Yup, it's that time of year again when we're looking for nice gifts for the people we care about (including ourselves). So I thought I'd put together a collection of some of the things I've got available around the webs:
Looking for prints, but not sure which one to get? Here's a collection of top sellers and favourites from my shop:
There are over 80 different prints available now, including a series of objects reading books, and a set of cooking-themed images. They're all signed by me.
Don't wait too long! To receive your signed prints by Christmas, please order before...
Canada: Dec. 13th
USA: Dec. 11th
Rest of the beautiful world: Dec. 4th
Oh, and they've got free worldwide shipping on almost everything from now until December 2nd!
Temporary tattoos from Tattly are absolute terrificness. And only $5 per pack.
This year I partnered with Ohh Deer, a UK-based company, to offer a collection of greeting cards, cushions, prints and more. They sell online as well as through retailers in the UK and elsewhere. So if you are in Europe, they might be a good place to order from.
There's more (like my book), but I don't want to overdo it (I'm sure I already have!). I've created a page dedicated to everything of mine that's available online. Just click the big blue rectangle below to see it. Oh, and happy holidays!
That's $19.66* in the US (instead of $25.00!) and £12.83* in the UK (instead of £15.95).
So you know, I have no control over Amazon's discounting (and it doesn't affect my royalties). It has nothing to do with inventory clearance: the book is printed on demand, so there's always copies available.
So if you haven't bought the book yet, well, go get it! Over 110 drawings of ridiculousness!
* Prices updated as of August 1, 2013. They fluctuate daily. Fine print is fun!
I've been making lots of new prints available in the shop over the last little while, so I thought it was time to show some of them off.
By the way, they're all signed by me, and they're just $20 each (unframed).
And all this week (until Sunday May 26th) it's free shipping to anywhere in the world on almost everything, including t-shirts, hoodies, prints, totebags, pillows and stationery cards. I love free shipping!
Of course, you can still get cases for iPhones (5, 4S, 4, 3GS & 3G), as well as for iPod touch.
Have a look: Society6
I made nine drawings last night, and they're just $60 each. See them in the shop.
Before I even sat down to draw them, I knew I'd be selling them for much less than my normal pricing. I was conducting an experiment. I wanted to see if I created differently, knowing that the end price was going to be lower. I have say, it was kind of freeing. The ideas flowed more easily, and there was no pressure to create anything too precious. In the end, I think the results were quite good (if I'm allowed to say so?). All kinds of worthwhile ideas bubbled to the surface.
So I could have raised the prices, now that I'm happy with the results, but I wanted to commit to this experiment. I need to believe that there is an endless supply of ideas (it hasn't felt like that lately), and there will always be many many more drawings to make.
"Stop the bad music" is now available as a t-shirt from Graniph. They are a large chain of t-shirt stores, with dozens of locations throughout Japan and several spots in Australia, Taiwan and Hong Kong (and an online shop as well).
They put my signature in the back of the shirt just below the neck, which I thought was a nice touch:
(A side note: the agreement I signed with Graniph was very artist-friendly, so I think companies like this need to be encouraged. Too often companies want the artist to give up all their rights, with aggressively written contracts. Not so with these guys. So hooray for Graniph!)
Hey! It's getting to be that time of year again when we are looking for gifts and nice things for the people we care about (including ourselves). So I thought I'd put together a roundup of some of the many things I've got available around the internets.
They're 8x10 inches, $20 each, and signed and packed by the artist (that's me).
Lots of new ones and plenty of old favourites. Over 70 different prints available.
To receive signed prints by Christmas, please order before...
Canada: Dec. 13th
USA: Dec. 12th
Africa: too late, I'm afraid :(
Rest of the world: Nov. 30th
Check out my wrapping paper backgrounds...
BONUS!! Free worldwide shipping on almost anything from Society6 until Monday Nov. 26th.
See my review of the quality of Society6 prints. They're really nice!
Okay, that's plenty. Happy shopping!
I've been offering many of my drawings as iPhone & iPod cases, prints, t-shirts, and more through Society6 for a little while now. I've ordered a few things myself, so I thought I'd share with you a little review.
A quick summary: the iPhone & iPod skins and prints are terrific. The t-shirts are good, but might not be what you expect.
UPDATE: Society6 has free worldwide shipping this week, through Sunday (July 1)
You can get prints (some as big as 28x34 inches), stretched canvases, framed prints, iPod & iPhone skins, iPhone cases, laptop and iPad skins, t-shirts, hoodies, and even greeting cards. I haven't ordered from every category, but here's what I've seen so far.
I ordered one of these as a gift for my father-in-law's iPod (4th generation). They're $15 each. When you receive it in the mail, it looks like a glorified sticker. Once it's on your device, it looks slick:
I haven't ordered an iPhone case, because, well, I don't have an iPhone (or any smartphone, for that matter. I'm pretty low-tech. See VHS cassettes below). But loads of people (like 60 or 100 or so) have ordered one, and they tell me they like 'em.
I ordered the 17x20 inch print of one real antler, one imagined. Society6 adds about an inch of space all the way around, so I had to trim it to fit it in a 16x20 frame. This is especially handy if you live outside of North America, and your standard frame sizes are probably different and measured in centimeters. The extra space gives you flexibility to trim down to whatever frame you have.
The print quality is amazing. It's terrific. I know my artwork very well (obviously) and I can tell you that their prints are accurate and crisp. And the paper is lovely and thick and soft and lightly textured.
Here's some pictures. The large prints come shipped in a big tube, so they are curled a bit and need to be flattened, hence the VHS boxes holding it down:
Here's some close-ups:
I put it in this simple 16x20 inch frame:
I tend to make small drawings, so it's fun for me to see my work enlarged. I often get asked for larger reproductions, and Society6 has been a great solution for this.
(If you want a signed print, you'll have to order one from my own shop: http://shop.marcjohns.com)
I ordered the fish with beard t-shirt, and I like it. However, if you like your t-shirts to have that crisp, plastic-y screenprinted quality, you'll be disappointed. The print on this shirt is soft, and almost has a slightly faded quality to it. Maybe bolder artwork would read differently. I don't mind this soft quality, and I think it's appropriate for my watercolour drawings. I hope I'm describing this properly; I just want you to know what these shirts are like, so that if you order one you'll know what to expect.
Society6 recently announced that you can print your artwork on dark shirts (you couldn't before), which means they'll print a white undercoat before laying down the artwork. I haven't ordered one yet, but I bet this will make shirt prints that look a bit more like screenprinting.
Okay, that's it. Now go shopping.
Oh, and they have free worldwide shipping this week! Right through until Sunday (July 1).
UPDATE: I'm not doing these anymore. It was super fun for a while, but it wasn't sustainable. I hope to develop another custom order format, so stay tuned!
You pick the object and the book, and I'll draw it. That's right. I'll draw whatever object reading whatever book you want, and I'll paint it too, all on a nice 8x10 inch piece of acid-free watercolour paper.
After I made the original series of objects reading books, I started thinking about creating custom versions. Books are such a personal thing, and if you get to choose what the object and the book is, well, you end up with a bit of an interesting portrait. It could be a nice gift.
This is the first time I've offered to do personal commissions. I've stayed away from doing them in the past, mostly because I simply haven't had the time or I'm worried they don't work out as well as I'd like (I worry a lot). But making them in a format like this works for me.
See more drawings of objects reading books.