Saturday, January 10, 2009

Kelli’s Doberman Drawing to be Featured in Upcoming Book

I am thrilled to announce that my Doberman Pinscher Pencil Drawing “Smile” will be one of the featured pieces of art in the upcoming book, “The History of the Doberman Pinscher as Depicted through Collectibles, Art and Literature” My gratitude and thanks to Karen Moore and Ann Lanier for extending the honor of including my artwork appear in this wonderful Doberman Lover Art Book!

Friday, January 09, 2009

Marketing Pencil Drawings and other 2D Artwork on Products

Sell Your Pencil Drawings and other 2D artwork on something besides Paper!

While the mainstay of my business is my two dimensional art such as original pencil drawings, limited edition prints and note cards, I have found that putting my images on products is a great way to broaden the audience for my work.

Several years ago I set up a CafePress store so that I could sell my horse and dog drawings on shirts, mugs, totes and other items. While the store was somewhat time-consuming to set up, I have been quite happy with the results. And in the past couple of years CafePress has made tremendous improvements to their site, making it much easier to navigate and use.

It is important to know something about electronic image preparation before uploading artwork files. Most importantly, the file needs to be hi-resolution, which means at least 300dpi when printed at the largest reproduction size you plan to use. Effective resolution will be less if you start with a small file (say 2" wide) later try to reproduce the image at a larger size (say 6" wide).

I scan all of my artwork images as native Photoshop files. I then do any clean-up and/or image editing required. Once I am done, I re-save the file in jpg format, using the lowest compression option available. (Higher compression makes for a smaller files size, but more lost image data.)

When I design graphics that utilize vector art and lots of white background area, I generally save the file in the png format. This format has smoother gradients and leaves a nice, clean, white edge around the graphic.

CafePress has many wonderful help pages. For more on preparing your images for reproduction on products, you may want to visit their Beginners Image Workshop.