This band shirt design for my former band Analog Apostles is one of my favorites. I created this two color screen printed art before we all left for our Summer 2014 tour of the USA. The shirts were hot sellers, and I still see them around town here in Lexington on occasion.
Band Shirt Design – printing on a budget
Everybody loves a good black band shirt. I know I do at least. Seriously, I have filled half of my t-shirt drawer with black apparel. Mostly for clients’ budgetary reasons, most of my shirt designs feature only one or two screen printed ink colors. You can make a lot of impact without using a lot of colors. This design definitely got a lot of bang for our very limited bucks! I chose a cool turquoise blue and light green color combination. It adds a mysterious, yet soothing, aura, which stands out against the stark black background.
Deep sea themed band shirt design
The deep sea diver bust wears a vintage diving helmet, which I feel adds to the mystery. The unknown figure in the foreground makes for a dangerous and unsettling focal point. I added a pattern of waves to make the background behind the diver. The cool water shapes are actually taken from a photograph of the ocean. I simplified the aquatic image down to just two colors for the screen printed art. I accomplished this task using both Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
Finally, I added the band’s name at the top of the design. Since there was a deep sea theme, I used a vintage font that I felt could easily be found on a pirate ship flag. Then I reversed the word “APOSTLES” to read in black over the green water background. I did this in order to make use of the negative space. This adds some depth to the design, while still being legible as part of the band name. Do you get it? Water? Depth? I am a dad, so silly puns are my forte’.
You need a professional band shirt design
Since I started my graphic design business, I have specialized in designing music merchandise. Contact me if your band or record label needs a rad shirt design!