Sometimes we forget how far we’ve come. We just need to take a quick glance at the past and realize how much we’ve grown. That happened to me this week. I know I am nowhere near of being a professional digital artist, but I’m happy to say that yesterday I made that quick glance at the past and realized that I’ve learned more than I thought would be possible. But I still have a long way ahead of me as a designer. Thanks for sharing this journey with me and for all the support.
This week I’m feeling very confident because last week’s design did excellent and may be printed, fingers crossed. On top of that, the theme for this week is right up my alley. “Space Infographics”. I really like designing space and planet scenes. For this concept I used a Venn Diagram as base. To me, these diagrams always look like clashing planets, so I portrayed that in my design.
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Back in September I made a design for Derby #268: Crosshatch Rehash. It was based on Leonardo DaVinci’s drawings. Back then it did extremely good and it even received an Honorable Mention after that. But sadly, it wasn’t printed. I’ve been wanting to go back to that design, rework it and submit it to other shirt sites. Well, yesterday the opportunity came. Woot announced the theme, “Inspired by Leonardo DaVinci”. The timing was perfect. I am very happy I reworked it, because the results are amazing. The differences between the first design and this version are remarkable. I was able to use more colors and halftones, which helped me a lot to achieve some effects that weren’t possible the first time. Here you can se a comparison between both versions.
You can read more about the first “Drakë Akhekhü” design here.
I’ve been wanting to sit down and design something with the character, Boba Fett from Star Wars. And this week I finally found an excuse to do it. We were allowed to use only white ink on black shirts. I came up with this design while sketching it. I really didn’t knew what I was looking for. I guess it found me. One sketch led to another when the final concept came alive in front of my eyes.
About the design. Boba Fett is visiting his buddy Darth Vader, at the Burn Care Unit. While there, he hears a conversation he wishes he never had. Hope you like it as much as I enjoyed designing it. Please vote HERE!
I almost forgot, here’s last week design. It is all based on the word “Nightlife”. It did very good, thanks to everyone that voted.
This week I bring to you a poster-styled shirt design. The theme for this particular derby is “Vacation Slogan Shirts”. My last vacation break was this past winter and I traveled to New York City. I really LOVE this city. So much, that I decided to make a design based on it.
Have you notice that every alien, monster, zombie, robot or natural disaster movie seem to take place in NYC? Someone in Hollywood must really hate New Yorkers. Well, my design depicts this, on how every freaking time there is something unnatural going on, it just happens in NYC, or at least begins there. All these creatures should start looking for other places to bother… How about Alaska? Nothing happens there, at least not in the movies :)
Hope you like this design as much as I do and vote for it!
I love when a new episode of my favorite TV show is about to start and I hear those words.
This week’s theme @Shirt.Woot is “Television” and I designed a shirt based on, what else, Zombies. This “infected” TV/VCR is eating the internal tape of that poor VHS, while playing a show about the undead. You can vote for this design HERE.
Don’t you hate being the oddball in a group of people. I do too, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun while you are with that group. That is what my latest design is about, having fun while being different. Vegetarians can be a pain sometimes if you are the only meat lover around, so show them how you feel with this design!
“Meatatarian Among Vegetarians”
There’s a lot of stuff happening right now. I’ve been busy designing shirts almost every week and submitting them to Woot’s derbies. As always, I try to use different or new styles every time and I am very happy with the results. I am very confident that some of them may become real shirts sometime soon. But that’s the tricky part. Every shirt site has it’s own demographic and not every design fits on it. That’s why I’ve been submitting some of my designs to other sites.
I recently received and invitation to join Pampling, a shirt site from Spain. I’ve seen it around but I have never given it a try, until now. That invitation motivated me to move my designs around, so I immediately decided to participate. I submitted my design “He’s a Hipster” which I believe is a very good design to start with. I uploaded it recently to Threadless and it got a very good score, a 3.44 out of 5, but apparently they didn’t choose it. So I wanted to try my luck at Pampling with the same design. The scoring process ended a few days ago and it received a 3.26 out of 5. Now I am crossing my fingers and checking my e-mail constantly to see if they want to print it.
I’ve also submitted my design “Home is…” to Qwertee. This one is from an idea I’ve had for some months now, and finally had the opportunity to design it. I am extremely happy with this one and apparently people are too, because it’s doing really good. You too can vote for it and help me make it a real shirt, just click HERE.
I’ve also have some designs I’ve worked on these past weeks that I want to submit to other sites. Here are some of them. This one is named “Elders of the Internet”. It is based on one of my favorites TV shows, The IT Crowd. The design is like some sort of emblem or logo representing the secret society of the Elders of the Internet. It is taken from one of the most funny segments of the show. You can watch the scene that inspired me in this YouTube video.
Here is another design that I believe came up really good. I’ll most likely rework it a little bit because I’m planning to submit it to a more artsy-oriented shirt site. I call it “The Encounter”. It shows that exact moment when a time traveler soldier goes back in time and has an encounters face to face with a dinosaur, in this case a very dangerous raptor. I’m starting to think I have an obsession with raptors :)
Even though the next one is very simple, it was very fun to come up with and I really think it’s very clever. I’ve being playing with words and visual puns, and this design it’s a sample of that. I hope to submitted somewhere else soon…