When Monday rolls around with a brand new week, so will some brand new tees! But how can we release a fresh batch without getting to know the artists? We wanted to get down to the basics, so we asked next week’s printed designers what inspired them to pursue their dream of being an artist. Before you ditch out of the office and start the weekend festivities, check out the artists’ quotesand their soon-to-be-on-your-back designs. Be sure to come back on Monday to grab some new tees!
Q: What inspired you to become an artist?
"I could have fun with my thoughts and communicate with people without having to speak. Drawing and designing are like blurring the lines between work and play.” Buy this tee now!
“I think it just came about naturally. I guess you can say I was drawin’ towards it.” Buy this tee now!
“First, thanks for calling me an artist. In answer to the question, artists.” Buy this tee now!
"Music inspires me to be an artist, from the album cover art to the personality of the artists themselves. I want to somehow be a part of what they create in any way. Fellow artists and their work motivate me, and that inspiration brought me to where I am and who I am now.” Buy this tee now!
“When I was a kid, I made a little totem pole out of nothing, mainly a few things I grabbed here and there, each chosen spontaneously. Things like plastic, straws, fur, glass beads, woolen cord, pieces of soap. I felt excited while composing these different elements; a feeling that there was some kind of magic in it. Then I saw the reaction from my teachers and classmates; the little kids sensing the same magic. I was delighted by their excitement, but my body just stood still with wide open eyes. It was that first astonishing moment of realizing how the things you make impact the spectators, changing both their behavior and your own.” Buy this tee now!
#DO52 WEEK 28: ASCII ART EDITION!
#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.
#DO52week28: Create art using your computer keyboard!
- Are you familiar with ASCII art? It’s when you create images or artwork using the 95 printable characters on your computer’s keyboard, and it can be ridiculously fun. Your challenge this week is to create art using just these characters. Your design can be as simple or complicated as you wish to make it!
Here are two examples (of varying difficulty) from around the Web:
Once you’ve completed this week’s #DO52, add this badge to your Threadless profile:
Don’t forget to head over to last week’s #DO52 to check out what artists were doing with stars and stripes!
MEET OUR “TRY A NEW STYLE” WINNER!
Trying something new can be tough, but Threadless artists seem to be pretty darn good at it! We asked our community to explore their artistic horizons with our latest Try A New Style design challenge, and we got to see how contributing artists experimented with their art. Our winning submission comes from Narniaz who created an X-Acto knife masterpiece, “Fixing a Broken Heart”. Keep reading to get to know Narniaz a little better, and pick up his new tee here.
Congrats on your winning design “Fixing a Broken Heart”! Why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself.
Firstly, thanks to the voters and Threadless for this win! I quit advertising in 1996 after five years in the workforce. Now I’m self-employed and have been creating jobs for myself ever since. I don’t have a specific style in my work; I think I’m quite versatile. Besides artwork I like interior design as well. I do some carpentry work whenever I have the chance.
Explain the new style that you tried and why you chose it.
It’s a cut and paste method. The elevated layers of paper are the main thing. Once we put lights on it, nature does the rest. I simply wanted this piece to be different from the others and to get away from my comfort zone.
Did you find it challenging to try a new style, or more inspiring? Why?
It was quite challenging at first, but after the second day it all came into place. One can get better and better if they focus. I enjoyed doing it; I wanted to do more but the deadline was nearing. It’’s been very inspiring.
Describe to us the process of creating this design in particular.
It’s about creating shadows. Without shadows the whole thing wouldn’t work. There were three layers: the robot and gadgets cut on thick ten-year-old watercolor paper, the supporter that elevates the robot made from a 50mm thick foam board (without this thickness the depth will not work), and the base made from a gray cardboard.
How did you work to create such an intricate, detailed design?
As the deadline drew near I realized I didn’t have much time. I roughly sketched on watercolor paper then started cutting it, not knowing exactly what I wanted except that the robot would be the hero. Things fell into it place as I went about it. Most important, when doing this sort of design, you must know how to occupy the gaps. You don’t need a steady hand, but definitely a steady brain.
What inspired the concept of the actual design itself - a robot getting his heart fixed?
Haha well, I wanted a robot at first, but it’s quite meaningless without anything happening around him. I also wanted to make this robot wearable for both male and female, so I couldn’t make him fierce or destructive which I normally do when I make metal CD covers - this time I felt he should be a little more adorable, or at least more mainstream. The broken heart speaks for my designs which have not been selected by Threadless. (Hahaha, I don’t mean that seriously!)
Why do you believe this design stood out from the competition?
Good question! Honestly, before I started the job, I studied your store. The style seemed perfect for the challenge. It’s an opportunity I didn’t want to miss. I thought “Threadless might be hungry for this… please accept my offerings!”
Did this challenge inspire you to try other new styles? If so, what styles might you explore?
Oh yes! Sure it does. I have another thing in mind. I can’t tell you now… let’s wait until the need arises!
What advice do you have for other artists curious about experimenting with styles outside of their comfort zone?
Just do it. Do what you like to do. Nature isn’t that cruel. You will get better each day, whether it be doing your job or your hobby. You will find that the canvas for creativity is far wider than you think if you keep on doing… it’s unbelievable! But if you think a single style is better for you, then so be it. I have seen many successful artists doing a single style. However, if you are hungry for a new style, you better eat!
Any other shout-outs?
Thanks for this! To be selected is like a dream come true. Those who have never been selected - don’t you ever give up. Everyone has their day. Best wishes to all artist out there. Mega thanks to all friends, relatives, and Threadless… you people rock! Last but not least, I hope the Netherlands wins the World Cup 2014 (is this outta topic?)… haha! Yeah!!!
Heyooo everybody, happy 4th! The good ‘ole U.S. of A. isn’t the only thing to celebrate today - we’ve also got a whole batch of new artists debuting their tees next week! And to ring them in in true American fashion, we asked them to tell us about that band or song that instantly gets their creative juices flowing. Their answers prove that we’ve got some great music listeners on our hands (and had us discovering some new jams on Spotify!). Check out what they had to say, and be sure to tune in next Monday to snag their awesome new tees!
Q: What band or song instantly gets your creative juices flowing?
“To make me think outside the box: Devendra Banhart. To help get pencil to paper: The Lumineers. To maintain a steady flow with my ink work: Message To Bears or Phosphorescent. To reflect seriously on my design so far: Radiohead or The National. To find harmony in my colour choices: The Fleet Foxes. Right now: First Aid Kit.” Buy this tee now!
“I need just four simple words to start the working day: ‘Hey! Oh! Let’s go!’ Of course, I’m talking about the Ramones; their songs give me the right boost and tickle my daily creativity.” Buy this tee now!
“Arcade Fire.” Buy this tee now!
“I don’t really have one. I just Muse…” Buy this tee now!
“I am very eclectic in my musical choices. I can listen to French Slammer or ABD AL MALIK (and his absolutely great album “Gibraltar”) next to gorgeous J.S. Bach’s the “Six suites for unaccompanied cello”, followed by French composer Pierre Henry or Junkie XL, then onto traditional tribal music from Namibia like “Songs of The Ju’hoansi Bushmen” (incredible sounds!) or DJ Krush (OuMuPo 6), and finish my day with Ali Farka Touré. All this great music triggers very positive vibes in my brain and body. And, speaking about Bach and his magic Cello Suites, he played in a loop while I created my illustration “Concerto”. I love that flowing Cello. Even dangerous spirits of the forest get docile with those sounds.” Buy this tee now!
“That’s a cool question! Most of the time I inject myself with Megadeth in ‘The Big Four’ where I can easily turn it on on Youtube. You should check it out, they are awesome! Metal up!” Buy this tee now!