Hello so hopefully you have read my previous thread, i have sketches, ideas that i would like to start using on tees, but i dont think they are ready yet. All this photoshop stuff im not amazing at and when researching other tshirt companys, it seems most designs are altered on the computer.
Also i dont really have a style haha

Some feedback would be great. Good or bad!!!

(EDIT: Im not sure why some of the images are so big, it misses a bit out but you get the idea im sure.)













  • fuggart

    if that's a final piece then don't go blowing money on T-shirt printing yet. Looks like a rough outline at the moment. I'd carry on practicing for now dude.

    *edit* since I posted this you put more images up... you can definitely draw to a reasonable level. just keep praticing and work more colour/shading into stuff and try to design it with a garment in mind if you want to put it on t-shirts eventually... at the moment they are very much poster/cd print pieces
  • fuggart

    it's also definitely not right for the format of T-shirts... it looks more like a poster print
  • itsLizz

    Whats the best way to start getting it to look like tshirt designs??
  • Craig Robson

    go to school
  • fuggart

    itsLizz said:Whats the best way to start getting it to look like tshirt designs??

    I don't think there's any set method, you just need to be familiar with other designs that go on T-shirts and look at how and why they work on an individual basis. For example with some of your drawings they are landscape/long and if you picture that on a t-shirt it means you'll have a tiny print where you've tried to cram it on. Some landscape T-shirts work but it's very rare and you have to really put your balls on the line to pull it off.

    To be honest I'm probably the worst person on here as far as explaining what I'm thinking but hopefully some others will chime in and explain what I'm attempting to explain.
  • Anthony Smith

    Id try not to get overly inspired by pardee either...

  • itsLizz

    fuggart said:
    itsLizz said:Whats the best way to start getting it to look like tshirt designs??

    I don't think there's any set method, you just need to be familiar with other designs that go on T-shirts and look at how and why they work on an individual basis. For example with some of your drawings they are landscape/long and if you picture that on a t-shirt it means you'll have a tiny print where you've tried to cram it on. Some landscape T-shirts work but it's very rare and you have to really put your balls on the line to pull it off.

    To be honest I'm probably the worst person on here as far as explaining what I'm thinking but hopefully some others will chime in and explain what I'm attempting to explain.

    actually yes i didnt think about the landscape/portrait thing!! good point
  • itsLizz

    Anthony Smith said:Id try not to get overly inspired by pardee either...



    yeah i know, not saying these are what i want to print but just playing around looking for a style i guess
  • itsLizz

    Craig Robson said:go to school

    bit harsh, just graduated but thanks...
  • Craig Robson

    itsLizz said:
    Craig Robson said:go to school

    bit harsh, just graduated but thanks...

    graduated from where in what? its harsh but these are like a 15 year olds notebook drawings. its because you have not built a solid foundation of knowledge in anatomy or figure drawing before rushing into wildly conceptual and figurative drawings. go back to the beginning and study some basics and you will soon see how it feeds back into your work. and again, some of the best designers have studied the basics of design (either in school or on their own) and its a solid base of understanding that you can begin to build your style and skills on top of.
    design isnt subjective and when you are working with a fixed medium like a t-shirt you have to understand various limitations, be it size, print restrictions, whats going to look good when worn or simple composition lessons and visual hierarchy. start to learn the very basics, even if this seems patronising, and you'll improve.
  • Nightland

    I think Craig has it right. I'm new to the whole thing myself but just from looking at other peoples work on here, its clear that you need rock solid drawing skills. Its definitely something you can learn with life drawing, etc. If you like Pardees work, properly assess it and see what pieces work for you and what doesn't and take note of the solid anatomy even when he's drawing a many armed tentacle beast. Also I'd recommend www.artofskinner.com he doesn't have the best drawing skills but he knows anatomy and has forged a very unique and interesting style which is much copied (the sign you're doing something right, lol). Good luck with it and you've made the right steps by posting up here.
  • Andrew Haines

    If you're going for illustrative pieces you need to improve your skills, and if that's not something you're willing to do in and out every day until you get better, its not for you. Remember, not everything you make is made for a shirt the internet. When I first got here my work was trash, but I listened to people that gave advice (no matter how emptees cliche it was) and worked my ass off to improve. It helped me appreciate a LOT more range of work and improved my skills. Like Craig said, they seem like doodles in a notebook. Learn composition, line weight variations, light sources, anatomy, coloring, texturing, the list goes on an on. Starting a brand is way far from where you are right now, and a "style" is the least of your worries, it will come to you, if you go looking for one, chances are you'll end up biting someone else's.

    There are a lot of great artists here, but too many new people expect us to bend over backwards to help someone who asks "how do I get started?" and they easily forget this place is filled with professionals that act on a personal level here, a pretty rare site. The internet is way too big and way too easy to not find answers yourself. We're here and willing to help anyone who wants to join our little corner of the web as long as they have shown they looked for the answer and don't just want to be handed "design secrets."

    Either way, welcome to mintees haha

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