Enjoy San Fransokyo by John (Von Triet) Hoa Nguyen (MrRtist21) is my favorite of Threadless’s new Big Hero 6 shirts. What I love about this one is that it does so much- each of the movie’s young characters is highlighted, Baymax is flying in the sky, and the movie’s location is a major focus, really bringing to life the world of the film. There’s a great sense of teamwork and adventure conveyed, to the point where you want to jump right into the scene and join in on the fun. In other words, exactly what a travel poster should do, so it’s very true to its style inspiration. That said, I’m a little bummed by the strong rectangular shape of the artwork- very poster-y, yes, but not quite right for a t-shirt that is going to be worn. I’d have preferred to see a solution that used the same shirt color as the design’s yellow background area.
The 6 Heroes Flow! by Missaire Julien (24julien) stood out to me because, unlike the bulk of designs focusing on Baymax, this one gave equal billing to the movie’s other characters. It organizes them into a rough rainbow of paint drippings according to their uniform colors, which feels like a nice visual shorthand for the way each member brings something different to the team but together they create something beautiful.
Big Manga 6 by Tiago Lopes da Conceicao (ellocoart) first struck me as an expansion of the movie’s universe into comic book style, but knowing that a Big Hero 6 manga actually exists makes this design somewhat less exciting than it first seemed. Still, it’s cool to see these characters having another adventure, and I like the idea of taking such a colorful film and breaking it down into black and white. It lets you enjoy the shapes and forms in a purer way. There’s also some smart panel design, keeping the action moving with elements that pop free of the panel’s constraints.
Baymax Soars by Michael Buxton (DinoMike) uses that always popular t-shirt technique of containing a scene in a familiar silhouette, this time Baymax’s trademark chubby shape. Since his size is so imposing, it’s a choice that makes a ton of sense. His tiny legs hold a cityscape, most notably the San Fransokyo bridge. And from that, Baymax flies out in his red wingsuit, trailing a big 6 shape of white smoke behind him. The shape’s swirls also call to mind his crazy, careening way of flying, so it adds some character and harmless mayhem to the otherwise crisp and clean look. Good stuff!
HERO by Ricardo Sanchez (turdus) was actually the first design in this Big Hero 6 collection to catch my eye, since seeing Baymax break free of this circle is such a dynamic image. It’s a very well-done effect, right down to the way white smoke coming from his boots cuts such a sleek path through the bottom of the circle. Really, the only thing holding this design back is the background- while that circular shape is perfect, those colored hills inside it are just not very interesting, or even very recognizable in terms of the movie. I’d have preferred a simple nod to the film’s cityscape.
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