tomspc wrote:I'm no artist but I would think that if you can throw 4 designs into the Derby within a day, you're probably not drawing, sounds more like graphic art. Maybe I will begin submitting designs, even I can manipulate photos and clip art.
I'm not sure which design this comment is directed at (it's not attached to one of my designs, that I can see), but since I've also submitted four designs this week, I might suggest that a lot of artists keep a file of designs that they've not submitted (or that they submitted as an unaccepted daily), and hold onto those until there's a derby theme that can (even tangentially) fit that design.
This week, for example, only one of my designs (the Pirate one) was started from scratch. The Pi Rho Delta one (that I probably should have just archived, in retrospect) was finished about four months ago and underwent no design alterations. The Dark Tower one was mostly done last week, with only the text and grunge-work done for this derby. The Cosa Nostra Grammatica one was mostly completed three months ago, though I was never happy with the title until it switched to its present form.
The first design I printed, I'm a Humanatarian, had been sitting in my TBD file for almost a year before a derby came up that fit the theme ("Comfort Foods"), and the Art Deco treatment I used in the other design of mine that got printed, Food of the Future, had been in my scratch files for a few months, waiting for a good theme and logo (which my wife provided right after Thanksgiving dinner).
As an engineer, one of the things I've been taught - and read about (see: Thomas Edison) - is that your odds of success go way up if you're willing to work on a large volume of ideas, even if most of them fizzle, fail, or are only marginally successful (though you try not to repeat the same failure modes). So instead of playing video games at night (I'm a night owl with some insomnia), I work on lots of designs (many of which never go anywhere, or have parts that get borrowed for other designs down the road), and then hold onto the completed ones until a derby comes up that fits them (or, with a few alterations, would fit them). Sometimes I cull and archive designs from my TBD file, because some of the older designs look really bad now. Or, I pull them out, start from scratch, and run the same concept, but with better execution.
Don't know if that helps, but it is at least my explanation why an artist would have 4 or more subs in a weekend...