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21 July 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Jon Snow

Jon Snow by Eliúde Valverde celebrated Game of Thrones with some cool character art, and I think this piece achieves its goals well. I like the subtle way that Jon’s hair fades into the direwolf’s fur (not easy to achieve since both are different colors). Jon’s face is captured especially nicely, bowed forward and glowing orange almost as though he’s peering into a fire’s flames. The gradient shift from fire-y orange to icy blue feels like a nice nod to the character’s heritage. While I think the direwolf could do with a bit more exaggerating (he looks too much like a normal wolf here, I’d have enjoyed some fierceness or proportion shifts to communicate his more wild nature), there’s an intelligence in the animal’s eyes that shines through. And of course, seeing a moon so prominently brings connotations like shifting seasons, night, and wilderness that suit the design’s themes well. Good stuff!

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

20 July 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Trappist 1 and more new this week

Trappist 1 by Claudia Santos (clsantos82) is my favorite print this week. The calm, even style fills out a geometric space scene with elements all drawn with the same precise line width. But while designs in this style often aim for minimalism, what catches my eye about this piece is how rich with activity and excitement it is. A rainbow of colors keeps the eye moving, and as you look deeper into the art there are a lot of fun elements to notice, from passing comets to planets and their orbits. A satellite at one end and a telescope at the other anchor the scene and give it some context, showing how these distant places are being discovered by people here on earth. It has a cheerful, optimistic feeling, and a strong sense of the wonder of the universe that should appeal to anyone who looks at the night sky and wants to know more.

The Extraordinary League of Dimwits by v_calahan (v_calahan) is a political design with a message that most viewers would probably agree with. I have to say, though, that I’m kind of baffled as to who the purchasing group is for a design like this- when I dislike or am disgusted by a prominent figure, the last thing I want to do is think about it or see their face more often. In fact, I’d think that most people who agree with the design’s message would also hope that (due to impeachment) this shirt wouldn’t be relevant for a whole lot longer. Even if it’s not made obsolete for that reason, it already seems a bit behind the times because of the inclusion of Kellyanne Conway (who I believe has been largely an non-entity since the election, especially when compared to those with official positions). The art is certainly well-made, though, despite my conceptual quibbles. In particular, the likenesses are instantly recognizable.

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).

19 July 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot: Artificially Intelligence derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot‘s robot-themed Artificially Intelligence derby had artists tackling all types of computer-y and technological subjects, both harkening back to pop culture and entirely new and original creations. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I’d like to see get some more attention…

ELIZA’s bar – where everybody knows your $name by Zenne imagines the similarities between a friendly bar and a well-trained chatbot. Take away the grey outline and this is a really fun, wearable design!

Tin Brains by mikiekwoods points out that the Tin Man had a lot of advantages even before he hit the Emerald City. Loving the cute style he’s been drawn in, especially the quirky nose!

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 July 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s FestiviTees collection

Shirt.Woot paid tribute to summer events with their FestiviTees plus sale. If you’re into summer concerts, reunions, or even staying indoors, there’s probably something in the mix to suit your tastes. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: Veni Vidi Vino! by spiritgreen definitely captures that decadent Roman feel in a fun, friendly way.

Nicest Surprise: 1987 Video Game Con by ApeLad has impressed me with its stylistic accuracy since it was in voting.

Shirt I Am Most Biased About: My design Hansel & Gretel’s BBQ turns the mischievous fairy tale pair into entrepreneurs.

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.

17 July 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s I Am You

I Am You by ManuelDA is a reference to the anime Spirited Away, but what I like about it is that the theme of the artwork is so strong that you really don’t need to be familiar with the movie at all to appreciate this shirt. There’s a prevailing sense of the importance of connection in this design, which shows the characters as united in two different ways. At first they face away from each other, but a thin thread of something still weaves them together. Below, they’re separated by the city, but still reach out to each other and connect. Bright colors and detailed silhouettes ensure that every inch of the piece feels interesting and vibrant.

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).

16 July 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Holidays design contest

Threadless is thinking about all kinds of big events with their new Holidays design competition. It’s definitely going to be interesting to see designs from all different times of year and of varying stature pitted against each other. Here’s what they’re looking for…

We’re lookin’ to add to our lineup of designs for every holiday, so go crazy on ALL the holidays (not just the ones with presents!) Create punny or heartwarming greeting card worthy designs (that just might end up on one!) Have St. Paddy’s Day and Earth Day fight over which PANTONE green is best! Highlight your favorite holiday…or get sweet revenge on the sweetness of Valentine’s Day.

This contest opens to entries on July 21th, 2017 and ends on August 4th, 2017. 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).

15 July 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #613: Galactic Tourism

Shirt.Woot is looking beyond the usual vacation destinations for their latest derby theme…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #613: Galactic Tourism

Ever wanted to check out the views on Venus? Get a tattoo on Triton? Order opulent hors d’oeuvres at Orion’s Belt? Well now’s your chance. Next Week’s derby is all about souvenir shirts promoting galactic tourism! Remember, only blackholes submit cream tees.

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.