UPDATE June 4th
So this is where I am with the design so far.
UPDATE May 25th
So I decided to try this again! Going to be starting over with a new shirt design. No specific company in mind, I'm thinking of making a shirt to submit to Threadless or something.
The idea I'm working with is an image of a vampire wearing one of those beer hats, but the beer would be replaced with IV drips. Totally lame I know, but I just wanna make a bad pun shirt for once.
Some super early doodles in the margins of my sketchbook
Previous Class Work:
Update May 2nd
So since I was planning to make a poster and a t-shirt design from this, I decided to jump ahead and do the final poster first. This way I can work backwards from the more complicated image and refine it to make it more shirt-friendly.
So here's my final poster design
Experimented with using a lot of halftone for a screenprinted look, this way I can retain some of those halftones and keep some texture when converting this to fewer colors.
Update April 27th
So I've been crazy busy with school and finals and graduating next month, which is why I've not been posting updates here. Anyway, skipping a few of the steps (you really don't want to see my sketches.), here's my in-progress final.
Taking Chris's advice about not making a t-shirt all about work, I took a bit of a sidetrack with my brand and made something more fun,
However, I think it's turning out boring. It's boring, isn't it? The type still needs a lot of work but even aside from that, I'm not at all happy with what I have at this point.
An update from an hour or so later, trying new ways to lay out the type.
Hey guys, my name is Andrew Power and I'm a senior design student at the Maryland Institute College of Art. My senior project is an online inspiration shop called Busy Building Things (which I have been running online with a friend for 2 years now), so far we only have posters but I thought this would be a great opportunity to learn how to expand my brand into t-shirts as well.
Busy Building Things revolves around the idea of promoting work ethic through fun and humorous imagery.
Next month I'm going to be in the senior student show and my goal is to have some t-shirt designs on display.
My work is typically inspired by cartoons, bright primary colors and uses a lot of custom or refined typography.