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12 September 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Zazzle Pirate Design Contest


Zazzle is having a contest in honor of Talk Like a Pirate Day. Enter your pirate-themed apparel (or other products that Zazzle offers) for a chance to win $1000 cash. Ten runners-up will also receive prizes of $25 in Zazzle vouchers.

Enter by September 16th, 2007 for your chance to win.

12 September 2007 ~ 2 Comments

Threadless: Digital Bootcamp


By far one of the coolest aspects of the new Threadless store is the fact that they are offering classes (in conjunction with Digital Bootcamp). Ever since these classes were announced, I’ve been wondering what would be taught. Well, all my questions are answered… and classes begin in less than a week!

Here are some of the subjects:
Flash Essentials
Photoshop Essentials
Working With The Pen Tool
Illustrator Essentials
CS2-CS3 Transition
Using The Wacom Tablet
Getting The Most From Your Digital Camera

I’m definitely tempted on the Wacom Tablet class, I must admit. My tablet skills are pretty much non-existent. But, since all listed classes so far are from 5:30 to 7:30 on weekdays, I’m probably too far away to get there anyway. Here’s hoping for some weekend offerings in the future!

via Custom T-Shirt Talk

11 September 2007 ~ 2 Comments

New Shirt Monday at Threadless


The story of this week’s batch of new Threadless shirts is, for me, centered around the major design change made to Deus Ex Machina. I’m totally in favor of the change- my main issue with this design during scoring was that the human hand seemed oddly placed and much less stylish than the rest. But it’s definitely interesting to see how much Threadless is willing to change about a design before the printing occurs. It’s a pretty substantial argument against resubmitting work with some changes now that there’s some compelling evidence that Threadless is willing to look past those types of flaws and change them after the fact. At any rate, it’s a pretty great-looking shirt (though the ladies version might have some placement issues).

Deus Ex Machina was one of two shirts printed this week by Dan Rule. The other is What Makes It Go, a whimsical look at the inner-workings of a giraffe. The close up view is tons of fun, but for me the shirt is fairly weak from farther back. To me, a shirt that requires close viewing is not one with a design that is well-suited to the t-shirt medium. The illustration is fantastic, but for me it’s just not at home on a shirt.

Medusa is this week’s Select. While most Selects showcase the work of Threadless artists who have had multiple prints, this is the other type of Select- created by an artist that Threadless approached specifically for this purpose. Artist Ray Frenden, who recently worked on the art for Bioshock, conceived this shirt as a kind of acid metal explosion. The colors are insane, and so are the eye sockets on that skull. It’s the kind of shirt that I enjoy looking at but would never wear (maybe because I would spend the whole day staring at my own shirt!).

Color-Coded Criminals is pure Threadless: an homage to a classic movie done up on a shirt with style to spare. I’m not a Reservoir Dogs fan, and I’d still wear it. The shape of the car’s interior adds to the fun.

Pulsars and Dying Stars is the Joy Division fan shirt of your dreams, I guess. If you like Joy Division. And you somehow don’t already have a shirt like this. To me, this isn’t the kind of shirt that I like to see printed, though I’m sure it has its fans. By which I mean Joy Division fans. *sigh*

My Favorite Pattern is a design by Fufuki, who is quickly becoming one of my favorite Threadless designers. It’s solid: the ladybug spots are in an eye-pleasing (an not entirely typical) configuration, and the ladybug character is drop dead cute. Hopefully this is just the first of many Fufuki shirts at Threadless.

The Friendly Narwhal by Brian Walline is one of my favorites this week. It’s a masterpiece of texture and characterization. Great attention to detail, especially in the softness of the narwhal’s eye and the lifeless sprawl of the polar bear.

Overall, a nice selection of shirts. It’s a nice bunch, and I bet all the shoppers at the retail store’s opening day enjoyed them.

(Edited to remove the line about Ray Frenden working on BioShock, as I appear to have invented that. Sorry!)

09 September 2007 ~ 1 Comment

Two New Tees at French Loser


The French t-shirt design competition site French Loser just added two new shirts to their catalog- and they’re both fantastic!

Headache by Drew Millward is a great line-drawing that stays fresh by using an innovative coloring style. I love the way the colored areas overlap. Plus, the treatment of the smoke cloud (which includes a face that stands out from the rest of the design by remaining unoutlined) is a really creative touch.

Miami by Theoze is quite nice as well, a typical vacation tee done up to represent the reality of Miami’s weather. It’s kind of a mix of tourist and terror- a woman screams as a hurricane looms large behind her. And of course, the styling is terrific with its comic overtones.

The design contest at French Loser is ongoing, so keep on submitting. Winners receive 2 euros per shirt, which can add up to as much as 1000 euros depending on the size of the print run.

09 September 2007 ~ 0 Comments



While not directly t-shirt related, I just have to pimp this new site: Artbreak. It’s a site to sell your art through (or, in some cases, just show your art), and though the site is still beta testing they’ve already got some really gorgeous work up and available for purchase.

Personally, I was drawn to the work of Andrea Heimer and Bill O’Neil, but there are a lot of talented people listed.

And maybe it’s just my t-shirt centric world view, but I’d love to see most of these people take a crack that format!

08 September 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Design By Humans Shirt of the Week: Is Nothing Sacred


Congratulations to MrRocks, whose shirt design Is Nothing Sacred? was selected as Shirt of the Week at Design By Humans.

The award for Shirt of the Week is an additional $1000 (Shirts of the Day receive $750). There is also a monthly prize of $1750 up for grabs, so if you’ve got a great shirt design (especially one that takes advantage of the unique print techniques that DBH offers), try your hand at submitting. The contest is on-going.

(You may have noticed that this week’s winner… wasn’t actually a Shirt of the Day winner this week. I think this irregularity is due to the fact that no Shirt of the Week was awarded last week, when the $5000 winner was announced. I expect (though no formal rule seems to exist) that in the future, a Shirt of the Day will win the Weekly prize during its inaugural week.)

07 September 2007 ~ 0 Comments

T-Shirt Hell Increases Prize to $500

T-Shirt Hell has been offering a prize for idea submissions for awhile now, but they’ve just recently increased the prize to $500 (formerly $200) and 10 shirts. So if you have a horribly offensive t-shirt idea, there’s never been a better time to send it along to T-Shirt Hell.