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23 June 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s David Catie

David Catie by Stenio Gustavo has a super-appealing concept, transforming a cute kitten into Ziggy Stardust with a colorful bolt over his eye. There are elements that work really well in this piece, like the way the lightning contours itself around the curves of the cat’s face in a realistic way and that the cat’s eyes reference Bowie’s. But unfortunately, I think this is the kind of design that reveals flaws as you look at it more closely. One issue I have is with the overall shape of the cat’s face, which doesn’t seem to be as symmetrical as I would expect (for some reason, there’s even a bit of neck visible on the left). The cat’s oddly posed mouth is another strange moment of asymmetry, especially distracting because the darkness of that section draws the eye there. The whiskers are set at different lengths on each side of the face, and while I think this may have been done to balance out the heaviness of the lightning bolt, it doesn’t really work. I think that a smarter choice might have been to fade the impact of the whiskers entirely by using a lighter grey there, letting more of the focus be on the sections above that are more successful. Overall, I think that the artist put too much emphasis on realism and might have been better off cleaning up and softening the cat to feel a bit more like the cute kittens of the imagination than a somewhat quirkily shaped realistic one.

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

22 June 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Curiosity is a Nine Letter Word and more new this week

Curiosity is a Nine Letter Word by Ian Byers (ibyes) is my favorite design this week. I like the way it makes an unspoken connection between the nine letters in the word and the nine lives of a cat, showing us a different view of the same adorable animal paired with each letter. It’s especially fun because of the way it rewards the viewer’s own curiosity, first catching their attention with the bright red letters and then delighting them on a closer view with these playful portraits. Allowing each cat to be a transparent line drawing is a smart choice because it allows the lettering to be at the forefront (and because their ghostly appearance connects back to the nine lives idea). That said, I do have one very minor complaint about the art- it seems to me that having the U and the R shape have nearly identically posed kittens is an odd and distracting choice, especially since forms don’t seem to be obviously repeated elsewhere. Since they’re right next to each other and right at the top, I think it gives the impression of the design being less diversely drawn than it actually is. The difference in positioning does help, though.

Poor Jon! by Mikaël Rabin (Mr-Wayne) won Threadless’s Portraits challenge, and it’s a very appealing choice. I love this modern take on classic pop art, which references Roy Lichtenstein’s famous comic panel pieces (particularly the dramatic ones like Crying Girl and Hopeless). By making the comparison between those helplessly emotional retro comic ladies and Game of Thrones’s hapless (but very pretty) hero Jon Snow, it calls attention to the series’s more soap-y aspects and also the ways that Jon’s role as a passenger rather than a driver of his own fate mirrors the role many of those old-fashioned comic characters played. Plus, especially since Jon’s character was… somewhat ham-handedly acted in the early days, this over-the-top portrayal of his emotions feels very right (and very hilarious).

Don’t Look Down by Andy J. Pizza (benobrien) is a charity shirt benefiting the ACLU. The thing I like about this design is the way it finds a midpoint between the two t-shirt trends of the doodle shirt and the slogan shirt, carefully giving each aspect equal play without favoring one over the other. While the doodles are mostly abstract, the presence of a field of stars, facial features, and even some simple flying birds offer enough familiar touchstones to help viewers maintain interest and even imagine the beginnings of a story. By letting the doodle and lettering interact (especially in the way the W in Down sinks into the space section), the design feels very complete, and there’s a strong sense that the reason for the slogan Don’t Look Down is that you might get lost in the zanier parts of the doodle. Very cool stuff.

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).

21 June 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot: Sweet Land of Liber-tee derby voting highlights

American patriotism reached fever pitch in Shirt.Woot‘s Sweet Land of Liber-tee derby, packed full of designs aiming to add some more red, white and blue to the 4th of July. There’s a nice range of topics from humorous to artistic and even critical, but these are the two current voting underdogs that I’d most like to see get some more attention…

United Steaks by vomaria connects the shape of the country to the popular holiday habit of grilling, and does so in a simple, elegant way.

Dog Bless America by maloandthewhale impresses with a wealth of detail, but my favorite bit is the way the stoic, regal eagle compares with the silly, derpy look of the dog. So fun!

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.

20 June 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Honor Among Sleeves collection

Shirt.Woot artists set their sights on video games in the Honor Among Sleeves plus sale. Since this derby focused only on recent games, the material being parodied is different from the more nostalgia-focused designs you might typically see in a gaming themed collection. Here’s what I think earned a high score…

Best of the Bunch: Grand Theft Gato by yazmoq keeps things simple, and that lets the viewer imagine all the crazy antics this cat is probably getting up to. Look at his little sunglasses!

Nicest Surprise: Mana Potion by Blair Campbell won me over in voting with its portrayal of Kool-Aid Man as a game saver.

Shirt I Am Most Biased About: My design Miner’s Pocket lets crafters have a handy pickaxe with them wherever they go.

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

19 June 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Drawstring Bags contest

Threadless is expanding their accessories line, so the new Drawstring Bags design challenge will help to flesh out that section of the catalog. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Whether you’re going for a run or just running out the door, these sporty bags are perfect to throw your things in and head out! And we want you to create a design that makes for the perfect drawstring bag for everyone from surfers to those of us who just surf from one couch to the other in our living room. Create an all-over forest print with a hidden Sasquatch for the perfect hiking companion. Or make a punderful design that will have people hate to watch you go, but love to watch you leave and flaunt that bag design.

This contest opens to entries on June 23rd, 2017 and ends on July 7th, 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).

18 June 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s About Scars and Experiences

About Scars and Experiences by Rodrigo Chinellato and Maykon Cardoso is a nice spin on the classic lion shirt. Lion imagery is often about strength, and I think that’s applicable here- by showing both halves of the lion, the well-groomed and the damaged, it feels like there’s a message playing out about how what led to each of these scars has helped to make the animal stronger. While the blue-eyed side might be more conventionally beautiful, it’s the left side that looks like it has the more interesting story to tell. Relatedly, it’s also the side that looks tougher, the one you wouldn’t want to face in a fight because it clearly knows what’s at stake. I also like the use of the collaged text, which introduces the idea that not all scars are visible and also adds some visual texture to give the composition a bit of extra interest.

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

17 June 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #609: RACECAR Spells RACECAR Backwards

Shirt.Woot‘s newest derby is fast approaching, and the theme is…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #609: RACECAR Spells RACECAR Backwards

Racing is a competition that’s all about speed: speed vs. time, speed vs. distance, speed vs. your bladder… you get the idea. Anyway, we think racing is cool. So naturally, we want more of it! Thus, next week’s derby is all about racing. Just keep things non-creamy and terrestrial (so no cream tees and no spacey racing stuff).?

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.