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15 December 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Tolkien About

Tolkien About by Aline Neves starts with a great slogan, and succeeds by adding only visual elements that add value to that already promising beginning. The hat, pipe, and beard are distinctive and specific to the series, and deliver a strong silhouette that stands out. The use of lines to create shading is effective in giving the hat dimension, which both balances the weight of the lettering and funnels the eye towards it. The simple background of dots works well to give the suggestion of an environment and reinforce the feeling of magic and the night sky without distracting from the meat of the design. The only slight flaw here is in the treatment of the text itself- some of the lettering feels very stretched or squeezed, and I think the artist might have benefited if they had chosen to redraw the text in those areas instead of relying on the font so heavily.

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

14 December 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Space Pets and more new this week

Space Pets by Daniel Stevens (dnice25) is my favorite Threadless design of the week. I always love a good all-over print, and there’s something very cool about being encircled by scenes of the universe. This is a particularly fun take on space because of all the movement and creative moments it includes, making the eye dance from one entertaining scene to the next through use of swirling lines. We’ve all seen space drawings starring cats and dogs, but this piece takes the idea to comedic heights by extending its astronaut entourage to include zanier animals as well, like the snake. Just imagining how he keeps that helmet on his slippery face is good for a laugh.

Donkey Thrones by Ilustrata (Ilustrata) mixes Game of Thrones with classic Donkey Kong, but it’s a combination that feels surprisingly right. I think the long trek that the arcade tower represents is accurate to how long Daenerys’s journey has felt. Maybe she was just in Mereen so long because whoever had the joystick kept failing on climbing that first ladder. Similarly, Jon Snow makes an appropriate damsel in distress with his prettiness and notorious lack of knowledge. It seems inevitable that the overpowered Dany and her dragons will have to bail him out and save the day at some point, and there’s also some sense in seeing Jon perched at the top of a wall. And of course, white walkers might be more dangerous than Donkey Kong’s barrels, but they’re just as plentiful and low value. All in all, this is a mashup that works much better than most.

Make Memes, Not Wars by Vó Maria (vo maria) won Threadless’s Mid Century Modern design challenge, which makes sense since this illustration really nails the style (right down to the rosy cheeks and wide faces). The concept has merit as well, casting Trump and Kim Jong-un as a buffoonish pair who must perform a fusion dance to create ridiculous memes. Since Dragon Ball Z’s dance insists that both characters be roughly equal, it also makes a statement about the equivalence of the behavior and aims of both politicians. I think that it’s very well made, but I question whether there are really that many people who despise Trump, yet are eager to wear a shirt featuring his likeness. It helps that the portrait here is so stylized, but I’m not sure it entirely solves the problem.

She Blinded Me With Science by Jana Misheva (janamis) first caught my eye with its eclectic color palette- that selection of neon hues makes all the selected characters look a bit like aliens or Warhol paintings, but in a way that makes you want to look closer. And that closer look reveals even more to like, as each portrait is a good likeness of its selected scientist but also confidently done with bold shapes that simplify their features into headshots that feel almost universal. I like that when I look at this design, it’s not immediately clear what era they were alive in, what region they lived in, or even what race they are- instead, they’re powerful symbols for scientific achievement in general. Text and background icons offer up just enough information for any viewers who want to take a deeper dive and learn more about any specific scientist.

Les Champs de Mondrian by Sebastian (sebasebi) turns an aerial view into fine art, using Mondrian’s famed primary colors and blocky lines to fill in a simplified landscape. It’s the kind of piece that immediately connects with the viewer because it’s a reference to an observation that they’ve probably had as well (that fields of crops create a strange, colorful geometry from above), and then takes that idea as far as it could possibly go. The addition of the rounded lake, puffy clouds, angled plane and shadows give a sense of depth and uniqueness that make this read as a specific landscape and not just a general idea. It leaves you with the sense that if you zoomed in, you’d see rows of tulips growing in each red pocket.

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).

13 December 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot: White Christmas derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot gave their participating artists a boatload of freedom in the White Christmas derby, which left the theme wide open and only asked that the artwork be placed on a white t-shirt. As such, the entries span the gamut from holiday celebrations to artistic illustrations and silly jokes. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I’d like to see get some more attention…

Jack Snowman by krisren28 uses Jack Skellington’s round head to make a snowman that brings the scariness of Halloween into a winter snowfall. I like the choice of the night sky as a backdrop, which makes the concept even more creepy.

New Snow by astrobat takes its inspiration from early cartoons, imagining that snow falls in bright colors in this retro black and white place. The loose, scribbled shapes of the snow help them to feel even more chaotic and strange in this otherwise clean and smoothly lined environment.

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.

12 December 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Circle Shirts collection

Gather round, because Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Circle Shirts plus sale has launched! The only artistic requirement for this group was that the artwork be (mostly) contained in a circle, so there’s a lot of variety in the collection- although there’s also a heavy lean towards animal shirts. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: Just Be Yourself by Discovertic was a favorite of mine in voting, and its devilishness still looks great here… although I do wonder why the shirt color changed! The yellow felt slightly fresher.

Nicest Surprise: I really like the ornateness of Autumn Spirit by Godzillarge, which almost feels like a wood carving.

Shirt I Am Most Biased About: My design Pizza is Well-Rounded is all about a balanced diet.

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

11 December 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Chaise Pliante

Chaise Pliante by Wassim definitely captures the feeling of a too-hot summer day. Heat is conveyed in the too-bright color palette, especially that fire red wall, but also in the details. A few fallen leaves litter the ground, shadows are long and dark but too low to give our character any reprieve, and even the woman’s skin seems caught just moments before it turns into a full-fledged sunburn. The way she peers at the viewer makes her feel caught off-guard, staring back with eyes that seem confused and maybe even a little angry. You’ve interrupted her and she didn’t expect it, as her posture reflects- she’s in the middle of picking up that glass, and details like the uneven way her leggings sit on her shins (one noticeably higher than the other) and the casual pouching of her belly make her surprise clear. Plus, in one last nod to the heat, even the edges of the panel wobble like a mirage on the horizon. Even though the subject matter doesn’t interest me enough to wear, I have a lot of respect for how well-planned and thick with story this is, despite its relative simplicity.

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

10 December 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Moon Song

Moon Song by dandingeroz is a nice, atmospheric piece that captures the way that music can make you feel a million miles away from reality. The astronaut’s pose is off-balance, which makes him seem more concerned with hitting the perfect note than maintaining his fragile balance on his sliver of moon. It gives a lot of personality to both the character and to the tune he’s playing, something much more exciting and active than the cool, empty expanse of space he inhabits. What I really love about the way the design is framed, though, is the clouds below. Because of those clouds, there’s a clear sense that this spaceman is playing for an audience, for all of earth, instead of just for his own ears. It creates the feeling that maybe, just maybe, if you look up at the stars on a quiet night, you might be able to hear his song.

Pampling has two options for winners of their contest. XPress winners earn 1 euro per shirt sold, with a minimum of 100 euros guaranteed. If the design sells well, designers may have the option of earning 500 euros to give Pampling the exclusive printing rights for one year. The second option is Classic winners, who earn 680 euros cash and 120 euros in t-shirts (or 720 euros cash) for the first 400 units and exclusive rights for 3 years. If the design is reprinted, the artist earns 850 euros cash and 150 euros in Pampling products (or 900 euros cash).

09 December 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #634: Year in Review

Shirt.Woot is taking a long look at the recent past with their latest derby theme…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #634: Year in Review

Next week’s derby is a recap of the past year. As 2017 comes to an end, we want to see some designs that represent this year and its happenings. A few rules: don’t include the year “2017” in your design, and no cream tees. Have fun!

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.