Vlad Gerasimov, aka vladstudio, has been a Zazzler since 2004. He was kind enough to answer some questions about his artwork, and his time with Zazzle. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out his store Vladstudio!
Zazzle: First off, tell us a little bit about yourself.
Vlad: I was born and have always lived in Irkutsk, Russia. It is located near lake Baikal, the deepest lake in the world by the way. I received economical education, but never spent a minute working as an economist! I also play piano and guitar.
My typical day may seem not so interesting. I spend most of day at home, sitting with my MacBook Pro (because I am a home-based worker). I reply to e-mails of my website visitors and clients, maintain and improve my website, and of course, I always draw something in Photoshop.
Zazzle: What’s your inspiration for your designs?
Vlad: I am inspired by many very different things, such as beauty of nature, interesting objects and ideas that I stumble upon in Internet or in real life, works of other artists. In the past, I spent a lot of time making software icons, and therefore my art inherited some of icon design principles – clear lines and details, pseudo-3D.
Zazzle: What has been your favorite design you’ve created, and why?
Vlad: Every artwork is as a child, you know ;-). I think the most special for me are:
• Learning to Fly – http://www.zazzle.com/learning_to_fly_poster-228241061925473627 – don’t know why, but it resonates with me
• Planet Earth – Inversed – http://www.zazzle.com/world_inversed_poster-228598349567979121 – that’s my most popular artwork ever :-)
Zazzle: What is your favorite Zazzle feature? How do you use it?
Vlad: My favorite page on Zazzle website is, of course, “Earnings Summary” :-)
Speaking seriously, I like how buyers of my products can customize them.
Zazzle: What got you interested in selling your art on Zazzle?
Vlad: Variety of available products. The only type of product I am missing is Jigsaw Puzzles! My artworks would be so great as puzzles.
Zazzle: What tips can you give someone who is just starting out on Zazzle?
Vlad: – give your visitors choice. Whenever you create a work of art (or a photo), make as many different products out of it as Zazzle offers. For me, posters, mousepads and t-shirts are best-selling product types;
- integrate Zazzle to your website;
- carefully resize your image for different products (f.e. for a mug and a poster you will need to crop differently, make sure nothing important is lost after cropping).