Ecostravanganza

I’ve been holding this great announcement since I received the news on Friday because I didn’t want to ruin any surprises. But now it’s in the open, so here it is.

This week we are celebrating Earth Day 2012. Shirt.Woot joined forces with The Sierra Club and they are running a special sale this week with organic and recycled apparel. My design “Elements of Life” is one of the designs being featured in this sale. But this time, the blank that they are using is a 100% Natural Organic Cotton shirt. So, act now, because the sale will end on April 29.

Doomsday Print!

Yesterday my design “Fire and Ice” – a Robert Frost poem – won 2nd place from the Poetry Illustrated derby. This is my third design being printed by Shirt.Woot. I am so thrilled about this, three designs in a span of two months exactly. It’s been an awesome 2012 and all thanks to the support of each voter. I’ll keep working hard to submit cool and interesting designs. Keep an eye on my blog for information on new designs and submissions.

Now, buy your “Fire and Ice” shirt, or buy it for someone else. Spread the word, share this page with everyone you know :)

Fire and Ice, a Robert Frost poem

Last week’s derby was a little bit difficult for me. The theme required me to design a character, thing I’m not too good at. But I manage to come up with what I believed was a very good design. At first I was very frustrated because it wasn’t receiving any votes in the first couple of hours. But then, people started showing it some love, a lot of love actually. After three days, it made it into the Fog. Slowly, but steady. Then, it fell from the Fog the day before the derby ended and then entered again. I know it’s not going to win, but it’s up there and it’s one of the contenders. Hey, it may receive an Honorable Mention and compete once more. Crossing fingers…

Now, this week’s theme is something more abstract. Poetry Illustrated. We had to choose a poem we liked and design something around that. To be honest, I’m not too much into poetry, specially poetry in English. So I had to research a little bit more than usual to come up with a concept for my design. I stumbled upon a few cool poems, but there was one that stood from the crowd. “Fire and Ice” by Robert Frost. I liked the apocalyptic feel it has and how well that could be translated into an illustration. Here’s the full poem:

Fire and Ice

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

Robert Frost

Update (04/07/12): +597 votes / 2nd place

Fire and Ice – Robert Frost

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Make Him Famous…

Make Him Famous

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If this design wins, I pledge to donate $500 to the “Invisible Children” movement.

One week ago, we were given a preview of the theme for the next derby. That same day I came up with a really cool idea for my design. An idea I believed was going to be a big hit if I was able to execute it well. I was planning to start my design this past Wednesday. But something happened on Tuesday that changed my mind completely about what I wanted to design.

I stumbled upon a very unique video on my Facebook News Feed that night. A short documentary called “Kony 2012″. Like the 99.9% of the people that have their minds set on mundane stuff, I wasn’t aware of this sad and very serious situation happening in some places of the world, like Uganda. I won’t enter in details about what this documentary is all about. If you haven’t seen it, PLEASE, take 30 minutes of your time and watch it.

The person / organization that produce this video is asking everyone to take some kind of action to end this atrocity. And that’s exactly what I am trying to do here. I am a graphic designer, who found a way to express myself through my designs. I wanted to do my part on this worldwide operation, that is why my design is about “Making Him Famous”…

But it doesn’t end there. If this design wins, I pledge to donate $500 to the “Invisible Children” movement. You read it right, five-double zero. The donation would be made in the name of the whole “Shirt Designers and Voters Community”. If you vote for this design, please, write your name and location on the thread (optional), so I can make a list of names and send it with the money. Let’s show the world that there are things that can be done. Take action beyond “sharing” a video. We can make the difference.

But, what if your design doesn’t win, you ask? I’ll still make a $50 donation from my own money, in the name of the the whole community.

The timing is perfect, the day the organization is planning for everybody to take action is April 20th. Plenty of time to have your shirt delivered to you and use it that day. The donation would be made as soon as the payment is received, around April 15th. If you have any questions, comments, concerns or suggestions, please leave a note here or send me an email.

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