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12 March 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s Chute

Chute by Béatrice Menuel has such an odd shape to it that I couldn’t help but be intrigued. The way it domes at one end and loosens at the other put me in mind of a strange jellyfish assembled from a chaotic tangle of limbs, faces, and objects. While all of the characters have a traditional Japanese feel to them, the arrangement feels very fresh and modern. My favorite sections are the patterned fabrics, which seem full of life in the way they curve and contour around the figures they drape across. But the delight of a well-illustrated design this busy is that every viewer will have their own favorite moments, and there’s something worth noticing in every corner.

Winners at Monsieur Poulet earn 2 Euros per item sold, for a total of up to 2000 Euros.

11 March 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Diversity and Equality design contest

Threadless turns their attention to social issues with the Diversity and Equality design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Our individual differences in culture, shape, gender, size, and the color of our skin make the world a rich and beautiful place. Creativity is a universal language that connects us all while also celebrating our differences – in style, in look, and in life. For this challenge, we want you to celebrate the beauty of diversity and equality through art. Because on the outside, we are all boldly & beautifully distinct. But on the inside? We’re all the same.

This contest opens to entries on March 16th, 2018 and ends on March 30th, 2018. One winner will earn $1000 cash, and a $500 donation to a charity of the artist’s choice. Additionally, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

10 March 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby: The T-List is Coming

This coming week gives artists a brief vacation, because Shirt.Woot fans will be voting on T-List favorites rather than on newly created designs. But if you’re still looking to create something cool this week, Woot does give some information on the upcoming derby theme…

Starting Thursday the 22nd: Shirt.Woot Derby #648: Joke’s On You!

Knock knock. Who’s there? Orange you glad we’re having an entire Derby about JOKES?! No cream tees. Cream tees are a terrible punchline.

This derby begins Thursday the 22nd at noon and continues through the next Thursday the 29th 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.

09 March 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Spider-Naut

Spider-naut by Zakeu Silva takes the familiar superhero to a very different place by turning him into an astronaut. He poses holding his helmet like he’s waiting for someone to take his picture, seemingly protected from the elements by his mask. Instead of a thing that protects him, the helmet reflects the universe in brilliant colors and seems to show what he is protecting. It’s a neat way of making something so large look small in comparison to a huge, looming human figure. The element that really makes this piece special, though, is how it treats the stars. Thin, nearly invisible lines crisscross between them to create a geometric structure that reminds me of both spider web and constellations. It’s an artistic touch that gives the design a unique look, and also leaves me imagining Spiderman swinging from star to star with his webbing.

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

08 March 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Star Trails and more this week

Star Trails by aparaat (aparaat) is my favorite Threadless print this week. I like how understated it is, using the visual inertia of the lines to pull you in. The circles have just enough variation to keep things interesting, with red and blue dashes sliding in among the white lines to create a more colorful sky. I’m not always fond of rectangular outlines, but it’s a technique that works here because it feels like a frame, and the way the mountains below extend past its borders still manage to capture some expansiveness that keeps the rest from feeling too cramped.

Horrorscope by Khairul Anam and Dina Prasetyawan (aanmyers) won Threadless’s Horoscopes challenge. It’s a great concept, taking the strange symbols for various star signs and transforming them into the villains of an epic monster flick. With its dim neon palette and grotesque illustration style, the art feels deliciously pulpy, like a real relic from a lost late 70s midnight movie. The composition is so packed that there’s genuinely a cool moment to notice everywhere you look, like the unsettlingly human eyes of the crab or the way the ram seems to peek out from behind Medusa’s snakes. It’s also fun because viewers will want to scour the scene to find their own zodiac sign… even though as a Libra, I feel a bit left out! Still, it’s a stand out piece and one that has a lot of appeal.

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).

07 March 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Feelings derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot‘s Feelings derby contained every emotion under the sun, with a special emphasis on the feelings of animals and of food. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I’d like to see get some more attention…

Eat Your Feelings by fishbiscuit5 finds the funny in an emotional donut eating his own kind. The highlights and shadows on the frosting really make it come to life.

Finding Myself by benjaminleebates imagines Bigfoot as the introspective sort, with uneven typography adding to the unsettled mood.

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.

06 March 2018 ~ 0 Comments

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

Mutants and heroes exchanged their costumes for t-shirts in Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Superpersons plus sale. Whether you’re hiding a superpower or planning to become a supervillain, there’s a design for you in this collection. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: Human Garbage Disposal by Chachachino was a favorite of mine in voting, and I think it’ll find a lot of fans in folks with a lot of hunger.

Nicest Surprise: Psionic Genius by thatrobert uses the familiar disability symbol to instead tell a story about unusual abilities.

Shirt I Am Most Biased About: My design Speed Reader uses The Flash’s icon and applies it to a more bookish pursuit.

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