chance of bowl: 13.6%
Brady Hoke on Notre Dame's decision to pull out of the annual rivalry game:
"We have unbelievable rivalry games at Michigan. The Notre Dame game, that rivalry, which they're chickening out of…they're still gonna play Michigan State, they're gonna play Purdue, they don't want to play Michigan."
Coach Hoke said it best, and the concept speaks for itself, so I don't have much to add.
I do want to point out that I've included iOS 7 parallax wallpapers for both iPhone screen sizes. I've been using iOS 7 in my other life as an app designer and it really bugged me that last week's wallpapers didn't look right on the new OS. I'll experiment with iPad-flavored parallax wallpapers later in the season.
The image below is a preview only. You can get the widescreen, iPad and mobile wallpapers at The Art. The Art. The Art!.
Follow me on Twitter @thearttheart for updates.
I had the opportunity to create the HTTV book cover artwork again this year. I chose to retain the format of the 2012 cover but added a dramatic Michigan Stadium backdrop and replaced Denard Robinson (sniff) with Taylor Lewan. You might recognize the stadium backdrop from my 2011 'All That Glitters' wallpaper.
For the first time, I'm releasing a series of three schedule wallpapers on the same day (wow, that sounds a little self-important). All three wallpapers are based on the new HTTV cover artwork. Photos provided by MGoBlog. The images below are previews only. You can get the widescreen, iPad and mobile wallpapers at The Art. The Art. The Art!.
Part 1 - Brady Hoke
I like to imagine that we've caught Coach Hoke in his short sleeve shirt in 40º weather, without his headset and deciding to go for the win instead of the tie.
Part 2 - 'Michigan's Man Up Front'
The Michigan Marching Band is an important part of the game day experience; more important than the final score according to former athletic director Bill Martin's game day experience survey. I had a request from a current Michigan Marching Band member for a band-inspired wallpaper and I'm happy to oblige.
Part 3 - Taylor Lewan
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Wow, it's been an eternity in MGoBlog time since I posted a wallpaper. I've had a busier schedule than I could have ever imagined. My wife and I welcomed our 2nd child, a beautiful baby girl named Norah. I've also had to adapt to being a parent to children, not just a child. Let me tell you, that is a much different beast.
All of that to say this - I'm sorry that it's been so long. I'm hopeful that too much hasn't changed in my favorite corner of the internet. I haven't missed much other than 12 or so "redshirt" threads, it seems.
This wallpaper is going to be hit or miss with you all, I'm sure. When trying to decide what type of wallpaper I'd go with for the Chippewas, I came up with several non-PC options (indian casino, putting Brady Hoke's face on a Chief, etc.) and then landed on the dreamcatcher design. Believe it or not, I like to incorporate some depth/history into my wallpapers (HEY, that Zombie Toussaint wallpaper was totally cerebral..get it? Brains?...anyway...), so I did some research on the Chippewa people. One big cultural/artistic piece I came across being attributed to them was the dreamcatcher. Now, I'd made one back in elementary school and it was cool then, but I was stoked to make a 2013 Michigan Football theme for my new catcher of dreams. I used that as my base and threw in a picture of a random Michigan field for good measure.
I wanted the wallpaper to have the schedule on it, so that's why it's there. I did add a texture to the overall wallpaper to give it an interesting feel, so it's not as clean-cut as some in the past, but I like it (and in the end that's really all that matters, right?).
Anyway, I hope you enjoy it and will use it or perhaps my Scenic Michigan Stadium wallpaper until Notre Dame week arrives. One week, ladies and gentleman! Let's Go BLUE!!!
Enjoy and GO BLUE!
Ok, so another quick wallpaper post before I head back to more baby duty (yes, I know it never really ends). I made this wallpaper in the style of a vintage travel poster. I think it'd be cool to do a whole series of these for our away games (which if I get the chance to, I might try to get them done pre-season) and then compile them into one giant wallpaper set. Anyway, the usual disclaimers, etc. Hope you like it. Go Blue!
Ok, so I'm getting this in really quick so that I can go back to taking care of my week-old MGoBaby, but I wanted to post this before I logged off. I made this quick wallpaper because I LOVE the confidence that Devin showed when asked point-blank about the OSU game and this team's championship potential. Hopefully, you all enjoy it. Once I get around to making a mobile and/or tablet version, I'll make this into a diary with some variations to choose from. Until then, constructive criticism is always welcome as I am constantly striving to get my fingers on the board's collective pulse when it comes to wallpaper design. Requests are welcome, as well, but I can't guarantee (unlike Devin) that I'll be up for the challenge at this time.
EDIT: Added a few textures to give it a little better look.
Just a quick wallpaper I worked on tonight. It's not my favorite, but I'm pretty sure that's because my taste is changing slowly due to all the damn baby/portrait photography I'm doing at the moment. Anyway, it's a neat look for Fitz, who, having DIED (I can only assume an injury as brutal as his caused his demise), has risen again as an undead running back of doom. Enjoy.
EDIT: I don't normally put these in the board, but since the substance was so minimal for this wallpaper (no, I'm not doing a mobile version), I figured it was best to not be a diary. Feel free to move, mods, as you are omnipotent on these pages. Also, not sure whether this should be OT...?