Genevieve, from the Zazzle store PandaPad, answers some questions about her inspirations, her art style and her time at Zazzle. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store PandaPad!
Zazzle: When and how did you first become interested in art? How long have you been making art?
Genevieve: Ever since I could hold a pencil I was said to be drawing, so probably around the age of two? The first thing I remember drawing were circles…and if you look closely at my work, that probably is still quite prevalent. So you can say I’ve been making art for most of my life. God engraved it into me
Zazzle: What is your favorite style to create?
Genevieve: My favorite style is my most dominant which is a somewhat anime/manga/pop mix. My pieces are heavily influenced in terms of style by my Asian culture. Overall I just find the style appealing because I can mix different styles in the composition to get a different feel depending on the design.
Zazzle: When you’re not creating art, what are your other hobbies?
Genevieve: If I’m not drawing, I’m designing and coding websites (yes in some senses I find that fun), and if I’m not doing that I’m crafting cute little items to display and sell in other venues. That’s the quirk of having your career branch from your hobbies. Would that define me as a work-a-holic?
Zazzle: What has been your favorite design you’ve created, and why?
Genevieve: In all honesty, I don’t have one favorite design because each design carries the time, thought, story, intention and new-found artistic growth. If I were to choose some that I’m particularly fond of, I’d have to say some of my older work like China Doll and Under the Rising Sun, because they were turning points in my art style to do detailed, flat colouring. This allowed me to branch into my vector illustrations like Asian Flavour (featured in my artsprojekt shop).
Zazzle: What’s your favorite Zazzle feature? How do you use it?
Genevieve: I like the Zazzle Uploader because it is very convenient for me to upload multiple images and include all the information about each artwork in one shot. That way I don’t have to enter them one by one through the site and they automatically populate when I create a new product with the design.
Zazzle: Any artists you look up to when it comes to designing?
Genevieve: God. I consider Him the definition of creativity and originally because when you think of it, he created the bases for all the creative ideas we ourselves take reference to. There is no better way for myself to get creativity than to go outside for a walk in the park or to look out my window whether it be a sunny day or a snow-filled winter.
Zazzle: Do you have any fun stories about being a seller on Zazzle?
Genevieve: I don’t know if you would consider them fun stories but I know of exciting instances like when I first found out I was a Pro-Seller and when I got my first featured Zazzle product
Zazzle: What tips can you give someone who is just starting out on Zazzle?
Genevieve: Don’t rush your designs and try to research your target market. If you are here just to make money, feel free to make your designs available in many different options and in many customizable ways (but at least make sure you take the time to make your design presentable). However, if you are an artist who is looking to display themselves as a professional, don’t go through the generic motion of uploading an image and slapping it on all the products Zazzle has to offer.
Zazzle’s advantage is customization, and the abundance of products become tempting. But by all means, be picky about what products you sell and how you display your design for each product. Ask yourself whether the design fits the product you’re placing it on and whether your customers would want it on that product. There is a big difference between generic, cookie cutter designs and those that are meant to represent an artist.