It's been a wild ride. Thanks for these, monuMental.
Sit, Bully - 2011 Gator Bowl Wallpaper
It's hard to believe that the 2010 season is almost over. It feels like yesterday that I was designing the season's first wallpaper to share with my wife and one other friend. That first wallpaper, entitled "Husky Puppy Piddles in Fear," was a simple image of a dog that required very little Photoshop work; I added some snow and some yellow spots and got an excellent response from my kids. I like the symmetry in ending the season with another simple image of a dog.
The Mississippi State University official athletic web site provides some background on the bulldog mascot: "The official school mascot is an American Kennel Club registered English Bulldog, given the inherited title of 'Bully'...references to school teams and athletes as Bulldogs actually go back to early in the century, and this nickname was used almost interchangeably with both Aggies and Maroons, since at least 1905."
I like that you can read expectation, submission and awe in the dog's posture; he's looking up at the Block M with what my oldest child referred to as "crying eyes." All that was missing from the original image was an owner's tag so I added one in Photoshop. I wanted the tag to indicate that this dog was owned by Michigan football and (by extension of the metaphor) that Michigan is going to own Mississippi State on January 1; the simplest way to convey that was to etch the Block M on the tag.
Thanks for taking an interest in my art; your feedback and encouragement have helped me through quite a few long nights and creative blocks. I'm hoping to find time to produce a few more wallpapers this off-season, and then use the summer to get a head start on next year's opponent wallpapers.
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!.
All of the 2010 Wallpapers
Fantastic as usual. Thanks monuMental!
What is it like to never fail?! You're wallpaper designs are sweet.
if you are as good at everything else as you are with these, then your name is Tom Brady and your wife is a supermodel. PLEASE tell me this is true...
That really does make the bulldog look better.
My head is exploding with delight!
Love it and could you please please please do Michigan Kansas one for the game on the 9th?
Your creativity has been great all season! Thank you for taking the time to provide us with week after week of amazing art to plaster on every computer we can get our hands on!
Awesome as always, monuMental. I look forward to many more happy seasons of enjoying your work. Thank God for the Internet.
In the matchup between a bulldog and a wolverine....the wolverine would win hands down...
fantastic! circulating widely as always! i hope you'll continue to supply us with new Michigan football art even after the season concludes...will definitely need it until september 2011!!!--
Awesome as usual. I have used everyone of these at one point between my phone and PC background.
Thanks for all the hard work.
Love it monuMental. Looking forward to those you make in the offseason and for next season.
Who's a good boy?
Man, I can't wait to see first ever night game vs. ND wallpaper next season. Not to put any pressure on you or anything. =]
Seriously.... thank you for the awesome work all season long. And for dealing with the legal crap earlier so that you could continue sharing with us.
Tag is a little off, no? Fantastic wallpaper otherwise.
Great job on this one. My favorite of all the Gator Bowl Wallpapers you've done.