Several years ago I joined a bowling league. It was great fun and a day out with friends who were on my team. We were the Alley Cats. I always thought we had the coolest name on the league, and we were a pretty good team. Well, one day while we were chatting we decided that we needed bowling shirts. Not just any bowling shirt, but a bowling shirt with our team name on it! How could we make that happen? Somehow I was nominated to do a little research on accomplishing that goal.
I came home and began searching the internet for bowling shirts. The selection was poor at best. Then I came across Zazzle. Now what the heck is Zazzle? It is a great little site where you can design your own product, just how you want it, OR you can choose from a vast selection of products made by others.
Back then, I didn’t have a program to do art on the computer, so I set out creating my little “Alley Cat” logo with colored cardstock. Yes, this is a very primitive way to create a logo but that was my only option. It turned out pretty cute. I scanned it in and submitted it to Zazzle to print on a T-shirt. About a week later a box of Alley Cat T’s arrived on my porch. Boy! were we cool wearing our team T’s!
THAT is not the end of the story. So after I placed the design on the T’s and ordered them, I got a prompt asking if I wanted to make this design public. Now what in the world did that mean? After reading through the small print and agreeing to their conditions, I submitted my design to the public marketplace. Essentially, I retain the copyright to my work, but if they sell my design to someone on a product I earn a small royalty (MONEY!). Sounded good to me! So I posted it and went on my way.
Approximately six months later, I opened my mailbox and there inside was my first royalty payment! If I remember right it was about $23. Starving artist wages, but hey, can’t complain about that.
Posted here is a picture of the original “Alley Cat” logo and you can see my new redesign made on Adobe Illustrator at my store at http://www.zazzle.com/bowlermindy.
It’s been about six years since I posted the original, but Alley Cat is going strong! I got my biggest check ever last year, just in time for Christmas!
Create a little art yourself and make a few bucks! Or just browse the pages of other artists, you just might find something fun.