merely around the color of light with wavelengths of roughly 440–490 nanometers."