Ibex t-shirt design

Of all the bestiary that adorn the objets d’art of the ancient Near East, none has had so long, nor so eventful, a life as the ibex. First appearing on Samarran ware about 5500 BC, the ibex was among the earliest of the animal images to be seen on Near Eastern pottery. The ibex remained a popular symbol in Mesopotamian art possibly because of it's long, branch-like anters, resembling the Tree of Life - a symbol of fertility. 

The ibex received a contemporary look for a new t-shirt collection I'm designing based on the symbols of ancient civilizations. 

With a little help from printmaking expert Britt Spencer and his screen press, the ibex design was printed on multiple shirts, included mens' & women's styles. There's something particularily satisfying about wearing my own designs; I've already begun designing more to screen print.  

Sleigh Ride

In the past, I've had the pleasure of designing promotional art for one of my favorite bands, The Last Bison. I was so pleased when the band commissioned me once again to do the cover for their Christmas EP.

© 2013 Shannon Snow

The main reason I love working with The Last Bison is that they always ask for designs that really challenge me as an illustrator. Every time I've created work for them, I always come out with a super complex illustration that I'm really proud of.

Here's a link to previous work I've done for The Last Bison.

Bookporn: when "Nerdy" and "Sexy" became analogous

I love doing the artist swaps at Ten Paces & Draw. It reminds me of when I used to do them with my friends on DeviantArt. I was pretty young then, maybe 13 or 14, and most of my friends were older - they all seemed successful and talented, and I was just elated that they wanted to collaborate with me. So when the girls at Ten Paces told me that this swap was going to be a combination between working illustrators and students, I jumped onboard immediately. I love a bit of role reversal. Not only that, but the theme was pretty cute, too: we were asked to pick any random hashtag to base our sketches on.

The sketch I received was from MICA student Kate Seltzer, with the chosen hashtag of #bookporn. These swaps are all about having fun, and that is exactly what I did with Kate's sketch.

© 2013 Shannon SnowTo see Kate's sketch accompanied by mine, check out the entire swap over at Ten Paces & Draw.

On the topic of books and porn, I've seen a lot of shirts over here in London that say "GEEK" and "NERD." These shirts are from Topshop, one of Britain's huge fashion retailers.  Are nerds sexy now? I've always thought so.