I LOVE this illustration done by Thomas Vroman, 1964, for the book 'Alexander' by Harold Littledale. I definitely wanted to include this type of technique for my next t shirt design, based on the word 'twirl' from www.illustrationfriday.com. I love how he used a patterned background mixed with a black outline image.
I ended up going with my initial thought, of a dancer. One of my favourite bands is The Killers, and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to incorporate their lyrics into my t shirt design. Take a listen to the song 'Human' below:
I started designing some silhouettes of ballerinas I could use for my final t shirt.
I then began working on the final. First I painted a pattern of stripes [in watercolour] for the background. Next, I drew the silhouette [in marker], and cut and pasted it on top, to resemble Thomas Vromans' illustration.
As I was creating this tee, I was reminded of an illustration by Tim Burton, Jimmy the Hideous Penguin Boy, so I thought I would share it. Check it out below:
Once I finished my design, I scanned it into the computer, and touched it up in photoshop, and added the text as well.
And finally, here is the finished t shirt design! Hope you enjoy it!