MEET THE HORROR DESIGN CHALLENGE WINNER!
Halloween is around the corner, which means one thing and one thing only: it’s time to get scary. Real scary. Like spook your socks off scary. We knew there was only one way to instill this kind of fear into our artists and community alike: launch the Horror design challenge. (Cue eerie creepy bone-chilling music here. Blood-curdling creams also acceptable.) We received a whole bunch of hair-raising designs, and after reviewing the results, named one single design the victor: “The Monster Mash”, by English designer Nathan Joyce. Read on to learn more about Nathan below, and snag his tee here! (If you dare…)
Congrats on your winning “The Monster Mash” design for our Horrors design challenge! Why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself?
“Thanks! Having just graduated from the University of Huddersfield with a degree in communication design, I am now working freelance as an illustrator in Warwickshire, England.”
What about this particular challenge made you want to participate?
“I’d been looking for an excuse to design some retro looking characters, and the horror/classic movie monsters theme went hand in hand with this style.”
We love your clever take on the classic Monster Mash. How did you come up with it?
“Thanks! Well the Monster Mash is the biggest night of the year for vivacious villains; I like to think of it as prom night for otherworldly beings. I knew I wanted to design a set of characters that could work either as individual pieces or as a whole set. Therefore, the monsters getting ready in front of the mirror became the perfect choice. The ideas themselves came quite naturally: Wolfman would have to spend ages on his hair, Dracula would fuss over his pearly whites, etc.”
Tell us a bit about each featured monster and their beauty routine.
“Well, these monstrous malefactors didn’t become the icons they are today by simply menacing innocents; any old villain can do that. No, it’s all about image.
What you don’t see in the movies are the tubs of Brylcreem that Wolfman uses on his hair, or the deep cleanse routine of the creature from the black lagoon (swamp water takes its toll on the skin). Of course, Medusa has it hardest of all, since looking into a mirror will turn her to stone. Plus, her snake-do takes some ssserious sssstylin’.”
What was the process of creating this design? Feel free to share any WIP’s if possible!
“It took a few attempts to get the style of it right, and a lot of messing around with the colour schemes, but once I had the first monster down the rest kind of followed suit.”
How would you describe your design aesthetic, and how did you apply it to this design?
“I suppose I just try and make my illustration depict what’s in my head. I love to try out new styles, and this was a really fun and different set to do!”
Are you a big fan of horror movies? If so, what’s your fave?
“I am indeed! From the greats to the classics to the truly awful, I’ve loved them all. I think we can all agree that Nick Cage’s ‘The Wicker Man’ is probably the greatest; we’ve all had nightmares about those darn bees.”
Who do you think is the scariest character ever created (whether from a movie, book, or what have you), and why?
“Jaws. Or maybe just sharks in general. I am on full shark alert whenever I’m in the sea, sometimes even on land. Can you ever truly be safe from them?”
If you were to add yourself to this Monster Mash mix, what type of monster would you be, and what would would you be doing to look extra good?
“Oh, certainly one of those B-movie half-man, half-beast monsters. Give me crab claws or a crocodile jaw and a harrowing backstory over human existence any day of the week.”
Any other shout-outs?
“I’d like to give a huge thanks to Threadless and its community of artists. It’s an honor to be recognized by an esteemed group like this.”
October’s just around the corner, and things are getting scarrrryyyyyyyyy. With next week’s release of horror-themed tees, we just had to get to the heart of our the artist’s darkest fears by asking them to reveal the scariest thing they’ve ever experienced. From lighthearted answers (the Apple computer spinning beach ball of death!) to some truly freaky moments (a plane that nearly fell from the sky!), the talent behind next week’s new designs tell all. Read on, and don’t forget to tune in on Monday to shop their super scary tees!
Q: What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever experienced?
“A bunch of seagulls tried to strike me down like a common egg thief. It was basically Hitchcock’s ’The Birds’.” Buy this tee now!
"As a kid, I was terrified of that ‘sucking’ sound water makes when it’s let out of the bathtub. So, naturally, my brother would lock me in the bathroom with the lights off while it drained." Buy this tee now!
“You will experience a great terror when the spinning beach ball of death is dancing gracefully at midnight on the top of your unsaved artwork, then suddenly the power goes out and you hear a hysterical scream from next door. Once the lights are back on, a mini heart attack strikes because you realize that you don’t have any neighbor at all! 0_o” Buy this tee now!
“It’s probably quite a common scary experience. I was on a flight home a few years back and we hit some really bad turbulence. Everything was shaking, bums were frequently lifting off seats, and loud noises rung around the plane. The guy sat next to me was muttering and praying against the headrest in front, people were screaming, and the stewardesses looked quite startled. I remember trying to keep calm and take my mind off of it. So, I continued to play Zelda on my DS. Good ol’ Link helped me through it. Can’t tell you how glad I was to get off that plane!” Buy this tee now!
“I’d have to say the time my girlfriend suggested we watch Paranormal Activity 3, despite knowing my horror Achilles’ heel is ghosts. She fell asleep literally ten minutes in and left me completely defenseless to becoming possessed.” Buy this tee now!
“The scariest thing I’ve ever experienced is watching a horror movie at home alone.” Buy this tee now!
#DO52 WEEK 39: LEAF ART!
#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.
#DO52week39: Create artwork using real leaves!
- This week marked the beginning of autumn, and we’ve already noticed the leaves starting to change color around Threadless HQ. As the first couple leaves start to fall, scoop a few up and give them new life in the form of a #DO52 project! Your challenge this week is to incorporate real leaves into an original piece of art. You can use a whole pile of leaves to make a pattern, construct your favorite animal (shark, definitely a shark), or even use a single leaf in a fun and creative way!
For inspiration, check out this mixed media design from Alex Solis:
Once you’ve completed this week’s #DO52, add this badge to your Threadless profile:
If you’re feeling political, check out the political cartoons from last week’s #DO52!