Having such a busy week, I waited until the last minute figuring out what I wanted to do on this.
What stood out in my mind was the memory of last year’s game. The Herd
was favored, but somehow found itself in a tight battle down to the wire.
A great opportunity to put it away was foiled when mulit-threat QB Joe Webb got the crucial yardage on a fourth-and-ten play. The drive continued and the Herd lost.
This season, Webb is again tearing up the ground on teams.
Some of the ideas I had early, such as a cowboy and dragons round-up in a corral, or lassoing dragons in a rodeo, were a little too involved for a mid-Friday. So I’ve kept it simple, stuck the dragon in a bottle and gave Marco the mallet.
Secondly, here’s the image from last weeks game against WVU. Just thought I’d point out what I did in PhotoShop to pull this off. I did the image of Marco and the Mountaineer
pretty much as you see it. Knowing I was going to be blurring the Mountaineer’s legs a bit, I didn’t draw them complete and the actual drawn part was not too far below where you see it. I clipped the Mountaineer portion out and pasted it on a separate page. From there I just did a simple horizontal motion blur
with an 800-pixel distance. That smeared the image unrecognizable other than some color and provided a nice lightening on the ends. I copied this blur, went back to the original drawing, selected the entire background and pasted the blur inside. After positioning it to line up with the running Mountaineer, I erased the portion of the blur that extended in front of the Mountaineer. I then flattened the original and blur layers together, then smeared parts of the Mountaineer to blend the transition of the blur to him. It was a pretty easy effect.
Oh and incidentally, “speed” ended up not being much of a factor in the game.