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15 April 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s School of Villains

School of Villains by Naolito is a great ode to the best characters in Disney movies- the bad guys. Seeing them from behind like this is a great reminder of the strong character design they have, with bold coloring and unique silhouettes that make them instantly recognizable even to the most casual fan. With a lot of villains, the reason for their evil isn’t questioned or explored, so it feels good to see an explanation not only for why they’re bad, but also why they choose such weird harebrained schemes. The chalkboard’s collection of villainous plots (including gems like the spinning wheel and poison apple) highlights this absurdity well. It’s an awesome concept, and I’m glad the illustration distills the joke to its essence by not bothering with needless details like desks and chairs- the chalkboard is enough to make the environment clearly a classroom.

Pampling has multiple prizes available. XPress Prize winners earn 1 euro for each product sold in the presale and XPress sale (with a guaranteed minimum of 500 euros). Shot Prize winners earn 1 euro per product sold (with a guaranteed minimum of 200 euros). Classic Prize winners get 300 euros. All designers are also potentially eligible for the 1000 euro Designer of the Month Prize (selected by the Pampling team taking into consideration sales success, priority, and participation).

14 April 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Finding Peace

Finding Peace by Gintron stands out in a big way with its bold shapes and unusual color palette. It puts me in mind of a surreal world where the land is made of ice cream, speckled with bright trees in the shades of sprinkles. Deep shadows lend dimension to hills and clouds, helping to pull trees closer towards the viewer. The way each section of the hand gesture inhabits a different layer of space is interesting, leaving the two tall fingers hanging distant below the horizon. The design’s best moment is that lovely curve along the bottom edge, a subtle yet effective suggestion of where the rest of the hand resides.

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn $1 to $7 per item sold.

13 April 2021 ~ 0 Comments

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

Jokes, puns and all manner of silliness filled the ranks of Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Pranksters plus sale. From cute animals to pop culture and even slogans, there’s a lot to laugh along with. Here’s what caught my eye this week…

Best of the Bunch: Life is Ruff by zachterrelldraws embodies laziness perfectly with it’s flopped pose.

Nicest Surprise: Orange You Glad by lunchboxbrain channels minimal retro style in service of its humor.

Shirt I Am Most Biased About: My design Chuck’s Dog Ate My Homework uses torn notebook pages to form a familiar cartoon portrait.

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

12 April 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Life Is Good’s t-shirt design contest

The ever-cheerful apparel company Life Is Good is looking to celebrate their community’s “resilient optimism” with a new t-shirt design contest, and to sweeten the deal ever entry will result in a $1 donation to the Life Is Good Kids Foundation. It’s also noteworthy that this competition is open to all ages, and welcomes entries in all mediums (including paint, pencil, and digital artwork).

Enter before May 3rd, 2021 for your chance to win. The Grand Prize winner will have their design sold on LifeIsGood.com (with 100% of profits benefiting the Life Is Good Kids Foundation), and will also receive an Apple IPad Pro 11″ with Apple Pencil, $500 LifeIsGood.com gift card, and $250 of art supplies.

10 April 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #809: Graffiti & Doodles

After a community choice poll, Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby theme is…

Starting Monday at 8PM CST: Derby #809: Graffiti & Doodles

Anything in the style of graffiti or doodles!

No politics, no cream shirts, no COVID/Masks

This derby begins Monday at 8pm CST and continues through the following Monday at 8pm. Three designs (determined by votes and editor input) will be printed as daily offers on Tuesday through Thursday and earn $1000 and $2 per item sold after the first day of sales. Other designs may be selected for a Plus sale, with each selected design earning $2 per item sold.

09 April 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s 70s Nostalgia derby voting highlights

Retro style was back in a big way for Shirt.Woot‘s 70s Nostalgia derby, which exploded with a smorgasbord of vintage type treatments and pop culture (particularly Star Wars). Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I’d like to see get some more attention…

Captain’s Star and Stripes by pgallastegui is a lovely minimal ode to a famous hero’s shield in motion.

Trench Run the Game by mekazoo uses stripes to great effect, creating a dramatically angled flight path.

This derby continues through Monday at 8pm. The top three designs (determined by votes and editor input) will earn $1000 cash and $2 per item sold. Additionally, other designs may be selected for future plus sales and sold for $2 per item each.

08 April 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s 3rd Gen

3rd Gen by Jellypixels is a massive burst of nostalgia, using a pulled-apart diagram of a Nintendo Gameboy Advance to create a vast, multi-layered ecosystem full of Pokemon. The creatures aren’t placed randomly, they’re put in situations that suit their skills and styles. So the lowest segment of the machine becomes a pond for the water-dwellers, while flying monsters dominate the top tiers (even swirling between segments). It’s a slick concept and executed pretty well, although there’s so much going on in some places that I have trouble discerning all the details. But that shouldn’t deter the design’s target audience, whose youthful enthusiasm is well-captured by the smorgasbord of characters and situations.

Pampling has multiple prizes available. XPress Prize winners earn 1 euro for each product sold in the presale and XPress sale (with a guaranteed minimum of 500 euros). Shot Prize winners earn 1 euro per product sold (with a guaranteed minimum of 200 euros). Classic Prize winners get 300 euros. All designers are also potentially eligible for the 1000 euro Designer of the Month Prize (selected by the Pampling team taking into consideration sales success, priority, and participation).