Powered by Bacon by Pedro Josue Carvajal Ramirez (MadKobra) is my favorite design this week. It keeps things simple, which grants the piece a very classic, iconic feel, but there’s also a sophisticated touch to every detail included. For instance, that rolling wave in both the form and shadows of the bacon does a good job of bridging the difference between the sharp lines of lightning and bacon’s more organic curves. There’s even a nice shadow that gives the form some dimension. All in all, it’s a smart execution that elevates an appealing concept.
Lovely Leopard by Balazs Solti (soltib) uses a pencil sketch style that isn’t often seen on t-shirts, but it works well here. There’s a sweetness in the way the leopard’s heart spots are made to feel handcrafted. It creates a personal connection between the artist and audience, and that means that even the imperfections (like the fact that the eyes don’t quite vertically line up) only add to the charm of the piece. That said, I think some more of the lighter grey tones from the original submission might have improved the print- the contrast is turned up so high here that I think some of the animal’s dimension is lost.
I Believe I Can Fly by Steven Toang (Steven T) struck me at first as an evolution design, since it uses a line of silhouettes that become more active as they move from left to right. But its actual intent is more interesting, showing penguins lining up to try leaping from a steep cliff. We get to see one successful penguin thrust forward at such an extreme angle he almost seems to be levitating, while others who made the leap earlier glide in the background. There’s pride and excitement in their body language, like flight is the realization of all their dreams. The edges of the art fade out into a swirl of stars, infusing the design with a sense of magic and wonder. The whole package comes together so nicely it ends up even better than the sum of its parts might suggest.
Popoki by Michelle (littleclyde) is another favorite of mine this week- which is a fairly impressive feat, since I’m not particularly a fan of cats. Still, there’s something quite cool about this one, who manages to convey a ninja-like quality from his dark fur and hiding spot among the plants. His heart-shaped nose and wide eyes give him a friendly look, but the real star of the show is that foliage. It’s a smorgasbord of shape and texture, with a veritable cat-sized jungle being created around the adventurous feline. There’s even depth in the layering of flowers and leaves, with pops of red and pink to move the eye. Beautiful!
koohii no hito by Sean Dorgan (Hellpanda) was the sublimation shirt that stood out to me the most in the most recent batch, largely because of its surreal feel and photographic look. This image of a girl leading a suited man with a giant robotic head feels retro and futuristic at the same time, probably due to the sci-fi concept and use of black and white photography. The specific styling of the robot’s face plays into this as well, because the extreme size of it and simple features feel a bit old-fashioned, like old photos of homemade halloween costumes. The overall effect is one of curiosity, it raises questions without answering them and this makes for a very unique shirt.