Friday, July 26, 2013

The Eagle has Landed...he's tough, proud and cool

A couple of weeks ago, we posted on FB asking if there was anyone out there wishing Wed design a shirt of their schools mascot. We had a great response and decided to create a few for some of our local schools. One of these is a shirt for The OCS eagles.
 I started off googling "Bald Eagles" and looking at all these different views of them, and decided that I liked the side head view the best.
Next I drew him out in pen and ink.
I wanted this bird to look tough and proud at the same time. I didn't go to OCS, but I have a few friends that did. I remember competing against them in track meets (way back when!) and they were TOUGH! Shout out to Julie Richardson, Julia Barnhill, etc. ;)  It seems like they are always "going to the dome!" in football  too and making North Louisiana proud. Way to go EAGLES!!
  Anyway- back to the shirt... So, meanwhile, my old trusty Mac that I've owned since 1998 died. This meant I couldn't scan in the drawing and play with colors on the computer. Ugggg. Back to good ole colored pencils!!
 I made some copies of my drawing and literally started coloring. Once I got the color arrangement figured out, I started sketching the whole layout of the shirt.
 I kept thinking about Top Gun and the military when I worked on this.
 Now it went over (thanks to my sister Holly for delivering) to graphic designer extraordinaire Jeff Smith who put it all into the computer an helped give it that faded vintage look that we love so much..Voila~ this is what we got!!

We have the presage going on now. ...Until Monday July 29th. You get a little discount for ordering early!!! Shirts will be ready in mid Aug (just in time for football season).
Thanks as always for reading!!!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Happy Anniversary SALE

   Happy 1 year birthday to us!!! 

Still can't believe how fast time has flown by since last summer when we decided to give this little business a try.
  To celebrate, we are having a HUGE SALE on our existing inventory. Check out our invitation....
.Since all of our designs are hand drawn first, we created an invite that was hand done too!! Cool!! We want to make this a once a year event that our customers can expect to happen every Aug. We are drastically marking down all of our Fall & winter 2012 designs, and our spring 2013.  50-75% Off!!! 
  So what can u expect??? Tees, tanks, dresses, onesies, etc in ALL sizes baby~ adult XXL. We will have boxes lined up with everything in one size in it. So for  example, if u know ur kid wears a 4t, u will find all 4's available in one box. 
  One of our retailers, Miss Persnickety Joon, (Located on 1008 North 3rd in Monroe)
  so graciously agreed to host this event for us. They will be having their own special sales going on too AND Friday nights 5-7pm sale will have a little wine and cheese for everyone to enjoy. Wow! 

   Hope to see y'all there~and thank you again for all your support this past year ;)

P.S. Can't wait to show you all our new designs for Fall. 
P.S.S.  For all you Neville Tiger, Sterlington Panther, Ruston Bearcat and OCS Eagle fans out there, we are working on a cool shirt for you for this football season. Stay tuned for the pre-sale!!! Our plan is to have them ready before the big Aug 31st Jamboree 

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Louisiana King Cat

The Lion may be the "King of the Jungle", but not in Louisiana......the TIGER is!!!

So how do you come up with an original purple and gold tiger shirt that doesn't infringe on any copy right rules for LSU??? You tread carefully!
  You really have to get creative to come up with a cool tiger shirt that wont get you a huge fine and that people would want to wear. I started out just researching what all was out there. I googled LSU, Tigers, Geauxtigers, etc. As you can imagine, there are ALOT of freaking tiger shirts out there. One thing I did already have was the perfect purple colored shirt picked out.

Its an American Apparel tri-blend that everyone loves. Top Quality and super soft. Next I got to sketching. It was important to make sure that the whole design was 100% hand drawn.  My first attempt was a tiger face on.
It was okay...nothing special. So then I decided to turn his head and do more of a profile view. It was a better drawing than the last. I looked into making the 2 tiger faces mirroring each other with the words "fighting tigers" around it.
This was a neat design, but not very original. Ugggg. This was getting frustrating!!!
  So, I tried to go back to square one. I thought about our state and all the history with it. This got me thinking about crests. Wouldn't it be neat to have a tiger in some type of crest/shield??
 I loved the idea of a crest with a crown involved, and wanted our King Cat is def have a crown on.
 I also wanted some type of wording but with a historical approach. I looked up the Latin word for "Tiger" and for "Victory" and added this into the drawing. 
   I sent the initial layout to my friend Melanie who pointed out that he looked a little cross eyed!!
Ha! Oops- so the pupils got tweaked a little. One on left was wrong-one on right has the "fixed pupils". Now, we had a very original purple and gold King Cat Shirt.
You'd think purple and crowns and a cat would make for a female only shirt, but I gotta tell ya, this is the shirt that my very masculine husband  wears the most!!
Brent is shown wearing a Large.
And now Model MaKenzie in the tee.
She is shown wearing an Adult Medium.

This design is available online at Youth sizes( $24)  in 2t, 4t and 6t and Adult sizes ($28) S-XL.
I also plan to print this design on these very cool off the shoulder Purple sweatshirts from Alternative Apparel for Fall. LOVE these!!!
Thanks for reading!!! Let us know if you have any suggestions, comments or wish your school had a Mr P designed tee.