Poop Factory: Reach for the Dream

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of1000kings
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This is a Beardsley-inspired socio-economic critique illustration on the rebirth of the American Robber Baron...

...just trying to combine what I believe are the two separate purposes of gallery art and t-shirt design: gallery art should have some sort of artful purpose or commentary, whereas a T can generally just look fantastic.
Hopefully there's a good mix of both here.

Original drawing in pen on 18"x24" vellum (have a bunch laying around from dropping out of architecture school)...

valorandvellum
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I really like the non-colored version. When it has tan for those lumpy guys, it makes them look like poo if you see it from a distance. Nice illustration!

of1000kings
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it is poo, he he...
Beardsley like to use a lot of poo/fart type stuff to make his comments on the Victorian aristocrats of his time...so I figured I'd do the same to make my comment on the current crop of American aristocrats...

but, ya...I really wasn't sure about the color myself...probably should have just left the b&w...

of1000kings
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ya, I wasn't sure about the color...it was a last minute addition...just for visual weight...

I posted this on threadless because I thought this was the best site for smart humor and social commentary...but I'm not sure if many people are getting this...

of1000kings
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thanks for all the thoughts on the color...

so should I resubmit this later without color? or just show an image here without color? is there a process here at threadless...

thanks again...

also, would anyone be interested in a white lines on black t?

of1000kings
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btw, is it coming through that these people are essentially being eaten up by this guy (representing big business in America) and being turned into waste (b/c that's all we are to big business in America)...

I tried to show steps in the process:
(1) the guy with his tongue out getting ready to swallow a person;
(2) a dead guy floating around in the stomach, and;
(3) dead guys that have been fully processed....

the words are there for cues (like Monday, Indentured, I am Law, Eat Cake--about how the rich have such a disconnect in America with what life is like for the poor)...


if none of this is coming across without explanation then obviously I still have work to do, as a t-shirt shouldn't need explanation...

[+duracell-]

lol i cant believe you spent time drawing this
hilarious

of1000kings
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spreading the word about the big waste of time that is the American consumer lifestyle is important to me...
and doing it in a fun way makes it even better...

of1000kings
of1000kings profile pic Artist

Mike Giant is a huge fan of Beardsley...I'm a huge fan of Mike Giant...therefore I'm a big fan of Beardsley...

at first Beardsley's use of 'farting' by Aristocrats was a bit offensive to my senses, but as I tried to understand the point he was making with his amazing drawings I was able to accept the offense and get past it...
that was also my hope with this drawing...

I would post a couple Beardsley images here for reference, but just figure most people know how to use google image search...

if you haven't seen his work, check it out...he was a mad genius and a magnificent illustrator...

of1000kings
of1000kings profile pic Artist

is the hilarious laughing at the theme, or at me, btw?

seems kind of an odd thing to say, but ya, it did take quite a bit of time to draw...

of1000kings
of1000kings profile pic Artist

I'm the type that has a soft spot for those that die young (nick drake, river phoenix, hank williams, james dean, jesse james, prefontaine and beardsley)...even though I know it doesn't mean the person was more talented...I'm just weird like that...


this was my original plan, but I'm not sure how keen people are on black t's these days (bout all I wear, usually...although I've started branching out more lately)...


of1000kings
of1000kings profile pic Artist

hmmm...shoulda looked to see that img posts don't work here...

of1000kings
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thanks for all the comments boys and girls...
definitely helps to give me an idea of where my next designs need to go...

of1000kings
of1000kings profile pic Artist

1.9...ouch..
cool, though...all feedback...

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