Ski and Snowboard Club T-Shirt Design

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A story of learning to ask what people want before I work too hard

I started drawing this in the Doe Library on my Wacom tablet, referring to these mountains. First it was on paper and I realized that through practicing graphic drawing, I’ve gotten a lot better at not looking at my hand/paper while I draw.
So I was sketching away with pencil and it occurred to me, why don’t you just do this sketch ON PHOTOSHOP??
Working on paper is just an extra step when you know your design is going graphic … but it’s just a 21 year habit instilled in me that I’m still working to break!
So I started to work graphically and just as always, I was able to sketch almost as quickly as on paper 🙂 It’s like going to the gym, it’s hard to get yourself there, but once you’re there, it all works out 😉 hahahah 

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So I started with this fun sketch :
My idea was mountains with “CSSC” melting into a ski lift with bears holding a flag and beer, surrounded by snowflakes.
Ambitious lady.
I started to use the reference pic of mountains below and actually draw the mountains. It turned out to be a lot easier for me than I realized it would. It’s like I always forget what I’m capable of.
A screenshot of my desktop while drawing the mountains 🙂
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I still wanted to do the bears on the tram idea, but I got a little lazy and inserted a design I did last year for club Staff shirts. No one’s really seen this before and it’s so fun and spirited, how could I not use it?! 


But of course, my friend Mace was like, that looks like the staff shirts. And I was like, okay yeah, people have seen this design. 
One of the biggest lessons I learned through doing this design is that when you’re working for a group, consult with that group BEFORE you put in too much time and effort. 
It’s taken me a few times to learn this because I am a perfectionist and want every design I present to receive a “wow!”
Now I know it’s just a little silly to do the work before you know what you need to do.
So scratch the tram. Then I worked super long on making this. I thought I was finished with it when I was on the train to Chico to see ma boi.
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CSSCTSHIRTS!finalWOO! I’m done!
Turned out the club wanted the design to be a little longer so as to fill across the chest rather than be centered in the middle.  !!!
This final editing task wasn’t going to be too hard, but I was losing a little spirit. I put the design away from my head for Labor Day weekend and got to work on Wednesday morning.
After classes and meetings and life, Thursday morning I finally pressed “export” to something I felt was much more expressive and cool!
Even I felt like saying “wow!”.
The shirts will be here just in time and are gonna look DOPE! I am so happy that I got to have this learning opportunity once again 🙂
Pics to be shared soon!
With lots and lotsa peace,

Some ski club shenanigans ft. the shirts I designed LAST year!
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And some other designs I’ve done over the past year!
Check out the blog links for them! The t-shirts to the right were my first time screen printing!

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