to play football, not to play trumpet
It's that magical time of year when the weather seems poised to thaw the cold of a brutal winter and March Madness is on the brink of wiping out all productivity I hoped to achieve at my job. At home, I spend my time trying to beat last year's wallpapers for the tournament. Here's a hint: I don't think (outside of another Final Four run) I can even come close to topping last year's bevy of well-crafted work I pulled out of my ass at 2 am. But, hey, I can try to at least give you something decent to work with. That being said, these are just some generic wallpapers I've been working on this week (yes, I know it's Monday...THIS WEEK...it's a sad obsession). Hopefully, you will enjoy at least one of these until I get a tournament-flavored treat ready for you. That is, if I don't collapse from sleep-deprivation before uploading them. Also, my keyboard and mouse are dying on me...
"We Focus" Desktop (1920x1080)
"Win the game!" Desktop (1920x1080) [Comic-style panel #1]
"How are we going to play?" Desktop (1920x1080) [Comic-style panel #2]
"Not just a shooter!" Desktop (1920x1080) [Comic-style panel #3]
Ok, so these were quick and fun. I enjoyed putting the three panels together to form one super widescreen set-up at home. As I mentioned above, hopefully you will find one or two to hold you over until the real wallpapers arrive with the tournament. As always, constructive criticism and/or suggestions for future wallpapers are welcome.
Not much to say other than "Thank you" to JMo. Hell of a time at UM. He's been a source of great joy and great consternation for MGoBlog. Anyway, I'll be keeping this short since my keyboard/mouse are on the fritz. Hope you enjoy this! I'll be working on some more wallpapers for the tourney just like last year. As always, any ideas you'd like to see are welcome.
It's about time we have some new Michigan basketball wallpapers. Last year, I made a couple intricate ones of a "throwback" roster photo an Atlanta-themed one come tourney time. Recently, I wanted to make something bold and simple, but that would also tie into this year's team.
Behold WE WORK. I've made one for desktops (widescreen and fullscreen), plus an iPad version that is built to rotate with your device and another for the iPhone. You can download all of them HERE.
As always, if you have any ideas for other wallpapers, post in the comments and I'll make others throughout the rest of the season.
WELL...now that football is essentially done, it's time for us to focus on the basketball team (yes, I know, and HOCKEY). We play someone good Tuesday, I think, so that should be quite the exciting game. We also get another somewhat good team in two weeks. Man, this December schedule is BRUTAL. Anyway, if you're curious as to HOW BRUTAL or who I'm referring to, FEAR NOT! I have produced a schedule wallpaper for your information delight!
16:9 Desktop (1920x1080) -
EDIT: Sorry about before...I broke photobucket, apparently. Thanks, MGoBlog!
I'm tired, so you don't get much of an actual explanation on design reasons or any of that jazz. I thought I'd just tone it down a bit since we're all a bit pissy about the football season, Hand, etc. Not flashy, but effective. PLEASE give me ideas you'd like in future wallpapers because I'm hoping for a more MGoBlog-centric development of these wallpapers for basketball season. I'm open to pretty much anything aesthetically-speaking and would love a challenge. Anyway, I hope you enjoy the wallpaper. Go Blue, beat Northwestern and Iowa State this weekend!
Desktop (16:9) -
Mobile-ish (ok, so it's just portrait orientation, I don't want to make tons of variations) -
CALL IT THERMOPYLAE, THEN.
Someone in this diary is going to get all ancient Greek savvy on me and tell me that Spartans didn't believe there was anything to look forward to in the afterlife ("300 isn't HISTORY, man!"). Or something. I don't care, okay? Good. Now that we got that out of the way, I decided upon a theme of Elysium because it does two things for me, symbolically.
One, it establishes that I respect the toughness and fight that the Spartans give in their game. While I may despise their very existence, only a blind homer (no pun intended - ANCIENT GREEK HIGH FIVE) wouldn't give them credit for being a formidable opponent as of late. To that end, should they die in battle (symbolically, of course), they would have earned an eternity in Elysium for dying in a worthy manner.
That brings me to my second thing that using this symbolism does for me. It establishes that they lose this "battle." They fight hard, but every one of the Spartans perish in my world here. We'll just call it "Thermopylae" for good measure.
Anyway, it's a pretty wallpaper that also has a bloody helmet on it with a spear marking a job well done in the battle by our Wolverines against their worthy (and eternally annoying) younger brothers. I hope you like it. If you don't, just dig up any other number of good MSU wallpapers from the past couple years and use that. Just don't look at the date...As always, constructive criticism and/or ideas for current or future wallpapers is encouraged. After all, even if we do piss off Space Coyote with our lack of playcall commentary acumen, we're all still united in our love of Michigan and our hatred of Sparty. I do this, and every wallpaper I design, for your enjoyment alone, MGoBlog.
No mobile version yet...sorry...I'll get on that ASAP.
HDR Version (with M logo in sky):