Have you ever wanted to make your own Photoshop brushes? Design By Humans has a great guide showing how to do exactly that. What’s especially neat is that they have details and screenshots for two methods, both for making a traditional textured Photoshop brush and for making a brush you can use with your drawing tablet.
Since 1887 by Aled Lewis (aled) was an easy pick for the best of the week. It’s a great mashup because it takes two characters having a lot of pop culture success at the moment and combines them in a way that says a lot about who both of them are. Both are detectives, solving crimes and locating the perpetrators (though never killing them). Batman taking the brunt of the slap reminds the viewer of his cheesy TV past, where a blow like this would be followed by a POW! visual effect. And for his part, it’s easy to imagine Sherlock being so secure in his intelligence and correctness that he’d refuse to back down from or be intimidated by a strange fellow in a bat costume. It’s nice to see brains beating out a billionaire with a bunch of gadgets!
Stay Focused by Eric Zelinski (EZFL) is an interesting slogan shirt, using a 3D-like effect to distort the phrase. It’s very well done because the ebbing of the colors makes it feel like the words are in motion. It resonates because it leaves me picturing someone adjusting the focus on an old-fashioned movie projector, one that hums loudly as the crowd below puts on their 3D glasses and settles in for the show. There might even be a bit of a message tucked away in there- it’s easy to stay focused when you keep it simple, but once you add 3D and a bit of motion it’s a much more difficult task.
Look at All the Fox I Give by Nicholas Ginty (Gintron) updates a pretty famous meme to be about foxes, arguably one of the most internet popular animals out there. So this is a shirt design destined for success. The absurdity is what makes it appealing to me, and that wackiness factor is heightened by the sheer amount of reference drift in the concept- I mean, we’re looking at a scene from The Sound of Music, re-appropriated into an internet joke, and then transformed a third time into a fox pun. That’s a lot going on, and all three references permeate every inch of the art which makes it surprisingly cohesive. There’s even a nice moment where the character’s hands are redrawn from the open palms of the movie into a vulgar gesture more befitting the meme this shirt mocks.
Plotting the Risky Agenda by Michal (blinski) is another nice burst of ridiculousness this week, imagining that when they’re not busy ruling the world, Uncle Sam, the Illuminati, lizard people and aliens choose to while away their time besting each other playing the board game Risk. It’s a great concept, but the details make it even better- seeing that pyramid head Illuminati guy facepalm is a really memorable image. I also like the realism of the scene, which includes discarded pizza boxes and empty bottles, as well as characters who are clearly winning while others are definitely losing- all the mark of a board game session that has gone on a bit too long. Let’s hope the lizard takes his victory quickly and puts everyone else out of their misery.
PAWLESS by Katie Campbell (campkatie) has fun with puns, exchanging the word flawless for pawless. It’s goofy, but what makes it work is the cat doodle- that cat really does look pawless because of the way it tucks its legs, and is so blissfully confident that you suspect it really does see itself as flawless. The rough, scuffed texture of the art is a great finishing touch, making it clear that imperfection does nothing to detract from this sort of inflated (but maybe accurate?) self-image.
Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn 20% royalties based on net profit (paid monthly) and a $250 Threadless Gift Certificate.
In this week’s first derby, artists get a crack at designing for Woot’s canvas prints! Here’s all the info:
Starting Friday: Derby #393: Nature on Canvas
Capture the splendor of sweet mother Gaia. Maybe she put a TARDIS on top of Mt. Everest!
No color limits. Use of photos allowed, but must be your own and must involve a reasonable amount of design work. We’ll add the winners and HMs to the ongoing canvas sale!
Art should be 24″ x 32″ @ 300dpi and sent to derby@woot as one flattened layer. If your file exceeds 15mb consider sending via a file sending service such as Dropbox or Hightail.
This derby begins on Friday at Noon and ends on Monday at Noon. The top three vote-getters will each earn $200 cash and $2 per item sold. Additionally, 5 other designs will be selected and sold for $2 per item each. Both top vote-getters and selected designs will be sold in a Plus sale on the following Monday.
Starting Monday: Derby #394: The Alphabet
Create a fitting tribute to our twenty-six favorite letters.
Standard tee design derby. Must include every letter of the alphabet at least once. No creme tees.
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.
This past week’s two Shirt.Woot derbies were on the mostly unrelated subjects of Exercise and Hoodies, making this collection of prints full of fun choices for both the lazy and the very active. Here’s a look at two of my favorites:
Best of the Exercise: Sloth Gym looks great with one ink color, and is well-suited to exercise amateurs and beginners.
Best of the Hoodies: I’m impressed with the way Little Red Riding Hood makes the hoodie’s hood meaningful and important to the design.
This promotion will only last until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday. So if there’s something you like, grab it fast!
Camiseteria, Brazil’s biggest t-shirt design competition site, has a new thing called the Collateral collection, which seems to be more upscale versions of the apparel they’re known for (a bit like Threadless’s Select collection). To me, Trust by Alejo Carpentier is the standout of the first three shirts in that group. That’s not because I particularly care for the illustration- really, I could take or leave it. But I love the massive impact of seeing those two fabric colors meet in this shirt, and how well-suited using two fabrics is to the design’s subject matter (the wolf and girl are two opposites coming together as well). Seeing this kind of structural approach to shirt design makes me even more excited about what is possible with the medium, I’m hoping this is just the first of a lot more to come from Collateral.
Camiseteria winners earn R$800 cash and R$500 in Camiseteria products.
Shirt.Woot has a fun derby experiment happening today- speed derbies! This is a first-time experiment for Woot, and will consist of four one-hour derbies from noon to 4PM. All submissions and voting will happen in the same one hour window.
Each speed derby winner will earn $100. Get all the details at Shirt.Woot’s derby page starting at Noon CST.
I just want to take a minute to appreciate how great Teenage Cookies by Jean Jullien is. I love the reinterpretation of chocolate chips as zits- there’s something really perfect about making the thing many kids fear is contributing to their acne into the actual zits themselves. The braindead, half-awake look on the cookie’s face really helps sell it. And of course, that rough style of the illustration and text both makes you more apt to buy the chips as zits comparison and also makes it weirdly endearing, like I find myself wanting to help the cookie with its penmanship.
Winners at Monsieur Poulet earn 2 Euros per item sold, for a total of up to 2000 Euros.