Sunday, 29 June 2008

lip service

I was browsing the new t-shirt mosaic on the bubble and spotted the t-shirt below by the very talented chris wahl. It reminded me of tees posted by chamba so I thought I'd do a post dedicated to some more mouthy designs.

Monday, 23 June 2008

happiness is a warm iron ...

Here at bubbling, we're all about bringing you the shirts you may have missed so it is with great pleasure we introduce the ultimate t-shirt browsing machine ... the warm iron. I'm told there are 4096 t-shirts featured in this mosaic. If you were to break your browsing down into bite sized chunks then you could discover around 78 new t-shirts a week for the next year just by using this handy tool. What are you waiting for? Go and get yourself a large helping of t-shirty goodness.

Sunday, 22 June 2008

Lars: hand drawn type queen

Lars stuns us again and again with her hand drawn type skills and quirky illustration style. We have featured her you, me, we t-shirt before on this blog and recently she took the top spot in the hand drawn typography competition with her 'hey pretty lady' tee.

I asked Lars if she would mind giving us some insight into what makes her tick and just how she became such a talented individual. Good news for us! She said yes!

Which of your tees are you most proud of?

“Prism Party”, I love pastel colours and I'm a fan of slightly nerdy mathematical things & also “Lost your pen?” because I just think its cute, and slightly sad, I feel the plain of it!

How long do you usually spend on a design?

Two hours at the most, it takes me awhile because I don’t have any nifty gadgets like a Wacom, I have to draw things up, scan, photoshop it, print it, then fix things… and so on, which gets frustrating, i tend to lose motivation half way through.

How do you motivate yourself?

As soon as I wake up I drink Chai Tea and It just wakes me up and makes me want to design and do all sorts of things, id say it gives me superpowers.

Were you a creative kid? If so, what’s your earliest creative memory?

Yeh, very creative, a lot more creative than I am now! I used to enter all the competitions in the Sunday Telegraph and goto Art Camps, I won so much stuff, the best thing I ever won was 100 boxes of The Simpsons Instant Macaroni, I can still taste it.

What creative skill would you most like to have?

I would love to be able to draw well, all my drawings are more like primary school scribbles rather than illustrations, so im thinking of taking some drawing classes

What’s your pet design/illustration hate?

Seeing people post “designs” that look like they were pasted together on paint. And these days im getting a bit tired of seeing polaroid inspired things, don’t get me wrong I love them, I have my own stash, but its become SO popular that in my eyes its lost its novelty and its sense of nostalgia.

If you could pick one person to have as a mentor, who would it be?

Reg Mombassa would be fun just because he is such an icon here in Australia, and he has a sense of humor in his art.

Any advice for aspiring illustrators or designers?

If you are having creative block... just do whatever first comes into your head, doesn’t matter if its silly. And everything around you can be inspiration!

Sounds like good advice to me. A big thanks to Lars for the chat. We can't wait to see more of her work on the bubble soon!

Monday, 16 June 2008

t-shirt blitz

In an effort that will make the rest of us seem extremely lazy, nofrillsart has pledged to post one t-shirt design every second day for the next two months. Will he be able to do it? Will any of them be any good? Is he 10% mental? For all the answers, stay tuned.

Friday, 13 June 2008

from the back of the closet

The very talented Ross Robinson knows a thing or two about good shirt design. He is responsible for gems including monkeysplat and evil naked dolls.

Fearing that others may be missing out on some of the brilliant tees he's spotted on the site, he has launched a regular feature called 'From The Back Of The Closet'.

In the first edition, Ross takes a look at wintoons by naefox, "A brilliant illustration for a cartoon series that doesn’t exist (but should!)". It's well worth checking out. Stay tuned for more great finds from Ross ...

Tuesday, 3 June 2008

hand drawn type competition

Just a quick plug for a competition we're running over in the typography group on RedBubble. We're looking for some great new hand drawn type t-shirts so if you fancy whipping up a design, there's a $30 AUS (or equivalent in £UK or $US) RedBubble gift certificate up for grabs. The competition is open until next Sunday and you can find all the information here.

Monday, 2 June 2008

rainbows and unicorns

I love it when someone takes imagery that should be sugary and sweet and puts a whole different spin on it. It makes my day. Here are two great examples.

rainbow undigested by chelsgus

the wrong unicorn by evangaline than

Sunday, 1 June 2008


To get us in the mood for Drawing Day this coming Saturday, here are four very different (and wonderful) illustrated tee designs. Let me know if you've spotted any others on the bubble!

elephants are good listeners by paul mcclintock

eagle portrait by mui-ling teh

by sheldon silvera