Back in July of 2019, it was suggested that I should try uploading some of my odd little drawings etc. to redbubble.com — a global online marketplace for print-on-demand products based on user-submitted artwork.
Now, I don’t really think of myself as an actual artist or anything like that — I’m just your average ordinary schmo who happens to enjoy drawing stuff. Although I have had some training in this area (a long time ago), and I’ve continued to draw over the years (as a hobby), I’d never seriously considered actually trying to sell this stuff to people.
After a fair amount of humming and hawing, I eventually decided it was worth a shot and opened my own RB shop in September 2019. I went into it with no expectations whatsoever, figuring that MAYBE I’d sell an item or two at most within the first year or so, if I was lucky.
Much to my amazement, some of my stuff actually started selling — fairly consistently too. Now, I’m not saying that I’m raking in the big bucks off of this deal, but as far as I’m concerned, thus far RB has proven itself to be a viable ‘side hustle’ that is well worth the time and effort one puts into it. I highly recommend the site to any aspiring designers/illustrators/artists looking for a means to get their work out there.
So anyways, here’s a top ten list of items/designs that have proven to be the most popular in my shop over the past several months or so:
#10: Just Zip It!
Retro Style "Just Zip It" Tee-Shirt Design
#9: Stop Talking
Victorian Style "Stop Talking While I’m Interrupting" Tee-Shirt Design
#8: Vincent Price Evil Eye
Popular "Vincent Price Evil Eye" Sticker Design
#7: A Reasonable Amount of Trouble (Bogie)
Humphrey Bogart / Sam Spade "A Reasonable Amount of Trouble" iPad Case & Skin
#6: The Mighty Kong
Tee-Shirt Design — "The Mighty Kong: Eighth Wonder of the World"
#5: Lillian Gets Hysterical
Art Board Print Design — "Lillian Gish Gets Hysterical"
#4: An Offer You Can’t Refuse
Marlon Brando "An Offer You Can’t Refuse" Tee-Shirt Design
#3: Ill-Tempered Bobcat
The Infamous "Ill-Tempered BobCat" Sticker Design
#2: Theda Bara as Cleopatra
Silent Screen Legend "Theda Bara as Cleopatra" Poster Design
#1: Big Dish of Beef Chow Mein
And, Our Top Selling Item (drum-roll please…) — "Gonna Get a Big Dish of Beef Chow Mein" Tee-Shirt Design