Just a simple question, but I'd like to hear from other artists what it is that drew them toward designing t-shirts. Beside the horde out there that do it because it's trendy - that is, they were seeking an easy little fame or fortune - I see a lot of talent in the t-shirt 'industry'. Now there's a lot of artists, designers, and illustrators that create great work and never consider creating t-shirts, and I see a lot of tremendous talent on this website and wonder why you, unlike many others, chose the t-shirt as your canvas. What do you love about this type of work?
  • Sushilove

    If there's anyone doing t-shirt design to get EASY fame and fortune they are plain wrong. I don't think there's a horde of people doing that or because it's a trendy thing.
  • Menta

    I love that it's a way of doing what i've always done for fun and out of love, but for work. Sounds silly but true.
  • thefERs

    i`m actually coming at this from the Webdesign trend that centered around gaming in the early cs times. I work as an Advertiser in real life and do shirtdesign and other Band related Stuff aswell as my own little clothing line to make stuff that i really like.

    I began making it when i started my Band some years ago and we needed merch.
  • Silky49

    For me, as a kid, I was always interested in "animation", but I didnt know what it was called or how to even look for its definition. I wanted to learn how to take something that I had drawn and make it move. I cam from a town were I had limited resources as far as internet and that my parents didnt go to college. Around the jr high times I got into aggressive skating and noticed how some roller bladers were coming out with their own clothing lines and getting them into the magazines. Thats where it clicked for me. I was going to put art on t-shirts and get them on people. As I got closer to graduating high school i began to come up with wild ideas on how they got images onto the shirts. I was printing designs and fonts on computer paper and exact-o-ing them out to make a stencil. lay it on a shirt and dab a paint brush, lol. They opened up a "graphic design" course my senior year. hopped in it. Learned everything thing i could about photoshop and pursued my career in becoming a graphic designer and self taught screenprinter.

    I took the long road, but it was worth it.
  • wotto

    seeing people who invested in my art wearing it on their chest and parading it around like a cocky rooster, that will never cease to make me smile.
  • Ellis

    wotto said:seeing people who invested in my art wearing it on their chest and parading it around like a cocky rooster, that will never cease to make me smile.

    I don't really do tee's anymore ever since I moved towards the web side of design, but this is the same thing that got me into anything design related. Once I realized someone wanted to buy something I had designed, I was hooked on that concept.
  • Cameron Latham

    Gotta say my favorite part is seeing someone in something I've designed. Just a rad feeling.
  • TRIBE

    Cameron Latham said:Gotta say my favorite part is seeing someone in something I've designed. Just a rad feeling.
  • HarryDiaz

    Cameron Latham said:Gotta say my favorite part is seeing someone in something I've designed. Just a rad feeling.
  • RACIDSQUARE

    Cameron Latham said:Gotta say my favorite part is seeing someone in something I've designed. Just a rad feeling.

    This, I don't have any better words to describe.
  • Killer Napkins

    It seems there can be limitations and guidelines that you have to work around.. I find it an interesting/challenging canvas to work on. Not every piece of art works on a shirt (I know from experience), so it is an awesome feeling when you find something that fits quite well.

    I rarely see people wearing shirts I have designed.
  • Somaon

    I would say for me it is a way to express myself and hopefully attract others that have similar taste of art and intrests as I have. Also to use a t-shirt as a canvas for the masses to wear, see and hopefully appreciate as well.
  • Lmerrill

    I like any art that you can spill spaghetti on. T-shirts just work best for this.
  • Somaon

    Killer Napkins said:It seems there can be limitations and guidelines that you have to work around.. I find it an interesting canvas to work on. Not every piece of art works on a shirt (I know from experience), so it is an awesome feeling when you find something that fits quite well.

    I rarely see people wearing shirts I have designed.


    Would definitely wear your stuff just because it out of box type ish.
  • Menta

    Cameron Latham said:Gotta say my favorite part is seeing someone in something Ive designed. Just a rad feeling.

    Yeah, that too!
  • GNARZILLA

    Cameron Latham said:Gotta say my favorite part is seeing someone in something I've designed. Just a rad feeling.

    This. It's so rad to see my work on people rather than a wall. I usually approach my work by " what would I wear " so it's great to have others appreciate that.

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