Friday, August 19, 2011

A Blue Chasmosaurus

Recently, Brian Switek emailed me with a little request. A friend of his who had an interest in chasmosaurs, happend to be a reader of this blog and was tickled by the title. He wondered if I could help him out by creating a Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs t-shirt. I thought about it for a few seconds and said, "Sure!"

I knew that I wanted to feature Chasmosaurus on the shirt, as his friend liked the beast so much. So I set to sketching out some ideas. I quickly settled on a portrait, so its facial expression could be nice and prominent. Tor the text, I wanted to be consistent with the current banner, so I used that font along with a nice, bold sans serif to accent the right words and give the title a good rhythm. I decided on a color scheme of different tints of cyan, so that if I ever wanted to get it printed in any other form, it would be easy to do in one color.

Over the summer, I've been researching on-line shops, as a way to keep working on good material and make a few pennies when I start school. For this t-shirt design, Cafepress seemed to be the clear choice, as the site offers the best overall prices for print-on-demand products as well as a good selection of t-shirt styles. My wife pointed out the importance of ladies' tees, which many other sites do not offer. I don't know how much I'll be offering at Cafepress (I also have an Etsy shop I've been wanting to launch for weeks, and hopefully will soon). But, if you feel like pitching some coins my way and wearing the dude below on a tee, get one of your own!

Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs promo graphic


  1. That logo is so cute! I love the color scheme too.

    I'd have gone with Cafepress myself but from all I read about it, it appeared as though you can only use one graphic ever in a free store (or something equally silly that made me go with Zazzle). Am I horribly mistaken there?

  2. Thanks! not sure about that Cafepress thing. It didn't seem that way to me, but it's possible. I'll find out.

  3. Well, I was able to add another design to my shop, and there's no indication that I won't be able to do more. The interface is a bit weird, with different "sections" being necessary if you want to do different lines of products with individual designs.


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