Monday, January 26, 2009

Lil Something in Your Beard - Threadless T-shirts, Nude No More

Hey there! Here it is, one week later. I would have posted this sooner, but I was waiting for the image to go up on So I took the best parts of both sketches and produced a sketch roughly 10 x 12. I'm really happy with how the colors turned out, that I was able to work with a limited amount of color (8 colors is the website's max for printing). Do me a favor and vote on it by clicking the link under the image. I'll let you know how it did!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Coming soon to Threadless! I was drawing randomly in my sketchbook one day and I had the idea for a guy coming straight out of Brother's Grimm who shambled through the winter forest, devouring everything with his beard. The mustache I drew originally resembled an insect's mandibles, so I ran with it. These are the two comp sketches I did for the shirt design, which I'll post later. I went with the bottom one because I prefer bodies contorting to the straight on pose of the first. However, the first sketch was a lot better executed (only failing at composition) so I took the elements I liked from that one for my final.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

I went looking for inspiration in designer toy (vinyl toy) companies online. Places like StrangeCo, Kid Robot, and TokiDoki all use really bizarre imagery but make it work through cuteness (and some really clean design work). So thinking of how these places turn simple shapes into a character, I took simple shapes in my sketchbook and evolved them into....something, haha. For me, I got a few clunkers and a few fresh ideas. I want to do this more often, maybe under a theme (like Dinosaurs!).

A guy at Pixar's booth for last year's SCAD Career Day showed a couple students a Finding Nemo art book and pointed to the designs for the fish. "See? That's all they are, a shape."