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Fading from Existence by CharmyRaven Fading from Existence by CharmyRaven
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Reflective statement
This was just a plain white T-shirt I wore to my grandmother's funeral (Asians wear white to a funeral). As you can see it's very plain and I wanted it to have a new purpose in life. I initially painted out the design with Chinese inks, scanned it, edited it with gradients and text in Adobe Illustrator and then painted it onto the T-shirt.

In uni I chose to study conservation biology and zoology. Even though I haven't made a career out of it and I don't feel I've done as much volunteering as I should have done, I still think the environment and conservation biology is important. It saddens me when I find out another species has gone extinct and it makes me saddened and disillusioned by mankind. Fashion can make important statements and this shirt is a reminder of what we are doing to the world so hopefully will remember what they are doing to the environment and change for the better. It also serves as a bit of a conversation starter. My family had no idea what this shirt meant and thought that zebras weren't endangered at all (There are a few species of zebra. The Plains Zebra is relatively common but mountain zebras are endangered). I sincerely hope the concept is understood by the rest of the world.

Constructive criticism
I painted this design onto the T-shirt with Permaset silk screening inks. Some areas of the shirt look very drybrushed unfortunately. I'm still debating as to whether or not I should have used a stencil. The inks were also very thick and I couldn't think of a way diluting them to make them thinner and easier to paint onto the shirt. Any ideas? There's not much point in me getting a silkscreen - unfortunately I don't do silk screening often enough to warrant a set. Still any ideas would be great. Constructive criticism on the design is also appreciated.
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I think the best part of this artwork is the way the zebra's stripes seamlessly fade away. The idea and the execution are both stunning and I love the fact that you painted this onto something with meaning, I think it takes real courage to make something that powerful and permanent. (It takes courage to make art in general but you take it further than that). This topic is one often visited but I have never seen it done like this and I love it. This inspires me to write and draw more, because isn't this the main point of art? To touch and change and make things like this beautiful somehow?
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m-gosia Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016
efflora Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
Very meaningful. Good job.
CharmyRaven Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
KanchanCollage Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013   Traditional Artist
Very cool concept!
CharmyRaven Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
Vivacia18 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
Great concept and a simple, elegant fulfillment of that concept, very well done love! Sadly I don't know much about adding designs to clothing other than through embroidery, but from what little I do know, TheGoldenGizmet seems to have a pretty good suggestion.
CharmyRaven Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awe thank you! Ooh, embroidery, there's a potentially idea that may work out better next time. Thanks for the idea!
Vivacia18 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
No worries, glad I could give you some ideas:D
GwynConawayArt Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Professional
I think it's a wonderful design! I would suggest that next time you look at transfer paints. You can paint with them onto a piece of plain paper, then iron transfer the pigment onto any cloth (be careful of synthetics as they may melt under too much heat). They won't add much weight to the fabric, unlike when you use direct paint techniques. After you're done, you need to add a lot of heat with a pressing cloth to set the paint. 

A little caution though, I'm not sure all of the transfer paint brands are washable - check the box if you decide to try it out!
CharmyRaven Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh haven't really heard of transfer paints before, I'll have to look into it next time! Thanks for the suggestion! I'll test it out on some scrap cloth :)
GwynConawayArt Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Professional
Hurray! Glad to help : ) 
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October 19, 2013
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Canon EOS 1000D
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1/49 second
Focal Length
25 mm
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Date Taken
Oct 19, 2013, 10:02:29 AM
Adobe Photoshop CS3 Macintosh
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