02 January 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Regular Waves and more new this week

Regular Waves by Khairul Anam (khairulanam87) is my favorite Threadless print this week. I love the simplicity of it, confining its shapes to just a circle and a series of half circles, all the same size. Orange marks out the topmost circle as the sun, while the halves in blue alternate high and low to mimic the rise and fall of waves. The repetition of shapes gives the scene a calm, tranquil feeling, and limiting the elements to a single geometric shape is a sophisticated choice. Really nice work.

Slow Alarm Clock by May Kapao (makapa) is a sweet, sleepy illustration of an alarm clock set in the shell of a slow-moving tortoise. There’s a real gentleness to the piece, which only uses the softest of colors as though anything more intense than a light dusting of pastels might require too much energy to process. The turtle sports a nightcap, the human rider is dressed in pajamas, and even the clock’s cuckoo bird has fallen fast asleep. It’s a very cozy scene, to the point where even the distinctive bells of the alarm clock are hidden away in a grove of mushrooms and cacti to conceal their familiar silhouette.

Peaceful Reflection by Rick Crane (ThePaperCrane) paints a portrait of the most serene scene imaginable. Repeated use of horizontal lines, spaced together more tightly at the top and bottom of the circle, help to make both water and sky seem absolutely still. There’s no breeze, no movement at all, leaving the lone boater in the center to drink in this peaceful place all by himself, with all the time in the world. Smart color choices, skewing towards the pastel end of the spectrum, further emphasize the laziness of the landscape. It’s the kind of image that makes you wish you could step inside and experience it.

Catastrophe by Aaron Thong (agrimony) features a cute cat in a bit of a predicament, hopelessly tangled up in some thin rope. A lot of the humor in this is in how exaggerated the tangle is, more of a scribble than a shape you’d expect yarn or thread to naturally end up in. The rope is treated realistically, with outlines showing which strands overlap. To me, this is a misstep- it would actually be funnier to make the tangle more abstract, more obviously a frustrated scrawl of swirling ink. But for his part, the cat is very cute and appropriately befuddled, sticking his paws through the knots so that some of his body escapes the mess. Soft shading is effective in making those limbs pop out at the viewer, helping the trap to seem even more pronounced.

Overthinking and Also Hungry by Fox Shiver captures a very particular feeling, the sense of being very lazy… but because you’re paralyzed into inaction by too many options. This isn’t the relaxing pose of an animal enjoying a nap, it’s the exhausted slump of a creature whose mind has been working so hard, it wore out all their physical energy. There’s an acute discomfort that the words reveal, the idea of wanting to get up but not quite managing it yet, that is relatable to a lot of situations, and the cuteness of the illustration keeps things fun and accessible.

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn $1 to $7 per item sold.

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