Introducing the Holiday 2012 Apparel Collection!
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More awesome hoodies and tees than you'll know what to do with!


2012 Holiday Collection
An exclusive preview from Forest Stearns




Welcome, deviantARTGear Watchers & MORE! 

New to the deviantART T-Shirts & Gear team, we'd like to introduce Forest Stearns ($draweverywhere), Art Director of deviantART Brands. Forest is excited to offer you an insider preview today and share how our brand new Holiday 2012 Collection (which launches this week!) evolved from concept to reality.

From: $draweverywhere

IT'S ARTRead about the creation of It's Art. Click here to see the process journal.

Hello, my friends!

I'm excited to tell you about a huge project we’ve been working on that's finally going to see the light of day (or your computer screens) this week! For the first time, deviantART will be launching a full season of product to the site all at once, and I've had the pleasure of orchestrating the creative development of this line

First, I'm thrilled to meet you. My job here at dA is split between artistic direction and hands-on illustration. It's been a challenge and a blast! My background is in making art and working with other artists on collaborative graphic illustrations. I’ve been a member of deviantART for over 6 years now, and since my first project with dA -- performing as a Live Artist at the Pacific Festival over a year ago -- I moved into a full-time role and am enjoying the challenge. 

CMYRead about the creation of CMY. Click here to see the process journal.

Now, let me tell you what we've been cooking up these last few industrious months. The Holiday 2012 Collection has a vast reach that spans many genres and themes in art. It's an artistic adventure you can wear. Every piece has a story, and we look forward to walking you through the creative process of how each design was executed in the coming weeks. Be sure to +Watch £deviantARTGear so you don’t miss out on the insider look at how this apparel collection came to be. 

a href="deviantartgear.deviantart.com/…">Movie TimeRead about the creation of Movie Time. Click here to see the process journal.


Why tell you the story behind each and every design?  As artists and appreciators, we rarely get an intimate glimpse into the steps that brought a piece of art to life. Sharing the story creates a conversation that's fundamental to artistic education. I hope that telling the tale of each design will help breed artistic success through the sharing of experiences. Every piece had a journey from the first creative kernel to its final printed end on a wearable canvas. So we are going to pair up designs with the stories of their creation in an effort to add value. That way, you'll not only own the garment in its finished stage; you'll be able to connect to its artistic journey. Hopefully, the combination of illustration and the process narrative will create a new understanding that concept or technique couldn't do alone. 

Sunset Burner


So, what's this collection all about? It's really about the diversity of deviantART and how the love of making art brings us together. Our goal was to offer many well-crafted illustrations that support deviantART’s core values of inspiration, education, and entertainment. The dynamic range truly evolved from theme to theme because of a desire to speak many artistic dialects. The Holiday 2012 Collection is based on honest artwork that pushes the limits and is open to extreme possibilities. Many subject matters were explored for which a number of media types could be applied. The illustrations are bold and gritty, full of energy, dynamic contrast, and stylized character. Whether monochromatic, acid neon, textured, flat, pitch black, or glow-in-the-dark, there's contrast throughout. 

It was also important to create pieces that could stand individually, but worked as a series. The designs range from playful exaggerated characters and stylized handwritten fonts to works in fundamental art theory and color science. The character illustrations are a mash-up of the interesting people I see in everyday life, while the letter-based pieces celebrate the beauty of typography and strength of powerful statements. Every piece influenced the next and many rounds of revisions were necessary in order to ensure the design was strong, the concept interesting, and the visual language cohesive. 

Sound Waves


I draw every day. It's my drug of choice. The more you learn, the more you see, the more you use, the more you practice. Creative problem-solving and exploring new techniques keep the "job" part of the work lively and interesting. The joy is in the journey, right?  

Monster Talk


We hope you find the process journals of each piece educational, inspirational, and entertaining. Perhaps it will be a catalyst for you to make artworks and share your own processes with us and others. 

Never Normal

Without making you wait too much longer, I'm proud to announce that this Holiday 2012 Collection will be available in the next two days and just in time for the holidays!  Get them early for yourself or your homies. I'm certainly looking forward to having my own set! 

Inside VoicesRead about the creation of Inside Voices. Click here to see the process journal.

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The collection is here. Check out Hoodies & T-Shirts now! 

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alimhanafi's avatar
WOOOOW.....
when i can make like these y?????#@#
rahulsilverfang's avatar
rahulsilverfangHobbyist Digital Artist
good one!!!
Viviax's avatar
ViviaxProfessional Traditional Artist
They're nothing special. Tacky designs.
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draweverywhereProfessional Artist
Thanks for your feedback, do you have any suggestions?
Viviax's avatar
ViviaxProfessional Traditional Artist
Maybe make them more diferent from each other and similer work. They all tend to blurr into each other. None of them stand out much. The only one that stands out is the jet one. The rest look somewhat generic graffiti style designs. Good quality work. But they don't stand out enough. It is good quality, fine, work.
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SER1Professional General Artist
good teaser...wanna see it!
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heart-WORMHobbyist Photographer
THese designs are cool!!!
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magicwingsforeverHobbyist Digital Artist
All the new clothes look AMAZING, congrats!
diaaaa's avatar
I AM so glad, as newbie........ i am finding the deviant art box such fun and amazing to use cant believe how much you can create in such a small box .its so addictive and have really found a new hobby . cant wait to read the details of your work and get some inspiration and ideas .. well done and thank you .happy holidays
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draweverywhereProfessional Artist
Welcome! We are looking forward to seeing your work!
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bosbosacatHobbyist Digital Artist
woooooooooooooooow Good
bottled-mermaid's avatar
Awesome! I love the designs you featured in this journal :love:
Good luck for this new projects! :w00t:
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JoanJosepHobbyist General Artist
fantasticas ilustraciones
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zoombiewolfStudent General Artist
like!!
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zoombiewolfStudent General Artist
YAY
reyjdesigns's avatar
Very cool designs....loving the colors and and design elements...nice work.
MikeHaff's avatar
Nice work Forest!
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SuperStar1700Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great inspiration! Hope DA can become better!
deviantWEAR's avatar
There seem to be some questions about the intent of this collection. Per Forest's journal above, "Our goal was to offer many well-crafted illustrations that support deviantART’s core values of inspiration, education, and entertainment." We are loving your comments and appreciating all of your feedback.
spyed's avatar
spyedHobbyist General Artist
great post! love seeing the inner workings!!
draweverywhere's avatar
draweverywhereProfessional Artist
Thanks Spyed! The adventure has begun!
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