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A P P A R E L D E C O R A T I N G STATE OF MIND A JAPANESE ANIME SCREEN-PRINTING PROJECT S O F T W A R E T O S U B S T R A T E | L O N W I N T E R S 7 8 G R A P H I C S P R O J U L Y 2 0 2 0 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M T he Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines "state of mind" as a noun phrase: a person's emotional state: mood. We recently had a client's project that featured Japanese Anime, an anima- tion style that is popular with young peo- ple all around the world. The initial idea was to create a mashup of several series' characters into one design, but there were far too many to narrow it down. Many folks eat, sleep, and drink anime. Some people obsess over it and end up with a one-track mind or state of mind. This is what inspired our design. DESIGN STEPS The obvious subject choice would be a skull, with focus on the mind and brain. Skulls never go out of style—we've been printing skulls for decades. After obtaining some information on the most popular Japanese Anime shows, we chose some titles to contour with the up- per cranium. With passion for the genre, we used a Japanese character for love in the composition. We decided to go with white ink only on black shirts to minimize costs and for that contrast we love. (And, the ex- pression is literally black and white.) To give the final print depth and volume, we would massage our imagery a bit. We borrowed a medical photo of a skull profile through a stock imagery site. For our first task, the background was removed from the rest of the image. We worked on the details of the photo for the design in Photoshop. The original photo had shadow recesses from the light source and appeared a bit too dense; it could wash out in our final print. We would have to drop some of those den- sities to a level where they wouldn't fill in and overexpose the final image. Many folks eat, sleep, and drink anime. Some people obsess over it and end up with a "one track mind" or "state of mind." This is what inspired our design. (All images courtesy Lon Winters)

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