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!
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.
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.
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