While working some client projects, some volunteer work, and starting Expiration Date #3, I was filled with a desire and the inspiration to create submissions for 3 Threadless challenges. These were not only great projects, but personally challenging. See, when you design for Threadless, you design for the people who would buy your design, then they score and comment on your work. So you have “woo” them and at the same time you want share a part of yourself in your art.
The 3 challenges that I participated in were, Creatures of the Forest, Select Fall Patterns, and THOR. All of them have very great prizes associated with them, thus there is a great incentive to do your best work, and promote the crap out of it, to get it noticed by the people who score the designs, and on the radar of the Threadless judges.
For Creatures of the Forest, I went with a style that was more youthful, and created a work entitled “forestivity.” I really wanted to show the wonder, beauty, connection, and personality that comes to life with the creatures that live in forests and well, all over.
I don’t know if any of my designs will win these competitions, frankly, it’s in the hands of everyone out there on the interwebs. I’d like to dream so, but if not, it’s always great to keep in mind that creating work for challenges like threadless can be used as portfolio pieces and even still used as personal prints that you can sell. I fully intend to put these works up for purchase on My Society6 Store if they don’t win their respective challenges (S6 is also a sister site to threadless, man, these guys really know how to support artists). It may be a while till I do another challenge, but I’m really looking forward to more opportunities to design for challenges on Threadless.
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