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20 November 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Seasons: Winter design contest

Fall is on its way out, so Threadless‘s Seasons: Winter design competition arrives just in time! Here’s what they’re looking for…

Rather than preparing for ice zombies a la Game of Thrones, we want you to get in the spirit of the chilly season by creating a winter-inspired design! Create an all-over print that makes a latte mug look like it’s covered in frost. Submit an image of snow-dusted pine treetops that would be perfect on a warm sherpa blanket for chilly evenings. Or perhaps you have a photo of a gentle snowfall that would make an art print look like a window to a winter wonderland.

This contest opens to entries on November 24th, 2017 and ends on December 8th, 2017. One winner will earn $1000 cash (with more prizing to be announced on 11/24/17). Additionally, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

19 November 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Pecado

Pecado by Jackson Duarte is a bold, surreal image that transforms the sliced peel of an apple into a coiling snake. A couple of things help this combo to really work. Firstly, the realism of both the apple and the snake make the mix feel more potent and threatening than something more cartoony would have. It also helps make the snake look more alive and in motion, like he’s actually poised to sink his fangs into something. Secondly, the distressing of the artwork is a nice touch and accomplishes a lot at once. It helps to give the apple’s curves some dimension, while at the same time introducing texture to the peel as it becomes snakeskin. My favorite thing about it, though, is how it makes the design feel so well-worn, which is perfect for a depiction of sin. The text at the bottom succeeds in clarifying the theme and giving context to the imagery.

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

18 November 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #631: Ugly Holiday Sweaters

It’s time to bundle up for winter with Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby theme…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #631: Ugly Holiday Sweaters

Everyone loves an ugly Christmas sweater, right?! Take inspiration from ugly holiday sweaters to design your tee this week. These designs will be printed on 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.

17 November 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Quiet Night and more new this week

Quiet Night by Steven Rhodes (blue sparrow) is my favorite Threadless print this week. The concept is one any reader can easily relate to, because the visuals serve up the perfect conditions for losing yourself in a good book. There’s the piping hot cup of tea, a thick book with many pages to go, and an outdoor landscape that speaks to peaceful wilderness. It’s a setup that promises no interruptions. The loose illustration style also adds a lot to the idea, setting the scene with an understated nod to independence, creativity, and freedom from the precision of computers.

Sushi Lover by Graja (Graja) is one heck of a sight gag, starting the sequence with what looks like a set of chopsticks grasping a bundle of sushi… only to reveal in the last panel that the “sticks” are really a walrus’s tusks. I love the design because it captures how clumsy I feel when I try to use chopsticks- awkward as walruses are, I don’t doubt that this guy would still handle the dipping process more gracefully than I would. It’s also a piece that feels right because walruses really are fish eaters, so there’s something neat about seeing this fellow eat his favorite food in a more sophisticated way.

At the Record Store by Pigboom Kaboom (pigboom2014) constructs a very appealing scene, with anthropomorphized animals browsing the racks at a typical record store. It’s immediately relatable, outfitting each animal in an outfit that seems very much like what actual record store patrons might wear, right down to the pins on the dog’s shoulder bag and the stubble crowding the cat’s face. While often simplicity is best in shirt design, here the sheer amount of detail becomes an asset because it sends the viewer hunting through every corner of the illustration looking for hidden treasures, just like the record hunters the art depicts.

Stardust by John Tibbott (quick-brown-fox) uses the kind of bold minimalism that I love to see on a t-shirt. It’s a smart reimagining of Ziggy Stardust’s famed lightning bolt face paint that uses the bolt in place of one of the star’s points, creating a dynamic image reminiscent of a shooting star. The color palette is dead-on, so viewers will immediately make the Bowie connection. Solid work, and super-wearable.

Go Take a Hike by Michael Buxton (DinoMike) has a slogan that entices you to get out into the wild… and imagery that gives you a lot of reasons to stay inside. The result is a design that makes you feel like the animals have assembled to tell you to take a hike out of their territory, which is a fun sentiment. It also gives the animals a lot of implied personality, because when seen in that light the owl goes from merely watchful to stalking, the bear’s awkward smile becomes threateningly bared teeth, and the wolf starts to look awfully hungry. It’s a cute design that gets dark the more you look, and that’s the kind of shirt that is a lot of fun to wear.

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).

16 November 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Blanksgiving collection

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Blanksgiving plus sale asked artists the question of what the holiday means to them, and while the result is heavy on turkeys and food (as befits the holiday), there’s also enough variety to keep most potential customers interested. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: Venn Pie-agram by Graffd02 was a favorite of mine in voting, and is an extremely accurate depiction of pies you are going to eat.

Nicest Surprise: Fowl Player by Apelad was another voting favorite, but now that it’s being printed it has been giving a very successful and colorful new look.

Shirt I Am Most Biased About: My design Sportsgiving uses a turkey’s trademark feathers to link the holiday to football.

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

15 November 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot: Espionage derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot‘s Espionage derby was all about subterfuge and spying, so maybe it’s no surprise that some of the week’s best entries are hiding in plain sight. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I’d like to see get some more attention…

Undercover Letter by Wheels03 is immediately attention-grabbing, transforming a letter’s redactions into the iconic visage of a stereotypical spy. Really smart way of making secret messages read as a visual.

Every Little Thing You Say by jasneko has a cheery, friendly style that belies its more sinister message, the perfect way to position this concept since those phones we can’t get enough of might be doing something pretty disturbing.

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.

14 November 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Artist Shops Accelerator

Threadless is making big moves with their Artist Shops Accelerator program, which plans to give away $100k to artists for the purpose of expanding their individual artist shops.

Get your application in before December 31st, 2017 for your chance to win. Four winners will be chosen, with each winner receiving their $25,000 in 12 equal monthly payments starting February 1st, 2018. Payments are contingent on meeting certain revenue goals.