Threadless’s Bear Having Coffee

Bear Having Coffee by tobefonseca is my favorite Threadless print this week. I love the way it takes smoke, an element almost always shown in white or grey, and gives it a colorful treatment like reflections of light at sunrise. It adds so much mood to the scene, and when paired with the grouchy, tired face of the bear the scene reads very clearly as early morning. Rather than just making the smoke and bear the sole stars of the piece, I’m charmed by the cleverness of the mug, which has a campfire design printed on the side. That turns the coffee’s smoke into the campfire’s smoke as well for a fun optical illusion, and also adds and outdoorsy element that suits the bear’s wild nature. Even the bear’s fur is treated in an interesting way, with his shape primarily shown through use of negative space and targeted, textural highlights of hair. It gives the impression that he’s barely there, still in the darkness, as he waits for his morning brew to wake him up.

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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