04/20/2014 Easter Eggs – Shirt Design Awards 3/9/14 – 4/19/14!

Hello loyal readers and Happy Easter!

Welcome to my “Easter Eggs” design awards. Today I decided to take a break from the daily shirt grind and hand out some individual awards. Over the last month, there have been a ton of amazing shirts! I wanted take a day to recognize those designs that really made me stop and marvel. Think of it like bringing these designs back to life in the spirit of the Easter Holiday! Enjoy!

 

Category: Best Concept

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03/24/14 Top 3 Pick; Boom
Thank You Jimiyo

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03/28/14 Top 3 Pick; Biotropolis
Thank You Jak_Gibberish

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04/02/14 Top 3 Pick; X-MON
Thank You Harebrained

 

Winner:

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Jak_Gibberish’s “Biotropolis”

 

Category: Best Execution

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04/11/14 Top 3 Pick; Justice
Thank You Tom Trager

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03/12/14 Top 3Pick; Time Lord Comics
Thank You CreativeOutpouring

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04/12/2014 Top 3 Pick; Always
Thank You Megan Lara

 

Winner:

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Tom Trager’s “Justice”

 

Category: Most Comical

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03/21/14 Top 3 Pick; Captain ‘Murica
Thank You TeeTurtle

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03/25/14 Top 3 Pick; B is for Blood Sugar
Thank You BustedTees

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04/09/14 Top 3 Pick; Shikaka
Thank You Punksthetic

 

Winner:

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BustedTees’ “B is for Blood Sugar”

 

Category: I F***ING LOVE THESE SHIRTS!

Okay, so I was really bummed that these shirts didn’t make the cut or fit into any of my categories. Think of these as my “honorable mentions” if you will. The point is, I really love these shirts and I can’t explain why!

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04/13/14 Top 3 Pick; Ice Cream Queen
Thank You MedusaDollmaker

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04/18/2014 Top 3 Pick; Ack Ack Ack
Thank You Buzatron

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04/03/14 Top 3 Pick; L’Opera Della Diva
Thank You Penguinstein

I want to give a shout out to ALL the designs I’ve had the pleasure of covering since I started this blog. Without creative talent like the artists featured today, my blog would have no reason to exist. Thanks to all the artists, followers, and anyone who has checked out jjlockhARTdesign. Stay tuned for more daily shirt reviews and coming soon, “from website to doorstep” reviews!

04/16/2014 Top 3 Pick – Daily Shirt Designs

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04/16/14 Top 3 Pick; The Chewsade

Hilarious mash-up of Indiana Jones and Star Wars. Han and Chewie are portraying Indiana and his father, Henry Jones. Something tells me Sean Connery would not be amused to be portrayed as the hairy wookie! Lots of interesting textures. Wookie fur flying in the wind. Scruffy Han in a fedora. Descriptive rough and distressed texture on the vehicle and side cart. I enjoy the brown and green color palette.

Thank You Leon Ryan

Buy This Shirt! The Last Chewsade

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04/16/14 Top 3 Pick; By Royal Decree

Elsa the Riveter! An inspiring figure for young women to embrace who they are and let go of trying to be someone else. This strong female character is gorgeously rendered. I enjoy her light smooth skin and detailed garment. The delicate snowflakes and swirls make an interesting background.

Thank You Six Eyed Monster

Buy This Shirt! By Royal Decree

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04/16/14 Top 3 Pick; The Planet of The Kong

Looks like the Mushroom Kingdom fell to a mushroom cloud. I wonder if Mario got a kiss with Dixie? The barrels are a nice call back to the original Donkey Kong arcade game which originally pit these two foes against each other. This design portrays an interesting scene with Donkey Kong dominating the composition. Mario in a kneeling down pose shows his emotions without showing facial features.

Thank You AlbertoArni

Buy This Shirt! The Planet of The Kong

04/13/2014 Top 3 Picks- Daily Shirt Designs

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04/13/14 Top 3 Pick; Ice Cream Queen

Do you want to build a sundae? Or was it snowman? Arendelle’s Ice Beauty is nicely portrayed in this whimsical design; her flawless warm face against her cool winding, intricate hair. I enjoy all the wonderful little snow flakes and twirling patterns that add texture. The ornate letter forms are fit for a queen.

Thank You MedusaDollmaker (one of my faves!)

Buy This Shirt! Ice Cream Queen

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04/13/14 Top 3 Pick; The Detective

A delightfully dark mash-up of Batman and Dick Tracy! It’s easy to imagine The Dark Knight fighting the organized crime in Tracy’s noir world. It’s not that much different from Gotham! Interesting composition contained within the circular frame. I love the use of negative space with simple solid color shapes to describe the dark figure. Provocative use of basic colors also expressed by Dick Tracy.

Thank You Moysche

Buy This Shirt! The Detective

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04/13/14 Top 3 Pick; Shakespeare’s Pencil’s

That is the question indeed! A fitting metaphor for a writer. Wonderful content expressed with simple, clean geometric shapes. This comical design has a simple parallel composition with clean sans-serif type.

Thank You ThatRobert

Buy This Shirt! Shakespeare’s Pencil’s

03/28/2014 Top 3 Picks- Daily Shirt Designs

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03/28/14 Top 3 Pick; Biotropolis

Andrew Ryan’s worst nightmare! A wonderful dystopian mash up. Just as Freder had to journey under the ground to learn the ugly truth of his city, so too does the audience of Bioshock go under the sea. The elongated design with the figure at the bottom mimics the depths to which the characters go through. The geometric, art deco style is justly used to convey both subject matter. I enjoy the warm antique gold tones on the black background.  The typography uses cut out, angular shapes again tying both subject matter up nicely.

Thank You Jak_Gibberish

Buy This Shirt! Biotropolis

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03/28/14 Top 3 Pick; Falling Snowflakes

The shirt illuminates Elsa, The Ice Queen’s magic. The impressive glow effect achieved by the contrast of the bright blues against the dark background is incredible. I greatly enjoy the out of focus snowflakes represented by lighter circles floating in the mid-ground and background. Her cape has a nice dynamic pose defined out of the negative space. Else’s pose is interesting, as the figure is facing away and looking back. The glow around her head keeps the focus on her.

Thank You TeeTurtle

Buy This Shirt! Falling Snowflakes

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03/28/14 Top 3 Pick; We Can Build It

Wyldstyle the MasterBuilder is doing her best Rosie the Riveter impression here. A classic design that translates well into Wyldstyle’s bold attitude and gender breaking perception. The combination of bright bold colors, and thick lines nicely renders her strength.

Thank You Drew Wise

Buy This Shirt! We Can Build It