Re: The One Eyewasher
Wow - leave for awhile and you miss a lot!
Thanks to all, even if you don't like the design and/or disagree.
orabbit - the one-color/one-line/drawing derbies have been frustrating, since I like to use color/gradients/halftones. I like this week's design as much as the ones you've linked to, though more than the ones from the past several weeks (except for Metamorphosis, which was lots of fun to experiment with).
Interestingly, each of the ones you linked to was a "test project" where I was trying to teach myself a specific technique (gradient mesh w/ April Showers, Magna-outlined characters with Cenntipede, and symbols w/ gradients in Namarie). And this design came about because I'm learning how to create fire effects and translate them to a six-color design.
One of the primary things I use this creative outlet for is to learn how to use Illustrator better (so I can use it in real-world applications). I just started in Illustrator, other than basic shapes, last summer, and - because I really need it for my current job - I had to find a fun way to teach myself how to do much more powerful things with it.
The Donner Party design (my only win, as lloyd pointed out) was a family in-joke I designed with my family in the room with me - totally on a spur of the moment. It was also my first-ever rejected daily that I saved up until the time was right that the derby theme fit.
Looking at the designs you've linked, I will try to consider what I was doing differently (how I was approaching design), and see if I can move back that way.
As I've said, I do this because it's fun and is a challenge (which is why I really do want to play within the rules, which is difficult when the rules are unevenly applied). Thanks for your feedback - I will try to incorporate it when I get back from Africa next month (a scary and challenging experience, all of its own).