Saturday, August 30, 2014

A Portrait for Mr. Attorney

      It has been a long while since I last made a digital portrait painting. Mainly because I haven't done anything to market this service. Until now I still haven't created a new website for it since the demise of Multiply. I used to maintain an ad on Sulit and I haven't made a new one since they changed to OLX. I really need to make time for this but lately, time is used mostly on BuhayBohemio T-Shirts.

       
         Well after over 5 months someone commissioned me to do this portrait. My new client is a sister of a previous client who's actually one of my best clients. (Yeah, referrals is the way to go.) This artwork is for her special someone who I'll call Mr. Attorney. I'm actually acquainted to the man. He has this awesome ancestral house from 1930's in Batangas, in which this painting will be displayed. (Click on the image to see a closer look at the artwork.)

      This is actually the first time someone orders a framed print and I'm quite happy with the finished product. The print came out okay and the frame looks really classy. I must say that it's amazing how a frame seems to level up the beauty of an artwork. It even contributes to the illusion of the painting effect on this printed canvas.

       I got a bit inspired, really. I plan to meet my new found framer again and come up with standard frames for my digital portraiture services. Now I really hope I can make time to work on the website and ads.

        Aside from being inspired I'm also a bit envious. I want a framed self-portrait this big! Or even bigger! o_O

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Of OLX, Online Customer Behavior,
and the Need for Printed Stocks

        I've recently posted ads for BuhayBohemio Shirts on olx.com.ph about two weeks ago and I figured that newly posted ads are seen first on searches because I got a lot of text inquiries on the first 4 or 5 days. Replying to those questions made me reload more prepaid credits to my mobile phone than usual. (Yup, prepaid - works for me.)

I tried adding FAQs on the ads but the new OLX only allow 1000 letters on the description box. Plus you can't add HTML there or even put your website's URL . Well I'd understand the omitting of HTML . The ads there look cleaner and concise now. But not allowing your website's URL doesn't make sense to me. So I instead put my URL on the product pics. Obviously they have a bot to check the photos. Sometimes your photo will be rejected because "there are too many distracting elements" but they always add their logo and URL on them, making it even more cluttered than they say it is.

I  also observed different behaviors of customers when it comes to buying shirts online. Some would search the web then prefer to see the actual item before buying. So they would usually ask if I have a shop somewhere. Others would change their mind about buying upon knowing that they would have to pay first before I print their shirt and send it to them. Quite understandable. While on the other hand, there are those who have no reluctance at all, like some of my previous customers (apart from people I know). They see what they want, send a payment to a complete stranger, and there - a shirt is made and shipped to their address.




           Of all those who inquired after I posted on OLX, so far, there is only ONE who end up ordering. And that is after a long series of question-and-answer messages on text. She's from central Cavite and she thought of reselling my shirts in her area through pre-order which I agreed to. Then her customers started asking questions which she threw at me. Like if the quality of the shirts and the print are good; if the shirts are warm on the body; if the shirts are individually packed... They even asked the brand of the shirts that I'm using and I have to admit that it almost drove me nuts. I suggested that she buy a shirt or two as samples so she could answer the questions herself. But she eventually ordered 25 pieces instead  (shirts and tank tops) and it's amazing that she sold more of my shirts than I could in 3 days! Thanks Miss Cha!

With recent bulk orders of varied  BuhayBohemio Shirts, I really felt the disadvantage of not having printed stocks. It's quite tiresome! Well I have been meaning to make stocks (and you've been hearing me say this since last year). But I now already have 30 designs and if I make each in 4 sizes, times the available colors for men's and ladies' shirts, plus the tank tops, then I will be  printing nearly 500 items. O_o

How and when do I start? Maybe I should outsource them instead? But where do I store them? Is it about time to open a shop? Should I set up a store in the garage? Am I pondering on this too much? Why am I asking  too many questions? OMG the "-ber" months are coming!  O_o

Monday, August 4, 2014

BuhayBohemio Shirt:
The Hypnoskull T-Shirt

     This shirt is a like a bonus design because the stencil that makes my Omnia T-shirt also produces this shirt that I call my Hypnoskull T-Shirt. No two shirts will be exactly the same because, like my CMYK Buddha T-shirt, each color is placed with loose stencil technique.

       This shirt is available only on a white t-shirt for men and ladies, also on white tank tops. Check out my online catalog. ^_^

BuhayBohemio Shirts:
The Chi-Rho T-Shirt

       BuhayBohemio has a Ganesh  and a Buddha t-shirt. It's high time that I design a shirt dedicated to The King of Kings and The Lord or Lords. The symbol Chi-Rho is one of the earliest forms of christogram. It bears the Greek letters Chi (X) and Rho (P), the first two letters of the Greek word for Christ. In this shirt I also included Alpha and Omega as Christ said He is "the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last."

      Constantine I (306-337 AD) used this symbol as part of his military standard. It is said that, before his battle against Maxentius' army, while he was marching with his soldiers in midday they saw a symbol arising from the light of the sun with the message, In Hoc Signo Vinces, or "with this sign, you will conquer". The following night Christ appeared to him in a dream with the same heavenly sign and instructed him to make a standard, the labarum, for his army in that form. Constantine defeated Maxentius in 312 AD and later defeated Licinius in 324 AD. Constantine eventually became the first Christian emperor of Rome. Cool story, huh?


          I'm gonna make this design available in all colors that I have in stock. I got 12 shirt colors for men and 6 colors for ladies. Tank tops are available in only 2 colors for now. See the online catalog for my suggested color combinations. ^_^

BuhayBohemio Shirts:
Omnia T-Shirt

     You know I have a thing for Latin quotes and phrases. I also like skull themed designs. So this shirt is really a personal favorite. The skull is crowned with the words "Omnia Mors Aequat" which means, "Death Makes All Things Equal." Whether you are a king or a beggar, we will all wither away as well as everything else in this material world.  Mortals we all are and no amount of wealth and power shall ever prevent one to succumb to the call of death. Now that's ancient wisdom for you to reflect on hehe.




   Men's shirts are available in cashmere gray, army green and brown for this design. Ladies' shirts are available in pink, red and white.



        

















     And yes, there are tank tops. Just white for this. ^_^  Check out the online catalog!