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11 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #395: Sweet and Sour Valentines

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Shirt.Woot is getting a jump on the holidays after Christmas with their latest derby challenge:

Starting Friday: Derby #395: Sweet and Sour Valentines

“But it’s nary even Yuletide!” We hear you exclaim. TOO BAD! You’re on Shirt Time now, pal!

Design us sweet and/or sour (aka bitter and sarcastic) Valentines cards. 6”x 8” @ 300dpi (we’ll size down as needed). Winners and Honorable Mentions each receive a flat $200.

For a look at some of the Valentines that Woot has printed in the past, click here.

Starting Monday: Derby #395: Cryptozoology

No creme tees.

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). Additionally, other designs may be selected for a Plus sale on the following Monday, with each selected design earning $2 per item sold.

10 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Illustrated Expressions contest

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Monsieur Poulet’s new Expressions Illustrées contest asks artists to illustrate an expression. Phrases like “Let bygones be bygones” and “Take the bull by the horns” are suggested among others, but you might want to make sure your chosen expression is common in France as well because Monsieur Poulet does specifiy that they’re looking for “une belle expression française” (a nice French expression).

Enter before December 19th, 2014 for your chance to win. Winners at Monsieur Poulet earn 2 Euros per item sold, for a total of up to 2000 Euros.

09 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Mythology contest

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Threadless turns their eye towards Mythology with their latest contest, asking artists to focus their attentions on Greek and Roman myths. Here’s what they’re looking for:

Show us what was actually in Pandora’s box or imagine what it would be like to stand beside Poseidon. Draw the most godly of family portraits. Reimagine existing gods or invent new ones. Design what Zeus would wear in our modern world.

Enter before December 29th, 2014 for your chance to win. One winner will earn $2000 cash, a $500 Threadless gift code, and a $300 Amazon gift card.

08 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Buccaneer Collateral Edition

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Camiseteria‘s Collateral collection continues to impress, this time with Buccaneer. It’s another design that pushes expectations, using a cool two-tone tee that fades from heater grey at the top to blue below. Because of the pirate icon on the pocket, it’s easy to see that blue as the ocean, swallowing the wearer whole as the pocket flies like a flag above. It’s very shipwreck, and manages to be both unique and understated at the same time.

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

07 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Springleap’s Childhood Memory contest

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Springleap, a design contest site based in South Africa, has teamed up with the non-profit Childline Gauteng for a t-shirt design competition all about Childhood Memories. Here’s what they’re looking for:

Fishing with Dad? Building your very own sandcastle? Design a t-shirt that best encapsulates your fondest childhood memory. This is open to interpretation, so feel free to design and illustrate whatever it is that you feel represents your memory.

Enter before January 30th, 2015 for your chance to win. The first place winner earns $1000, second place gets $700, and third will receive $300.

06 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

DBH’s Make Your Own Photoshop Brushes Guide

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Have you ever wanted to make your own Photoshop brushes? Design By Humans has a great guide showing how to do exactly that. What’s especially neat is that they have details and screenshots for two methods, both for making a traditional textured Photoshop brush and for making a brush you can use with your drawing tablet.

05 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Since 1887 and more new this week

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Since 1887 by Aled Lewis (aled) was an easy pick for the best of the week. It’s a great mashup because it takes two characters having a lot of pop culture success at the moment and combines them in a way that says a lot about who both of them are. Both are detectives, solving crimes and locating the perpetrators (though never killing them). Batman taking the brunt of the slap reminds the viewer of his cheesy TV past, where a blow like this would be followed by a POW! visual effect. And for his part, it’s easy to imagine Sherlock being so secure in his intelligence and correctness that he’d refuse to back down from or be intimidated by a strange fellow in a bat costume. It’s nice to see brains beating out a billionaire with a bunch of gadgets!

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Stay Focused by Eric Zelinski (EZFL) is an interesting slogan shirt, using a 3D-like effect to distort the phrase. It’s very well done because the ebbing of the colors makes it feel like the words are in motion. It resonates because it leaves me picturing someone adjusting the focus on an old-fashioned movie projector, one that hums loudly as the crowd below puts on their 3D glasses and settles in for the show. There might even be a bit of a message tucked away in there- it’s easy to stay focused when you keep it simple, but once you add 3D and a bit of motion it’s a much more difficult task.

Look at All the Fox I Give by Nicholas Ginty (Gintron) updates a pretty famous meme to be about foxes, arguably one of the most internet popular animals out there. So this is a shirt design destined for success. The absurdity is what makes it appealing to me, and that wackiness factor is heightened by the sheer amount of reference drift in the concept- I mean, we’re looking at a scene from The Sound of Music, re-appropriated into an internet joke, and then transformed a third time into a fox pun. That’s a lot going on, and all three references permeate every inch of the art which makes it surprisingly cohesive. There’s even a nice moment where the character’s hands are redrawn from the open palms of the movie into a vulgar gesture more befitting the meme this shirt mocks.

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Plotting the Risky Agenda by Michal (blinski) is another nice burst of ridiculousness this week, imagining that when they’re not busy ruling the world, Uncle Sam, the Illuminati, lizard people and aliens choose to while away their time besting each other playing the board game Risk. It’s a great concept, but the details make it even better- seeing that pyramid head Illuminati guy facepalm is a really memorable image. I also like the realism of the scene, which includes discarded pizza boxes and empty bottles, as well as characters who are clearly winning while others are definitely losing- all the mark of a board game session that has gone on a bit too long. Let’s hope the lizard takes his victory quickly and puts everyone else out of their misery.

PAWLESS by Katie Campbell (campkatie) has fun with puns, exchanging the word flawless for pawless. It’s goofy, but what makes it work is the cat doodle- that cat really does look pawless because of the way it tucks its legs, and is so blissfully confident that you suspect it really does see itself as flawless. The rough, scuffed texture of the art is a great finishing touch, making it clear that imperfection does nothing to detract from this sort of inflated (but maybe accurate?) self-image.

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.