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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.


jshoemake15 jshoemake15 Artist from United States

I understand what you guys are saying. I do my designs from scratch as well and although it does seem unfair just think about it this way. People who are using these stock images are limiting themselves to whatever images are available. If your design is good and original then it should get the votes it deserves and it shouldn’t matter whether or not they are using stock images.

JustPetrucci JustPetrucci Artist from Washington, United States

@ castello: I see what you’re saying, however, the rules state that:

Work: Any concepts, creative designs, drawings, or artwork without limitation and including in particular any new renderings of the Pre-existing Material, produced by You for entry into the Contest in accordance with the Contest Rules.

Pre-existing Material: All information and material supplied to You as part of Your participation in the Contest including, without limitation, one or more of the following: style guides depicting DC’s characters and properties, product concepts, ideas, creative designs, drawings, specifications, artwork, still photographs, names, logos, pictorial and literary representations of fictional characters, companies, places and things.

2. By clicking “I Agree” below, You acknowledge and agree that You are entering into this Agreement in consideration of the opportunity granted to You by DC to use the Pre-existing Material as part of Your entry into the Contest.

3. You acknowledge and agree that DC is sharing or has shared with You the Pre-existing Material for the purposes of developing and/or creating the Work and that You are permitted to use the Pre-existing Material and/or the Work solely for the purposes of the Contest as specified by the Contest Rules.

But I would wholeheartedly agree with you should anyone be using pre-existing materials not produced by WB…although it could be argued that those photographs were not supplied to those entrants directly. But if Warner Bros. has them posted on the internet, would that be considered supplying them? Hmmm…

castello castello Artist from Spain

Many participants have drawn their designs based on photographs that are not your property. This is unfair to the other participants that are doing our work from scratch.
I hope they make a thorough review and act accordingly, because they are breaching of rules.

Examples of photographs used:

PatM23 PatM23 Artist from NY, United States

My new submission. I call it “Fire Burns, Smoke Rises” hoping it gets the OK!

JustPetrucci JustPetrucci Artist from Washington, United States

@ Beedham: Christopher Nolan will be choosing the top 3 out of the top 10, so you have to make at least top 10 for him to even see yours.

@ OPTIKblok: Is your thumbnail image 640×480 as well? Because it’s supposed to be 320×240. ALSO, if you’re doing this in Photoshop, you’ll need to make sure there’s no empty space on your canvas (Those grey and white checker patterns) otherwise PS will crop your image down automatically. You can simply resize your image (NOT the canvas), OR add a background. (e.g. a solid block of color or a blown up image of the artwork.)

OPTIKblok OPTIKblok Artist from London, United Kingdom

Hi Fellow Humans,

My design got rejected for the following reason:

“Format: Your design was not formatted properly for submission.”

Examples given in the rejection email are that the design “is not in RGB” or “distorted or out of proportion”. I sent the design in RGB just like it sets out in the DBH 101 page and I sent the artwork and placement files at 640 × 480 pixels as requested. When uploading the artwork file (which is a design in portrait orientation), the online uploader complained that the file was the wrong dimensions so I rotated the design and sent it as a landscape orientation and then it uploaded successfully. Could this have anything to do with this ruling given in the rejection email?

Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you

martinmeehan martinmeehan Artist from London, United Kingdom

@Beedham My first two were rejected…

Beedham Beedham Artist from United Kingdom

@martinmeehan the rules say you can only have 2 submission maximum i think?
@JustPetrucci i think the first 3 places are of Nolan’s choice but 4th-10th place are point based

martinmeehan martinmeehan Artist from London, United Kingdom

Submitted my third design yesterday. Hope this one doesn’t get rejected. Haven’t heard anything yet so taking that as a good sign so far. Fingers crossed. :)

JustPetrucci JustPetrucci Artist from Washington, United States

I don’t think it’s so much people copying concepts as much as it is the concept being obvious and simple. (e.g. Bane and Batman sharing a face, Batman made of something like buildings, or something dissolving into bats. I mean, come on. Who DIDN’T think of those concepts?) And considering that it takes about a week for one’s artwork to appear on the site, I think coincidence is a better explanation than copying.

Secondly, I’ve noticed people who plagiarize artwork have been getting removed or denied. (Serves them right, those unimaginative cheap buzzards!)

That percentage question is a good one though; how much IS riding on the votes?

uosipa uosipa Artist from Philippines

Hello fellow Humans,

I wanted to join TDKR, I just have a few questions:

*what will happen to the submissions of artists that copied concepts of others *what will happen to the artists that have used other designers materials without consent to the original owner/artist.? *how many percentage is the “voting” compared to the other winning factors?
Thanks in advance Humans! :D

JustPetrucci JustPetrucci Artist from Washington, United States

Ohhh…Hm. I’m fairly certain that’s not even possible to do in Microsoft Office Photo Editor. :P

You could be super ghetto and try Microsoft Paint? But it would probably be a better idea to just find someone with Photoshop or try Googling “free photo editing software.”

Sorool Sorool Artist from United States

Oh, but what if you use microsoft office photo manager?

JustPetrucci JustPetrucci Artist from Washington, United States

Yeah, I always take the time to read those big scary documents of rules just to know what I’m getting into. Because I’m nerdy. I guess.

@ Sorool: Download one of the DBH t-shirt templates in the DBH 101 section. (That’s the easiest way anyway) Open it in Photoshop and place your image in the layer where it says “design” (or something like that) and then you can do a free transform to size it up how you want.

DYOKER DYOKER Artist from Spain

Thanks JustPetrucci ; ) . I’ve been in so many contests and they didn’t follow the rules at the end of the contest, but i see this is a different web, serious, I think they are doing things right, that’s fine.

JustPetrucci JustPetrucci Artist from Washington, United States

17. SELECTION OF WINNERS. Between April 14, 2012 and April 22, 2012 (the “Contest Period”), all approved submissions will be posted the DBH Site. During the Contest Period, DBH Site users may vote a maximum of once per day by visiting the DBH Site and voting on a given Work. Subsequent votes in excess of stated maximum per voting day by a single DBH Site user may be disqualified. The use of any automated launching or entry software or any other mechanical or electronic means that permits visitors to vote repeatedly is prohibited. Upon verification of the results from the public vote, DBH will take the results into consideration when evaluating the five (5) winners of the contest (“Winners”). Entrant acknowledges and agrees that the public votes are a factor in the winner selection process. DBH retains sole discretion in selecting the Winners, which will be based on, among other factors, public votes, uniqueness of design, sale-ability, public comments, and DC and WBCP approval.

(Yes, I actually DID read the rules and regulations…) ;P

choppre choppre Artist from Maryland, United States

Isn’t this contest for 18yrs and older? I’m beginning to think there’re kids entering this contest because all I hear is people whining! Common guys, stop all the complaining, do you best and have fun! :D

NeonTiger NeonTiger Artist from Portugal


DYOKER DYOKER Artist from Spain

In my opinion the voting sistem for this contest is not fair…there are so many people that has been in this web for over 2-3 or more years, they have so many friends, followers, etc…an easy way to win lot of votes with their participations. U_U

What do you think of this guys?

wotto wotto Artist from CA, United States

@ sagat yes abstract designs are ok but you will need at least one element from the movie clearly visible.

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