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Weekly Review March 30 – April 6

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Hello all loyal zine readers. Yes, you’re loyal, because this is the first post in two weeks or so. We’ve been slacking on the zine, which sucks I know. We are always looking for great content writers, so if you think you could contribute, send us an email. However, I was super busy the past few weeks getting other stuff done. Check out the list and images after the post:

  • Shirt design for Year of the Beard – a charity to help fight domestic violence. My friend Andy is behind it and he also plays in the band Vietnam Werewolf which if you remember, I did a tee for them last summer.
  • Two shirts for Fright Rags. One for the film Eraserhead and another for Phenomena. These were high intensity illustrated tees. I wasn’t happy with the coloring job on my Phenomena tee so I’m going to collab with the great Ray Frenden. I can’t wait to see how the colors turn out. You can see my not so colored version below.
  • Shirts for Michael Buble for Warner Bros. Records.
  • Shirts for Tallenete Drill Team.
  • Completed the DVD packaging for Catfish with Falcon Wings, a film EP of sorts from director Jason La Ray Keener. He’s someone to keep an eye out for in the next 5 years! He’s shown a few of his filmmaker colleagues and hopefully I will land more projects for them!
  • Had a meeting with some filmmakers about their high school wrestling documentary called Pinned. It should screen at some of the major film festivals in 2010. We are in talks about doing the key art and all the design of the marketing materials they’ll need for the entire 2010 festival run. We’re stoked on that. Haven’t seen the doc yet, but we have a screening of it this month. The way they described it makes it sound awesome. One of the dads in the film has his son wrestle a bear for practice!
  • The artist Whyball has put together a pack of brilliant hand drawn renderings of wings for a future “Raster Pack” that should go on sale this month.
  • I was interviewed by Justin Silverman of the NY Post about some calling card designs. The published article featured some quotes by me.
  • We will be releasing a more urban “baggy” tee template this month by request of a few of our customers. They sent us the exact tees they want modeled and we’ll be happy to release it as a template.
  • The Distressed t-shirt templates (from Bare Apparel) are selling well. Those tees are seriously cool, I wear one almost every day now!
  • Did a quick 3 minute video tutorial of the Distressed Tees in action.
  • Brainstormed ideas for Arsenal 3.0! Adam Wagner has been hard at work with some new designs that are pretty impressive.
  • Have been transitioning our Arsenal affiliates over to a new system. We’re using Post Affiliate Pro now and it’s pretty awesome. If you’d like to become an Arsenal Affiliate and make some money with us, we are offering a $5 signup bonus and you start off with 15% comission on every sale. For more info go here.

All these tees are mocked up on our new Distressed Tee templates

Eraserhead Artwork by Jeff Finley
Eraserhead mocked up on Bare Apparel tees

Year of the Beard art by Jeff Finley
Year of the Beard tee mocked up on Bare Apparel shirts

Phenomena artwork by Jeff Finley
Phenomena shirt mocked up on Bare Apparel

Catfish with Falcon wings DVD art by Jeff Finley
Catfish with Falcon wings DVD art by Jeff Finley

About the Author, Jeff Finley

I'm a partner at Go Media, a Cleveland web design and development firm. We also specialize in print design and branding. I started Weapons of Mass Creation Fest and wrote the book Thread's Not Dead, teaching artists and designers how to start a clothing company. In my spare time, I write songs and play drums in Campfire Conspiracy. I'm a happy husband and an aspiring b-boy and lucid dreamer.
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  • Adam

    nice to finally see another update! i really like the dvd packaging. every time i come to this site and see your week i think to myself damn i need a wacom.

  • Simon H.

    woaw, the weeks seem to be busy in Cleveland :-)
    Just a question, how do you do the preview for the print work ? With a 3d modelling soft ?

  • Matt

    The Eraserhead Tee looks totally rad.

  • http://www.gomedia.us Jeff Finley

    Yeah it's a great investment. I have probably used it more than 1,000 times! Haha, seriously though, I use it on just about every tee design I do. It takes some getting used to, but once you get it, it's pretty natural.

  • http://www.gomedia.us jeff_finley

    That was actually done in Photoshop just transforming and blurring and stuff. But when I actually want to make a really good looking preview, for like portfolio purposes, I'll break out 3DS Max. Unless it's actually printed then I would just take a real photo.

  • http://misterchek.ru/ MCF

    nice illustrations )

  • http://www.webstorestl.com The Website Store

    Your graphics are unbelievable. I really enjoyed them. Nice Tees

  • http://www.mortenfc.dk/wordpress Morten FC

    Agreed, the Eraserhead tee is awesome. I was wondering, btw, do you ever use the new blob brush in illustrator when drawing illustrations like these, or is it still strictly photoshop?

  • http://www.crearecommunications.co.uk Mat

    I love that last shirt, something i would wear for sure.

  • http://www.crearedesign.co.uk Michael Thomas

    Are they real t-shirts or are they images placed on some of these funky T-shirt templates I have seen floating about?

  • http://designawardsgallery.com/ Best CSS Gallery

    Awesome t-shirts. Especially the Phenomena one! Very cool graphics

  • http://olddirtydermot.com/ Dermot Reddan

    Lovin the tee designs! Keep up the great work.

  • http://iamthetrend.com IAMTHETREND

    great work as always! loving the work you did for fright rags!

  • http://www.dotcominfoway.com/ John

    Nice Designs for T-shirts. Especially the last one is fantastic. I too have one similar to that kind of T-shirt.

  • Simon H.

    I've seen a tutorial for the vanishing point tool in Ps that looks promising.
    Here it is : http://psd.tutsplus.com/tutorials/tutorials-eff
    Could you let me know what you think bout that ?

  • Simon H.

    templates ;-)

  • http://forthelose.org Ralph Damiano

    I really liked the Phenomena one. Really great work.

  • http://www.methodologymarketing.com logo designer

    There are some incredible t-shirt designs.

    Great work!

  • surfboards

    You just don't stop impressing me! keep posting like this, you rock.

  • Dan

    Excellent job..
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