Take a Pitcher by Nicholas Ginty (Gintron) won Threadless’s Cheers challenge, and I can’t imagine a better winner. The great thing about this piece is how memorable it is- as a twist on a common phrase, there’s an immediate recognition that helps propel the humor. And of course, the fact that this play on words is equally as true as the original just makes it that much more fun. Add playful typography to the mix, and you end up with a piece that is pretty darn hard to resist!
King’s Cup by Wacharapong Sisapon (uptme) reveals the tragic reality of the bottom half of a mirrored face card- gravity means his drink is dripping all over his face, forever. It’s a gag that works in part because the image is so familiar- it’s something you’ve seen a million times, tweaked in a way that makes you see it suddenly in a new light. Smart color choices help enhance the humor, drawing the eye in with the bright white cups and almost neon blue liquid against the otherwise plain black ink. Solid work.
Dogtor by Joel Robinson (obinsun) might be a simple cartoon, but it packs a big laugh. The pun is obviously a big chunk of the fun, but I think for me the best part of the art is the expression on that dog’s face. So serious! Paired with all his little doctor accessories and that nervously wagging tail, you get the picture of a dog who is very, very committed to being a Good Boy. Sweet, simple and silly.
Music Time by Graja (Graja) is part of Threadless’s Adventure Time collection, but I feel like it’s a strong enough piece that even people unfamiliar with the cartoon can appreciate it. The image of the record player’s arm as headphones, Marceline’s hair as the grooves of a record, and her face as the label is such a strong one that I think it has really wide appeal. Granted, a lot of those people might wonder why she’s a vampire! That’s the magic of the design, though- even though it’s accessible to non-fans, fans will find a lot to like too. From the fang marks on Marceline’s neck to the red color of the shirt, it’s definitely hitting all the right Adventure Time references as well.
Ice Kingdom Pianist by Vincent Caduc (weird&co) is another Adventure Time print, this time playing with the idea of Gunter’s love of playing the keyboard. In this piece, he’s actually a part of the music, with the white of his belly merging into the white of the keys. And while cartoon watchers look at this design and recall Gunter’s enthusiastic (though perhaps not terribly skilled) keyboard stylings, this piece is similar to the prior Marceline one in that I think it’ll also grab a lot of non-fans, people who just like music and penguins and are amused by the way the two combine here. I think that’s the mark of a really well-considered design, one that hinges more on the artist’s approach than on the creative work it references.
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