04.Jun.2009 Designing a T-Shirt…naked?

My brother Dan and our good friend Steve Olsen play on a volleyball team in Chicago and they are in need of t-shirts. Dan asked me to whip up a cartoony emblem to humorously express their goofy team name: “Makin’ Bacon Naked.”

At work today, I whipped up a few quick sketches/doodles in red pen on a legal pad to see whether my initial inclinations coincide with their thoughts on the shirt. Here’s what I came up with…

Just a little doodle to get things started. Also, this one features the Enemy of Peanuts!

Just a little doodle to get things started. Also, this one features the Enemy of Peanuts!

A guide to how the different poses I sketched would potentially look on a shirt.

A guide to how the different poses I sketched would potentially look on a shirt.

A stright on shot with a griddle full of bacon over the crotch via Dan's suggestion.

A stright on shot with a griddle full of bacon over the crotch via Dan's suggestion.

I want to surround the central character with these Happy Bacon characters. Dan and Steve seem releuctant.

I want to surround the central character with these Happy Bacon characters. Dan and Steve seem releuctant.

Super quick doodles of some other pose ideas.

Super quick doodles of some other pose ideas.

Jumping with joy over bacon. I like this one a lot. Super silly, but it makes me smile.

Jumping with joy over bacon. I like this one a lot. Super silly, but it makes me smile.

I love the bacon popping out of the skillet exuberantly.

I love the bacon popping out of the skillet exuberantly.

I started this one and it just looked too much like he was whacking himself in the groin with a hot pan.

I started this one and it just looked too much like he was whacking himself in the groin with a hot pan.

A skillet banjo on a bacon stage.

A skillet banjo on a bacon stage.

The Enemy of Peanuts cameos again here. I love this one.

The Enemy of Peanuts cameos again here. I love this one.

All the above images can be enlarged by clicking on them.

I have to say, I’m pretty excited about completing this and seeing it on a t-shirt. I’ll post any updates on the process here and maybe make the final product available for purchase. We’ll see. Either way, please enjoy these sketches and feel free to weigh in with your opinions below.

Note: The title of this post is purely provocative. I drew all of these fully clothed.

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