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A serious question to my followers: Are you interested in having a real, physical calendar with my illustrations for next year?

I started doing illustrations on the topic „Dragons, Princesses and Princes”

It's a lot of work and I'd love to continue but I promised myself this time I'm not doing it just for myself. People need to actually be interested if it's a product for sale in the end.

This series would have some text only in Polish but you can easily treat it just as an ornamental figure. I'm writing them spontaneously just for fun.

I'm not even sure if I manage to finish all texts so it might disappear as well, we'll see ;)

Last year they costed 30 EUR / 35 USD + shipping. Unless paper crisis hits my printer hard I hope the price won't be much higher but I suspect it to be slightly higher.

I usually gather orders in first half of November.

Continuing this is a March dragon. I planned to do one of each (dragon, princess, prince) for every season. This one is not finished yet.

Ok just let me know if you'd like a calendar like this. All details in the thread and if not, just ask me anything.

Ok I'm close to the final decision but before I want to tell you why I was doing it all since I think I never made it clear enough.

The whole calendars idea was about going offline more. Start engaging in the physical world again.

I was hoping to make people interested in the idea by making these calendars as pretty and interesting as I could. Writing my own stories, illustrating them all.

Don't get me wrong please, I am not complaining or something. I just want to close it somehow by telling the story.

All the calendars will still be available for purchase with future dates.

Also I am not sure if I'll stop doing them, make one year break or maybe even still have something to offer this year even without a bigger project.

But I want to make things meaningful for people, not just for me so unless I'll hear about more interest from people I don't feel like I should continue.

Thank you everyone who bought my calendars in the past and who declared their interest and encouraged me or simply commented on my works. It was a very nice adventure and as I said I didn't decide to fully abandon it yet, just thinking of focusing on something else for the rest of this year and then I'll see.

Here are all the calendars:
jankrycinski.com/albums/158539

Note to all my subscribers: Due to little interest there will be no Dragons, Princesses and Princes calendars this year.

There still might happen other calendars, I'll see.

And I'll finish this dragon for sure :)

@deerbard I would love one, but at the moment I don't have any guarantee whether I could buy one or not. But I'd really love to get one in the future çç
Same as stickers or stuff like that

@ashneehs

Thx for your will anyway. That shows me something too. See the last toot in the thread about calendars for the details.

@deerbard I bought some multipurpose paper recently. 3 reams (1500 sheets) cost CA$19.47+shipping and tax at Amazon. Not a horrible price, I guess.

@flutergork Sounds good, but still tells me nothing about the future situation in printing house in Poland :D I have no idea, do you also experience paper crisis in America now?

@deerbard No. I mentioned the price because if it has gone up in price, it wasn't very much, yet.

@deerbard how about selling digital versions of the calendar on Gumroad? ☺️

@nomadbynature

Would you be interested? I don't know I always wanted these to exist only in the physical world.

@deerbard i personally wouldn't buy a physical calendar for a practical reason - currently i live out of my suitcase most of the time. But a digital solution in form of a wallpaper could be a cool way to support an artist 🤗
Digital art can definitely be a way for some additional income, especially if you already have a fanbase.

@nomadbynature
It looks I don't really have it :D People are not that much of fans of these calendars ;) I should just probably change direction finally.

@deerbard my friend who's an illustrator does personalized watercolors from photos for different occasions (weddings, birthdays), also does art on walls in ppls homes, book illustrations, postcards, she did calendars too i think 🤔

Maybe these ideas might help with a new direction 🤗
But building a brand and getting clients is tricky i suppose.

@deerbard The mastodon client clipped a drawing in a way which made me think, in the very first second, that this is a picture of tatooed "dragon", if you get my drift. Only after I saw it was drawn by you I went back to the picture and realised the first impression was hilariously wrong illusion.

@rdarmila
Hah wasn't it more caused by the color and texture of the background that might look like skin?

@deerbard yes please! 2022s calendar is pretty great. You even have a #merman for #mermay. 🧜‍♂️

@Clifford

Thx! You're first. Let's see if not the only ;)

@raychill
Thx for your interest. Did you see a toot about potential prices in the thread? Currently I'm considering not doing it but if I get few more hard declarations I'm going to change my mind about it.

@deerbard Thanks for pointing me further up the thread. I am very interested, but I don't know where I will be at in November. I suspect by the time currency is converted + shipping to Australia, that might make it prohibitive for me (not that I don't think it is worth it, it's simply that around November/December I'm going to be super tight for funds). I wonder if you would consider digital files for local print? Or maybe a service like redbubble?

@raychill
I absolutely understand, if I'd want to buy all the art that is worth buying I'd have to be a millionaire, not a starving artist type :D

Yeah I normally was selling only physical copies but I'd gladly do the exception for you if I was making it this year (still doesn't look like it). I'll let you know if anything changes.

I don't know about Redbubble, never tried setting it up.

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