2,000th sale on POD yesterday, a Triumph TR4 on a T-shirt 🙂
Almost exactly a year ago I was celebrating my 50th sale – come a long way since then, and it’s a fun ride making these designs. Most of my sales are on T-shirts with a variety of other products including hoodies, sweatshirts, blankets, cushions, masks, posters, cases, mugs, stickers and greeting cards.
Fascinating to see my designs on different products and I am still thrilled by every sale – as always my thanks to everyone who has made a purchase and I hope you enjoy them!
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!
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 🙂
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
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
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 😉
Sales have understandably dropped in the last couple of weeks, no telling what will happen next. I had been intending to go to some events on the classic car show circuit this year for inspiration but obviously that’s no longer possible. Instead I’ll be using the time to go through all those pending images that I’ve been accumulating, get some editing and posting done.
My 1,000th POD sale – Rover P5B on a black Classic T 🙂
As anticipated by people who have been doing POD for some years November and December were stellar months. My sales had been building up steadily since I stumbled upon my niche of “classic vehicle outlines” in May, reaching 75 for the month of October. Almost tripled in November with 208 sales, and doubled again with 405 sales in December!
Had some great reviews too, one of my favourites being on Amazon for my IH Scout II design on a hoodie, titled “Well-received gift”: “Hubs loved this shirt. Very unique and understated, which he prefers”. Fantastic, unique and understated is exactly what I’m aiming for.
I now have 483 designs listed, 313 vehicles and the rest photos and miscellaneous. So far in 2020 I’ve made 81 sales, bringing me up to this milestone today 🙂 Looking forward to a productive year!
Outline line drawing of a 1938 Chevrolet Master 2-door sedan, based on my photo of the example in the Sharjah Classic Cars Museum (UAE). Really happy with the way this one turned out:
Just sold on an XL Art Print, my 700th POD sale 🙂 I didn’t have time to post about my 500th and 600th sales as I was so busy creating content ready for the anticipated Christmas rush, which has arrived as promised – 208 sales in November (compared to 75 in October) and 183 already in December
As always my thanks to everyone who has spent money on one of my designs, very much appreciated!