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.
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