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09 August 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Choco Abdominal

Choco Abdominal by Fernando Sala is a fun twist on the idea of exercising to get a six pack. Using the rigid chunks of a candy bar to represent muscles just feels funny, mixing unhealthiness with health and using the hardness we expect of candy bars as another reason for the viewer to see strain in the snack’s actions- it can take a lot of force to break a chunk off a thick chocolate bar, so you have to think this poor fellow has very little chance of completing a similar motion for some sit-ups. On top of the great concept, I also like the choice to add a headband to the character. By doing this, the two sections at the top are obscured, creating the perfect number of six being toned below. Even the small water bottle does its part in this design by balancing the art and emphasizing the huge upward motion achieved by the chocolate. Nice work.

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).

08 August 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Napman and more new this week

Napman by Rodrigo Leonardo Batista Ferreira (rodrigobhz) is my favorite Threadless print this week. While a lot of designs have parodied this Batman wing logo over the years, this one immediately stands out from the pack by turning the character upside-down. It’s a perfect fit for the sleep theme, and also creates a nice order of discovery in its visuals, first letting the viewer see the Napman pun, and then the slumbering Batman, and finally the Zzz… detail that finishes the thought. The doodled feel of the art works with the spirit of relaxation inherent in the concept, though I do wish the typography on Napman was tightened up a bit to read more smoothly and fill the wings more completely.

Gourmet Boogers by Jey Kim (heyjey) won Threadless’s Gross challenge, and it’s easy to see why. The concept is definitely stomach-churning, but the heritage look of the illustration helps to keep the design surprisingly wearable. There’s a real artistry and delicacy to the drawing, totally unexpected for the subject matter but a smart way to imitate the branding of real gourmet products. I like that even the typography is hand-drawn, with just the slightest wobbling of letterforms to create that crafted look.

Bad Ass by Vincent Trinidad (vptrinidad021) is a blast of cool 80s new wave style. With its palm trees, pink tones and city skyline, it feels like it’s straight out of a retro Miami detective show. So I have to admit I was a bit surprised to see that it’s a reference to the show Stranger Things, which I think of as having a very different kind of 80s flavor, the 80s of suburban malls, arcades, and BMX bikes. Since I’m not up to date on the show (I enjoyed season 1 but never bothered to watch the rest) it’s very possible that the style choice makes sense in a way I’m not grokking. And it’s certainly well done! I love the us of the teal highlight in the face and the starburst highlight of the earring.

Made in Japan by Tatak Waskitho (skitchism) reframes Godzilla as a national product to be proud of. I like the ambiguity of it, the way it makes you wonder if they’re celebrating the destructive monster or the creative minds that brought it to life. It works because the idea of being proud of a national treasure that destroys cities and causes havoc is funny, like someone cheering on their own possible destruction. The typography, though, is definitely my favorite part of this design- I love the irregular heights of the letters, the horizontal line that crowns the J as a capital letter, and the slight italicizing of Japan, all of which give the lettering the feel of a hand-painted sign.

Earth, Air, Fire & Water by Rick Crane (ThePaperCrane) uses lines of uniform weight and varying color to create a rich landscape that fills two mirrored triangles. The triangles have a thicker weight and form a diamond shape together, reminiscent of the dial of a compass or an indication of above and below. Like the buttons on an elevator call panel, the top triangle has all the action above the horizon, mountaintops and clouds capped by a glowing sun, while the bottom has a placid expanse of lake and the low starting points of those peaks. It’s a gorgeous piece and does an excellent job of establishing a sense of height and scale.

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.

07 August 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Kick-Off Time collection

Sports of all sorts, from football to baseball to team names and beyond, went head to head in Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Kick-Off Time plus sale. Whether you’re a sports fan or a sports hater, there’s something in this collection bound to score a few points. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: Shuttlecock’s Lament by Apelad has a great punchline, supported by a perfect depiction of cartoon rage.

Nicest Surprise: Fastball by kharmazero uses artistic dashes of ink to communicate speed and action.

Shirt(s) I Am Most Biased About: My design Half-Time the Game imagines a sports game for non-athletes, while Goals keeps things simple with a slogan for soccer fans.

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

06 August 2019 ~ 1 Comment

Shirt.Woot’s Ad Shirts derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot‘s Ad Shirts derby gave artists the opportunity to flex their muscles with some vintage styles, from the flat typography of the newspaper era to the glossy, painterly illustrations of the magazine days. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I think could use some more attention…

Citizens of Catan Unite by graffd02 mixes propaganda style with a popular board game, helping the game’s world to come to life.

Cat Fame by transformingegg hits upon a perfectly retro color palette to sell this concept of a vintage ad for a modern pastime.

This derby continues through Thursday at noon. The top three designs (determined by votes and editor input) 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.

05 August 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Sass design contest

Clever wordplay and snarky imagery might serve you well in Threadless‘s new Sass design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Did you mouth off to the principal in high school or reply with cheeky remarks to your mom’s reminders about doing chores? Were you yelled at for inciting unrest with impertinent comments to your siblings in the back seat during road trips? Finally, you’ll be rewarded for your insolence. Your quippy backtalk will serve you well in this saucy challenge.

We charge you to put your money where your mouth is and make some super sassy designs. Take those rude responses, witty retorts, and over-the-top eye rolls and turn them into graphic-art gold. Feature those smart-alecky words as artful typography in your designs. So, wise off and get designing. Yeah, that’s right, we’re talking to you.

This contest opens to entries on August 9th and ends on August 23rd 2019. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Also, all designers printed will earn $1 to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

03 August 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #720: Single Color Designs

You might want to keep it simple with Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby theme…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #720: Single Color Designs

This weeks theme is single color artwork! Your design can be made of type, text, outlines and imagery that is only one color! The content/theme can be whatever you like, but you may only use one single color. There’s a few limitations with this one though…
No politics
No cream shirts
No pop culture
No cats
No previously submitted designs

Here are some examples of what I mean by single color (and the print color does not have to be white!): I hate People  & Truth .

This derby begins Thursday at noon and continues through next Thursday at noon. The top three designs (determined by votes and editor input) 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.

02 August 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Space Heartbeat

Space Heartbeat by Carbine keeps things simple but effective. I like that the first element the viewer notices is the heartbeat line, immediately setting the tone and establishing the stakes of the scene with a panicked-looking beat. After that, the astronaut’s angle and pose make sense- he seems off-balance and especially vulnerable hanging there among distant stars. That’s when the narrative truly pays off- the astronaut’s safety tether doesn’t just fade out into darkness, it looks savagely ripped. Barring a miracle, this spaceman appears to be doomed, and every inch of the art pays tribute to the drama of the moment and the isolation of this predicament.

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).