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21 July 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Jon Snow

Jon Snow by Eliúde Valverde celebrated Game of Thrones with some cool character art, and I think this piece achieves its goals well. I like the subtle way that Jon’s hair fades into the direwolf’s fur (not easy to achieve since both are different colors). Jon’s face is captured especially nicely, bowed forward and glowing orange almost as though he’s peering into a fire’s flames. The gradient shift from fire-y orange to icy blue feels like a nice nod to the character’s heritage. While I think the direwolf could do with a bit more exaggerating (he looks too much like a normal wolf here, I’d have enjoyed some fierceness or proportion shifts to communicate his more wild nature), there’s an intelligence in the animal’s eyes that shines through. And of course, seeing a moon so prominently brings connotations like shifting seasons, night, and wilderness that suit the design’s themes well. Good stuff!

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14 July 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Bee Cool

Bee Cool by Pedro Fernandes is interesting to me because it’s such an inversion of the trope you usually see with bees. So often bees are used to represent hard work, buzzing from flower to flower with diligence in service of their hive. And if not that, they’re threats who wield their stingers as weapons. So it’s refreshing to see this very different kind of bee here, a t00-cool slacker who wears a cap, reclines lazily among flower petals, and drinks his pollen out of a striped straw. Instead of buzzing from task to task, this guy is humming to himself as he lazes in the sun. It’s a sweet life suited to the honey he creates. Text reinforces the theme with a couple of cute puns, and I like the way it has started to integrate with the rest of the drawing through those twisting vines and the honey splatter (though I think it would have been even cooler if that effect had been taken further). Very solid work over all.

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09 July 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Sem Conexão Com a Internet

Sem Conexão Com a Internet by Washington Ribeiro has a really cool concept that most internet users will find it very easy to relate to. In this design, the pixel T-Rex who tells you there’s no internet connection has been rendered as an angry, realistic-looking dino who flies into a rage at his lack of internet, taking out his aggression on a passing pterodactyl. I love how dramatic the scene is, really channeling the frustration of not being able to get online. The unexpectedness of just how high Rex leaps on those spindly legs is a great moment of humor. And of course, the cactus-y landscape does a good job of helping viewers to connect this to the pixel error message we’re so familiar with. The only weak link for me is the way the text is incorporated. While the stone look is creative and nice to look at, it’s so large that it throws off the entire balance of the piece, making the design awkwardly bottom-heavy. I think making the text smaller (or even just lighter in tone) would have gone a long way towards making this design sit nicer on the shirt.

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30 June 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Vivo en Mexico

Vivo en Mexico! by Pablo Lobo is a really charming way of taking an internationally famous rock band and showing their appeal to a specific group. By making these slight changes to the band members’ names, the artist shows the intense affinity fans have for their music favorites, to the point where they relate to and appreciate them like neighbors even though they’re from the other side of the world. I think that really speaks to the universality of music, that while the specifics of every life vary, the emotions and drives are the same, making it possible to reach a massive audience if the quality of your expression is clear and pure enough. I like that in this design, the thought process went way beyond just changing the names- there’s also the Mexican flag incorporated, as well as a roadrunner. Vintage elements, from retro logo styles at the top to smart font choices and even some light distressing, hit just the right tone. And my favorite part is the beautiful details in the lettering, the way forms flow together and connect, making this a design that holds up well to multiple viewings without losing appeal.

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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.

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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.

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11 June 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s The Dark Side of the Moon

The Dark Side of the Moon by Stenio Gustavo is really smart in its composition. Because of Darth Vader’s positioning and the strong perspective used, it looks like he’s excited by this CD and truly in awe of what he sees on the back cover. Since both the character and the album are so iconic and well-known, most viewers should instantly make the connection that his enthusiasm is because this is the Dark Side of the Moon. There’s enough distressing to make the image feel vintage, which suits the age of both halves of the mashup. My favorite choice is the way everything is backed by a large Death Star-like circle (though perhaps a bit less distressing there might have made that usage more clear). The one slight misstep for me, though, is that the music is shown as a CD- surely a record album would be slightly more on-theme? Regardless, though, it’s a really appealing design and has been executed well.

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