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So you've probably heard by now that I won't be producing weekly schedule wallpapers this season, and some have taken that to mean that I won't be producing any wallpapers at all. However, as I was considering semi-retirement in the face of my grown-up-adult-9-to-5-then-kids-bedtime-sleep-is-important responsibilities, I set aside time to design a few rivalry game wallpapers. The Ohio State game is a given (and probably Michigan State too) and I couldn't pass up the historic night game at The Big House.
Last year I made Touchdown Jesus say "No Good", prompting concern from my young daughter over God's feelings about mocking Jesus. "No sweetie, I'm not mocking Jesus, I'm mocking Notre Dame. God enjoys this kind of thing." Several other promising and less-blasphemous ideas were left to rot in the pages of my sketchbook, including a few inspired by the saying "All that glitters is not gold." I pictured everything from a rainbow with a pot of fools good to a Notre Dame helmet peeling to reveal a rusted shell.
Like The Game, the first night game at Michigan Stadium calls for a dramatic rather than humorous image. Where Ohio State was represented by the decaying side of a planet, Notre Dame's gold is shown as a thin, blistering and cracking layer of paint.
I wrestled over whether to make the centerpiece of the image helmets or logos (you can see the back and forth in the making-of video), but I heard from several people that one of their favorite images from last season was the lump of coal block M so I tried for something similar here. I designed the block M to match the front of Michigan's legacy jerseys, while Notre Dame's legacy helmet gets a nod with the shamrock treatment similar to my vine-wrapped block M.
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The stadium photo in the background was generously provided by Scott Maez. It would have been extremely difficult to get just the right look from an illustration or a low resolution image, but Scott's photo was shot the perfect angle (and he was kind enough to share the high resolution file with me). You should check out some of Scott's other Michigan photography. He has a nice mix of games and other events going back to 2002.
I also want to point you in the direction of MGoBlog users cjm and Blue Indy who have picked up the proverbial ball where I have proverbially dropped it. Both are doing awesome work so if you need a dose of wallpaper goodness between now and my next caffeine-fueled Michigan football design binge they're your guys.
The image below is a preview only. You can get the widescreen, 4:3, iPad and mobile wallpapers at The Art. The Art. The Art!.
How it was made
I recorded the screen while I wiggled my mouse around and hoped for a miracle. Lucky for you I sped up the footage to condense a wasted weekend into just a few minutes of video. If you want to see me ruin a nice wallpaper with a happy little shamrock Watch this video.
hey fellas, hope you had an enjoyable labour day weekend.
Thought I would share some recruiting news I've been hearing around the blogosphere. Mostly from the 247 blue board: http://247sports.com/Board/30/Michigan-Thread-Notre-Dame-Week-8-PM-Saturday-2685013/769
For the night game Darius Powe will not be able to make it because of complications with flight times. Apparently he has a night game Friday, so it makes things a little bit tough for him to come out. I think he is the best WR we're in on, hope he makes another time. Fellow California WR Payton has confirmed he will be there. Joshua Garnett will not be able to make according to his good friend Zach Banner. Banner will be in attendance though. Garnett said he wants to make out to AA after the season.
Dymonte Thomas wants to hear from Oregon, but Michigan remains his early favourite. From the rivals site we're no longer part of Peat's top group, but we're still in the mix. Justin Hopkins (a 247 staff member) is hearing that we are not out of for Dunn and to keep an eye on his recruitment. Encouraging, hope we can steal another one from osu :). Anyone got any recruiting news, please share! What’s up with Yuri Wright?
here is a link to Scout Exiles's vistor list: http://midnightmaize.blogspot.com/2011/09/initial-visitor-list-for-notre-dame.html
When are start times for future games determined? I'm assuming that TV schedules (and the popularity of upcoming games) goes into whether a game will start at noon, 3:30pm, or some other time. However, I'm considering going to several of the games where the start time is undetermined, and the start time plays a role in whether or not I'll go.
Also, with everything going into the Michigan - ND game, I feel safe in assuming there will be no "night games" set up a couple weeks in advance, but that such games have to be scheduled long ahead of time. (Hence, the Michigan - Northwestern start time was announced this summer, being it was a night game.) If this is true, the only possible time slots for game starts would be 12 & 3:30pm.
Last wrinkle: are games at Iowa & Illinois either 12 & 3:30pm local time, or EST?
Just found this on ESPN:
EDIT: Credit to TruBluMich (new user who can't post yet) for this Wolverine Nation link:
Brian Kelly's response to questions about his sideline demeanor in nd's loss to SFU on saturday:
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Asked innocuously enough about his fits of rage on the sideline in last weekend's loss to South Florida, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly immediately sought clarification.
"Did I hit somebody, did I strike somebody?" Kelly asked during his regular Tuesday news conference. "Is that what you're referring to?"
"I've got to do a better job of understanding when that camera is on me, and it seems like that camera is on me more than I'm used to. I'll have to do a better job of controlling my emotions."
I knew there would be a thoughtful response if we just waited for it.
Pat Forde has a snarky column over at ESPN that highlights this week's Michigan - ND night game. You can find it at http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/6935047/michigan-wolverines-maryland-terrapins-utah-state-aggies-give-us-talk-about.
Among other things, Forde writes
(Brainstorm: Since Michigan does not have an actual wolverine mascot, The Dash suggests procuring a nine-banded armadillo as a fill-in. Who wouldn't want to see that armor-plated oddity on the sidelines in the Big House? Especially since, as Wikipedia puts it, "The armadillo can jump 3-4 feet straight in the air if sufficiently frightened." That beats rolling over and playing dead when sufficiently frightened, which is what Michigan has done for the last several years against Ohio State.)
By all accounts, the Michigan fan base is insanely excited about joining the 1980s and playing at home at night. Athletic director Dave Brandon said in the spring that the school "could probably sell 150,000 tickets" for the game. And Stephen Nesbitt, co-managing sports editor of the Michigan Daily, said he knows students who are getting more for their Notre Dame ticket than the cost of the entire season student pass.
That first comment about the defense . . . ouch. I'm looking forward to that no longer being true fairly soon.
I get the snark about "joining the 1980s and playing at home at night." But while I support the night game, we don't need Forde or anyone else goading us into getting with the program and doing things like . . . Rawk Music, Scrolling Advertising, Kid Friendly Mascots, etc., etc., etc.
Forde goes on to write about other locations (i.e., LSU) where night games are more common.
p.s. The link to "basic html primer" at mgoblog disappeared again. I can't remember how to make a pretty link, instead of pasting in the website link as is. If one of you can enlighten me (again,) I'll edit this post appropriately.