Design a Custom Ugly Christmas Sweater with a Face

Design a Custom Ugly Christmas Sweater with a Face

September 30, 2016

A request we often get here at Roody Originals is as to whether we can create a custom ugly christmas sweater with a face on it. The answer is yes! There are however certain things that need to be kept in mind as there is a bit more involved in a face than say something like a christmas tree.

Don't go overboard with the Shade

With the likes of vectors and certain graphics, shading becomes a big part of the design. This is because it is the actual shading that makes the face look like the person in question. The problem with this is that you'd have to knit different colors on top of each other which won't work and will look really bad and will also look nothing like the person in question. so shade on one side of the face only. Do an outline for the nose and mouth. 

Make the Face the focus

How awesome is it to have a face literally knitted in to a sweater? It's super cool! So definitely make it the focus. Opt for the design to be on the front and middle of the sweater

What colors should the face be?

There are a couple of options:

  • Black and White. You may want the outline of a face only. If that's the case, use black. If you have the backdrop as white that will highlight the face.
  • Color-if you want the face to be true to color that will depend on skin tone. Say for example, we take the Bill Murray christmas sweater to look at. You'll see there are actually a few colors in the face part so you should always have a look at different shades and pantone colors. What may look beige to you, may actually be peach etc.

This article was co-authored by Ross Culliton. Ross is the founder of Roody Originals, creators of original custom sweaters for brands