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17 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Purple Leaves’s General Contest III

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Purple Leaves‘s General Contest III opened for entries this week, seeking all sorts of t-shirt designs. What’s nice about this one is that while many shirt design contests are focused largely on illustration, the Purple Leaves catalog also boasts a lot of photography, photo manipulation and typography. Take a look at their shop to see what their prints are like.

Enter before December 12th, 2014 for your chance to win. Winners earn a cash prize worth 300 euros.

16 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #378: $25K Cup, Round IV: Video Games

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Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby theme seems destined to be a crowd pleaser: they’re looking for Video Games designs, and since this derby is part of Woot’s $25K Cup there’s an opportunity to earn even more money than usual if your art wins. Here’s the derby description from Woot:

This will probably be a big stretch for lots of you. You’re gonna have to dig deep and forage into the farthest reaches of your imagination. Video games?? WHERE TO BEGIN??


-No crème tees.

-No cream trees.

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.

15 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Inner Space and more new this week

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Inner Space by Rick Crane & Camille Chew (The Paper Crane) is a design that had seen some success on other sites, but it’s great to see it reaching more eyes on the massive platform of Threadless. I love the way this piece plays with the orbits and shapes of space, starting with the sun placed over the astronaut’s heart and expanding ever outwards. The culmination is this wonderful moment where the spaceman seems poised to grasp a planet and its moons, the only planetary structures that are shown outside the bounds of his body. It’s imaginative, full of whimsy and immaculately designed- anyone with even the slightest interest in space is sure to be pulled in by its charms. And the longsleeve baseball tee is a nice bonus!

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Quick Meal in a Rush! by mogumogu (mogumogu) is another of my favorites this week, capturing the speedy appeal of a cup of ramen lunch. I like the whole “Food: It’s just like you!” idea, and it’s well-resolved here with the motion lines, narrowed eyes, briefcase, busy legs and even a quick check of the watch. We’ve all been there, and it’s nice to think that ramen understands your plight and is your ally in a quick snack on the go. I like how realistic the container is, with the very identifiable label and all- it’s such a great contrast with the cartoony face and helps magnify the humor there. Good stuff!

Fight Fire with Fire by Aneesh kumar.T.K (anivini) reminds me of the phrase “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Because the illustration hits on an important truth- real technology that we use every day is often more effective than imagined magic. This wizard didn’t have to spend years poring over ancient tomes, harvesting hard-to-find ingredients and blending them expertly while chanting an arcane language. He literally just went to Wal-Mart and spent a few bucks. And it worked, he defeated a dragon! What could be more magical than that? The dense, thinly lined artwork helps it to feel like it was pulled from the pages of an antique storybook, with a pop of red to make the concept instantly clear.

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A Pointed Critique by David Olenick (DRO72) uses puff ink, and that’s certainly neat. In fact, I wish there was a closeup pic available of the print, because I’m curious about just how puffy it is. Anyway, regardless of the ink, it’s a pretty neat design. What I like about it is the way it transforms the triumphant Number 1 foam finger into something much more docile, like a meek person raising a single finger in the air to ask a question, wanting to signal that they’ll only take up one minute of your time. Despite the exclamation mark, the smiling face and huge eyes make it seem like a genuine question rather than an outburst. I do think it’d be a bit stronger without the punctuation, just because it would reinforce the more mellow, emotionless feel of the rest, but it’s strong as-is.

Reaper’s Pizza by citizen rifferson (citizen rifferson) won Threadless’s Lowbrow contest with its mix of death and fast food. I think the sheer ridiculousness of it is a big part of the fun, the way a threatening character takes on a role that makes him a face you’d be excited to see. I love the way his scythe’s blade becomes harmless, just a big floppy triangle of pizza. There’s something very sweet and eager about the way he crowds his bony body onto the scooter, hunching over the handlebars. Between the rickety look of the scooter (it’s covered in nicks and literally bandaged together) and the smiling dead face on the pizza box behind him, you start to wonder if the poor guy might still be killing things (accidentally!) while working this new gig. But he’s still very much a character to root for, and the quirky drawing style keeps you interested in exploring the piece.

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.

14 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Fall and Octoberfest collection

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Colorful leaves, pumpkins and brown shirts abound in Shirt.Woot’s Fall and Octoberfest plus sale! Whether your favorite thing about the season is the weather or, uh, the beverages, there’s a lot to like in this selection.

Best of the Bunch: You don’t need to be a big drinker to think that the beer in Making the World a Better Place is pretty darn adorable!

Nicest Surprise: The artistry and quirky arrangement of Autumn Delight made it a favorite of mine in derby voting, so I’m glad to see it earned a print.

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

13 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

WeLoveFine’s Munchkin contest

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WeLoveFine turns their attention to the card game Munchkin for their latest design contest. Designs should feel like they’re a part of the Munchkin universe, so get inspired by the game but don’t include the official logo in your artwork.

Enter before November 11th, 2014 for your chance to win. One Grand Prize winner will earn $700 (which could rise to $1000 depending on voting) and three Munchkin games of their choice (one signed by Steve Jackson and one signed by Andrew Hackard). Three Guest Judge’s Picks will each get $400 and three Munchkin games of their choice (one signed by the Guest Judge who chose the design). One ThinkGeek’s Pick will receive $250 cash and the design will be exclusively sold at ThinkGeek.com. One Hot Topic’s Pick will earn $250 cash and the design will be sold exclusively at Hot Topic. Two Runners-Up will each get $150 cash.

12 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

UFC’s Design Ronda Rousey’s Next Walk-Out Tee contest

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MMA fans should check out the UFC’s recent Design Ronda’s Next Walk-Out Tee contest. While non-fans won’t be enticed by the lack of a cash prize, the prize package does include some goodies that frequent viewers of the sport will definitely want. Plus, getting your shirt design worn and autographed by one of the UFC’s most dominant stars is a rare opportunity. Participants should note that judging criteria is 50% Creativity/Originality and 50% Capturing Ronda Rousey’s Personality (with the latter as the deciding factor in case of a tie).

Enter before October 31st, 2014 for your chance to win. One Grand Prize winner will earn a EA Sports UFC Octagon Kit autographed by Ronda Rousey (includes a custom skinned Playstation 4 console plus two controllers, EA Sports UFC Playstation 4 game, and Century UFC fight gloves), Monster UFC headphones and earbuds, and one t-shirt of the winning design autographed by Ronda Rousey (plus ten addition t-shirts of the winning design). Additionally, Ronda Rousey will wear the winning shirt at her next fight.

11 October 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Greeting Cards III contest

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Threadless plans to add to its retail card offerings with the Greeting Cards III competition. Since they’ve been selling these for awhile now, their recommendations are nice and specific:

Stick to the most popular greeting card occasions (birthday, thank you, thinking of you, wedding, wedding shower, love, anniversary, graduation, and congratulations) or the most card worthy holidays (Mother’s and Father’s Day, Christmas, Halloween, and Valentine’s Day).

Cards should be generally sendable. Think about who will be sending the card, who will be receiving it, and the relationship between them.

Your card can be sentimental, punny, outrageous, or anywhere in between, but it’s best if the artwork matches the tone of the interior message.

Humor should be relatable. Quirky jokes that only your high school best friend will get won’t make for sendable cards.

Use of photography is encouraged as long as it is original. If photos include people, you will need to obtain written permission to use their likeness if the card is chosen for print.

On store shelves, the card will sit vertically and the bottom portion of the card won’t be visible, so make good use of the top third of the card template to make your design pop.

Enter before October 30th, 2014 for your chance to win. One Grand Prize winner will earn $1000 cash and 50 copies of their winning card. Other printed designs will be compensated based on the quantity produced.