Pretty sick, right?
I’m thinking about starting up an art store (or something to that effect) where I can do limited edition prints on Skate Decks or Snowboards in a bulk pack of 25 or more, then sell them off as collector’s pieces. It would be a cool way to hang my art on your walls or put them on display in your home, depending on how you want to show off your collection.
The pricing I was thinking for the Skate Decks was around $50 to $75 USD, but again, it all depends on whether or not they’d sell, the cost of creation, as well as shipping, etc.
I was also thinking about bulk ordering custom tees, depending on which prints sold the most or which pieces were popular. I really don’t want to run out and order tee shirts if no one likes them. That wouldn’t make any sense. For tee shirt pricing, I was thinking anywhere from $25 to $30 USD (which would all depend, once again, on how many shirts I ordered and how many people are actually interested in the item).
Or custom iPhone skins & cases? Or cut-out stickers? Or buttons and pins? Magnets? Notebooks? Whatever else I can design, print up, and order for extremely cheap? I could even throw these into the packages I ship out as freebies! The possibilities are endless!
Anyway, this is all just conceptual work — nothing’s actually been made yet.
I just wanted to run the idea by you guys to see what you thought, and also to help give ideas to those of you who are trying to commission custom artwork from me and don’t know what to order.
So what do you think?
Would you pre-order a teeshirt or skate deck?
A lot of my future large scale pieces are going to be made with tee shirt & print design in mind, so if you don’t like any of my current art, it’s not a huge deal. There’s tons more coming and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.
In fact, I was actually thinking about going to art school and pursuing illustration? Maybe? Possibly?
I’ve always been inspired by artists like Alex Ross, James Jean, Audrey Kawasaki, etc — they’ve been huge influences on my approach to art and where I can take it. And while reading through their biographies (mainly to get an idea of where they began and how they’ve progressed from there), I discovered that Alex Ross attended art school at the Academy of Art, James Jean attended the School of Visual Arts, and Audrey Kawasaki went to the Pratt Institute.
… But what did they major in?
That’s what I was curious about.
While looking through portfolio scholarships and grants to art schools, a lot of them asked that I select my Major in order to continue and apply. But there’s so many freaking options! Graphic Design, Illustration, blah blah blah — how am I supposed to pick something?!
Luckily, James Jean has a Twitter Account and actually responds to the people who Tweet him (on occasion)! Exciting! So I shot him a message hoping that I could gather the info from him quickly (since all of my googling was returning zero results):
And he actually responded! Gasp.
So Illustration it is!
What better way to decide on your Major than by taking advice from the people you look up to or feel inspired by? Though I like how he added in that “dropouts can be standouts, too”. Meaning, you can’t go to art school and expect to pop out as the next James Jean — you have to have talent. And school or not, a BFA can only get you so far in terms of your career. You need to actually be good at what you do!
I called around and sent out for catalogs and pamphlets, etc.
And as it turns out, the Academy of Art University in San Francisco is still as expensive as ever, and that their portfolio grant would only be enough to cover a partial semester of school. That even if I managed to get in on a grant (and it’s a $100 application fee), I’d have to go to school full time, live in the area, etc — and the money they give me wouldn’t be enough to sustain me (even with financial aid). In fact, to even attempt to attend the Academy of Art, I’d have to take out a shitton of student loans to support myself.
So how did Alex Ross afford it?
He was 17 years old, his mom went there, and his parents paid for his school. That’s how. He was fucking rich and spoiled. *Headdesk, headdesk, headdesk!!* I can’t ask for money like that from my parents! I tried once when I was younger (the same age as Alex, actually), and I even toured the open house at AAU!
But I dunno.
You know Asian parents.
Why spend that much money on art school when they can send me off to be a doctor or lawyer instead, right? :/
Whatever. I’m pretty much at that age now where I’ve done my own thing for so long regardless of what they think that I’m sure they have to be supportive of whatever I do no matter what it is. In fact, my mom was the one who originally suggested that I start designing tee shirts (she said this to me during dinner last night), and even asked about how many fans I have, asked about whether I’d be interested in selling tee shirts, etc.
Hearing my mom suggest that I pursue art (in any way, shape, or form) is a huge deal to me.
You have no idea how much of an impact having support from your parents can be — you feel “safe”. You feel like you can do anything. You feel comfortable with the idea of pursuing your goals knowing that your parents are behind you 100%.
The whole “parents being supportive of me” thing — it’s all brand new to me.
… But I think it’s because they see how depressed I am lately with this whole job situation, and see that art is the only thing that really cheers me up or makes me feel good about myself anymore. Nothing else seems to work. My self esteem is kind of dead, I’m becoming a hermit again, and I’m just not happy anymore.
But thankfully, the thought of going back to school to pursue art is incredibly uplifting.
AAU is probably not an option (mainly due to the money thing), so I’ll have to look into a cheaper school. And that’s fine. As long as I can do what makes me happy for the rest of my life, then I think I’ll be okay.
I need to have some kind of “purpose”, y’know?
Otherwise I feel like my life is meaningless.
XOXO Cheri XOXO
PS. Oh, and I also wanted to add in that I’ll probably be doing more traditional work soon. So much of my stuff is digital. It’s been forever since I’ved picked up a pen or pencil! That needs to change. Ha. So expect new sketches and line art and other traditional media experiments soon. :)