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Thanks for the updated version!
True, it is inevitable that I will use more prominently the owls which better represent what I want for Eigen. Still, I can use both, and I'll certainly find a use for any owl that I receive.
I like your beta2 much better than beta1:
- it is more lively, as you say, and less serious. It looks younger.
- in particular, I like better now the way you draw its face.
- it is even kind of funny now, while being very professorly.
- i like the way it holds the book.
The following is not an intrinsic critique of your drawing, it's more a statement of what I have in mind for Eigen's mascot. Just so you know what I'm really looking for.
- in two words: cuddly and hilarious.
- cuddly: I imagined a fluffy, chubby owl that looks like it has eaten too much and makes one want to scratch its tummy. In particular:
-- The body should probably be bigger than the head. Otherwise, what
would one want to scratch? Also some fatness goes well with my idea.
-- The way you draw the head (with the nose lines continuing up into
the ears) is realistic for an owl, but somehow it makes it look serious;
I think what happens is that it makes the eyes somewhat nested in deep
arcades. Maybe a less realistic head is worth experimenting with? Also
that would give you more freedom to play with the ears, as their shape
would no longer be dictated by the nose.
- hilarious: I imagined an owl that _tries_ to look very wise (professorly attitude or attributes) but fails miserably.
-- Your beta2 owl doesn't fail at all looking wise -- it actually looks so!
I see two ways how it could _try_ looking wise without actually looking
--- by having a generally silly attitude that makes it just not credible
at all as a professor.
--- or more specifically by misusing professor attributes. Best example:
David's top-left owl with the hat hanging on the ear.
-- Self-derision for Eigen: this means Eigen is not so serious, actually
inside of it all the job is done by crazy/silly owls!
-- Make people laugh. If they don't draw any other benefit from Eigen, at
least there will be that.
On Tuesday 01 April 2008 08:19:21 Ronnie Tucker wrote:
> Hi all,
> This one is somewhat more friendly looking and more 'animated' in that
> he looks like he's mid-lecture.
> As for *having* to use both our sketches: I'm really not fussed if
> David's is a better idea and more appropriate. My sketches only take a
> few minutes so it's not like I'm losing days of work or anything. :)
> May the best man win! :D
> Thanks for the critiques on the sketches so far, keep them coming!
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