MEET OUR SUBLIMATION CHALLENGE WINNER!
If you can’t get enough of our sublimation tees, we have the perfect interview for you! After 282 design submissions and over 74,000 votes, the winning design from our Sublimated Tees design challenge is here! Take a moment to congratulate Dan Elijah Fajardo on his winning “Drips" design, and enjoy his interview below!
Congrats on your winning design! Why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself?
First of all, I want to thank Threadless for choosing my design. Yay! And for all the votes and comments on the design. I am Dan Elijah Fajardo, a graphic artist based in Manila, Philippines.
Why did you decide to enter the Dye Sublimation challenge in particular?
I am always excited every time Threadless emails a new challenge because it pushes me to think and create a new design like this one.
This isn’t your first all-over print with us (we love Cat Knitting!). Do you approach all-over designs differently than you would a typical design?
For me, doing an all-over design was not so hard to do. It’s about how you use the whole t-shirt as your canvas.
How would you describe your aesthetic as an artist?
If there’s a word or term to describe my art style, I might say it’s “whimsical”. I always want to draw magical art or make an out-of-this-world design. I put a lot of attention into colors.
How did you come up with “Drips”?
Honestly, I was just playing with watercolor brushes in Photoshop, and then I tried to mock it up on a t-shirt template. I realized it looked so great that I decided to submit it for the challenge.
What was your process in creating it?
Please see my WIP images!
Why do you think “Drips” works so well as an all-over design?
I think it works so well as an all-over design because of the colors and the use of negative space at the bottom of the shirt.
We love the bright neon colors of this design. Why did you feel these were the best colors to choose?
I’m a big fan of 80’s music/movie posters because of their bright neon colors. They inspired me to apply those colors on this design.
What advice would you give artists when creating an all-over print?
Do what you love to do and use the shirt as your canvas for your work of art.
Any other shout-outs?
I just want to give thanks to Threadless and to the people who voted my design. MABUHAY ANG PINOY! :D