I decided to try the t-shirts again, since I had a credit on my account from the last two failures. This time I chose to give in and try it on white. I figured it was the only choice since the colors were so off when they printed on a colored shirt.
Can you see why I’m disappointed? Here’s the other one:
Granted, the second one is on organic cotton, so there’s a slight change of background color because of that:
I just don’t think this is going to work. While part of it is that their inks aren’t bright enough, I also think I just have too many colors and too many details to make a good shirt.
I know I can probably start from scratch and intentionally make a shirt with a simpler design and fewer colors. I’d leave out the metallics entirely with a new design, since they would only print as a gray for silver or tan for gold.
Another option, of course, would be to take the project to another site besides Zazzle. They aren’t highly rated for their shirts. I checked with one other site so far and couldn’t get my design to upload (too high a resolution perhaps). But that kind of research is something that can wait until later.
I sent out one more drawing yesterday. A pen pal of mine is going through a rough patch, so I wrote her a long letter and sent this one:
I’m still waiting for the fabric swatches to arrive, and when they do, I’ll show you how they turned out. I’m getting the idea that drawing for products is an entirely different process and requires another approach to choosing colors and manipulating color intensity. So I’m keeping my fingers crossed!
In the meantime, I’m still busy. Here’s a photo of my work surface at the moment: a portable desk blotter that I picked up for free at the auction. I’m now able to lift this using both hands, which is making things a whole lot easier.
Physical therapy is going well. I exercise the wrist and hand 3 times per day, which hurts like hell, but not as badly as the actual appointments with the therapist. I’m seeing a lot of improvement in range of motion, though. I imagine this part will continue for a long time.