Archive for September, 2010

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with LynnetteShelley

September 30, 2010

Lynnette, from the Zazzle Stores lynnetteshelley, was kind enough to answer some questions about her favorite style to create and her time as a Zazzler. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store lynnetteshelley!

Conjoined the Geckos Poster

Bio: Lynnette Shelley is a Delaware native who moved to the Philadelphia area in 1999. Her artwork has been displayed at various venues across the Philadelphia and surrounding metropolitan areas, including the Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (POST), the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences and the Wilmington Grand Opera House. Some of her creature drawings were featured in the animated short “The Spider Is the Web” shown at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival, while more of her artwork was featured as part of an on-screen art show at the 2008 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, Oregon. She also exhibited at the juried art show at Dragon Con in Atlanta, GA, one of the largest fantasy / sci fi-themed conventions in the world. Lynnette currently lives and works out of Ambler, PA.

Lynnette is currently represented by Three Ravens Gallery in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. Please see this website’s exhibitions page for her current event schedule.

Deeply influenced by Celtic, Eastern, Asian and aboriginal / native works; art nouveau, abstract expressionism, and medieval artworks; fantasy and science fiction; as well as zoomorphism, therianthropy, cryptozoology and mythological stories and legends, Lynnette fuses these styles into her strikingly unique illustrations.

“I am a fan of a multitude of artists – from the various pen-and-ink artists such as Aubrey Beardsley and Edward Gorey to medieval illuminated manuscripts created by Celtic monks to Russian iconic artists to Japanese scroll painters and native artisans. I also appreciate artists who portray the world around them with a unique eye and a colorful imagination - Vincent Van Gogh, William Blake, Frida Kahlo, Marc Chagall, Gustav Klimt, Henri Rousseau, Edvard Munch, Susan Seddon Bouletand Walton Ford, to name but a few.”

Lynnette’s artwork strikes a primal chord in many viewers, with almost Jungian associations to the colors and shapes. Her animal art and creature illustrations are both primitive and sophisticated, and have been likened to images from an undiscovered ancient civilization or culture.

In addition to her fine art pursuits, Lynnette is also the co-founder of The Red Masque, an original avant rock band which has played numerous shows and festivals since 2001. The Red Masque is currently signed to an experimental / avant label based out of Colorado.

Zazzle: What is your favorite style to create?

Lynnette: Art nouveau / Celtic / stylized mixed media

Zazzle: When and how did you first become interested in art? How long have you been making art?

Lynnette: My whole life. As soon as I was old enough to hold a pencil or crayon I have been creating. But I’ve been doing this professionally about three years now.

Zazzle: What has been your favorite design you’ve created, and why?

Lynnette: It changes, but right now, one of my favorites is “The Union”, because it came out pretty much how I envisioned it originally in my head (which does not always happen).

The Union Card

Zazzle: What is your favorite Zazzle feature? How do you use it?

Lynnette: The featured product feature is useful

Zazzle: Do you have any fun stories about being a seller on Zazzle?

Lynnette: I don’t really have any specific fun stories, but it’s a nice place to add your work and seems to get a lot of promotion.

Zazzle: What got you interested in selling your art on Zazzle?

Lynnette: I was looking around for a print on demand site, and Zazzle is one of the bigger players in that market.

Zazzle: What tips can you give someone who is just starting out on Zazzle?

Lynnette: To make sure they promote on their own end, and always add lots of variety of items.

Thanks Lynnette!

Seller Wednesday Q&A Today!

September 29, 2010

Have any questions you’ve been wanting to ask?  This week for Seller Wednesday we’re opening up the floor to questions you may have, so leave any questions you have in the comments below and we’ll start answering your questions at 2pm PT today.

Questions are now closed!

Thanks to everyone that submitted questions this time! We look forward to doing this again for another Seller Wednesday sometime in the near future!

Zazzle’s 2010 Summer BBQ

September 28, 2010

Last week we had a little summer BBQ with lots of Hawaii food and the BIGGEST SHARK WATER SLIDE EVER! Check out some of the pictures below. What’s your favorite BBQ food? Or, better yet, what’s your favorite BBQ Apron?

Zazzle Designer Garage

September 27, 2010

Are you an artist or designer living in the Bay Area?  If you are, we are hosting an awesome event just for you!  Zazzle will be holding its first ever Designer Garage at Nola’s Bar and Restaurant in Palo Alto on Tuesday September 28th from 7-9 PM!

What is a Zazzle Designer Garage? Zazzle Designer Garages are an opportunity for artists and designers to learn the ins and outs of making money on the Zazzle platform and setting up a Zazzle store.

Here is how it works. You bring your laptop and some energy – we bring our experts and employees to provide hands-on assistance to guide you through the process. By the time you leave – you will have a professional-looking Zazzle store running and ready for your art!

For seasoned Sellers, we will be featuring a special tutorial by one of our experts on advanced promotional techniques including link building and SEO tips and tricks.

This is a great opportunity to meet other designers, artists, and people looking to sell on Zazzle and see what a vibrant and supportive community that we have. Plus, its FREE to you! Hope to see you all there!

SPACE IS LIMITED… so RSVP on the Facebook Event Page if you are attending!

Foto Friday – Earn $5 with your Zazzle photos!

September 24, 2010

Check out this week’s Foto Friday Fun!

What’s Foto Friday? It’s our weekly blog post of customers enjoying their Zazzle products. Want to join in the fun and earn $5 towards your next Zazzle order? Read below for details on how to participate in Foto Friday.


Peace Love Tesla T Shirts


Responsibility Champion Mug


Robot Broken Heart Large Blue Binder
MinPin Has My Heart Binder Black and White


IT Crowd ctrl+alt+del T-shirt

Want to join in? It’s easy and fun! For every photo you send us we’ll give you $5 to use on your next Zazzle order. So get started taking those pictures and join in on the Foto Friday fun!
Rules:

  1. You must be in the photo holding, wearing, hugging, or otherwise enjoying your Zazzle product
  2. If the product is available in the public Zazzle Marketplace, include the product link
  3. Be creative and have fun!

You can tweet your photos to @zazzle or do it the old fashioned way by emailing them to community@zazzle.com.

MegaMan blasts onto Zazzle

September 23, 2010

Those who grew up playing Nintendo will be happy to see that Capcom has added MegaMan to the games available on Zazzle!  You can find some classic NES MegaMan 1 characters such as Dr. Light,  Dr. Wily, Bombman, Cutman, Gutsman, and all of MegaMan’s classic weapons (as well as some newer character styles) on t-shirts, mugs, posters, and more!

Here are a few of my personal favs.

Around the World T-ShirtWork Hard Play Hard MousepadPaper Powered Up T-Shirt

Be sure to check out all the products and character designs available in the MegaMan Store!

Which MegaMan game is your favorite?

Zoinks! Scooby-Doo is like all new on Zazzle

September 20, 2010

The best mystery-solving store on Zazzle is now all new! In addition to all the great Scooby-Doo t-shirts, Scooby and the Gang have just added Scooby-Doo mugs, Scooby-Doo posters, Scooby-Doo stickers and more! Check out some of my favorite Scooby-Doo gifts below. Also, if you’re looking to have the Scooby-Doo theme song in your head all day (like me), watch the below video!

Foto Friday – Earn $5 with your Zazzle photos!

September 17, 2010

Check out this week’s Foto Friday Fun!

What’s Foto Friday? It’s our weekly blog post of customers enjoying their Zazzle products. Want to join in the fun and earn $5 towards your next Zazzle order? Read below for details on how to participate in Foto Friday.


Mottled Olive Green Tie


Fifty Word Stories Rock Tee Shirt


Firefall Red T Shirts

Want to join in? It’s easy and fun! For every photo you send us we’ll give you $5 to use on your next Zazzle order. So get started taking those pictures and join in on the Foto Friday fun!
Rules:

  1. You must be in the photo holding, wearing, hugging, or otherwise enjoying your Zazzle product
  2. If the product is available in the public Zazzle Marketplace, include the product link
  3. Be creative and have fun!

You can tweet your photos to @zazzle or do it the old fashioned way by emailing them to community@zazzle.com.

Sweet Responses from Happy Customers

September 16, 2010

This is why we love what we do!

Dear Zazzle,

So I was searching up on the computer pig key chains, because pigs are my favorite animals! It brought me to ur website and I started freaking out I fell in love with ur key chains especially the pig ones and peace ones!

These are some of my favorites!

Cuddly Cartoon Pig,

Oink!,

Piggy Geek,

Oink Means I love you,

Pink Piggy

Peace, Love, and Piggies

Peace by hmccowan

Peace, love, stop domestic violence,

Peace, love, music,

Peace, love, recycle,

& Peace Sign Collage.

These are a couple…. If I put all of them u would be reading a novel! Haha!

Well anyways thank you for reading my letter and I would love to hear a response!

P.S. I love your key chains!

Love,

Chay your key chain fan!

Zazzle Featured Seller Interview with DamaskDiva

September 16, 2010

Sandy, from the Zazzle Stores sandybuckley, DamaskDiva, thegraduateshoppe, thebirthdayshop, and theflowershop, was kind enough to answer some questions about her artistic style and her time at Zazzle. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her stores sandybuckley, DamaskDiva, thegraduateshoppe, thebirthdayshop, and theflowershop!

Bridal Shower Invitations Fall Wedding Rush Cream

About (from bio): First, I’ll state the obvious. Everyone is creative. There is not a person on Earth that is incapable of coming up with a new idea. The question for me, however, was how to embrace that concept in my life. So, in 2005 I decided to distract myself from reality, move 3000 miles across the country and immerse myself in a sleepy little island community off the coast of Washington State called Friday Harbor. Little did I know that my housewarming gift would be inspired creativity. My intent was a change in lifestyle but in reality I expanded my perspective and found the passion for creativity which now had its rightful outlet. Go figure.

Photography in an island paradise comes naturally so that is where I began dabbling in the arts. Within months I had collected many photos of seascapes, orca whales and wildlife and turned to the internet to see what options existed for sharing the beauty I had discovered. Just one year out of the beta mode, Zazzle seemed like a great place to see if the world would share my enthusiasm. I joined the community in 2006, never expecting to find a world of innovative artists and a spirit of entrepreneurship which would become “empowering” to me. I embraced the feedback and welcomed the interactions, muddling my way through the process as my inner artist was unleashed.

Meeting so many celebrated artists and infusing yourself with far greater than “recommended daily allowances” of creativity in a positive and nurturing atmosphere is one of the reasons why I have continued as a loyal designer at Zazzle. Over the years, I have opened stores as outlets—looking for ways to market concepts as opposed to content, each store holding a spot near and dear to my heart.

I have been very fortunate since 2006 in large part due to Zazzle’s innovation and appreciation for their artists. The island and photography community have embraced my designs and work which they see on Zazzle and now around town — bringing many other collaborative island artists to Zazzle as well. In September, my “day job” was outsourced and I have never been happier- the timing is perfect for this new paradigm in personal growth to continue. Opportunities happen and I’ve learned from the past three years and counting, I will take them as then come.

Zazzle: A lot of your work seems to be an elegant/wedding style, are there other styles or themes you enjoy as well??

Sandy: That’s a really tough question because I love designing just about everything Zazzle has to offer. Each of my stores was opened with a “theme” in mind- holidays, pet apparel, shoes, invitations, photography, etc.  I certainly love photography and sharing the charm of the islands- but I am also completely enamored with Photoshop for design work. Each day brings a different inspiration so I am completely open to whatever strikes me as enjoyable at that moment and use Zazzle as the outlet to share that. I certainly have Zazzle to thank for allowing me to share my enthusiasm and interact with such an inspiring base of talented artists.

Zazzle: What’s your favorite Zazzle product to create?

Sandy: Designing wedding products is certainly my favorite pastime- it’s really fun to try and figure out what a bride or a bridal shower hostess will consider worthy of their event. But I do have to say that creating business card designs allows for greater flexibility in themes. There is such a broad spectrum of options- from modern to floral and everything in between- I’m always very honored when someone purchases one of my designs to market their presence in any given industry.

Zazzle: When you’re not creating art, what are your other hobbies?

Sandy: I live on a small island in the Pacific Northwest called San Juan Island- about 65 miles northwest of Seattle. It’s a charming but fragile ecosystem accessible only by ferry or plane and we’re lucky enough to have whales, eagles, wildlife and a diversity of beauty that is incredibly inspiring. I spend a lot of time photographing, hiking and watching the whales- but I also love volunteering with the scientists who are striving to maintain the region’s natural resources for generations to come.

Zazzle: What has been your favorite design you’ve created, and why?

Sandy: Wow, that’s a really tough question. I recently was hired to create several stock designs for some scientists in British Columbia at the north end of Vancouver Island.  The project wound up lasting about 5 months during which I was honored to witness the far-reaching scope of their science and tireless efforts – both of which really inspired me in a profound way. During the course of these interactions, I created a design embracing the fragility of our environment which is one of my favorites. It sort of became a tribute to piece for the selfless work of scientists to protect and preserve the natural beauty we take for granted each day.

Save the Whales T-Shirt

Zazzle: What got you interested in selling your art on Zazzle?

Sandy: When we moved to the Island, I began to try and capture all of the beauty around me via photography. Within months I had a collection of seascapes, orca whales and wildlife images and turned to the internet to see what options existed for sharing the beauty I had discovered. Just one year out of the beta mode, Zazzle seemed like a great place to see if the world would share my enthusiasm. I joined the community in 2006, never expecting to find a world of innovative artists and a spirit of entrepreneurship which would become “empowering” to me. I embraced the feedback and welcomed the interactions, muddling my way through the process as my inner artist was unleashed.  I dabbled in painting and colored pencil for a while and eventually began to design in Photoshop which (for now) is my favorite way to spend my time.

Zazzle: What tips can you give someone who is just starting out on Zazzle?

Sandy: Zazzle offers an incredibly unique opportunity to share artwork and collaboratively interact with talented artists from all over the world. I’ve learned that whatever you do not know, there is someone on Zazzle who has the answer. So it has been important to me to spend some time interacting with my fellow artists over the past four years, as I learned all of the various aspects of marketing and html for store design, etc- the community is rich in resources if you need them. It’s also important to recognize that building your presence on Zazzle will not happen overnight- don’t get frustrated—with designs you’ve created from your personal inspirations, good tagging, keywords, product descriptions and alot of patience you’ll be seeing returns on your efforts.

Thanks Sandy!


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