This cartoon dragon is one of my first microstock characters. I had high hopes for him, but unfortunately, he didn’t catch on as a favorite character, which happens sometimes. The microstock community is a competitive marketplace, and sometimes your favorite images just don’t sell. Ironically your least favorite images frequently do. I try to resist the urge to throw away or delete any finished designs because you never know for sure what will sell. It doesn’t hurt to put them up for sale, just be prepared for a long wait. The upside is that once an image is listed for sale, you can forget about it and move on to the next one.
For today’s post, I’ve reached way back to my earliest microstock and put up my first cartoon Christmas tree. Christmas is an enormously popular microstock category that sells surprisingly well year round. This 2D Christmas tree was designed to be a multi-version character, which means I have a variety of similar trees with different moods available for sale. These typically include, happy, grumpy and angry. The design of the tree remains the same, but the position of the arms and expression change from one version to the next. This use of the multi-version character can be a great time saver when designing. Happy Christmas!
‘Tis the season for Cartoon Santa Claus. The lights are up, decorating has begun, and with that, there’s a need for Santa Claus cartoons. I haven’t drawn many people characters for sale as microstock but Santa Claus seemed like a must do for the holiday season. Recreating a character that is already so well known presents unique challenges. On the one hand, Santa Claus is a guaranteed sale at least once a year. On the other hand, everyone knows that so the market is already saturated with high-quality Santa Claus microstock. The challenge is to create a Santa that hasn’t been seen before. It can be something simple that sets him apart. This Santa Claus is sporting suspenders, not a typical look for Santa but one that I think suits him well.
Cartoon Santa Dog is a semi-rare breed. I have a varied set of cartoon dogs available for sale in the microstock communities, among them are a few dogs wearing Santa hats. I’ve always enjoyed drawing cartoon dogs, and this cartoon Santa dog was no exception. His prominent, goofy expression, was inspired by the campy and colorful, Banana Splits, a 1970’s live-action/cartoon series. Cartoon Santa Dog’s design is meant to be exaggerated, verging on ridiculous. A look he carries off very well.