Memento Mori, This Thick Skin, These Bare Bones

Design by Woss

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113 Comments

Woss
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As a rule I hate writing about my own work. I feel it is something that should speak for itself. So please indulge me a little here. I’m not used to it.

The first thing I should say is this: I spent more time on this design that anything else in my life. This is not an exaggeration. What you see here is the product of three weeks of solid work. Twenty one days of five to ten hour sittings. Four gigabytes of art files. I devolved into a Howard Hughes style parody of myself. I got sick. I didn’t sleep. I drew.

It is difficult for me to explain this satisfactorily, and there is probably a huge gulf between what I intended the design to convey and how many of those intentions are clear.

The first is that drawing is a challenge. Every drawing should be better than your last. I wanted to see how far I could push myself, both in quality and quantity.

The second is that drawing is also an exercise. I have been grinding pencils to nubs trying to improve myself. I wanted to work on a piece that would break me in and teach me new things as well as demonstrating how far I’ve come in the last year. Working on this design has taught me so much, and I feel I’m better for it.

The third is style. I wanted to mix rigid technical reference with the fluidity of free drawing. I wanted to make something that was both monstrously complex and deceptively simple.

The last is that drawing is, to me, intensely personal. That’s the subject matter: Friends, family, relationships and blood. It also explains the skull. It might be generic, it might not have been the best choice to win, but it is what I wanted.

The real explanation comes from Roland Barthes in Camera Lucida. He says that the logical implication of every photograph is death. I feel the same way about drawings.

He probably wouldn’t agree.


Thanks to all my friends who sent reference photographs and put up with my neuroses.

And thanks especially to Phil, who knocked it out of the park. Again.

jstumpenhorst

nice job olly. it's a fantastic drawing!

Maltzmania

I'm honored to even be a part of this.
Amazing work, amazing dedication, awesome result.

$$5!

ir0cko

this turned out so good! $5

sonmi

totally fantastic and very showing of the amount of work you put into it. you did it, olly!

slaterock

nice work man. I know you put a lot of time into this.

JW

Not only have you obviously put alot of time into this, but alot of passion too and it shows, really amazing work! 5$

d3d

zero because i'm not included. i imagine at least a thousand other voters are going to agree with me and this will get dropped early.

Wite Rabbit

wow this is just amazing

you always pull out awesomeness.

shirtflirt

He says that the logical implication of every photograph is death. I feel the same way about drawings.


what does that mean?

walmazan

great work, and the presentation is awesome too!, five five five!

nikolina100

it really turned out beautiful!

Laser Bread

Excellent work. I now offer you my 5.

roadkill3d

Zkillzzzz...

Jassie

I hope my face on the design. Good detail though.

dschwen

amazing, great design -- love the style!
5 from me!

jmeaspls

amazing. $5.

pilihp
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amazing details. good luck, olly!!

Ellsswhere
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def. phenom, you have outdone yourself olly

andyg

Amazing!!!

Wa5hwa5h

amazing.

yeohgh

Awesome AWESOME!!!!!

HAHA.sg
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wow wow wow wow wow wowoooooohooooooo!

Manos

pure awesome! $$$$$$$$$$$$$55555555555555

dacat

holy bejeezus!

Raid71

labour of love and well worth the effort

monkeypim

this will be like a reunion tee for threadless gangster!

great details...

Gar0

That hair is just plain magnificent. Top scores.

aled

An epic accomplishment. Congrats mate! Would love to own it as an art print. 5$

wantastico

Olly Sh*t !!! - This will get printed whether or not i am in the composition.

:$

eskimokiss

An orgy of madness!
Well done mate, this is it!

steven218

no way are your legs that hairy moss.

tight as hell image though, 5'd

Thijsone

oh the detail!
5$

.MINUS.

This is absolutely incredible! The time and effort that you put into this paid off in a huge way. An epic accomplishment.

Flying Mouse

Nice work man! Good luck to us. lol

wullagaru

very nice

littlem

fanfarkintastic!

kayceislost

Oh wow this is fantastic!

SoulfumeInc

im speechless. this is insane. 5.

grayehound

just about any critique i might've had about your design was answered in your opening statement. it's pretty obvious you've created the single best piece of draughtsmanship that has ever been submitted to this site, but i think you've succeeded in make the most distinct and all-inclusive description of what this site, and in fact anyone's life, is all about.

if ever there was a design that deserved to break a 4, this is it. you've done yourself and the entire community proud, olly.

hogboy

sweet skull dude

mezo

The liquefied hair tentacles are still quite impressive. So is your art stamina. You've outdone yourself, friend.

jublin

yeah i like all the hair. it makes me want to sing that song about long beautiful hair!

alexmdc
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wow amazing work, only thing it is another skull on a tee and has many people I have no idea who they are, so i dont know if I would wear it as a tee, but it does make for an incredible piece of artwork, so I think would work better as a print, and that I would def buy, I still gvie this 5 plus $ for print, good stuff man keep u the amazing work!

the golden spatula

I love the colors - the drawing is outstanding!

Melikochan

This is nothing short of amazing.

ginetteginette

so ridiculously amazing i couldn't bare to spell it right the first time. $5

Krakaboom

Great drawing - wish I were in it as well!

shirtflirt

wtf does that quote mean??!!?!?

Woss
Woss profile pic Artist

I probably didn't explain it very well. Go read Camera Lucida by Roland Barthes. It's basically how the act of stopping time in a photograph implies change due to change's unnatural absence, and that the ultimate form of change is death. He doesn't really talk about drawings of people, but I feel that drawings imply the artist as much as the subject, so his theory (loosely adapted) can also apply to portraits.

But that's just how I feel.

/pretentious bullshit

Woss
Woss profile pic Artist

Oh and thanks for all the comments so far. This whole thing is a little close to the bone for me so I'm especially glad people are digging it.

producer

extraordinary

shirtflirt

dude, thanks for the explanation. that's really cool. i will have to read Camera Lucida for sure.

and as said above me, it's an amazing illo.

mlnewco

This is fantastic & I really appreciate all the hard work you put into this. You have mad drawing skills & I am insanely jealous.

ladrones

bravo! great colors and textures

valorandvellum

You're ridiculous. Nice work.

specnermon

this has to be the most amazing thing i have ever seen on the sight. i love it. i will totally buy it. i will buy it. its INCREDIBLE $5

badnobe

sweet!

Ste7en

amazing effort and talent

lordog

thanks for including me and my wine in your desgin! it turned out absolutely, ridiculously beautiful. nice job, dude. 5$

mikemills

i know the feeling. mine's taking so long i wasn't able to get it in on time... and still going. but this is way more complex, and an easy 5$

Bisparulz

Well done 5$

Andreas Mohacsy

impressive line work...

quite the gift to your firends

le_hell

brilliant!

danrule

great quote and great attempt. It feels like some areas are unresolved or unfinished compared to the upper right area though.

terry

wow... all your hard work really paid off. its amazing!! $100... hehe... $5

kcollantes

A very inspirational piece of artwork. I'd love to own a framed print of this. $5.

gumbolimbo

well impressive

Wheels03
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ROBBED!!!

Seriously, this should have at least scored a 3.5... no question.

Laser Bread

Way underscored, but still within print range. This will print!!!

SoldierofGondor

Wow, you got robbed with the score man.

aled

:'(

It's an accomplishment, whatever happens.

specnermon

ooh i voted $5. i can't imagine anyone would ifnd any reason to give this less than a 5.

SoulfumeInc

2.68?! jeebus. still a print!

grayehound

given how many 0's and 5 this must have received, it's almost certainly a print.

kaloyster

Again, another topnotch design pwned by the majority Threadless voters who cater to the likes of cutesy 7-yr old designs.

But for sure this will become a print anyway. Congrats!

jmeaspls

2.68...what....

mattharvest

Johntiki, "momento mori" means, more specifically, "Remember, thou art mortal."

Bramish

Missed this whilst scoring but it turned out so good. You've surpassed yourself. Great job.

psyraccoon

WHY AM I NOT WEARING THIS ALREADY. PRINT PLEASE!

tiffa34

This is amazing :O
Why wasn't it printed?!?!?!

Tian Lubis

greats stuff.....any chance on elaborating how you made the flash presentation? ..that totally blow me away...sick zooming love it....

Hildy 42

this is frikin good

MX13

This is incredible. I makes me want to give up drawing. Or get better, one of the two.

Musarter

This is amazing. How did this not get a better score or get printed?

heavyhand

Wow, sooooo underscored! Its incredible!

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