Historically speaking, many of the most classic t-shirt designs have kept things simple, choosing to impress with clean lines and bold shapes rather than massive detail. Here are 15 great designs that use minimalism to impress and tell a story:
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Doodle art isn’t just for napkins and the margins of your notebook paper- it’s also an illustration style that can create quirky, fun and eye-catching shirt designs! Here are 15 examples of doodle art done really well:
One way to make artwork eye-catching and exciting is to contain the action in a recognizable silhouette. Here are 15 great examples of this technique:
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.
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.