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Apparel Collection: Fangs

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 4:11 PM


Fangs
Design with a Bite




Slip on this design with strength and pride any time you need to face your creative fears. When a homework assignment, due date at work, blank canvas, or creative brief stares you in the face, stare right back with an intimidating snarl. The challenge can be daunting, but with practice and determination, you can succeed.

The concept of this piece came to me after messing around with gold-colored aluminum foil worn over my teeth while dressed up in costume, giving the camera a growling look. Looking at the photo taken, I felt as if I had just become one of the many wacky characters I draw so often. The overall feeling was worth exploring in a drawing. Showing your teeth is a powerful and primal reaction, but rather than pimping out my grill, I thought it would be interesting to wear that look on a shirt or hoodie.


I have a healthy fear of creatures in nature that could eat me live, so this idea of giant teeth worn across the chest seemed empowering. Grizzlies, wolves, wild dogs, zombies, vampires, bats – they’re all a bit scary when flashing their chompers at you in predatory manner. The first prototype for this concept was painted directly on a hoodie with gesso and glow-in-the-dark paint. The teeth were really grimy and the drips and splatters added a fun artistic element. Here it is in action in my studio. Yes, I am a nerd.


I wore the heck out of that hoodie until the zipper broke and I had to retire it. But the idea lived on, and I pushed composition further making the teeth look like an open mouth about to bite rather than the more horizontal top bar of teeth. A funny mustache even creeped into the thought process for a little bit.


When building this piece, I took a good amount of time to study my own snarling grimace, as well as angry expressions of dogs, cats, and other fanged creatures. After drawing many different sets of teeth, I decided on the appropriate composition.



After scanning the piece into the digital space and redrawing it much cleaner, the teeth were really sharp-edged and tight, but it looked too mechanical or false. Not the feeling I was going for, so I added some splatters that made it feel more dynamic and raw. The hand lettering was applied to make the viewer take a second, closer look at the graphic and connect the feeling to the deviantART experience. At the printer, we came up against the last of the conundrums: making the piece big enough for the XLs but not too huge for smaller Women’s sizes. We decided on a nice width in the middle that worked well for all.



When we put the shirt on a model, we saw our decision had paid off. The graphic was a great size, and he immediately struck a fitting pose. It really brings out the animal in everyone who wears it.


This product was so hot that the T-Shirts are sold out. Click here to shop other T-Shirts.   To get a brand new Fangs, hoodie style,  click here to shop this and all awesome Hoodie styles.



Enjoy!



Hear the Art Director of dA Brands share with you some the inspiration behind Fangs.
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:iconend-rix-3:
End-Rix-3 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
can you use one of my pics????Sweating a little... Love 
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:icon19shaan91:
19shaan91 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
cool!!!
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:iconsee-zot:
See-ZoT Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Very cool but i would like a mouth smoking , it gonna be a cool T-shirt ! :D
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:iconshandhyajie:
shandhyajie Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
nice to look u art
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:iconnightsandrealafan:
NiGHTSandREALAfan Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
i want one
:I
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:iconcarlossimio:
carlossimio Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Happy Christmas
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:iconkasukabe12:
kasukabe12 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
that. was. AWESOME.
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:iconcloudraindrop:
cloudraindrop Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wove wove wove it :3
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:iconslender33:
slender33 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Give me. Freakin' looks badass and awesome. Yay to fangs.
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:icondebyfordarrow:
debyfordarrow Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
How did you get the t-shirts to light up? Whats the process? I have a picture that I'd like to light up to. Did it cost you extra? Thanks for your time. Awesome shirt!!!
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:iconskyzhema:
Skyzhema Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
it's a special dye. You can buy glow-in-the-dark paint from a paint store a lot.
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:iconohitsuji101:
ohitsuji101 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
cool i would wear that!
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:iconyllari:
Yllari Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Eeewww, I would not wear that
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:iconsnivy116:
Snivy116 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student Artist
did I saw a zombie?
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:iconzangie:
Zangie Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Hehe rawr on you folks! Nice T!
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:icongatichick:
gatichick Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing i wonder if you can make them glow in the dark? i would love to have one like that XD i like to scare people :XD: or just for fun :D
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:icondead--head:
DEAD--HEAD Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
haha love the video xD might have to buy a couple of these down the road here
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:iconlamia5:
Lamia5 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Much Better..........
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:icondesperateme:
DesperateMe Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh yes...This is defo for me!
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:iconledvampire:
LedVampire Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
omg i fall in love!
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:iconnxriot:
Nxriot Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Hah love the one with the Mustache :D beautiful designs! Cheers~
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:iconjalen808:
jalen808 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So awesome i want one so bad.
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:icontheturtlekinglives:
TheTurtleKingLives Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That shirt is great!
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:iconviolinvixen:
ViolinVixen Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
I want this so bad! I know what I want for x-mas now!!! :D
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:iconnekomataonna:
nekomataonna Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I WANT THIS
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:iconraigfx08:
raiGfx08 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome
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:iconcarmillahayes:
carmillahayes Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Quiero esoo!!!
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:iconakumaasylum:
AkumaAsylum Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student General Artist
Shut up and take my money--Fearsome!
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:iconlightoverpowers58:
LightOverpowers58 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student Writer
Fierce design!

There is a tiny mistake towards the bottom of the journal, there is an <_a> missing.
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:icondraweverywhere:
draweverywhere Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the heads up!
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:iconlightoverpowers58:
LightOverpowers58 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student Writer
You are welcome!
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:icontherainbowtomboy:
TheRainbowTomboy Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student General Artist
Meh gusta want!
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:iconkovowolf:
KovoWolf Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
This is amazing on all levels! :heart:
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:iconjayne-hz:
JAYNE-HZ Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMFG i want it!!
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:icontinalbion:
Tinalbion Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Want!!
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:iconlakotaangel72:
LakotaAngel72 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome!!
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:iconsurrender-the-rose:
Surrender-the-Rose Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
I want this so badddd
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