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26 September 2016 ~ 0 Comments

2 Point Perspective Made Easy with a Rubber Band

2 point perspective can be a real hassle. If you’re using a ruler, it often seems to get in the way just as much as it helps, and stray lines can make it difficult to create something complex and detailed. But luckily, there’s a trick! And all it involves is a rubber band and a paperclip.

The best video link I can find seems to be only available on Facebook. (The poster notes that video is also on Instagram, but the link to that and to the original artist have not yet been located.)

Although this video isn’t as detailed, Mark Kistler’s Draw Squad also played with the same technique (starts around the 3 minute mark):

If you have a better video source for this trick, please link it in the comments!

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28 February 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Draw a Box: Upgrade your drawing skills

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One of the cool things about the t-shirt design world is that a lot of shirt designers come from backgrounds (like programming or writing) that might not have included much art training. Since the best shirt designs often hinge on bold concepts and simplicity, it’s very possible to do great things and be quite successful without doing much illustration. But having that limitation can mean that you have to pass on some fun ideas, so if you’re in that boat (or have some training and want to refresh your skills), Draw a Box is a site worth checking out.

It’s free, and includes lessons, exercises and homework that can take you from the basics (like drawing lines and shapes) to more advanced work (like drawing the human figure or environments). Even better, you can get feedback on your work from the site’s creator in posts on r/ArtFundamentals. Videos are also available on Youtube.

Get started by going to Draw A Box and clicking the Learn link in the header.

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06 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

DBH’s Make Your Own Photoshop Brushes Guide

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Have you ever wanted to make your own Photoshop brushes? Design By Humans has a great guide showing how to do exactly that. What’s especially neat is that they have details and screenshots for two methods, both for making a traditional textured Photoshop brush and for making a brush you can use with your drawing tablet.

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23 March 2014 ~ 0 Comments

TeeFury: Dealing with a Design Doppelganger

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My most recent post for the TeeFury blog is all about Dealing with a Design Doppelganger. It’s definitely crappy to realize that someone else has created art that looks suspiciously like yours, so that post is my guide to working through those feelings productively.

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23 February 2014 ~ 0 Comments

TeeFury: The Fine Art of Constructive Criticism

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My latest post over at the TeeFury blog is all about The Fine Art of Constructive Criticism. Check it out if you’re wondering how to give feedback without offending!

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23 September 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless Teetorials: Creating a Font in TypeTool

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Threadless’s Teetorials series marches on with a guide to Creating a Font in TypeTool. What I love about this is that, while it’s useful for tee design, it’s also easily applicable to all kinds of design work. Each step is explained in detail, and there’s an abundance of visual reference- so if you’ve ever wanted to create a font, you now have no excuse for not following through with it.

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07 September 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless Teetorials: Halftones

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Threadless is kicking off their Teetorials series of posts with a nice guide to creating halftones. What makes this especially valuable is the information-sharing that is happening in the comments below the post- artists are asking questions and even sharing their own tips. So if you’ve ever struggled with halftones, this guide is one to bookmark.

It’ll be interesting to see what tutorials emerge in the future- there are already some great requests being posted, and there’s certainly a wide range of skills or methods to cover.

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