Beauty and the Beast by Patru Alin Mihai (Artemple) stood out to me as the best of the week because I love the style contrast- a very cartooned girl vs. a hyper-real blue tiger vs. the almost filigree look of the blood splatter. It feels like a collision of worlds, but an interesting one. The tiger’s crazed expression makes it clear that this isn’t exactly a “beauty tamed the wild beast” storyline, but she’s also not afraid of his wild ways and seems pretty content to be along for the ride, whatever carnage they encounter next. But while I think the design has a lot of merit, one choice prevents me from ever wanting to own or wear it- that weird butt shot. Why is it even there?
Linksy by Alberto Arni (albertoarni) is another Threadless print that previously saw some success on other sites, a strategy I still don’t quite understand. But it’s definitely strong work that does a good job of capturing Banksy’s style. It’s interesting to see something pixellated given those graffiti’d spray paint dots, somewhat reminiscent of a graphic that’s been resized and resaved a few too many times, gaining small distortions each time. The heart/balloon connection is fun as well, immediately reminding the viewer of Link’s fluctuating number of hearts.
Sushi Hug by andrefmuller and tihmoller (andrefmuller) is a heckuva cute idea, interpreting the closeness of a stack of sushi as a warm embrace. The thing that really grabs me about this one is the surprising realism- the salmon has streaks and highlights like the real thing and even seems wet, while the rice starts to suggest individual grains in the mass with a series of grey circles. That level of skill propels the art beyond most other cute sushi designs.
Deadpool by ppmid (ppmid) shows that skeletons know how to have a good time, giving the bony dudes some time to relax in a giant skull-shaped pool. It’s one of those designs that makes no sense, but is fun enough that it doesn’t really need to. Like, there is a moment where you wonder why the black water isn’t running out of his eye sockets and mouth, or how this skull is so much bigger than the others in the first place, but it’s just an instant- all it takes is a glimpse of the skeletal antics in the pool and you sort of don’t care any more. You’re too busy picking a favorite- mine’s the little guy with goggles. I also like the choice to add that one gold tooth- it helps create an area of interest outside the pool.
Psychedelic Sorceress by Camille Chew (lordofmasks) is the big Psychedelic winner, and definitely delivers. It’s interesting to me because when I think of psychedelic art, my bias is to assume I’ll be seeing a lot of loose, drippy shapes. But even though the style here is very crisp and precise, it still communicates that psychedelic feel. I think it works by choosing subject matter that suits the theme (mushrooms, stars, third eye, etc) and then incorporating the psychedelia into the details (like the big cat’s wavy spots and the gold ground cover) and color choices. The result feels really fresh (rather than the more dated look a lot of psychedelia becomes trapped by) and unique.
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