Book by its cover? by Nadine Smith

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Sizing Information

Chest 31.0" 33.0" 36" 38" 41.0"
Length 26" 26" 27" 27.5" 28"


  • 100% cotton slim-fitting masterpiece
  • Ethically sourced and beautifully tailored
  • Printed using cutting edge direct to garment technologies
  • Cold wash and hang out to dry

In this design I was playing around with the concept of how people judge one another. I chose to do this in a paint-by-numbers style so that at first glance, people have no choice but to judge where which colors go. The purpose of which is to prove them wrong.
I tried this on several people, most of which assumed she had a pink shirt and blue eyes and blond hair, which is partially right, but not quite.
A person has to get to know this shirt before they realize she has pink and blue hair. At which point, they know her true colors.
This shirt is a physical representation of the personal judgments we make on others, especially those who appear different.

This is what the image would actually look like if she were colored in.

special thanks to johnston photography and Loriel Andre’a for their help and professionalism in my artistic process!

© This work is copyright by Nadine Smith 2008 under Australian law.
Please respect original works

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blue, girl, numbers, outline, pink, colours

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blue, girl, numbers, outline, pink, colours


  • James Lillis
    James Lillisover 6 years ago

    Great design!!! Why don’t you do a ‘filled in’ version?

  • i’ve got a filled in version on my computer, i used it to number the sections correctly, have you read the description?? i know a filled in version would be aesthetically pleasing. i’ll definetly think about putting it up.

    – Nadine Smith

  • i uploaded a colored in version to the right

    – Nadine Smith

  • Derek Miranda
    Derek Mirandaover 6 years ago

    great concept!

  • thanks derek. i’m new to redbubble, so its great to have feedback so quickly!! have a good one!

    – Nadine Smith

  • rubyred
    rubyredover 6 years ago

    Clever idea Nadine, I like it a lot!

  • thank you, its a concept i came up with for a college assesment, but i thought it should be a t-shirt design. it makes the point more clearly than a poster print.

    – Nadine Smith

  • blacksesameseed
    blacksesameseedover 6 years ago

    hey, that’s cool. And cute. Nice.

  • thank you blacksesameseed!!

    – Nadine Smith

  • sjem ©
    sjem ©over 6 years ago

    I don’t think James has read the description, which is a shame because this is a really claver idea.

  • thanks, which is what it is all about. i think it would be a perfect top for those who are at the receiving end of social judgment. thanks again sjem!!

    – Nadine Smith

  • zomboy
    zomboyover 6 years ago

    great concept!

  • thanks zomboy!! it was really fun to do it. must say though, embarassing but true… my very first adobe illustrator artwork!! (i think that comes under vector art yeah?!) really enjoyed making this design!

    – Nadine Smith

  • zomboy
    zomboyover 6 years ago

    hey great job, your a natural!

  • InkRain
    InkRainover 6 years ago

    Very cool.

  • thank you!! so many nice people on redbubble!

    – Nadine Smith

  • Angela Millear
    Angela Millearover 6 years ago

    That’s an awesome idea!!
    Love it =)

  • Marie Magnusson
    Marie Magnussonover 6 years ago

    ha, what a great concep, so clever! and she looks really cool in colour too :-)

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