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21 July 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #209: Fairy Tales


Shirt.Woot is unleashing a very meaty derby theme this week: Fairy Tales. Hard to believe a theme this good hasn’t been done before! It’ll be fun to see what artists come up with, because when fairy tales have been touched on in previous derbies the results have tended to be pretty excellent. Here’s the full description from Woot:

Who says a life of wonder, magic, and happy endings has to end with childhood? We want to stay in a realm of witches, dwarves, fairies, and wolves dressed up like our grandmother. Wait. Maybe not that last one. This week we want to see your version of the classic fables of your youth. We’re looking for classic characters, morality plays, and maybe even some weird gruesome endings you never seem to remember because why on earth would they put that in a story for kids? Now, you just need to know the rules:

Watch your copyrights.
 Yeah, the fairytale versions of Snow White & the Seven DwarvesThe Little Mermaid, or the Three Little Pigs might be fair use, but the Disney versions are not. Get creative!

Incidental text only. We’re sure you can write a great fairy tale, but we’re more interested in your artistic depiction of one.

No Star Wars.

And of course, be sure to try and guess our MYSTERY ICON! We’re thinking of a specific design element – a person, a place, a thing, an idea. The first contestant to use this Mystery Icon in an entry for this Derby will receive a Woot! screaming monkey, whether they like it or not.

The derby opens to submissions at noon on Friday, with submissions continuing until Wednesday at noon. Voting is on-going from Friday at noon until Thursday at noon. Three winners will be printed the following weekend (as chosen by site members), with the printed designers earning $1000 for the first night of sales and a potential $2 per shirt sold on any sales after that date.

 

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14 July 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #208: Four

Shirt.Woot is coming up on another birthday, so in keeping with tradition this week’s derby theme will be the same as the site’s age: Four. Here’s their full rules description for this week:

Ah, July. The time when a young shirt site gets a little older, a little wiser, and a little closer to being a fully-prosecutable adult in a court of law. That’s right, Shirt.Woot is celebrating our fourth birthday! And what better way to mark the occasion than to do the same thing we’ve done on all our other birthdays, a number derby! This week we want to celebrate the smallest composite number, the second square number, and everyone’s favorite Motzkin number: four! Give us your best take on número cuatro: maybe it’ll be a pun on the four seasons (or the Four Seasons), the four food groups, foursquare (the game, not the hyper-annoying app), 4/4 time, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, four wheelers, or something completely different. Go nuts. Well, go nuts within these constraints:

No text.
No Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. HA! You were already coloring in the masks, weren’t you?
No “four play.” Keep it classy.

And in case you missed it last time, be sure to try and guess our MYSTERY ICON! We’re thinking of a specific design element – a person, a place, a thing, an idea. The first contestant to use this Mystery Icon in an entry for this Derby will receive a Woot! screaming monkey, whether they like it or not.

The derby opens to submissions at noon on Friday, with submissions continuing until Wednesday at noon. Voting is on-going from Friday at noon until Thursday at noon. Three winners will be printed the following weekend (as chosen by site members), with the printed designers earning $1000 for the first night of sales and a potential $2 per shirt sold on any sales after that date.

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07 July 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #207: Things that start with the letter O

Shirt.Woot introduced a new derby theme today, Things That Start With the Letter O. It’s nice and wide open, so here’s hoping we won’t just see a mess of old-fashioned Oreos. Here is the full description from Woot:

It’s time to go back to the alphabetic well, and this week we want to see how the fifteenth letter of the modern Latin alphabet inspires you. It’s the fourth most commonly-used letter in the English language, after all, and one of the most common characters in all the alphabets. So give us your best O-inspired designs: the primary subject matter of your shirt MUST start with the letter O. It;ll be more fun if you pack as many O-things in your design as possible but it’s not a requirement. Now for the rules:

No text. But if you want to use images to suggest the shape of the letter O, that’s fine. We look forward to your O-shaped opera of ostriches in the Orpheum.

Things that start with the letter O in languages other than English are allowed. Be prepared to prove it’s a real word and actually spoken by real people.

Introducing the Mystery Icon! We’re thinking of a specific design element – a person, a place, a thing, an idea. The first contestant to use this Mystery Icon in an entry for this Derby will receive a Woot! screaming monkey, whether they like it or not.

The derby opens to submissions at noon on Friday, with submissions continuing until Wednesday at noon. Voting is on-going from Friday at noon until Thursday at noon. Three winners will be printed the following weekend (as chosen by site members), with the printed designers earning $1000 for the first night of sales and a potential $2 per shirt sold on any sales after that date.

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05 July 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s halftone tips

If you’re an artist new to halftones, or a halftone user who frequents the Woot derby, then Shirt.Woot’s halftone guide is worth a look. They explain both how to make various types of halftones in Photoshop and what to keep in mind to ensure it prints as well as possible in all sizes Woot offers. And several of the comments lower on the page are helpful as well, so be sure to take in all of it.

Just for fun, here are a few examples of Woot shirts with halftones:

Let’s Get Kraken design by APSketches, photo by KaylaJ

Mirai design by bassanimation, photo by elviswind

License and Registration design by walmazan, photo by lonelypond

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30 June 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #206: Role Reversal

It’s derby time again, and Shirt.Woot is asking for designs on the theme Role Reversal. Here’s the full description direct from Woot:

Nothing says “comeuppance” like a good ol’ fashioned switcheroo. This week, walk a mile in someone else’s shirt and give us designs that show people experiencing someone else’s perspective for the first time. Sure, there’s plenty of room for pathos: a parent re-learning what it’s like to be a kid, a human on a fork about to be eaten by a hamburger, or maybe a tree with an axe to grind. Of course we still have some rules to follow:

No pop culture. That means no video games, no Star Wars, you get the idea.
No text.
No zombies.

The derby opens to submissions at noon on Friday, with submissions continuing until Wednesday at noon. Voting is on-going from Friday at noon until Thursday at noon. Three winners will be printed the following weekend (as chosen by site members), with the printed designers earning $1000 for the first night of sales and a potential $2 per shirt sold on any sales after that date.

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23 June 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #205: Mexico

Shirt.Woot is going a bit international with their latest derby, using a Mexico theme. Tacos and Mayan temples, ahoy! Here’s the full description from Woot:

This week we’re taking a trip to Mexico, land of temperate and tropical weather, extreme biodiversity, and delicious cuisine. Show us your best Mexican-inspired designs, and- HEY! Where are you going? You were going to slap button eyes on a taco and call it a day, weren’t you? Come on. You’re better than that. Explore the culture a little bit! There’s so much to riff on: the rich history of Catholicism (and the ornate art it inspired), Spanish colonialism, incredible folk art and ancient architecture by Aztec and Mayan cultures, amazing Mexican writers like Mariano Azuela or even Bruno Traven, Dia de los Muertos, you get the idea. There’s a LOT of amazing stuff to inspire you; we want to see greatness. Now for the rules:

No text.

No video games.

Keep in mind our omnipresent rules about racism, religion (that means no religious figures or deities), and just playing nice in general. The ban hammer will be lurking.

The derby opens to submissions at noon on Friday, with submissions continuing until Wednesday at noon. Voting is on-going from Friday at noon until Thursday at noon. Three winners will be printed the following weekend (as chosen by site members), with the printed designers earning $1000 for the first night of sales and a potential $2 per shirt sold on any sales after that date.

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16 June 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #204: I ? Books!

Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby ought to be a fun one, using the theme I ? Books!. It’s nice and open, since just about everything could be in a book, but still likely to inspire interesting art because just about everyone has a few titles they’d love to pay tribute to. Here’s the full description from Woot:

Summer’s the time for summer reading around Shirt.Woot, and we want you guys to help spread the word! This week we’re looking for shirts that celebrate the great entertainers: books! Whether it’s an ode to your local library, a send-up of your favorite genre or author, or just a depiction of your favorite quiet little reading spot, show us your appreciation for the written word and all it’s done for us. Of course, you’ll need to follow the rules:

No text-only designs.
Your design must have some graphical element.

No Star Wars.

Obviously, copyrighted characters and celebrity author likenesses are off limits.

The derby opens to submissions at noon on Friday, with submissions continuing until Wednesday at noon. Voting is on-going from Friday at noon until Thursday at noon. Three winners will be printed the following weekend (as chosen by site members), with the printed designers earning $1000 for the first night of sales and a potential $2 per shirt sold on any sales after that date.

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