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08 October 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Line Art in Shirt Design: 15 great examples

Whether it’s being used to keep the color count low, to express a texture, to call out a shape, or even to show dimension, a strong command of line art is a crucial tool in any artist’s arsenal. Here’s a look at 15 great examples of how Line Art can be used in shirt design…

07 October 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Spreadshirt’s Ugly Christmas Sweater design contest

The holiday season starts early with Spreadshirt‘s new Ugly Christmas Sweater design contest. Upload and publish your design tagged “christmascontest” to the Spreadshirt marketplace to enter. Spreadshirt will select ten finalists, using Facebook votes to determine the winners.

Enter before October 16th, 2018 for your chance to win. First place earns $500, second place receives $250, and third place will get $100.

06 October 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #677: First World Problems

Get ready to get mildly aggravated with Shirt.Woot‘s new derby theme…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #677: First World Problems

The barista made your latte with soy instead of almond milk, the WiFi in this place is too slow to load that cat GIF, and your tablet finger has a paper cut. Life is hard, we get it. Let’s take a minute to vent about those problems. In the form of artwork. On t-shirts.

No politics. And no cream tees.

This derby begins Thursday at noon and continues through next Thursday at noon. The top three vote-getters will each earn $1000 and $2 per item sold after the first day of sales. Those winners will be sold on Friday (1st), Saturday (2nd), and Sunday (3rd). Additionally, other designs may be selected for a Plus sale on the following Monday, with each selected design earning $2 per item sold.

05 October 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Dartbusters

Dartbusters by 2mzdesign combines Ghostbusters with Stranger Things, giving one group of four the outfits of the other. I think it works because each group has the same amount of members and both worlds share supernatural themes and a small green creature. While Dart isn’t exactly like Slimer, he’s a character that is both cute and still a bit of a monster, so he suits the role well. What works best in this design is the way each boy’s posture and facial expression communicate so clearly their outlook and personality, quite a feat given the simplicity of the cartooning style used on the faces. The only weak moment for me is the background, which is too flimsy to add much value and loses readability due to gradients and the lightness of its color against the brown shirt.

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).

04 October 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Smile High Club and more new this week

Smile High Club by Katie Campbell (campkatie) is the winner of Threadless’s Smiles competition, and also my favorite print this week. I love the way it takes the iconic image of the smiley face and distorts it into something completely new. The result feels both familiar and a bit unsettling, but it conveys its message in a subtle but unmistakeable way. Between the smoke emanating from the smile and the trippy altering of the face’s contours, viewers get a strong implication of drug use in the skies. This is an interesting twist on the Mile High Club concept, and the execution is sophisticated enough to keep the idea from reading too cheap or vulgar.

Stay Fresh by Nicole Zaridze (nicolezaridze) is so weird I can’t help but like it. The baffling choice to make the character’s head a bag of bread is the kind of quirky element that immediately grabs attention, all the more so because this choice is reflected other places in the art. The shirt’s Stay Fresh slogan seems to refer to the bagged bread, and the feet seem like they might be encased in plastic as well (a bit like the way kids use plastic bags to keep their boots from leaking in the snow). But it’s the color choice that really sells the concept- by painting everything in a shade of sickly green, the bread (and the whole character, really) starts to look rather moldy. What is fresh, after all? Is it better to look fresh (as in stylish) than to actually be fresh (as in not stale)? Interesting stuff.

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).

03 October 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: MedTEEval collection

Shirt.Woot time traveled to a world of castles and kings for their Derby Editor’s Choice: MedTEEval plus sale. From epic battles to magic and dragons, there’s a lot to like for both history buffs and those who prefer the fantasy version of the past. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: Bard Pun by Apelad ought to appeal to plenty of modern musicians with its take on what motivates art.

Nicest Surprise: That’s Amageing by louisros was a favorite of mine in voting, and I think its mix of humor and warm, textural artwork will make a lot of buyers smile.

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

02 October 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s All Hallows Sleeve derby voting highlights

Halloween arrived early for Shirt.Woot‘s All Hallows Sleeve derby, which was packed with designs about seasonal fare like pumpkins, ghosts, and trick or treating. I think this is an especially strong group of entries, which made it tough to narrow the field down to just two, but here’s a look at the two current underdog entries that I’d most like to see get some more attention…

Ghost Candy by dinomike is fun because of the ghost’s sheer enthusiasm, the way the bright palette pops on the purple shirt, and of course the punchline of seeing the candy in a pile below the ghost.

Children of the Candy Corn by JennyRex won me over with the way it gives each character such a distinct personality, all conveying a feeling of gleeful malevolence that suits the theme.

This derby continues through Thursday at noon. The top three vote-getters will each earn $1000 cash and $2 per item sold. Additionally, other designs will be selected and sold for $2 per item each. Both top vote-getters and selected designs will be sold in a future Plus sale.