Threadless: Lights of the North and more new this week

Lights of the North by ThePaperCrane is my favorite Threadless print this week. It’s a minimal landscape that captures the beauty of a northern winter, right down to the iconic northern lights. There’s a lot to like about the smooth way the hills transition to straight lines that ground the tiny cabin, and the cozy feel of that simple column of smoke escaping the chimney. But my favorite element is those northern lights, imaginatively made minimal with vertical lines that give the impression of gradients and motion. In a nice moment, their color is also used in the ground below like the reflection of lights on snow.

Espressoul by ibyes is one of those designs that feels like a reference to something I’m unfamiliar with- the pose and facial expression are so specific that it makes me curious about what it’s drawing from. But the good news is that you definitely don’t need to know the reference to enjoy this shirt, because the portrayal of the devil as a smarmy coffee aficionado is funny all on its own. You get the feeling he keeps the coffee so hot it totally destroys the flavor, pure evil. And I love the detail of those little flame lines over the cup instead of steam!

Change by migspnz uses a sloth to show the kind of extreme laziness that I think a lot of people can relate to this year. The leaves change color to signify the passing of the seasons, but this little sloth remains exactly the same, seemingly not budging from his comfy perch. I think part of why it works is that the detail is so strong (the animal’s fur is marked with fluffy patches, his eyes and nose shine brightly, and even the branch is marked out with bark indications) that the image is fun to look at twice.

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn $1 to $7 per item sold.

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