Bike Shop Chewbacca Shirt Illustration
This was such a fun one! Although not a native Memphian, I am a proud one (#memphiscoloringbook) and was so happy to first work with Memphis’ own Victory Bike Shop to get a new commuter bike (which i absolutely love riding on mud island), and then to design this shirt! I met Clark when my mom and I went into Victory and we started chatting about his vision for a “Chewbacca riding a bike” shirt.
Sometimes I kick around a custom job for a while before getting started, but this one sounded weird and fun and different and i was stoked to get going. Hilariously, Clark and I had pretty vastly different visions for what the shirt would be.
This was my first design:
He responded by saying “What about something more like this?”
After recovering from my immediate artist-reaction of “HOW DAAARE YOU”, i started to realize a more aggressive chewbacca could actually be pretty rad….and way more in line with the Victory brand. I usually want to have as much creative liberty as possible, but can now freely admit that Clark’s input definitely made for a more badass final image than I would have come up with on my own.
This was my next progress photo, which is hilariously far from my original:
To which Clark was THRILLED. In his words “So rad! So f’n rad!!!” (sort of a dream reaction)
After a few more small tweaks, this is the final image:
Which is now on these badass t-shirts at Victory! (available here)