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22 October 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Dogs design contest

Threadless sets their sights on man’s best friend for the Dogs! design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

We don’t deserve dogs – they are and always will be too good for us. While it’s not challenging to appreciate dogs in general, we DO challenge you to create a design worthy of our K9 friends! Create an homage to your favorite kind of doggos; perhaps a pattern of pugs, or a “find the wiener dog” design mixing hot dogs and dachshunds! Or maybe the image of a dog staring out a car window contemplating, “but who IS a good boy??”

Now go get inspired by some very good boys/girls: say hi to ALL the puppers and floofs you pass on the sidewalk, visit that animal shelter and play with some dogs, or just straight up binge cute videos of floppy puppies (you know you want to).

This contest opens to entries on October 27th, 2017 and ends on November 10th, 2017. One winner will earn $1000 cash (plus more prizing to be announced on 10/27/17). Additionally, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

21 October 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #627: Yay, Books!

Shirt.Woot has a new derby theme this week, for more information read on…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #627: Yay, Books!

Next week’s derby is **extra special!** Why? Because November is National Novel-writing month, so we want your best literary-themed art to put on our tees AND our journals! Yep! Its a Tee+Journal derby! Here are the rules:  1- Each submission must show your design on a shirt, AND on a journal. You can use the journal templates below or provide one of your own. 2- No “The Raven.” Branch out, folks. 3- Keep it in the public domain (so we don’t get in trouble). 4- As always, NO CREAM TEES!

This derby begins Thursday at noon and continues through next Thursday at noon. The top three vote-getters will each earn $1000 and $2 per item sold after the first day of sales. Those winners will be sold on Friday (1st), Saturday (2nd), and Sunday (3rd). Additionally, other designs may be selected for a Plus sale on the following Monday, with each selected design earning $2 per item sold.

20 October 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Via Láctea e a Constelação Felina

Via Láctea e a Constelação Felina by Lorenzo Henriques is a smart take on the idea of the Milky Way. I like the way this design reads, with the galaxy shape being the first thing to catch your eye. It’s only then that the cat constellation and field of stars pop into view, raising the question of what the cat is doing. That’s when the Milky Way joke becomes clear, creating a just-so story for why it might have gotten that name. I like the specific pose of the kitten, a crouching posture that is frequently seen in real cats, but not often seen in drawings of them. It makes the cat feel authentic and in motion, which lets the entire sky seem full of hidden, living creatures we’d notice if only we could connect the dots.

Camiseteria winners earn R$800 cash and R$500 in Camiseteria products.

19 October 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Watercolor Wave and more new this week

Watercolor Wave by Kingdom at Heart (kingdomatheart) is my favorite Threadless print this week. 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. There’s a strong sense of motion being portrayed, but the soft tones make this wave feel gentle and refreshing rather than a literal force of nature. It’s the kind of bold, but still uniform design that appeals both to the crowd that craves large, busy prints and those who look for quiet sophistication.

A Cloudy Night by Lili Batista (spookylili) is super fun and cozy, with a whole heap of clouds cuddled up in an all-over repeating pattern. I like the individuality that the clouds have been given, so that there are unique relationships and interactions throughout the piece (my favorite is the upside-down cloud, who could not possibly look more relaxed). While having a mostly white design could be a bit boring, the artist smartly got around that by adding some slumbering stars to the mix (as well as a cloud with a teal sleeping mask). These pops of color keep the eye moving and prevent the art from seeming too static.

Moonlight Magic by Camille Chew (lordofmasks) creates a spooky scene with a disembodied hand at its center. Lightning bolts extending from the hand mark it as having great power, and symbols painted on the hand like henna imbue the art with a more mystical, extraordinary feel. Standing out from the crisp lines of the rest, that big patchy-textured planet hovering in the background makes quite an impact and establishes an unearthly location for the frightening festivities. Even the stars aren’t quite what they seem. The ones far away might seem normal enough, but closer in it’s not ordinary stars forming these strange constellations, it’s an odd collection of tiny glyphs in shapes that span from geometric to skulls and eyeballs. It all adds up to something with an occult spin, but so smoothly executed that it has a lot of design appeal.

Fatty Cat by Sage Perrott (Haypeep) packs a lot of personality into its chunky little body, creating this character as an unruly, disheveled fellow whose fur is such a mess that it carries several strange creatures in it. While I have no clue what the creatures are meant to be (giant fleas? sentient dust clouds? normal-sized cats?), I think that’s part of the charm. I see them as part of this big cat’s posse, ready and willing to follow him into a fight. And looking at the angry angle of his narrowed eyes, this cat is definitely hoping for a fight sooner than later. It’s a cool scenario, and the constant lines of the cat’s fur give him so much texture you want to reach right out and pet him (even though he’d probably bite!).

Watching by Katie Lukes (k_lukes) plays with the classic spooky concept of seeing disembodied eyes in the dark. Usually they’re in pairs and the fear is that the animals or maniacs they belong to are hiding in the dark, but this design takes a much more cartoon approach by grouping all the eyes in one mass, seeming to either be just eyes or one very strange many-eyed creature. It lets the viewer’s imagination take flight, trying to dream up something to match that set of eyes. Also, by using a rough look for the eyes that lets the shirt color peek through, these eyes become even more different-seeming, unlike human eyes. Good stuff, and the simplicity makes it really wearable.

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

18 October 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Monochrome-tastic! derby voting highlights

In Shirt.Woot‘s Monochrome-tastic! derby, artists were tasked with keeping their designs to shades of one color. That restriction left the theme wide open, resulting in a wide variety of pieces that ranged from funny to the artistic and even the typographic. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I’d like to see get some more attention…

Only 5 Hours More by tobefonseca feels perfectly cuddly and cozy with its soft brown palette and lazy theme.

To Everything a Balance by artguyaaron really impresses me with how well the art tells a story- it feels like there’s a spotlight being shown on this shadowy feline as he stalks his innocent bird prey.

This derby continues through Thursday at noon. The top three vote-getters will each earn $1000 cash and $2 per item sold. Additionally, other designs will be selected and sold for $2 per item each. Both top vote-getters and selected designs will be sold in a future Plus sale.

17 October 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: What Did You Do Today? collection

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: What Did You Do Today? plus sale created t-shirt design fodder out of everyday events. That means most of the designs are very highly relatable, and that there’s a good mix of art, humor, and cleverness in this collection. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: Explore Today by Porkyroebuck is a beautiful ode to nature, especially fun in how those leaves start to invade the foreground.

Nicest Surprise: Boo-rito by graffd02 first won me over in voting, and I think it’s cute pun is perfectly timed for Halloween.

Shirt I Am Most Biased About: My design Caffeine Potion compares coffee to video game staples like the read health potion and the blue mana potion.

This promotion will only last until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday. So if there’s something you like, grab it fast!

16 October 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s The Onion’s Funeral

The Onion’s Funeral by Madcobra uses the onion’s famous ability to induce tears as the inspiration for a funeral scene that leaves all the attendants reduced to sobbing. I like the way that the onion’s injury (what looks like a partial decapitation!) is a reference to the onion being cut, which causes those tears. And of course the histrionics of the other vegetables is good fun as well, with the poor distraught carrot actively pulling at his own hair as the green pepper and a mustachioed tomato wail beside him. There’s a lot of character packed into each veggie, shown in their suit choices, leafy bits, and positioning, and that helps the viewer to feel the sadness (and humor!) of the situation. Solid work, and details like the puddle of tears on the floor and the elaborate look of the coffin are integral in making it all work together.

Pampling has two options for winners of their contest. XPress winners earn 1 euro per shirt sold, with a minimum of 100 euros guaranteed. If the design sells well, designers may have the option of earning 500 euros to give Pampling the exclusive printing rights for one year. The second option is Classic winners, who earn 680 euros cash and 120 euros in t-shirts (or 720 euros cash) for the first 400 units and exclusive rights for 3 years. If the design is reprinted, the artist earns 850 euros cash and 150 euros in Pampling products (or 900 euros cash).