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22 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Herdez’s Día de los Muertos contest

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The salsa brand Herdez is having a Día de los Meurtos t-shirt design contest just for artists in southern California!

To qualify, artists must be a legal resident of one of the following southern California counties: Los Angeles County, Ventura County, Orange County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County or San Diego County.

Enter before 5PM PST on September 14th, 2014 for your chance to win. One winner will earn $1000 cash and 10 free t-shirts. Additionally, the winning original artwork will be displayed at MOLAA and sold as a featured piece in the Golden Ticket opportunity at the MOLAA Día de los Muertos fundraising gala On October 25, 2014 (proceeds will benefit programs and educational initiatives at MOLAA).

21 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #370: Adorable

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Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby seeks out all things Adorable! Since cute shirts tend to do very well at Woot, this theme is one artists might want to pay special attention to- the right idea could easily last quite awhile on Woot’s Top 20 list, earning extra money for the creator. Here’s the description of what they’re looking for:

The real world is full of horrible, awful, gruesome things. We all need a diversion from that stuff. For solace, we turn to the soft, the wide-eyed, the vulnerable. Bring on the cute stuff!

-No creme tees!!

The derby opens to submissions at noon on Friday, with submissions continuing until Wednesday at noon. Voting is on-going from Friday at noon until Thursday at noon. Three winners will be printed the following weekend (as chosen by voters), with the printed designers earning $1000 for the first night of sales and a potential $2 per shirt sold on any sales after that date. In addition to the top 3 winners, Woot will select a few other pieces for a Plus! sale and inclusion in their catalog, with selected artists earning $2 per shirt sold.

20 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Heart Seeker and more new this week

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Heart Seeker by Chow Hon Lam (Flying Mouse) is my favorite design this week, both because of its clever concept and charming style. I love the way the joke hinges on Link’s plethora of hearts (starting with three, gaining even more as the game progresses) and the Tin Man’s sad lack of any. You sympathize with Tin, because Link can certainly afford to share a little. I’m also finding the way Link is drawn to be really interesting- he’s pixelated, but in a very different way than he is in the games. It’s a neat way for the artist to keep the character’s origin clear, while still creating some room to put his own spin on it. And of course, drawing Tin in the same squat, big-headed way that Link is often shown cements them as existing the the same scene and universe despite their differing styles. Really smart work.

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Ancient Rock by dudesign (dudesign) finds comedy in the stiff poses of ancient Egyptian art, contrasting their formality with a rock concert. This leads to some strangely calm and sedate crowdsurfing, and rockers who seem posed as precisely as dolls. Definitely funny stuff, all the more so because of Egyptian/rocker overlap of long hair and eyeliner. Plus, who wouldn’t enjoy seeing Anubis working security? There’s also a great finishing touch in the hieroglyphs above, which scatter rock logos in among its symbols.

Dinosaurs vs. Robots vs. Aliens by Adam Works (Melee_Ninja) imagines the craziest, most awesome video game ever- and naturally, it’s packed with the three greatest things in the world: Dinosuars, robots, and aliens! Just seeing that title makes you dream up how it would all work, complete with epic team ups, zany attacks and of course level designs to die for. It’s inherently interesting stuff, and I love the way the artwork highlights how weird a mix this is rather than hiding it- each word gets a dramatically different, brightly colored text treatment in the title. Also, you can’t fault the design’s optimism- the word Awesome is listed no less than three times (and I wouldn’t have minded a few more).

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Song of Death by idilek (idilek) uses a music note as I’ve never seen one used before- as a weapon. And despite the fact that it’s a symbol that typically expresses joy or creativity, it does an excellent job of feeling genuinely threatening here. The hugeness and roundness of those orbs sit so tightly in the eye sockets that they seem on the verge of cracking the skull to pieces, and the skull’s open mouth reads as a scream. Black drips fly off the note, but it doesn’t make the form look any softer. Instead, I’m reminded of lava, molten in some places, hard stone in others, and dangerous throughout.

Ye Olde Throne by Diego Pedauye (Diego Pedauye) has a very medieval vibe going on, with poses right out of a tapestry. What I find strange about it though, is that for a design ostensibly about Game of Thrones, the choices of which sigils to highlight in the artwork seem downright bizarre. The symbols that stand out the most are the Greyjoy kraken (a house that barely gets any screen time, save Theon), the Tyrell flower (arguably an important family, but definitely not one of the top three in terms of power), and the Martell sun and spear (a family that was entirely off-screen until the latest season). Meanwhile direwolf, lion, stag, and dragon crowd the center, smaller and in such a jumble that they don’t stand out. That leaves me feeling that, while the art is well drawn, it might still lack appeal to fans because most will shy away from a purchase that doesn’t focus on their favorites.

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn 20% royalties based on net profit (paid monthly) and a $250 Threadless Gift Certificate.

19 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s New Designs: Football! collection

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Shirt.Woot’s New Designs: Football! collection gathers together some of the tees that didn’t quite get enough votes to print in the last derby. It’s definitely a benefit of the new immediate post-derby plus sale system that folks can get these shirts in time for football season (rather than the old system, which involved waiting a few months for a Double-Take derby). Here’s a look at a couple of standouts:

Best of the Bunch: Go Long‘s mashup of long cat and football is unexpected, yet adorable.

Shirt I Am Most Biased About: My Kind of Sport is a shirt for people who prefer owls to football, pretty much everyone right?

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

18 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Scream in Springfield

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Scream in Springfield by Nasken is probably the most natural fit of all the Scream mashups I’ve seen, giving Bart Simpson’s familiar terrified face a new fine art context. There’s even a move to make the mashup more relevant by placing a shadowy Sideshow Bob behind Bart, almost invisible as he fades into the dark color of the shirt. The only thing that keeps me from being fully in favor of the piece is that, despite being a mashup, it still feels kind of like official merchandise rather than parody. Maybe that’s because Bart is so close in this design to his appearance on the show, or the fact that the show itself often takes crazy turns so the characters ending up in a painting doesn’t seem all that unlikely. Either way, though, the art is well done and the mix does work.

Winners at Pampling earn 1200 euros cash and 300 euros in Pampling points.

17 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Dieta da Morte

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Dieta da Morte by Camila Matos is a smart takedown of fast food, using a huge assortment of junk foods to create the shape of the grim reaper. There’s a lot to like about the way the art comes together, particularly in the range of foods shown- it’s not just burger and fries, bacon, sodas, breads, donuts, pizzas and even a carton of Chinese takeout all make an appearance. I also like the choice to show the eater as passed out mid-bite in his recliner, still clutching his snacks and with a bit dribbling down his chin. It raises the question of whether the reaper has already struck, or whether this guy is just in the throes of a particularly deep food coma.

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

16 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s 14 New Designs from the Shirt-Off

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Shirt.Woot mixed in a lot of brand new art to their recent Shirt-Off, offering a new design every half hour from 9am to 5pm. Since few people are able to stay glued to their screens for the whole event, the 14 New Designs from the Shirt-Off are currently available for purchase in a plus sale!

Best of the Bunch: Treasure of the Deep features some great use of negative space, and a wonderfully foreboding atmosphere.

Shirt I Am Most Biased About: My design Explore this New World imagines aliens landing in the ocean.

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