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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.


shhabne shhabne Artist from Bulgaria

@koushiro your work is a photomanipulation, you could have atleast not used the most common batman image and applied a filter on it.Try to be more creative before asking for help:

Atarial Atarial Artist from New Zealand

Hello, I’ve submitted a design but I’ve realised the images I’ve used are pngs, will I get a chance to resubmit as jpegs?

daleconcepts daleconcepts Artist from Philippines

@wotto – how many days does a certain batch of designs will be up? its only until april 11 right? and the recent first batch I think are almost 2 weeks old.. will it be fair to others? I’m confuse about the batch postings and days to be on voting section….

LilMissMaggie LilMissMaggie Artist from United States

@wotto Thanks!! :D

koushiro koushiro Human from Peru

Hi I’m trying to upload my art, but I can not, but that low quality jpg, is as low as you can not climb. Do not tell me there happens any other way to upload my art? This is my work:

I hope you can please help me, already finished art but I can not upload it I would like to participate in this contest thank you very much n_n

thegreatscode thegreatscode Human from United States

I’m a new artist to this site but an old artist at heart. I tried really hard to keep to all the rules and I most certainly do not exceed the 10 color limit. Which wasn’t easy, I might add. I have already submitted an image which I hope will not be rejected. It was first inked on paper and then digitally added color in photoshop. It’s of batman and bane. And of course the logo is kept intact. But what I really want to know is. when the designs are finally chosen, will we be able to send you the full design? Mines is far detailed than is permitted in submitting. 7000×7000@600dpi to be precise. I’d truly hate it if you would use the 640×480 as the final work to design the shirt from. It would truly diminish the artworks proper appreciation.

wotto wotto Artist from CA, United States

Designs will be put forward to WB later this week, as soon as approvals are made the designs will enter the voting pool.

7sixes 7sixes Artist from Minnesota, United States

It took the first few designs a few days to be approved. Just give it some time.

jshoemake15 jshoemake15 Artist from United States

I have the same question as LilMissMaggie

LilMissMaggie LilMissMaggie Artist from United States

Admin question: It’s been almost 3 days since I’ve submitted my design, and it wasn’t rejected. So once your design has made it to the WB board for approval, how long until it shows up on this site for voting? Thanks! :)

RGserna RGserna Human from United States

Where do i go to make my design? I really want to share whats in my mine, but i don’t know where to go to make the design..please help..thanks

wotto wotto Artist from CA, United States

Addressing fairness:

The votes are revealed, that decision has been made, it would be unfair to go back and hide them now. We also have said several times we will check for fraud votes and in the end they do not solely decide who wins. Designs will be placed in the vote area in the order they were submitted and we hope to give everyone 24 hours on the first page.

wotto wotto Artist from CA, United States

@ Nescent & @sunny84india
I’ll attempt to answer your questions:
The designs you picked out from the voting pool use illustration done completely by the artist as the main area of the tee, if they have included photoshopped images from photographs in the background of cities then we would presume they have the rights to. If they win all images will be checked but cityscape pictures are common and many have no rights attached to them.
Using photography as reference is fine, tracing directly from a photograph is probably going to get you some heat from the art community because while it’s not against the rules completely it is very much frowned upon by professional artists.
This contest is about CREATIVITY and creatively using the logo is cool. The designs you highlighted as using logos are interesting; one has a pattern made of bats which would look cool printed. The other has very detailed artwork within and around the logo so it is interesting, the standard of that artwork is also very high.

Basically, avoid using photographs unless you know for certain you have the rights to use them. If you took the image yourself then obviously you have the rights to use it.
If you are using a logo, use it creatively or with very high quality illustration.

Jackoozy Jackoozy Artist from Ukraine

So I assume that you can’t upload 480×640 images, but nevertheless the are multiple pieces of artwork with such kind of resolution. Should we, you know, turn it clockwise or couterclockwise?

sunny84india sunny84india Artist from New Delhi, India

@ Nescent same is mine question too. please reply soon admin

Nescent Nescent Human from United States

I have a few questions of my own.

First off, wotto states that: “There are no images you can use, this is a contest to allow your interpretation of characters or Batman art not photoshop a pre-existing photograph. This is about illustration, concepts and well put together T-shirt design.” Now what counts as an illustration? Can I trace over a photograph with vectors? There are submitted entries such as “City of Silence” and “The Rivalry” that feature buildings that do not seem to be drawn from scratch, but seemed to be real photographs edited in some way (especially “The Rivalry” which features the Chrysler Building). Is the issue here that you should ONLY use photographs when they are our own?

Also wotto said that: ”Logo, Logo, Logo – WB do not need another logo tee, we are looking for something bold, different and not just a logo as the focal point.” Yet there are tees such as: TDKR: Last crash begins” with a large logo in the center, or “The Knight” which is essentially nothing but the logo in a pattern.

Essentially, if the design is strong on its own, can issues like a central logo and photoshoped images that we have the rights to be dismissed?

Forgive me if this is tl;dr worthy, but these are serious questions to me.

sunny84india sunny84india Artist from New Delhi, India

is there any style guide for this – we got dark knight logo – where we get the characters like bane and batman. or we use it from google and draw them? can n e one suggest this

Beedham Beedham Artist from United Kingdom

@DCLawrenceUK the contest is world wide

DCLawrenceUK DCLawrenceUK Human from United Kingdom

Is this for US only, or available worldwide? I live in the UK, and the rules do not appear to limit by region… Thought I would ask before taking time to create.

Beedham Beedham Artist from United Kingdom

When will the next batch of designs be up for vote?

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