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Designer Spotlight – Rusty Eight (0)

Published on March 14th, 2009. By

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I came across this next designer that we wanted to cast a spotlight on, because he did something as simple as commenting on our site. He gave a little love to a previous designer spotlight, which followed his URL and instantly became hooked on his artwork. Here, my friends, is Rusty Eight:

What is your favorite part of design?

I think just the ability to render what you see in your head on some sort of medium is incredible. Anytime you can take something that hasn’t existed before and make it real is just incredible to me. I like showing off a little too. Shhhhh, don’t tell anyone.

How would you describe your style?

I wouldn’t yet. I really am still developing my style and am very much a student of many different styles. The current styles I’ve been working with, as far as tee design goes, are sort a photo-manipulation style using halftones, and a cartoony illustrated style that, for some reason, seems to have a street flavor to it.

What inspires your work?

Music Music Music. I’m a huge fan of metal and hardcore… and always have it playing in the background when working on a design. Often times I’ll start on a piece having no idea what direction to go in… but I’ll sit around and listen to some music with a pencil in hand. Eventually, with the pace of the music, a picture will start to form. If I’m designing for a band, I will listen to the band I’m designing for while I start doodling away. I don’t know how you would put together a design for a band without being familiar with their musical message.

What are five websites that you can’t live without?

Emptees


My Various Email Services -I check my email a lot
Gizmodo – I’m a tech geek
PSDTuts – You can never know too much about Photoshop
Twitter – I’m addicted

What trends do you see developing in the future of t-shirt design?

How far into the future? Wolves and Werewolves seem to be on the rise to replace the whole Zombie trend now. As far as farther in the future, I think more people are going to be looking towards cut and sew items, along with custom cut tees.

URL: Stabb


Portfolio: Rusty Eight

Designer Spotlight – GodMachine (0)

Published on February 22nd, 2009. By

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Who’s in the designer spotlight this week? None other than one of the most gruesome designers in high demand right now, GodMachine

. He hails from the UK but his designs and skills are known worldwide. It’s his time to shine, let’s see what makes his future so bright.

What is your favorite part of design?

finishing a piece and being happy with what you have done…it doesnt last though. After a while of living with a piece, the faults, changes and mistakes grow…’i could have done this better’, ‘the lines there are wrong’, ‘the colours are off’ etc etc. So, for that brief moment after you finish a piece is my fav’ part of designing, the point where you stop worrying for 5 seconds and go ‘ahhhhh sleep’. But that 5 seconds is followed 5 seconds later with ‘shit- I have to do that other design in two days’….and it starts all over again. I love it though.

How would you describe your style?

erratic and confused. I would say that I am still learning how to draw and learning. My style seems to be a bit of everything and I cant tell if its through me being bored or over excited and wanting to try everything…I would like to think that I will one day settle on a style…but then it seems limiting almost. Most people say I have a style…and I suppose you could tell which were mine out of a line up… I think I like to try lots of different ‘styles’ so i can learn how things work and why people do certain things. Maybe its like singing, you can sing country, blues, doom or rap- but you can only sing those things in your own voice…does that make sense, probably not.

What inspires your work?

so many things, colour, composition, lines…its really hard to say as there is so much. cats!

What are five websites that you can’t live without?

Ameeee

What trends do you see developing in the future of t-shirt design?

i think its going to get more satanic- grim as f***. Or…it will get …nah- satanic as hell- gross blood guts death gore etc. etc.

URL: GodMachine

T-Shirt Designer Spotlight – Killer Napkins (0)

Published on February 6th, 2009. By

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I know what you’re thinking….what kind of parents name their child Killer Napkins? It’s a good question and you came by it honestly. However, his real name is Jason Spencer and designing is his game. The dude has some serious talent and it’s time the Taddict tells you about it.

What is your favorite part of design?

Well most of my design is drawing and illustration related. I love drawing and I love to create characters or scenes from my head; really twisted ones. Though my favorite part of ‘design’ would be color theory. Color theory interests me most and also sometimes leaves me with a lot of choices running through my head when I make a piece of art. And it surprises me which combination of colors will appeal to me or to others.

How would you describe your style?

Cute,warm, and fuzzy, but all in all it is mutated and deformed cartoonish gore. I like to keep things looking really weird and deranged, while still not going too far cross the line into straight up disgusting, but I like to keep it light and humorous.

What inspires your work?

I am going to have to say everything inspires me. Some things more than others. Looking at nature: animals, humans, wood grain, human deformities, trauma victims, etc. etc. really inspires my work a lot I must say. Also there is a list of other artist’s work that inspires me, to name a couple painters I really like would be, Chet Zar and Alex Pardee.

What are five websites that you can’t live without?

Emptees


Hotmail (checkin’ emails)
Pornhub (nsfw) (anatomy study of course)
Google
MySpace

What trends do you see developing in the future of t-shirt design?

  1. Hoola Hoops I think will have another awakening soon.
  2. Digi-pets, though this time i think they may be more advanced, like holographic kinds, and you have to clean up holographic poops
  3. I think tieing your jacket around your waist will become popular again. I am trying to bring it back
  4. Pogs
  5. Yo-yos may have another go around. Who knows…

URL: Killer Napkins


Portfolio: Killer Napkins

T-Shirt Designer Spotlight – Wotto (0)

Published on January 21st, 2009. By

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What better designer to have in the spotlight after Jimiyo than to have another master of t-shirt design, Wotto. Craig Watkins is his birth name and designing is game. See what makes Wotto run this shizz.

What is your favorite part of design?

It has to be doodling ideas and trying to pour the mess out of my head onto a page. It’s great when a design comes out on paper close to how I visualized it. It doesn’t happen often but that’s what makes it so golden. I think the drawing stage is very important, there are way too many ‘illustrators’ out their just tracing stuff and not actually drawing.

How would you describe your style?

Dark. I like to draw characters that have a narrative, a life of their own. I like to create little stories and lives for my creatures. I know it sounds weird.

What inspires your work?

What doesn’t? Pretty much everything I look at. Artist wise I get inspired by painters like Joe Sorrel and street art has always played a part in my art work.

What are five websites that you can’t live without?

Teefury


Dekay Clothing
Design By Humans
Threadless
Emptees

What trends do you see developing in the future of t-shirt design?

I hope to see less 80′s inspired tees and I hope character design will remain popular. I donno about future trends, I try to steer away from mainstream design.

URL: Wotto


Portfolio: Wotto Tees

T-Shirt Designer Spotlight – Jimiyo (0)

Published on January 2nd, 2009. By

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Talk about the Taddict bringin’ it with the first Designer Spotlight of 2009….none other than Jimiyo! I can’t think of a t-shirt design competition that he hasn’t put his mark on. The kid has skills, now see what makes his style go round:

What is your favorite part of design?

Near the end of finishing a design, after a significant time investment, there’s a point sometimes I step back and evaluate my design and think, “Hell Yeah.” That is a favorite part of designing. It’s doesn’t happen all the time unfortunately.

How would you describe your style?

Distinct, highly detailed linework using custom baroque style flowing embellishments woven throughout specific images of symbolic significance. Usually contains animals and quotes.

What inspires your work?

I receive inspiration from many other artists. Alphonse Mucha, William Bouguereau, HR Giger, Gerald Brom, Audrey Kawasaki, El Mac, the list is endless.

Also having to pay bills, inspires my work. Gotta get my one toof cleaned. Gettin some bling on that mutha.

What are five websites that you can’t live without?

Dear Computer


Merriam Webster
Boing Boing
TeeFury
Ffffound
*One Bonus Site
http://awesomenastypoopandpeepornwithbeastialityandsmallpeople.com

What trends do you see developing in the future of t-shirt design?

I’m not really a maven regarding trends. I would say great blogs like… Taddict.com are better informed on the upcoming trends by certain cues they see being replicated in several designs.

As far as what I am going to do for 2009, my trend is going to be kicking ass, takin names, Yeeeeaaahhh. JOKES JOKES! Seriously though, I’m going to create some traditional acrylic paintings and digital illustrations next year and try to expand my market into different venues.

URL: http://jimiyo.blogspot.com/


Portfolio: http://jimiyo.com/

T-Shirt Designer Spotlight – Sven Palmowski (0)

Published on December 11th, 2008. By

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Many of you will recognize this t-shirt designer’s online handle more than his actual name…..he’s a.mar.illo! You can barely go to a t-shirt site these days and not see his influence. Read what makes his design what it is:

What is your favorite part of design?

Favourite part of design, hm… probably when you are working on a design and at one point you get a strong feeling that it´s going to be a good one, sort of a certain consciousness that what you are doing right now will have success in the future. which is not always the case;)

How would you describe your style?

It contains a bit of Dada, a bit of irony and it has very peculiar esthetics.

What inspires your work?

There are many things that inspire me: music, movies, and of course other artists work. When new ideas are needed, the best is going for a walk, city or countryside, whatever and I had some really good ideas in the bathtub too, haha;)

What are five websites that you can’t live without?

Emptees


Rumplo
Faesthetic
TeeFury
Viste Adecuadamente

What trends do you see developing in the future of t-shirt design?

I think in the past 2 years the market for graphic tees really opened up for art and even combined art and mainstream. I think this trend will continue and allow to do even more abstract or minimalistic artworks for the mainstream. In a few years the whole thing might slow down a bit, back to plain colours with no prints at all… but after that little crisis start as a new hype again soon. This is what my crystal ball told me;)

URL: http://www.palmowski.eu/

T-Shirt Designer Spotlight: Robbie Lee (0)

Published on November 27th, 2008. By

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We got another t-shirt designer spotlight and this guy is a good one. Take a second to learn what makes Robbie Lee tick…

What is your favorite part of design?

The initial sketch is my favorite part of design, but I like the revision part, too. Those are the phases where decisions are made, and art is all about making decisions.

Also, if putting faces on things is part of design, I like that, too.

Robbie Lee - T-Shirt Designer

Robbie Lee - T-Shirt Designer

How would you describe your style?

Little stories that are sweet, funny, and/or sad.

What inspires your work?

Other people’s art: I really like Keita Takahashi, the sculptor and mastermind of the video game Katamari Damacy, who wants to make art that makes people happy. So I try to do that, but much of my work involves happiness despite the fact that we live in an imperfect world.

Seeing other people do great work inspires me, too. For example, I just started reading Isaac Asimov’s robot stories. Last night I read that he actually coined the term “robotics” in one of his stories, and I got really pumped up to work hard. I also get the same feeling when I watch Stop Making Sense, read about Warren Buffett, or look at a comic book illustrated by Bill Sienkiewicz or David Mack.

What are five websites that you can’t live without?

Nothing too inspirational here- I check college basketball sports sites and the news and the fake news at CNN

and The Onion . Also, Emusic is a great resource I visit monthly for my music needs. I HIGHLY recommend it if you haven’t tried it- everything from new indie stuff like Animal Collective to “older” indie stuff like Pavement. But mostly I just visit the sites where I have shirt designs submitted to see if I have comments, etc. (woot , uneetee , threadless , springleap , teefury ) or to see what’s printing that day/week.

What trends do you see developing in the future of t-shirt design?

I see the ability to draw well become less and less important in art and design, which is both thrilling and frustrating. I also see more and more upcoming artists flocking to tee shirt design- it’s incredibly rewarding to have such exposure. Finally, I imagine at some point tee shirt sales will slow down because after everyone already has 20 shirts, the average collector will grow more selective.

URL: http://www.robbielee-illustrator.com/


Portfolio: http://www.robbielee-illustrator.com/tshirtstuff/tshirtpage1.html

Dale Murray Wins at Threadless (0)

Published on November 24th, 2008. By

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One of our favorite T-shirt designers that we have featured in an interview

and pushed his artwork for Design by Humans , just won a print at Threadless .  Dale Murray is definitely making a name for himself in the t-shirt design world.  There is almost nothing else we can say about him because we have covered him so many times before and that is one of the highest compliments we can give.

Take a second to give it a looksy and go ahead and buy one while you are there. Remember…..”scared money don’t win”.

Dale Murray - Winning T-Shirt Design At Threadless

Dale Murray - Winning T-Shirt Design At Threadless

T-Shirt Designer Spotlight: Dale Edwin Murray (0)

Published on November 17th, 2008. By

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This post is the inaugural t-shirt designer spotlight interview of many to come. We have a few of these interviews already lined up because these designers are the peeps that keep the t-shirt game strong. Enough chit-chat, let’s get down to it:

What is your favorite part of design?

My favorite part of design is the wonderful moment when you successfully visually articulate an idea that has been knocking around your head, and it looks as good as you had hoped. So often ideas can elude you and remain locked away in the brain but when you can get them out and down on paper it’s a great feeling. From a practical standpoint I also love doodling -  the process of letting you mind run free and drawing as you do so is a really liberating experience n my opinion. So many of my designs have come from completely aimless doodling – I highly recommend it! And from a commercial point of view I still get a massive buzz from produce something that someone wants to buy or from seeing someone wear a t-shirt that I have designed.

How would you describe your style?

How would I describe my style. Hmmmmmm. I’m not sure really. I do this for a living so I try to be as versatile as possible and am always looking to develop new styles so that I have more to offer potential clients. I have always veered towards a more clean, graphic, minimal style but recently I have been trying to break out of this comfort zone and try a more maximalist approach. I guess most of my stuff on the whole is quite light hearted, fun and stylised. But my next mission is to push myself to try something a bit darker and more realistic.

What inspires your work?

What inspires my work? Other people’s designs, music, cinema, waking up in the morning, the never ending quest to produce the ‘perfect’ t-shirt graphic, a couple of pints of Guiness, a big fat credit card bill, my girlfriend, graffiti. I get a lot of inspiration from participating in online design competitions – getting positive feedback, or even negative for that matter, really pushes you on to try and produce better and better work.

What are five websites that you can’t live without?

Taddict

(and you wonder why we like these designers?)
Threadless
Emptees
Design By Humans
TeeFury
FFFFound

What trends do you see developing in the future of t-shirt design?

God I haven’t got a clue really. I’m not really into design trends. I’m psyched about drawing monster characters at the moment and I have no idea whether that is ‘trendy’ or not? I hope that hand drawn rather than vectored graphics will continue to be popular because that is what I really enjoy. Yeah, hand drawn monsters are my prediction for the future!

URL: http://www.daleedwinmurray.com


Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/7452274@N08/