Decided to try a new version, a little more dynamic and more like my old style. Trying to make it more painterly or more graphic doesn't work for me I think. Plus, I think I have it more toy robot themed - with a little joke with who the Iron Giant is holding as his "toy".
Since Botstock 8 is going to be on my home turf, I decided I should at least try a design for this year. Went more minimalistic than I normally do. I realize I haven't chimed in here much in the last few years, and I may not be able to pay for the printing if my entry wins - lost my job in December and money is tight.
So, for what it's worth:
The show really captured the awe and spirit of fun of the Hut, John. I enjoyed listening to it while working -- it took me back to my visits there. Great fun, and I bet the show gets a lot of people Googling for the Robot Hut. Could have done without the Shatner musical interlude, though... : )
Yeah, I tried the barrel at different sizes, and honestly -- too short you don't see it well and it kinda makes it look like Robby's got a skirt on, which is kinda creepy. Haven't given up on it entirely, but here's a go without the barrel, with a new font and a different choice of color in case the purpley-pink is a bit too much for the eyes. Trying to make an alien-looking atmosphere without going green all the time...