The intent was to create an apparel product to fit into a sci-fi style while sharing a sense of wonder with the wearer. The illustration was designed, cut from vinyl, and applied onto the tie-dyed shirt all by myself.
The illustration started out as a traditional sketch that, while quite rough, could be edited digitally. Many features on the girl were later removed or altered, like the eyelashes and antenna were replaced with stars and a bow.
When recreating the illustration in Adobe Illustrator, I had to consider how to use negative space so that it was visible on a black surface. Art is usually rendered with a white canvas in mind, but in this case, I had to make sure there were uniform gaps between the white shapes to create the illusion of lines. When drawing with the pen tool for a vinyl output in mind, the shapes must not entangle too much so they could be easily flattened to export.
The vector file is mirrored and exported into FlexiCUT and cut out through a vinyl cutting machine. The design must be a mirrored so it can be flipped to transfer onto the shirt. The excess vinyl must be peeled away by hand before the transfer can occur.
This process was reproduced on another a couple of other shirts as well. One version without any tie-dying can be seen above.