Big News – Discounts on TShirts!

That’s right, with Christmas just around the corner, Redbubble are offering more and more discounts at this time of the year.

This is awesome for everyone – better deals on your Xmas presents for friends and family.

With my wide variety of kids tshirts – ranging from food to patterns to parenting quotes – both you and your kids will be very happy this year.

Check them all out on my tshirt shop.

Why mention this?

There’s a special deal coming up!
Take 20% off every purchase, across the site, with code SPOOKY20.
This deal is available only on the 17th & 18th October.

Take a look, choose what you like, then enter the code SPOOKY20 when you buy them.

Remember, don’t be a naughty animal, ask your mummy or daddy permission before buying anything online!

Looking forward to seeing photos of my friend’s kids on twitter and facebook wearing their new tshirts! ;)

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Art on Tapestry

I display a LOT of my photographs and a fair amount of my graphic design on Redbubble.com. Recently they introduced a new product to display our artwork: Wall Tapestries

So now I am upgrading my graphics to see how good they look on this medium. Gotta admit, not all suit it. But here are a few that do:

Running on Empty Hot Skinny Ribs Be an Individual

Spiralling Sharks Last Thread

Keys to Success Orange Leaf

BBQ Black Pattern I, Australian

Bonus:

I found a site freely advertising one of my PHOTOGRAPHER tshirt designs. Gotta love that!

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Why I Create Graphic Art

Written for linkage to my graphic art page on my website.

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I first started producing really simple graphics early in my internet days, around 1998.

It was quite by accident, yet I have always been the creative type. It turned out to be a good idea because at that time I had a fairly boring day-job, so being able to be creative in the evenings made up for the monotony. [I left that job in 2012, so I can say that now.]

The night 9/11 happened, I downloaded a freebie GIF-maker and made a dozen images that basically said how I was thinking about that whole event. [The images have since dissappeared into the archives].

Shortly after I discovered GIMP [“a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition”], bought a bible-width reference book – and haven’t stopped creating or editing images.

With some amazing scripts (eg: saving all layers individually), I taught myself basic graphic-design – and now produce awesome tshirt designs AND manipulate my photographs similar to photoshop.

Wait, what did I say? Use GIMP instead of Photoshop:
Yep, For about eight years now I have been using GIMP for manipulating my photographs. Yeah, not many people realise that. Whilst everyone was raving about Photoshop, I kept learning GIMP. And I freely admit I still don’t know half of what is capable of doing. But it did teach me how to be creative.

Because producing parts of a graphic often meant asking yourself [Q1] “With the little I know, how can it be done?” For one example, I taught myself how to create (often B-grade) shadows for trees that had been manipulated from another photo and stuck into the current photo. Yeah, (hangs head in shame), I do that. But you wouldn’t spot it, and I am not going to show you where. (Smiles gleefully).

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Then in 2012 my tshirt sales started making some series G’s … per annum. Not a lot, but it got me thinking … and I decided [Q2] diversity was the key to success. I now have two Redbubble accounts – stephentrepreneur is photography, ezcreative is tshirts – and I market them like crazy.

Gotta be honest, [Q3] marketing is the key to success in any game, and particulary online. It doesn’t mean whoring your wares: It means seriously spruiking via social media to your full advantage. It works. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, I am there, showing off my skills.

In 2015, sales started ramping up. The monthly balances were not going to make me a millionaire, but my creative side was impressing my corporate side no end.

It is now 2016 and I am trying new ideas. A series of about 30 graphics are in production as we speak; They are based on observation of what sells most in my creative collection. [Q4] Never let your best work stand alone, use the experience to your advantage.

These days I spend a few hours each night drawing my ‘brain-farts’ onto paper, selecting the best, then determining how I can create them with GIMP. It isn’t easy, I don’t deny it, but it is fun.

Someone said I should do tutorials, but I now have two beautiful children who need more Daddy time, so I won’t be spending much more computer time than is neccessary. But that doesn’t mean I won’t ever do a tute.

That says enough, I am quite sure, but I plan to post some related articles in the next few weeks.

Oh, you’re probably asking what is with all the [Q]’s in this post? I have discovered that I really can write some seriously awesome quotes. So I have marked them for reference. I may add id-links soon so they can be tweeted. Noice.

Anyhow, nothing else to say other – except: Check out my tshirt collection here and here – and buy a cup, mug, tshirt, doona cover, and/or phone cover. Buy one of each! All purchases help to fund our next big project.

Photograph of the Day: Red Tulip

My favourite photograph to date has now been uploaded to my FineArtAmerica gallery.
I hope you like it as much:

Red Tulip, by Stephen Mitchell, on FineArtAmerica

This single flower is one of a bunch purchased for the elderly matriarch within my wife’s family. This lovely woman is nearing 92 years old. Whilst age is taking her hearing and eyesight, her wit and laugh are still strong.

If you should like this photograph displayed in your home, consider these options:

As is the image above, you can have this as an acrylic print.
The biggest size available measures 48″ x 32″ (122cm x 81.3cm), price at $552.
At its smallest size – 14″ x 9.38″ (35.5 cm x 24cm) – you only pay $96.

Understandably, that is possibly a tad pricey for some lovers of this image.
That’s OK, it is also available upon a card with either a black or white back-side at only $6 each. When you buy 10, they are reduced to $3.20 per card. When you buy 25 cards, they drop to an astonishingly low price of $2.64 per card!

For the record, every artist on FineArtAmerica sets their own mark-up.
I would imagine some artists increase their mark-up up by stupendous amounts in the belief that high price equates to high value.  I like to think that my art is good, but that is only because I like what I find and photograph.  I also like to believe that my mark-up is fair and in line with the quality of the products that FineArtAmerica produces and distributes world-wide. 

So whilst some might balk at the price on this artwork, most do not. 

 Please take the time to peruse my work, choose that which you like, leave a comment,
and if you like it enough – buy it for yourself or a friend.

Baby Update + Photography

I’m not writing a lot these days as we are busy making our home ready for the baby. Yep, it’s only six weeks away – so lots of changes need to happen. Thankfully we have the nursery ready for sleeping. There’s enough teddy bears to give one a month for the next few years!

Today we went to BabyBunting where we fell in love with so many items! I’d like to get a ‘Moses Basket‘ and the ‘Mountain Buggy Swift Carry Cot‘! Sarah is adamant we will get an ‘ERGO Sports Baby Carrier‘ and a ‘Sound Monitor‘. Seems her wants are more valid than mine, but that’s fine with me. And we still need suitable baby-clothing and furniture!

When it comes to toys, we’d prefer our children grow up with the same as we had at this age, particularly those both educational and colourful – ie: The Little Golden Books, Winnie the Pooh, rubber duckies for the bathroom and a few other toys.

So instead of writing any further, I am linking to photographs within my online galleries. (I gotta pay for the baby stuff somehow!)

It’s either that or linking to youtube video’s that show baby’s having their umbilical cord cut, or links to baby toys I’d like to buy. Yeah, I’ll post that stuff to Facebook … and use my blog to post images I need you to buy so I can buy the kid toys!

Without further adieu, I encourage you to browse through the photographs on display here, follow the link in each image, and check out the many mediums upon which you can have my art displayed in your home. (Aha, semi-subtle suggestion!)

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Want more? There’s hundreds more within my FAA gallery, and I’m going to be adding more over the next few weeks. Another way to view them is upon my Facebook Business page. For those of you with a FAA gallery, I’d be most happy if you left a comment. If you are a photographer and member of FAA, let me know so we may connect.

Xmas Gifts for the Canon-Geek Photographer

Being a Canon-lover, I am getting these Canon shot glasses (next week) to give to myself for Christmas 2011!

The Shot Glass Lens Set

It will go nicely with my Camera Lens Mug and Lens Bracelets coming my way in the next few days. Wish I had seen the shot-glasses earlier!

Maybe photojojo will gift me the shot glasses for giving them all this free publicity. A man’s gotta dream!