After looking at this site for quite some time, I’ve decided to finally give it a shot at designing a shirt. My name is Joe, and I’m an Illustrator and Graphic Designer from Dallas, Texas. I’ve worked in the print industry for 2.5 years now, and I’ve been drawing my entire life. I work at a print shop during the day designing business cards and other various paper-printed media using Photoshop and Illustrator, and at night I apprentice at a tattoo shop close by. I’ve always been fascinated with apparel design, especially shirts, and it seems like the community of artists here share the same taste in aesthetics as I do.
I have a few questions if anyone could answer them for me. I do a lot of tightly crosshatched pen and ink stuff, in the styles of Bernie Wrightson and Aaron Horkey. Since I’ve only really experienced digital printing using toner-based presses and some offset/thermography/Pantone printing, my question is if tightly crosshatched artwork can translate to shirt or apparel printing. Do I need to simplify it? Do I need to vector the artwork if I don’t have to simplify it? I understand that some shirts are printed DTG here and some are screenprinted, so which format should I push to design more towards?
Sorry for the flood of questions and the barrage of information; apparel design is just something I’ve wanted to do for a while now but never really knew much about it. Thanks in advance for your help. And if you’d like to see some work, let me know and I’ll post some up!