07/16/2014 Top Picks – Daily Shirt Designs

Gah! I am going to go broke solely on Megan Lara Shirts!

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“It serves me right for wishing on stars. The ONLY way to get what you want in this world is through hard work.” Princess Tiana is definitely one of my favorite Princesses!

07/16/14 Top Pick; Almost There

star Composition – Simple yet effective and elegant composition. The beautiful figure is surrounded by a detailed frame.

star Color – Wonderful earth tones married wonderfully with Princess Tiana’s gorgeous skin tones, both human AND frog! I really enjoy this design on the dark chocolate and military green option. (I bought the green!)

star Lines and Forms – Beautifully detailed frame using organic quality lines. There is also a lovely play with positive and negative spaces.

Thank You Megan Lara

Buy This Shirt! Almost There

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07/16/14 Top Pick; Highland Tapestry

star Composition – Again, simple, effective, and elegant composition. The beautiful figure is surrounded by another detailed frame. I am definitely a fan of this series of princess portraits!

star Color – Wonderful play with warm fiery colors and cool tones.

star Lines and Forms – Merida’s wild hair lends to the organic free-flowing typical Art Nouveau locks.

Thank You Megan Lara

Buy This Shirt! Highland Tapestry

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07/16/14 Top Pick; Oogie Boogie

star Color – Dark, creepy green tones on a black background give this disembodied hooded face an instant horror feel. I really enjoy the highlights used to create dimension.

star Texture – Very spooky, rough potato sack texture you can almost feel. (The character gives me goosebumps!)

Thank You Francis Arcega

Buy This Shirt! Oogie Boogie

05/21/2014 Top Picks – Daily Shirt Designs

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05/21/2014 Top Pick; Kingslayer Brothers

“Perhaps you should speak to me more softly then. Monsters are dangerous and, just now, kings are dying like flies.” I guess regicide runs in this family. The Lannister brothers look suave in their dark shades and black Blues Brothers attire. I very much enjoy the monotone design with a few bright yellow areas that pop and add contrast. Their golden additions (Jaime’s hand, Tyrion’s rings) also help lead the eye from their stylized faces to the bold, bottom text. I really enjoy the collage feel of the design. The faces of the actors, their suits, accessories, and even how they are posed together  look pieced or cut out and pasted together. This is also translated to the text, where some is contained within a cut out white box.

Thank You Jonah Lynch

Buy This Shirt! Kingslayer Brothers

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05/21/2014 Top Pick; The Shadow on The Moon

Tim Burton meets Steven Spielberg in this delightful mash-up. Come out boys and girls of every age and see something strange in the town of Halloween! This is Halloween, this is Halloween! Jack magically flies with his good pal Zero in front of a huge glowing moon. I am really drawn to the enlarged moon. It is bright, round, and placed dead center acting like a bullseye for the design. Jack and Zero are nicely contained within the large nicely textured moon giving them full attention. The scene below is calm, evenly textured, and simple so as to leave the attention on the characters within the moon. I really enjoy the details of the bicycle. The spider web spokes of the wheels and the pumpkin basket are finely rendered. If Jack rode a bicycle this is definitely the one he would ride.

Thank You Wirdou

Buy This Shirt! The Shadow on The Moon

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05/21/2014 Top Pick; Daikaiju

Wooooow! This was my exact reaction during this scene in the movie. We see something light up bright blue, then rapidly the light trails upward and blasts out of Godzilla’s mouth! This was probably my favorite part of the film! This design nicely portrays this event. The bright blue blast was jaw dropping! (especially for the giant Muto!). It’s okay, most people don’t laugh at my jokes! Godzilla’s upward radioactive fire-breathing pose is epic and well rendered. I enjoy how the artist added the blue gradation on the monster’s body giving it texture and also helps show how the blast builds up from within and erupts upward. The large and bold block glyphs fit nicely with this large bold giant. The glyphs also seem to resemble the large broken down building in the midst of the destruction. Love it!

Thank You InkOne

Buy This Shirt! Daikaiju

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05/21/2014 Top Pick; Electric Type

PIKA!!! This design is electrifyingly (yes, I made that word up) awesome! Pikachu is glowing as he powers up for an attack! The cloudy yellow color bellows within the body creating a wonderful texture while setting a nice backdrop for the brighter thin bolts. The bright bolts make up most of the outline which gives Pikachu a radiating electric static appearance. While this design looks simple in a monotone yellow on black, the textures make this design positively explosive!

Thank You StevenLefcourt

Buy This Shirt! Electric Type

 

HELP SAVE ZERO

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04/22/2014 Top 3 Pick – Daily Shirt Designs

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04/22/14 Top 3 Pick; Rapunzel Nouveau

Rapunzel, Rapunzel let down your long hair. This wonderfully long and tangled, rope like mane creates a beautifully nouveau frame. I highly fancy this color palette. The cool blues and bright purples create a glowing evening scene. The hazy wash effect in the background and light circles look magical. The figure’s face seems to glow in delight.

Thank You Nana Leonti

Buy This Shirt! Rapunzel Nouveau

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04/22/14 Top 3 Pick; Hold Me

“Before he came down here, it never snowed. And afterwards, it did”. This design portrays both figures in a romantic and dark embrace under the snow.  I enjoy the treatment of the highly stylized hair leading to the winding frame.  The figures appear sad and feature elongated bodies creating a somber mood. The gothic, enlarged bladed-hands are almost as long as the figures for emphasis on the impossible touch.

Thank You BTolea

Buy This Shirt! Hold Me

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04/22/14 Top 3 Pick; American Pselfie

“I have all the characteristics of a human being: blood, flesh, skin, hair; but not a single, clear, identifiable emotion, except for greed and disgust…” I’d add vanity to that list Mr. Bateman! This gruesome selfie appears to be an homage to a certain sex scene from American Psycho where Patrick appears more interested in his own appearance. Well illustrated muscular torso that this psycho would be proud of. Interesting and simple blood splatter background. Nice foreshortening used to place this figure in the infamous pose. I highly enjoy the small slice detail used on the typography in the foreground.

Thank You SilverBax

Buy This Shirt! American Pselfie

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!

04/19/2014 Top 3 Picks – Daily Shirt Design

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04/19/14 Top 3 Pick; Mutant Creature

Happy anniversary Simpsons! It’s The Blinky from the Black Lagoon! Marge looks terrified as the Gill-Man styled Blinky carries her from Lake Springfield. Both Blinky as the monster and Marge as the damsel in distress, are nicely portrayed. In enjoy the distressed texture of the design on the dark green shirt. The simple water ripples around the monster’s legs along with the deep green, completes the design without a need for a background.

Thank You baznet

Buy This Shirt! Mutant Creature

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04/19/14 Top 3 Pick; Who’s this?

No offense intended to the many gorgeous (and I do mean, MANY) Doctor Who designs out there, but it’s refreshing to see a well thought out mash-up that makes sense for both universes. Jack is pondering the Tardis door and the many places and times it may lead. One could just imagine what a hilarious time traveler Jack would make and the unique and gothic spin Burton would put on the concept. The bark texture on the tree is also transferred on to the Tardis, giving it an appearance of being painted on. I very much enjoy the orange background. Its simple use of positive and negative space is wonderful, and very descriptive without attracting too much attention.

Thank You Karen Hallion

Buy This Shirt! Who’s This?

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04/19/14 Top 3 Pick;  Untold Story of the Daughters of Arendelle

Speaking of repeat designs… Frozen sure is popular these days! You’ll find no mash-up here, however. Just an overall gorgeous design that employs solid colors and forms. The artist wonderfully uses simple lines and forms on a medium blue background to illustrate these lovely figures. I especially enjoy the curves and bends of the shape of both figures’ hair. The figures’ facial expressions makes the viewer wonder what these two sisters are chatting about.

Thank You Karen Hallion

Buy This Shirt! Untold Story of the Daughters of Arendelle

04/18/2014 Top 3 Pick – Daily SHIRT Designs

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04/18/2014 Top 3 Pick; Ack Ack Ack

“Even in a time of intergalactic crisis, people still want to roll them bones.” It looks like we have the Martian of Doves card! I can imagine the Martians taking over Vegas and living it up with these uniquely alien playing cards. I love the blues, greens, and reds used in the alien brains and the nice shine on the head-gear. Interesting, undulating lines and decorative frame used as a background.

Thank You Buzatron

Buy This Shirt! Ack Ack Ack

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04/18/2014 Top 3 Pick; Coldest Planet in the Galaxy

“And I thought they smelled bad on the outside“. A clever mash-up of the ICEE brand and the ice planet from Star Wars, Hoth. Very nice thick lined illustration of tauntaun keeping warm in a cute sweater. The chilled lettering and nice striped block color background nicely conveys the frosty beverage and destination.

Thank You BeastPop

Buy This Shirt! The Coldest Planet in the Galaxy

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04/18/2014 Top 3 Pick; The Curse of the Care Were

Watch out for this Tenderheart Bear, especially when the Care moon is full! Interesting juxtaposition of the bright, happy colors to the muscular and fierce werewolf. Wonderful illustration of this bright pink creature that looks like he just ripped off his clothes.  I enjoy the smiling sun next to the figure’s big long teeth. You can’t help but smile at this shirt!

Thank You Sean Anton Husbands

Buy This Shirt! The Curse of the Care Were