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Old January 28th, 2013 Jan 28, 2013 3:22:11 PM -   #1 (permalink)
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Default Artist with no business savy thinking about making his splash

Hello, Zazzlers,
My name is Brent Donoho, and I'm fixing to make my splash on Zazzle, selling my T-shirt designs and making enough money to be able to go to dish washing school to pursue my REAL calling.

I wanted to show you all my designs, and basically just show you where I'm at, in hopes of some kind, fatherly T-shirt advice that can point me in the right direction.

For example, I do not have ANY business savvy whatsoever. If this was Dungeons and Dragons, I would probably have an 8 in wisdom, an 18 in Illustration, and a 30 in pastiness. So I definitely can use a hand.

I will go ahead and post some of my sweet designs, to dazzle and enchant you.

http://images.krop.com/brentdonoho-5106f49712dd31c.jpg


http://images.krop.com/brentdonoho-5106f49612dd317.jpg
http://images.krop.com/brentdonoho-5106f49412dd312.jpg
http://images.krop.com/brentdonoho-5106f48f12dd2f9.jpg
http://images.krop.com/brentdonoho-5106f49312dd30c.jpg

I hope that sufficiently dazzled you.
 
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Old January 29th, 2013 Jan 29, 2013 6:26:18 PM -   #2 (permalink)
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The 4th design will probably get scaled down. But i love your work. Good luck to you!
 
Old January 29th, 2013 Jan 29, 2013 7:10:32 PM -   #3 (permalink)
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keep making more artwork, takes alot of designs to make money. message me might be able to help with sublimation stuff. have a nice day uncletee.
 
 
Old January 30th, 2013 Jan 30, 2013 1:09:02 PM -   #4 (permalink)
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Cool artwork! How is your zazzle buisiness working so far?
 
Old January 30th, 2013 Jan 30, 2013 1:12:21 PM -   #5 (permalink)
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Cool artwork! How is your zazzle buisiness working so far?

I haven't started it yet. I'm still trying to figure out if I should do it. Basically, I'm trying to find guidance for my next step, now that I've created all this stuff.
 
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What are your doubts? It's pretty easy to open a Zazzle store.
 
Old January 30th, 2013 Jan 30, 2013 2:58:59 PM -   #7 (permalink)
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What are your doubts? It's pretty easy to open a Zazzle store.
I figured that if I sold the T-shirts on Zazzle, then I wouldn't be able to put them up for contests, which is true, but then again, I can always just pull the design from the store if I want to enter it into a contest.
 
Old January 30th, 2013 Jan 30, 2013 3:15:26 PM -   #8 (permalink)
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it is probably a generational thing, but your designs do not move me much...define your market...set up a business plan...a word of caution...the art world is awash with starving artist with talent and no business savvy...you need to learn the business end of the biz
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more designs more money, what do you mean contests?
 
Old January 30th, 2013 Jan 30, 2013 5:15:37 PM -   #10 (permalink)
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more designs more money, what do you mean contests?
Contests like Threadless, Designbyhumans and Welovefine. And yes, I will make more designs, but I'm just starting out with doing T-shirt designs specifically.
 
Old January 30th, 2013 Jan 30, 2013 5:25:54 PM -   #11 (permalink)
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it is probably a generational thing, but your designs do not move me much...define your market...set up a business plan...a word of caution...the art world is awash with starving artist with talent and no business savvy...you need to learn the business end of the biz
Well, how old are you? My target market is hipsters, chic geeks and 20-somethings.
 
Old January 31st, 2013 Jan 31, 2013 8:31:45 AM -   #12 (permalink)
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Brent ..how old am I?..I may not be the oldest guy doing graphics, DTG, sublimation and heat press vinyl but certainly almost... how does 82 sound?
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... how does 82 sound?
respect! How long are you in the buisiness?
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in this biz since 1997...
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Default Re: Artist with no business savy thinking about making his splash

Your designs are awesome, really like them.
I wouldn't like the thought of you giving away profit to one of these on-line t-shirt shops as the ones I looked into take a huge amount of your profits (Not looked at Zazzle costs though)

There's loads of advice and help out there for new businesses, it seems scary at first I think the only issue you would have is set up costs. Going on one of these sites defiantly takes the pressure and risk out of it though maybe shop around and see if there's any that will let you enter competitions?
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