This time we are taking a look at No Love City’s ‘Praying Skull’ shirt design. The design itself was created by an artist named Thinkd from Bangkok. We were extremely lucky to come across this artist and his design via Instagram. He posted a WIP progress shot of the sketch and we quickly contacted him to see if it was available to work with, luckily for us it was. We asked for some minor changes to help it fit our brand and he came through.
It’s a bit of an urban play on a classic design and we absolutely love it, hands down one of our favorite designs to date. Obviously with Thinkd being from Bangkok, there is quite a bit of a language barrier there. But even with that, he was much more pleasant and easier to deal with that many. He took some WIP shots for us along the way to share with you as everyone has their own process.
Obviously a lot going on with this design, and I can only imagine how time consuming it could have been from scanning it in. We wanted to go with a mostly mono color scheme with some highlights on this and gave him control over that.
You see above the basic fill of the design. This one initially scared us at first because of the amount of colors that could have been used to complete this design. When dealing with portraits (even skulls) there is a lot of opportunity for utilizing shading techniques to really bring out the design. We obviously wanted to stay away from something that was going to leave us making 6 or 7 screens with a higher overhead on the shirt. And then we received the next email from him with his solution…
His incredible use of gradients not only make this design incredible, but it keeps the color count all the way down to 3. It may not look like it from far away, but all you’ve got is white, grey, and red on a black shirt.
Again, this has easily become one of our favorite designs, and we are already working with Thinkd on more designs for future releases. You can check out more of his work here:
This praying skull shirt is set to be release on March 20th at a T-Shirt release party hosted by HelloHipHop at SubT in Chicago. After that it will be available online and at select retailers.
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