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The Dark Knight Rises T Shirt winners

The winners for the Dark Knight T Shirts are here. Some of the best drawings and digital renderings Design By Humans has ever seen. From Bane's angry face, to the stealth actions of Batman; each new Dark Knight Rises shirt has story of their own.

The Rising Shadow introduces a large portrait of Bane with Batman running toward the foreground. The ink and brush stokes give this tee energy and texture.

The Bane Shirt, by Mr. Nicolo is known for his intense shirts like Sasquatch and Dino Frenzy. He captures Bane building intensity in his hands, with a brilliant use of blues, accented by orange eyes and energy. The sure grip of Bane comes alive in this T Shirt.

When the bat signal is called the Dark Knight Arises. This Dark Knight Shirt is a sure portrayal of Batman, Gotham and the bat signal.

Once the signal is called the Dark Knight will Come From the Dark. Batman drops to the ground with a storm, accented with the cape flowing from above. This symmetrical balance frames the leading lines so you stare right into Batman's dominance.

The final fight between Batman and Bane under the depths of the bat signal put this design at the top of Christopher Nolan's list. Hello, Mr. Wayne features many fantastic design elements. This tee captures contrast, shadows and highlights to create an intense fight scene. Action, leading lines, and brilliant contrast make a t shirt worth a thousand words.

All 5 Dark Knight Rises tees are for sale for a limited time. You can purchase a piece of the Dark Knight legacy or for the big time fans you can collect the entire series at a discount. The designs are printed on soft cotton shirts for comfort and quality. The movie releases July 20th, but the shirt are available now. Thanks for all the submitted, voted and purchased shirts.

With limited print runs, get your order in as soon as you can.

It is an honor to present to you, the top 5 designs, from the most amazing talent pool of t shirt designers that Design By Humans has ever witnessed.

Contest Stats

  • 84 Countries
  • 1727 Artists
  • 3305 Submissions
  • 26,644 Voters
  • 51,800 Votes

The Dark Knight T Shirt designs are being released on Monday, April 30 with the grand prize winner to be announced on Friday, May 4th. Each day, we will reveal a new t shirt design and starting on Wednesday, Director/Writer/Producer Christopher Nolan and Producer Emma Thomas' selections will be revealed. The Dark Knight Rises designs came in from all over the globe in one of the largest t shirt competitions Design By Humans has ever hosted.

The epic journey has concluded with 5 world class Dark Knight Rises T-Shirt designs that are simply amazing. With uniquely designed t-shirt art from 84 countries, producing more then 3,000 submissions, it was no small task for Design By Humans and Warner Bros. to select our finalist. Weekly meetings between Warner Bros., DC Comics, and Design By Humans yielded hours of conversation on the artwork to approve and select winners.

The winning t shirt designs are printed on a premium blend cotton shirt for maximum comfort and quality. The t shirts are screen printed on a specialized allover press at our state of the art printing facility.

We look forward to hosting more epic t shirt design contests in the near future. In the meantime, feel free to browse our winning Dark Knight Rises shirts, and hundred of other graphic tees available on our website.

Who Will Rise? Over $13,000 incash and prizes. Every artist has a journey, every journey has an end.

The Dark Knight Rises T-Shirt Design Contest

Design By Humans is looking for several artistic Humans to design epic t-shirts, inspired by the upcoming, highly anticipated film The Dark Knight Rises, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures.

The top 3 winners will be chosen
by Director/Writer/Producer
Christopher Nolan!

This exclusive contest is your rare opportunity to produce artwork for one of the most renowned movie entities on the planet and have a chance to get your design seen by the Art Department at Warner Bros. and The Dark Knight Rises filmmakers.

From the top 10 finalists selected, the top 3 winners will be chosen by The Dark Knight Rises Director/Writer/Producer Christopher Nolan and Producer Emma Thomas. Collectively, finalists will have the opportunity to win up to $12,500 in prize money for their winning t-shirt design, with the top prize being $3,500. The contest starts now and we will be accepting submissions until April 11th at midnight. The contest is free to enter, but you must follow the guidelines and accept the terms below.

Contest Guidelines

  1. If the logo is to be used, artist must use the official Bat emblem from The Dark Knight Rises as provided in this link.
  2. Interpretations of The Dark Knight Rises versions of Batman, Catwoman, Bane and other Batman elements are allowed.
  3. Two-Face, The Joker or Scarecrow are not allowed and will be rejected.
  4. All submissions are reviewed by Design By Humans and Warner Bros.
  5. Read the DBH submission Terms of Service.
Final Rules and Regulations »


  1. 1st Place
    $3,500 plus 12 shirts of artist choice
  2. 2nd Place
    $3,000 plus 12 shirts of artist choice
  3. 3rd Place
    $2,500 plus 12 shirts of artist choice
  4. 4th Place
    $2,000 plus 12 shirts of artist choice
  5. 5th Place
    $1,500 plus 12 shirts of artist choice
  6. 6th - 10th Place
    Option to sell artwork to DBH

Contest Deadlines

  • March 19, 2012
    Official The Dark Knight Rises contest begins
  • April 11, 2012 - Midnight PST
    Submission ends
  • April 22, 2012 - Midnight PST
    Online voting ends
  • April 30, 2012
    Top 5 Winners Countdown Begins

The Dark Knight Rises contest consists of 4 different phases: creating a design, submitting artwork for approval, voting for the best designs, and announcing the winners. As an artist you can submit conceptual t-shirt designs, as an community member you can vote for your favorites, and the top 5 winning designs will be available for purchase at the end of the contest.

Design By Humans features 100's of premium cotton T Shirts with creative design concepts. Browse the shop section with a gallery of iconic design, check out the vote section to support other winning designs or become a member of the forum. Thank you for participating in the Dark Knight Rises Contest and leaving your mark on this epic legend.


Warlordfgj Warlordfgj Artist from United States

@wotto, can one use text such as “the legend ends” or any of the tag lines from the film as part of the design, or would this be grounds for disqualification?
Thanks! And you’re doing a great job moderating!

JustPetrucci JustPetrucci Artist from Washington, United States

@ Warlordfgj: There are several designs up for voting already that have such lines as “The Legend Ends” or quotes from the movie. So as far as I can tell, text and words are fair game! (So long as they’re relevant, I assume…)

JoeConde JoeConde Artist from Philippines

@QUALITEE, no worries bro. Yeah the anticipation whether or not my design would meet the screening panel’s requirements was also killing me at that time. I hope they get back to you in time for changes, if they indeed decline it. But if they approved it then good for you! Yeah, you just send in that other design before the deadline. Good luck bro!

RsaArtworks RsaArtworks Human from Argentina

@wotto @JustPetrucci
in my images there are a compostion of photograps and drawing,I not use a straight up photograph, there is a mix, just part of the torso and the mask was used, and not from promo stills such others that I can se here, the rest is drawing. and YES Im amazing replicating persons becouse I am a experienced professional and I expect be treated accordingly, I demand to know what is the criteria for the election. I dont would make exaples but in the aproved art are really just promo photos passed by a filter and the word RISE behind. the first rejection took 6 days and the second 25 minutes alleging trademark issues, and that is not a serious behavior for any contest committe. if you have doubts about the authorship of the images, try to find the original, you will not find anything becuose I made it. visit my page and you will know de quality of my work, thing that you should have done from the beginning . regarding the number of colors the rules (the I did read all of them from beginning to end( says less than 10 colors, this composition dont have more than 4 in diferents graduations, AGAIN I see aproved art with a lot colors, some far more than 10. and the rules didnt say a single word abuot the use of collages+painting, the reason that for this sistem of paint is to be exactly accurate in the reprodution of WB desings.
I repeat, I demand to now which is the criteria for the aproved art, and who made it, you or WB people?
robot emails without explanation after 6 days are no way to treat professional artist.
my art is original, ultimately modified reproduction of desings owned by TDKR WB. eligible to be approved.

PD>JustPetrucci are you a part of the staff or you are just guessing?

Sorool Sorool Artist from United States

wotto, you got my design right? I’m the one with the Permission To Die design, and I had asked you to reject it for a different design, but I’m afraid you rejected both, or the wrong one, because I have no understanding what my image is going through right now.

Sorool Sorool Artist from United States

Also, what happens if we submit something, but you don’t respond to it before the 11th.

Warlordfgj Warlordfgj Artist from United States

Seen your comments up and down the forum- you’ve been very helpful and nice to everyone- Thanks!

grungethemovie grungethemovie Artist from Brazil

clap, clap, clap man
the same thing happened to me with my designs, the first one, one week for rejection, the second, next day and bot answering (you can check on my tread in the FORUM
i’m trying to get answers, but did it way more articulate that i’m able to XD
and AMAZING art, really impressive

JustPetrucci JustPetrucci Artist from Washington, United States

@ RsaArtworks: So I think the best thing to do, which I’m starting to feel like a broken record at this point, is email them back and ask why it was rejected. This email address was in my first rejection notice, and by golly it WORKED! So you should try it too:

I’m a little confused though by what you mean when you say your “images there are a compostion of photograps and drawing,I not use a straight up photograph, there is a mix, just part of the torso and the mask was used, and not from promo stills such others that I can se here, the rest is drawing.” If you did not use a promotional photo, where is your photo from? Are you POSITIVE it is official Warner Bros.? I think it would be helpful to link where your photos are from. Also: Because some of your image is just photograph, if that’s what I’m understanding, that may be a reason for rejection as well.

@ Warlordfgj: Well thank you for your thank you! :)

@ grungethemovie and Sorool: My guess is that they’re going to haul butt before the deadline to get out DBH rejections. But Warner Bros. only has time like once a week to give O.K.s and rejections on designs, so if you get rejected in the second round…you should be more upset with WB than DBH.

...However, on the other hand, you could be more mad at yourself for not turning it in earlier. Of course, if you found out about the contest late and just didn’t have enough time; well, that’s just tough luck.

JustPetrucci JustPetrucci Artist from Washington, United States
NeonTiger NeonTiger Artist from Portugal

seriously you guys, give the DBH staff a break. Thye said to email them and I am sure you r one of hundreds of emails and thousands of entries.

Pepperbreakz Pepperbreakz Artist from United Kingdom

So glad my second submission got accepted!

Only came across this site by accident recently and i’m absolutely loving the t-shirts, the camaraderie and the creativity.
About to boost my Illustrator skills so I can get more involved, in the meantime, good luck to everyone entering the TDKR comp…..some amazing designs already submitted.


wotto wotto Staff: Creative Director from CA, United States

Hi Everyone,

I have answered many emails today and hopefully given some insight into why some of you got rejected. As the contest comes to a close in terms of entries we will consider all of your questions. The reaction to this contest has been HUGE and we have been working tirelessly to get approvals through as fast as possible.

We have received some incredible art and picking winners will not be easy. Good luck everyone.

JustPetrucci JustPetrucci Artist from Washington, United States

@ wotto: Hey, wotto, now I think it’s time for ME to ask a question:
How often does DBH do these big contests? Is this the first one? Can we expect more?

It’s been a lot of fun keeping up with the entries and helping fellow Hüman Artists out and I’m hoping I can look forward to doing this all again in the future. ;)

wotto wotto Staff: Creative Director from CA, United States

Don’t worry JustPetrucci we have more tricks up our sleeves in terms of contests but let us work this one out before we divulge any other DBH awesome contests ;) Thanks again for your help on here.

JustPetrucci JustPetrucci Artist from Washington, United States

Yusssss! :D

I like the Daily Contest, but something about this TDKR one with deadlines and stuff…it really gets you GOING, you know?
Can’t wait to see what’s next!

And noooo problem! My parents actually own a screen printing business and I’ve been working with them and clients on graphics for the last 4-5 years, so it’s really my pleasure!

ccink ccink Artist from United States

My 2nd and final submission, figured I’d have a go at the some logo work…

DYOKER DYOKER Artist from Spain

Great one ccink!

My participation has right now 146 votes….so, If i don’t receive any vote in sixty minutes then I blow up a hospital.

: P

lamborghini lamborghini Artist from United States

Three entries and three rejections! Please only constructive criticism.

lamborghini lamborghini Artist from United States

All work was hand drawn. Absolutely no tracing of any kind.

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