Doodled logo, pen and colored pen on paper, 6 x 9 inches, 2009
My friend Ben Y alerted me to a contest called, Doodle 4 Google, where Google asks people to come up with new designs for their logo. Unfortunately, Google decided to make this contest only for kids in grades K-12. Thanks a lot, Google. That's really cool how you completely exclude middle-aged guys. What a joke!
Well, I decided not to abide by Google's stupid, ageist rules and I made my own submission for the contest. I drew this logo just now in the span of 45 minutes (Can you believe it???). Take a peak at the finalists for each age bracket and tell me I'm not one of the best. I definitely have the best doodle in the K-3 group. There are some really good ones in grades 4-6 (and one that a parent clearly drew), but I still think I come out on top. Next, I would crush the 7th-9th graders if it wasn't for that amazing owl and cobweb composition. Still, I think I'm competitive here. Then we get to the 10th-12th graders and, surprisingly, the artwork takes a step backwards creatively. I beat this group handily. Hey guys, just because you know computers doesn't mean you can coast to victory. (Perhaps the Google judges were showing their Adobe Illustrator bias).
Honestly, I think this entire competition comes down to me and 13 year-old Deldar G's owl. He's got a cool bird and a beetle and I've got a bunch of snake-looking things. It could go either way. If I lose to that dude, I can live with that.
Man, I really hope it's not too late to get in on this contest. I've been messing around with the code on the voting page, but I can't find an easy way to hack into the server in order to add a field for write-in candidates. C'mon Google, give a guy a break! I can win this!
UPDATE: 05/21/09 - Oh brother, they just announced the winner. Really? I could have been a contender!