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22 March 2017 ~ 1 Comment

Shirt.Woot: Community Choice 2016 voting highlights

This week was a nice break for artists who participate in Woot’s derbies because instead of new art, Shirt.Woot gathered up many of the best shirt designs from the past year for the Community Choice 2016 derby. That means there’s a ton of quality art to vote for because everything seen was already popular enough to be printed. I made a list of my 2016 favorites earlier this year, and those are the three designs I’d most recommend people vote for in this week’s contest…

Good Luck Cat by thesleepingsky has a bold, rough look that I can’t get enough of.

Cosmic Bear by Spiritgreen impresses with a moody gradient and some top-notch illustration skills (love that highlight on the small bear’s fur).

I Dream of Freeze-Dried Ice Cream by rasabi is a smart piece for all the folks who spent their childhoods dreaming of space camp… and never quite got there.

Get your votes in before the derby closes on Thursday at noon. The winning design will be featured in its own plus sale and printed on a variety of items.

21 March 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Darkness & Light collection

Black and white, good and evil and more were tackled by Shirt.Woot artists in the Darkness & Light plus sale. Contrast (both in color and concept) makes for some great shirts, and here’s what stood out to me this week…

Best of the Bunch: Light in the Dark by Letter-Q shows a child wizard tackling his fears head-on.

Nicest Surprise: Eclipse by Ivnar uses a painterly style to deck out a sunset scene in moody colors.

Shirts I Am Most Biased About: My design The Taco Signal is for late night snackers, while A Fluffy Death shows the secret menace of rabbits.

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

20 March 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Save Chocolate

Save Chocolate by Rapidogaph wants to save the world- not for the dolphins, the pandas, or even the humans. No, instead this design is concerned with humanity’s greatest achievement, the one thing that almost everyone can agree on as good and valuable- Chocolate. At a time when politics, both national and international, seem more and more fractured and global warming and potential nuclear threats seem to threaten the health of the planet itself, it feels good to see saving the planet as something jovial and achievable, a project we can all get behind. The pure cuteness of this illustration perfectly communicates the sweetness of its message. That’s not to say that the design is perfect. I’d have liked to see the other arm since one is show holding the candy bar, and I think the cloud placement is odd (they’re not really needed at all, and if anything should have been used to mimic hair and eyebrows to give the face more character). But there’s something really charming and fun about this one, and I think it’ll find a very happy audience.

Pampling has two options for winners of their contest. XPress winners earn 1 euro per shirt sold, with a minimum of 100 euros guaranteed. If the design sells well, designers may have the option of earning 500 euros to give Pampling the exclusive printing rights for one year. The second option is Classic winners, who earn 680 euros cash and 120 euros in t-shirts (or 720 euros cash) for the first 400 units and exclusive rights for 3 years. If the design is reprinted, the artist earns 850 euros cash and 150 euros in Pampling products (or 900 euros cash).

19 March 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Greenery design contest

Threadless‘s Greenery design contest is an ode to the popular, spring-y color! Here’s what they’re looking for…

However you say it, it’s not be easy being green but it sure is an easy color to love! And in honor of this year’s very verde Pantone of the year, “Greenery”, we want you to come up with a design that will make even those of us stuck in the iron jungle feel like we’re in the middle of a lush forest.

Use the Pantone of the year’s “fresh and zesty” 15-0343 shade (RGB values (145 | 181 | 77)) as a way of getting in the greenhouse zone. You know how colors can spark a feeling? Think of what green represents to you: wealth, nature, jealousy, the struggles of a puppet frog, and channel that meaning into a meaningful design.

This contest opens to entries on March 24th, 2017 and ends on April 7th, 2017. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Additionally, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

18 March 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #596: Shipping Bags

Shirt.Woot is taking a break from t-shirts with their latest derby theme…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #596: Shipping Bags

Have you ever ordered a shirt from us? You know that neat lil’ bag that keeps it safe and sound from the filth of the delivery truck on its way to you? That thing didn’t just materialize one day; it was designed. And we figure it’s about time to update things, so we’re issuing the challenge to YOU to update our shipping bags. Go nuts with your designs, but know this:

  • All submissions must use our bag template in AIEPS, or PSD format.
  • Designs can use only THREE ink colors: black, Shirt.Woot blue, and Shirt.Woot yellow.
  • The bag must be white.
  • Designs must incorporate our exclamation-point-in-a-circle mark, included in each template. This can be scaled but not stretched, skewed, or otherwise altered. The exclamation point must be white on a solid background of black, Shirt.Woot blue, or Shirt.Woot yellow.
  • No text, except for our exclamation-point-in-a-circle logo. Not even the words “Shirt.Woot.”
  • You’ll be credited by name on the printed bags. Do not use the strip across the top of the template, which is set aside for this purpose.
  • Theme: Whatever you want! It doesn’t need to be about Shirt.Woot.  As long as it follows the rules and includes our mark, it’s eligible.
  • We reserve the right to reject anything that doesn’t meet our standards or reflect on our company in ways we don’t like, so don’t get all butt-hurt about it.
  • Pay close attention to the Terms & Conditions when submitting: we will own your winning design forever. If you don’t like that, don’t submit.

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will receive a flat fee of $1000 and no commissions.

17 March 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Calopsita

Calopsita by Bruno Mota might be the most charming robot design I’ve seen in ages. Its strength lies primarily in its characters, who are absolutely packed with personality. It’s hard not to be happy for the little boy, who gets to ride around in this amazing mech. The way he’s customized his ride with an illustration of himself on its arm marks the robot as a highly valued pal, and it speaks well of the kid that he’s using his time with the robot to befriend a bird rather than create havoc. In fact, given the rustic brown color scheme of the bot and the boy’s rabbit ear helmet, you get the sense that communing with nature is the whole point of having a robot in the first place, which is a neat and outside the box way to think of technology. The mech itself, though, is my very favorite bit- I love the way he’s a character in his own right, with his whole belly becoming a strange face (the way his abdomen starts to look like a stubbly beard is especially cool). It’s the kind of image that feels like a still out of a great animated movie, and I’d definitely watch a buddy comedy starring this pair.

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

16 March 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Chili and more new this week

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.

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).