Friday, March 28, 2008

A couple of tee designs.

I did a Threadless submission based on a fable by Aesop. It's is in the running and seems to be getting good feedback. I used a homebrew SWF file for the presentation. It allows for zooming in and out with lossless quality. Woo!

Crow No! - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

Crow No! Tee Design

The newest submission, however, might be a bit of a tough sell to the wider Threadless demographic:

Braaains! - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

It's got gore - albeit toned-down gore. Regardless, gore is historically about as limp as a wet noodle voting wise.

I'd been practicing my ability to draw a likeness by asking Threadless'rs for photos of themselves. I decided to turn that idea into a tee shirt and solicited 30 people for new photos and for their permission to use their likeness on a shirt. The tricky part was getting everyone zombified (for lack of a better term) while still leaving enough features intact to make them discernible.

Now, I realize that their likenesses being recognizable was not necessary for the design to be successful. I thought doing so was the least I could do to repay them for use of their image as a point of reference. Mind you, I didn't trace their photos or anything. I know some guys include tracing reference as a portion of their workflow. I'm just not comfortable doing that. Seems cheaty.

The interesting thing about this tee design is that it features a seamlessly tiled image. It repeats endlessly in all directions. Over 30 heads repeated in a 5 across, 6 down table.

Uncolored, reduced, still mostly tileable version suitable for putting in a blog post:

No Fancy Schmancy Colors

The finished piece mocked up on a tee:

Braaains! Tee

Get the 1920x1200 wallpaper here.

Get a large, seamless tile here.

A whole mess of process:

3 roughs.

Tee hee.

30 Portraits Penciled

Over halfway there.

Update for a Threadless post.

So Close

Last, but certainly not least, the 30 intrepid volunteers:

30 Portraits. One day. One tee.

For the record, number thirty was me. Oh, vanity!


Ray Frenden said...

Oh, you know, I've been meaning to ask - I noticed I'm not listed as a contributor, heh. Is that something I need to set up? I feel kind of weird posting stuff. Like I'm an imposter, haha!

Luke Pski said...

Ill fix that. I got it through my head that you'd moved on. Glad you haven't.
That all-over tee is the bees. I have kind of a love/hate relationship with the top design t-shirt thing; some are so undeniably cool , but sometimes it just seems like a trendy thing that'll be over with in a couple of years.But they're so cool...

Luke Pski said...

#19 looks kind of foxy...

Matthew Allison said...

Man alive, that's some tasty stuff. I love it.

Aeron said...

Fuckin A. I don't know how this could translate on a tshirt but it would be fun to see you do a small series of each portrait showing the before and after human to zombie with 3 or 4 portraits of the same person becoming more zombified until the last one is a skull with maggots, eyeball drooping mo fo with no jaw or what have you.

Human Mollusk said...

As always your stuff is rock solid, Ray. Love the tiling zombie-scape!

Ray Frenden said...

Luke, thanks. I appreciate you adding me to the roster.

I get a lot of work from tee designs. The trends come and go, but I guess that's how the wheels of consumerism and commerce are greased. I'm a plain pocket tee kind of guy, so I always find it a bit funny to make so many tees all the time.

Matthew, thanks, dude.

Aeron, I'd love to do a "gradual zombification" study. That sounds like an awesome project.

Fufu, thanks, man. The tiling was a lot of fun to do. I'm going to use the image as endpapers for a book I'm working on, if nothing else.

Human Mollusk said...

There's a Thomas Ott book, with vaguely similar endpapers, I forget which one (either Dead End or Hellville).
Uhm... "this-reminds-me-of" and "it-looks-like" remarks are always kinda assholish, so please don't take me wrong, I think it definitely rocks!