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Yesterday's City of Tomorrow by behindinfinity Yesterday's City of Tomorrow by behindinfinity
Pardon the cheesy title it comes with the theme :laughing:

The design challenge states:
"This time around, step back into the Retro Future and design a t-shirt that captures the essence of idealistic imagery of the future as imagined in the pre-1970s era. Skyscrapers that round to a bulb at their top, ringed with futuristic bands for extra support. Flying cars that drive their silver-suited inhabitants to their jobs on Mars. Sleek, spherical household appliances that do everything from shower you to cook your dinner in a matter of instants. You tell us!"

One of my resolutions this year was to challenge and train myself better by creating artwork as often as possible. Part of it is joining as many contests as I could manage, because it really is great exercise trying to work with a predetermined theme and medium.

The Retro Future shirt design challenge caught my interest because it brought back memories of watching cartoons like The Jetsons and stuff on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim as a teeny kid. Later on I was exposed to vintage futuristic art from even farther back. Their idea of what was 'modern' or 'futuristic' is entirely different from how it's depicted today usually streamlined silhouettes, restrained color, and minimalism. In contrast, their vision of tomorrow was full of lots of bright color and odd forms that would give construction companies headaches (then again maybe it was because they planned to have the robots do all the grunt work).

:bulletblue: my design:
My main inspirations for my design are the futuristic illustrations of Arthur Radebaugh, and cartoons I watched growing up.

It's pretty straightforward a stylized retro futuristic cityscape with the deviantART logo integrated as part of the crazy architecture. It fits in there pretty well, hahah. I also wanted to maximize the shirt as a canvas so I made the unprinted blue part serve as the sky so that that even the negative space is really part of the composition as a whole.

I did my best to make a shirt design I would wear, and I'd like to think my taste in clothes isn't horrible and hopefully other people would enjoy this too. :lol: I tried to balance the stylization in a such a way that it would keep with the theme but also appeal to a large demographic with modern tastes.

7 colors; halftones were used for the gradations and to simulate the look of more colors

I really enjoyed working on this, and even learned a couple of new tricks in the process so I'm happy. :)

It's fascinating to observe how these aesthetics evolve. And now I can't help wondering how the future is going to look in twenty years or so.
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:iconprivodanima:
privodanima Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
The colors are so so well chosen!
My Cute Monsters Contest Entries:
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Ginryuzaki Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
love the colors! :iconilavplz:
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madmax21st Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Congratulations on making the semi. I'm rooting for this [link] though :iconleleleplz:.
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WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Gorgeous! I love the color and design. Good luck as a semi-finalist :aww: :nod:
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flight209 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Student Artist
A great choice of colours, and to go without outlines really fits the style! I looked up Arthur Radebaugh too, I can definitely see some resemblence your images.

This is a really amazing piece of work. I think it may be a favourite of mine in the competition.
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Nami15 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow... I want that shirt. I love it. :D
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animeinkblot Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I'd wear this!! *clicks button* lol =D
I like where you placed the picture,
with the clouds partially on the shoulders,
and nice choice of colors!
Well Done! Hope you win!!
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:iconflodelinea:
FloDelinea Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
Cool one ! You can check mine [link]
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sborauysal Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012   Artisan Crafter
cool ! Check out my shirt design [link]
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:iconpachunka:
Pachunka Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Professional Artist
Amazing.
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:icongaalav:
gaalav Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Quite a few elements there , but very well balanced, nicely done.


My Entry for the contest

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:iconjml2art:
jml2art Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Student General Artist
nice bro! :D very nice :)
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:iconchampskill:
champskill Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Nice Job! The design itself is retro and so is the view on the future you took.
All around great design.

Check out my shirt let me know what you think.
Click wear it if you would!
[link]
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:iconinagare:
iNagare Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Reminds me of the days when I watched Jetson's and Dexter's Laboratory. :)
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sankalpsaraf Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
awesome!!

vote for me?
[link]
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Glass-Image Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012   General Artist
awesome
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:iconzeb31:
ZEB31 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
very cool
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:iconcharmed-ravenclaw:
Charmed-Ravenclaw Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the style of architecture here
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lidstrom82 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very well done! The colors you use here work very well with each other, and you achieved a lot of detail without the design becoming too much to produce economically on a printer. Wow, this entry skyrocketed up the popular entries! Great design and good luck! If you'd like, please see my entry at [link] and vote if you like. Thanks!
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MxonerSkittleDip Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Nice design you have my vote if you have the time check out my design, hopefully I can gain your support as well here is a [link] to my design let me know what you think
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Trixus Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the design. Its eye-catching without over doing it. :) Great work. I voted for it.
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PlainBlandMan Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
I miss the good old days when skyscrapers were just 180 stories tall...

Now all we have are these newfangled sky high grocery stores.
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Asher629 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
Nice design! Great color selection, I also love the pop art fade out on the bottom!

Check out mine if you'd like!
[link]
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ElenSo Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
Cool city view!I voted for you- great design)
Check my T-shirt if you want)
[link]
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:iconinspiriated:
Inspiriated Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist

I hope you win! I'd buy that shirt!

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BishiLover16 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it, especially that you added the dA symbol in there.
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TheCrazyLil-Z Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this design! retro future idea from the 50s were awesome and still are. we're so unimaginative about the future now a days. Hope you make it to semi-finals!
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VampTheLosrSoul Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Hewy your entering good sure ivote for ya good luck ok let one of us wins ^.^ *tumbs up*
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Ai-Kibo Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
oh what a beautiful and incredible pole Deseri have it and use it because I love that kind of cute and original designs Sontan is difficult indeed to find such beautiful styles polor especially when inthe inspired books, jin hope you win :) I hopes so soon have that pole (pole or shirt to say there are many determinations not?)
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Lisbeths Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
mhm, i like the city design, but i think its not really fitting on the shirt. i would have the picture hanging in my room... but i dont like the way its put on the shirt. too simple, too boring. sorry.
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twistedemotion Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
voted for you! the first thing that came to my mind was jetsons aswell, and as soon as i saw the title, i totally understood. i think the design describes it wonderfully and it sets the mood immediately ^^ good job!
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Itabia Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
This is an amazing design! I would totally wear it! :)
But I don't particularly like the clouds there. They're a bit unnecessary
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:iconbehindinfinity:
behindinfinity Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012   General Artist
Thank you! :D And I appreciate the feedback!

My intention for the clouds was to unify the cityscape with the negative space/unprinted portion of the shirt as part of the composition. I specifically chose blue because I wanted it to have the feeling of an endless sky. :) The style of the clouds was inspired Arthur Radebaugh; the clouds in his retro futuristic illustrations added to the dynamism of his work.

I do feel though that there is something I'd like to improve on my clouds. However, I need to get some sleep first. XD
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lovecocoabeans Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i'm guessing the same four(and a half?) clouds should be scattered about? maybe they look artificial because they're kiiinda symmetrical?

just a suggestion :)
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Itabia Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
Ah, I see. :)
Yes, sleep first, see what comes to mind then. XD
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Graywolf923 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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RainbowLilac Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I friggin love complimentary colours. 8D
The look of this design is just great.
Love how crisp it looks.
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:iconbehindinfinity:
behindinfinity Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012   General Artist
Good to know someone appreciates complimentary colors! :D
Thanks so much!
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RainbowLilac Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problemo compadre!
You have my vote! (:
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