Superhero / Graphic Tshirts
Can you take an everyday object and turn it into a superhero?
Tom Kreisler was a New Zealand artist known for artwork full of fun, graphic elements and humour.
He loved to explore codes and language.
Tom painted everyday objects and made them fun, his paintings feel like giant sketches!
His artwork First Coat, 1969 brings bright, graphic character to an every day item we can find around the house.
Today lets draw your own superhero that saves the world, or an everyday item in a graphic sketch style just like Tom.
You will need:
An old t-shirt we can draw on, ask an adult to help pick one out for you
Sharpies or fabric pens, any colours
Paper to practice our illustrations / characters
Artist: Tom Kreisler
Title: First Coat
Production date: 1969
Media: Acrylic and dyes on canvas
Collection Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth. Purchased from the Taranaki Savings Bank Purchase Fund.
Once our items are collected lets draw a sketch of your ideas onto paper.
Will you draw one character?
Or do they have a sidekick too?
Have a few practices first.
Think about your character / superhero, do they have special powers?
A special costume?
Can your superhero invent a code that will save the world?
Your code might have a hidden message inside.
Once your design is finalised draw your idea on your t-shirt.
Follow the instructions of any special fabric pens you may be using to ensure they don’t wash out etc.
If superhero's aren't your vibe, try drawing an everyday item in a graphic giant sketch style, just like Tom.
Let's draw our chosen item with thick graphic lines, focusing on the shapes, details and perspective.
Again, practice on paper a few times until you get the style you like.
Then once you're confident, draw your item on your t-shirt with your pens or sharpies.
How did your artwork turn out? We would love to see your creation!
Share it with us, take a photo and share it on Instagram with the hashtag #GBCreate or email it to us: email@example.com and we can share it for you.⠀⠀