Welcome To Another Edition Of Geek Shirts HQ Designer Unlocked Interview series
………Where we take the pick of the best independent t shirt designers and show case their designs and also you can get to know a little bit more about each designer.
This week is a designer that I first came across on FacebookA designer whose style I could describe as well I can’t as it is varies from his abstract designsHis clever use of typographyHis personal interpretation of popular culture subjects.Daniel Bevis is a designer that either has not settled on a personal style or enjoys showing the talent he has, across a number of differing styles.
Resurgent Tees (Daniel’s brand) looks like making a name for themselves in an over populated word of t shirt designers. Due to Daniels cool designs.
So it is my personal pleasure to welcome Daniel Bevis
…The Latest Designer To Get Unlocked.
Can you start by giving some background about yourself? Where you are from? What is your background? How did you get into design?
I am an England, UK based Graphic & T-Shirt Designer who pretty much self-taught himself the fundamentals of both using various online and print media. The only real qualified degree I have is in Computer Animation, to be honest!
You see, I've always been a bit of an arty guy – but I've never really figured just 'where I belong' amongst it all, you know? I did Art at school, and then Fine Art at college. Both went alright, but they confirmed that I was not much of a traditional artist.
Instead, I decided to follow through on another childhood passion of mine, playing video games. So I did a Computer Animation degree in London for three years. It wasn't until the end of my second year that one of my lecturers pulled me aside one day and gave me one of the best pieces of advice I've ever received:
Namely, that my art in my pre-animation work was always more refined, and better than the finished product [which was completely true].
I didn't change course then, but it resonated inwardly throughout that final year, a very long, hard one indeed.
That all said [and not to toot my own horn too much], but I did pass – with an Upper Second Class grade [so I can’t have been that bad] – but I knew that my passion did not truly lie in it, so to spare myself [and that line of work] any agony, I changed direction once more.
I sought freelance work in the Graphic Design sector after tutoring myself best I could [as aforementioned] – but to cut this already long passage down some more, I did not find much other work [full-time or otherwise]. Not to financially sustain me, nor keep my interest.
So how did I get into T-Shirt design?
Simple. I started uploading the personal projects I'd be doing in my spare time up on the likes of Redbubble [around Fall 2010], like Brave New World, and over time I just felt more drawn to doing the t-shirts. And seeing all the other t-shirts on there [and elsewhere] just really got me excited, so I started doing more and more t-shirt specific works…
Where did you get the name Resurgence Tees?
On the origin of the Resurgence Tees namesake; the short version, it was simply the better I felt of the three names I was left with after my brainstorm session [the others being FlashForward Tees and NewWorld Tees.
Can you tell me more about Resurgence Tees?
Resurgence Tees was born in early April of 2012 [the Facebook page went live on the 18th]. And I hope to have the official website to sell them more directly myself up around the anniversary this year [fingers crossed]!
Where do you get your inspiration for your designs?
Remnants of my dreams, those that I can recall in the morning, or even in those rare lucid dreams where you know you are dreaming and thus can wake up if you wish… Those are commonly the starting threads of my average piece. Just covering a piece of A4 paper with seemingly random scribbles, words and the like. The key is figuring them out, all the common connections, a bit like a jigsaw puzzle, but this one of your personal making.
Essentially: in the middle of the night!
I'm a bit of a daydreamer and or optimist really, as well as a proud geek.
Colour and shapes form the basis of my work, whether it just be scribbling on blank paper, or typing in key words into COLOURLovers and finding a handful of colour schemes to start with [and refine later].
Also, my mum – my biggest supporter – loves to throw ideas at me now and again [that I have either used, or just outright rejected]. It's a great sentiment!
How would you describe your design style?
My design style. Hmm… Good question! I still feel that I have yet to find 'my' distinct style, as I cover a set of themes in my pieces.
But for the purpose of this feature, I guess I would simplify my style as being vibrant, bold vector graphics covering a variety of popular thematic themes [like Pop Culture, Video Games, Abstracts etc.]. My favourite probably being Abstract / Surreal works – you’re allowed [and or expected] to just go crazy.
I veer between the more simplistic / minimalistic and more complex illustrative concepts, I think. I don't think I have the skill in me [or the patience] to do pieces as grand in scope as the likes from Venus Fallen, for example, but who knows? Maybe I'll get that 'one' idea someday and follow it through as such. Time will tell.
To add, I think my Resurgence Tees logo itself is a good testament to how much I love working with vectors and organic elements, and maybe even a slice of my more spiritual nature in there too.
When you create a new t shirt design, what is sort of process do you follow?
A chaotic one! In all seriousness though, I mostly start out by scribbling out random things on paper, colour-picking… – except for the very rare occasion where I've had most of what I want the design to look like 'in my head' – like Brave New World [which ‘came to me’ during sleep, I woke up and sketched out the figure pretty much there and then].
In relation to the aforementioned, I use key words to help build up the piece [‘plastic’ for Plastic Dawn evoked bendy, organic shapes, as well as primary colours – whereas the band Owl City inspired Brave New World’s colour scheme with their song ‘Rainbow Veins’], I then scan what I deem usable, import into Illustrator and start inking the lines out, tweaking the design along the way.
It's the usual mantra as many designers give, I reckon, but admittedly I am a little scatter-brained when it comes to focusing on just one project. So some grid to a halt halfway through or and get shelved into my 'Incomplete Work' desktop folder, or just plain don't started on.
So during the build-up of a piece, I tend to jump around the various areas of the design, finishing them all off near enough the same time because of it. Unless it's a design with typography anyway – I'm forever resizing, repositioning and re-kerning those [even after I’ve uploaded them online, I’ve been tempted to tweak and repost some – no one would notice surely…]!
Looking at your own portfolio what is your favourite design and why?
I have numerous favourites, I have a unique fondness for Brave New World as it was the first real design / illustration I ever uploaded on the internet for people to see [and buy, if they so wished].
Since then though, I really like 90s Kid [cos, well I am one], Abstract Hummingbird [my mum’s idea – one of her best so far], Sonic 1-2 [simple, but effective – plus I’m a big Sega and Sonic fan], Plastic Dawn [a nice balance of simple and complex elements, and food for thought] and finally, OUAT – Two Halves, One Whole [love the Once Upon A Time series, and it is one of the few pieces where I’ve tried to do humans – something I wasn’t good at doing at University].
And my growing fan-base, as you will, are certainly liking some of my Pop Culture stuff atm too.
What current projects are you working on now? And can we get a exclusive peek?
I've literally just started on my next project, so no peeks available at present I'm afraid.
I can exclusively reveal here that my next piece is set for Mother's Day, and the following month will see a new Abstract Animal design come to the Resurgence Tees range.
Who are your favourite designers?
From the T-Shirt world [which I’m learning more about every other day], I'd say I really like the works of Yanmos Design, Nathan Davis and byway, to name a few.
One stand-out Graphic Designer / Illustrator to me is Matei Apostolescu . He's a legend. There's just so much detail, richness and colour to his works [I’d die happy if I ever came half close to creating such grandness!]
When marketing your designs how much focus and importance do you place on social media sites?
I've placed flyer ads about my Redbubble page and wares in my local mall for two weeks [to not much engagement], but building up a presence and comradely with my fellow designers [and customers] is far more suited to my business [and easier to do] online, as of today.
Do you try to convey any message in your designs?
Sometimes, though not always.
For comparisons sake: Plastic Dawn is a visual look at how the sediments of buried plastics in our time may unearth itself to our future generations [possibly in mountains of plastic], whereas 90s Kid is just a simple and fun Pop Culture tee design.
Star Wars Or Star Trek? Which Do you prefer
I'm indifferent to both, to be honest – prefer Doctor Who, Lost and such like!
Probably Classic Stars Wars, if pushed to pick one to watch, though.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In my own place with a loving partner, and on a comfortable income.
Resurgence Tees lasting 5, yet alone 10 years would be an amazing feat [I don’t think I even know any T-Shirt Brand that is at least a decade old?]! But I don't want to tempt fate by planning ahead too much, ya know?
Whatever happens, happens.
What do you prefer designing for, something wearable or a print?
I prefer designing something wearable – but I do try and always make a print version [if I feel it’s applicable].
If there's any tee design that anyone would like to have a print version [that doesn’t], then please just ask me and I'll see what I can do!
What other interests and hobbies do you have when you’re not designing?
Outside of being a self-appointed workaholic, I like to spend time with those reliable people called family and friends [in and out], watch TV and Films, swim, game, walk my two greyhounds, have my African Grey parrot [Scoobie] out, read and the like.
I live a simple and fairly quiet life, which suits me for now.
Do you have any advice for budding designers?
Be social. Not just Liking / Retweeting someone – though tis always nice to do – but actually talking and commenting with your fellow designers, be your main base be at Redbubble, Threadless, DeviantArt, Facebook, Twitter…
I really started out on Redbubble [as aforementioned], but never really took the time to comment and message on other fellows [sans adding some of their works to my Favourites] until the last year or so.It turned what was before a solitude means of work into one where you feel more part of a creative whole, where we can all support each other's endeavours best we can.
And of course, there is always more to learn from your peers – be they older or younger – and new ways of interpreting of a theme, and your own work!
Anyone you want to give a shout out to?
Oh yeah, loads. Here's one fellow-UK based brand I've had the pleasure to talk with [and support] via Twitter in recent months.
Nekros Apparel specialise in mythology-inspired tees [notably Greek mythos]. Do check them out – killer designs, with more coming soon!
I'd also like to thank each and every person who has purchased anything from me, as sappy as it is, for it does warm my heart that people care that much to use their well-earned money towards my stuff.
Where is the best place to find your designs and buy some of your shirts? And of course get in contact with you.
One last question, when you going to design a Firefly shirt as I am a massive fan? 🙂
By 'Firefly' I presume you mean Serenity [by Joss Whedon]? I haven’t actually seen it [though heard it was good, as well as short-lived]! But I might well do someday and see what comes to mind. 😉
Many thanks for your time and this feature.