Dao Thuy Duong, from the Zazzle store Chibibunny, talks with us about her love of Japanese art and the joy she receives from selling her designs on Zazzle products. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to check out her store Chibibunny.
Zazzle: Tell us a bit about yourself!
Dao Thuy Duong: My name is Dao Thuy Duong (aka tho-be) from Hanoi, Vietnam. I’m a self-taught anime illustrator and designer. I graduated from the National University, major in business administrations and worked for some IT companies for several years before I decided to pursue my dream to be an artist. I started to draw at the age of 12, inspired by Japanese anime named “Sailor Moon”. I didn’t draw continuously during my school time and early working time but I always love art and my desire to become an artist still remains the same. 2 years ago, I quit my job as a senior training coordinator, joined deviantArt and focus on drawing to build my own style.
Zazzle: What’s your inspiration for your designs?
Dao Thuy Duong: My inspirations mainly come from Japanese anime/manga style and now simple kawaii style. I also find inspirations from various talented artists on deviantArt with different styles (digital, traditional, photography, artisan crafts …)
Zazzle: How do you get out of creative ruts?
Dao Thuy Duong: Sometimes it’s hard … I just stop creating but wandering on art websites and also other Zazzler’s stores to get inspiration back.
Zazzle: What’s your favorite Zazzle product to create?
Dao Thuy Duong: It’s really hard to choose, I love the t-shirts, cases, mugs, calendars, notebooks, folio, messenger bags … But if I have to choose one, I’d choose pillow. They’re soft, fluffy and lovable.
Zazzle: What got you interested in selling your art on Zazzle?
Dao Thuy Duong: My dream is not to become an artist with art hanging on the wall. I always love to see my art on normal things in life. When I discovered Zazzle, I was really happy. It’s a special feelings like that you can touch your dream. In addition, Zazzle’s designing and promotion tools are easy to use, customer service and support team are great, plus other Zazzle designers are really friendly and willing to help. By the way, I would like to give special thanks to a talented Zazzle designer named Mai, owner of sugaroverkill. She introduced Zazzle to me and helped me a lot.
Zazzle: What tips can you give someone who is just starting out on Zazzle?
Dao Thuy Duong: I just want to share some experiences:
- Be patient, patient and patient. Everything needs time so do as your sales.
- Keep the layout design of your store simple, clear, and easy for customers to navigate.
- Update your store regularly. Try to create at least 1 new product every day.
- Join the forum. You can find almost everything you need there.
- Tags are important. Search engines find your products based on tags.
- Promotion is the key. Zazzle has billions of products, how can customers find yours? Zazzle promotion tools are convenient and easy to use. Promote your products on your website, blog, FB, Twitter, etc.
- Build your own style, that’s how customers find your products unique and recognizable.
Zazzle: Can you give us a sneak peek of future designs?
Dao Thuy Duong: I’m working on some detailed illustrations with a combination of semi-realistic, anime and also kawaii style. The mixture of those things together has received many “likes” on my art page and I hope they’ll be loved here on Zazzle too.
Thanks for sharing Dao Thuy Duong!