SXSW Live Art Battle Revealed

SXSW Live Art Battle Revealed
posted by JeffDBH • 3 years ago

The culmination of a 4 week journey concluded yesterday at SXSW in Austin Texas. DeadBugDesign and Cabooth took center stage at the CraveOnline venue with an epic showdown of both art and skill. The live contest theme was “Crave The Grave” and each artist had 90 minutes to complete their design. No easy task when the place is full of people watching every line you make on a large scale projection!

SXSW Live Art Battle

Head to Head Design Contest

DeadBugDesign on the left came out of the gate strong with a dominant SXSW music theme. A powerful fist explodes through the grave holding a microphone, the cord wrapping around the arm as it dramatically bursts through the soil. DeadBugDesign even added a Design By Humans logo and SXSW type to finish the design off with a unique concert poster feel.

Awesome Art Contest

Live Design Contest

Crave the Grave Design Contest

Cabooth on the right started with detailed line work from the get go. A detailed illustration unfolded showing skillful line art. With time against him Cabooth utilized every second with masterful stroke after masterful stroke. Adding shading and small details the image started to come to life in the first ten minutes. The theme rested heavy but the grave element was captured and the final piece had cool rendering and an almost three dimensional feel.

Art Contest

Design Battle

SXSW CraveOnline Art Contest

Dark Art Contest

SXSW Live Art Battle

SXSW Live Art Battle

SXSW Live Art Battle

SXSW Live Art Battle

Each artist worked through “Crave The Grave” concept with passion, conviction and both were asset to the Design by humans event. The battle raged for 90 minutes but in the end both artists were victorious. Beautiful art was created, good times were had and a few beers were clinked together is celebration. Both artists were ambassadors to Design By Humans and represented the ethos of empowered artists. Thanks DeadBugDesign and Cabooth, we look forward to seeing you again through submissions, the blogs, meet ups and your awesome art.

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About The CraveOnline Design By Humans Contest

The contest theme is simple, “What Do You Crave?” Entrants will be judged on based on topic execution, comments, votes, and engagement. Three winners will be chosen, and the top two winners will be flown, to Austin Texas SXSW to compete in the head-to-head live art battle to be documented by CraveOnline.

What is it you Crave? Whether it’s a Soy Latte, a rare action figure or a chocolate dipped strawberry we want you to get creative and explore the idea of cravings. Zombies crave brains, Vampires crave blood, Windmills crave the wind and Humans crave air. Be inspired and create an amazing design that every human will want to wear. Think cool, trendy and make people want to crave this winning T-shirt. We’d tell you to put your thinking caps on but we know you wear them all the time!

14 Replies

Ingkong Ingkong Artist from Philippines


miahsix miahsix Human from CO, United States

This looks like it was a blast. I loved this contest even though I didn’t enter. Thanks for keeping the community updated with all the cool stuff that DBH is involved with. It is one of many things that keep me here, DBH KICKS ASS!!!

DeadbugDesign DeadbugDesign Artist from Texas, United States

Thanks for the awesome write up! This was an awesome experience, and I can’t thank the DBH Team enough for this amazing opportunity and the hospitality they provided in Austin. Let’s do it again, sometime!

wotto wotto Artist from CA, United States

Wish I could have been there but I was busy getting the tees printed for release next week. You guys did a killer job on the art. Glad you had a good time and congrats on the win! You guys rock!

Inked Inked Human from California, United States

My one take away. Beards are required to be epic.

iamrobman iamrobman Artist from Batangas CIty, Philippines

WOW guys!

cabooth cabooth Artist from Texas, United States

This was such a cool opportunity. I mean who’s heard of a live art battle? Genius! I was glad to be a part of it! Got to meet some cool people and experience ATX during SXSW. Thanks again DBH!

pinkstorm pinkstorm Artist from Philippines

Whew! You guys rock! :D

thestray thestray Artist from United States

You guys are awesome, I definitely wouldn’t have been up for a challenge like this. Congrats both.

JeffDBH JeffDBH Staff: Head Geek In Charge from California, United States

Edit: My phone didn’t let me finish!

Hats off to cabooth and DeadbugDesign

ArtrocitY ArtrocitY Artist from Croatia

Few would do what you did guys so definitely hats off and congrats!!

MrFourFingers MrFourFingers Artist from London, United Kingdom

Nice one people! Looked great and another great idea by DBH.

SteveOramA SteveOramA Artist from Colorado, United States

cool to see the process photos. nice work guys!

cabooth cabooth Artist from Texas, United States

Thanks for the support guys! Definitely awesome to be a part of!

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