MEET THE VIDEO GAMES THAT DON’T EXIST DESIGN CHALLENGE WINNER!
What’s better than soaking in a bright summer day, frolicking under the sun’s golden rays, rolling in the fresh green grass, licking popsicles seaside, and skipping along the beach like a giddy little child without a care in the world? Hunkering down in the dark dank basement to play video games, that’s what. We knew a whole bunch of you are on par with us here, so when we powered up the Video Games That Don’t Exist design challenge, we knew we’d get some real winners. Turns out there a bajillion amazing video games yet to be invented, yet, for this challenge, there is one true champ: Nate Christenson of Roseville, MN, for his design “The Floor is Lava”. Read on to learn more about the artist and his winning design, then try to get out and enjoy the last days of warmth, dangit!
Congrats on your winning design, “The Floor is Lava”, for our Video Games That Don’t Exist design challenge! Why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I grew up in China and recently moved to Minnesota to attend Bethel University as an art major. I’m hoping to get a job as an animator or an illustrator for children’s books. It would also be pretty awesome to move to Chicago and work for Threadless.
What drew you to this challenge? Are you a big video game fan yourself?
I love playing video games with my friends and have also worked on a few small scale video games myself. This challenge was a perfect way to come up with a concept for an awesome game without actually having to create it.
How did you come up with the awesome idea to create a video game based on the “lava game” a jillion of us played when we were kids?
I wanted to come up with a concept that a lot of people could relate to, so I talked with some of my friends and found out that this game is a classic for many of us.
Once you came up with the general idea, how did you decide exactly how to execute the concept in a design?
Since all the average, unimaginative adult sees is a kid jumping across furniture, I wanted to show what it is really like from the perspective of the kid. To do this, I chose to create a dramatic piece of old video game cover art to illustrate how dangerous this game really is.
Tell us a bit about the process of creating this design. Feel free to share WIP pics if possible!
I like to start all my ideas for Threadless designs in my trusty moleskin that I carry around with me all the time. I sketched this one while I was waiting in IKEA, which was the perfect setting since there was plenty of furniture on display to hop around on in case I got really inspired.
What are the official rules for “The Floor Is Lava” video game?
What happens if the unthinkable occurs: your player touches the lava?
The video game will self destruct and melt your gaming system.
Approximately how many hours did you spend playing “The Floor Is Lava” (non-video game version) as a kid?
All day everyday two days a week.
What’s your favorite video game of all time - that already exists?
That would have to be Super Smash Brothers Melee for the GameCube.
Any other shout-outs?
Thank you Threadless for making a dream of mine come true. I feel honored to be a part of something as epic as this.
Life’s pretty great, but it’s not always a big bed of roses. Even our uber talented artists know that, many facing their own road bumps here and there. If we were a popular gossip magazine, we might just say: “Artists! They’re just like us!” So, to remind us all of that fact, we asked the folks behind this week’s awesome new batch of tees to name the biggest challenge they’ve faced as an artist, and how they overcame it. Next time you’re hitting a rough patch, remember their salient words of wisdom. And come Monday, don’t forget to stop in to check out the new tees!
Q: What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced as an artist?
“My biggest challenge was putting what was in my head onto paper. An HB pencil seemed to do the trick.” Buy this tee now!
"Design school wasn’t easy. Once, I had an art history exam the morning after a very strenuous workout. I’d never been so sorely tested." Buy this tee now!
“Creative blocks are a huge challenge that I occasionally deal with as an artist. To overcome them, I step away from my studio/creative space and put my focus elsewhere. I usually go for a bike ride or watch TV. It helps me relax and clear my mind.” Buy this tee now!
“Recovering my childhood imagination may be the biggest challenge for me as for an artist and illustrator. Trying to free up my mind from adult-world constraints and grabbing at least a tiny part of the poetry and amazement of my childhood. When I get to this state of mind, even if I’m touching it only with my fingertips, my illustrations are better immediately. That is challenging. How do we overcome adult brain limitations? Everyday practice?” Buy this tee now!
“The biggest challenge? The notorious and dreadful C.B.B. (Creative Block Blackhole)! Aaaaaaaaarg! Is there a cure? Most of the time, ideas start popping back without notice and the engine starts again after one of the following: A: a few days, B: weeks, C: months, D:it’s f*cking hopeless… I’m getting wasted!” Buy this tee now!
“My biggest challenge has been getting to the point where I can create t-shirt designs for some of the biggest names in heavy metal. I have always been a fan of heavy rock and metal, and have always played in bands, but I never planned to “make it” as a musician. So, I set about working for the bands I love, which has taken many years, lots of patience, some rejection, and a good amount of pestering the right people. It also helps to have a few lucky breaks. But if you want something, and are willing to work hard, it is possible. I can now count bands like Metallica, Iron Maiden, Rage Against The Machine, Pantera, Soundgarden, and Alice in Chains as clients.” Buy this tee now!
#DO52 WEEK 36: MAKE US LAUGH WITH CHARTS AND GRAPHS!
#DO52 is a weekly project to inspire you to create more art! We’ll announce a new theme each week. Post your submission in the blog comments. We’ll feature our favorites in this blog the following Friday.
#DO52week36: Whip up a goofy chart or graph.
- Think back to all those charts and graphs you learned how to make in school. Those pie charts (Mmm, pie…), bar graphs, and Venn diagrams could get pretty boring, right? That’s why, for this week’s #DO52, we want you to put together the funniest chart, graph, or diagram you can dream up! Make it fun, make it goofy, make it informative.
To get you started, here are a few examples from the catalog:
Once you’ve completed this week’s #DO52, add this badge to your Threadless profile:
Don’t forget to head back to last week’s #DO52 to see everyone’s entries!