I like the simplicity of the black and white, and I love the swirly grapes down the middle(s) (although the one nearest the leaf doesn't exactly match up on each side, but I don't think it really matters much )
You noticed! No, they don't match exactly, because I drew this as a single piece of artwork. It was very challenging to draw the mirrored designs, and then not draw on the dark side exactly the same shapes I did draw on the white side. For some reason, that was particularly difficult for me on the leaves. There are tiny mistakes and imperfections in all my knotwork, but I think that is part of what makes them instantly recognizable as hand-drawn. The completely computer-generated knotwork can be amazingly beautiful, but it always seems a bit too perfect to me, almost creepy sometimes, if that makes any sense... Despite that though, I do strive for a perfection I don't think I am capable of reaching.
Don't we all! nah, I love looking at these stylistic designs, and especially the knots - I like trying to follow the 'string' round. I can certainly see that it would be difficult! How do you go about making one of these?
Very carefully. I have a tutorial in my gallery for creating freeform knots, but I haven't yet written anything about creating spirals. Have you checked out *TheKnotters? The resources journal page [link] includes links to some online tutorials and web sites that have how-to guides. There are a lot of different methods for creating knotwork, so it's worth looking at a lot of different guides until you find a method that works for you.
Before I read your comment I kept trying to figure out whether it was digitally reversed. My conclusion was that both sides were drawn by hand, but it's so exact one can wonder. I'm rather curious as to what you used to support you while doing this. Negatives like this is never easy, so however you've done it you've done really great. How is the CafePress Shop working out?
I eyeballed the line drawing identical on both sides, and then inked each half in reverse. The very outside was drawn with a compas, and if I remember right, I drew one guideline down the center of the circle to help me keep the two halves even.
Actually, the CafePress shop is working out pretty good. I'm consistently getting one or two sales a week through their general marketplace, even though at this point I have not received a single sale directly through my site. It takes about a month and a half for any new item to sell through their marketplace (I think it's partially a delay with their search engine?), so I was rather worried at first, but at this point I'm happy. I just ordered some of my own merchandise for a friend last week, so in a few days I look forward to finding out what kind of quality they make. Judging by the back-of-house info, I'm expecting it to be pretty good. They share some of the results of customer feedback with their shop holders.
Sounds pretty good, I had a look around at your stuff and they do offer quite a few different products. Not sure I'd manage to sell to other people but it would be interesting seeing your own art on merchandise. Thank you so much for your in-depth answer to my question, greatly appreciated.
Yeah. Even if all you were interested in was getting a few things for yourself or some friends, the basic account is free and you don't have to make your products available in the general marketplace unless you want to. I have been very impressed by how versatile their services are, and was frankly floored when I realized how consistently I was getting sales from their search engine. I really hadn't expected much, especially considering how many products are available through their site. By comparison, I have only sold one print through dA's print services. The only downside I've noticed is that they take a bigger cut than dA.
That is pretty versatile, sounds very interesting. Is this only a US based thing? Could be interesting for me to look into for sales mainly, but I might have to look for something a bit more local if it is mainly for myself/friends. I've never actually thought of the possibility for putting my art on merchandise before. I've just seen that you've faved 10 of my photos, wow, that is a lot, thank you very much and I'll take it that you like them This is mainly just my photo account though, all my drawn art stuff I have on another account.
I don't think it's purely US-based, but I'm not sure. You would need to check with them. There are always local outfits that do stuff like that, but very often they will require that you do a run of items in order to get a decent price. One of the best benefits I see to CafePress (because, honestly, morally, I would much rather support a local business) is that I don't need to invest any money in order to make products available. I did a few runs of note cards a number of years ago, and I still have more than half of them. I was unable to effectively market them myself, and I don't think I ever made the money back. At this point I don't have the money to invest even if I did know how to market them, and investing in a broad range of products is incomprehensibly outside of my financial abilities.
I took a quick look through your drawing account when I went through your photo gallery. They were pretty neat, and I think many of them would look wonderful on t-shirts and such.