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.
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.
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.
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