World Art Drop Day!

World Art Drop Day!

Today is the first annual World Art Drop Day! September 2nd  (First Tuesday in September)

Art Drop day is the brainchild of illustrator Jake Paker (Yep, the same guy who brought us Inktober) You can find Mr. Parker’s awesome work at: mrjakeparker.com

 

 

 

Here are a few of the sketches I'll be dropping.

 

The rules for Art drop are simple:

  • Draw a picture and hide it somewhere.
  • Take a photo of either the art or the hiding spot or a combination of both.
  • Post the image, the city you dropped it in, and a hint on any social media of your choice. Be sure to included the hashtag: #artdropday
  • Then move on, hoping someone finds it. OR hang around and meet your new friend.

That’s pretty much it. I will be participating in World Art Drop Day this year by dropping three or four drawings at random locations around the grater Phoenix area. My 9 year old daughter has also created a piece of art and will be joining me. You can follow our art dropping adventures online at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/serkworks

Instagram: http://instagram.com/serkworks

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Serkworks

Tumblr: http://serkworks.tumblr.com/

Google+: https://plus.google.com/+ScottSerkland

 

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It Came From Earth! Print

It Came From Earth! Print

This out of this world design is inspired by the comic books and pulp novels of the past.  Journey to the far reaches of space where the constant threat of human invasion is very real and very terrifying!

 Experience all of the thrills and chills with this retro sci-fi print from Serkworks.

 

 

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This print measures 12×18 inches  Fuji 50 year archival film with satin matte finish you can find it on our Serkworks Store here

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My Losing Battle Against The Daily Tee Shirt Sites

My Losing Battle Against The Daily Tee Shirt Sites

I’ve been going back and forth about whether to continue to do pop culture parodies to sell as prints and t-shirts, and I think I have reached the end of my rope. First, let me say that I like riffing on pop culture. It reminds me of the kind of stuff I loved about Mad Magazine when I was a kid. I always try to make sure to take a satirical approach and make sure my designs are obvious parodies and not just a knock-off of someone else’s intellectual property.
On the other hand, I love doing my own creations, and I could never find a way to make these two loves fit under the same umbrella. My recent experience with Tee Fury has made me realize that it’s probably time to put aside the pop culture stuff indefinitely. The daily tee-shirt market is a tough nut to crack, and I have found that even when you think you have cracked it, you may want to think again.

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My original design for “How to Kill Monsters”

I’ve submitted dozens of pop culture designs to various daily tee companies, Often times they are rejected, which can be expected. On occasion, one of my designs will go to print, like an Avatar-themed design recently printed by Shirt Punch. But I was super stoked to have a couple of my designs accepted at Tee Fury, the largest of the daily tee companies. However, I found having your designs accepted by Tee Fury and having them printed are two entirely different things.

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The revised tee shirt art which ended up as an add on poster.

My first design that was accepted at Tee Fury, “How to Kill Monsters,” required a number of changes before I was told it would go to print. They felt the design looked more like a poster than a tee, which is fair enough. I made a number of revisions until they felt the design was more appropriate for a tee shirt. That design sat on the schedule for a couple months before the ultimately decided they were going to print it as an add-on poster that you could only purchase if you ordered which ever daily tee they were offering. Unfortunately, posters don’t sell nearly as well as shirts, and I think I earned a whopping 60 bucks for all my hard work.

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My original design for “It’s A Trap”

The second of my designs Tee Fury accepted was “It’s a Trap,” which again required a number of changes before it resembled less like a poster and more like a tee shirt. That design sat on Tee Fury’s schedule for four months before it was canceled. Their reason: “The meme ran out of steam.” I guess that can happen after four months in limbo.

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The revised art for the Tee Fury shirt that never was

To be fair, it is entirely possible that my experiences are not the norm. Maybe I just had a run of bad luck. I know that a lot of artists do very well with daily tee designs, however it seems to be the same handful of artists who are getting printed, and there doesn’t seem to be much interest in bringing in new blood. It is unfortunate because it feels like the industry is becoming rote. I used to order tees all the time, but lately nothing appeals to me because I feel like I’ve seen it all before. How many more cartoon characters peeking out of printed tee pockets or mock cereal boxes do we need before enough is eventually enough?
Maybe I’m bitter but it’s extremely frustrating. I have a long list of parodies and gags that I was looking forward to turning into tee shirt designs, a few of which are near completion. Unfortunately, the amount of work that goes into the designs versus the possibility that the design will get accepted and actually printed seems to be better spent working on my own original characters and designs. Something for which it looks like I have just made more time.
If you are interested in any of my pop culture tees, you can find most of them on my Red Bubble store. Get ‘em while they’re up! I have a mind to say, “To hell with it!” and get rid of that line of tee shirts altogether.
The good news is that you should start seeing more of my original prints, comics, novelties, etc. in the days to come. However, if you would rather purchase a tee shirt featuring an Akira mash-up with some popular movie or tv character walking towards a vehicle, I can steer you to some daily tee shirt sites.

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Rosie the Riveter 2.0 Print

Rosie the Riveter 2.0 Print

The popular American wartime cultural icon and symbol of the feminist movement just got an upgrade. Hot off the assembly line these state of the art robo-riveters keep factory production moving forward and in record time. Celebrate this amazing technological advancement in feminine robotics with this powerful new print from Serkworks.

 

rosie-the-riveter2-0This print Measures 12×18 inches and is printed on Fuji 50 year archival film with satin matte finish you can find it here 

 

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Introducing Retroventions from Serkworks

Introducing Retroventions from Serkworks

These vintage retro-future ads bring you the future by reinventing the past! Each print in the series measures 9×12 inches and is printed on 50 year Fuji archival film with an attractive satin matte finish. Collect all three!

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The AmazingView-Matic Camerascope takes crystal clear 3-D Photos in an instant. Pick up this classy vintage ad today!

arcadeboyThe All New Arcade Boy 2600 Portable Video Game System Features astounding 8-bit graphics and is small enough to fit in your pocket! As seen in this vintage retro ad.

vinylmanThe Vinylman Portable Phonograph player allows you to take the Hi-Fi stereo sounds of you favorite 45 records on the go. As featured in this handsome vintage ad.

 

You can purchase this print through the Serkworks online store: http://serkworks.storenvy.com/

 

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EntrepreNERD

EntrepreNERD

Yet another bright idea from the mad geniuses at Serkworks. Celebrate the entreprenerdial spirit with this imaginative print, sure to inspire the tech- savvy self-starter in your life.

 

 

 

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You can purchase this print through the Serkworks online store:http://serkworks.storenvy.com/collections/244599-all-products/products/5447131-entreprenerd

 

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Galaxy’s Diner

Galaxy’s Diner

Welcome to Galaxy’s, the coolest fly-in diner in the stratosphere. Hot of the grill burgers, crispy fries, frosty shakes and delicious malts all delivered fresh to your flying car or hover board. Galaxy’s top of the line robotic car hops are always online and ready to serve. Don’t delay, Fly in today for a tasty treat. Tell ‘em Galaxy sent you!

 

galaxysdinerYou can purchase this print through the Serkworks online store: http://serkworks.storenvy.com/collections/244599-all-products/products/5364079-galaxys-diner

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