Kecap Manis and Sambal

Here I have another design for t-shirts, stickers and tote bags. It is based on the very common t-shirt design which show anthopomorphized condiments of foods with the text “best friends”. I just thought that it would be neat to have the Indonesian equivalent, as I usually see the two bottles of “Kecap Manis”, (sweet soy sauce), and “Sambal Asli”, (original-style chili pepper sauce).

Usually, these kinds of designs have the words “Friends Forever” or “Best Friends” next to it, but I wasn’t sure how to translate it or whether it was needed. I actually had another version which got into far too much detail to show specific popular brands. The “kecap manis” was from a company called “Bango”, and the “sambal” from was from a company called “ABC”. I wasn’t sure if it would violate copyrights to accurately draw the labels on each bottle, (I think I spent 5 hours digitizing the Bango crane). The bottle itself says it the company has been around for a long time. In the end, I deleted all the labels and simplified some of the details. I was told that the color of the caps and shape of bottle would be necessary for people to recognize what they were.

I made the stick figure parts myself, with the idea that it would be suitable even for children’s clothes. I wanted to make it look like one of them had just told a joke and the other was laughing at it.

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