T-shirt designs are a type of art. They are a way of expressing our identity or our outlook on the world. Because of this, you need to have an original and unique design that stands out from the rest.
So, if you like the whole idea of printed T-shirts, but have no idea what to put on it… Where can you get inspiration from?
This is the easiest way to get inspiration. Think about the kinds of jokes you like or even if you are into jokes at all. If it can be expressed in a comic then it can go on a shirt and that’s the magic in it.
Because of this, you can simply take a look at some comics online and try to view them in a different light. Give them your own style, own voice and humor.
Sarcasm, irony and dark humor are the most appreciated by others though. You need the right audience for them, but if you have got that down then it’s all done. A simple quote is enough in this case with the appropriate background. One of the best examples: “Well, aren’t you a little ray of pitch black?” with a grey rainbow behind the text.
Work or School
We know, we know, but hear us out first. Work and school aren’t simply endless pits that swallow our time and joy. Or at the very least, they shouldn’t be. Take a look at what surrounds you at these places and what moves you about them. Is it the people? The atmosphere? What you do?
Something has to be there that makes you want to stay. Something that won’t let you just quit and leave everything behind. That one thing is the key to your inspiration.
It might simply be stubbornness. That works just as well, it’s a feeling that can be your best muse. Try to give it a body, a face. Even a voice. It will help you design something that can express how being stubborn feels and looks like.
This can almost be anything. The work you do, love or a hobby. Basically anything that makes you feel strong emotions that you can’t express with words. This is the best inspiration you can have, as almost any kind of design can work.
It can be abstract, realistic or even… expressionistic. Although, you can use many more kinds of art styles, but these are the favorites.
To be honest… This is our favorite inspiration as well. Anything can be a part of the expression. Color, style and characters. Every little bit plays a huge part in the whole picture. Especially for the creator of it.
In this case we aren’t talking about your goals and aspirations. Those are likely very common and hard to make a design out of. So no. Instead, we are talking about actual dreams. The things you see while you sleep.
These are usually nonsense and might seem weird, but you can find some inspiration in them.
Now, this one can’t be explained as a whole, unfortunately. There are a lot of things you can do that will strike you with inspiration and motivate you to create art. So if you can’t find your muse in one specific thing then an activity might just be the thing for you.
If you move around and “conquer” nature there is a lot of space for inspiration. You can look at beautiful sceneries, discover new places and explore your surroundings. All of these will fill you with wonder and other intense emotions that can be only expressed in pictures.
Besides that, you will quit focusing on getting work done. You will stop the constant thinking about getting inspiration and wanting to do your job. It will be you and nature. Nothing more. This will give your mind some peace to think and come up with new ideas you wouldn’t have thought of otherwise.
Just sitting down and letting your mind rest might be enough. It can seem weird and unusual when you first begin doing it, but the inspiration will find you in no time.
If you don’t already know what meditation is really about, then let us explain before you ditch the idea. When you meditate you practice mindfulness. You become aware of your body and the parts of it. But more importantly, meditating will make you focused on what is going on in your mind. Your true emotions, feelings and wants. It’s possible that you will already know about some of these things, but a lot of them will come as a surprise. It’s a great way to learn about yourself.
Because of this, meditating can bring certain inspirations to the surface and help you with a new design.
Looking in the mirror
Sometimes you can’t find inspiration anywhere. That’s when you need to turn to the mirror and take a good look at yourself. Because now is the time to be your own muse and help yourself find inspiration within you.
Look at your face. Examine your eyes, nose and mouth. Then grimace. Smile. Frown. Make sure you take a good look at everything.
If that’s still not enough then look at your body. What makes you happy about it? What would you change if you could? But most importantly… How does it make you feel that you think about your body this way?
Mainly running, but any kind of cardio can work well. Just make sure that you aren’t doing powerlifting, because that requires your full attention and won’t let your mind wander.
If you can then do this at home. Simply put on some instrumental music that doesn’t distract you and get on the treadmill. Set an appropriate speed which you can keep up with for at least 10 minutes and start running. Start focusing on what goes on in your mind and not with your body.
The adrenaline will help you think of new ideas, but the exhaustion can be a great muse as well.
You can find inspiration almost anywhere. But the key to it is that you can’t force it. So make sure that you don’t overwork your mind by trying to find your muse.
What do you usually do to find inspiration? Will you try any of these ideas? Tell us down in the comments below!