Chili by Haasbroek (Haasbroek) is my favorite Threadless print this week. The simplicity is what sells it, with smooth, basic lines that refuse to let this little fellow get too complicated. Even his face breaks things down to basics, with only simple black circles for eyes (not even a highlight!). This more minimal approach means that the shaky lines outside him stand out in a big way, immediately reading as shivers. But although the art is simple, it’s also well thought out- small shadows help give the creature a bit of dimension, and his posture sells the idea of cold in a smart, easy to relate to way.
Blind Faith by John Tibbott (quick-brown-fox) won the Artist Shop challenge. The design appears to be a kind of deathly Matryoshka doll, which is an interesting direction to go in. I think it works because there is something inherently a bit mystical about nesting dolls- you never know what you’ll find in the next level, and they can seem to continue on infinitely. The dice-like cube highlighted on the doll’s belly puts me in mind of Pandora’s box, in part because it’s surrounded by the same broken lines as the all-seeing eye above. The color palette, with it’s nod to CMYK, is definitely modern, which creates an offbeat, out-of-time feel when combined with the classic patterns of the Matryoshka. Definitely interesting stuff.
Trash Dolphin by Jake Lawrence (timecowboy) is definitely a weird one, to the point where at first I wondered if it might be a reference to something or a character from a known series. It seems to be wholly original, though, just a bit wacky. And that’s not a bad thing! There’s humor in the idea that maybe the ocean is so full of garbage that this dolphin sees himself as another chunk of it (and in a positive way, at that). The dolphin’s zany, celebratory posture, the pastel color scheme, and the glittery stars combine for a magical feel, as though maybe he’s trash that has been granted this dolphin existence as a gift from a genie. And of course, it’s not exactly uncommon for people to refer to themselves as trash (usually when referring to a particularly lame hobby), so this is also a character that is pretty relatable.
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