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26 January 2023 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Starry Coffee

Starry Coffee by ilovedoodle is a terrific design for those who love both art and a hot beverage. The conceit of depicting the drink’s steam as the stars from Van Gogh’s Starry Night is a clever enough concept on its own, but by taking the joke a couple of steps farther this piece becomes an absolute classic. The doodle of Van Gogh’s face on the cup makes the single handle into its own punchline, forming an ear that solves the mystery of why the artist only wanted one. Another neat detail is the tiny starry puff of smoke from the cup’s tiny pipe. And even apart from the humor, I always love seeing art that uses the full canvas of the shirt- shaping the artwork into a tall, thin composition highlights the starry steam, and also helps the design to stand out in a crowd of mostly horizontal arrangements. Good stuff!

Pampling has multiple prizes available. XPress Prize winners earn 1 euro for each product sold in the presale and XPress sale (with a guaranteed minimum of 500 euros). Shot Prize winners earn 1 euro per product sold (with a guaranteed minimum of 200 euros). Classic Prize winners get 300 euros. All designers are also potentially eligible for the 1000 euro Designer of the Month Prize (selected by the Pampling team taking into consideration sales success, priority, and participation).

25 January 2023 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Beats

Beats by amirabouroumie is my favorite Threadless print this week. While the character displayed is an audio technician of some kind, what I love about this design is that it plays so well with music fans in general. Multiple instruments are in the mix, as are ways of recording or listening to music. The glasses fellow in the center looks very pleased to be surrounded by so much sound, and with his hands poised above the control panel he looks well-placed to improve on whatever he’s hearing (or at least crank up the volume a bit!). There’s a lot of skill shown in how the shapes of the objects are slotted together, with many different proportions and angles creating an interesting composition. Even better, the wires become a part of the art, twisting into shapes that lead the eye from one detail to the next. I also enjoy the soft edges of the shapes, allowing more character and personality than a sharply vectored line would have. Very nice!

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.

24 January 2023 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Love collection

Hearts and other signs of affection got all the attention in Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Love plus sale, with designs starring pop culture, animals, food and more. Here’s what caught my eye this week…

Best of the Bunch: Coffee Date by ChuckleNorris charms with some very cute cartoon faces.

Nicest Surprise: Feed of Love by kharmazero goes for an unusual illustration style that elevates its more mundane slogan.

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

23 January 2023 ~ 0 Comments

Mountains in Shirt Design: 15 great examples

From yearning to climb the highest peaks to seeing their majesty from afar, there’s something iconic about the craggy and towering look of mountains. Whether designers and artists can’t wait to wander in a mountain shadow or are trying to avoid the wildness that nature entails, there’s a lot of material to work with in this unique geologic form. Here are 15 of the best ways mountains have been used in shirt design…

21 January 2023 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #902: Public Domain

If it’s free to the public it’s fair game in Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby theme…

Starting Monday at 8PM CST: Derby #902: Public Domain

There’s some good public domain titles out there! Let’s have fun with them. (yes, kg, you can mash them up also :P)

No politics, no war, no cream shirts.
No celebrity likenesses in mockups/detail images.
One design per entry.
Up to 4 entries per artist.
No AI art.

This derby begins Monday at 8pm CST and continues through the following Monday at 8pm. Three designs (determined by votes and editor input) will be printed as daily offers on Tuesday through Thursday and earn $1000 and $2 per item sold after the first day of sales. Other designs may be selected for a Plus sale, with each selected design earning $2 per item sold.

20 January 2023 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s The Big Game derby voting highlights

Football and other sporting references were targeted for Shirt.Woot‘s The Big Game Derby, which also allowed for the possibility of Superbowl-related elements. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I think could use some more attention…

Touchdown by superteo charms with some great character expressions, and I like the sports metaphor for a meteor hitting the earth.

Go Video Games by mekazoo gives a sports team a pixel makeover, and I’m loving the space invader’s little eyepatch.

This derby continues through Monday at 8pm. The top three designs (determined by votes and editor input) will earn $1000 cash and $2 per item sold. Additionally, other designs may be selected for future plus sales and sold for $2 per item each.

19 January 2023 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Ready to Play

Ready to Play by VoMaria takes a concept that has been done many times, Bigfoot as an expert player of Hide and Seek, but does it with such style and illustrative skill that it somehow still feels fresh. This sasquatch is a great character, gruffly determined as he treks out with his full camping pack. His protruding fangs and Believe cap give him some personality, like a conspiracy-minded prepper who just happens to be the subject of the conspiracy. The arrangement of elements adds a lot to the composition, with the Hide & Seek title curving around Bigfoot like an arched frame and a smattering of trees below to give a sense of place. Even the ground below him has a couple of divots to imply a grassy texture while keeping things simple. It’s appealing and elegantly done.

Pampling has multiple prizes available. XPress Prize winners earn 1 euro for each product sold in the presale and XPress sale (with a guaranteed minimum of 500 euros). Shot Prize winners earn 1 euro per product sold (with a guaranteed minimum of 200 euros). Classic Prize winners get 300 euros. All designers are also potentially eligible for the 1000 euro Designer of the Month Prize (selected by the Pampling team taking into consideration sales success, priority, and participation).