SCIENCE! by Stephen Rhodes (blue sparrow) is my favorite Threadless design this week because of how well it parodies vintage educational illustrations. The kid is all optimism and buttoned-up awkwardness, and that pairs smartly with the bleak reality of what science can actual result in- the devastation of a nuclear bomb. The thick-lined gradients and tan color palette both work well to establish a retro vibe. The art even feels like a bit of a joke about how dangerous old science kits used to be, giving kids the tools to do some surprisingly destructive things. This would be the ultimate example of that trend, and I bet a lot of kids would love the chance to mess around with something so powerful. Science is fun!
Aquatic Rainbow by waynem (waynem) is a seriously beautiful piece, immediately grabbing the eye with its bright candy palette. The initial focal point is that central green turtle, both because of its position and because it’s the only green object in the mix. But that turtle’s form is very successful at leading the eye into the yellow fish surrounding it, and from there on to the orange, pink, and ultimately blue shapes. The diversity of the scene is a big part of what makes it so interesting, giving equal billing to starfish, whales, shellfish and more. They all slot together like a complex jigsaw puzzle, making the ocean seem like a thickly populated city of creatures. The coloring is done in a really interesting way as well, allowing the details of each character to be from other color groups than the main body (such as orange fins on a blue fish). It’s a move that helps make the animals feel more individual, and a light texture applied to the art contributes to that as well. One aspect I like about the color choices is the way there’s a hard line between the blue tones and yellow tones, with the green turtle crossing between them. To me, this creates the feeling of a turtle climbing out of the water and onto a warm, sandy beach. Very well done!
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