“City of Smiles” is intended to be an optical illusion, or a two-in-one design. From a distance, it appears to be a face that’s familiar to comic book fans. But as you get closer to the design, you can see that it is made up of smaller, individual elements.
Who is and where does Dave come from?
My name is Dave Kopet and I’m a native South Floridian, where I currently live with my wife and 2 sons.
How long have you been in the t-shirt world?
I designed my first t-shirt as an indy artist in August 2013. Before that, though, I had designed hundreds of commissioned tees for various events and organizations over the span of 10 years.
What would you suggest to an aspiring t-shirt designer?
Two things… first, be persistent. It is perfectly normal for your first few designs to be rejected by t-shirt sites before they get to know you and get used to seeing your work. Second, focus on subject matter that interests you. This ensures that your heart is into it and you’ll be less likely to get bored with the design.
What’s a day in the life of Dave like?
Go to work, come home and spend time with my family, then work on t-shirts whenever I have spare time.
Mac or PC?
At one point in my career I would have said Mac, but I currently work on both platforms, so it no longer matters to me!
Post-apocalyptic world. No trace of human race. It happens that you’ve survived and managed to save…
Will Smith. Seen him get out of a similar jam.
3 tv-series: Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones (honorable mention to Daredevil).
3 movies: The Godfather, The Empire Strikes Back, The Goonies.
3 videogames: Super Metroid, Halo, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
3 cds: Drive soundtrack , Billy Joel Greatest Hits, Joshua Tree (U2).
3 books: Wool, A Song of Ice and Fire series, The Lord of the Rings.