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Just a short note to let all my blog readers know that I just joined twitter.
What is twitter?
“Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?”
Twitter is the up-and-coming tool that is all the craze with the Internet kids. Actually it has been around for quite a while and just keeps getting bigger and bigger. It’s a good way to get quick updates from all your friends and family. The Ocean Paintings Twitter is mainly a marketing tool to help spread the word about my reef fish artwork and fish wall stickers, so if you want to follow me to get updates on my artwork, my decals and my aquarium, then stop by twitter and follow me!
If you don’t want to join twitter but still want updates, you can do that too! Just come by this blog every once in a while and read the side bar of my site that says “Twitter Updates”. You can also join my email mailing list and get a weekly digest of them to your email along with my other blog posts.
I have added some new fish to my sticker gallery. This round I created some Triggerfish and Wrasses. Both types of fish are very popular amongst saltwater aquarium enthusiasts, however few of them (especially triggers) are beneficial to reef aquariums. I personally have never had Triggerfish or Wrasses in an aquarium, but I do appreciate their exquisite beauty.
Triggerfish have a very comical, unique look. They are diamond/oval shaped fish with a unique dorsal fin. Most apparent are their large teeth which are use for crushing stony corals and rocks. One of the most popular triggers is the clown trigger.
Wrasses are some of the most eye-catching fish in the sea. They come in a wide variety of shapes and colors and exhibit interesting behaviors like burying themselves in the sand. The leopard wrasse shown here is one of my personal favorites.
Keep an eye out for more fun fish decals by subscribing to my email list. Also I plan to have a link to the store up soon.
I got a print of my wall decals a while back and put them up in my bathroom to see how they look. I was very pleased with the quality of the decals. They are made of a cloth material and seem like they will be sturdy and would not tear easily. I was able to peel them off the backing easily and stick them to the wall. It was also easy to rearrange them to get the look I wanted and they held their stickiness. They have been in my bathroom for a couple weeks now and are still holding fast to the wall (even in a moist environment).
So now between my aquarium, my paintings and decals in my bathroom visitors may begin to wonder about my obsession with reef fishes.
I just created a new page on my site to show all of my digital wall decals that can be printed at ltlprints.com. I got my tests back a couple of weeks ago and they look great. I have tried them out in a few areas of my apartment and they go on and off the wall very easily. They are also very sturdy because they are made of a cloth material rather than vinyl. Right now I have them in my bathroom. Between my paintings, my wall stickers, and my aquarium, my place is beginning to get saturated in fish stuff. I need to find some buyers or galleries to house my work.
Check out some of my new decals and drop a comment to let me know what you think. I plan on doing many many more, so if anyone has requests, let me know and I’ll be sure to expedite the creation. This first set includes angelfish, tangs, clownfish and butterfly fish. Check back soon to see more fish, corals and anemones, Also I’ll have more info on how you can order them!
I just sent off my wall sticker test to ltlprints.com. I tried out a new style so that I could see how different styles printed. I like this new style, it has a comic book type feel and I think people of all ages would like it. The artwork in this image will be sold as separate decals allowing people to mix, match and composite however they like. The fish in this image represent what a final wall could look like and includes a male and female maroon clownfish, a green bubble tip anemone, a small group of sergeant major fish, a flame angel fish and a brain coral. Can’t wait to see them printed out. I am setting up my account on ltlprints.com right now and will hopefully be selling some stuff soon.
My artwork lends itself nicely to murals and children’s rooms, so I decided to look into how I could transfer my artwork to the wall. Doing murals seemed like too much of a departure from what I was focusing on. Being a muralist is a whole new ballgame and I’d probably have to dedicate all my painting endeavors to finding clients who want murals, planning custom pieces for rooms and then traveling around to various places to paint them. Way too much work, especially since I have a job that actually pays me money. On top of that I really didn’t think that in this economy people are all that interested in having a custom mural painted in their home. So I decided to approach it from a different angle… wall decals.
Wall stickers are becoming quite popular again as people look to find unique ways to decorate their homes at an affordable price and without making a mess. Original artwork can be expensive and wall murals can be even more costly so home owners now browse a myriad of wall decal sites in hopes of finding something to decorate their baby room, rec room or man cave. Sites like Blik and Fathead offer life size graphics of football stars, comic book characters, butterflies and flowers. Pretty much anyone from a sports fan to a hip interior designer can find something that they like. Here are a few reasons why people like decals:
- They are affordable
- They can be removed without making a mess
- They can be easily repositioned so you can adjust to your liking
- You know what you are getting
- They are fun!
Last week I got in contact with a new company called Larger than Life Prints, after seeing that they were a company that was interested in partnering with artists and designers to print their work. I showed them my little site here and they thought my artwork was perfect for their site. I got on a quick call with them, and we decided that I should do a print test. I used to be a graphic designer and thought that I should approach decal artwork differently than my oil paintings. Since wall art can be blown up to huge sizes, I figured it would be best to do line art in Adobe Illustrator since those images can usually be blown up as large as you want without affecting the resolution. This weekend I installed the latest version of Illustrator and started playing around with some designs. Here is what I have come up with so far.
I’m pretty happy with it. Once I render a couple more fish I’m going to send it off for a test print. Can’t wait to see how it turns out. If all goes well I’ll be able to produce more art for their site and I’ll be able to set a designer’s price for the art. They will get paid for the printing. They also are developing a widget that would allow me to sell my artwork on my site. So for those of you who don’t want to spend money on original artwork or are looking for a cheap alternative to a mural, maybe aquatic wall decals of fish and corals is the way to go.
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