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12 April 2015 ~ 0 Comments

The Yetee’s Game of Threads contest

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The Yetee has an artist contest underway right now called Game of Threads– and despite the name, they’re not looking for Game of Thrones designs, they’re just looking to reward artists who submit designs to the site. Here are the prizes they’ll be awarding:

Most Approved Refreshed (aka Previously Printed) Designs: 50 screenprinted shirts

Best-Selling Design: Adobe Creative Cloud for a year and 50 screenprinted shirts

Most Approved New Designs: $2500 cash

Also, all new (unprinted) designs sold between April 8th and June 15th, 2015 will earn $2 per unit sold.

Submit your art before May 31st, 2015 for your chance to win.

11 April 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Minimalist & Northeast tees collection

shirt.woot minimalist and northeast tees

Shirt.Woot’s Minimalist and Northeast tees include smart designs with simple lines or low color counts in the Minimalist category and the first batch of US state-themed tees in the Northeast group. Here’s a look at the standouts:

Best of the Minimalist tees: No More Dying tells a classic joke with two colors and a lot of humor.

Best of the Northeast tees: I love the pure joy on the face of the crab in Maryland Gives Me Crabs.

Shirts I Am Most Biased About: My designs Hamster Shire and Donut Capital of the USA are among this week’s selections.

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

10 April 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s A Blessing in Disguise and more new this week

threadless a blessing in disguise

A Blessing in Disguise by Thomas (Tompe) is my favorite design this week, largely because of its retro charms. Often when I’m looking at a joke that’s been done many times I’m specifically looking for the humor to be made fresh in some way, but here what works is the extremely traditional approach. From the ribbon-y text to the oval eyes and curious expression, there’s a real sense of vintage here. It nails the old-fashioned art style perfectly, and even with some sophistication (for instance, the sparse use of red ink to direct the eye to the missing leg). Slick work.

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Kodama Spirit by Robson Borges (robsonborges) strikes me as a more advanced take on another Threadless shirt, Tree Spirits. Both feature the same spooky Studio Ghibli characters hanging out on branches, though Kodama Spirit increases interest by showing more of the woods and the Princess Mononoke character arriving on the scene. Where Tree Spirits is about magic and mystery, Kodama Spirit conveys a sense of adventure and conflict. There’s a foreboding sense to those woods, with a skull seeming to form in the pattern of trees in the background. While there’s something to be said for the simplicity of Tree Spirits, it’s the storytelling of Kodama Spirit that excites me more. It leaves you wondering what might happen next.

Horse Magic by John John John John John John John (JOHN2) is really odd, and that’s something I always like to see in a t-shirt. Everything about it is tweaked strangely, from the obesity of the rider and horse (whose legs seem to struggle to support their weight) to the ghost escaping from the horse’s mouth. I’m not even sure of the gender of the rider, who at first struck me as a sumo wrestler until I took another look at the more feminine hairstyle. But it all adds up to something intriguing, the kind of design that makes me imagine what sort of magic, exactly, this horse possesses. And there’s a lovely textured look to the art, almost like it was painted on sandstone and is beginning to fade.

threadless aurorathreadless meanwhile in shanghai

Aurora… by NDTank (NDTank) incorporates two landscape scenes to form a portrait, with night silhouettes filling a shoulder and a sunrise (or sunset, I guess) coming up behind a mountain range that doubles as a hat. Both of those sections work really well and communicate the calmness and pristine nature of the wilderness in a way that makes you want to get outdoors and enjoy it. The area in between, though, is much less successful. In particular the choice to show each individual strand of hair looks messy and flat, very much in contrast to the simplicity of the nature scenes. The lines forming the face also veer a bit too cartoonish for me. It’s too bad, because I think a little more finessing on that center area could have really made this design a lot more impactful.

Meanwhile in Shanghai by temyongsky & Ruel Jun U. Andaya (temyongsky) immediately won me over because of the angle of the panda’s face and the cartoon style of the art. I feel like with designs like this, there’s often an attempt to go for a shiny, super-cute look, and for me the appeal here is that they went in a different direction- still adorable, but landing dead-center between adorable and realistic. It feels careful and handcrafted, like the work of a talented animator. There’s genuine personality behind that panda’s eyes, and you can feel his curiosity about the planes that circle around him.

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 April 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #431: Midwest States

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Shirt.Woot’s state-themed contests continue with this week’s first derby…

Starting Friday: Derby #431: Midwest States

We’re moving to the Midwest.!!…!…. This week you’ll be designing a tee for one (or more) of the Midwest states. Since all things are relative, let’s say for the purpose of this Derby that they are:

Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin?.

We’re hoping to get at LEAST one tee for every state. Ideally several. Here are a few rules:

You can design a tee for the state or a city within that state.

The designs doesn’t necessarily have to have the outline of the state in it.

Be mindful that some well known landmarks are privately owned (the Space Needle, the Chrysler Building, etc.) and may be rejection fodder.

Don’t use the state’s actual slogans.

No Creme tees.

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, 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.

Starting Monday: Derby #432: Non-Electronic Games

There was a time when we rolled dice, drew cards, spelled words and took over the world. 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.


08 April 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Sublimation 2 contest

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Threadless‘s Sublimation 2 contest is another chance for artists to create a sublimation printed design. But this time, both t-shirts and leggings are available as canvases! Here’s what they’re looking for:

Remove all limits and think of a tee or leggings as one big canvas. Allow scenery, icons, or anything around you to inspire the next great detailed illustration. Use as many bright, bold colors as you want, and stretch your imagination to the fullest!

Enter before April 27th, 2015 for your chance to win. Winners will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code.

07 April 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Qwertee’s Artist Appreciation Month

qwertee artist appreciation month 2015

From March 27th to May 15th, it’s Artist Appreciation Month at Qwertee! That means any design they print during that span is potentially eligible for a cash prize, which will be awarded to the three designs that sell the most copies.

Submit now for your chance to win. First prize will earn $3500, second place receives $1000, and third place gets $500.

06 April 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Blank You Very Much’s Red Bull Global Rallycross contest

blank you very much red bull global rallycross

Blank You Very Much‘s latest contest asks artists to create a shirt design for the Red Bull Global Rallycross. This competition is open to US residents only.

Enter before April 22nd, 2015 for your chance to win. Five Grand Prize winners will each earn $1200 cash.