While looking into my personal illustration work, the client thought my Geeky Dog would be prefect for a T-shirt. A few years ago I created this fun, imaginative dog character, which I used a couple of times in my personal creations. One of them was for a dribbble rebound game, and before that also for a Christmas card.
While digging into my old illustrations, I found the sketches from a few years ago when I was trying out different poses and ideas for this Christmas card. I thought maybe one of these would be perfect to use.
My preference was the face of the dog at the bottom. The client also liked the one I created on dribbble, so I thought I'll try something out with these two versions.
Maximum 3 colors
Since these T-shirts are all screen-printed, they can only contain just a few colors to make sure the costs don't blow out of proportion. Using only a few colors can also make the design stronger. To me this was a bit challenging because the illustrations of the dog all use more than 4 colors. This took a bit of experimenting.
First design proposals
In the end the dog's face won, and I chose to go for these 3 colors:
- Pantone 631 U (light blue)
- Pantone 7469 U (darker blue)
There was also the question whether I chose the right colors of the T-shirt, since I could choose a different color for the girls version than for the boys. I initially chose red because that was also a color that I used (for the socks) in my initial illustration of the dog. But I figured maybe pink could also work well for the girls. So I tried putting the illustration on a photo of a girl wearing the pink tee. After some consideration we decided pink worked really well.
The only thing left for me to do was making sure the position of the dog was perfect. Just some tweaking of the scarf was needed. After showing the design to the printer the only change was to move up the face just a little as I could only have one color at the last 1.5 cm from the bottom of the tee due to the technical challenge of having to print to the end of the T-shirt.
The finished tees
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