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19 January 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Pokemones

Pokemones by Stenio Gustavo mimics a famous Ramones photo, to great effect. Making these very popular video game characters into punk counterculture figures is inherently funny, trading their colorful, cartoon innocence for the jaded cool of edgy musicians. Pikachu is particularly hilarious in his leather jacket and greasy hair, instantly transformed from his usual childlike self into an edgy teen or young adult. It’s appealing in part because it mirrors the changes made to the Pokemon fans themselves, who get a kick out of seeing what could happen if childhood heroes aged at the same rate they did. Plus, who wouldn’t want to see these guys at a Battle of the Bands?

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

18 January 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Ice Cream Kaiju and more new this week

Ice Cream Kaiju by Ilustrata (Ilustrata) is my favorite Threadless design this week. I love the way it takes a fragile dessert- one so frequently seen melted or even dropped on the floor- and transforms it into a terrifying monster. Cutouts show us the brains, bone and guts lurking within the beast, an effect that is especially creepy since this is a food. Japanese captions mean most people (including me!) probably won’t be able to tell if those notes add any humor or flavor to the piece, but they’re still very effective in linking this design to the Japanese tradition of giant monsters, even though no size reference is shown in the art. I also like the use of halftoning, which makes the art feel like something out of an old comic book or trading card- a cool relic from the past.

Fancy Party by Constanza (conty) stands apart from other bird designs in a big way by adding a little masquerade-style mask to each of the birds. These accessories are both visually interesting (who ever thought of a bird with bunny ears?) and an injection of personality that leaves the birds feeling like a mysterious flock of sophisticates instead of ordinary animals. They also interact well with their floral environment, sometimes dipping behind buds and leaves to show depth. But while I mostly love the design, one choice leaves me slightly baffled. The left side of the art is so effective in how the birds’ wings and tails escape the boundaries of the flowered area that I have no idea why it wasn’t continued on the right side. Instead, the bird’s tail contorts at an awkward angle to stay inside the flower borders, which both makes the tail difficult to see (it is almost entirely tucked behind leaves) and makes the bird’s motion hard to understand. A little finessing there and this design would go from 90% great to 100%.

Nasty Women by Avery McGinnis (averym88) uses a slogan that combines the theme of Amy Poehler’s and Tina Fey’s classic Bitches Get Shit Done quote with a more recent Nasty Women reference, making the sentiment feel fresh and updated for the current political climate. By surrounding the text with a lush, floral border, the design feels as though it is referencing traditional needlepoint and gains a measure of sophistication from that allusion. It’s also fun to see a slogan about female empowerment presented in a way that recalls such a classically female art form. Part of me wishes that the text better matched the style of the illustration, but the thin, slab serifed forms definitely do feel efficient in a way that mirrors the phrase’s intent.

Nasty Women Unite by Simi Mahtani (Simiautomatic) gives its slogan an unexpected style, with large, thick loops extending from the lines of its letterforms. In contrast to the harshness that the phrase “nasty women” might conjure, the design conveys softness with the swirls it creates, giving the impression of a loose blossom. Soft shadows spice things up even more by giving the art depth, like something constructed from a series of ropes instead of flat ink. It feels fun, and maybe even a bit silly, which is a sentiment that works because the playfulness pulls you in.

Destroy the Empire by Revolution Art Offensive (RevolutionArt) starts off on a really solid note, perfectly rendering Princess Leia’s iconic hair with a series of thinly penciled lines, calling out each individual strand. It’s immediately recognizable, and by paring down Leia’s image to just her hairstyle, it also feels sophisticated. Since we don’t see her face, it’s a reminder that anyone can embody the strength and spirit that the character portrays. When I first saw this design’s thumbnail in the Threadless catalog, I was really excited to see what the text would say. I thought it might repeat the shirt’s title, or maybe quote the films. The reality was much more disappointing- it’s just a typed credit for the artist. To me, this is a massive mistake that greatly affects the design’s appeal and wearability. The text stands out a lot and is a major focal point in the design. If a credit had to be included, I wish it had instead been smaller, hewed closer to the edges of the illustration, and matched the curve of the art.

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).

17 January 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Sports Fandom derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot‘s Sports Fandom derby asked artists to avoid jokes and focus on a more serious approach this week, though that directive was met with mixed results. Humor still made a strong showing at the top of the rankings, proving that regardless of Woot’s intentions their audience knows what they like and are happy to vote for it. But as always there are also a lot of hidden gems, so here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I’d like to see get some more attention…

I Like Football 2.0 by tobefonseca is a gorgeously sophisticated bit of simplicity, packing soft textures and detail in that make the football feel warm and dimensional.

Reach the Stars 2 by kharmazero immediately grabs the eye with its bright gradient, and the graffiti-inspired elements help paint a picture of action and motion.

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.

16 January 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: The Other Side collection

Shirt.Woot looked at things from a new perspective with their Derby Editor’s Choice: The Other Side plus sale. With themes ranging from pop culture parodies to cute animals and clever slogans, it’s a diverse group of tees that has something to offer for most tastes. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: Behind the Lolz by Patrickspens gives one plump cat the director’s chair to explain what goes on behind the scenes at a meme photo shoot.

Nicest Surprise: It’s Greener, Because by Mapinto explains a common phrase in a way most homeowners will get a kick out of.

Shirt I Am Most Biased About: My design Mom Loves Broccoli knows that even if you’re not a fan, vegetables definitely score big with certain demographics.

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

15 January 2018 ~ 0 Comments

For Fans By Fans: Wallet Design Challenge

For Fans By Fans is using their FanForge system for a new set of Wallet Design Challenges. Artists will have the chance to create artwork for the officially licensed fandoms of Guild Wars 2, Dungeons & Dragons, Homestuck, Hiveswap, Steven Universe, and My Little Pony.

Enter before February 15th, 2018 for your chance to win. Printed artists earn a commission per sale of their design.

14 January 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Classic CMYK design contest

Threadless wants to thoroughly explore a favorite color combination with their new Classic CMYK design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Classic rock, classic style, classic cheese & pepperoni pizza, the list goes on. And when it comes to art, it doesn’t get much more classic than the CMYK color model, (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black). That’s why we challenge you to forget the full ROY G BIV lineup and design a piece of art inspired by the CMYK color scheme. Experiment with a 4-color pattern, create a play on the tester sheet that comes out of printers featuring CMYK when you change the ink, perhaps create an all-over print that looks like you super-zoomed into a printed image which, of course, is made up of little dots of CMYK.

This contest opens to entries on January 19th, 2018 and ends on February 2nd, 2018. One winner will earn $1000 cash, with additional prizing to be announced on 1/19/18. Additionally, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

13 January 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #639: All You Need Is Love (Or Not)

Shirt.Woot is preparing early for February with their latest derby theme…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #639: All You Need Is Love (Or Not)

Next week’s derby is all about Love! Or hey, maybe you just want to forget about this whole ‘love’ thing. That works, too! Either way, don’t include “Valentines” (or it’s variations) in your designs. And remember, nobody loves cream tees. BONUS: If you’d like, choose pink as your tee color…use hex code f4b7da.?

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.