Friday, June 23, 2006
Devas T.'s Online Store!
This morning, I found a few minutes to open my online store. For now, I'm offering images from My Peepz, a property that I've been developing for the past couple years. My Peepz are a hip-hop-ish group of characters, with an appeal to African Americans teens (tweeners) in particular. I used an image from the upcoming 2007 12-month calendar, which is in production as I type this post. It will go on sale later this year with Shades Of Color.
I have a gad of images that I can use to create merchandise. This will be a piece-by-piece project, one that will grow as I find pockets of time to add products. This, by no means, will replace my licensing products. In fact, some items may need to be removed from shelves as I acquire licencees for particular designs. My product licensing agent and I are still seeking product manufacturers who are committed to partnering their high-quality products with my designs. But in the meantime, ain't no sense in these images sitting on my computer when I can earn a buck or two here and there.
Currently, I'm using CafePress's free service (free is relative) which doesn't offer many options in store design presentation. But, if I find any value in this, I'll upgrade to the paid account, then do some window dressing. I was a little weary about the whole thing at first, worried about uploading my hi-res art for someone to...well, steal. But I called a few other artist who use the service, and everyone gave the service high marks, in terms of security, as well as quality of products.