The Making of “Chaotic Peace”

Katie Olson and Scared Panda, commissioned me to create a t-shirt titled “Chaotic Peace.” Here’s how Katie described her inspiration for the shirt:

Sometimes the craziness of the city can be overwhelming. How do you stay peaceful when everything around you seems to be moving at warp speed? One of my biggest challenges is quieting my mind and living in peace AMONGST the chaos. I’ve learned to not only live with, but appreciate the chaos and still maintain a calmness through my yoga practice.

We used the Milwaukee/Damen/North intersection in Wicker Park as the setting for this illustration. I sourced the inspiration images from Google Maps and Shutterstock.

Take a look at how the project unfolded:
(Click to enlarge the images)

Below: First draft for the client, compiled of four individual drawings

Below: Second draft – The client requested a new drawing of figure and adding people walking on the sidewalks in the background.

Below: Third draft – We tried another new foreground figure and added cyclists to make the scene even more “chaotic” (Shown on gray to emulate ink selections)

Fourth draft – Another new “hybrid” version of the main figure, and we changed the cyclists to line drawings instead of silhouettes.

The final t-shirt!

I am really impressed with the printing done by the folks at Replica Chicago. This was a really detailed drawing. I have some experience with screenprinting, and I know how hard it is to get those fine lines to show up. The detail is incredible in this print. I was ecstatic with the results.

Also, 10% of all the sales of this shirt will go to Imerman Angels.

Nearly everyone has been touched by cancer somehow and organizations like Imerman Angels make a world of difference for caregivers and patients. Imerman Angels carefully matches and individually pairs a person touched by cancer with someone who has fought and survived the same type of cancer.

Pretty awesome, right? If you dig the shirt and want one of your very own, check out Scared Panda.

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