...To The Birds

Design by almozline

152 Comments

almozline
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For this challenge, I created a design that at a glance looks very simple, recognizable and pictographic, but has a level of complexity and detail when you look into it.

I used public domain imagery (hand-drawn maps created during the 19th century), following one of the 2K10 trendsetters.

Enjoy!

biotwist

not for me but this looks amazing

chaopi

amazing!

cherry_jellybean

beautiful!!!! a little disapointed to know it's not your own artwork inside, but I'm still $5ing it.

snaggle tooth

holy moses! this is perfectly done. would love to purchase this one.

TGWA

Yeah I was excited when I thought you had painted it, not so much after finding out it was public domain.

igo2cairo

I don't know why some people get their knickers in a twist over the use of public domain images. Clever idea, awesome design, looks cool on the tee, end of story. $5

jimmytan

LOVE IT!!!!

TGWA

My knickers aren't really in a twist, it's just 99.9% of the cool factor is coming from that old painting. The .1% that's actually from the designer is a generic bird silhouette. Just my 2 cents.

Eddy_cz

WOW! It took my breath away

almozline
almozline profile pic Artist

It's up! thanks guys!

A few words about the process: I stitched several old images to fit the composition, it took a lot of manipulating and color treatment. It's not like I took 1 public domain image, slapped a clip-art bird mask over it and that's it.

In no way am I taking credit from the artists that drew those amazingly detailed, beautiful maps more than 100 years ago, but I also don't want people to think I used it in a "plug-and-play" kind of way.

Thanks again for voting and commenting guys!

naomi94

gorgeous! amazing, good luck :) 5$

rodrigobhz

Fantastic, looks great on the tee!

erangalp

Man, this is fuc*ing gorgeous

dschwen

AWESOME!

Tony Centeno

Awesome!!!! Very Nice!!!

I think that

I really like the way the scape differentiates the bird's body parts. Very precise.

The Paper Crane
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Beautiful! \if the ill was your own I would have given it a 10$

bogdant

nice! 5

perryn

really dig this.

dampa

wow!

YaaH

dacat

Amazing! Even though you used public domain, it does not look easy at all what you pulled off, bravo!

Kim Mak

well done!

evan3

def 5! my new fav brown tee design

clammie

i agree with tgwa

tjc45

supahh

tjc45

supahh

RicoMambo

fuckintastic work

5$

ANCU

Touching :)

Tikimasters

Well done dude. My eyes widened as I soon as I saw this. Fantastic work dude

$$$$

Jemae
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great! great! great ..5$! :)

Letter_Q

Epic! 5$

FRICKINAWESOME
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This is so shirtbound for the winter, like that birdie flying south. Lovely mix of eye-catching big image filled in by endless pretty detail.

5$

igo2cairo

i TGWA on Nov 03 '10 My knickers aren't really in a twist, it's just 99.9% of the cool factor is coming from that old painting. The .1% that's actually from the designer is a generic bird silhouette. Just my 2 cents.

I beg to differ. I think what makes it cool is the context it's presented in. No doubt, it's a lovely painting, but if I just saw it on it's own I'm not sure I would say "oh, cool tee design!".

Also as almozline stated, the process for making this wasn't just slapping together different elements. I know from experience it's not that easy to take domain imagery and make it work as a tee design, there's actually a lot involved.

Most of the time it's done poorly and I notice often people won't admit it when they use domain imagery (even if it's obvious), but in this case I would say it's a successful use of the technique and he's not trying to pass it off as entirely his own work, which he should be commended for.

childmirror

This is $$$$$$$$$$555555555555555555555!!!!!!!!!.....

almozline
almozline profile pic Artist

@Terry - I really appreciate it, thank you.

5 more days guys!

NGee

Excellent, excellent work.

Boycey

Very stylish!

TGWA

Point taken Igo2cairo. I think my initial reaction was based off the idea that it was a single image with a mask applied in the shape of a bird. With the explanation that it's multiple images stitched together that certainly takes on a new dimension. I wouldn't mind seeing the original images as the compositing is really seamless.

v.calahan

Great work! As I've been through these arguments already I can only agree with Igo "Clever idea, awesome design, looks cool on the tee, end of story. $5" Keep it up!

alvarejo

awesomeness $5

jublin

super nice!

jess4002

this will print on monday, january 31, 2011. 5$

rompetelcuero

It looks Beautiful, Great and meaningful.

Bisparulz

brilliant! 5$

kubist

Nice idea !

momachka

oh myyyyyyyyyy!! thats so amazing! would be even cooler if the bird would be flying but i love it like this anyways! surely would buy

a-man

Very, very neat :) That detailed city in the bg looks pretty cool with the shape of the bird!

mcmarcg

Iconic...totes.

yeohgh
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this is beautiful beautiful!!!!

BubuSam

Wowww!

jaypaulo

Really beautiful!!!!

addu

amazing $

almozline
almozline profile pic Artist

Thank you guys!! 3 more days to go!

yonibloch

Talents imitate, genius steal, but only the best could take public domain images and make such great art out of it. This is one amazing work, would definitely buy. $5!

vo maria

I am in love with this one.

hilaryleung

Beautiful design! Absolutely love it on brown too!

$5

littlem

i LOVE it

GRANDR

Awesome work!!

podmop

its so pretty :) $5

mirisch

grrrreat!

leech_

great one!!!!!!! if you have time, pls check mine too:D

Wilfur

Cool!!!

brainrust

Interesting approach, and really nicely done. Very wearable!

inbalzubalsky

this is a seamless piece of work! beautifully done and looks really great on the tee :) I think it just works with or without the background story told...

great! 5$

fuloprichard

5$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$!!!! gonna buy it..

skitchman

amazing!!!!

almozline
almozline profile pic Artist

THANK YOU ALL SOOOOO MUCH for the amazing response! The design got to today's top tees on EMPTEES, if you're in the mood for lovin' click here

2 more days to go!

savegod

so beautiful

pia.tra

looks good

D-maker

Amazing work.

almozline
almozline profile pic Artist

woo-hoo! 1 more day!

Morkki
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I love how it's simple at first glance but complex on closer inspection. I will be amazed if this doesn't print!

cash_ivc

I dig It!

Ste7en

great work

fikri

god !

herky

beautiful work and details! $5

laughics

very nice

almozline
almozline profile pic Artist

Thanks again guys, you made my week!

Last couple of hours!!

tjc45

awesome awesome awesome

maybe a lighter brown?

Fleck
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This is really very nice.

Ellsswhere

wow this is gorgeous

dschwen

GREAT score, print!

Tony Centeno

Wow!!! great score!!!

Ryder
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whoa! awesome!

olkazavr

I like landscape details!!

ewaken

this is really cool

jess4002

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS! congrats!

almozline
almozline profile pic Artist

Thanks buddies!!! so exciting!

chippos

you painted it??? that would be amazing, great design though :)

skitchman

congrats!

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