Prints at Etsy


I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I was going to be opening a shop selling prints at Etsy. The shop is now up and running with high-quality giclée prints of my artwork. As with the Skull Print T-shirts, I’ve been doing all this at a time when I’m still swamped with work so there isn’t much there at the moment, but it’s a start. This was always intended to be the third phase of the revitalisation of my web presence last year, following the upgrading of the blog and the main site into mobile-friendly packages, but working through the options took some time. After finding a suitable printer I had to consider the best way to create a print-on-demand service that would pretty much run itself but which would give me greater control over the business end than outlets like CafePress. I’ve been with CafePress for over 20 years now but it’s never been satisfying. I’ll be keeping the CafePress shops open for the time being but I’m going to remove many of the links there during the next web update.

In the new arrangement Etsy is essentially a shop window which routes orders to a printer based in Britain. The printer also has a German wing of their business that takes care of Continental orders. I’ve still not fully tested the system but the sites say they’re connected to each other, and I have ordered a number of prints separately. The turnaround from order to delivery is very fast—two to three days in the UK/Europe, about five days in the US—and the print quality is excellent. One drawback with this arrangement is the time it takes to upload and price things on two different sites but it’s something that only needs doing the once.

The first two items were chosen not because there’s a great demand for them but because I already had the files prepared. Both pictures also suit being seen at a large size. At the moment I’m thinking more in terms of poster prints but smaller pieces will be available. Etsy limits the size variations you can apply to two options only, if you want more variation you have to set up a new listing (so they get more listing fees). Since my choices don’t always coincide with those of would-be purchasers I’m open to suggestions for future prints. The next upload is ready to go, and should be in situ next week. This is a big drawing that I started working on just over a year ago which will be available as a large poster print. I wanted to write something about the piece before making it public so I’ll be doing that next. Watch this space.

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5 thoughts on “Prints at Etsy”

  1. Cool. Good luck with this.

    I realize there are probably rights issues and such involved but that cover of the 2003 Creation Books edition of The Starry Wisdom sans titles avec photo inserts of HPL et al would make a dang fine large formatted print. Just sayin’.

  2. Thanks, Stephen. The Starry Wisdom painting (aka Yuggoth Cultures, since it was originally intended to be a cover for Alan’s lost book) would be an easy one to add to the listings. I made a full-scale digital copy a few years ago which we used for the giclée prints that were on display at the NecronomiCon art show in Providence. This is what I mean about not knowing what people might be after. I wouldn’t have picked out that one myself–not immediately anyway–since it’s an old piece, and I tend to personally prefer my more recent things. I’ll get onto it.

    Only a few things have copyright restrictions, the leather Barnes & Noble Cthulhu design being one example. Some other book covers might also be a problem if the author’s name is still on them, I’d have to check things individually in those cases.

  3. Hi,
    What’s the name of the piece used as the banner on the etsy page? (It looks fantastic.)

  4. Thanks :) That’s the panoramic view of R’lyeh from my adaptation of The Call of Cthulhu. It will be rising from the depths again on Monday.

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