Pascal, from the Zazzle Store PascalCampion, was kind enough to sit down and answer some questions about his hobbies and some great tips for new sellers. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out his store PascalCampion!
Zazzle: Give us a brief bio, where you are from and when you started making art.
Pascal: I grew up in France and started doing art when my older brother would make me draw characters from a comic book. He would only lend me the comic book if I drew the characters – that’s how it all began. A little later, I realized I wasn’t very good at drawing, but I loved telling stories, so I figured I need to learn how to draw JUST enough to be able to tell stories with my images – that’s what I’m still doing now.
Zazzle: How would you describe you style?
Pascal: Emotional and witty is how it has been described often. If I had to describe it myself, I’d say it’s intentional. By intentional I mean that I consciously choose to tell stories, and focus more on the content rather than the form.
Zazzle: What’s your inspiration for your designs?
Pascal: My life, my family, my friends, movies, book, music, good and bad experiences, and sometimes (but not very often) other artists.
Zazzle: What’s been your favorite design you’ve created, and why?
Pascal: One of my favorite designs is called Milk Mustaches. It’s not the most popular – it represents a father and a daughter drinking milk and having milk mustaches – it’s just dear to my heart. Other favorites of mine are all the images that feature my wife. She’s in a lot of my images.
Zazzle: Any artists you look up to when it comes to designing?
Pascal: I look up to EVERY artist out there. The famous ones, and the not so famous ones, the young and the old, the masters and the novices… everybody who is trying has something unique. It doesn’t matter what type of recognition they have, they all are inspiring to me.
Zazzle: Do you have any fun stories about being a seller on Zazzle?
Pascal: I can say this – I have the worse judgment ever when it comes to my own work. When I really like a design I did, it usually doesn’t sell, and, of course, the best sellers are the ones I don’t care for too much. I think it comes from the fact that I tend to like the designs I put a lot of thoughts and efforts into, and they come out over labored. While the ones I breeze through benefit from freshness and spontaneity, and a few years of experience – they are sleeker and stronger.
Zazzle: What got you interested in selling your art on Zazzle?
Pascal: A few years ago I was contacted by someone at Zazzle asking if I wanted to put some prints up there. Until then, I hadn’t thought about it, so I sent him a few images and he made a ton of products. I was very impressed! I then got busy with work/life, and forgot about it. Last year, one of my good and talented friends, Nidhi Chanani, was telling me how well her Zazzle store was working for her and it got me interested again. She’s actually helped a LOT in setting up the store as it is now. I have to say that she basically did it all – thank you Nidhi!
Zazzle: What tips can you give someone who is just starting out on Zazzle?
Pascal: Hang in there.