jxchen wrote:Tobias is correct in that if this submission is off theme, then so too would be the Firefly submission. It shows no flame and only has the word 'fire' in the title. The entry depicting the lighter and matches bowing also show no fire. This entry at least shows some amount of flame, though it is minimized in comparison to the characters.
If we're going to force artists to think in terms of technicality, perhaps they should create a derby for stereo instructions.
I don't disagree that that should be rejected. This is, again, the FIRE derby. The main difference is that Firefly is a wearable, artistic design. that doesn't make it on theme. As for the lighter/match entries, you could certainly argue they should be rejected too, and if woot did so, there should be no whining. The difference there is that matches and lighters are directly and irrevocably linked to fire. Fireflies are not, and foxes are DEFINITELY NOT. That there is no fire around a match is less of an issue than no fire around a fox. this should be simple logic. But again, woot would be totally in the right to reject those entries, too.
This is a horrible argument. That other work would need to be rejected does not make this design on theme, or make it something that shouldn't be rejected. OBVIOUSLY a derby should reject ALL off theme work. It is simply more important to get rid of that which is off theme and also has no redeeming qualities. This is so much less on topic than the other designs which also would run the risk of rejection, and may indeed deserve to be rejected, that there is no excuse why this piece shouldn't be gone IMMEDIATELY and FIRST. If you're trying to cast a British actor in a film, and there's an Irish guy and an Italian in the wings waiting to audition, neither of them are what you're looking for, but the Italian probably shouldn't have been let in to begin with.
That doesn't limit the designers, either. Fire has lots of applications. You don't see it here because this is woot, but this is a wide-open theme. Artistry could run rampant, were this a site that went for that sort of thing. It is not limiting at all to require real, fiery fire to be present in a fire derby. It's not about forcing people into technicalities. It's about forcing people to follow the rules of the derby, and the theme is the biggest rule of all. If you are the sort of person who sees a theme like this as limiting anyone who stays on theme, you are not cut out for art. Art is about thinking outside the box. Fable has not done so, except insofar as the box said "make a design about fire," and she made a design about glowing.