punksthetic wrote:Yes, I realize that... But it doesn't really matter that the guideline is there or not. It's not like the shirt is going to be sold like that.
The shirt isn't going to physically PRINT like that, sure, but when trying to SELL your shirt to a voting public, presentation is everything. Since you're new, a good idea would be to browse past derbies and see how the top rated entries presented their artwork. Clearly you have talent (well ok that's subjective, but I liked the shirt), but talent alone will not a winner make.
Yes you can modify the shirt comp - the important parts are 1) the correct shirt color, 2) a full-sized shirt showing the placement of the design. Closer views are nice so we can see detail, but not required. There's a forum thread somewhere with alternate shirt comp layouts that fellow artists have shared for use, if you want. Sorry I don't have the link handy.
Another good idea is to post a link or in-line closeup of details of the design, many of us appreciate seeing them, especially on detailed shirts where it's just hard to catch it all in the shirt comp.
Oh, and instead of pimping your design in the first comment, use your first comment to put something interesting about your inspiration, method, or whatever. It just brings interest/attention without feeling like begging Your signature can have a link or button or whatever saying "vote for Tesla!" and that's a nice way to get a little attention to your shirt.