So as I’m sure most of my followers know, since I constantly plug my art like poor young hopeful artist that I am, I sell my art in various forms on the website Society6. I previously used redbubble but wasn’t happy with the print quality and colour sharpness, I’d heard good things of Society6 and thought “hey why not, lets give them a go.”
Until recently I’ve not been in a financial situation where I could actually buy one of my tshirts for myself! Luckily a combination of extra hours at work, free shipping, and $5 off meant that I could finally check out society6’s print quality on tshirts for myself. I love tshirts, they’re like wearable canvases! I’d love to someday have the kind of setup that someone like omocat has where I am producing and selling garments with my art on in my own shop. I know I’m still a long way off that in many respects but hey, a girl can dream.
Anyway, long ramble over, my tshirt arrived today! I had ordered my Sailor Moon design on a light pink, large, women’s fit tshirt. Here is how it looks on the website:
I ordered it at the beginning of this month so with each day I’ve gotten more and more excited for its arrival! A lovely parcel arrived for me this morning (lovely because I wasn’t charged customs, hurrah!) and I eagerly ripped it open to pull out my delightful art on what I expected to be my new favourite tshirt! And it was…
I was disappointed. The colours were all a bit off, the pastels were darker, the tshirt itself was darker and it was all generally just a bit muddy. I admit to being a bit of a child at this point, I folded it up, put it back in the package, and ignored it for the rest of the day. Now you must understand that each piece of art I produce is my baby and I felt this personally (yes, I am a complete drama queen).
So now it is the evening and I have had another look at it. I’ve stretched the print, held it under a daylight bulb, compared it colour for colour to the original art, and honestly it’s not as bad as I first thought.
YES, the colours are off.
YES, it’s not how I imagined it looking.
BUT, for a relatively small sum of money I was able to have my art printed onto a tshirt for me to wear.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m still not chuffed as cheesecake with it but there’s some good sides! The print doesn’t distort horribly when stretched across my chest and the colour of the actual tshirt is much nicer than the one shown on the website. All this means is that Society6 is a stepping stone. I have some companies that specialise in DTG (direct to garment) printing lined up to have a look at and get some quotes from. For now people all across the world can own some of my art if they wish and I think that’s still cool.
Now here’s some slightly fuzzy photos of me wearing the shirt:
and lets switch it up and go for another angle