Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Our Newest Artist Is Teal Newcomb From Wisconsin

Below she will tell us about herself and her work:

I've had a love for nature and fantasy related art since I was very young, my favorite themes are fantasy landscapes and exotic creatures. I work almost exclusively in traditional media, I usually use some combination of watercolors, pro markers, acrylic, gouache, micron pens and gel pen.

I found out about Zazzle through another seller about a year ago, and it's been a very positive experience for me, without Zazzle I wouldn't have the ability to sell my artwork on so many different products and reach so many potential fans and customers.

In her free time she enjoys painting, gardening, knitting, hiking, reading.

Below are photos of her favorites with links to her Zazzle products:

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Our Latest Artist Is Carla

 Below she tells us about her work and Zazzling:

My name is Carla, and I'm pretty new at Zazzle but not so new at drawing, which I've been doing for most of my life.  My favorite medium is pen and ink, but I'm partial to any kind of hand rendered illustration.    To adapt this hand drawn style to Zazzle has made me learn how to use Illustrator and work in a digital/hand drawn combination.  I love the ease and non-mess factor of digital, but I still love drawing with a real pen!  I consider myself a Zazzle beginner, but I've come a long way in a short time, just by trying new things and getting my store together.  I also have a .blog

The only thing I want to say is that I love creating things with Zazzle, but I'm super new and it's all a very big learning experience!

And, photos of her work, with embedded links to her products:



Sunday, August 1, 2010

Our Newest Artist Is Peter McPartlin From United Kingdom

Below he will tell us a bit about himself, and his work:
MY BIO (I AM NOT AN ARTIST I AM JUST A MAN WHO PAINTS.L.S.LOWRY).... I have been painting as an amateur artist on and off for many years  .I have over the years developed a very unusual use of colour and content, which I now know from experience appeal to many people,  Including individual collectors and dealers . Newcastle upon Tyne England has been a hotbed of heavy Industry since the beginning of the industrial revolution, most of which has now gone forever.  A lot of my paintings are recollections of youthful images of the period, late 1940s and 1950s.  They are inspired by local na├»ve and primitive pitmen artists I am also an admirer of L.S.LOWRY, and the great American artist EDWARD HOPPER .AND GRANMA MOSES among others.  All images are copyright of Peter McPartlin,  All Rights Reserved.  Any prints are for private, non commercial use.  You may not copy or redistribute these images without my written permission.

Here is a link to his store web page, on  Zazzle

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Our Latest Artist Is Chris MacDonald

Below he will tell us a bit about himself and his work:

Hello, my name is Chris MacDonald and I am a self-taught digital artist that operates PackRat Graphics.  Now don't look away just because I said self-taught, check my work out first before you form an opinion.  You might be surprised!  I chose Zazzle a few years ago after researching the popular PODs, and even then I could tell Zazzle was going to be in the lead and soon.

I don't have a certain style or subject. I create whatever pops in my head.  And I guess another thing that might set me apart from the other artists on Zazzle is that I'm am one of the few, that I know of, that creates everything using only Open Source Software.  My softwares of choice are Blender, GIMP, and Inkscape.

Believe it or not, I started out as a traditional artist.  I painted landscapes for approximately 15 years using oils. Then I discovered computer graphics, and then discovered Zazzle.  Now I'm a ProSeller.  One byproduct of always working on designs is my kids have taken up an interest in art and are always begging for art lessons.

Following are some of his designs, with an embedded link to that product:


Friday, July 23, 2010

Our Newest Artist Is Jack Skagnetti

Below, in a very few words, Jack will tell us about his work:

Jack Skagnetti is the name, I use pen and pencil and Photoshop.  Been in Zazzle for a little over 2 years, and have over 13,000 products in one shop, plus I have two other shops.

I also make electronica, am an independent artist, if you like daft punk, aphex twin, digitalism, boysnoize, or freeland, you may like my stuff.   All proceeds from my music store go towards making better music.

Below are Fotos of some of his work, with links to the product:



Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Our Newest Artist Is Nikki Burnette From Lawrenceville, Georgia

Below she will tell us a little bit about herself, and her work:

My name is Nikki Burnette, I'm 26, and am fortunate to have a "close knit" Family that totally supports my work. Originally, I am from Cleveland, Ohio but, now live in the Atlanta area.

I am an Artist during the day and I paint fantasy art in primarily watercolors and ink. I use watercolors because I just love the way they blend and the way I'm able to create beautiful backgrounds. I can also use them in a more opaque manner to create the foregrounds. They are very versatile.

I found Zazzle because other artists like me were selling on Zazzle and I thought it was amazing that I could offer my artwork on such a variety of products. Who wouldn't want to see their artwork on a Keds Shoe or a binder? It's very cool! I have been with Zazzle for about two years now and I have thoroughly enjoyed it.

The photos below, have embedded links to her product page:



Friday, July 16, 2010

Our Next Artist/designer Is Patti Adair From Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Below she will tell us a bit about her work:

I'm a young graphic designer (by day) who loves to illustrate and find fun in everyday things.   I found Zazzle through a friend who told me to get some of my designs on t-shirts.  I love Zazzle, it's so fast and easy!  Making sales to people I've never met makes me feel kinda famous!

Following are three fotos to her products on Zazzle:         


Monday, July 12, 2010

Our Next Artist/designer Is Tabitha Jones From Arkansas

Below, she will tell us a bit about herself and her work:

I would have to describe my work as, digital 2D and traditionally drawn art.  I use Photoshop CS4 and Ultra Fractal 4 for just about everything I do.  I do have some traditional pen and ink and pencil/ sharpie art, but I'm not telling which is which LOL.

Anything creepy, Goth, Vampire, or Occult inspired is fair game with me.  And you never know what will show up next.  I even have some medieval vintage woodcuts and engravings.  Some have been hand colored.

I absolutely LOVE Zazzle! LOL  I've been here for over two years, have 13 galleries and love that I now have a place to be creative and get paid for it!  I never would have been able to sell my work on my own.
As a disabled mother of five, I love that I can do something worthwhile and still be home with my children everyday.  So thank you Zazzle!!

Below are 3 of her favorites with embedded link to her Zazzle pages:




Friday, July 9, 2010

Our Newest Artist Is Audrey Jeanne Roberts

Below she will talk about herself, and her art:

My name is Audrey Jeanne Roberts and I am a watercolor artist. My "day job" is as a licensed artist. I create products and license them to over 50 manufacturers in the gift ware, home decor and fabric industries. Zazzle is a great place for me to test designs and see how the retail public will respond to them. It's also a great place for me to create things that I like whether or not a manufacturer will license it. It's my creative outlet!

I have been a professional artist and product designer for almost 30 years. The industry has changed dramatically in that time. When I began I didn't use computers for anything except word processing! Now I'm glued to my computer for most of the day.

I create all of my art by hand and then scan it into digital format and work with it from there. However, 75% of the creative process is now done on the computer, I can't imagine how I used to do it any more.

A digital clip art customer first told me about Zazzle. She was asking permission to use my clip art on products here (which I don't allow). I checked out the website and that was now 3 months ago. I've actually had products in my store for 2 months and have qualified for Proseller status already. Zazzle is a great venue for me to test designs and see what their appeal is.

I have ordered some of my own products from Zazzle and their quality is amazing. I am so pleased with their color rendition. I am very much enjoying being a part of Zazzle.  I really enjoy interacting with other Zazzle shop keepers. They have been so very helpful and friendly. The forums are a great place to ask questions and learn from the best!

Below are three of her creations that she wants you to see:

Monday, July 5, 2010

The Designer For Today Is Dora Cruceru From Romania

Below she will tell us about herself and her work:

My name is Dora Cruceru from Cluj-Napoca, Romania, I am a graphic designer and photographer.

I mainly work in Photoshop. I also use Illustrator , but I often import the vectors in Photoshop and work on them there. I like to create mixes of vintage inspired art and very modern graphics . I found Zazzle online mentioned in an article about selling art online and I've been on Zazzle for about 3-4 months now .

I advertise through social sites and I also use link-referral and Squidoo . I spend about 20 minutes every day on advertising .
I have a diploma in graphic design , I love prints and fashion .

Below are three of her designs with links to that design on Zazzle:



Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Our Next Artist Is Margaret Chayka Of St. Paul, Minnesota

Below, she will tell us about herself and her artistic work:

I'm a digital artist using CorelDraw for vector art and my own Photoshop techniques for watercolor-like creations. Impatience isn't necessarily a detriment; actual brush-and-paper watercolor painting wasn't my cup of tea for many reasons. I specialize in food and drink, cooking and baking graphics, having been a personal chef for a number of years, and my Zazzle store, Chef Catering Biz Cards is chock full of business products and fun stuff for foodies. Chef Catering Biz Cards was opened July 2009 after leaving Cafe Press, and I became a Zazzle Pro Seller fairly quickly. Previously I've done custom graphic design for fellow foodies; currently I solely provide pre-made designs on Zazzle and clip art via stock photo sites.

I initially opened up three stores at Zazzle; one, a tee-shirt and "stuff" store; my note card store, Culinary Note Cards - which will continue to be my Christmas card store - and I'm now working on complete consolidation into Chef Catering Biz Cards. I've started adding t-shirts, hats, aprons and totes along with business products there.

Following will be fotos of her favorite designs with a link to the product:

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Our Designer For Today Is Eloise Spleen Of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Below Eloise will tell us a little bit about herself and her work:

My name is Eloise Spleen. Well, not really, but I'm definitely known as such. I'm a twenty-two year old woman that attends The University of Buenos Aires. I am a science fiction fan, book collector, TV watcher, film commentator, candy eater, pastry maker, music appreciator.

For my drawings I use my hand, then scanner, but mainly Photoshop. I think it allows very nice and clean designs. I found out about Zazzle just surfing the net and I've been a member of it for less than a year. 
I thoroughly enjoy drawing bizarre nonsense, ranting about random subjects and making lists.  Below are
some of my favorites with links to my products:



Sunday, June 27, 2010

Our Next Artist Is Hussein Elshareef From Florida

Below he tells us about himself, and his art:

I have been a member of Zazzle for about a month. I have been an amateur sketch artist for a large part of my life, drawing here, drawing there, for myself, for friends, for classroom and work assignments.

For the work on my Zazzle store, Simple Sketch, I primarily experiment with digital media. I like taking advantage of modern technology to compose art.

For hardware, I primarily use a Wacom Intuos2 tablet connected to my notebook. For software, my tools of trade are Corel Painter X, Corel Paintshop Pro X2, CorelDraw X4, and Adobe Photoshop Elements. It is important to understand that these tools are just that... tools. They are an extension of one's artistic sense, not a replacement for them. I enjoy how modern technology enables artists to express themselves in ways that were simply too difficult, too costly, or just simply impossible ten or so years ago. Another major advantage is that these tools make it much easier to share artistic works with others, and make online stores such as “Simple Sketch” possible.

For years I have been trying to find a way to share my work with others, and I'm pleased that I seem to have found an efficient way to do so. 

Ever since I was a child, I was very fond of sketching. In grade school and beyond, I was known as the kid who could "draw."

Simple Sketch is a way for me to tap back into that period and experience sketching in a refreshing way, especially as it relates to using computer hardware and digital design software to explore new avenues of artistic expression.

I hope you enjoy what you see at Simple Sketch, and decide to make some of my work a part of your life. Simple Sketch offers a wide variety of sketch products, including posters, stamps, stationery, stickers... even aprons (if you're in to that sort of thing)!  So smile, browse around, and find something... something simple, for you or a friend, today.

Below are photos of his sketches with a link to his Zazzle product page:

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Our Next Artist/Designer Is Rob Birt

Below He will describe his art in his own words:

Over the years I have used a variety of mediums from pencil, inks, to airbrush and acrylics, as well as have had experience in sculpting and Industrial design. Currently for my design and illustrative work that I produce for the products primarily at Zazzle I use a Wacom tablets in Adobe Illustrator. This allows me an ability to "ink" penciled sketches and concepts into standard vector formats without too much additional work as well as not having to have the expense of the ink and the paper. One could also argue its better for the environment. I initially found Zazzle in a search for ways to increase my marketability for my book illustrations and other concepts, like the easy reader book, "Ian Wakes Up". I have actually only been on Zazzle since September of 2009, and have already found it a very beneficial relationship .
I personally think anyone can be an artist as long as they have the passion to follow through with doing the work. Anything can be taught or learned how to do, but the one thing that can't be taught is the passion necessary to be an artist or creative individual.

Be passionate.

Below are some photos with a link to his product in his Zazzle Store:

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Our Next Designer Is Rick Niedzwiecki From Cleveland, Ohio

Below Rick  describes who he is and how he designs:

I am chief smart-alek and proprietor of Blurt Shirts. Somewhat humorous, somewhat irreverent, and sometimes political, I don't aim to please. I am to say what you are thinking. Whether sports, politics, music or otherwise-related, designs are available in a variety of products.

My favorite designs - currently - are my Geek is Chic and my 2010 election designs. I do all my development with Inkscape, and I found Zazzle after having it recommended while I was opening Blurt Shirts at another location.

I added Blurt Shirts to my already busy repertoire - husband and father, full time project manager, VP of my church congregation, bassist/vocalist in a cover band - because I love blurting, and figured I was saying what others were already thinking, but needed an avenue to express their thoughts.

I enjoy designing my products. Zazzle provides an easy-to-use framework for uploading and presenting merchandise to the marketplace. Their return policy works - I ordered the wrong size of a shirt for an offline sale once - and product quality is very good, so I can both Zazzle and shop my store with confidence.

Below are Fotos with links to his products:



Our Next Artist Is Kathie Miller

She describes her work below:
I've been an artist all my life and love doing the big cats. I have used many different mediums from colored pencils, to pastels and airbrush and even textiles. I think I like the colored pencils the best with pastels a close second. Colored pencils give me the control I want when details are important. Pastels because it allows me, or should I say forces me, to be a little more loose. When I became a falconer I started working on the birds of prey. Switching from fur to feathers was a lot harder than I expected, but now I really like doing them.

I was with another POD for many years. When they changed their commission policy, I looked around for a new home. I had heard of Zazzle and even played around with it a little. When I moved here in 2009, I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to get started. Because it's free, I was able to open more and more stores. I started selling my work within weeks of opening my first store and I am now a Pro Seller. I'm glad I came to Zazzle, I just wish I did years ago instead of wasting my time with the other POD.

Selling art is very hard to do, but with Zazzle, it has allowed me to sell my work on many different products. I don't have to have inventory or any cost to me. I would recommend Zazzle to anyone that wants to start selling their art or graphic designs.
One of her stores, and then fotos of her art, with a link to her product:

Monday, June 14, 2010

Our Next Designer Is From Alina's Pencil In Honolulu, Hawaii

This is what she has to say about herself:
I use a digital tablet to create most of my art, although some of my batik designs are photos of actual batiks I've made with wax and fabric dyes. I have a simple, colorful, cartoony style and hope my sense of humor and playfulness come through in my designs.

Because I enjoy woodturning, drumming, massage therapy, Balkan music and dancing, and food, those are all designs I create for my store.

Although I focus on those things more, I also want to make more designs inspired by the beauty and culture of my home in Hawaii, especially those with a bit of humor thrown in, like my Hawaiian Snowman and Hawaiian Penguin designs.

I love Zazzle. I get lost creating designs and putting them on products. Since I'm naturally a night person, the birds starting to chirp reminds me I better get to bed and quit already.

But there are always more ideas, more products to make, more needs to fill. There are very little woodturning or Balkan music and dance designs out there, and I have ideas for more shirts, more business card templates, more cartoons!

Thanks for featuring me and my shop. Best of luck to you and the other independent artists at Zazzle. I encourage everyone to follow their creative expression and to buy Zazzle. It supports us creative types! Opa!

                 To Her Store

Photos of Some of Her Products (Link embeded):


Our Next Designer Is Valerie

This is what she had to say about herself:

I love doing fun childlike art. I’m a published novelist, artist and gothic poet.

I like putting smiley faces on cupcakes, and salads.

Below are her favorite Zazzle products, as a photo, with an internal link to the product she likes: