Brave Dee by cadzart is my favorite of Design By Humans’s Skelanimals winners. The great thing about this piece is the way it creates a whole world for the characters, matching the skeletal look of the animals by calling attention to the branches on trees. It’s the kind of art that leaves you wondering what could be coming around the next corner. Plus, smart use of the black, white, red and grey color palette keeps the eye moving well across the scene, following each ebb and curve of the landscape. It also occurs to me that the shape of the art is very similar to that of a tombstone, so if that’s intentional it makes for a nice, clever detail that expands the theme.
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Design By Humans is teaming up with Skelanimals, a group of cartoon skeletal creatures, for a new t-shirt design contest. Designs in this contest should include at least one of the listed Skelanimal characters (but not include any that aren’t listed). The color palette is red, black, white and grey.
Enter before February 27th, 2015 for your chance to win. First place will earn $500, second place gets $350 and third place will receive $250. Some non-winning designs may be selected to be included in a Skelanimals store.
But if you are a member, check out the blog post about DBH’s February Design Challenge: HP Lovecraft (post only visible to Collective members). During the month of February, they’re asking artists to email them the Lovecraft and Cthulhu themed artwork in their DBH catalogs for possible inclusion in a future curated collection. Check the post for full details!
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.
Falling Arno by OKPDESIGNERS was the big winner in Design By Humans’ Assassin’s Creed Unity contest, and I think it was the perfect choice. While a lot of entries understandably put their focus on the main character in an impressive pose, what really caught my attention with this design is how it translates the experience of actually playing the game into a dramatic visual moment. Anyone who has played the series knows that the joy in playing it comes from the way you’re able to move through the world, interacting with the environment in fluid, exuberantly athletic ways. So when you’ve had that feeling and you look at this artwork, you’re transported back to that place and are excited to do it all again. Plus, with that strong angle and the way the character’s arm and head anchor themselves around the t-shirt’s neck, this is a very striking and attention-grabbing piece in its own right.
Check out the other printed designs in the contest at Design by Humans.
Design By Humans hooked me up with a 10% off coupon code to celebrate their new zip-up and pullover hoodie collection. Use the code COMPETEHOODIE to save 10%, and here’s a look at the design that I think works best for each type of sweatshirt that DBH offers:
My zip-up pick is Take Off by alchemist, a design with a very strong triangular shape that I think works to highlight the zipper well. Plus, even if you’ve got it a bit unzipped so the rocket isn’t visible, those bright colors still create a very cool look.
Map to Nowhere by collisiontheory is a shockingly good design for a pull-over hoodie. Those two diagonal lines that descend from the main shape perfectly highlight where the pullover’s kangroo pocket begins.
What could be more fun than wearing a sweater with a bear in a sweater on it? That’s why the crew neck version of Keep Warm by fathi_dhia makes me smile.
It’s been awhile since Design By Humans had a themed contest, but their new Assassin’s Creed Unity design competition is definitely worth the wait! They’re looking for cool shirt designs inspired by the video game, and there’s even a bonus Work in Progress video contest (best video gets a $50 DBH gift card).
Enter before September 19th, 2014 for your chance to win. One 1st place winner will earn $3500, 2nd place gets $3000, there’s $2500 for 3rd place, 4th place earns $2000, and 5th place receives $1500. 1st through 5th place winners will also get copies of Assassin’s Creed Unity, Assassin’s Creed Rogue and Season Pass with additional content. 6th through 20th place entrants will get the chance to sell the artwork to Design By Humans.