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08 October 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Line Art in Shirt Design: 15 great examples

Whether it’s being used to keep the color count low, to express a texture, to call out a shape, or even to show dimension, a strong command of line art is a crucial tool in any artist’s arsenal. Here’s a look at 15 great examples of how Line Art can be used in shirt design…

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01 October 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Halloween in Shirt Design: 15 great examples

Halloween has long been a favorite season for t-shirts, with artists reveling in spooky imagery, classic monsters, and autumn nature. Whether you like a good scare or a good laugh- or even just something beautiful!- it’s been well-represented in the genre. Here’s a look at 15 shirts that do an especially good job of capturing the holiday…

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24 September 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Collage in Shirt Design: 15 great examples

Of all the art styles that can be used on a t-shirt, collage just might be the most difficult. It takes a creative and experienced eye to develop relationships in color, shape, texture and meaning from materials that are, at least at first, unrelated. But it can be done, and when done well the results can be spectacular. Here are 15 great examples of Collage in shirt design…

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31 July 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Design By Humans’s Hat design contest

Design By Humans is best known for their t-shirts, but the site is expanding their horizons for the new Hat design contest. No theme restrictions are listed, but they do offer a design guide to help artists with the technical limitations of the medium.

Enter before August 9th, 2018 for your chance to win. First place earns $350, Second place receives $250, and Third place gets $100. Fifteen runners-up will have the chance to be showcased in the Hat Collection. All printed artists maintain the rights to their artwork and receive a royalty of $4 for every hat sold from their store.

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31 December 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Tee Contest Year in Review(s): 2017

As another year of shirt design has come to a close, here’s a look at the best and brightest designs for each month in 2017!


The Last Cat by Diego Gurgell

“Like a lot of strays, he’s a bit worse for the wear (sporting an eyepatch, missing leg, and collection of bandages), but he also seems very well-equipped for future surviving, with his camping pack, food supply of caught mice, and even a weapon.”

Camiseteria’s The Last Cat, January 8th, 2017


Extreme BullSh*t by Steven Rhodes (blue sparrow)

“It’s funny to think of a sign warning travelers of a psychological annoyance in the same way it might warn of dangers like bears, high river levels, or avalanche.”

Threadless: Extreme Bullsh*t and more new this week, February 17th, 2017


Outside by Gabriele

“It’s a bright blue expanse, packed with fluffy white clouds. The platonic ideal of a beautiful sky, which makes it also feel like a symbol for hope and dreams.”

Camiseteria’s Outside, March 31st, 2017


Let’s Summon Demons by Steven Rhodes (blue sparrow)

“When’s the last time you saw a crowd of kids this big with nary a screen in sight? If you ignore the black magic, this is downright wholesome!”

Threadless: Let’s Summon Demons and more new this week, April 13th, 2017


Falldown by Eyesore427

“The way the blackness oozes in (or out?) of the astronaut’s helmet make it feel strange and diseased, like space itself has infected him and turned his normal existence suddenly alien.”

DesignByHumans: All Over Contest winners, May 9th, 2017


It’s What’s Inside That Counts by John Tibbott (quick-brown-fox)

“There’s a really fun contrast between the stark white of the skull and the explosion of color within the break, all freeform and oozing compared to the slick skull geometry. “

Threadless: It’s What’s Inside That Counts and more new this week, June 9th, 2017


Barbes by Rachid Baalla

“The impression you get is that this place is so lived in, so packed with people and things, that there could be an adventure around any corner (maybe even several, stacked and shuffled together like everything else in this busy place).”

Monsieur Poulet’s Barbes, July 3rd, 2017


Gueixa Samurai by Bruno Mota

“I like the way a lot of the design is handled, like the stark way the face stands out white against the darker surroundings, the way a pattern is incorporated at the character’s waist, and the smoky quality of the watercolor background.”

Camiseteria’s Gueixa Samurai, August 18th 2017


Dog Star by Rodisley Jose da Silva

“And just as we look at this design and see stars shaped like a dog, that dog looks at a planet and sees a toy disc. That’s the fun of space, we don’t know for sure what’s out there so we’re free to project our dreams onto it.”

Camiseteria’s Dog Star, September 4th, 2017


Watercolor Wave by Kingdom at Heart (kingdomatheart)

“I love the way it reads as an abstract at first, but is still recognizably a wave when you notice the curved thrust of its energy.”

Threadless: Watercolor Wave and more new this week, October 19th, 2017


Pecado by Jackson Duarte

“Firstly, the realism of both the apple and the snake make the mix feel more potent and threatening than something more cartoony would have. It also helps make the snake look more alive and in motion, like he’s actually poised to sink his fangs into something.”

Camiseteria’s Pecado, November 19th, 2017


The Great Ramen Off Kanagawa by Ilustrata (Ilustrata)

“The pure chaos of the scene draws you in, leaving the viewer to examine each crashing wave for more details in the action-packed story.”

Threadless’s The Great Ramen Off Kanagawa, December 7th, 2017

That wraps it up for 201, but you can see how t-shirt art fared in past years in Compete-tee-tion’s 201620152014201320122011, and 2010 contest roundups.

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24 December 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Santa in Shirt Design: 15 great examples

Santa Claus is the star of Christmas, and as his big day approaches it’s fun to think about all the different things he represents and the many ways he has been portrayed. Here’s a look at 15 unique and funny t-shirt designs that artists created inspired by Santa…

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07 November 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Design By Humans’s All Over Ugly Christmas Sweater winners

Design By Humans has launched their All Over Ugly Christmas Sweaters collection and announced the winners, and overall it’s a very nice, diverse group of designs. Let’s take a closer look at the top two…

Merry Slothmas Pattern by ramarama took first place, and with its focus on the sloth it should definitely be a crowdpleaser. He’s a great character, all decked out in his own Christmas sweater and Santa cap, merrily drinking away the holiday. It’s appealing because the sloth’s laziness embodies how most people want to spend their winter- just having fun and lazing around with no responsibilities. I think the additions of the Christmas objects like bells, ornaments, and candy canes as confetti throughout the piece help reinforce the festive atmosphere, and the zig zag stripes help it to feel more like a traditional sweater than just a repeated illustration. That said, I think the design would have been even stronger still if some variation was introduced to the sloths (such as a slight position change, minor interaction between sloths, or a sweater color shift) to make each repetition feel more like a unique character and thus make the design stand up better to repeated and close viewings.

The X Mas by DiegoPedauye claimed second place, and is my personal favorite of the group. I love the quirky use of salmon for the collar and cuffs, which give the piece a really eccentric flair and help the color palette to stand out from other holiday designs. There’s a natural connection between our weird holiday traditions (flying sleigh, red-nosed reindeer, Santa’s speed, etc) and the strangeness of extra-terrestrials, particularly since the sleigh could pass as a UFO. So the concept of this piece feels really right, highlighting the oddness that already exists in the holiday. It also incorporates some excellent visual moments, prime among them the way the UFO beaming up a reindeer is represented. I love the way that moment disrupts the entire sweater pattern and serves as a massive focal point, with the shape of its beam recalling the jagged green trees behind it and a row of deer who seem to react to the plight of their captured brother. Very intelligently done. The sole weak link in the piece is the inclusion of the “The X Mas” text at the bottom- it’s unnecessary because the other elements make the theme’s point more strongly, and the text makes an X-Files connection that weakens the otherwise very broad appeal of the art by making it a specific parody (and at that, one that isn’t backed up with other show-specific design elements). Still super-wearable, just a slight wrong note in a piece that otherwise nears perfection.

Check out the whole All Over Ugly Christmas Sweater selection at Design By Humans.

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