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Apparel Design, T-Shirt Design

April 27, 2021

2021 T-Shirt Design – Troy Wagaman Jr. | WB Motorsports – 410 Rookie of the Year

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Wow. Where to start with this design?

This design was actually created back during the quarantine of 2020 season for WB Motorsports. I am proud to team up with WB Motorsports and driver, Troy Wagaman Jr, to design his 2021 410 Sprint Car T-shirt, documenting his 2020 Rookie of the Year honors at Lincoln Speedway with this apparel design.

This is one of my favorite designs to date! This design included a few challenges along the way, with a lot of research, and design.

The last time I designed apparel, was in 2013/2014 when I was still in college at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. I designed several shirt designs for the various technologies at the school, for the “class shirts”, from plumbing, to carpentry to even HVAC technologies.

This was the first 410 sprint car shirt that Troy Wagaman Jr. would have – So of course I wanted it to be attention grabbing, and a good overall style to go along with their team’s branding and his personal brand.

Troy Wagaman Jr - 2020 Lincoln Speedway - 410 Rookie of the Year // 2020 photo

Troy Wagaman Jr – 2020 Lincoln Speedway – 410 Rookie of the Year // 2020 photo


This was the largest project I’ve ever taken on from start to finish. This design took me about 18 hours to design fully. I had to redraw a complete car, as well as the background, and make it cohesive to the front of the shirt. I chose to redraw a car from a photo that I had shot of the WB Motorsports car, in 2020, at Lincoln Speedway, to use for the main image on the shirt. This would stand as the centerpiece, and showcase their 2021 paint scheme. This car took about 10 hours to draw from scratch. I was able to redraw this art using Adobe Illustrator to create the vector artwork, a digital art rending, which is necessary for apparel design.

This is the photo that I had used for inspiration of the sprint car graphic.


Apparel design requires all the artwork to be in vector format. Vector art work is artwork that is able to be scaled, without losing detail or creating pixilation due to scaling. Vector artwork uses linework, not pixels.

Raster artwork is essentially a high resolution digital photo or what hero cards are: made up of images at a specific size, filled with pixels. An image is made up of many pixels. A pixel is a small square, filled with a specific color value, to create a full color image.

Apparel design is a lot different than designing hero cards. Hero cards use both vector and raster art to create a raster image in a pdf form, where apparel design uses just vector art, which is line work that can be scaled at different sizes without losing quality. If you tried to scale artwork for hero cards, you would end up causing pixilation within the graphic, when trying to make it larger than what it’s sized to originally.

The art on the front, included one piece from the rear’s background, as well as the number 19.

The car in vector form compared to the actual image

The car in vector form compared to the actual image



Troy works with me at League-Legacy (L2Brands) in Hanover, Pennsylvania, and he decided that was the perfect place to get the shirts printed at. The process used for this design to print them was DTG – Direct to Garment printing. Direct to Garment printing is actually the design printed directly into the shirt itself, rather than using several screens like traditional screen printing to print on top of the shirt.


Since the early 1990s, League and Legacy have been producing premium custom-decorated, vintage-inspired apparel, headwear, and home décor. Just two hours apart, both companies were proudly rooted in Pennsylvania and shared an entrepreneurial, family-like culture, tremendous resiliency, and a passion to provide best-in-class products with everyday comfort.

In the spring of 2018, these two longtime friends merged to form L2 Brands. Whether it is League’s apparel or Legacy’s headwear and home décor, the L2 team works together to continue each brands’ rich tradition of incredible on-trend product design and detail, outstanding custom graphics, and friendly, dedicated service to our retail customers. Together, our highly complementary apparel and headwear lines have extended our reach to new consumers across the United States in four major channels – collegiate, resort & destination, corporate, and golf.

Learn more about League-Legacy, right here.

About Nicole Signor Creative: Headquartered in South Central Pennsylvania, Nicole Signor Creative provides professional grade photography, graphic design, marketing, content creation, and social media management in the Motorsports industry; sprint car racing focus. Join Nicole Signor Creative on social media: Twitter: @NSignorCreative; Instagram: @NicoleSignorCreative; and Facebook: Nicole Signor Creative

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