It's Ryan filling in today until I can decide on Monday's new writer. That person should be in place for next week's Monday post. In the meantime, lets talk Stanley Cup Playoffs. Has anyone been lucky enough to get to a playoff game this year yet? Obviously, I haven't. Being from Toronto, the season typically ends in early April. I did get to Game 7 in 2004 (Ottawa @ Toronto) and I was also at Maple Leaf Gardens in 1993 for Game 7, Norris Final (St. Louis @ Toronto). Leafs won both of those games!
COTY-April vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern time)
COTW May 5-11 vote (ends Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern time)
Jokerit Competition entries (due Friday @ 11:59pm Eastern time)
Cleveland Barons by Alex J.
Cleveland Barons by Christian L.
Edmonton Oilers by Garrett F.
Pittsburgh Penguins by Stephen T.
Vegas gold on this concept to yellow for the above concept. Oh look, he coloured it red for a Senators concept that was posted on April 20. This concept has been rated and critiqued several times before, so thank you for wasting our time Stephen. It seems to me that you don't put enough effort or heart into your concepts and I feel that I don't need to provide that effort or heart when rating your concepts. For the first time ever on HJC this concept gets a...
San Jose Sharks by Stephen T.
This is what the Sharks would look like with either teal or orange used in a classic striping pattern. Could use some shoulder patches, and a helmet logo, and some heart and effort. I also enjoy seeing small details taken care of and that includes colouring all spaces behind the Reebok logo the appropriate colour (see inside the R).
Bayern Munich by Stephen T.
stripes used on the sleeve trim of the actual red football kit. For the numbers, I think a thick blue outline would work best rather than a 2 colour outline.
Including all of today's (and this week's) concepts, there are a total of 115 concepts waiting to be posted. Of those 115 concepts, 31 of them are Stephen's (26.9%). The next highest total is for someone who has 9 and that's because it's a series completed ahead of time. Stephen, you need to slow down because your work is suffering! I get the feeling that you don't read the comments though, so I may just be yelling into the wind.
Battle of the Lone Star Plate (License Plate Series) by Daniel L.
St. Louis Blues (fauxbacks) by Joey F.
Bel-Air Academy by David K.
Atlanta Flames (Back From The Dead Series) by Mike S.
I once heard someone say that what makes something art is that it comes from one's heart. "Paint by numbers" pictures can look great, but you'll never see them in an art gallery because they're done with your brain. The same theory can be applied to jersey concepts. It's great to think about what something would look like, but you need to go further. You need to feel something inside yourself which adds some uniqueness and creativity to your concepts. You can still make classic looking concepts, but ask yourself what you can do to make your concept unique. Why do people need to see your concept? Not every jersey is going to be a masterpiece, but your reputation can certainly improve how readers perceive your concepts.
That's all for me. It was fun to get to review concepts again. Next week your new HJC writer should be in place!