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05 October 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #730: Words

Time to consult the dictionary, because the new Shirt.Woot derby is all about…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #730: Words

This is an artists choice typography derby! The theme is your choosing, we are looking for a predominately words design, with hand drawn typography or a modified font – no standard or downloadable fonts here. Fonts must be altered in some way. Graphic flourishes are allowed and strongly encouraged, as much or as little as you want!

This derby begins Thursday at noon and continues through next Thursday at noon. The top three designs (determined by votes and editor input) 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.

04 October 2019 ~ 0 Comments

For Fans By Fans: Subnautica Fan Forge launch challenge

For Fans By Fans is adding to their video game art catalog with the new Subnautica Fan Forge launch challenge. They’re looking for original, creative designs inspired by the Subnautica world, which can be printed on products like t-shirts, mousepads, messenger bags, wallets, art prints, backpacks, and pillow cases.

Enter before October 21st, 2019 for your chance to win. Winners will be chosen by Unknown Worlds Entertainment. One Grand Prize winner will earn their name in a PDA in Subnautica Below Zero, their design on a poster in Subnautica Below Zero, a signed print, and $50 to spend on For Fans By Fans. One Runner-Up will get their design on a poster in Subnautica Below Zero, a signed print, and $50 to spend on For Fans By Fans. One Fan Favorite will receive a signed print and $50 to spend on For Fans By Fans. All printed artists earn commissions on all sales of their work.

03 October 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Tropical Dragon and more new this week

Tropical Dragon by littleclyde (littleclyde) is my favorite Threadless print this week. The jewel-toned color palette is what first caught my eye, making the dragon appear even more fiery by surrounding it with emerald leaves. It’s not lost on the viewer that these plants and blossoms could be so much kindling if the dragon chose it, and the fact that he remains ensconced in such a lush landscape speaks to his ultimately peaceful and mysterious nature. Why guard treasure and kill knights when you can explore the jungle? The dragon’s pose reminds me of a medieval book illustration, reaching out like a heraldic symbol. This is a creature of great poise, not just a reptile reclining in the trees.

The Power of Reading by Wawawiwa (Wawawiwa) takes some familiar subject matter and translates it in a fresh, new way. Apples and knowledge have a longstanding connection, from teaching to the garden of Eden and beyond. But this image of the apple’s stem becoming a tree of knowledge as he learns is a unique take, and illustrated in such a sweet way that it has broad appeal. The only criticism I have is that it’s not clear to me that the design needs four panels to work- I think two scenes (the first and last) would establish the same concept with less wasted space.

Blood Diamonds by v_calahan (v_calahan) mixes collage and doodle to form a unique composition. The main figure is imposing, surprisingly tall as he perches with his cane on top of the wagon. With his formal top hat, skull face, and pipe, he reads as decadent but also dangerous, uncaring of the strife his actions cause. Pulling the wagon, in contrast, is a very ordinary man. He’s bent over under the pressure of his efforts, struggling to manage a wagon that, set at an angle, seems poised to tip over at any moment. The anti-oligarchy message reads very clearly, and the colorful nature of the doodles (even though some represent drops of blood) keeps things feeling fun and light.

Get Your Shit Together by Daniel Stevens (dnice25) takes kind of a harsh phrase and turns it into a kind sentiment. Normally this saying can be very negative, a command to shape up while at the same time minimizing and insulting a person’s issues. But by reframing the concept around two piles of crap embracing each other, it all becomes quite sweet. It’s an image of affection, with a theme of togetherness. Flowers and hand-written text complete the look. Everything is so cute, you could almost forget it’s about poop.

Let Me Warm You Up by Tri Agus Nuradhim (triagus) keeps things very warm and cute. I see it as taking the phrase “the warm embrace of the sun” literally, but it could also just be about the concept of enjoying the sun in general. A loose, doodled style that leaves the sun not quite round and gives the sun a crooked smile helps the piece to feel friendly and informal, like a hello from a pal. It’s simple, but solid work about a moment most people can relate to, and the soft texturing extends a sense of timelessness to the art.

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.

02 October 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Editor’s Choice: Heroes and Villains

Shirt.Woot’s Editors Choice: Heroes and Villains plus sale featured heroic tees with a villainous twist, whether from a comic book superhero or something more mundane. But even if you’ve never cracked open a comic, there are heroes to fit every taste from teachers and artists to coffee. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: No One Too Small by patrickspens features a robot saving the day, and I love the exaggerated length of his robo-legs and how well it emphasizes the vertical canvas of the shirt.

Nicest Surprise: Hero We Deserve by mekazoo won me over in voting with its battle against the dastardly Monday.

Shirt(s) I Am Most Biased About: My design Night Owl Reality champions staying up too late reading comics while Sarcasm Hero admits a weakness to certain types of humor.

This derby continues through Thursday at noon. The top three designs (determined by votes and editor input) 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.

01 October 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Halloween derby voting highlights

October brings with it the start of the shirt world’s spookiest season, and Shirt.Woot is ready for it with their Halloween derby this week. An annual tradition, this contest always impresses with how many fresh takes on the holiday artists are able to create. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I think could use some more attention…

Haunted Pixels by jrberger gives horror icons an 8-bit makeover, like a video game full of only big boss villains.

Happy Jack’O by realmarc fills a classic pumpkin with all kinds of classic Halloween fare from scary monsters to candy, all stylized with a strong one color look.

This derby continues through Thursday at noon. The top three designs (determined by votes and editor input) 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.

30 September 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s The Wild Wild West design contest

Yeehaw! Hold your horses, because Threadless‘s latest design competition is all about The Wild Wild West. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Is Manifest Destiny calling your name? Feeling moved to pack up your settlement and stake your claim where the rivers flow with gold, the land’s cheap, and purple mountains majesty shelter your homestead? Hop on a wagon train and hit the Oregon Trail, we’re heading to the Old West in this design challenge for gunslingers and saloon madames.

Give us your rootin’-tootin’ art inspired by days of greed and glory, blazing saddles, and high noon showdowns. Territorial expansion knows no bounds in this fast-draw art duel at the O.K. Corral. Show us trail-blazing designs, the likes of which Will Smith would tip his hat to in a steampunk-style western from the late ‘90s. Put on your chaps, boots, and ten-gallon hat, and draw!

This contest opens to entries on October 4th and ends on October 18th 2019. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Also, all designers printed will earn up to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

28 September 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #729: Whatever

Meh, I guess it’s time for another Shirt.Woot derby theme…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #729: Whatever

Because apathy. And laziness.

This derby begins Thursday at noon and continues through next Thursday at noon. The top three designs (determined by votes and editor input) 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.