I've been making prints on Scary Go Round for a few years and in that time I've become aware of the merchandise novelty curve. When you release something new that you haven't done before, there's always a take-up for the new and novel thing - pretty much regardless of price and quality. As time goes on and you broaden the range, novelty decreases and you must ramp up quality to a professional level as you are competing with everybody else in the world who is good at making such items. When I sold hundreds of my first print in the first two weeks, I was competing with nobody. By the time I made the fourth, I was competing with Frank Kozic and Tara McPherson and of course, I lost very badly to them because they are great and I never take more than three hours over a picture, ever.
So I have been trying to improve my compositional skills and work out how better to serve the walls of a waiting world. I can't serve up any more stiff poses, and I probably have to take more than three hours over it. But I don't exactly know what people want format wise (artistically speaking, you have no choice).
1. Smaller vs larger
2. US paper sizes vs international paper sizes for easier, cheaper colonial framing
3. Do you like the canvas prints or are they too pricey (they are expensive to produce but they look great and last forever)
4. Do screenprints appeal, weird velvet papers etc, or do you prefer a more disposable artefact, maybe unsigned, that you can just tack up on a door and bin a couple of years later?
In conclusion here is what I am working on at the moment, it's historical and borderline hysterical. I look forward to some thoughts.