EMU wallpaper and 2 cute kids

Submitted by cjm on September 15th, 2011 at 3:04 PM

After finally making it back to Arlington,Tx from that epic game at the Big House, I realized it was time to move on to the next week's game (even though my heart and mind continue to relive that wonderful night.)  I wasn't planning on doing more wallpaper as I hate mediocrity and feel like the feeble attempts I make are just not worth it.  Of course this week I doubt monuMental will sweep in and save us like he did for UTL since he has much more important things to do than worry about Eastern Michigan.

My 11 year, the homer that he is, swears that his daddy's wallpaper was better anyways (I do not see eye to eye with him on this) and wants me to pick up where monuMental left off until the game against MSU.  I thought of a couple things to do for the week's look before I got frustrated with the attempts and decided to just pass on it.  Then the 5 year old comes along.  That's the one with those deep blue eyes and dimples that have already landed him a new car and credit card at such an early age.  He looks at me and says, "dad Michigan did not give up when they were losing to the flower team (that's four leaf clovers to normal people.) How could I resist?

So the process looked something like the following.  I thought about using an oversized birdcage to put Eastern's mascot, Swoop, in.  I couldn't create the right look in the limited time so I moved on to more of a cell-block look.  This would give the idea of a jail bird or just an oversized bird cage.  This is kind of where that ended up at...

It just didn't really seem to have the pop I wanted and seemed cheesy.  This is about the time my 5 year old convinced me not to give up but try something else.

I then thought more about a real eagle since I didn't have a great shot of Swoop and didn't have enough time to re-create him.  Of course Swoop is a bald eagle which is probably one of my favorite animals.  When I started to consider placing such a great bird in a cell or cage it caused some inner tension.  Blast those people in Ypsilanti for having such a fine species as their rallying point in sports.  Against the inner turmoil, I went ahead and considered some options.  I took the bald eagle and placed him in a cell.  Some writing on the wall and the right lighting allowed me to find a concept I liked.  Now it is extremely raw and not the shadowing I really wanted.  When I really step back and take a look it  seems like I threw it together.  Oh wait, I did.  

I may try to tweak it some more but since the weekend is just around the corner I thought I would throw up the concept on this fine MGoBoard and take the beating and criticism like a man.  Hope I don't embarrass the photoshop family too much. Even if I do, at least I have an 11 and 5 year old that goes to school and says "my dad can photoshop better than your dad."  Yeah they get beat up a lot.


kevin holt

September 15th, 2011 at 3:28 PM ^

I can't see the second one, might be my internet though, I'll try again later.

However, I already love it because of "the flower team". Your son is very wise already. How did I not realize how much it looks like a flower?

Also, to be fair, it was a three-leaf clover, which is nothing special

Sir Guy

September 15th, 2011 at 3:35 PM ^

Thank you!  I have been looking for another background such as this seeing as Jeremy isn't making any more weekly desktop images and we aren't playing ND this weekend.  

I also cannot see the second picture and would like a larger version.

Great work!  Keep it up!


September 15th, 2011 at 3:49 PM ^

I don't - given that the initials for Eastern Michigan are EMU, I would think an emu would be a better bird to use.

Of course, I also cannot see the second picture, so I withhold final judgment until I see the finished product.


September 17th, 2011 at 10:58 PM ^

Wish I had seen this (2nd one) earlier - would have defiinitely been my desktop this week. 

Although looking at Monumental's ND-UM desktop still makes me smile every time...