Disappointing news from monuMental

Submitted by FabFiver5 on August 28th, 2011 at 10:48 PM

This came across my twitter feed from @thearttheart about an hour ago...

"Good News: Michigan football in 6 days. Bad News: No weekly wallpapers this season unless you can upgrade my daily allotment of 24 hours."

I'm devastated, as I'm sure many of you are as well. Angry Michigan Photoshop Artist Hating God has struck with a vengeance.



August 28th, 2011 at 10:55 PM ^

Sad, but only the new Denard action figure will displace my current Denard action figure. I'm picturing this one holding a Heisman with arms just a little more jacked up than last year. That and moar yards/TD's and less INT's.

Slippery Rock …

August 28th, 2011 at 11:56 PM ^

I hope you know that your wallpapers are still on the desktop of wolverine fans everywhere, Monumental.  You have a gift.  I can very much understand having responsibilities outside of our little haven from stress known as mgoblog.  I do hope you have the time to pop in with some masterpieces now and then, though. 


August 29th, 2011 at 1:21 AM ^

This is devastating for us, though I agree it's the right move for MonuMental to go pro now when his draft stock is high.

I was really excited to see how well he might  perform this year in the new system; last year the coaches forced him to run GiMP when all of his plugins were written for Lightroom.

Looks like Hoke needs to add an artist to the 2012 recruiting class.


August 29th, 2011 at 6:12 AM ^

I very nearly put some real Bailey's in my morning coffee.....

In any event, I am glad it is just the wallpaper, but at the same time, sad that we may not see weekly wallpapers. 

Six Zero

August 29th, 2011 at 8:18 AM ^

The raster work MM put into those things was... considerable.  That stuff, especially the OSU one, was a mountain of work.

Judging by the quality of his work, I'd bet good money that MonuMental is the type of creative who feels that if he can't do it up to his own standards, then it's not worth doing at all.  Gotta respect that.

If you guys want them badly enough, maybe you should consider commissioning him to do them?

Wolverine In Iowa

August 29th, 2011 at 8:36 AM ^

MonuMental -- if you read this, I want to express my never-ending appreciation for the time and talent you put into those weekly wallpapers.  They were awesome, and my co-workers and family actually started asking me what the next one was going to be each week.  The Iowa one was a big hit here in Hawkeye country.

Thanks for the amazing efforts -- made my weeks go by faster.  Good luck in your future endeavors.  Go Blue!


August 29th, 2011 at 9:58 AM ^

monuMenta, I have to agree with the others and say that your work will be missed.  I have always considered myself a knowledgeable PS user but what you do is truly impressive.  Such a great attention to details and the creativity can almost get overlooked.  Totally understand not wanting to do something if you can't do it right.

Your work will be missed.  I also looked forward to it each week.  I would gladly settle for The Game and another Rival.  I'd vote for the UTL game with ND as a special occassion worthy of your artwork.


August 29th, 2011 at 9:51 AM ^

Maybe just update what you can (especially the original Denard action figure, and the individual games that will be played again this year), and/or make something new for the 2011 season, then just update it weekly with the scores (i.e., no new art each week, just a quick update to the schedule text)?



August 29th, 2011 at 11:17 AM ^

(whatever you cleverly named it) around to my buddies in November. And your quasi-retirement will make those masterworks even more valuable.

As for the OSU plus one: You haven't had a chance for Nebraska yet...

oriental andrew

August 29th, 2011 at 11:32 AM ^

Thanks for all your hard work last season.  I can certainly appreciate life getting in the way of personal projects.  But you do realize you've doomed us to a season full of this crap, right?  =)

oriental andrew

September 1st, 2011 at 9:35 PM ^

That's really cool, although it's giving me that sense of the words being slightly angled, i think due to the striped background.  weird.  But mostly, really cool.  That's what you whip up in 5 minutes.  I do MS Paint like the above, lol!