Good Grief by Anna-Maria Jung (queenmob) is, for my money, the best of Threadless’s new Peanuts-themed tees. What makes this design a clear winner is how effortlessly it incorporates so much of what makes the comic great- no matter which character is your favorite, they’re in there somewhere (even Woodstock is holding it down as the dot on the exclamation mark) and it all takes the form of the series’s most well-known catchphrase. It’s brilliantly simple, capturing each figure’s likeness in just a few shapes and colors. Snoopy is an especially great choice to start things off as the G, both because his large snout is so well-suited to the form and because it suits his sense of confidence (not to mention the close proximity to Chuck). I’m also loving how Linus and his blanket team up to form the F.
Hoverboard by Phil Jones (murraymullet) definitely feels like a Joe Cool kinda moment from Snoopy, all the better because it incorporates that familiar flustered look from Woodstock and his buddies. It’s easy to imagine that Snoopy’s Red Baron fantasies took a turn for the sci-fi once he saw Back to the Future, and of course no bird could resist the chance to help such a great dog achieve his dreams. Something I appreciate about this piece is how even the shadow scribble below the board feels authentically Peanuts-esque.
Adults by Justin White (jublin) was another favorite of mine this week. I think it was a masterstroke to choose the look of early Peanuts for Charlie, since it makes him feel even younger and more frustrated. The words almost feel like they’re literally weighing him down, this huge oppressive force filling the whole front of the shirt. The only part of this shirt I’m not completely sold on is the direction of the speech bubble- shouldn’t it point towards the person wearing the shirt (rather than over the shoulder as it does now)?
Red Baron Tattoo by Julia Sonmi Heglund (sonmi) really nails that tattoo style, with thin lines and soft fades that make it fun to explore. But while the art is extremely well done, I’m not sure the concept works for me- there just isn’t a connection between that style of art and the youthful, classic feel of the comic. I think the intention might be to capitalize on the military angle of the Red Baron, but I don’t associate pilots with tattoos so much as with pinup artwork painted on their planes. Maybe it’s just me?
Everything Will Be Okay by Alex Solis (alexmdc) is an interesting shirt for Threadless because it’s not at all about cleverness. It’s just about emotion, about constructing this perfectly heartwarming scene between Charlie, Snoopy and Woodstock. Each character radiates with contentment, a feeling that’s magnified by shading that leaves each of them glowing as though lit by a sunrise or crackling fire. I’m also loving the sketchy lines of the art, which contribute to the cozy feel and help it to feel hand-crafted and made with care.
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