No one's buying t-shirts anymore so I've introduced two new items to my online store:
Frankie Mcfly's Reusable Face Mask & Frankie Mcfly's Reusable Toilet Paper Roll. For cooties & poops during this Covid-19 pandemic.
Both items are available now (find them under t-shirts) *Remember to wash before you wear or wipe!
Here are pictures of all the stickers I've made so far. All of them except for the SJ stickers and the new pink, yellow & blue ones were printed on paper. They weren't meant to be used outside and weren't waterproof. They were inexpensive so I'd give one of each (5 total) to people who bought shirts and at events I'd give one away for free to whoever followed me on Instagram. When I ran out of the paper stickers, around the time I made my SAN JOSE shirt, I made the SJ sticker using the same design. The SJ stickers are 4"x4" and were printed on vinyl but not UV coated, which means they'll probably hold up fine indoors but would eventually fade in the sun. I still have some of these and have been giving them away with t-shirt purchases as well. I've also sold a few. The new pink, yellow & blue Frankie Mcfly kiss-cut stickers I got yesterday might be my favorite so far. The whole thing is 5.5" wide by 3.5" tall and is UV coated so it should survive the sun & the rain. I'm still figuring out pricing for the new stickers and creating bundles with the SJ stickers and t-shirts so stay tuned...
I posted about this a week ago but the event is tomorrow so here it is again... come to Local Color - Keystone at 491 West San Carlos Street (formally Keystone Restaurant Supply) in San Jose from 11am to 3pm for the local artisan daytime market. I'll have my San Jose t-shirts for sale and a bunch of other artist friends will have their wares available too. There's also a food truck and coffee service by Tono Coffee Project so come thru and "buy somethin' will ya!"
Earlier today I drew this monster that ended up looking like that character from the cartoon, "Aaahh Real Monsters," I also received this promotional flyer for the Local Color Daytime Market to share. I'll be vending there, along with other artists/friends/vendors next Sunday, March 8th from 11am-3pm. (491 W San San Carlos St) and just a few minutes ago I vectorized my 10th Shape Thing.
From the depths of the sea, back to the block...
I finally got around to vectorizing those sketches of my name. It's not done but getting closer. I want to make new stickers to give away with t-shirt purchases.
I forgot to share this yesterday. The promo artwork and short description of my upcoming exhibit is on the website for the Dr. Martin Luther King Library (also the San Jose State University Library) The working title is "A Whole Lotta Frankie" I got the idea from the AC/DC song "A Whole Lotta Rosie"
I was asked to submit an image and a 30 word description for my upcoming art show at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library for a newsletter going out to San Jose State students, faculty & staff. I hate writing about myself so I started with the image. It began as a pencil & paper sketch then brought in a photo of the library into Adobe Illustrator and started playing around. It's not perfect but I'm liking where it's going. I might make a few tweaks before submitting it and probably do more by show time. Now to go write a description...
Today I finally shared the news that I'll be showing my artwork at the Dr. Martin Luther King Library, in downtown San Jose, from May 1st thru June 26th. It's happening in the Jennifer & Philip DiNapoli Gallery on the 2nd floor. I've gone and measured the walls where I'll be hanging my stuff and have an idea of what I'll display but there are some things to consider. I'm not allowed to drill or tack things to the walls. They must be hung with wire. It's also in a very public place with lots of foot traffic, and I'm solely in charge of protecting my work from theft & vandalism, so I have to rethink how, or if, I'm going to show my smaller & more delicate pieces. Keeping those things in mind, I want to make it fun and eye catching for everyone who sees it. I'll be posting more details as we get closer.
I've been cleaning house these last few days. Knocking out some to-dos, clearing out email and deleting old shit. Today I came across the flyer for my first, and only, solo art show. (October 1st, 2011 at 8:00 PM,) an animated gif I made from a drawing (Plantimal,) and a crappy picture of the Hoverboard prop I made for my Marty Mcfly Halloween costume many-many moons ago (that's where Frankie Mcfly came from)
And in other news:
I watched a few video tutorials today on how to use After Effects and InDesign. I want to create animations with After Effects for fun and to promote my brand online. InDesign is perfect for putting together zines or books, which I want to do with my Inktober drawings. Tomorrow I'll fire up After Effects and try to create something cool. I'll get to InDesign later. The Inktober zine/book project is on hold till I get the proper gear to take good photos of my drawings.
Earlier this month I designed & printed 100 flyers with my website info to hand out at the First Friday Art Walk. Last weekend I gave away the last flyer at the Viva Calle event. This week I worked on a new flyer to give away Sunday at the SoFa Street Fair. Like last time, I folded a sheet of paper into quarters and sketched ideas on each one. I took a picture of the one I liked most and digitally inked it in Adobe Illustrator Draw on my iPad. The last bits were exporting the drawing to Illustrator on my laptop to add the text and laying out the 4 copies to print. After making sure it looked good I printed 25 sheets at home and took them to Office Depot to get them cut. I'm happy the way they came out. Tomorrow I'll be putting them inside people's bags when they buy a shirt or hand them to people who come into my booth. I still have to design a new business card but I think these are a fun alternative in the meantime.
I finally got around to folding & counting my t-shirts, after vending at the Street Mrkt on 9/6, and I updated my inventory online. I try not to wait too long after events because I want my online inventory to match what I actually have on hand. I got bit in the ass once for waiting too long. A couple people bought medium black & pink San Jose shirts online a couple days after I sold out at an event. It was a tiny fire that I was able to put out relatively quick but I don't want that to happen again. So, as of right now the online store inventory matches the actual inventory on hand... so go and buy now!
I also added 3 new options for SJ stickers:
The Street Mrkt was a blast! I got setup early and was able to visit my artist/vendor buddies and bought an original piece by local artist, Jemal (@thejemalshow on Instagram) and picked up some rad Garbage Pail Kids pins from Jodi (@xicana408) She always has the coolest shit! I even had time to drink a couple beers at Uproar Brewery before the event officially started. I gave out over half of my flyers and sold a few t-shirts and stickers. It was a good night.
Make sure to come out to the next First Friday Artwalk & Street Mrkt next month. It'll be the last one of this season. Hope to see you there!
They just need to be printed & cut. I'm going to hand them out at the Street Mrkt this Friday. I spent more time on it than I intended and I'm still not 100% happy with the result. Maybe next time I'll do more pen & paper work and less digital.
Check out the side by side comparison and fuck-ups below
This Friday! Friday! Friday! I'm vending at the Street Mrkt for South First Fridays Art Walk in downtown San Jose. I'll have my t-shirts and stickers for sale from 7pm to 11PM.
I'll have my canopy setup somewhere on South 1st St. between San Carlos & Reed streets. Make sure to check out the other vendors and open galleries too.
I'm almost out of business cards so I've decided to design and print a flyer to hand out and put in peoples bags. I think it's a little more fun than a boring business card. Check out the sketch below.