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15 March 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot: Darkness and Light derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot‘s Darkness and Light derby had artists tackling the themes of duality, good and evil, black and white, and even light itself. Here’s a look at two current underdog entries that I think shone a little brighter than the rest…

Angel of Darkness by thatquietgir1 cleverly combines a horned skull with an angel, creating some cool moments like the feather texture of the horns.

Deep Sea Color by jasneko employs a beautiful, moody color palette and creates a sense of motion that I think would wear well on a shirt.

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.

14 March 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Let There Be ART! collection

Shirt.Woot (mostly) took a break from pop culture with their Let There Be ART! plus sale. Instead, animals, typography and interesting art treatments got their chance at taking the lead. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: Rasabi’s Dicey kept things simple, geometric and colorful for a very wearable result.

Nicest Surprise: Art is Peace by ThatRobert cleverly reinterprets an upside-down R as a hand signaling peace.

Shirt I Am Most Biased About: My design Fragmented Seahorse breaks down the sea creature into a series of triangles.

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

13 March 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Monsieur Poulet’s La Machine

La Machine by Flopi Lazare takes an interesting approach to illustrating machinery. Typically art about machines emphasizes precision, careful to show its complexity and advanced features. But here, it’s very much the opposite- the drawing style is aggressively rough, with inked lines that feel like they’ve been stabbed and hacked into the canvas. Instead of feeling like a schematic, it feels like a child’s invention. I think that’s a neat point of view because with it there’s a sense of wonder, you’re willing to suspend belief and imagine that this machine could do some truly incredible things. As such, this contraption has some elements a normal machine would never have, like a bird and a small tree. I’m guessing the french captions reveal more strange twists (and the sound effects definitely give the machine some character). The use of a second color helps to make sense of the drawing’s chaos by providing a path for the eyes. Interesting stuff!

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

12 March 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Fire Bird

Fire Bird by TJEF is the kind of design that really draws the eye, an effect that comes down to both the appealing color palette (that cool blue to warm orange gradient feels like a blockbuster movie poster) and the frantic swirls of the shapes within. The entire scene feels chaotic because objects jut at odd angles and the lack of strong borders between elements make them seem to almost ooze and crash into each other. White wisps of smoke give the moment a dangerous feeling, as though it might be combusting from the inside. Is this bird a phoenix, rising from the ashes and causing buildings to rise with him? Or has his strange presence interrupted the normal order of things, upsetting the buildings and making them tumble? Regardless of the intent, the motion and amount of detail contained in this piece make it one you don’t get tired of looking at.

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

11 March 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Leggings design contest

Threadless is expanding the reach of their catalog beyond t-shirts with the Leggings design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

It’s no secret that the best kind of pants aren’t really pants at all – they’re leggings! And for this challenge, we want you to let your imagination run wilder than a jogger rocking a crazy pair of, well, leggings!

Let bold colors, large graphics, and head-turningly funky designs inspire an all-over design worth dancing about (or in). Create anything from a scenic snapshot to a cool all-over pattern that you would want to cover your legspace in. There’s no design too large for this challenge – after all, legs make up over half of your body, and that means a pretty big canvas! So go run with it!

This contest opens to entries on March 17th, 2017 and ends on March 31st, 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).

10 March 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Cool Cats and more new this week

Cool Cats by Ronan Lyman (RonanL) is my favorite Threadless design this week. I love how much the sunglasses reflect that typical cat personality- aloof, uncaring, and absolutely confident. Cats are the kind of jerks who’d wear sunglasses at night. They’re the kind of creature that would see themselves as the rock stars of the animal world. And their perfectly unimpressed, uninterested facial expressions here convey all that perfectly. The illustration is very well done, using a variety of cat faces at many angles to create a diverse group of cats. Even the sunglasses feel custom, with multiple shapes and sizes to give each cat a different personality.

Into the Woods by 38Sunsets (38Sunsets) won Threadless’s Watercolor challenge. It’s a bit reminiscent of another Threadless design, These Trees Stand Tall, but by shifting the style and subject matter avoids being overly similar. I like the way it plays with the Red Riding Hood story, imagining that instead of wolves lurking in the woods, the forest IS the wolves, a place so teeming with danger that even the treetops aren’t safe. The watercolor treatment is smart in how the tree trunks are treated, using a speckled style that makes sense for either the patterning of a birch tree or an object fading away in the distance.

Party Bat by Jillian Fisher (merkinspurlock) uses a primitive illustration style, and it totally works. By using rough, blunt lines and simple shapes, this character feels like an ancient symbol, the kind of thing you’d just as easily find among cave paintings, tucked away in some hieroglyphs, or tagging a subway car. The stilted language (“Let Us Party”) pairs with the bat’s blank expression to feel almost trance-like, as though partying is just a thing he does, like breathing, instead of a fun or desired activity. That’s a really funny sort of juxtaposition and elevates the drawing into something more interesting than just a cool doodle.

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).

09 March 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s CelebriTee collection

Shirt.Woot’s CelebriTee plus sale is about all kinds of fame and luxury, whether real or imagined. Humor and star references abound! Here’s what I think deserved an award…

Best of the Bunch: Out of This World by perdita00 was a favorite of mine in voting for its charming take on a newly discovered solar system.

Nicest Surprise: The Grammys by sixstyle finds humor in letting a pair of grandmothers knit their own red (purple?) carpet.

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