Primary Colors

“Stripes” – light and shadow falling across a louvre door, rotated, inverted (negative image) and colour filled with red, blue, yellow and white – awarded Honorable Mention (top 15) in the Light Space & Time July 2020 competition “Primary Colors” photography and digital category

One Year On

Last year I made my first Print-On-Demand sale of a classic car outline drawing on a T-shirt, a Hillman Imp (first car I ever owned) – 12 months and 265 vehicle designs later I’ve just made my 1,750th sale, appropriately enough a different model of Hillman Imp 🙂

As ever my thanks to everyone who has parted with their cash in exchange for one of my designs, I hope you enjoy them!

Masks

On March 13 someone posted a spoof product page to one of the POD forums showing masks for sale with various designs printed on them, and the comment “what POD will look like a few weeks from now”. It received much amused reaction.

Of course it came true… both Redbubble and Teepublic now include masks in their portfolios. I wasn’t sure my car outlines would go that well on masks but most have shapes that fit the format, and I’ve sold quite a few including several “sets” (black-on-white and white-on-black in the same order).

Most recent sales a Triumph TR6, Triumph Dolomite and a Rover P5 T and mask combo 🙂

Lockdown Art

So my grand plan for this year was to visit as many classic car and truck shows as I could for inspiration and material to make more line drawings of vintage vehicles. It was a good plan…

Since all the shows have now been cancelled, I’ve been looking at objects on my daily walk for anything I can use to create abstract images as a basis for POD products. A surprisingly rich source of complex patterns and textures is to be found on drain covers! With a little tweaking – usually starting with inversion (negative image) – the results can be quite pleasing 🙂

Above the original images, post editing and what one of them looks like on a selection of POD products in my soitwouldseem shops on Teepublic, Redbubble and Society6

Street Art

“Jealousy” has been shortlisted to the voting stage of the London Photo Festival April “Street Art” competition – not having thousands of Facebook followers to lean on for votes (and even if I did, I wouldn’t) I don’t have high hopes, but it’s nice to be selected 🙂

I spotted this when I was out for a walk in my local area. Spray painted on the end wall of a row of houses, clearly using a stencil in best “Banksy” style, I find it intriguing how a previous iteration appears to have been covered up, or is it perhaps part of the design?

Teepublic 600

My 600th sale on Teepublic: Triumph GT6 Mk1 on a T, mug and magnet 🙂

Total POD sales now 1,397, including 85 so far this month despite my biggest market, Amazon Merch US, being temporarily closed to “help prioritize delivery of high priority items to customers” (Amazon Merch UK and Germany are still operating). Seems Teepublic and Redbubble are taking up some of the slack and presumably lots of people in quarantine keeping busy with online shopping

Bond Bug

The mojo is back and I’ve started creating again – here’s my latest design, something a little different to my line drawings (I tried, but it just didn’t work in that format). Based on a photo of the Bug owned by my brother-in-law back in 1986, run through the “photocopy” filter, cut out and selectively colorised orange.

Available on the usual selection of POD products in my Teepublic and Redbubble stores. Redbubble has a “repeat pattern” option which seems quite effective for certain products with this design, on a blue background (opposite to orange on the colour wheel). Very 1970s 😉

Teepublic Master

Back in November I received an email from Teepublic “Based on your sales, you’re now in the top 25% of sellers on TeePublic! That means you’ve reached our special Master status of designers.” – in recognition they sent me a gift of a book with my best selling design on the front. At the time that just happened to be a 1938 Chevy Master (based on a photo I took at the Sharjah Classic Cars Museum), very apt.

The email also said “I’d love to see you reach our next designer tier soon, Virtuoso, which is our top 10%.” I had just gone past 200 sales on Teepublic. Now on 543, evidently not yet enough for the next level but still pretty happy with that.

In the current situation it’s hard to pay much attention to POD, it’s hardly a priority. I should probably be using the time to create new designs, but the mood isn’t there. Sales have dropped to a trickle; MBA (Amazon) has shut down their print business as they concentrate on shipping essential goods, Teepublic and Redbubble are still operational (POD being their core business) but remains to be seen how long they can keep it going.

Stay safe, and wash your hands!