May 042015

Between 1782-1840 there lived a virtuoso violinist by the name of Niccolo Paganini (he also played the Guitar). His violin playing made him a Violin God of his time, not that the term “Violin God” was actually used at the time, but you get the picture.

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Funnily enough, he did receive quite the opposite title, due to the fact that he played with such verve and demonic intensity. Yes, that’s right, many people believed he was inspired by the Devil. I’m not quite sure why playing a musical instrument with great speed and dexterity needs to be equated to Devils or Gods, but hey, people are strange. Lol.

The virtuoso electric Guitar playing by guitarists in the 1980s like Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Paul Gilbert, Marty Friedman & the like, did actually earn them the title “Guitar God”. It was a term that many of these guitarists were a little uncomfortable with, but appreciative of the recognition all the same.

When I first started the Guitar God tee design, I wanted it to represent an image of an actual God-like entity, not to state that the wearer was the Guitar God, because that would be a little bit immodest on the part of the wearer. I know of some guitarists that are bigheaded, so I didn’t want to encourage it.

So the Guitar God is the guy on the t-shirt, and the Guitar is held in his hand like his staff of power. And as stated on the shirt, yes, he’s looking for disciples, that means all of those potential Guitar lovers out there, you know who you are.

Okay, let me talk a little bit about the actual design process. The most noticeable feature would probably have to be the inner glow and outer glow on the Guitar God and also on the Guitar itself. I found that this was the required effect if I really wanted to get that Devine feel.

The God character was originally holding a lightning bolt, which also had a very radiant glow about it. Even though I had to hide the lightning bolt, it became my inspiration to keep this glowing idea alive. So it was with lots of inner and outer glow that I was able to achieve an awesome Guitar God looking for disciples t-shirt design.

Lastly, a nice golden stroke and outer glow on the font was the icing on the cake.

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