Been doing some marketing over the past several weeks. I’ve tried a few email blasts to potential clients, which is a new thing for me, which I am more than dubious about. Let’s face it, I don’t like nor do I ever read unsolicited emails, but with everyone stuck at home during the pandemic, perhaps it might be a way to reach certain clients. The second of these emails will go out tomorrow, and possibly one more to follow in a month. I’ve also got three postcards going out via direct snail mail in the next month. The first two postcards will feature some of my comics work, and the third will feature the above image which I’ve been working on over the weekend. Checking my records, it seems I have neglected to send out mailers (other than the holiday Krampus cards) for almost five years, so it is more than overdue. Time to shake those bushes again.
Another in my “favorite movies” series. This morning I’m working on a possible self promo postcard piece with portraits of Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung from the film ‘In the Mood for Love’ (an absolutely beautiful film I recently revisited on the Criterion Channel, and has been on my mind for the past few weeks). Above is an ‘in progress’ snapshot of how Maggie is coming along, below the text is another ‘in progress’ snapshot from later in the day, and below that, another shot from later in the afternoon as I started filling out more of the background. At the bottom is the initial rough sketch I started with.
On the self promotion front, I have to admit, that I’ve been very neglectful of the direct mail postcards of late. I’ve send out Xmas cards to clients the past few years (a very small mailing list), but I haven’t done a full blown, big list mailing for at least a couple years (either 2013 or 2014 was the last time I sent out a full mailing). I’ve been directing the self promotion funds towards other avenues which have proven to be less than adequate on their own, but have finally gotten around to putting together a mailing that will be hitting the mailboxes sometime in the next two weeks (likely while I’m on our trip to Ireland in early October – doh!).
This was an personal favorite image of mine that I actually planned for a postcard a few years ago, but never got around to actually sending out. This will be an oversize card – 6×9 I believe, and I’ll hopefully be able to garner a few cartoon projects out of it.
If you aren’t on the mailing list and would like to be added, drop me an email and I’ll drop one of these postcards in the mail to you.
Some big news this past weekend that will have to wait, but will be impacting my work schedule for the next six months or so. In the meantime, I’m finishing up two book projects here in September to clear the docket. Also preparing to send out a promotional postcard, which is something I’ve been neglecting these past few years.
In the meantime, between projects, I’ve been working on an idea that’s been percolating on the back burners for a while now. I’ve been going through the back catalog recently, and have been finding mountains of cartoon art that may be suitable for selling as stock art. I’ve started collecting and collating these cartoons and will be soon hopefully putting these to work. Above and below are the first of what will be several collections of ‘dog’ cartoons (as both bw line art and color – vector art may also be a possibility soon), and in the future I should have more collections in various categories (cats, frogs, food, fish, birds, etc etc etc).
Hoping to open a storefront on the website soon, and have these collections available for download. Drop me an email if you have any suggestions or ideas on the subject.