March '19

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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1 4 P R I N T W E A R M A R C H 2 0 1 9 1 4 P R I N T W E A R M A R C H 2 0 1 9 W e probably all remember Saturday morning cartoons with a bowl of cereal as kids in front of the television. While the storylines and char- acters have changed and been reissued many times over, we all have a favorite that we keep in our memory like an old friend. These days children have options all hours of the day every day thanks to cable and the Cartoon Network. Through online video games, kids can even make their own custom characters in their own worlds without relying on a production company for imagination. We were lucky enough to recreate one of these custom characters. We took an original concept and fine-tuned it with some flair and style with a limited num- ber of colors. We like to say we put a little Graphic Elephants stank on it. TOON TIME Cartoon style is defined with strong lines to make a two-dimensional character come to life. Dr. Seuss had an artistic ap- proach with thick and thin lines, while Charles Shultz broke up lines as if a child had drawn them. Our challenge was a black wolf developed for a black substrate, so strong lines were needed to make the image pop off the shirt. We chose colors that complemented the dark character. We used blues and greens as reflective quali- ties as the light hit the black surface with darker shades for a shadowy figure. So, we needed a strong line drawing first and fore- most. The character's name is Glitch. To accom- pany our wolf, we needed to incorporate some requested items. Glitch would need to be wearing a hoodie with PUNK on the Imagination IS More Important ... SCREEN PRINTING From Software to Substrate Lo n W i n t e r s This job was cre- ated in a cartoon style with a cus- tom character. (All images courtesy the author)

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