OT (Way OT) 2013 IndyCar Calendar Proposal

Discussion in 'Fan Art' started by Shawnster, Aug 17, 2012.

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Which design is more appealing?

Poll closed Aug 23, 2012.
  1. One

    6 vote(s)
    85.7%
  2. Two

    1 vote(s)
    14.3%
  1. Shawnster

    Shawnster Commodore Commodore

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    Hy folks!

    I am one of 11 finalists chosen to design the 2013 IndyCar Calendar. The month assigned to me was October, and I was to design the theme around Row 3 from this year's Indy 500.

    Below are two initial design concepts. I am looking for opinions on which concept is more appealing. Click on the thumbnail below for a larger view.

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    Please feel free to leave any constructive comments you wish.

    Thanks!
     
  2. B.J.

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    Definitely the one on the left. I really like the comic book style of that concept. The one on the right just looks like a messy jumble.
     
  3. The Axeman

    The Axeman Commodore Commodore

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    Number one is better as its less cluttered and stands out more, but I'm not sure about the whole comic book look. A clean modern look like the fonts used on the right is more appealing to me, and in keeping with the cutting edge tech they try to push in racing. In short, layout 1 done more in the style of 2.
     
  4. largo

    largo Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    one!
     
  5. Shawnster

    Shawnster Commodore Commodore

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    Thank you, everyone, for your input. I appreciate the support and feedback.

    The overwhelming majority have been choosing the simple design over the busy collage. I liked the affect I used on the collage, so I took that affect and applied it to the cartoon layout.

    So, now we have round 2. Out of the two choice below, which one appeals more? Be sure to zoom in on choice 2 and note the sketch details.

    [​IMG]
     
  6. Dick_Valentine

    Dick_Valentine Commander Red Shirt

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    Shame you went with number 1, I preferred the other one because it had less of that ugly, ugly car shown in it...

    From the two that remain, I like the one on the right.

    *sigh* Poor series circling the drain, trading on past glories.
    It's like Enterprise: the racing series.
     
  7. B.J.

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    Tougher choice this time, but I still like the comic book version on the left. Though I will say it's hard to see the sketchy details on the right since there's not a click-through to a higher-res version.
     
  8. DFScott

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    Okay, I'm taking off my Trek shirt and putting on my Indy 500 polo. (Huge IndyCar fan here.)

    While I like the basic premise of the comic book concept, I think your posterization technique suffers from too much automation. The two-color process, when you just let the computer take over, doesn't really do that good a job at determining where the shadows should fall. If you're going to stick with two colors ("flesh" and black), then the face should be lit full-on to begin with.

    Tony is the prime example here. (My absolute favorite driver, by the way.) If you've ever met Tony in person (I have, four times now, once at Dan Wheldon's funeral), you'll know that you can spot this guy's nose from a mile away. You see his nose peeking out from beneath the pagoda, and you realize, "It's Tony Kanaan!" (That and he's as short as I am, which gives fellows like me a ray of hope.) But the two-color process on this particular Tony photo, where his face was lit mostly from one side, completely obliterates his nose, so when you squint, you don't know whether it's Tony or Bruce Willis.

    You chose a great photo. My suggestion is, do it justice by deciding which parts get posterized and how. (My wife and I covered this exact subject in a book we produced for SAMS almost a decade ago: http://www.alibris.com/booksearch?qwork=7922295) Do a three-color posterization instead, if not four. Go into the photo with the "magnetic selector," which snaps to particular changes of hue, and separate the sunlit side of Tony's face from the shadow side. Then for the two flesh colors, choose something that's not so pasty beige, at least for Tony. His Brazilian flesh tones are a little yellower. Choose a ruddier color for the center of his forehead and the bridge of his nose. Save the black for the five-o'clock shadow along his right cheek. Then don't be afraid to add a streak of white, right where the sunlight strikes his forehead, and just left of center along the bridge of his nose.

    Although your Tony photo has such wonderful contrasts, the E.J. photo you chose was lit with so much ambient light that you lose the distinguishing lines of his face. I'd go in there with a black brush and re-establish his nose, lips, and jawline. Contrast E.J. with Josef and you'll see what needs to be done.

    Minor details: I'd either lighten or remove the "winged wheel" logo on the SAFER barrier behind E.J.'s car, because with that shade, it looks like it's coming out of the nose cone. I'd add red to the Yard of Bricks over Tony's shoulder. And I'd add a white streak to the airfoil of the Dollar General car.

    It's great that you're doing a page of the IndyCar calendar next year! Maybe Tony will finally win a championship on your month!

    DF "An-n-nd Mario-o-o izz Slowin-n-n-ng Do-w-w-w-wn!" Scott
     
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