The Most Dangerous Animal in the World

Design by Ian Leino

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Ian Leino
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So I've been thinking for awhile about this competition, the recent trends in shirt design and what I think (or hope) trends will be in the coming years.

For the past couple of years especially, there's been a growing trend of increasingly intricate and complex illustration that has grown to the point where the final product looks more like a poster than a t-shirt. Digital tools let artists zoom closer and closer into their compositions creating a nearly infinite amount of detail.

Another huge boom recently has been in swirling color washes, from the faux-watercolor craze to the rainbow/space motif, the t-shirt world has been awash in undulating waves of color gradients.

My idea for the new year/decade is a return to bold graphic styles, particularly to printmaking styles that pre-date screenprinting, and helped inform its beginnings as a medium.

Specifically for this design, I'm working with with a linocut process that involves carving out an image then blockprinting it. Here's a blog I created documenting the process.

Now I don't think everyone is suddenly going to start working in linocut or blockprinting, but I think that the bold graphic style associated with it will return to dominance after years of increasingly elaborate illustrations.

For the subject, I've chosen "The Most Dangerous Animal in the World", which is of course a Grizzly Bear on a Motorcycle carrying a Great White Shark with a Laser on its head.

choppre

bad455 bear

yetitutu

good job

EN AJUSTES

Nice illo! No doubt it's the most dangerous
I also enjoyed reading your thoughts about "printmaking styles that pre-date screenprinting". Really interesting stuff.

WackyMaki

on white please:)

d3d
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brilliant man. i definitely want one for myself and one for my son.

littleclyde
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awesome. I love this style of printmaking and totally appreciate that you made this with traditional methods.

pilihp
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awesome!

soloyo
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Awesome!

HorsefaceDee
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haha awesome!!!

bengineer
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sick! $5

whitneyann

I love the colors on this shirt! Some how I had it in my mind that this was going to be a single color print, so the gradient is a lovely surprise. 5$

jess4002
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YES! 5$

WEAREYAWN

haha! awesome!

sonmi
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i really appreciate the amount of work that went into this, and it turned out awesome!

Pakpandir
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such a RAD T!

Mr Rocks
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Nice technique. $5

Ivantobealone
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fantastic illustration!

d3d
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i didn't realise how much went into making this either. it makes it that much cooler, and i'd already 5$ed it anyway.

Monkey X
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Love the lasershark and the execution!

Spam69

This could be the first shirt made into a movie.

dschwen
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This is a trend I could jump on, love it!

$5

herky
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Fabulous work! Love the "Linocut" process and look. Thanks for sharing all the details. $5

akrapf
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love this new trend and hope you win! $5

dacat
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I would wear this $5

B 7
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so good!!

stingerstyler
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you had me at 'laser' ;)

great work dude!

swimmom

fabulous!.

pickupRINGO

one of the greatest shirt ive ever seen!!

chelly

full of awesome

biotwist
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damit i was just about to do an austin powers shark's "with friggin lazer beams attached to their heads" shirt. fuck it, ill make it anyways

eponymon

Looks really deangerous! Cool design :)

celandinestern
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awesome blockprint style!!!

sausage_moe

oh yeah. right on time to give it a 5$

gumbolimbo
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Nice. i'm a sucker for woodcut styles.

Ian Leino
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Thanks everyone! Glad to see so many people like this design and appreciate the work that went into it.

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