“Stranger Things” Prints

My head is swimming with ideas, to-do lists, worries, more ideas and…some more ideas. I figured it may be nice to start the morning with some writing to try to calm the Creative Monster that I’ve unleashed.

A couple of weeks ago, I met with a local printer in town that I knew was not crazy expensive and with whom I’ve had a good relationship in the past. I was wondering if they’d be able to handle making prints of my art. The only experience I had with them was digital printing…the quick and dirty kind that doesn’t look super high quality. But maybe they had different printers now (or before and I just didn’t know it). The research I’ve done from sites online showed me that, while great quality, prints would be too expensive for what I’d like to charge. By the time I order, pay for shipping, then get it in my shop and have to ship it to (hopefully) a buyer…I just didn’t see how I’d make any money for the effort. So that lead me to Evolution Creative Services. I had a great meeting with the owner. They apparently print some artwork of a local watercolor artist, so that made me feel better. They use a Kodak Indigo printer, and their samples looked really nice.

So this week I sent over the first two pieces that will be 8×10 prints. Now to see how the quality is, what timing is like, etc etc. I have high hopes. Fingers crossed this works out!

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These are the first two in the planned Stranger Things series prints. I’d like to do Dustin and Mike next. I had done these two as original gouache paintings, and they are in my Etsy shop. Well, just Eleven, because Barb sold…within a day of posting. My one and only Etsy sale so far! I soon after made Barb into vector art, and just a couple days ago finished Eleven. Here’s a side by side screen shot – the gouache image is on the right.

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It takes quite some time to make these vector…but it’s kind of relaxing and rewarding, once done. And of course, allows me full control of the colors, which the designer in me loves.

For the next ones, I don’t think I’ll be making gouache paintings, but go right to the vector from my drawings. I think the cartoon-like style works well for them.

So my buckets right now are:

  1. Etsy – populate the shop…figure out what my market is…populate it with that. I think so far I’d like to focus on these things:
    1. monsters (cute for the most part)
    2. pop art (such as Stranger Things)
    3. robots (children’s art / children’s room art)
    4. animals (children’s art / children’s room art – some sort of theme)
  2. Illustration Portfolio
    1. Figure out my subjects for this: animals, characters and environments/nature?
    2. Research the hell out of other illustrators’ sites (proving very useful so far)
  3. Ongoing flow – social media upkeep
    1. daily sketches
    2. galleries in town?
    3. events in town?
    4. blog
    5. marketing plan

Ok. That kind of helped. Whew! I’m dedicating today to illustration, I think. Though there are still some other work graphic design day-job things I probably need to do. Yikes!

 

Stranger Things

I recently finished watching Stranger Things on Netflix. Yes, I binge-watched it. What other way is there to watch a show on Netflix?

I really enjoyed it. Before I watched it, I had a feeling I would enjoy it, from what I heard about it. And I also thought it would possibly be something awesome to draw in a “pop culture” kind of way.

Around the same time I finished the first season’s episodes, I found my gouache paint. We have been painting models for Pathfinder, a campaign-style role playing game we’re going to play this winter, and all of that painting really made me want to paint more. Specifically, I wanted to revisit gouache. So I broke out the paint tubes, some watercolor paper, and after some quick character sketching for Stranger Things, I painted Eleven on a waffle. If you haven’t seen the show and you like sci-fi and scary stuff…and the 80s…I highly recommend it. It’s kind of Goonies meets E.T. meets Stand By Me. You probably have to have seen the show to understand the drawings below.

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Pretty fun, and a nice way to get back into painting. I would like to do all of the characters. Next, Barb. Have you seen Barb?

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I haven’t decided how I’m going to feature Mike, Lucas, Will and Dustin yet. Or if I’ll do Nancy, Jonathan, Joyce and Hopper. Or any others, for that matter. But I at least would like to do the kids. I also decided that these would be better for any products as vector art. I am still going to start with paintings of them each…but am currently in the process of making them vector as well.

It’s been hard to balance painting and working the day job…but with winter coming and less yard work / outside things to do, I’m hopeful my evenings can be spent with my paints.