Sit, Bully – 2011 Gator Bowl December 27, 2010

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.

Michigan Football Wallpaper - Sit, Bully - 2011 Gator Bowl

Comments

  1. Clean. Simple. Perfect!
    GO BLUE!

  • Awesome, can’t wait for next year.

  • I looked forward to these every week. The thought and depth applied to each wallpaper was simply amazing. Thanks for sharing your incredible talent.

  • Amazing works and I’m hoping for a really great game. Let’s go Bulldogs!

  • Great picture.

    GO BLUE!!!!

  • don’t know how I never saw your site before. thanks to the mzone link, I will now be a loyal follower :)
    looking forward to next season ! great job.

  • kevin Vanderlip January 5, 2011 at 11:53 am

    How did that whole Gator Bowl thing work out for ya?

    Go Dawgs

  • Guess who really got owned that day?

  • Tom BullDawg Fan January 6, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    I think it’s the bulldog that owns Michigan not the other way around. How you like them apples? 52 -14 Who let them dawgs out ? aRRRF

  • Cool stuff. Just wondering, though: how’d that whole “Michigan owning the Bulldogs” thing work out for you?

  • Nice! Very nice, actually… Maybe those crying eyes were for ole RichRod – knowing he would be jobless and homeless when the Dawgs ripped your wolverines apart!

    Seriously, I do like the wallpaper… Just needs a few changes now… :)

  • Actually looks like Bully has learned that Wolveren tastes like chicken. Please sir, can I have more?

  • Lots of traffic today from Mississippi State fans. Thanks for taking the time to comment, even if it was to gloat. Your team played an excellent, dominating football game. I was impressed with MSU on both sides of the ball.

  • Well, now that MSU 0wn’d UM, shldnt ya change the graphics around a little. Throw in a cowbell on the dogs collar, bc he wears 1 on collar !!! 52-14…. SEC, any given Saturday!
    But, it’s a great pic of “Bully” aka Champ !

  • Sorry that reality doesn’t always reelect art.

  • cool

  • I love how people went out of there way to bash someone’s hard work on the internet. Congratulations on making yourself look like an idiot under a fake name on a website that you went out of your way to find and troll. Just wanted to say that you do awesome work and I update my background every time you put a new one up. I’m sorry that people can not grow up enough to leave well enough alone, but I guess there will always be people who are bitter they never did anything with their life past high school.

  • I love your work. Clean, clear, concise are some of the words I’d use to describe your efforts. I am a fan of your minimalist approach!

    Selfishly, I was wondering if you plan to grace us with your 2011 versions? Thank you in advance,

    Sincerely, Chuck Staffeld

  • @Chuck: thanks for noticing about the minimalist approach. I try to walk the line between photo rich and simple. I’m glad you like the wallpapers.

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