ShadowDragoonFTW wrote:Actually I can! ...though, notably, I have a trick ankle...
Still, my point is, I just think it's silly for people to get so worked up over something like this. What if this version of Red Riding Hood isn't a human, but rather an incredibly human-like creature with similar (but different) proportions? It's possible. It's a work of fiction, and Woot! has been known to feature shirts with some pretty strange stuff on it.
Honestly, I compare this to somebody getting upset about the Yogi Bear shirt that came up this week because bears can't really contort their arm in such a way as that one was -- nay, that he can even hold on to a pointer stick at all is ludicrous on an unimaginable scale!
Except the yogi bear shirt was an obvious joke. Given the near-identical elements in this tee from a previous Ramy winner, one could argue this tee is also a joke, but it's a bit of a different sort.
The execution on this jars the eyes, whereas it's not quite so jarring on yogi that he's a bit anthropomorphized. There is no stylistic evidence that the proportions and positions are not meant to be human. Put another way, critiquing Picasso for having no concept of how a face is arranged would be stupid, but it would be completely valid criticism in a Rembrandt portrait. This is not to compare the user here to an actual artist (the criticisms of looking like a 15year old otaku's work is incredibly valid... there's no style here at all, only desperate copying), but to show the difference between realism and more abstract presentations (or as you say, some "pretty strange stuff"). The styling here suggests that, unless anime is all about having no concept of anatomy, we are going for a "realistic" representation. Nothing about this implies it's from an alternate world, except the fact that it's nearly identical to a former woot shirt and yet wasn't rejected.
But yes, it is completely silly to look at something and say "this looks wrong. It's not so much that I don't like it or don't understand it, but it simply looks completely wrong. I hope something that was better executed wins, because I don't want to wear something which will spur people to say 'uh, what's up with the drawing? it looks wrong!'" We should definitely just let anything with those sorts of obvious flaws slip through and not comment, because why wouldn't someone buy a shirt they liked even if it was amateurish? You're completely right. Just like my "Can't Sleep, the Clowns Will Eat Me" shirt, anyone who judges me for what I wear, even if what I wear looks like it was torn from the back page of an inattentive freshman's science notebook, is just jealous that they couldn't have my awesome and creative tee.