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24 October 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Olhares

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Olhares by lonrules has a really cool look (and maybe that shouldn’t be surprising, since the title of the shirt translates as Looks in English). The strong triangle shape is the perfect fit for a t-shirt, sitting powerfully on the chest and emphasizing the width of the shoulders. The second triangle forms a nice anchor to the piece, continuing the geometric theme and increasing visual interest, but doing so in a way that naturally brings your eyes back into the larger shape. Within that triangle, a feeling of the wildness and danger of nature is quickly achieved with three animals and a single leafy branch. That’s all it takes to establish the feeling of a diverse, lush environment, and centering the piece on that large symmetrical tiger face (more audience-friendly than a snake or bird of prey!) keeps things as appealing as possible. Our tiger is even slightly off center, which helps the scene to feel active.

Camiseteria winners earn R$800 cash and R$500 in Camiseteria products.

23 October 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Slotherin and more new this week

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Slotherin by Dan Moller (freehand) is my favorite Threadless print this week. I like that in addition to feeling like a very natural pun, it also creates a really interesting combination of ideas. On the one hand we’ve got the most evil, ruthless house in Harry Potter, and on the other hand there’s this notoriously lazy but adorable animal. The ideas combine to form a character who would be really cunning and mercenary… if only it had the energy to make the effort. That’s a funny concept that I think a lot of people can relate to, and the bold, playful lines of the art (including the little dashes adding texture) make it even more wearable and appealing.

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Light Burst by 38Sunsets (38Sunsets) won Threadless’s Black and White design challenge. It’s a neat take on that prompt because it uses pointillism, a style not often seen on shirts, to achieve much of its celestial look. The technique is especially effective because the dots forming the light on the human character also start to feel like tiny stars in their own right because of their close quarters with all those stars forming the universe around him. I suspect that the size the art is shown at in the catalog might not quite do the delicacy of this justice, because it starts to look a bit halftoned in places in that image, but the original submission shows it looking significantly more organic in its placement of dots. Apart from the style choice, I also really appreciate the balance of the art, because the way the sun and eclipsed planets line up feels like a major celestial event, adding some magnificence and impact to the concept.

7 Deadly Skulls by Wm Edwards (kbilltv) might look like just another doodle-filled skull at first glance, but a deeper dive reveals that this is a seriously impressive piece, full of a lot of thought and work. Each sin is placed in an area of the skull that makes thematic sense, and on top of that is illustrated in a way that displays the trait it names. I especially like the way the eyes are handled, with Lust’s eyeball taking an exaggerated look at the body while Envy can’t keep its eye off its neighbor. In other areas the text itself transforms to convey its message, with Greed oozing outward to become a series of seeking tentacles. And at the center of it all, there’s an apple tucked away in the nasal cavity- perhaps a reference to the origin of sin, the forbidden fruit? It’s a very complex piece, and one that is satisfying to unravel.

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Faturn by Lili Batista (spookylili) is a fun pun, but the image delivers much more than the title promises. In a brilliant move, Saturn’s ring is shown as impossibly small and tight, like a belt that doesn’t fit. Above the ring, instead of a perfect sphere Saturn’s bulk ripples and bulges in rolls. Even small details like the planet’s very small, thin arms and the large fat deposits below his eyes contribute to the overall vision of Saturn as cartoonishly obese. There’s even some beauty in the blue drink Saturn is sipping, which has qualities that make it look like a starry galaxy in a cup. Very cool!

Red Moon by citizen rifferson (citizen rifferson) caught my eye because of the unusual way the wolf’s fur is handled. Frequently with fur artists use very rough or sharp shapes and lines to communicate texture, but here everything is handled with smooth curves. It creates shapes on the animal that are reminiscent of wings, and have a similar loose, flowing quality. This style, while perhaps less indicative of the fur’s texture, does a great job at showing shadow and implying motion. It makes the wolf’s chomp on the moon look like a fluid, smooth movement, and the artist emphasizes that movement further with the yellow line in the background that acts as a continuation of the curve of the wolf’s tail. It’s skillful and fresh work.

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

22 October 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #575: Silly Science

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Nerds, rejoice! Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby theme is…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #575: Silly Science

Make some science designs that aren’t very scientific.  For example: the science of why a USB drive will only go into the slot after you’ve flipped it over four times. Why??  Maybe you could make one of those pretend periodic table shirts but please don’t everyone do that. Or yea everyone go ahead and do that, whatever.  No cream tees. *Sigh* and I guess NO CATS this time.

This derby begins Thursday at noon and continues through next Thursday at noon. The top three vote-getters will each earn $1000 and $2 per item sold after the first day of sales. Those winners will be sold on Friday (1st), Saturday (2nd), and Sunday (3rd). Additionally, other designs may be selected for a Plus sale on the following Monday, with each selected design earning $2 per item sold.

21 October 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Be Bold design contest

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Threadless is thinking big with their new Be Bold design contest. Here’s what they’re looking for:

We’ve got another type-based challenge for you and it’s as simple as the title states. Create typographic designs that make bold statements.Whether it’s describing yourself or sending the person you’re walking by some motivational words to get through their day, make a design you’d be proud to wear. Put a voice to your design. Keep it simple and make the text the main focus – don’t over accessorize it with illustrations. Make it memorable.

Enter before November 2nd, 2016 for your chance to win. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Additionally, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

20 October 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Fruits et Légumes design contest

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France’s best t-shirt design competition site Monsieur Poulet is back with a new contest, Fruits et Légumes. Here’s what they’re looking for, as translated by Google from the original French:

A contest that gives pride to the seasonal fruits and vegetables, avocados, bananas, chestnuts, kale, cauliflower, pears, figs, turnips, enough to fill a pretty basket. To your pencils, you have until November 2 to send us your drawings.

Enter before November 2nd, 2016 for your chance to win. Winners at Monsieur Poulet earn 2 Euros per item sold, for a total of up to 2000 Euros.

19 October 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Junk Food voting highlights

Shirt.Woot‘s Junk Food derby is producing some very tasty designs, covering just about every kind of food that’s bad for you. But what’s bad for your health turns out to be pretty great for your funny bone, because there’s a lot to like in the mix this week. Here are two current underdog entries that I think look good enough to eat…

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Taco Trampoline Trauma by Randyotter makes a mess of a taco’s delicious toppings, and that poor taco’s face is a perfect picture of anguish.

The Great Wave of Flavor by JennyRex flavors up some famous art by turning the great wave into a big ol’ cup of noodles. I think it’s the details, all those tiny faces on the soup and its ingredients, that help to make this piece so appealing.

This derby continues through Thursday at noon. The top three vote-getters will each earn $1000 cash and $2 per item sold. Additionally, other designs will be selected and sold for $2 per item each. Both top vote-getters and selected designs will be sold in a future Plus sale.

18 October 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Vintage Advertising collection

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Shirt.Woot’s Vintage Advertising plus sale collects all kinds of designs that take ordinary, modern, or pop culture references and give them an old-fashioned makeover. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: Wibbly Wobbly Bowl channels Doctor Who in a fun way, making daleks into bowling pins and giving some of the series’s key phrases a new interpretation.

Nicest Surprise: Purr-fect Cleaning Service removed the corny text that marred its art in voting, and without it the design really sings with retro charm.

Shirt I Am Most Biased About: My design World’s Finest Rare MacGuffins imagines a little shop that sells all the things characters in fiction are always chasing after.

This promotion will only last until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday. So if there’s something you like, grab it fast!