Original reindeer drawing with amanita muscaria pattern

I made a short video of the process of screen printing my 2 color Amanita Muscaria Mushroom Shaman reindeer t shirt design.

The design is based on an ink drawing I had done while studying Siberian Shamanism.  The shamanic cultures of Siberia often herd reindeer and consider them sacred animals.

There are many interesting theories relating to the consumption and use of the Amanita Muscaria in relationship to the Yule celebration.  One in particular, is that the idea of flying reindeer came from the shared experience of the reindeer eating the mushrooms and then people would also partake.  Then when all of the beings were good and tripping, the deer would jump around and the humans would perceive them to be flying.  Of course, that is just a theory but an interesting one no doubt 🙂

In this video, you can see my original artwork and then the two color process of me screen printing the reindeer t shirt with that design.  Enjoy the wonder!

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Amanita Muscaria Reindeer shirt is available in the Closet of Mysteries Shop.

mushroom shaman shirt design from Closet of Mysteries

I recently completed some new artwork for a Mushroom Shaman shirt design.  It was a fun project that I made a nifty little time lapse video of some of the final stages.  In this video, I introduce the use of a voice over.  It is an amazing tool that can deliver a lot of very important information.  One day, I hope to use the VO tool for that purpose.

I had been wanting to make a Mushroom Shaman shirt design for quite a while.  When I sat down to finally put it together, this design sort of popped into my head.  I began by sketching the different components of the design.  From those, I created a pencil drawing of the entire composition.  In order reproduce the image as a screen print, I finished the line art in acrylic ink.

This video includes a time lapse of the entire inking process along with my awesome aforementioned voiceover.

Once the inking process was complete, I scanned the work and cleaned it up for output onto film which will be used to make the screen print stencil.

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For Men:Mushroom shaman t shirt original design by Closet of Mysteries

For Women:Women's Mushroom shaman shirt original design by Closet of Mysteries

 

One of the more popular prints from the Closet of Mysteries is the hand drawn Deer Shaman T Shirt.  Here is the story of how I developed this design.

The Back Story

Before moving to northern Arizona, I spent a lot of time venturing into the area for recreation.  On one adventure, I noticed a metal sculpture of a deer headed man at a gas station in Flagstaff.  After that, the image seemed to jump out at me every time I came to the area.
  Since moving northward from Phoenix, I have seen this fellow quite a lot.  Finally, while visiting a gem shop in Cottonwood, Cristina inquired about one of the metal sculptures of the deer headed man with the shop owners.  They explained that he is a shaman and that is why you will always see him with a medicine bag around his neck.
  After doing some research, I found that this particular motif of shamanism has been common around the world since ancient times; mostly occurring within tribes of people who, not surprisingly, sustain themselves by deer hunting.  This is yet another example of the curious connection between cultures with supposedly no contact and separated by oceans yet doing the same things…
  I decided to create my own hand drawn version of this character for a deer shaman t shirt design.  Here is a sneak peek at the finished product:

deer shaman screen printed shirt by closet of mysteries

 The Drawing

Below are the various stages of the creative process through completion…
I like to work with a .5 mechanical pencil for most all of my drawings before inking.
I begin with the deer head since it is the main focus of the piece.

As I began to work on the body, I decided to give him a staff to aid him in his magical endeavors…
You can see that I started out giving him two of them but thought better of it.

I then added more detail with the fire resulting from his conjuring, the essential medicine bag, and lots of folds in his rough robe.

Once satisfied with my pencil sketch, it was time to do the inking.  I use a waterproof acrylic ink and calligraphy pen to get the line quality and contrast I will need in order to get a good screen print image.

The Final Deer Shaman T Shirt Design

The final stage was done by scanning the drawing at a high resolution and adding some cool tribal elements to create a background to make my shaman stand out.  At this stage, I am ready to turn this design into a screen printed deer shaman t shirt!

deer shaman shirt detail
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– Scott