Journal

2017 All Over My Face

Well hello again!…

You beautiful people who’ve signed up to my Redbubble are the very first ones to see new designs as they go out, so it’s only fair I start writing to you again.

I’m not blogging in a serious way, and that’s probably for the best given Brexit, Trump and white supremacy, but it’s also been quite couple of years for my designs – let’s get up to speed.

LONDON

Just after my last post I moved into the wonderful Isle of Dogs. Now, I’m over the river – went north to go south – in Rotherhithe. It’s pretty cool. We’re getting a new bridge in 2019 (or 2021, or 2031, or long after we’re all dead).

TO THE DISCO

About end of January, the Redbubble fairies featured my “To The Disco” design on the “Found” homepage, and nothing’s been the same since. So great to see so many people enjoyi

2015: New products, new designs, Horned Warrior Friends, and the Christmas rush

Hello again! The last I wrote here I was approaching 1000 followers. I’m well past that now, but then again, how many are active Redbubble users? There’s probably only a couple of dozen of you guys looking at my new designs, and for that, I salute you.…

NEW PRODUCTS

2015 on Redbubble has been a big year, mainly for their product expansion. Last year it was mugs, duvets and pillows, which were all pretty big. This year we got notebooks and journals, pencil skirts and leggings, drawstring bags, scarves, L and XL stickers (and a separate template, finally!) and now we’ve just had the full-print graphic T-shirts. Crikey!

Every time a new product is dropped on us, I scramble to make sure all my designs are sized, formatted and loaded properly – and with 700ish designs this does take a while. I’

992 RB followers

I checked my followers for the firs time in ages and it’s up to 992. Huzzah!

This is way more than any of my social media accounts.

Of course most of them don’t have profile pictures… and some don’t even have accounts any more… but SHHHH.

Should I have a little promo for my 1000th?

Thanks everyone!
Jx

Fabulous year. Roll on 2015!

Hello world!…

What a fantastic year it’s been. Favourites are up, sales are up, and my quest to conquer the internet continues.

Redbubble has brought out duvets and throw pillows and mugs and it’s now operating on a whole new level. Who knows what they’re planning for 2015?

Personally, I hope they’ll release some products which competitors are already producing, such as skirts and leggings. I’m sure most RB designers would love to see their patterns and oversize designs on quality leggings, and plenty of people would buy them too.

With my designs, what made me most happy was actually a lack of something – Illustrator. I’ve been producing all my work in vectors with Photoshop CS6, and the runaway success of simple designs including Unicorn, dinosaurs and planets shows you don’t have to be a

I for one welcome our new Duvet Coverlords!

It’s barely a month since pillow cases were released, and now duvet covers are here. Good work Redbubble :)…

No official announcement yet, but I’ve worked out the template is roughly 11500px tall and 13500px wide. That’s for the full King Size spread though, the “twin” (single?) is much smaller.

The question is, will they automatically apply files already uploaded as posters to the duvet covers? I’m guessing not, for 2 main reasons:
- Apparently people got angry when they did this for throw pillow covers (not sure why, they’re just trying to help us sell things)
- As above, the template size is huge – even the full poster size 5000×7100 wouldn’t cover it

So now might be a good time to get out your auto batch-resize process in Photoshop and make all your files big. Not sure how? Have a quick

"Platypus Diagram" featured in RB blog "What the Heck is a Platypus Anyway?"

Hello friends!

I got an awesome email this morning saying my design “Platypus Diagram” has been featured in the latest RB blog “What the Heck is a Platypus Anyway?”
http://blog.redbubble.com/2014/07/platypus-art-collection

As the very question suggests, platypuses (platypi?) are very confusing and bizarre creatures, which is exactly why I drew up an IKEA-style diagram to show you how to assemble one correctly.

Cheers!
Jez

http://www.redbubble.com/people/jezkemp/works/9973698-platypus-diagram

Batch processing in Photoshop #1: Using Actions to Centre and Resize your designs

Redbubble releasing throw pillows and tote bags is great.…

But what if you have lots of designs, and your poster versions don’t look quite right?

Thankfully Photoshop has some tools for processing lots of files at once.

In these semi-tutorial posts, I’m going to look at:
- Actions
- Trim
- Batch processing
- Image processor
- Export layers to files

Your designs are specific to you, so these processes may not work for you.
Even if they do, you’ll probably have to experiment and adjust them to suit your designs.

Furthermore, there’s always a proofing/checking stage – for each design to look great, it needs that human touch, and that’s not something you can automate! This is just about saving time and taking the legwork out of updating hundreds of your existing designs.

This process is based around

Featured in RB Blog! Pterodactyl Delay Pedal

Here is a Redbubble blog that I am featured in!
http://blog.redbubble.com/2014/03/terror-takes-flight-with-this-collection-of-pterodactyls

I’m the first person to admit I’m not an artist. I can’t really draw and my designs only sell because they’re cute and silly, rather than any obvious skill.

So I’m VERY excited to be (finally?) featured in one of Redbubble’s blogs, Terror Takes Flight with this Collection of Pterodactyls. The design is Pterodactyl Delay Pedal, which came hot on the heels of the T-Rex Distortion Pedal. Both of them are based on the distinctive range of Boss guitar effects pedals.

I’ve seen RB artists’ awesome works in their regular emails and blogs and wondered, wistfully, if or when I would ever turn up in one. Part of me thought some of my more intricate pieces already

Recent sales, and moving to Melbourne

Hello from RB HQ city, Melbourne!…

This is my first post in a long while, but don’t worry, I aten’t dead. Hopefully you’re seeing all the designs I’m putting up, nearly 800 now. They’re not all great but getting better all the time!

Sales are still far from enough to live on, but I am selling regularly, which I’m very grateful for.

For anyone who’s interested, last year was complicated for me.
- I left my beloved Wellington (NZ) in April
- Went to Bangkok for 3 weeks (an underrated city)
- Back to UK for 5 months to see friends and family
- Took a couple of travel tips to Europe (Switzerland! France! Poland! Slovakia! Budapest! Prague! And Germany for 10 minutes)
- Headed back to Thailand and Laos
- Spent December and Christmas in New Zealand again
- And finally wound up here in Melbourne!

It wa

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