09/10/2014 Top Picks- Daily Shirt Designs

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09/10/14 Top Pick; Wizard

Don’t tempt me, OTHERTEES!

star Lines and Forms – Wonderful well-formed lines with a variety of widths. The lines create a detailed render of one my favorite wizards ever!

star Composition – Intriguing layout using the figure’s hair to wind the eye around the whole composition.

star Texture –  The varying widths of the lines create an interesting color using simple positive and negative shapes.

Thank You 2mz

Buy This shirt! Wizard

 

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09/10/14 Top Pick; Bad Seed and Criminal Miss Conduct

star Concept –  Wonderful idea and execution of these two tough broads as Roller Derby Girls. Their outfits and accessories work very well with the concept and the individual characters.

star Color – I really enjoy these dark, combat color palettes. I also very much enjoy their simple brighter color frame.

star Lines and Forms – Wonderful style in which these to figures are portrayed. They both look unique but easily recognizable.

Thank You Tom Kurzanski

Buy This shirt! Bad Seed and Criminal Miss Conduct

08/26/2014 Top Picks – Daily Shirt Designs

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08/26/14 Top Pick; The Strange Case of Dr. Banner and Mr. Hulk

star Composition – Awesome combination of image and type.

star Color – Wonderful contrast between the bright green and purple demonstrating the duality of the two figures.

Thank You HartZack

Buy This Shirt! The Stranger Case of Dr. Banner and Mr. Hulk

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08/26/14 Top Pick; I Choose Fire &  I Choose Water

star Composition – Wonderful, intricately adorned frames. I really enjoy how the frame surrounds the evolution of characters, glorifying them. The Pokeball nicely brings the eye down to the banner creating a wonderful oval shape.

star Lines and Forms –  The tattoo style forms are very nicely rendered with a heavy outline.

Thank You jmlfreeman

Buy These Shirts ! I Choose Fire  &   I Choose Water

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08/26/14 Top Pick; Get Over Here!

star Color – Incredible pop of warm tones.

star Lines and Forms – Wonderful foreshortened render of a classic fighter.

Thank You ThrashParty a.k.a Ottyag

Buy This Shirt! Get Over Here!

08/05/2014 Top Picks – Daily Shirt Designs

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Is anyone else excited to see Wonder Woman coming to the big screen??? Okay, if Wonder Woman was real and had me looped in her lasso, I would have told you I wasn’t excited when I saw the casting. The picture previewed at SDCC completely changed my mind and I can’t wait for the original super heroine to show us her stuff! Watch out boys!!!

08/05/14 Top Pick; Wonder Bomb

star Color – Wonderfully patriotic color scheme with an antique shine.

star Composition – The plain sky background nicely balances the bombshell in the foreground.

star Lines & Forms – Beautifully rendered Warrior Princess. Her hair and lasso create wonderful organic forms which contrast nicely with the solid heavy bomb shape.

Thank You Tim Shumate

Buy This Shirt! Wonder Bomb

08/04/2014 Top Picks – Daily Shirt Designs

It’s a (belated) Guardians of The Galaxy Weekend!

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What a whimsical, comical, action-packed movie! Although some heavy world destroying stuff was going on, the comedy kept it light and fun. The Guardians were a very interesting mashup of characters and it was fun to see how they came together and worked as a team. Each character seems to have a different skill set and had their opportunity to shine in the film. Rocket and Groot seemed to stand out as fan-favorites. Although Star Lord was the leader and the main character, I probably liked him least. I felt his character was the least interesting and his comic ‘moments’ fell short for me. I did still find his back story intriguing and would be interested to learn more about his father and how he relates to his origin. Zoe Saldana and Bautista looked awesome as aliens with their different color and textured skin. They both kicked some serious butt and worked as the muscle of the group. All in all I really enjoyed watching this film. It was nice to just sit back and laugh.

All of my Top Picks for today are awesome Guardians of The Galaxy inspired shirts!

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08/04/14 Top Pick; Guardians Far Away

star Composition

star Color

star Lines & Forms

Thank You BadEye

Buy this Shirt! Guardians Far Away

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08/04/14 Top Pick; Lord Soldier

star Color

star Typography

Thank You Juan Foo

Buy this Shirt! Lord Soldier

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08/04/14 Top Pick; Soon In A Galaxy Nearby

star Composition

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star Lines & Forms

Thank You Joopa Doops

Buy this Shirt! Soon In A Galaxy Nearby

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08/04/14 Top Pick; The Raccoon Nebula

star Concept

star Color

star Composition

Thank You Steven Lefcourt

Buy this Shirt! The Raccoon Nebula

07/22/2014 Top Picks – Daily Shirt Designs

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07/22/14 Top Pick: Viking Dragon Emblem

star Composition – Balanced Yin Yang composition.

star Texture – Smooth dry brush-like quality.

Thank You True Threads

Buy This Shirt! Viking Dragon Emblem

 

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07/22/14 Top Pick: Barrel of Laughs

star Composition –  Interesting stretch canvas layout. The image paints a story.

star Color – I really enjoy the smooth oil painting like quality of the background.

Thank You ArtistAbe

Buy This Shirt! Barrel of Laughs

 

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07/22/14 Top Pick: The Sinking Feeling

star Composition – Again, interesting stretch canvas layout. I really enjoy the expressions on each character’s face.

star Color – Wonderful range of colors. I am very curious to see how this image will look screen printed on a shirt.

Thank You ArtistAbe

Buy This Shirt! The Sinking Feeling

 

Also, in case you didn’t know, Batman is celebrating his 75th anniversary and tomorrow is Batman day!

Check it out: http://bit.ly/BatmanDayJuly23

06/23/2014 Top Picks – Daily Shirt Designs

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06/23/14 Top Pick; Guardian of Gotham

“The Hero Gotham Deserves”

star Composition – Wonderful dynamic angles. I really enjoy all the complex geometric planes.

star Color – Nice expression of space using a simple mono blue scale.

Thank You MAGMATA

Buy This Shirt! Guardian of Gotham

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06/23/14 Top Pick; Guardian of Metropolis

The Man of Steel substitutes a man made out of steel.

star Composition – Great use of geometric planes giving the design a deco aesthetic.

star Concept – This design is very similar to the original Metropolis design only the robot is appropriately altered into Superman.

Thank You MAGMATA

Buy This Shirt! Guardian of Metropolis

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06/23/14 Top Pick; Spinner of Spells

“The princess shall indeed grow in grace and beauty, beloved by all who know her. But… before the sun sets on her 16th birthday, she shall prick her finger, on the spindle of a spinning wheel – AND DIE!”

star Composition – I really enjoy the large dragon image behind the beautiful villain. The heavy purple areas nicely balance Maleficent’s figure.

star Lines and Forms – Great use of positive and negative spaces to render various details within the design.

star Color – I really enjoy the bright purple with the small bright green accents.

Thank You Harantula

Buy This Shirt! Spinner of Spells

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06/23/14 Top Pick; Wildling Encounter

star Concept – Interesting mash-up of characters.

star Lines and Forms – I really enjoy the cute little anime style render of both characters. I also really enjoy the negative space that details the trees in the background, also creating a nice field of depth.

Thank You TeeTurtle

Buy This Shirt! Wildling Encounter

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06/23/14 Top Pick; Gamma Rays

star Concept – Interesting design which visually portrays the smaller Bruce figure trapped within the larger Hulk figure.

star Color – I really enjoy the limited amount of color use to portray the infamous Hulk. The negative space figure within needs no introduction.

star Lines and Forms – The long thin refracted hazy lines are a great way of visually showing the rays. They nicely delineate the Incredible Hulk.

Thank You Steven Lefcourt

Buy This Shirt! Gamma Rays

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06/23/13 Top Pick; Watch the World Burn

star Composition – Wonderful compositions on the front and back of the shirt! The front has a great sense of dimension. Joker seem to pop out of the background. The back of the shirt in beautifully intricate and balanced and nicely relates to the front of the shirt.

star Lines and Forms – Wonderful amount of line work. Delicate and complex, the devil is in the details ;). Joker’s long grin is jaw dropping.

star Typography – If I didn’t follow this awesome artist of Facebook, I wouldn’t have seen her hand drawn sketches. Her letter forms look this good in her sketches!

Thank You Medusa the Dollmaker

Buy This Shirt! Watch the World Burn

06/18/2104 Top Picks – Daily Shirt Designs

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06/18/14 Top Pick; Bete De L’Apocalypse

Great design depicting Hellboy as a prancing demon, labeled with his real name Anung Un Rama (“Upon his brow is set a crown of flames”).

starColor – Nice creamy light yellow paired with the deep crimson red creates a nice contrast.

starConcept – Interesting concept of having Hellboy look like the infamous French Quina Imp Poster.

Thank You Spicy Monocle

Buy This Shirt! Bete De L’Apocalyse

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06/18/14 Top Pick; Headlight Glasses

His side slicked hair, light gray suit, and bright red tie make Pee-Wee easily recognizable.

starComposition – Wonderfully balanced frame around main figure. The horrors of the forest seem to surround poor Pee-Wee.

starLines and Forms – Each animal is nicely formed and rendered in an etch like quality. I really enjoy the bear in the top right. His open mouth and glowing eyes look amazing.

Thank You Dave Quiggle

Buy This Shirt! Headlight Glasses

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06/18/14 Top Pick; Dark Fiction

Both seductively appealing and horned, this is a match made in hell.

starConcept – These two super villains would make an awesome evil team! These two would definitely “shepherd the week though the valley of darkness”.

starLines and Forms – Nice, clean simplified render of both characters.

Thank You Zerobriant

Buy This Shirt! Dark Fiction

5/24/2014 – 5/25/2014 X-Men Weekend!

X-Men: Days of Future Past Weekend!
SPOILER ALERT!

 

Let me start off by saying unlike Godzilla, I have seen every X-Men movie including the Wolverine films. This mini-review/brain dump may include spoilers for all six previous movies. Also, I have no other X-Men experience such as comics or cartoons so my mutant knowledge is limited to the movies only. Fair warning!

My excitement leading up to Days of Future Past has not been a secret for those who know me. It started with the first trailer that was released and I was excited at the prospect of: another X-Men movie, both the new and old cast coming together, time travel, and all the cool new mutants. The idea of James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart playing young and old Xavier seemed like such a fun concept and likewise for Magneto with Michael Fassbender and Ian McKellen. My excitement built up even more when I saw the movie posters portraying Xavier and Magneto, both young and old through the X cut across their faces. My only worry was that the movie might not live up to my lofty X-pectations…

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I guess 7 really is a lucky number because this movie is all kinds of awesome! I really enjoyed First Class and the early X-Men movies and this movie is a perfect mash-up of both. We begin with a Sentinel assault on the mutant rebels which looks like it came straight from the pages of a comic book. We are introduced to some new and familiar faces. Of the new mutants, Blink really caught my eye with her awesome portal wielding power. The concept of time travel is introduced to us with a familiar mutant, Kitty Pryde, as she transfers Bishop’s mind into his body a few days in the past. Immediately, all the mutants disappear because as we learn, Bishop has warned the rebels of the attack in the past and has therefore prevented it from happening. I’m not sure where Kitty received this power as it is not explained, and as far as I know, her power is limited to the ability to phase through objects. Even though the origin of this technique is not revealed, the rules are clearly established for the purposes of the film. It was nice knowing the rules because each movie featuring time travel has its own set.

Next, we have the rebels teaming up with Xavier, Wolverine, and the rest of the X-Men. Strikingly, Magneto is with them as well. You know shit has hit the fan if Xavier and Magneto are back on the same team! In this future, mutants have been hunted to the point of extinction as well as any human who might produce mutant offspring. We learn that Xavier has a plan to stop this mutant apocalypse from ever occurring. If only there was a mutant whose mind could survive being sent back in time fifty years… Wolverine, you’re up bub! While he might not seem like the best candidate to convince Xavier and Magneto to work together in the past, the audience is most deeply invested with Hugh Jackman’s character. He’s been in six of the seven movies (including his two solo movies) and even has a cameo in First Class (which is referenced later in the film). I’m not complaining at all, I love Hugh Jackman! What I’m saying is, the Wolverine character doesn’t strike me as the level-headed, leadership type we might need in the past. What he does have in his favor, however, is indominable determination and a (rocking) body in the 70’s.

Skip forward a bit after Wolverine teams up with Xavier and Beast. Young Magneto is imprisoned at the Pentagon and the team needs some help to bust him out. Here we are introduced to another new mutant, Quicksilver! His scenes are some of my favorite in the film and he brings the comedic relief to the movie. I really enjoyed his “time in a bottle” scene where he single-handedly dispatches a room of armed guards during the prison breakout. It’s a great moment of levity in the film that is full of heavy themes such as racial discrimination, national security, and human (mutant) rights. It’s a shame he isn’t featured more in the movie, but maybe he would have undermined the serious tone of the movie.

Okay, so I now I’m going to start gushing over J Law and her incredible portrayal as the shape-shifting villain, Mystique. The character seems to have adopted Magneto’s ruthless agenda all the way and is on a warpath of revenge. Not only has she adopted Magneto’s mutant first cause, she does a great job imitating his James Bond, international espionage act from First Class. Jennifer Lawrence kicks complete ass busting out mutants in Vietnam, seducing a Vietnamese General and assuming his identity at the cease-fire, and her relentless pursuit of Boliver Trask (Peter Dinklage). I really enjoy seeing a strong, independent female acting out of her own will, even though her role is temporarily the villain of the film. She does’t need Magneto or Xavier to accomplish her goals. In fact, it is this struggle against what the men in her life want that causes her disenfranchisement with the mutant cause and blinds her to the consequences of her actions.

I have a few thoughts on Peter Dinklage’s performance but I don’t have a great transition so here we go! First of all, the word dwarf was never used in the movie (if I remember correctly). Amongst all these mutants, Trask’s diminutive body seemed downright ordinary. In our world, it’s great to see the progress Hollywood has been able to make because of Dinklage’s success on Game of Thrones. I’m sure if this movie was made even just five years ago, Dinklage wouldn’t have even been considered. It’s a nice parallel to the struggle of the mutants in the film and the real world progress Dinklage is making. Okay, back to the movie. We learn that the exact event that causes the Sentinel-enforced martial law of the future is his assassination at the hands of Mystique. Trask has a fear (even a respect) at the power of the mutants which he believes are so different from humankind. He even goes so far as to classify them as something besides homo-sapiens (I forget the word). It’s interesting that someone with his condition would fear that which is different, rather than embrace it. It’s a cautionary characterization that even the oppressed  can act out of fear and hate as well.

Now that Wolverine and Xavier have Magneto in tow, it’s time to stop Mystique. Only, as usual, they have very different ideas about how to accomplish this. Magneto shows his true colors with an all-out assault on Mystique in broad daylight. It takes a combined effort to stop him and Magneto departs on his new quest, to repurpose the Sentinels and destroy anyone who opposes mutants. It seems that even though Trask’s assassination has been thwarted, the future is still unchanged. Some new event must lead humanity to act out of fear and hate with the Sentinel project.

Cut forward a little bit and you have 3 factions. Xavier and Wolverine fighting for the future and peace, Magneto’s quest for mutant domination, and Mystique who just wants revenge against Trask. Rewind a bit, we’re never shown on-screen, but Mystique discovers files in Trask’s office that implicates him in the murder of the other members of Magneto’s Brotherhood (Emma Frost, Azazel, etc.). Mystique is solely acting out of hate and vengeance. Catching a theme here? Now, at the climax of the movie, all three converge at the White House. It seems there is to be a demonstration of the Sentinels. All hell breaks lose as Magneto has airlifted a local stadium to engulf the White House and plans to kill the President and Trask for a televised audience! At the same time, Mystique has disguised as a security guard and infiltrated the demonstration as well. Xavier shows up in time to block her actions telepathically but there is nothing he can do to stop Magneto. Xavier’s hold on Mystique is released when he is pinned under some rubble from Magneto’s air drop. At this point, Mystique and Magneto duke it out. Well, it’s actually rather one-sided because Mystique kicks his butt! It is at this point of the film, where Mystique is finally released from the shackles of Xavier and Magneto that she is free to act out of her own will. Xavier imparts one final message, of love for a girl he regards as a sister and that he was wrong to control her. This message of love and to act out of compassion is a powerful one. Mystique is given her chance at revenge, to act out of hatred and fear, and refuses. It is a powerful message and a great lesson we all can learn.

During the fray, Wolverine has been thrown from the site and submerged underwater, not knowing the outcome. He awakens, unaware to his surroundings or time. It seems he has landed in Xavier’s School, surrounded by the present students and faculty. To my surprise and utter delight, this includes those who had previously fallen in Last Stand! It was great to see Jean and Scott again. The movie had done the improbable, not only had it saved the future, it had fixed the past by creating a brand-new timeline! This is perhaps the most exciting aspect of the film. A clean slate to work with for future sequels! We can forget about the awful X3 and tell new stories without the shackles of seven movies of twisted X-Men canon and warped timeline.

There is an after credits scene, and thanks to my husband, I know who it featured. We see a hooded figure using some sort of power to construct pyramids and a large crowd of humans worshipping him. Apparently, it is the original mutant, Apocalypse. A quick IMDB search shows the next movie will feature this villain in X-Men: Apocalypse. It looks like that movie will give us the First Class cast as opposed to the original. If that’s the case, the ending is bittersweet as we will not see the original cast again most likely. Either way, this movie left me very excited for what’s to come and I can’t wait!