Graceful Swan – Lilac and Black

Most of the time, I do my printing on white shirts, or maybe brightly colored ones, but rarely do I use black tees. This mostly is because really dark tees are difficult to photograph!

However, recently, I found these adorable fashion tees that were black and had ruffled sleeves. They’re the softest fabric and were just too cute to pass up! So I grabbed a few.  The first one I printed on was a 24M girls fashion tee. I printed a gliding, graceful swan in soft lilac on the black. The contrasting colors with the ruffled sleeves is really is quite striking!
Then, came the time to take pictures. Much easier said than done!

First attempt:

Much too washed out.. can hardly tell the swan is purple.

So, then I tweaked the settings to try to capture more true-to-life-colors:

Holy Blueness Batman!!

Next I changed the background, trying for something more neutral than white:

Still the colors are a bit washed out, but the lighting was too low so I couldn’t get a clear picture.

So, I took it outside to see if the evening light would be better…

Not so much.

Finally, with the soft morning light streaming through the window, I made my last attempt:

I admit it’s still a little bit dark, but it captures the color quite well! It’s a lovely shirt!


Author: momo211

I've been active in the arts pretty much my entire life. Growing up, my home was filled with creativity; my dad's an accomplished painter and my mom has always harbored a great love for music and art and they passed it on down to their kids. When I was a little, my parents saw my avid interest (and inclination to draw on any available space - including school tests and myself) and they gave me a sketch book for my birthday and things have just blossomed from there. Officially, my main focus of study has been music, but my true love has always been art. I've been commissioned as an illustrator for kids books, a portrait painter, creator of center pieces for private parties and, most recently, a designer of kids clothes. My aim is for the designs to express a whimsical and playful feel to reflect the essence of childhood. However, I also strive to branch out from the generic "pink princess" and "sports fan" designs that are so prevalent out there. Every kid has their own personality, why not express it?

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