Posts Tagged ‘Barrel of Donkeys’

Barrel of Donkeys: New Uneetee Submission

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

It took many weeks, but Uneetee has finally put up my Barrel of Donkeys design for voting. Check it out.


I don’t usually wear yellow shirts, but I thought the yellow sort of worked with this design. It goes with the banana, because bananas are also yellow. If you like it, go vote. If not, then you can at least help me out by not voting for anyone else’s designs! Ha, just kidding. I actually voted for some other designs, too. I like neat t-shirts, whether or not I happen to have made them myself. Although, I do sorta like the ones I make.

New Concept for T-shirts

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

On Sunday I was able to work on the painting for about 37 minutes, and there wasn’t enough of a difference to bother posting the progress. Hopefully I’ll be able to finally finish it once I am moved and settled into my new apartment. In the mean time, I think I’ll be able to work on some T-shirt designs. This one is based on one of my old greeting card designs:


It is different than the usual Donkeyshines one-color designs, so I might submit it first to Uneetee and see how well it does there. I am working on a new style which will fit with a new concept I’m developing. The current Donkeyshines line mostly draws inspiration from two places: 1) 1980’s toy logos, andĀ  2) the coat-of-arms logos worn by the people of Krypton in the 1979 Superman movie. I really do like the simple, single-color designs, and don’t plan on discontinuing this theme any time soon. But I also want to work on this other idea I have rattling around in my brain. I have always been fascinated by the idea of giving people part of a story and having them fill in the rest with their imagination. That is, I give people an image of a scene with lots of unexplained details, and they need to figure out what is going on. Sometimes I have something specific in mind, and sometimes there is room for individual interpretation. This is what I did with my greeting card illustrations, and in fact I plan to go back to more of them for t-shirt ideas. TheĀ  Barrel of Donkeys is a good place to start, I think, because it is still a pretty simple concept, while at the same time suggesting a full story. It could be sort of a bridge between my two styles. Eventually I want to get into more complicated scenes such as this one:


I still want to limit the designs to 5 or 6 colors, which is going to be challenging. I am expecting it will take me some time to come up with a style I like. I am not satisfied with the Barrel of Donkeys yet. I’m not sure what it needs or what it is missing, but it’s just not quite “right”. I will post my progress , so stay tuned n’ stuff.