MEET OUR PATTERNS CHALLENGE WINNER!
Let’s all take a second to congratulate Fernando Degrossi. Hailing from São Paulo, Brazil, Fernando is the winning designer from our Patterns design challenge! Though there were so many great submissions in this challenge, Fernando’s cityscape pattern, “Top View”, rose to tower above the rest. Below, check out our interview with Fernando to learn a little more about this incredible artist!
Congrats on your winning design! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Thanks! My name is Fernando Degrossi, I am a graphic designer and I live in São Paulo, Brazil. I have a design agency specializing in branding, and I use my free time to draw.
How did the concept of patterns lead you to create a design based on a cityscape?
I live in São Paulo, the largest city in Latin America. When we climb on top of tall buildings, it is possible to see the immensity of the buildings that exist in the city. The inability to identify where the city begins and where the it ends reminds me of a giant pattern. I couldn’t create an abstract pattern or beautiful art. I like to create things that have a concept, something recognizable in the real world.
Is this design based off any city in particular?
Yes, I was inspired by São Paulo, Brazil, the largest city in Latin America. But the pattern is a tribute to all the great cities of the world.
Your design seems to capture the intricacy and precision represented in and necessary for city development. How did you work to recreate this?
I believe the pattern is more interesting when there are no spaces between the drawings. For the final result to look good, the entire drawing needed to be connected.
You refer to the city depicted in this design as a “gray stone jungle.” What real life “gray stone jungle” do you find most intriguing, and why?
Sometimes I ask myself if I would live somewhere else, and my answer is no. Living in a “gray stone jungle” is often dangerous and chaotic, but it has charm. When I visit places like quiet towns, farms, or beaches, I like those a lot too, but I cannot spend much time. I’m used to the kind of life of living in a big city.
What kinds of steps did you go through to arrive at the finished product? (If you have any WIP images to include to illustrate the process, that would be great!)
Here is my WIP:
Do you have any background on textile design, or an avid interest in pattern development that helped inspire this design?
Yes, look at the top view of my city!
What type of advice would you give to other artists when designing with a repeat?
The designers should make lines or drawings that connect with each other so that the final result appears to have no end.
In your opinion, what should every great city include?
Big cities need to have everything; it’s the great advantage of living in one. However, cities cannot only have buildings, they also need to have open spaces such as parks, rivers, and many tree-lined streets.
Any final shout-outs?
That’s it! And, I hope I have the opportunity to work more often with patterns.
STOP BY THE THREADLESS PANEL AT C2E2!
Headed to C2E2 this weekend? We’re so excited to announce that Threadless will have a panel of artists ready to share tips on improving, promoting and getting paid for your art!
If you’ll be there, you won’t want to miss this panel with uber successful Threadless designers Alice X. Zhang, Karen Hallion and Alex Solis.
ALICE X. ZHANG
Alice X. Zhang is a full-time freelance designer, illustrator, and portrait artist with a penchant for cinema and pop culture. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2010.
Karen Hallion grew up in Nahant, a small town in Massachusetts just north of Boston. She attended Ringling School of Art and Design, graduating with a BFA in Illustration in 1997. Karen was an elementary school art teacher until 2009 when she began working full-time as an artist. She originally wanted to work for Disney as an animator, so her work tends to reflect that. She counts the amazing work of Glen Keane, Audrey Kawasaki, and Alphonse Mucha among her significant influences.
Karen speaks fluent geek and pop culture, notably Star Wars, Firefly, Buffy, Harry Potter and Steampunk. She currently live in Swampscott, MA with her husband, two sons, and their cats, Obi and Kenobi.
Alex Solis is a 61 time printed Threadless artist. He’s also a Threadless staffer! Originally from Milwaukee, he currently lives in Chicago with his wife and two kids.
What would you like to know from Alice, Karen and Alex? Write questions below so we can prepare for the panel. We’ll make sure to follow up and get those questions answered here in the blog if you won’t be able to join us.
MEET OUR BIG LEBOWSKI WINNER, DUDES!
After 300 submissions, 80,548 scores, and a couple White Russians, we’ve got the winning design from our Big Lebowski design challenge! Inspired by the patterned sweater worn by The Dude, Leo Canham’s “Knitted Dude” design was chosen to be the winning tee. We sat down with Leo and picked his brain to uncover the source of his inspiration, his love for The Big Lebowski, and what he thinks The Dude would have to say about his design. Before you bowl straight into the new Big Lebowski collection, learn a little more about Leo and his design below!
Congratulations on your big win! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Thank you! My name is Leo Canham and I’m an Illustrator/Designer from York, England.
Why did you feel compelled to create a design for the Big Lebowski?
I just had to have a go at this challenge; I have been a big fan of the movie for a long time now. I remember watching it for the first time on VHS tape!
Of all the things you could have focused on from the Big Lebowski, how did you land on this particular design?
Whenever I think of The Dude, I always think of him wearing his scraggy knitted sweater. So I wanted to try and recreate that iconic sweater but in a t-shirt format. A homage of sorts, but with elements of the movie mixed into the pattern.
Describe the process of creating this design. (Please feel free to include any WIP photos!)
I produced the whole design in vector. I started off making a list of items I wanted to include and sketching out some layout options. I then created a knitted pattern grid in Illustrator to help me work on the final layout. I slowly worked my way towards incorporating those objects into the grid. It was the first time I had created artwork in this pixel-like style, so it look a little time to adapt but it was an enjoyable learning experience. For those that are interested, the items included in the design are : a bowling ball, bowling pins, strike symbols, spare symbols, the Dude’s car, shapes from the original sweater, In-and-Out burgers, alcohol bottles / White Russian drinks, dollar symbols (ransom), hearts for his special lady friend, and even some discreet ‘Johnsons’ at the bottom!
Why did you decide to keep the design in mostly neutral colors?
It just seemed fitting for the movie and tied in well with the sweater parody. I think anything bright and outlandish wouldn’t have suited the film’s style or the Dude’s persona.
How would you describe your aesthetic as an artist?
I wouldn’t really say I have a definitive style. I usually start off with a concept and then explore different ways to execute it. Sometimes it leads to new methods of working, like with this design.
What do you think The Dude would say about your design?
Hopefully something like “far out, man”. But he would probably just peer over the top of his shades and then take a sip of his White Russian.
If you could be reincarnated as any character from the Big Lebowski, who would it be?
An obvious choice, but it has to be The Dude. He may be seen as a bum, but he’s just a laid back guy with decent moral values and a love for rugs.
How many times have you seen the movie?
Maybe six or seven times. With the quality of the script and cast, It never really gets old. It would definitely make my all-time top 10 movies list.
Any other shout-outs?
Big shout out to the Threadless community and of course, my special lady friend.
It’s Friday, and the weekend is closing in! Can you feel it? Feels like FUN! Even though we love the weekend as much as the next guy, we’re already looking ahead at next week’s new tees. Oh boy, there are some great designs coming on Monday! Before you sign off to go enjoy your weekend fun, take a peek at what next week has in store at Threadless. This time around, we asked the artists what their favorite thing about their designs are. Enjoy!
“I like that by the end of days, it all comes down to this: two mythical gladiators, one good, one evil, embroiled in fierce hand-to-hand combat over the fate of all the human souls left on this ravaged planet’s surface. What better forum for this apocalyptic bout than an 8-bit style t-shirt?!” Buy this tee now!
“‘Top View’ is the challenge of creating something infinite. The connections of the drawings allow you to apply it in a small space or a huge space. The more the pattern repeats, the more we feel that we are flying high.” Buy this tee now!
“I think my favourite thing about this design is it’s quietness. It doesn’t scream for attention, but (I hope) the concept still comes through loud and clear.” Buy this tee now!
“My favorite thing about the design was working on the process of this idea, which started with my interest in inland tribes. It’s about three elements, and I blend all three into one: the leaves represent nature, the girl’s face represents beauty, and the skulls describe death.” Buy this tee now!
"This is a classic album cover and I love how iconic and simple it is. It would be funny to see The Beatles in a zombie scene." Buy this tee now!
“Abstract ideas are very important and the soul of my design. That’s my favorite part!” Buy this tee now!