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How to Use Mockups to Promote Your Products

Using Mockups to Promote your Products

Using Mockups to Promote your Products

Being a designer with an online store means a lot of self-promotion.  Having great products is important of course.  But you can have the greatest products in the world, but having a not-so-great photograph of it will result in lost sales and people passing over your product for others.  A well-designed mockup can go a long way on your own website and social media.  Products with a professional looking mockup will catch attention.  They make people want to share your product photographs, and ultimately buy your products. This is important whether you sell your own products through your own website, or use a fulfillment store such as Zazzle, RedBubble, or Society6.

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Excellent Copyright-Free Reference Photo Websites for Artists

Beautiful Mountains

Photo courtesy of Pixabay

Most people are well aware that paintings are copyrighted.  But not many people stop to think that photographs are copyrighted too!  This includes derivative works.  Making a painting or drawing from a photograph is a derivative work, and unless you have the photographer’s explicit permission, you are not allowed to use it as a reference or sell your finished work.  This makes it difficult for the artist, especially those just starting out. Finding the right reference photo for your artwork requires a little work.

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My Art Influences – Celtic Artwork

Celtic Horse by Rebecca Wang

Celtic Horse

I have many different art styles and subjects that inspire and influence my own personal style. One of my many inspirations comes from Celtic artwork.  Their rich geometric forms and highly detailed knots are beautiful to behold.  I love to use forms such as spirals, knots and triskeles in many of my more abstract and stylized art pieces.  In particular, I have incorporated Celtic design work in my many mandala pieces.

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6 of the Best Art Supply Websites Online

In this blog article I will list some of the best art supply companies online.  I have personally used almost all of these websites at one point or another, and can vouch for their quality. I will only focus on companies that serve the United States, since that is where I am located and most familiar with.  Most of these companies will ship outside of the US, but it will cost more.

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What Does “Psychedelic Zen” Mean?

Healing Lotus

Healing Lotus

Many people have asked me about the meaning behind my site’s name – Psychedelic Zen.  I hope this article can answer that question and provide some insight about why I named it that and also the shift in my art style that prompted this name.  Please continue to read the article to understand why I chose this unusual name.

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Why Do Original Art and Commissions?

In this article I will explain why artists choose to do both original art and commissions.  There are advantages and disadvantages to both, and here I will try to cover briefly why I like to try to devote equal amounts of time to both.  I will only focus on being a freelance artist here. I will not include the advantages and disadvantages of working full time for a company as an artist.

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Print-On-Demand Stores Review – Conclusion

I have reviewed 8 print-on-demand stores.  These are among the oldest and most popular POD stores on the internet today.  These also happen to be 8 stores that I currently use.  There are so many other POD stores out there, but I feel this gives a fair sample.  Most artists are going to be using at least one of these stores to sell their products, if they use a print-on-demand store.

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Print-On-Demand Stores Review: TeePublic

TeePublic is a type of online store known as a print-on-demand store.  What this means is that artists and photographers can upload their images to TeePublic, and sell products with their designs.  Print-on-demand stores typically sell prints, home decor products, and other gifts.  These stores allow designers to sell products with their images without having to worry about maintaining inventory, handling orders, and shipping, while still being able to make money off of their designs.

This article will discuss TeePublic and give information about the store for sellers (as opposed to customers).  The topics covered are products offered, uploading interface, the dashboard, royalty rates, membership fees, promotional tools and more.

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