Update: User philbuster asked me if the title of this week's wallpaper was a reference to Greg Robinson's last press conference as head coach at Syracuse. The reference was purely accidental. I had completely forgotten about that press conference, but take a look at the video clip starting at about the 0:50 mark; funny coincidence. Or is it? (It is.)
According to the official Purdue Athletics web site, "Over the years, Purdue teams had been called grangers, pumpkin-shuckers, railsplitters, cornfield sailors, blacksmiths, foundry hands and, finally, boilermakers. That last one stuck." I'm more than just a little broken up that history stole from me the opportunity to design a "pumpkin-shuckers" wallpaper. Sigh. Instead, a replica of a Victorian-era locomotive became the official mascot of the Boilermakers in 1930 "to exemplify the engineering and agrarian heritage of Purdue." Because nothing says "intimidation" like agrarian symbolism.
For the last two seasons Michigan fans have seen "easy wins" against Purdue devolve into soul-crushing defeats. As I anticipate next weekend's contest, I see in my mind's eye a damsel draped in maize, tied to train tracks, terror in her eyes. A whistle echoes from the depths of a tunnel. The tracks rumble. A small light flashes in the darkness. The damsel turns away and closes her eyes. Where is her hero? Has she no defender? No, like our 2010 team, she is defenseless. What will emerge from the tunnel? Will it be a full-size freight train that rips her into a thousand pieces, or a miniature model train that bounces harmlessly off her rope-bound body?
The image below is a preview only. You can get this week's widescreen, 4:3, iPad and mobile wallpapers at The Art. The Art. The Art!.
I used screen capture software to record the creation of this week's wallpaper artwork and sped up the footage to condense 4 hours of design time into just over 4 minutes of video. If you like watching paint dry, or if you want to see the Photoshop equivalent of Bob Ross ruining a perfectly good painting with a giant foreground tree, then this video is for you.
Love it. I think the miniature train was a great element to add.
in the background and it is perfect. I am impressed and I have learned someting on a Monday morning. Thank you for that. The knowledge, insight, imagination and ingenuity of the MGoBloggers is endless. (No sarcasm).
I suggest the Michigan Replay theme.
I've spent a many years working with Photoshop but the work you spit out is simply amazing. Thanks for the video... I enjoyed watching "the paint dry." You clearly didn't do this half way.
Another great wallpaper and an amazing look at how these are put together. The video clip is pretty cool and gives us a sense of how much effort actually goes into these things. I think I speak for us all when I say that your effort is much appreciated..
This one may be my favorite yet, just beating out the Iowa one. Excellent work.
Also, make a pumpkin-shuckers one anyways! The Termite King demands it!
Your little fist-pumping baby brightened up my Monday morning.
is a Little Danny Hope as the engineer on the train, and Zach Reckman tied to the tracks and this would be complete. Love the work. It is amazing.
Man, I don't know anything about Photoshop, but that was awesome to watch. Thanks and great work.
keep it up!
The train... it's so wee! Keep up the solid work!
Thank you for posting and thanks for the Vid! It's good to see it all come together.
Just amazing. Good job as usual.
The tool that looks like a circle is the brush tool, and it grows and shrinks as I change the radius of the brush (using keystrokes). Usually when you see that tool in that video I'm painting over a layer mask to show or hide parts of that layer. Some good examples of this include the section where I'm adjusting the green color of the folliage on the right side of the screen and later on when I'm applying the atmospheric smoke/mist.
It's great to see such high quality work.
Also, very cool to watch the process.
Thank you for all your effort. I stare at a screen at work all day. These wallpapers have made the whole season that much more enjoyable. Brian and people like you, really make this blog what it is , The Best !
Is this a reference to GERG's last Syracuse presser?
The reference was purely accidental. I had completely forgotten about that press conference but thanks for the reminder...makes this week's title evern more appropriate. Here's video of the press conference and book reading: http://bit.ly/dxwJZH
Every week you roll out with an even better wallpaper. Amazing thank you for all your hard work.