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29 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Powered By Bacon and more new this week

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Powered by Bacon by Pedro Josue Carvajal Ramirez (MadKobra) is my favorite design this week. It keeps things simple, which grants the piece a very classic, iconic feel, but there’s also a sophisticated touch to every detail included. For instance, that rolling wave in both the form and shadows of the bacon does a good job of bridging the difference between the sharp lines of lightning and bacon’s more organic curves. There’s even a nice shadow that gives the form some dimension. All in all, it’s a smart execution that elevates an appealing concept.

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Lovely Leopard by Balazs Solti (soltib) uses a pencil sketch style that isn’t often seen on t-shirts, but it works well here. There’s a sweetness in the way the leopard’s heart spots are made to feel handcrafted. It creates a personal connection between the artist and audience, and that means that even the imperfections (like the fact that the eyes don’t quite vertically line up) only add to the charm of the piece. That said, I think some more of the lighter grey tones from the original submission might have improved the print- the contrast is turned up so high here that I think some of the animal’s dimension is lost.

I Believe I Can Fly by Steven Toang (Steven T) struck me at first as an evolution design, since it uses a line of silhouettes that become more active as they move from left to right. But its actual intent is more interesting, showing penguins lining up to try leaping from a steep cliff. We get to see one successful penguin thrust forward at such an extreme angle he almost seems to be levitating, while others who made the leap earlier glide in the background. There’s pride and excitement in their body language, like flight is the realization of all their dreams. The edges of the art fade out into a swirl of stars, infusing the design with a sense of magic and wonder. The whole package comes together so nicely it ends up even better than the sum of its parts might suggest.

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Popoki by Michelle (littleclyde) is another favorite of mine this week- which is a fairly impressive feat, since I’m not particularly a fan of cats. Still, there’s something quite cool about this one, who manages to convey a ninja-like quality from his dark fur and hiding spot among the plants. His heart-shaped nose and wide eyes give him a friendly look, but the real star of the show is that foliage. It’s a smorgasbord of shape and texture, with a veritable cat-sized jungle being created around the adventurous feline. There’s even depth in the layering of flowers and leaves, with pops of red and pink to move the eye. Beautiful!

koohii no hito by Sean Dorgan (Hellpanda) was the sublimation shirt that stood out to me the most in the most recent batch, largely because of its surreal feel and photographic look. This image of a girl leading a suited man with a giant robotic head feels retro and futuristic at the same time, probably due to the sci-fi concept and use of black and white photography. The specific styling of the robot’s face plays into this as well, because the extreme size of it and simple features feel a bit old-fashioned, like old photos of homemade halloween costumes. The overall effect is one of curiosity, it raises questions without answering them and this makes for a very unique shirt.

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).

28 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Otters, Sloths, Pugs, Chinchillas & Tanks collection

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Shirt.Woot’s commitment to cuteness played out with some very sweet Otters, Sloths, Pugs, Chinchillas & Tanks designs this week. Here’s a look at some of the stand outs:

Best of the Otters, Sloths, Pugs and Chinchillas: PUGemon was a favorite of mine in voting, and I’m glad to see that Woot printed it in all its pixellated glory.

Best of the Tanks: All the cute cats having fun in Kitty Cove are perfect for summer. My favorite is the ukulele cat!

Design I am Most Biased About: My Jungle Gym tank is aimed at folks who prefer the playground to hitting the gym.

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

27 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #445: Cook Outs – Aprons or Tees

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Summer is in full-swing with Shirt.Woot’s latest derby theme…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #445: Cook Outs – Aprons or Tees

This derby starts on Thursday at noon and continues through Monday at noon. The top three vote-getters will each earn $200 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.


And of course, the Black, White, and One Other Color derby is currently underway, still open to new entries and voting until Thursday at noon. It’s nice to see the huge variety in subject matter! Here are two underdog entries I’m rooting for:

shirt.woot my country tis of meatshirt.woot electric electric

My Country ’tis of Meat by ApeLad makes such great use of the shirt color that you’d never peg it as coming from a derby with such strict color limits. and it’s hilarious to boot!

Electric Electric by mecos keeps things simple, but nails that neon sign style perfectly .

This derby continues through 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.

 

26 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Hermanos

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Hermanos by Rogério Puhl caught my eye because it’s something you don’t see often on contest sites these days- detailed, quirky artwork with multiple original characters. I like the way the creatures feel related, they could be the same guy in three costumes, members of the same tribe, or even brother inexplicably connected at the top of the skull. Despite their similarity, each has a unique mask, outfit and prop that gives them a different flavor. I like to think of the bottom monster as the most spiritual because he’s freeing a bird and has a skull on his staff, while the gas masked fellow serenades the group on his guitar (perhaps representing creativity?) and the third figure reads a book, providing knowledge. It’s interesting stuff, and looking at this piece makes me feel like there’s a story behind every detail.

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

25 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Silhouette-Contained Art in Shirt Design: 15 great examples

One way to make artwork eye-catching and exciting is to contain the action in a recognizable silhouette. Here are 15 great examples of this technique:

design by humans impending doom

teepublic thunder cat

design by humans enjoy the ride

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teepublic the traveller

design by humans tonari no totoro

teepublic hallowed ground

threadless flying far far away

design by humans horror skull

teepublic final thought

design by humans skylark

teepublic sherlock holmes

design by humans skull story

teepublic the pride

threadless night dragonslayer

24 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Le Futur!

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Le Futur! by Monsieur Dupont is a super-fun scifi-tinged collection of objects and characters. Smooth vector style and the green and gold palette keep the group feeling united, which allows for great freedom in the shapes and ideas contained within. While the usual future trope suspects are all accounted for (space dog, ray gun, UFO, etc), I think this design is at its best with its stranger innovations like the monocled seal and the alien with the comb body. The use of some very current objects (the smart phone and apple) ends the illustration on a nice, humorous note- no matter what the future looks like, some of it will probably still seem a lot like the world today.

Winners at Monsieur Poulet earn 2 Euros per item sold, for a total of up to 2000 Euros.

23 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #444: Black, White & One Other Color

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The next Woot derby is color palette themed, so expect a lot of creativity in subject matter…

Starting Monday at noon: Derby #444: Black, White & One Other Color

This derby starts on Monday at noon and continues through 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.


Meanwhile, the current derby is all about Low Poly Art, and despite the low number of entries so far there’s still some nice work in the mix. Here are two that I’m rooting for:

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Lion by randyotter has a great lion character, but I think its the geometric flourishes in the background that really make him come to life.

Low Poly Pocket Fox by perdita00 is bursting with personality, and the pocket motif is a smart take on a difficult theme.

This derby continues through Monday at noon. The top three vote-getters will each earn $200 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.