Hi everyone! Thanks so much to everyone who bought copies of my comic books. I sold a LOT so it might take me a few extra days to print, assemble, address, and ship them all out. I’m trying to get 30-40 done each day, so it shouldn’t be too long of a wait. And thanks to everyone who sent such nice comments along with the orders. Thanks again everybody!!!
How do you manage to print and ship things so cheaply? I see folks selling art for $5 and I can't figure out how to print and make a profit for less than 10 to 15 or so. I would love to know your secrets!
I print and ship everything by myself, so the only fees I pay are through etsy. Since I have more control of the process, I can keep better track of things.
For supplies, I print in grayscale, so I don’t run out of ink as quickly. I’m also a rewards member at office supply stores, so I try to buy paper, inks, and envelopes when there are sales or coupons.
The envelopes I use to pack everything are small - 6x9 inches, so they slide through the regular mail box, and don’t need to be marked as an oversized parcel. That saves money on shippings costs.
I ship through the United States Postal Service - shipping is usually $0.66 per envelope in the continental US. Internationally, it’s about $2-$4.
For me, sometimes it’s just about getting my comics out there, instead of making as much money as possible. I want people to read them!
There has been a LOT of trail and error with making things myself. I’ve lost money, but I’ve also made money too. Just play around with prices and see what works for you!
I’ve been fortunate enough to receive commission requests! They’ve been really fun to do, and as the orders stack in, I thought it might be a good idea to have a list of what typically goes into each commission, pricing, and how to go about custom orders.
Please be specific in when you want the project completed
Saying “the middle of the month” has lead to some confusion in emails, so pick a deadline that works for you! I’ll be able to check my schedule and pencil it in, so it won’t get forgotten.
Typically, a custom portrait can run from $25 and upwards. The smaller, 3x5 portraits are cheaper, while larger 8x10 pieces with lots of detail running much higher. Custom prints start at $5, while custom hand painted pieces start at $20.
However, if you have a specific budget in mind, I can be flexible on pricing and we can definitely work something out!
Payment is due upfront once agreeing to start the project
I’ve occasionally completed projects and then waited and waited for payment, so it’s a little scary wondering if I’ll even get paid. Payments are made through Etsy, so there is a solid record of sale and payment.
Communication is extremely helpful
The more specific you are in what you’d like, the better the pieces will come out! So don’t be afraid to voice what you’d like to see in it. If you’d like me to work from a photo reference, be sure to include them. If something needs fixing, I’m more than willing to make changes as we go along with the project.
It takes about two weeks to turn a project around, depending on the piece. However, if you need something done quicker, I can do so, but it will cost a bit more.
Shipping starts at $5
This is to ensure purchase of a tracking number so the order is not lost in the mail, and that it can safely ship to your location. I always reinforce the envelope with cardboard, so nothing gets bent or damaged.
Anyway, that’s my little guide. If you have any questions, ideas, or thoughts, let me know! I’m more than happy to make portraits, cards, prints, custom comics, whatever you can think of! If you need more information, feel free to ask me here or at email@example.com
I’m currently working on one for my class and I’m very frustrated. No matter what I use - paper, foam board, etc, it still looks like a nine year old made it, and my instructor expects professional quality. I’m really unsure of how to even salvage this project.
I was assigned the Schroder House, which is known for straight, precise lines - my biggest weakness.
what if there was a like a fashion week for authors where up and coming writers wrote poems and short stories and said words about their collection while copies were passed out and people had like 30 minutes to read each collection