After making a mistake with my Duke Igthor design (still not finished - help!) I really wanted to submit something else for the Disney Villains challenge.
Since I was so annoyed with limitations from Disney (“I’ll show you, you wishy washy colourful crap for kids - corporation!”) I’ve decided to hitch on Disney’s representatives and throw myself off a cliff. I’ve made a piece that I knew won’t win. Or did I? Maybe I was thinking I’d win the competition by trying something different.
This one here is not my Best Thing Ever, and… I guess it will need time to grow on me, ‘cause so far I don’t love it, but then I’ve only spent about 4 lunch breaks working on this. The word play just sort off happened. You like?
I didn’t win it anyway. They didn’t even let me in the competition! Threadless gave me two different reasons for that, so I wrote to them to clarify, and mentioned that there was nothing about not making sociopolitical statements in the designs, and that 101 Dalmatians was a sociopolitical statement, wasn’t it?
Here’s their reply:
Disney is going through all of the submissions before Threadless is able to see them and unfortunately, they have the final word on whether something can be put on the site. They set initial ground rules, but have since changed their requirements. It seems as though they are trying to maintain a very particular image, and that is evident in what they have allowed up.
I do apologize for the confusion with your emails! The “needs work” email is the generic email we send when a design is declined. The person who went through the Atrium submissions did not paste the individual Disney reasons in, rather sent a mass email. Please know that your particular design was declined because it made a reference to animal cruelty and Disney does not want that!
Threadless thinks that I’m not completely crap at this, yaaaay!
What do you think?
Today I’m not sure why I made it. I’m not a human rights activist (at all), and I can’t explain why I’ve decided to go on a suicidal mission with Disney.
While I’m trying to finish Duke Igthor, I am thinking of submitting a piece I’ve started working on last year, something much safer and much cuter, with loads of vector hair.
Come back soon!
So (while my other ideas and projects have to wait) my first illustration to hit this new blog will be the first attempt to win a Threadless.com challenge. I’ve been toying with the idea of designing and drawing for Threadless for a while but never got around to do it. When I finally went to their website earlier this week I was really excited about their Design Challenges - especially with the current Disney Villains T-shirt Design Challenge. An idea came to my head immediately and I just started drawing with the excitement going through the roof.
Only when I was half done I’ve realised that there are very strick rules to the challenge and I got pissed off. Mostly at myself. Right now I am still working to get it finished, and then I’ll try submitting to the ongoing open submissions thing.
And I want to keep trying with Threadless, not just because of the decent cash you can win, but to keep myself going.
The idea here is a mashup of the Gummi Bears and the Game of Thrones. I wanted a dark and violent image of the main villain finally getting what he always fought for, but with everyone he hated being destroyed, what shall he do now?
Okay so I didn’t think this through all that well, but I feel like it’s time for me to start my own art & design blog. I need a place to share the creative stuff I run into and fall in love with, maybe write stuff about those things that annoy me and should not be as sucking as they are, but most importantly I need to trick myself into making (a lot of) personal illustration work - from start to finish.
No more spending hours weighing every word in my head, worrying what people will say -
This is about MY free flow of mind.
Let’s give it a try!
P.S. I’m new to Tumblr and I hope it’s as hastle-free as it seems!