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
b. 1938
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.


Step 1

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?

Step 2

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. ⁠

Step 3

Once your design is finalised draw your idea on your t-shirt.

Step 4

Follow the instructions of any special fabric pens you may be using to ensure they don’t wash out etc.

Step 6

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.

Step 7

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.⁠

All Done!

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: and we can share it for you.⁠⠀⁠⠀