MEET OUR MONOCHROMATIC WINNER!
Meet R. Gegen Noviara of Kuningan, Indonesia. After 456 incredible designs and 92,529 votes in our Monochromatic design challenge, Mr. Noviara’s “Tribe" design was chosen as the winning submission! Take a moment to congratulate him on his 15th printed design, and check out his interview below!
Congrats on your winning design! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
First, thanks for choosing my design. I’m a freelance illustrator living in the small town of West Java, Indonesia.
What about the monochromatic design challenge compelled you to create a design?
There are a few reasons that prompted me to participate in this challenge. One is because I love monochrome colors, which you can see in the works that I have done. I thought I could be a winner in this challenge and then it became a reality! I am very happy about it.
How did the idea of a monochrome color palette inspire your winning design, “Tribe”?
I deliberately tried to accentuate one object with a brighter color against the other monochrome colors around it.
I understand this design represents a nature/beauty/death type of theme. Could you provide more detail on this?
I am very interested in the inland tribes and the accessories they wear, like animal skulls, necklaces with tiger teeth, etc. But essentially, the message that I wanted to convey in this design is the beauty of nature represented by a girl’s pretty face.
What kinds of steps did you go through to arrive at the finished product?
It’s similar to what many artists do. The first phase is a rough sketch, then I clean up the lines, and ink and color. You can see the last three phases here.
Your work is often incredibly detailed. What kind of techniques do you use to accomplish this look?
Actually there is no special technique, it just takes tenacity to achieve that type of detail. I usually do it by adding the hatching.
What kind of role does color generally take in your work?
I like to use almost all colors,. but I think the most dominant colors that I choose are black for outlines, bright colors for something that I want to highlight, and dark colors to give the impression of dimension.
What advice do you have for artists when trying to design in a monochromatic style?
I usually do it in phases. First, I use a normal color, and then adjust colors from normal to monochrome. That’s it! :)
If you had to live in a one-color world, what color would you choose and why?
Either white or a bright color. Because the bright colors give me a lot of to work with when decorating with my pieces.
Any other shout-outs?
Keep on making art and keep trying to get better and better!
By now, many of you have probably gotten wind of the pretty exciting changes happening over here at Threadless. While it may seem that they only affect our printed artists, they actually involve our community at large - meaning you, too! Therefore, we wanted to be sure everyone was up to speed; especially since the changes directly involve how, together, we can all better support our artists - a group of people we happen to think are pretty fantastic!
What did we change? Artists now retain all rights to their work through a non-exclusive contract and are paid via royalties, receiving 20% of Threadless profits for all products sold featuring their design.
Why did we make the change? These revisions allow our artists the chance for more exposure, growth, and financial success. Providing support to artists everywhere is why Threadless exists, and we’re now able to enhance that support by offering even more opportunities to our artists.
What does this mean for you? It means you gets to play an active role in supporting your favorite artists! Instead of receiving a single lump sum when their designs are chosen for print, artists now get money in their pocket each and every time you purchase their designs. By buying, sharing, and spreading the word about their work, your favorite artists will make even more.
What more can you do to help? You can tip! Our new tipping feature allows you to contribute any additional amount at checkout, 100% of which goes directly to the artist. Big or small, that little extra somethin’ somethin’ is another easy way to show your support. And, you know, fill up your favorite artists with lots of warm, super appreciative fuzzies.
Heck yes, it does! We couldn’t be any more thrilled about these changes, and truly believe they’ll foster even more opportunity and success for our artists. But don’t forget: your help makes all the difference! Please continue to share, promote, and purchase work from your favorite artists. Buying rad new tees is pretty awesome in itself, but buying rad new tees and directly supporting talented artists makes it so much awesomer, right!?
As always, thanks for being the best, Threadfriends. We’re extremely proud of our community, and can’t wait to see how each and every one of you encourage and impact each other’s success moving forward.
Your pals at Threadless
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.