The story behind the design – Animal Faces pattern

Hello Everybody. Today I would like to tell you a bit more about our YUK FUN animal faces T-shirt. As an illustrator Patrick has always been a big fan of the mighty felt tip pen…

Some examples include some huge felt tip drawings from his AWESOMO POWERA solo show at EEA Art Space in Amsterdam:

Awesomo powera by Patrick Gildersleeves

AWESOMO POWERA Felt tip drawing by Patrick Gildersleeves

And a couple more psychedelic felt tip drawings of musicians from the same show:

Felt tip drawing of a keyboard girl by Patrick Gildersleeves

Felt tip drawing of a guy playing a banjo by Patrick Gildersleeves

Last summer Patrick was asked by Schuh to customise a pair of Bucketfeet shoes to win as a prize for their #artandsole competition. This is one of his preparatory sketchbook pages, experimenting with colours and animal shapes.

Felt tip drawing by Patrick Gildersleeves

Work in progress, using textile pens directly on to the shoes. Patrick got sent two pairs to work on so there wasn’t much margin for error!

Schuh Bucketfeet #artandsole shoes by Patrick Gildersleeves Schuh Bucketfeet #artandsole shoes by Patrick Gildersleeves Schuh Bucketfeet #artandsole shoes by Patrick Gildersleeves Schuh Bucketfeet #artandsole shoes by Patrick Gildersleeves

And the finished pair of shoes:
Schuh Bucketfeet #artandsole shoes by Patrick Gildersleeves

We decided that the design would look great on T-shirts and other clothing, so Patrick created a new version especially for our all-over T-shirts. Below is the original felt tip drawing that the pattern was created from after a little bit of editing on the computer.

Felt tip sketch by Patrick Gildersleeves

We’ll be blogging the little stories behind our other designs in the future so keep your eyes peeled…

Leave a Reply

Back to Top