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Comment by nathan miller on October 15, 2014 at 12:04pm

Janise, I think your insights are good regarding Jeremy's illustration - however, some of the problem we see in the photo could be due to the camera. It's possible the colors are more subtle than what's portrayed. 

Jeremy, I like the overall design! Your abstraction (or characterization of the animals) is pretty good. I'm curious what the end use is for this drawing. You say "for a church function", in what capacity? 

Comment by Janise Cookston on October 15, 2014 at 10:34am

Jeremy, I think the characters and shapes are great. I think the colors are too saturated and take away from the forms. I would recommend changing what you are using to color with, perhaps to something softer like colored pencils. I think by improving the color and adding shadows and highlights, you could take this work from very good to excellent. Do you have a digital copy of just the line drawing of any of your work? I'd love to color one as an example of what I am suggesting.

Comment by Jeremy Sabacek on October 15, 2014 at 10:06am

Was not sure if I posted this illustration on to the site. Here is one I did for a church function. Opinions?  

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Comment by Deby Dearman on October 14, 2014 at 1:29pm

Check this out and let me know your thoughts:

How to Price Your Art to Make Money

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Comment by Deby Dearman on October 13, 2014 at 9:50am

Nathan, sure - have at it. You can find pics on my Facebook page and website.

On Facebook, look for Deby King Dearman

Website is:http://cometothequiet.com/

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Comment by Deby Dearman on October 13, 2014 at 9:47am

Billie, I checked out the "Life is Good" tees. Their long sleeve tees sell between $32 and $36 but they are lightweight cotton with a fitted shape. They are fashion savvy and a famous brand. I would think that the price of your tees would depend on the quality of the cotton and the shape. Are they fitted or boxy? Fitted usually costs more. Is the cotton lightweight or heavy? Lightweight usually costs more . . . so you see where I'm going. Is the design fashion forward or basic? The answers to these questions should help you move your prices either up or down. Hope this helps. Also . . . you might check out Esty and find t-shirts there. See what others are charging.

Comment by nathan miller on October 13, 2014 at 9:44am

awesome Deby. Thank you!

Hey, can I sketch you? If so, would you mind sending me a picture?

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Comment by Deby Dearman on October 13, 2014 at 9:43am

Nathan, I have a friend who signed up with an online talent pool, can't remember the name of it though. He was hired to travel around to various conferences sketching faces. Check out online services for illustrators. Also make sure and check this out: 45 Markets of Illustrations

Comment by nathan miller on October 13, 2014 at 9:34am

ok, one more photo. This one I had to do with ballpoint pen, which doesn't bleed when wet, so I can't create a watercolor effect like the others. It's also done on regular, boring paper so there isn't the same texture as the previous drawings. 

I'd really like to make some money off this idea... anyone have suggestions on how to do this? I've even thought about fiverr.com but these cost me almost $5 in materials - thoughts?

Comment by Billie Wells on October 13, 2014 at 8:45am

Thanks Deby, This is my first teespring and I haven't placed an ad yet. I was wondering if you guys think it might sell for $20 with proper marketing. Teespring charges a base price by the color and how many you think you are going to sell. This has four colors and it's base price is a little high. I might pull the plug and reprice after I do another one first.

And what do you all think about this one?



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