While everyone is very enthusiastic about their designs, we frequently get thoughts on designs that run for several paragraphs. In my opinion, the biggest draw of this site is the art, and this sentiment was reflected with the following statement I received in an email:
I just want to look at the image, grade its quality as a drawing and as an interpretation of a classic figure and maybe see one or two sentences. That's it. I don't like these that come with a full page biography.From time to time, we do run contests where back story as an explanation is appropriate and may require a bit more input than otherwise expected; take, for instance, our Aquaman contest, which delved into What If? territory of alternate history and origins. In this case, explanatory back story is completely appropriate. In most cases, however, the intent is to redesign the character in a manner that is recognizable so that the new, better look could be easily integrated into comics. This is reflected in the following revised point of our submission guidelines:
5. Include your preferred name, website (if applicable) and any thoughts you may have on your redesign. Thoughts should reflect the process of your redesign and explanation that may not be entirely clear based solely on the illustration (i.e. "Batman's glowing gauntlets are also electrified weapons"), not revised character history or origins. Your thoughts on your art should be limited to a couple of short paragraphs, and may be edited for length or clarity.Now, I certainly hope no one thinks that we're not appreciative of the process many of you have put into back story and revision. We do. It takes a lot of creativity. However, in several cases the text is as lengthy as some of the images when everything shows up on the site, and it breaks up the art.
Thank you all for continuing to make Superhero of the Month a great place to share art on a monthly basis. Here's to another great month!