Derby #225: Australia

to the sun

to the sun
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quality posts: 45 Private Messages rasabi
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The rainbow serpent of aboriginal myths is unleashed by a modern day mining operation. Mining is a large industry in Australia, and I found it interesting (in a tragic sort of way) that aboriginal mythology is deeply rooted in geography.

I was going to call it "one last look at the sun" (the sun being the rainbow serpent's foil), but my wife said that title was super sad and also that I was a depressing jerkface. So uhhh instead I'll call it "to the sun" because, you know, maybe the snake comes back and he and the miners have tea parties forever.

4 colors on brown.

Details of the halftones:

And this part zoomed out again because I think it turned out cool:


quality posts: 0 Private Messages ericire

LOL, love your wife's reaction!! Nice design style... different from all the others.


quality posts: 18 Private Messages kinzoku
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Oh man... if this wins, I'm buying it.


quality posts: 60 Private Messages bluetuba
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This is fantastic, I love mythology

"You can't just dress a Minion like Spock, and add a caption that says "Logical Me". There's a prison for people like that. Below my house."


quality posts: 1 Private Messages Draike
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Gorgeous painted look! Do you have any close-up shots? I'd love to see the details.


quality posts: 0 Private Messages blk909
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incredible work; thank you for creating it.


quality posts: 381 Private Messages Narfcake

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The colors have so much "pop" to it that it's hard to believe you're only using 4.

Beautiful work - GMV!

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quality posts: 1 Private Messages Cormano
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Not only probably the best artwork in this derby, but one of the few (only?) shirts that made a serious attempt to address the artistic and political history of Australia.

When studying the Dreaming, I similarly felt a sense of tragedy upon learning that the geography European immigrants seem so intent on selling to the highest bidder is considered a literal avatar of the spirituality of the Aboriginal Australians.

Good to see more shirts making an adult statement.

I'd Want It.


quality posts: 45 Private Messages rasabi
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Thanks for all the comments, guys!


quality posts: 63 Private Messages j5
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honestly rasabi, why are you here? please submit more designs to the dailies for a better chance at printing. The derbies are no place for your work.
(I hope to be made a liar)

I have a shirt catalog, y'all!


quality posts: 0 Private Messages rowanmikaio
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This is an absolutely stunning shirt, and a definite buy if it wins. That being said, I wish the machinery were a little more prominent. I feel like the environmental warning/message inherent in the shirt will get lost because people will just see a pretty design.


quality posts: 45 Private Messages rasabi
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@J5 - Haha. Always glad to hear that kind of reaction...

Doing the derbies and wiring myself to produce at least one new design a week really helped me get back into illustrating. That isn't to say that I don't sub work elsewhere (with a half dozen unaccepted daily subs thrown into the mix), but I tend to work better with a little guidance and a deadline. Getting as much stuff out as I can and hearing as much feedback on said stuffs is probably the best strategy for me for at least a while longer :P

@rowanmikaio - I added the lines of color in the machinery pretty late in the process to increase its presence. Now that you mention it, though, I wish I'd thought to experiment with it a bit more. Thickening the lines a bit would have probably helped, though I remember having to also worry about the lines blending into the surrounding halftones too much...


quality posts: 0 Private Messages idest
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I often skim the derby, but rarely vote. This, though... this I would be ashamed not to vote for. I would buy it in a heartbeat.


quality posts: 22 Private Messages lucky1988
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Sweet painterly style. Looks great! +1


quality posts: 667 Private Messages lonelypond
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Beautiful; I love seeing what you do w/ the derby themes myself.


quality posts: 7 Private Messages paigeg
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This needs to print, for shirt reasons, for aboriginal reasons, for environmental reasons... A well-reasoned shirt!


quality posts: 0 Private Messages captainassassin


This is difference between "drawing" and "graphic design"

A design that was MADE for a shirt, not just PUT ON a shirt. Effective and PLANNED use of negative space, and a complex usage of limited colors with halftones.

This submission reminds me of some of those great designs from 50-100 derbies past. Well done indeed.


quality posts: 0 Private Messages xepherys
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Honestly, it's not really my style, but you get my vote anyhow for having one of the most amazing designs I've ever seen in a derby. I'll mirror a sentiment from above - it's amazing this is only four colors. Your use of negative space is fantastic. If this was a print, I'd probably buy it. Regardless of my personal taste in tees, you have a great style and I hope to see (a lot) more of your designs in the derby down the road.


quality posts: 49 Private Messages thatrobert
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  • Congratulations on winning a Best Loser Award!
  • This is not SPAM.
  • Winning a BLA does NOT mean this shirt won't print -- I'm hoping it does.
  • Your one and only gift is this crappy little badge in your shirt thread. Enjoy.
  • I like the Starbucks here that's better than the other one; cause the other one's not as good.


quality posts: 3 Private Messages qetza
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Awesome design Rasabi. Would make a fantastic print!


quality posts: 20 Private Messages missmelis
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This is the only shirt I voted for that made it to the fog... I hope it prints!!

The goodness of the true pun is in the direct ratio of its intolerability. - Edgar Allan Poe


quality posts: 0 Private Messages chaos215bar2

I'm quite disappointed this didn't print. Cute koalas are great, but this shirt would have been amazing.


quality posts: 0 Private Messages captainassassin

Well, its pretty obvious the majority of derby voters have no true artistic appreciation, or aptitude for that matter.


quality posts: 1 Private Messages Cormano
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Not only did this not win, as it should have, it wasn't even selected as an Honorable Mention?

What the ****

I'm remembering why I don't usually even bother to participate in the Derbies. It leaves me feeling like I've walked in on a group of lobotomized manchildren watching re-runs of "Friends."


quality posts: 0 Private Messages Fuzzypaws
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This design not even getting an honorable mention is an absolute travesty. :/

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