...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
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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.

ben chen
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nice work!!

snaggle tooth

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

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

igo2cairo
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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
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LOVE IT!!!!

TGWA
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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
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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
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2 designs submitted - Score now!

Fantastic, looks great on the tee!

erangalp

Man, this is fuc*ing gorgeous

dschwen
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AWESOME!

Tony Centeno
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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
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wow!

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

soloyo
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AWESOME

Kim Mak
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well done!

evan3
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def 5! my new fav brown tee design

clammie

i agree with tgwa

tjc45

supahh

tjc45

supahh

RicoMambo
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fuckintastic work

5$

ANCU

Touching :)

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

$$$$

Anything Goes
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Great design, love it!

L-M-N-O-P
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Amazing. 5$

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

Letter_Q

Epic! 5$

FRICKINAWESOME
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1 design submitted - Score Now!

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
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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
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@Terry - I really appreciate it, thank you.

5 more days guys!

NGee
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Excellent, excellent work.

Boycey

Very stylish!

TGWA
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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
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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
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awesomeness $5

jublin
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super nice!

ndstillie
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cool!

jess4002
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this will print on monday, january 31, 2011. 5$

rompetelcuero
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It looks Beautiful, Great and meaningful.

Bisparulz
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brilliant! 5$

kharmazero
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really nice

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_1

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
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Wowww!

jaypaulo
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Really beautiful!!!!

addu

amazing $

almozline
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Thank you guys!! 3 more days to go!

jun087

Nice one!

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
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1 design submitted - Score Now!

I am in love with this one.

Montro
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so good

hilaryleung

Beautiful design! Absolutely love it on brown too!

$5

littlem

i LOVE it

GRANDR
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Awesome work!!

podmop
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its so pretty :) $5

mirisch

grrrreat!

Bio-bot 9000
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this is amazing!

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

Wilfur

Cool!!!

brainrust
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Interesting approach, and really nicely done. Very wearable!

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

skitchman

amazing!!!!

almozline
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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!

pia.tra
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looks good

D-maker
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Amazing work.

almozline
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woo-hoo! 1 more day!

Steven T
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1 design submitted - Score Now!

wowwww!!! nice!!!

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!

carvas
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I dig It!

Ste7en
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great work

fikri
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god !

herky
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beautiful work and details! $5

laughics

very nice

almozline
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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
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wow this is gorgeous

dschwen
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GREAT score, print!

Tony Centeno
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Wow!!! great score!!!

Ryder
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whoa! awesome!

olkazavr
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I like landscape details!!

ewaken
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this is really cool

jess4002
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YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS! congrats!

ben chen
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congrats

almozline
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Thanks buddies!!! so exciting!

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

skitchman

congrats!

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