All doggos are good doggos. It’s just law. However, not all doggos are very good drivers. And yet, we still love the one behind the wheel in the winning design of our Anthropomorphism challenge. Despite his bad driving skills and the fact that he clearly never learned that “heel” also means “hit the brakes”, we still think that the doggo in Troy ‘Yort’ Evangelista’s (@yortsiraulo) design is a very good boy; the best boy.
We talked to Troy about designing this doggone driver, his awesome GIFS, and about the rad patches he makes!
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What have you been up to lately!
Just keeping busy with creating new designs!
You make some really amazing GIFs for your work! How did you learn to do this?
I learned about making GIFs and using After Effects while freelancing at advertising agencies (thanks to Youtube lessons). It’s really easy to make if you already know the animation you want to do with the illustration. Here’s one for GANGSTER!
Speaking of, tell us a little bit about this design! Is there a story behind what’s going on in this image? Where did the idea come from?
It’s about a dog’s day out without his human. I thought about the things that he would do and the places he’d go. And going to a carnival to ride the bumper cars was a thing that I wanted this dog to do. He wants to drive a real car, but the bumper car ride was the closest thing for him. So he rides the bumper car and accidentally runs over a person, which is really funny because it’s impossible to happen in real life. He remains unfazed, which makes him a cute (but gangsta) doggo.
What attracted you to this challenge?
The possibilities are endless! Just think of an animal and a random human activity. Also, the fact that I can draw dogs again lol.
Do you have any favorite anthropomorphic shows or characters?
Yes! Growing up, I loved watching Ren & Stimpy, CatDog, Cow & Chicken, Rocko’s Modern Life, Looney Tunes, and the classic Disney Mickey Mouse cartoons.
If you could be an anthropomorphic animal, which would you want to be?
Definitely a dog! A dog who is a professional skateboarder haha
This design is also a patch! Do most of your designs start as patch ideas?
Yes, most of the time our designs start as patch ideas. Then we decide if it’s also good on a shirt or sticker. I think both originality and humor make a great patch design. We like to design stuff that has a sense of humor and that a lot of people can relate to.
Your Instagram Fine Time Studios has a really solid following! What kind of art do you specialize in?
Thanks! It took more than half a year to gain a pretty solid following. Really happy that a lot of people like our works. It started out as a portfolio for our graphic design works, then we moved on to designing and selling shirts. And from there, we branched out to patches and stickers. We wanted to showcase our designs on different kinds of mediums as well. Follow us and say hi!
Content & Strategy Manager at Threadless by day, dad joke aficionado, cartoonist, & contributor for sites like HelloGiggles and The Mary Sue by night. When I’m not writing or drawing, you can find me in my cave of a room hanging out with my boyfriend, Netflix.