BATTER UP! MEET OUR BASEBALL TEE WINNER!
Baseball season has finally returned, and just in time for the launch of five brand new baseball tees! After 342 submissions to our Baseball Tees design challenge, the cute and clever “Beer" design by Jaco Haasbroek has been chosen as our winner. We got a chance to ask Jaco a few questions, so break out the peanuts and Cracker Jacks while you enjoy the interview below!
Congrats on your win! Why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Thank you! My name is Jaco and I am an illustrator and designer.
We love the clever humor of “Beer”. How did you come up with it?
I’m always thinking of ways to play on words or find multiple meanings of singular things. In this case I was thinking about the fact that “bear” in the Afrikaans (or Dutch) language is “beer”. So I made this design that, depending on your interpretation, is either “bear” or “beer”. I also liked the randomness of a bear having a beer, seemingly lost in thought.
How did the style of a raglan shirt play into the development of your design?
I wanted to make something very simplistic for this challenge. The design seemed to work perfectly on the raglan shirt. The black sleeves seemed to balance the design out quite nicely.
Do you think the bear on “Beer” would be down to show up on a typical t-shirt, or is he only a raglan guy?
He does seem to be more of a raglan kind of bear, but he probably doesn’t mind.
Would you mind telling us a little about your design process?
I made a basic pencil sketch that was redrawn using my Wacom tablet. I then simply added some colour. I felt that a non hand-written type worked better than my original, so I changed it.
If a bear arrived at your door for a drink, what kind of beer would you serve him?
An American ale.
Your design is minimal without sacrificing its clever meaning. What advice would you give to artists trying to accomplish that same balance?
Try and use as little as possible to get the idea across.
Where’s the first place you’re going to sport your new “Beer” baseball tee?
Probably the supermarket.
What type of beer are you going to drink to celebrate?
Either an unfiltered lager, an amber weiss, or an American style ale.
Any last word or shout-outs?
“Probeer is die beste geweer.”
ANIMATED PORTRAITS FROM WINEBOCON 5!
The best part of Winebocon 5 was, without a doubt, the people. Being reunited with so many long-time Threadless community members was absolutely amazing and we were overjoyed to meet some new folks as well! Our dear Craig Shimala took some time to soak in the awesomeness of each person by creating animated portraits throughout the weekend. Check some of them out below and be on the look out for more over the next few weeks.
We’re having a pretty spectacular Friday over here, so we wanted to give all of you a sneak peek of next week’s tees before they launch! This time around, we asked each artist why they believe their design is perfect for a tee. Check out there answers below, and don’t forget to swing by on Monday to pick up your favorites!
“Us British are not that good at self flattery, haha! But, if I had to guess, the classic dagger/snake/skull combo will always be a winner [for a tee] in my eyes.” Buy this tee now!
“Put on this t-shirt, bring a book to a rocking chair under the sea, and it will become instantly obvious!” Buy this tee now!
“I like t-shirts to have a subtlety about them. What I like about my design is that it draws the viewer in for a closer look… and we all could be a little bit closer.” Buy this tee now!
“It’s perfect for a tee because this design represents the passion and power of red. This is the beginning of beautiful art.” Buy this tee now!
“With this design, you too can look as stylish and fearsome as a three-eyed warrior out on the hunt for mythical beasts! And isn’t that what everyone is looking for in a t-shirt?” Buy this tee now!
“Because skulls never, and I mean NEVER, go out of fashion when it comes to tees. I actually thought I would be tired of wearing (and drawing) skulls by now, but turns out, I’m not!” Buy this tee now!
“I’m a big fan of wild animals with cosmic or galaxy backgrounds, and I think any space related designs are perfect for tees.” Buy this tee now!
“Beer, man. Beer.” Buy this tee now!
#DO52 WEEK 14: PET PORTRAITS!
#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.
#DO52week14: Illustrate a portrait of your favorite pet!
- If you missed the submission deadline for our Dogs design challenge, here’s another chance to immortalize your pup (or other beloved companion) with a pet portrait! Create a cat caricature, a doggy doodle, or maybe even a bas-relief of your pet parrot!
Once you’ve completed this week’s #DO52, add this badge to your Threadless profile:
Here are some favorites from this edition of #DO52:
agnese.lo’s lovely cat:
Day V’s parent’s Havanese, Indy:
Tommy Dean’s pup, Bomber:
Check out last week’s #DO52, and don’t forget to post this week’s illustrations in the comments below!