Archive for the ‘T shirt Design’ Category

Cyborg Shirt Illustration

July 17, 2014

I had the opportunity once again to create a dye-sublimated shirt design in commemorate a corporate-sponsored trip to the Grand Canyon. Initially the brief was for a cyborg figure to be running across an alien landscape. I submitted a series of sketches but when the time came to discuss the back of the short I suggested a “reveal” that showed the shirt wearer was a cyborg too. The approval team liked the concept so much they asked me to do the entire shirt in that style. Since I had initially created the colors to match the figure on the front, the team asked if I would re-color the final artwork to a less startling, more metallic palette.


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Update: The finished shirt.




Serigraphy & Calligraphy

June 27, 2014

It was time to update my Dada-Tron T-shirt collection. I made a stencil from contact paper and used acrylic paint with some fabric acrylic medium to make two T-shirts.



Once I was done I had paint left over. Since I’ve been in a book-making mood, I decided to pre-make a book cover using excess paints and my calligraphy skills.



The Action League

December 27, 2013

Though this blog has been silent for several weeks, that is not an indication of a lack of artistic production. Now that Christmas is past I can lift the cloak of silence to reveal what I have been secretly working on. By the time the dust settled on this undertaking, I had 12 new logos for the Green Ghost Universe–as embodied by various family members.

In addition to the challenge of coming up with the names of each character to inform the emblems, I had to come up with designs that can be used over various media (including screen printing &  stickers), that were simple and quickly recognizable, expressed the name and personalities of the actual people they represented and that fit into the existing visual style of the Green Ghost characters. Even though I show them here in multi-color, they of course needed to work in one color. Some of the designs came quickly while others were more challenging but I am happy with how they all came out and they were a big hit with my family.

The package (manilla envelope stamped with the AL logo, stripe pattern and the word “official”) each person received included an “acceptance letter” into the Action League, a business form, and a “placement exam” along with a t-shirt, 12 glossy stickers, and a mask. The acceptance letter came in a hand-stamped envelope as well and all extra paint from the shirts was used to create wrapping paper with the brown packing paper that tends to pack shipped items (re-use, re-cycle, re-purpose). The stamps were cut from thin sheets of craft foam and glued to blocks of wood.

Action League Logos

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Final Shirt Rim to Rim Illustration

August 13, 2013

This is the print-ready illustration for the 2013 Rim to Rim. I was really pleased with how the design came out this year.

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Green Ghost Shirts – Part 2

December 25, 2012

After dying the t-shirts I cut stencils out of clear lamination film with a sticky back (available at office supply stores). Using a braver (printmaking roller), I applied acrylic paint mixed with textile medium.



T-Shirt sketches

June 3, 2009

I volunteered to design a tshirt for my family’s summer reunion. My initial idea was to to set up a campground look with each tent representing the various sub-family groups. I set up an isometric perspective grid. The idea just wasn’t working. So I changed gears.

Concept 2 depicts iconography from the various states-of-origin for the participants. They’re assembled in a whimsical collection of floating islands joining together, a visual definition of a reunion.

As is often the case, I like my sketches  more than the final which I composited in Photoshop then redrew and tweaked in Illustrator. Since I have the illustrator files, I may do a colored version for fun at some future date. The tshirts will be a single-color silk screen so I had to work out how the lines and closed negative space would interact with the shirt color.



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