18 August 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Gueixa Samurai

Gueixa Samurai by Bruno Mota is definitely an eye-catcher, the kind of shirt that stands out in a crowd. Part of this is down to the printing placement, which sets its art low on the shirt and right up against the bottom hem. But while the placement is a bold choice, I’m unconvinced that it was ultimately the right one- the art just isn’t vertical enough to take advantage of the shirt’s height, which leads to the print looking extremely bottom-heavy. The thickness of detail in the art contributes to this, with some areas so busy that even know, with the aid of zoom and a computer screen, there are still some sections that are difficult for me to make out (the gradient colored circle to the face’s right is one such area). 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. But ultimately, I think the print placement is such a poor fit for the artwork that it harms the design’s appeal.

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