A little break from t-designing...
This isn't a pity post or a rant - just something I'd like to write to friends here, so feel free to ignore it or whatever.
So, it's been 2 years since I started trying my luck subbing some designs on Threadless and other similar tee contest sites. The whole process made me evolve artistically, made me get in touch with many talented people from around the world, learned new techniques and opened my mind to lots of different styles and approaches to art. As a result of it I had a great opportunity to actually work with illustration where I live, so many good things happened and gave me the conviction to keep up doing that for a living.
Although I'm far from being disciplined and prolific as many of you people here, always with cool ideas everytime, I always tried my best within my limitations. So far I had no prints in any tee site and I believe this is a sign for me to take a little break (or a big one) to improve my skills more technically rather than the self-taught learning which I've grown up to. Not that I'm depreciating the self-taught - many self-taught artists get printed as well and are very sucessful here and outside and that's very encouraging! I just feel I have to learn new things I couldn't learn all by myself.
Despite that there's a ton of styles and Threadless embraces all of them, it looks like mine yet haven't been recognized, hahah. I always illustrated demanding the best quality from myself, even whithin my limitations trying to make my best work. Putting my work online for voting in these 2 years was defintely important to realize what I'm doing wrong or right, what can be improved. I'm always very happy with the comments, critique, compliments and specially critique from friends like Evan FrickinAwesome which always hit the bullseye, politely and very right in what he says. That helped me to thicken my skin and try harder - not to please everyone cause that's impossible but to to come up with the best work and the best quality I can make. Unfortunately the fact that I've got zero prints is not satisfactory to me so I decided to get back to my 'drawing table' and go to college again to make my work up to par with the illustration, design and advertising market and most importantly tee contests!
So I'm going to take a little break here from subbing, focus on college, my comicbook project (visit the tumblr here btw!) - and wait anxiously to do my page on the Threadless community comicbook! I'll be coming back soon to try again for a print here, where I always wanted to above anywhere else, see my own design or my collab with all you amazing artists I had/will have the chance to work with in a real t-shirt! Thanks Threadless for everything I've accomplished so far. Thanks threadfriends, you are my inspiration to keep on doing what I really like to do: draw, draw and draw! Hope you all get prints and continue to make awesome stuff! I'll still be here voting, posting gifs and commenting nonsense =)