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!
The newest submission, however, might be a bit of a tough sell to the wider Threadless demographic:
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:
The finished piece mocked up on a tee:
Get the 1920x1200 wallpaper here.
Get a large, seamless tile here.
A whole mess of process:
Last, but certainly not least, the 30 intrepid volunteers:
For the record, number thirty was me. Oh, vanity!