(Update 12 November 2017)
Because making things is more of a compulsion for me than a BUSINESS, I am reminded, from time to time, that some people actually make a LIVING as artists. On occasion, we’ve had some success selling paintings and collages and zines at yard sales here at the house, which are always fun because I get a chance to actually speak to people, tell them about how art is a family project for us, and explain the ins-and-outs of what we’ve made and why.
In the ABSENCE of personal contact, the best I can do is just FLOOD the INTERNETS with images and see if anyone wants a sticker or postcard or t-shirt or clock. (I DID sell a clock once!) Here are a list of places where you can find some PRIMITIVE ARTWORK online and order an item or two!
REDBUBBLE SHOP – I’ve been on Redbubble for a LONG time, and have uploaded over 400 images to that site. There are a great many products that you can buy through RB, and I’ve seen the shirts in person, and they look great. I’m also very fond of the fact that they do POSTCARDS, although you have to go through the greeting card section to find them. I LOVE POSTCARDS… (The stickers, however, were not particularly impressive through RB, so I’d avoid those, but everything else I’ve seen come through has been great.) To get a look at some of the products available through Redbubble scroll down to the bottom of this post. All those images come from there.
THREADLESS SHOP – I’m relatively new to Threadless. (As of 12 Nov. 2017, I only have five images uploaded to the site, but I’ll be uploading more in the next few days.) Threadless comes highly recommended by a few people I trust, so I thought I’d give it a try. They don’t have quite the variety that RB does, but the commissions are better for the artists and it looks like the prices might be a bit better for customers. (I’d appreciate any feedback people can give on this site!)
DEVIANT ART – I’m a bit perplexed by this place. It seems to be a social media thing, and they give weird awards (I was given a llama icon for some reason when I posted my first few images), and I have about 10 items uploaded there at this point—but I’m not sure I quite get it. Only a couple of the images have purchasable content, and I’ve never seen anything made through DA, so I can’t vouch for the quality, but it seems like a busy place. It also seems like a lot of people there are making “FAN” art of licensed materials, and I don’t really do that, so I’m not sure how well I’m going to fit in, but I’ve got some Primitivity there anyway…
There are a number of other ways to try and make a couple of bucks from art, like putting images in books or magazines (but so far I like selling it in my yard the best—although I make more from having bits in galleries—seems sort of impersonal, though,) and the DREAM would be to write and draw and run this site full time. However, the fulfillment of that dream is a LOOOOOOONG way off.
That’s about it for this update.
(Update 9 April 2017!)
We now have FOUR different Art Prints (8.5 x 11 inches on 90lb paper stock) available for immediate purchase by humans (or other entities) with PayPal access.
To see the “SHOP” click the link: L I N K to the S H O P!!!
Here are the available images (so far):
Here’s your chance to contribute to the exciting world of Primitive Entertainment, and make your house (or cave or space station) a tiny bit more attractive!
—Richard F. Yates
Now with over 400 of your favorite Primitive images to chose from and put on posters, prints (framed or not), t-shirts, stickers, travel mugs, coffee cups, leggings, handbags, bed spreads, postcards, phone cases, computer skins, or just fun ol’ greeting cards and MORE! Click the link above to visit, and don’t forget to say “Howdy!” while you’re there!!!