Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Tee-cember: It Came Upon an Ocean Clear
I've been meaning to chat up Itself for a while, but have only just now gotten around to doing so. It's in praise of their most recent shirt, OpiFan64's Strange Aquatic. The basic Itself blank is intriguing enough as it is... pre-washed fabric alone is intriguing, as it implies that wonder of wonders, a true-size fit, but I'm also intrigued any time a company actually puts their own shirt blanks together. Couple that with a design like this, and you really should have a winner on your hands. I love the linework and the detail, the way it inhabits the shirt. It's very watery-looking, not just due to the elements but the lines as well. The elements play together skillfully and dreamily, which creates a very nice mood to the illustration, and even the fade from bottom to top is gentle, in direct contrast to the common trend of loud, bold, contrasting gradient fades. Between the design and the site itself, this is one of the shirts I've been keeping my radar trained on closely.