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!
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!
HAPPY CANADA DAY!
O Canada, we love you. Seriously, you’re the best upstairs neighbor that we’ve ever had! Home to poutine, the walkie-talkie, and just aboot the nicest people around, Canada is also full of amazing artists! Seeing as today is Canada Day, we wanted to take some time to highlight just a few of the incredible Canadian designers on Threadless! Check ‘em out, eh?
Eric Fan (Toronto)
Terry Fan (Toronto)
Michael Lopez (Toronto)
Yannick Bouchard (Quebec City)
Paul Berthelot (Ottawa)
Patrick Seymour (Montreal)
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MEET OUR ART NOUVEAU WINNER!
Life is moving pretty fast these days. Every once in a while, it’s nice to take a step back and enjoy the natural beauty of our world. With our latest Art Nouveau design challenge, we got a chance to see how our artists celebrated the natural allure of life, or in the winning case, death. Our winning design comes from Quebec, Canada based illustrator, Moutchy, who won us over with his haunting design “Le Passage des Morts Nouveaux”. Read on to learn more about Moutchy, and shop his new tee here!
Congrats on your winning design “Le Passage des Morts Nouveaux”! Why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m from Quebec, Canada and I have been a freelance illustrator for the last three years, working on various projects like album artworks, book covers, and of course t-shirt designs.
What do you find compelling about the concept of art nouveau?
It is a style of art inspired by nature, with lots of curved lines. It’s very organic, and I love that!
When doing research for your design, did you stumble along any Art Nouveau pieces that were particularly inspiring? If so, why did they inspire you?
I gathered a few images when searching on Google, and there were two illustrations in particular that grabbed my attention. They were both paintings by Alphonse Mucha that I kept referencing for inspiration which helped me capture the essence of Art Nouveau.
What inspired “Le Passage des Morts Nouveaux” specifically?
A lot of Art Nouveau pieces had a beautiful lady as a main subject, dressed in drapery, with flowers, and I wanted to include that for sure. But I also wanted to include a darker side to it, and as I love drawing skulls, the Grim Reaper figure came to me as an obvious choice.
How did you manage to capture the idea of Art Nouveau in your design while also reflecting your own aesthetic?
When I was doing research, I specifically looked for images that I could relate to and matched my own style, and I found that in the work of Alphonse Mucha. So it was all a natural process.
How did you work to create “Le Passage des Morts Nouveaux”? Feel free to include WIP’s, if possible!
The concept came very quickly to me. I did a very crude sketch on a piece of paper, and I already knew how I was going to do the composition. Unfortunately, I don’t have that sketch anymore. After that, I took a few reference pictures of my girlfriend for the female figure, and the rest was done all in Photoshop with a graphic tablet. I did the clean outlines (see attachment) and the color after.
What all does this passage of the newly dead entail that you’ve so masterfully created in your design?
I think it’s the inevitable. Death comes for us all, and this image is a representation of that; just letting go and being taken to “the other side”. In the image, the cloth of the Grim Reaper wraps the lady’s body and surrounds her with this swirling movement, as if death becomes part of her.
In your design’s interpretation of the newly dead’s passage, is the process morbid and frightening, or spiritual and enlightening?
I think it’s a little bit of both. It’s scary, of course, but there’s also something beautiful about it, and there’s dignity and comfort. As I said, Art Nouveau is inspired by nature, and death is the most natural of things.
Do you think you’ll continue to explore designing in the concept of Art Nouveau? Why or why not?
Maybe, if a specific concept calls for it. I would love to do more pieces in that style, but I don’t want to do it in a way that would feel repetitive, like a formula.
Any last shout-outs?
Just a big “thank you” for printing my design, I’m very happy about it! And thanks for all the nice comments and votes I got from the community, it’s much appreciated!