Retrokull by Stenio Gustavo is a bright, colorful collage, which is a style that I don’t see all that often at t-shirt contest sites. But it really works well here, with shapes and bursts of texture that keep the eye moving and exploring. My favorite area is probably the teeth, with each tooth displaying an individual graphic. But the great thing about the art is that it’s all very engaging, the retro cartoons and patterns draw your interest and hold your attention. Really fun design work!
Camiseteria winners earn R$800 cash and R$500 in Camiseteria products.
Enter before October 28th, 2014 for your chance to win. One Grand Prize winner will receive a trip to Pax East in Boston, MA (including roundtrip US domestic airfare, two nights of lodging, a two day badge for Pax East, and dinner with WLF). Two Retailer Picks will each earn $400 cash,an inflatable Balloonicorn, and their shirt will be sold exclusively at the retailer. Four Runners-Up will each get $200 cash, an inflatable Balloonicorn, a collection of all 5 TF2 plush toys, and a Vinyl 3A Sandwich – Omnomnomed edition.
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).
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.
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.
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).
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.
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!