Today's offering comes in the way of an old silent horror film. This shirt design was inspired by the 1922 film, Nosferatu.
It features my version of Count Orlok, standing in front of the mansion and boat - his long fingers wrapped around a bouquet of balloons.
The quote says "My dreams are heavy in this desolate castle, but do not fear" which isn't a quote by the count himself -but by Hutter (the assistant to the count, and husband to Ellen.)
The art is heavy on the film grain, as I wanted it to resonate with the grainy feel of the movie. The balloons are a bit paradoxical to the character and quote...humorous, yet unsettling.
The design is featured on two different shirt styles:
Count Orlok: My Dreams Are Heavy Unisex Jersey Short Sleeve Tee (Standard/Retail fit)
This fit is what you commonly find in big-box retailers. This shirt is 100% Airlume combed and ring-spun cotton in black, white, or gray.
Airlume cotton is a high-quality type of combed ringspun cotton. Before being spun into yarn, the raw cotton is put through an intense combing process, ensuring that all impurity is removed before spinning into the yarn needed to make clothing.
Because it's an extra step in the process, clothing made from airlume material tends to run a little bit higher in cost. The fabric is soft and light and is available in sizes up to 3X.
Count Orlok: "My Dreams Are Heavy" Unisex Softstyle T-Shirt (Eurofit)
Eurofit tends to trend on the "slimmer" side. It isn't a slim fit, but it is a little more form-fitting.
In a Eurofit, the neck and sleeves are a little bit more narrow. It creates a very nice look, but if you like your clothing a bit more loose, either size up or skip the Eurofit and go for the standard. This shirt is 100% Ringspun cotton in black, white, or gray. Ringspun cotton is made with a very fine, high-quality cotton yarn that is spun many times to create a softer, finer, and more durable fabric. hence, why this shirt is called a "softstyle".
The fabric is light and soft, runs true to size, and is available up to a 3x.
I drew the art from a movie still.
I added elements I thought were key, like the mansion and the boat. A few bats, you know, standard vampire stuff.
I also made his skin color a little more greenish than is expected. The 1922 Nosferatu film is in black and white, so certai of those details are left to the imagination, I suppose.
I wanted to give him a "corpsey vibe", so I did.
I also wanted it to not only be grainy, but to be comic-booky as well.
I like it.
If you haven't seen the movie, you can view it on Youtube here:
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