Not Everybody’s Cup of Tshirts

As a part-time hobby I design artwork for tshirts for a whole range of amazing clients.

Usually they send me a drawing or a screen-dump of something they’d like to see printed on a Tshirt. Unfortunately some I have to reject because of ‘Intellectual Property‘ laws, or it’s a blatant ripoff. Satirical pieces I have done, but more often I redesign an idea into something completely new.

Some people might take offense to words in some of my tshirt designs. Maybe they grew up in an era where sexual thoughts and offensive language were not made public let alone printed on tshirts. Or on a coffee mug. Or on leggings.

At the very least I look at client ideas, and think to myself:If I was to reject your idea because I don’t like the message, or the lifestyle it promotes, or how some religious zealots may react, what am I really saying? That I am putting others’ beliefs above my client’s gender or life-choice? That someone else runs my business? That I can or will only do artwork with the approval of ALL the people in my life? Of course not, that would be silly. No, I won’t do that.

So occasionally I design a few tshirts that are going to offend a few people. Well, that’s easy: Don’t look. If you see the tshirt in the street, talk to that person – they paid for it. Or turn away. It’s like watching TV: If the channel is showing something you don’t like, change the channel.

To date nobody has complained or commented on my artwork – yet by publishing this, they may now.

When a client or a follower wants a design, I show them three examples of my design of their idea. Because they are rarely on commission, I show them how to purchase online via Redbubble.com. It’s really easy, you can pick from a whole lot of different colors, tshirt styles, and other merchandise you might like to see it on.

Checkout the following merchandise designed for various friends over the last ten years.

If you like any of them, you should be wearing them. Don’t let anyone stop you from being what you were born and who you are. Each image links back to my redbubble tshirt gallery where you can choose which best suits you.

  

   

 

PostScript: I finally designed an unusual request from a few years ago earlier this week. It’s actually nothing new, but they wanted to see how I would approach the design. Yes, the client is a lesbian – get over it. I know them, they are a beautiful person, and their lifestyle has no impact on you or me. In her words … “Even if you were my type, you’ll never know. Those that are my type, often know before I do.” That’s how all relationships should be. Look out for this tshirt-design, it will be online very soon … and I imagine it will be more popular than the ones above!

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24 Ways to WEAR Coffee!

We all know that coffee and chocolate are important food groups. Either together or seperately, they help us to feel good throughout the day.

Today I have collated twenty four ways you can wear coffee. That’s right, wear it. Okay, they are from my tshirt gallery.

Below are many designs I have created over the last few years. Each of them has coffee on them in some way. Expect more. Enjoy them all!

Love + Coffee + Wine = Parenthood T-Shirt  Powered on Coffee & Wine (CLR) T-Shirt  Powered on Coffee & Wine (Black) T-Shirt

Coffee + Morning = Function T-Shirt  GENUINE COFFEE T-Shirt  Coffee is a Food Group T-Shirt

Choco' & Cookie Please! T-Shirt  Energy = Milk + Coffee T-Shirt  My Blood Type is Coffee+ T-Shirt

Coffee Job T-Shirt  11th Commandment T-Shirt  Caffeine is a Food Group! T-Shirt

Apocalypticoffee T-Shirt  Coffee Is Slimming T-Shirt  Everybody should Believe... T-Shirt

Everyone Deserves a Second... T-Shirt  Anything is Possible T-Shirt  Coffee Loading T-Shirt

Drinking Coffee Under the Table T-Shirt  COFFEECUPLOADING T-Shirt  Can't Stop Eating Chocolate T-Shirt

Save the Chocolate T-Shirt  Most Important Meal Every Day! T-Shirt  Coffee Sip happens T-Shirt

Liked them? Buy them easily and quickly via Redbubble and have them delivered anywhere around the world. Xmas is only a few sleeps away!

My Favorite 17 Online Tools

I am a list maker. It’s a byproduct of working in state government for twenty years. So my browser bookmarks are regularly scrutinized, alphabetized and regularly saved for backups. This has proved beneficial: I once misplaced a website that I eventually realised I was spelling it wrong.

Today I am listing and highlighting (thus explaining the photograph attached) the most important websites in my bookmarks. Each of these sites help me to write posts easily, edit graphic coloring easily, and dare-I-say-it code websites easily. Yep, I am a geek at heart.
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If any of these look helpful to you, feel free to bookmark, leave a comment, like the page, and come back for more posts like this every few months when I do my regular backups. Cheers!

Using my Graphic Design for Good


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Just about every day of the week I spend at least two hours creating web graphics for web  advertisements or tshirt designs.

With Xmas just around the corner I have created a bunch of new tshirts for everyone to enjoy.
NYE Resolutions T-Shirt

But today I am showing you the advertisements I created for my wife’s business on Kangaroo Island – LSBeez Honey & Queen-Bee Breeding.

Yeah, many of you would know that I am their online sales and web-guru, but in actuality I only get paid in lodging, regular meals, and the constant love of my two beautiful children and their mother. There is not enough money in the world to cover those rewards. (But don’t get me wrong. I would love a paid job or two.)

Here they are:


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GoFundMe Donations for LSBeezKI


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Have a Very Naughty ChristmasLSBeez is a family-owned apiary operating on Kangaroo Island, producing premium quality honey from Ligurian bees. After suffering a terrible setback in early 2016, Sarah & Stephen Mitchell needs funds to relocate to KI to help manage the business. Your support will help LSBeez to continue producing honey for everyone to enjoy.
Donations: GoFundMe.com/LSBeezKI
Website: www.ezcreate.com.au/LSBeez/
Facebook: /LsBeez


As you can see, I love creating graphics. I started back in 1996, and I still use GIMP exclusively and extensively to design and create all my ideas. If you need graphics designed and built for online usage,  contact me via Twitter

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Big News – Discounts on TShirts!

That’s right, with Christmas just around the corner, Redbubble are offering more and more discounts at this time of the year.

This is awesome for everyone – better deals on your Xmas presents for friends and family.

With my wide variety of kids tshirts – ranging from food to patterns to parenting quotes – both you and your kids will be very happy this year.

Check them all out on my tshirt shop.

Why mention this?

There’s a special deal coming up!
Take 20% off every purchase, across the site, with code SPOOKY20.
This deal is available only on the 17th & 18th October.

Take a look, choose what you like, then enter the code SPOOKY20 when you buy them.

Remember, don’t be a naughty animal, ask your mummy or daddy permission before buying anything online!

Looking forward to seeing photos of my friend’s kids on twitter and facebook wearing their new tshirts! ;)

Why I Create Graphic Art

Written for linkage to my graphic art page on my website.

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I first started producing really simple graphics early in my internet days, around 1998.

It was quite by accident, yet I have always been the creative type. It turned out to be a good idea because at that time I had a fairly boring day-job, so being able to be creative in the evenings made up for the monotony. [I left that job in 2012, so I can say that now.]

The night 9/11 happened, I downloaded a freebie GIF-maker and made a dozen images that basically said how I was thinking about that whole event. [The images have since dissappeared into the archives].

Shortly after I discovered GIMP [“a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition”], bought a bible-width reference book – and haven’t stopped creating or editing images.

With some amazing scripts (eg: saving all layers individually), I taught myself basic graphic-design – and now produce awesome tshirt designs AND manipulate my photographs similar to photoshop.

Wait, what did I say? Use GIMP instead of Photoshop:
Yep, For about eight years now I have been using GIMP for manipulating my photographs. Yeah, not many people realise that. Whilst everyone was raving about Photoshop, I kept learning GIMP. And I freely admit I still don’t know half of what is capable of doing. But it did teach me how to be creative.

Because producing parts of a graphic often meant asking yourself [Q1] “With the little I know, how can it be done?” For one example, I taught myself how to create (often B-grade) shadows for trees that had been manipulated from another photo and stuck into the current photo. Yeah, (hangs head in shame), I do that. But you wouldn’t spot it, and I am not going to show you where. (Smiles gleefully).

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Then in 2012 my tshirt sales started making some series G’s … per annum. Not a lot, but it got me thinking … and I decided [Q2] diversity was the key to success. I now have two Redbubble accounts – stephentrepreneur is photography, ezcreative is tshirts – and I market them like crazy.

Gotta be honest, [Q3] marketing is the key to success in any game, and particulary online. It doesn’t mean whoring your wares: It means seriously spruiking via social media to your full advantage. It works. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, I am there, showing off my skills.

In 2015, sales started ramping up. The monthly balances were not going to make me a millionaire, but my creative side was impressing my corporate side no end.

It is now 2016 and I am trying new ideas. A series of about 30 graphics are in production as we speak; They are based on observation of what sells most in my creative collection. [Q4] Never let your best work stand alone, use the experience to your advantage.

These days I spend a few hours each night drawing my ‘brain-farts’ onto paper, selecting the best, then determining how I can create them with GIMP. It isn’t easy, I don’t deny it, but it is fun.

Someone said I should do tutorials, but I now have two beautiful children who need more Daddy time, so I won’t be spending much more computer time than is neccessary. But that doesn’t mean I won’t ever do a tute.

That says enough, I am quite sure, but I plan to post some related articles in the next few weeks.

Oh, you’re probably asking what is with all the [Q]’s in this post? I have discovered that I really can write some seriously awesome quotes. So I have marked them for reference. I may add id-links soon so they can be tweeted. Noice.

Anyhow, nothing else to say other – except: Check out my tshirt collection here and here – and buy a cup, mug, tshirt, doona cover, and/or phone cover. Buy one of each! All purchases help to fund our next big project.