Sunday, July 1, 2018

Desperate Customers? Ha, Ha, ha!

I was once told this in regard to my art:

"...if your drawings are the best the e-book and zine world have to offer, I weep for them. The same goes for the zines that are desperate enough to buy your drawings."

Well, if the editors of zines that publish my cover artworks and illustrations are desperate, those customers who purchase print-on-demand merchandise featuring my artworks and designs must also be pretty damned desperate. Funny thing is, with all the stuff I've sold internationally, there must be quite a few desperate customers all over the world! (I sell merchandise featuring my artworks and designs internationally through several PoD stores, and I do so fairly regularly.)

Any wonder why I don't pay much heed to what my critics have to say about my art? They're so silly, it makes me laugh. Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!

Anyway, every so often, I'm reminded that there are certain people in the SF&F world, whether they be SF&F writers, or fans and/or friends of SF&F writers, or just fans of SF&F in general, who seem to derive great pleasure out of tearing others down. It's rather pathetic.

June 2018 PoD Stats

Haven't done a PoD stats post in a while, so I figured I would. Since June seemed a bit slow, sales-wise, I was curious just how June 2018 compared to June 2017.

My PoD sales/referrals stats for June 2018:

Zazzle - 11 sales, 0 cancellations, 0 referrals (I almost never see any referrals).

CafePress - 7 completed sales of a total of 7 items, 0 cancelled sales.

Redbubble - 16 orders total, 1 of which was cancelled.

Design by Humans - 0 sales (so far, I've only seen two sales through my Design by Humans shop since I opened it in April of this year, and they were in May).

Merch by Amazon - 1 sale ( added my first product to Merch by Amazon 4/2/2018).

In 2017, my stats for June were as follows:

Zazzle - 10 sales, 0 cancellations, o referrals.

CafePress - 5 completed sales of a total of 9 items, plus 1 cancelled sale.

Redbubble - 3 orders total, none of which were cancelled.

I guess June 2018 wasn't so slow after all, at least when compared to June 2017. Zazzle and CafePress are holding fairly steady, with a slight increase in total number of sales this June as opposed to last June, while Redbubble saw a significant increase. I know my numbers might not be that impressive compared to what some PoD designers claim to see, but I figure any increase is a positive thing. Plus, I've expanded my outlets with no apparent reduction in sales in my older stores.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Laughing at the Silliness...

I was going through this blog, and I ran across some old comments insulting me as an artist and those editors and publishers who've published my artworks in their zines. I also ran across an entry or two in which I replied to those who have flung such insults my way. Looking back, I don't know why I bothered responding to such inanity. Funny thing is, with all the publications that have published my artworks since then, with all the items featuring my artworks and designs that have sold through various print-on-demand shops since then, all those nasty insults seem rather insignificant now. At this point, with everything I've accomplished, such insults sound downright silly. It certainly seems that I've proven my critics wrong, several times over. So, I suppose I might as well laugh at their silliness, and keep on drawing!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

More of My Designs on Merch by Amazon Items

Latest additions to Merch by Amazon...
Since my "Fleur-de-lis" on a standard T-shirt seems so popular over at Merch by Amazon, I added the design to a long-sleeve shirt, a sweatshirt, and a hoodie:
I also added my dragon artwork "A Variety of Draconic Creatures" to a Standard T-Shirt over at Merch by Amazon:
I would love to see this one sell; I would hate to see it disappear for lack of sales.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Article and Illustrations Published on ALTERED REALITY MAGAZINE Site

My non-fiction article "A Variety of Draconic Creatures", accompanied by my own illustrations/clip art, is now up on the ALTERED REALITY MAGAZINE site:

Yes, not only do I draw dragons (and/or draconic creatures), I write about them, too! This article-and-illustrations combo was quite the project.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

My Daughter Got Married

My daughter and her long-time (like 8 years long) boyfriend got married yesterday. That means my almost son-in-law is now my actual son-in-law. Oh, and we all got Rickrolled yesterday.

Anyway, here are a few pics...
Steph and Bryan's wedding
May 26th, 2018

And, yes, that IS a sonic screwdriver she's holding in the one pic. That was my main contribution to the event.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

My First Sales Through Design by Humans!

I've seen my first sales through Design by Humans!
SOLD: one 15th Century Saint George T-shirt and one Anglo-Saxon Warrior T-shirt.

Thank you buyer(s)! Much appreciated! :)

I can now say I sell merchandise featuring my artworks and designs through 5 different PoD sites - Zazzle, CafePress, Redbubble, Merch by Amazon, and Design by Humans.