Meet the Music Design Challenge Winner!
Over here at Threadless, we love it when a great band comes in to jam, or a sweet tune comes on over the speakers (especially this song, which we play every Friday, of course). It’s possible the only thing we love more are the awesome designs you guys submitted for our Music Challenge - which were all off the charts! We figured this challenge would be a hit, since we know you all love to jam as much as we do. So, without further ado, we’d like to present the grand prize winner: Eduardo San Gil from Spain, for his design “Musical Alphabet”! Read on to learn more about Eduardo, and don’t forget to pick up his great new tee here.
Congrats on your winning design “Musical Alphabet”! Why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am a freelance designer and illustrator, currently living in Barcelona, who discovered Threadless a few years ago. Since then, I’ve been in love with this shop; it has pushed so many designers throughout the world to make really great things.
Are you a big music fan? Is that why you decided to participate in this challenge?
Of course! Music is more than entertainment or making us feel a range of emotions; the artists who create it influence our way of being and seeing the world.
“Music” is a pretty broad theme. How did you land on your super cool concept?
I wanted to make something that I would love to wear.
How did you master the challenge of making every musician look like not only him or herself, but also a letter?
In some cases I could match the letter with the artist straight away, without any problems. That motivated me to make the design and work constantly, even when it became more difficult.
Which character/letter in your design was the toughest to create?
At the start, I made a list of artists/letters without really knowing how I would draw them, so I looked at some letters and said, “How can I represent Madonna with an M?” However, when I grabbed my pencil, I realized that the transformation process became intuitive and swift.
Can you tell us a little about the process you took creating this design? If you have any WIP’s to share, please do!
I went to the park and lay down on the grass with loads of papers and notes. I thought about the artists and the letter combinations as if it were a crossword puzzle and a friend gave me a helping hand. Then I did pencil sketches, and then scanned and vectorised them.
Of all the musicians represented in your design, who is your favorite, and why?
I love Queen and Nirvana; not just for their music, but also because it was so easy to design them.
In what ways does music inspire you as an artist?
Music wakes me up in the mornings and motivates me to work.
Do you have a go-to song or band that helps you get the creative energy flowing?
I don’t have just one specific song or group; I like almost all kinds of music. When I’m designing, I usually listen to playlists with lots of artists from different times and countries.
Any other shout-outs?
Thanks to you guys for creating these challenges that motivate all of us to create new things! Also, thanks to the Threadless community for encouraging designers with their comments.
Pick up “Musical Alphabet" by Eduardo San Gil today!
A new week of tees means a new collection of incredible artists from around the world to hear from! We know that fantastic works of art don’t just appear out of thin air, and that there is usually a really intriguing story behind each design that rolls through Threadless. That’s why, this week, we asked artists to give us a little insight into the story behind their new designs. Enjoy!
Q: What’s the story behind your design?
“I wanted to create a design that was mysterious and wondrous. The person in the design is solving a difficult puzzle and the solution is being revealed to him in magnificent fashion. I knew that Nicebleed could make this design pop with his skills and he did an amazing job. Collaborating with him on this design was an incredible experience.” - Kyle Cobban (Buy this tee now!)
“This particular design was one of Chris’ works that he was proudest of and it represents a significant point in his growth as an artist. It is more than just a t-shirt design. It is a memory. A memory of a loving friend, a wonderful son, a caring brother, a beautiful boy.” - Erika Jee, friend of Chris (Buy this tee now!)
“The year was nineteen ninety-something when a young boy watched a really funny movie and a really weird cartoon (not at the same time). He waited twenty something years for an LED light bulb to go off and then he got it! Why not put the characters from these two cool things together in one design? I mean, one guy has brown hair and the other has blonde. They sit on a couch in the same spots and they like music. I could’ve waited another twenty years for someone else to design the obvious or I could just do it myself now. So, that’s what I did! Schwing fartknocker!” (Buy this tee now!)
"It started with the infamous music video starring a pop singer and a wrecking ball. Throw in a princess, a barking ball, chain, and some 8-bit nostalgia, and you get Chomping Ball.” (Buy this tee now!)
“My idea comes from the ‘anti-gravity lean’ of Michael Jackson. It reminds me of italic font, and how fun it would be if we could click and select Michael as the font on the screen. Of course, I think people would want to see ‘bold italic’.” (Buy this tee now!)
“My daily commute is about two hours and sometimes more if traffic is heavier. The idea for this design came to me as I was sitting in traffic one day, thinking of ways that the painful commute could be better. I figured sitting in space would make it a bit more interesting at least! Can you spot me sitting in traffic in the design?” (Buy this tee now!)