With the new Star Wars being released soon and Christmas around the corner, I decided to come up with my own Star Wars ugly sweater design!
This marriage proposal t-shirt design I completed for a customer features a portrait of the couple in a heart configuration and wrapped with a ribbon to indicate everlasting love.
The unedited photograph was supplied by the customer. I removed the background and then tapered the couple at the bottom to form the basic structure of the heart. Then I added a red heart in the background and drew a decorative ribbon wrapping around the couple. The overall design looked nice as-is but a little flat, so I added some hard shadows in order to achieve a layered look.
The text featuring “Will You Marry Me?” was based off of another t-shirt design that the customer really liked. The block font is Anton with a modified question mark and the font Blackjack for the handwritten “I love you” below.
Overall I had a lot of fun with this design and I wish them a happy everlasting marriage!
First a little back story.
When designing for the public you often find yourself designing for peculiar customers. These customers have extravagant design ideas that sometimes make you sit up in your chair, scratch your head, and go “WTF?” One day an employee gave an art job to me and jokingly said that the customer wanted a unicorn riding a dolphin swimming through a rainbow. This quickly became the new code for “we have a crazy design for you.” After awhile it was shortened down to a sweet simple “we have another unicorn.” One of the artists in our office often knocks out the unicorn jobs and we decided to give him the title of “The Unicorn Slayer” and since his birthday is coming up, we decided it would be fitting to design him a shirt with this in mind.
How I arrived at the final design.
Being as the aforementioned “Unicorn Slayer” is somewhat of a typical biker, my initial idea was to design a rugged and tough unicorn riding a souped-up Harley. This didn’t seem to capture the idea of “The Unicorn Slayer” though, so I scratched that idea and decided to design a biker/knight fighting a unicorn. Upon scouring the internet for some knight armor I could pull inspiration from, I stumbled across jousting and the design idea immediately began manifesting.