I first began selling my art in July of 2013. I was working full time as an elementary art teacher, doodling and sketching here and there when I had the time. I had shopped on a website called Society6 before, and I realized anybody could easily open up shop there and start selling products. It a print-on-demand (POD) model, where artists upload their designs, and then Society6 prints and ships said design on a plethora of products.
So I scanned some drawings and opened shop. Here are the first designs I posted that summer.
I still have affection for those drawings. And I still like them, actually, though my style has changed somewhat.
I've neglected my S6 shop this past year or so to focus on Etsy, but these past few weeks I've been giving it some love.
To compare and contrast ('cause that's always fun) here are a few of my newest designs.
(See what I mean about being obsessed with drawing animals now?)
It's just really fun to create, you know? And POD sites like Society6 make it easy to sell your work, though they are pretty saturated with great art and so it's also very easy to get lost in the crowd. Etsy is similar, though at least when you make a sale you know who the customer is and so it's easy to make a personal connection, and then hopefully build a relationship and have a repeat customer.
I'll close with something totally unrelated and precious. A snapshot from Ransom's first camping trip this past weekend.
I've had it on my "to-do" list for awhile to start offering custom pet portraits in my Etsy shop. To jump start that, I donated a commissioned pet portrait to my son's preschool silent auction this past spring. The family who bought it (proceeds went to the school) recently sent me pictures of their family dog and I got to drawing.
I feel really pleased with the result! And now that i have my first pet portrait down (aside from ones I've sketched for fun of my own pets), you can purchase your own pet portrait in my Etsy shop.
You know, I got on this animal drawing kick back in Spring of 2018. I participated in the 100 Day Challenge and drew an animal every day for 100 days, and I still haven't been able to stop!
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