Break Time

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igo2cairo
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New trend - instead of jokes, high-concept designs and fantasy themes artists will become more focused on mundane, slice-of-life vignettes of every-day events that have no obvious concept but speak to the viewer in a subtle and meaningful way.

Some examples: a person getting a haircut, a lonely building in a small town, street-lights turning colour at a deserted intersection, pigeons being fed bread crumbs in a park, and in this case an old man taking a much-needed break from a hard days work in a tobacco field.

The underlying philosophy of this new trend? That beauty and wonder can be found everywhere, even in events seemingly ordinary. Are you surprised that this makes a cool tee shirt? I'm not.

Simulated process on simple, basic sand.

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YaaH
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5$ again ;D

Gabrielng
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nice!!

jeupereira

nice design!love the simplicity of the concept!very interesting

bengineer
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Are you surprised that this makes a cool tee shirt? I'm not.
this doesn't but your style does ;)
$5

celandinestern
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that is actually a really awesome concept. bravo. 5$

jess4002
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great! 5$

eponymon

Cool design with a convincing philosophy, I hope that you'll be proven right!

ginetteginette
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i hope your ideas do turn into a trend.

igo2cairo
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Thanks for the awesome comments everyone!

gg - cheers, I'm hoping too. :)

ibyes
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Needs more werewolf.
but I guess I can give you a 5$ cause its very nicely done.

myteemo
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Great style. Love this one. $5

alexmdc
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5$!

soloyo
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Talk about wearable art!
5$

EricDiaz

simply sweet

B 7
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Such a great idea for a new trend- the simple ones are often the best.
stunning art as always $5$

FRICKINAWESOME
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instead of jokes, high-concept designs and fantasy themes

Thanks for trying to put me out of a job, hehe. I like those things, but i like this too. There's plenty of room for both.

ben chen
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great!!!!!!

hipbopp

nice new trend. 5$

retrovirusaurus

aah... getting back to classic illustration. Nice!

gumbolimbo
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that's a thoughtful and original take on the new trend subject!

briancook
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Way to go trendsetter! We'll see if it catches on!

Mountain Gnome

Nice Idea for 2k10, for that alone a 5! I like your style too, which rounds it up to a 5$! I also found it interesting, that he wasn't taking a smoke break!

igo2cairo
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Thanks people!

Mountain Gnome - now that you mention it, I originally had the character smoking a cigarette. However I didn't want people to think I was encouraging cigarette smoking so decided it was best to leave it out. Also I changed the character to a wise-looking old man who has obviously reached this age by leading a healthy life. :)

Don't know why anyone would assume I support smoking just because I depict it in an illustration but this has happened in the past. Here's the preliminary sketch with man smoking if you wanted to check it out.

ginetteginette
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aw about the smokes and how people would have likely perceived it. i bet had you drawn in a little pipe most people would have been cool with that. pipes are somehow nicer.

Mountain Gnome

igotocairo, it was just that i thought it interesting that a man working in a tobacco field would not be smoking!

I certainly do understand your reluctance to include a smoking cigarette in your design, as I am sure that it would possibly offend some... (not me though).

A great tee, Good luck!

igo2cairo
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gg - yeah, a little pipe would have been cool, I should have done that! Maybe I'll try to add one.

It's true that they are perceived as being more benign even though they can cause mouth cancer etc. I guess it's because people that smoke pipes usually only do it as an occasional thing, like cigar-smoking (which I sometimes indulge in) and it can be more of a hobby instead of just an addiction.

MG - thanks dude! :)

herky
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Love the illustration style and concept! $5

wes_design

is that coffee or tobacco?

igo2cairo
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There might possibly be a couple of coffee plants in there, but it is mainly a tobacco crop.

dschwen
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Amazing as usual dude!

$$5

Pakpandir
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nicely illustrated and great colours!

igo2cairo
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Thank you! :)

Marticulous

Cool. It reminds me of the old bannana republic tees but with more of a story book look.

Kookaberry
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This is seriously one of my favorite sketches of yours except I like the original guy's head better.

igo2cairo
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Thanks everyone!

Amy - I might consider re-subbing the original actually because I like the way it looks without any colour and the line-work comes through more.

xiaobaosg
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amazing!

igo2cairo
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Ouch!

igo2cairo
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FRICKINAWESOME on Jan 09 '10
instead of jokes, high-concept designs and fantasy themes

Thanks for trying to put me out of a job, hehe. I like those things, but i like this too. There's plenty of room for both.


Looks like your job is pretty secure, Evan. ;) Also, I agree, there's room for both and I love a good, clever concept as much as the next person.

myteemo
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This deserved higher. :

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