Saturday, September 10, 2011

Interview with Peter Guckes aka Greendeer

Peter Guckes aka GreendeerPeter Guckes aka Greendeer










Rico:
What's Your Name?

 
Peter Guckes

Rico:
List your shop(s) -


Peter Guckes
I have one shop on zazzle, greendeer

Rico:
How long have you been at Zazzle?


Peter Guckes
I joined zazzle in february, so I am rather new to this. This may be the reason I didn’t sell much yet, which means I am far from being a ProSeller. Still hope to make it one day.

Rico:
What's the best advise you got when you were starting out?


Peter Guckes
When I started at zazzle, I thought all I had to do was upload my designs and wait for the sales. In the forum I found out that it is a lot of work and you have to promote to get noticed. The people in the forum are so helpful, it is amazing!

Rico:
What medium/tools do you use to create your designs?


Peter Guckes
I make my drawings with a paintbrush and ink and add the colour digitally. I do other things, too but for the store I decided to stay with this style of illustrations.

Rico:
Who or what inspires you?

 
Peter Guckes
Inspiration is not a problem – I just make pictures of my fellow animals here in the wood and put them on t-shirts – who knows where ideas come from anyway? It is a rather mysterious process …

Rico:
How much time a week to you spend on Zazzle?


Peter Guckes
I spend as much time on zazzle as possible, still as I don’t sell much I have to do something for a living. But a few hours every day are usual for me.

Rico:
What's the best advise you can give someone just starting out on Zazzle?


Peter Guckes
My advice to new zazzlers is to be patient. I had no idea how big this is when I started. Thousands of shops, billions of products. It takes very very much time to get noticed and I’m not there yet, so it may be better not to take my advice and ask a more successful shopkeeper ;-)

Rico:
What do you like to do when you are not creating art?


Peter Guckes
I don’t draw animals all the time, I am a deer, so I do deer things like roaming the wood, eating leaves, belling, that kind of occupations …

Rico:
Tell me 5 random things everyone should know about you?


Peter Guckes
Being asked for things everyone should know about me confuses me. I am not a person everyone needs to know about, I’m just a simple green animal. I’d like many people to know I do illustrations and have a zazzle store (which anyone who reads this might have guessed by know), I also do other things like photography and play music (sometimes), You won’t find me on facebook and I am left-hooved.

Rico:
Include links to 3 of your favorite designs you want me to feature. Tell me something about each design.


Peter Guckes
Picking 3 favorite designs isn't easy, as all of those creatures mean a lot to me, so don't be upset if you're not included, folks:


Gotowork coffee mug


gotowork mug
gotowork by greendeer
This is one of the first animals I did in this style, long before I found out about zazzle. The simplicity and expression make it still one of my favourite.


Yeti t shirt

yeti shirt
yeti by greendeer
The yeti is a close friend who always helped ma out when i got into snow trouble


Porcupine t shirts

porcupine shirt
porcupine by greendeer
This shirt got a TBA (what ever that is), I’m quite proud of the porcupine drawing as it has that quiet madness I was going for...

Rico:
Where else can our readers find you online? 

Peter Guckes
Who ever likes my work might want to have a look into my blog at deer prudence where you can read little stories about these creatures.

3 comments:

  1. I'm familiar with GreenDeer's work and love it! Enjoyed this interview. :)

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  2. I have seen Greendeer in the forums. It is so nice of Rico to undertake this project,to let us know one another better. Not just names. Hang in Greendeer.
    Quote"Peter Guckes
    When I started at zazzle, I thought all I had to do was upload my designs and wait for the sales. In the forum I found out that it is a lot of work and you have to promote to get noticed. The people in the forum are so helpful, it is amazing!" This is so incredibly true.
    Michelle

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  3. Fun interview - thanks! ~ Diane Clancy

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