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23 July 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Empilement

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Empilement by Yohan Sacré won Monsieur Poulet‘s recent Dinos design contest, and it’s a wonderful choice. I love this way of depicting dinosaurs because it makes a joke of their massive size. Stacking any kind of animal would be fun, but it’s even funnier here because it’s just so unexpected… and yet. And yet, who’s to say what dinosaurs really did all day? I’d much rather imagine the Triceratops’ horns being used as a fun balancing apparatus than a necessary survival weapon. The dino selections are well-made, spanning many different sizes and body types, which encourages a lot of visual movement as the eye leaps from one character to the next. And tying it all together is that great blue watercolor fill, adding texture to each shape that leaves the dinosaurs feeling soft and friendly instead of scaly and rough. So much fun!

Winners at Monsieur Poulet earn 2 Euros per item sold, for a total of up to 2000 Euros.

22 July 2016 ~ 0 Comments

WeLoveFine’s StarCraft design contest winners

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WeLoveFine‘s StarCraft design contest Grand Prize winner is Adjutant by Syldenn, and it’s an excellent choice. For starters, it’s extremely refreshing to see this low corner print placement, a look that WeLoveFine doesn’t do very often. That off-center look is very important to the piece because it amplifies the unusual feel of the artwork and also allows the mass of wires to run off the hem, which makes the android character feel more vast. By mixing human elements with technological ones, the robot combines qualities of beauty and strangeness. There’s a really exotic feel to it, like we’re peering into a future that’s right around the corner. That said, there is one choice that doesn’t quite work- the size of the print. This design really calls for a larger print (in part to raise the focal point so it’s not so low on the body), and it’s a shame that the printing process used doesn’t seem to be up to the challenge.

Check out all the StarCraft design contest winners at WeLoveFine.

21 July 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Fake Promotional Tees collection

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Sports, bake sales, politics and more are the subject of parody in Shirt.Woot’s Fake Promotional Tees plus sale. Here’s what caught my eye this week…

Best of the Bunch: Middle Earth Ring Toss Tournament has a cool look and is a witty reimagining of LOTR’s ring.

Nicest Surprise: Fire Swamp Fun Run won me over in voting, and I’m still impressed by its simplified style and smart references.

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

20 July 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot: Dystopia Derby Voting Highlights

Round 3 of the 10K Derby Cup is underway, with Dystopia-themed entries of all sorts packing the ranks. Pop culture, especially Pokemon Go, is especially well-represented, though there are also plenty of entries focusing on less specific types of bleak futures. As with the past two derbies this is a week-long contest, and that leaves later entries at a bit of a disadvantage in terms of potential votes. So with that in mind, here are two late entries that I think could use some more attention:

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Out of Control! by tobefonseca is one of the week’s most unique Pokemon parodies, showing the monsters battling their way through buildings, Godzilla-style.

Baby Grim Reaper by alexmdc hits just the right note between creepy and cute, that deformed skull and missing teeth give this fellow a ton of character.

The Dystopia derby ends on Thursday at noon. At that time, the next derby (10k Cup Derby #4 – Complicated Simple Machines) will open for new entries. 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). Other designs that don’t place in the top 3 may be selected for a Plus sale on the following Monday, with each selected design earning $2 per item sold.

19 July 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Mystical design contest

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Threadless sets their sights on the strange and supernatural with the new Mystical design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for:

Mysticism helps us see a different world far beyond human perception. Dreamcatchers, tarot cards, and surrealistic environments are just some of the elements that can help transcend physical reality. Show us the future you see through a crystal ball, take us into a different realm filled with sprites and wooden creatures, or reimagine some ancient text. We want you to take your art into a whole different world, so seek past the fog and discover your spirit animal.

Enter before August 1st, 2016 for your chance to win. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Additionally, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

18 July 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s The Sound of Nature

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The Sound of Nature by Rodisley Jose da Silva is a beautiful design about music and nature, two tremendously popular t-shirt genres. So with that foundation for success already laid, it’s great to see that the skill of the artwork itself more than matches the high level of appeal of the concept. Each bird is well-crafted, with individual poses and purposes. The gramophone feels right as well, very natural in its construction from a mass of winding twigs. Even the background more than carries its own weight with its shadowy field of trees that set just the right forest-y ambiance for the design. There are only two elements that slightly let the art down, in my opinion. One is the unnecessary caption at the bottom (surely there’s no need to actually say The Sound of Nature, the illustration communicates that idea well enough already). The second is the dimensionality of the gramophone’s horn, which could use a bit more shading to make it look more 3D. But both of those are fairly minor concerns, and pale in comparison to the joy of seeing that bird singing his heart out to create the gramophone’s song.

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

17 July 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Black Attack and more new this week

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Black Attack by Rafael Marques (filds) is my favorite of Threadless’s new Marvel designs. It’s the bold graphic style that makes this one a winner, using just two colors to create all its imagery. And despite its simplicity, it gives you all the visual information you need- Black Widow’s symbol, a stylized action scene, and a dramatic superhero pose. It all adds up to a smart design with wide appeal, and artwork that draws the eye.

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Urban Warfare by MARVEL (Superheroes) feels a lot cooler than the typical branded comic book tee, and that’s because it showcases its comic book artwork so well. Housing the illustration inside the Punisher’s symbol is a brilliant move because it lets the art read strongly both up close and far away, and the way the symbol’s edges cut off some of the art just makes it feel more intriguing. In particular, cutting off the word Punisher feels exciting because it helps to create the feel of a character bigger than life, whose boldness can’t be contained. The design also does a good job of creating more visual interest by using such bright graffiti graphics as a backdrop to a dimly-dressed character. There’s even an interesting moment where the large skull’s eyes create the illusion of demonic horns on the skull on the Punisher’s t-shirt that hints at the character’s darkness.

Bulletproof by MARVEL (Superheroes) is another design that I think is a cut above the usual official comic book merchandise. What I like best about this one is how clearly and quickly it communicates two things- 1) this character is dangerous, and 2) this character is damaged. There’s also some cool symbolism in seeing his Punisher symbol layered over an actual skull, showing the idea of a secret identity. But while I enjoy the piece conceptually, I was disappointed at how overwhelmingly grainy it looks close up. To me, that heavy distressing is a mistake because it detracts from the strong imagery at the center. I think the design would have been stronger without it, in part because the skull underneath would have read more clearly and looked more realistic.

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Hero or Villain by Daniel Stevens (dnice25) is another design centering on the Punisher’s symbol this week, but it fills the logo in an interesting way. Instead of showing a scene or a character, this design packs the shape with layers of newspaper headlines, all of which combine to tell the tale of a brutal, morally grey hero. I like that positioning because it makes the Punisher someone you know of only by his deeds, rather than showing the actual guy. He’s more of an elusive figure, made of rumor rather than fact, someone you want to know more about. Smart stuff.

Panther Hunt by Daniel Stevens (dnice25) caught my eye because, even as someone who doesn’t know anything about the character the Black Panther, I found myself really enjoying this design. It stands out in this group because every other hero seems to be protecting a city or surrounded by modern weapons, whereas this guy is very much surrounded by and a part of the natural world. He’s like a ninja among the trees, full moon to guide his movements instead of streetlights, and his action pose signals grace, precision, and athleticism. I look at this image and I want to know more. Plus, I love the lushness of that forest environment, looking green, dense and deep in a way that indicates vastness.

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).