Developing a Print Store Business Model, part 2

It felt like a busy and productive week. But the important question is, how did I do on last weeks tasks?

Take some simple shots of of frames against some neutral backgrounds to test out the feasibility of making my own mock-ups.

I took a handful of these photos. This may be a feasible option, but it will be an afternoon’s work, possibly with setting up some shots in different parts of the house to get the some natural light. When I use actual frames it seems to be difficult to get the frame straight enough. Also, I need to brush up on my clipping masks in Photoshop Elements so I can streamline the process a bit. Here are my results:

 

Purchase a frame mockup from Creative Market, to see what how easy it is to work with.

I bought this one for $5 and it actually works fine with Photoshop Elements. It is super simple to use. You can also change the frame and wall color so at $5 it was totally worth it. Here are some of my results:

 

Identify 50(!) works that I can add to Etsy as digital files.

I think I knew this would be an unrealistic number as soon as I chose it. I did however, identify 20 images, and I am still seeing a lot of limitations as far as resolution. I seem to do a lot of digital sketching and playing around without considering the end result. There’s nothing wrong with this, it’s part of my artistic process. But it has left me with lots of sketches and not enough finished work. Moving forward I am going to have to start creating at a minimum of 4800 by 6000 pixels. That would result in a file that could produce a 16 by 20 inch print at the best resolution (300 dpi.)

In addition to working on my goals I came up with these Chrysanthemum images that I know I can use, but not sure where:

 

I created them with the Amaziograph app and colorized them in Procreate. They could be used as procreate stamps, graphics, art prints, etc. Either way, it was very enjoyable working on them and I’d like to do a whole series. I have a feeling they are going to lead to something else.

Tasks for this week:
I am scaling it down this week; identifying 50 images was completely unrealistic. This time I’ll finish 10, combine them with the frame mockups, and post to Etsy.

I will develop more procreate brushes and start building a library of painted backgrounds for procreate. When I do eventually put together the procreate brushes, I would like to offer textured, painted backgrounds to go with them.

These two things will keep me very busy but I’m also going to add one more thing. As a graphic design project I am going to make a chart of popular print sizes in inches, matched with the proper pixel resolution for printing. I think it will be useful to have it posted in my work area so I can be always be reminded of the optimal end result: something that looks good in print!

 

Developing a Print Store Business Model

Yesterday I tried to print something for a customer (yay! an actual customer!), because he was unhappy with the results of the print on demand site I was using. Using my Epson R2000 was beyond frustrating, as usual. The print kept coming out too dark and muddy looking. When I finally found a fix for this, a new problem arose and the print had “banding” on it. I ended up wasting a couple hours of my time, and lots of expensive ink and paper. Because this is the research phase of developing my print store business model, I think I have to rule out 2 things: Using my Epson R2000 for high quality prints, and using Printful.com to sell prints on demand. Read more

Glitch Aesthetic

Glitch Art Aesthetic

Glitch art is characterized by images that have been spliced, offset, de-interlaced, xeroxed, pixelated, or any number of filtered effects that makes the image look, for lack of a better word, glitched.

What is Glitch Art?

Glitch art is a continuous transaction between human and machine. You give the machine an image. It gives you back an altered image. You push, it pulls, you give, it takes. It’s an ongoing negotiation. The machine gives back infinite altered versions of that image. The beauty is in the curation of these iterations. The machine can glitch infinitely. It is up to the artist to choose the one that is compelling. Read more

Mavic Pro Drone Photos

These pictures were taken with a DJI Mavic Pro drone camera. This is a good starter drone for trying out aerial photography, this drone is good option. It’s both sturdy and light weight. Relatively easy to use, once it’s charged you can set it to beginner mode and get started. The photo resolution is decent as well.

Drone photography is an exhilarating hobby but there are drawbacks. Laws that regulate drones are constantly being introduced, so you need to check local regulations before you get started. Fortunately in Maryland, drones are allowed in all state parks. Sandy Point State Park is a great place for drone photography, with beautiful views of the Bay Bridge and the Chesapeake Bay.

 

This view of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge was taken with a DJI Mavic Pro drone.
Sandy Point State Park
Sandy Point State Park
Garnet, Valley, PA
Garnet Valley, PA
Sandy Point State Park
Sandy Point State Park
Sandy Point State Park, MD