I’ve been so lazy these past few months with the updates on this page. I know that not a lot of people read it, but writing about my designs helps me grow a little bit more as an artist. Besides, some great stuff have happened thanks to having this page as a method of people learning more about my designs. An example of this is that some of my designs have been printed by the good people of CaptainKYSO. I am very excited to be part of their community. They are as professional and passionate about shirts as I am, and the quality of their blanks and printing is one of the best I’ve seen out there. So if you are looking for original and cool shirts make sure to visit them, you won’t be disappointed.
Now, let’s talk about my design this week. The theme for this derby was a little bit strange, “Emojis & Emoticons”. I say strange, but maybe what I really mean is that even if it sounds that simple, it is not. Emojis and emoticons are basically a style of “art” by themselves, and using them as a base for a design is more complicated that it looks. I knew that I had to come up something that appealed to the pop-culture crowd. I didn’t want to complicate things more by designing a shirt that only a few people would understand. I started my research by looking at Japanese emojis. I’ve always find them cool, creative and sometimes even weird, and I like weird. I then thought of creating a creature out of symbols and text. And that’s when the name Cthulhu popped in my head. It is an extremely popular character around the internet and geeky communities, so it seemed logical to use it as a base. For those of you who don’t know it, this monster first appears in the short story “The Call of Cthulhu” by H.P. Lovecraft, hence the title of my design “The Text of Cthulhu”. I hope you like it as much as I do and vote for it.
“In his house at R’lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming.”
– H.P. Lovecraft