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15 September 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Guerra Das Pipas

Guerra Das Pipas by Umberto Vicente definitely hits upon an appealing concept here, showing Game of Thrones as a day playing with kites. The humor of seeing what an absolute trump card the dragon is compared to the flimsy paper and stick creations beside it really works, and it’s amusing to see the dragon literally setting the competition on fire. But where I think this piece loses ground is in the execution. Because of the way the joke is shown, the emphasis is more on the kite flyers (Tyrion, Daenerys and Jon) than on the sky scene where the actual humor takes place. Even worse, the kites look very small and stunted compared to the very large size of the human characters, seeming to be only a few scant feet over their heads instead of truly at home among the clouds. I think the humor would have had more punch (and the art might have made a bigger impact) if instead of this framing, the humans were removed entirely in favor of more house-themed kites. If humans had to be included at all, a cleaner solution might have been to use small, minimal silhouettes (especially since the design largely uses color to define the characters anyway).

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

14 September 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Banana Jungle and more new this week

Banana Jungle by arrynando (ndough) is my favorite print this week. I’m always a sucker for a big, bold sublimation dyed shirt, and this one makes a great impact with its massive green leaves. The leaves are all smartly illustrated with soft, flowy lines and a variety of tones. The way they bend, twist and overlap each other makes them feel like they’re caught in a breeze on a hot summer day. The style is realistic, but just stylized enough so that you can feel the hand of an artist at work. The slight roughness is a big part of what helps the design feel as though it has some motion to it. Good stuff.

Clever Games by Pepe Rodriguez (ppmid) turns Jurassic Park’s most terrifying residents into playful, puckish creatures who are just trying to play a game with you. I like that the inherent malevolence of the raptor is still present, clear in both the sneaky crook of his eyebrow and the sharpness of his many teeth. I think the positioning of the hand on the left (which seems slightly out of position to belong to the dino whose face we’re seeing) also starts to imply that more dinosaurs might be hiding nearby. The blocky, shaky-edged lettering of Peekaboo refers back to the Jurassic Park’s logo, while also giving some personality to the beast (the raised O’s are especially evocative of a playful spirit). Even the leaves were given a lot of attention, with multiple leaf shapes, types and even some blossoms helping to establish the feeling of a lush jungle even though not much of it is shown.

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).

13 September 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot: GONE! derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby theme was GONE!, which inspired a lot of different responses from Woot’s artists. Many focused on death or pop culture characters gone too soon, while others paid tribute to phenomena like eclipses, wordplay, or even good ol’ nostalgia. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I think could use some more attention…

Catch Me If You Can by krisren28 combines Waldo with the Monopoly guy, and in doing so turns the incognito explorer into some kind of intrepid back robber- maybe he’s been hiding his secret thieving all along!

Gone Upside Down by oneshoeoff is another Waldo parody, but takes things in a totally different pop cultural direction by giving a Stranger Things character the Waldo logo treatment. It works because the two characters do look a bit alike, and because the shock of placing Will literally upside down sparks a lot of interest and humor.

This derby continues through Thursday at noon. The top three vote-getters 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.

12 September 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Fall is for Shirts collection

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Fall is for Shirts plus sale has dropped, and it’s packed with colorful tributes to the season. With autumn leaves, forest animals and clever slogans all part of the fun, there’s definitely a lot to like in this group. But here’s a quick look at the designs I really fell for…

Best of the Bunch: Fox Falling by Pixelpants is a seriously well-done design, with both a massively appealing concept and an impeccably illustrated execution.

Nicest Surprise: Fall in the Forest by Yazmoq has been a favorite of mine since I saw it in voting, using a bright forest scene to fill a deer’s familiar silhouette.

Shirt I Am Most Biased About: My design Autumn Leaf on the Wind imagines a fall leaf that just happens to be a Firefly fan.

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

11 September 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Duotone design contest

Threadless is keeping their color palette minimal for the new Duotone design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Duotone art is exactly what you’d think: the use of two colors overlapping each other. It’s inspired by printing press art, but Spotify’s use of it is what made this style, like, so hot right now.

We want you to emulate this traditional-art-meets-digital-art style with a duotone masterpiece of your own! Combine two colors that make a great team, or experiment with colors you wouldn’t usually put together. Try throwing in some halftone dots. Use a photo, as is traditionally done with this style, or emulate the duotone look with an illustration!

This contest opens to entries on September 15th, 2017 and ends on September 29th, 2017. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code (plus more prizing to be announced on 9/15/17). Additionally, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

10 September 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s E ai Broto

E ai Broto by Jeffgraffit immediately caught my eye because it’s such a perfect depiction of an animal that truly loves its food. With those big ol’ heart eyes and the reverent way he holds the plant, this panda’s affection for bamboo couldn’t be any clearer. Google Translate tells me that the text bubble reads as “Hey bud,” which just makes the connection even cuter. Apart from the relatable concept and humor, what I love about this piece is that the art is extremely well-illustrated too. Thin lines and crosshatching establish shadows on the panda’s body, and there’s a real sprightly sense of life in the the loose way the bamboo shoots are drawn. This is really high quality stuff.

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

09 September 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #621: Athletic MoTEEvation

Shirt.Woot is getting physical with their latest derby theme…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #621: Athletic MoTEEvation

Are you ready to RUMBLE?!? Next week’s derby is all about the swagger and aggressive determination of athletic slogan shirts. This means the tone is less about puns or jokes or procrastination, and more about grit and sweat and stick-to-it-ness. Humor is cool, but silliness is not. So find your inner athlete, put it in a headlock, and channel it’s attitude and confidence. Also, we’re looking for text-based designs, but they can be accompanied by simple, related logos or graphics. Also, no cream tees.?

This derby begins Thursday at noon and continues through next Thursday at noon. 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.