Friday, January 29, 2010

Internet Artisan Interview - jawbone radio

I first met Len through a friend after he drew a great looking avatar for him. When I saw he had an Etsy shop, I got the courage to approach a strange man and ask for an interview. You can see where that took us! Len’s involved in a variety of creative outlets, and I hope you enjoy his drawings and videos as much as I have. He’s got some great gift ideas for the monster lover out there, or if you need a wacky caricature!. So read on, and have fun with this monster of a guy!

  • What's the name of your business/shop?
I have a few. Monster By Mail and FlipFace are the ones I'm touting right now. I also maintain my own site, (Lenperalta.com) that is the compendium of all my art.


  • Do you have a registered domain name and/or a blog?
Yes, monsterbymail.com, flipface.me and lenperalta.com. My blog is jawboneradio.com.



  • What type of handmade products do you sell?
I sell original monster art with videos at Monster By Mail. At FlipFace, I do custom avatars for social networking.




  • Show us a piece you recently finished
Here's a fun piece I did for a friend's possible book:

  • What are you working on right now? Any sketches?
I'm just working on the monsters and flipfaces. I draw something new almost everyday. Along with that, I'm working on a graphic novel called "TentTown" and tons of other small projects


  • If you have a website or blog, what do you use for advertising? What do your avatars look like?


See above. I also use Twitter and Facebook to get my name out there.
[well, he certainly did that! Facebook is where I first saw his drawing of Jim... so polite!]





  • If you have a website or blog, tell us about your favorite widget.
I don't have a lot of time to spend on blogs, but I do use Twitter a lot on my iPhone. I'm also trying to use Gowalla, unsuccessfully.

  • Which online selling vendors do you use? What do you like best about each one?
I use Etsy for special projects. Zazzle and Cafepress sell my merch as well. But mostly, my orders come through my main site.

  • Are you involved in social networking? What's your favorite and why? If you're not involved, you must have a good reason!
I twitter when I can. I find it's a great way to let people know what you're working on and also a great opportunity for creative writing. Trying to make 140 characters interesting to read is definitely a challenge!

  • Do you have a "modus operandi" for computing the price of a handmade object? Tell us your formula?

No real formula. Just trying to make it affordable to everyone interested in owning a piece of my art.:) [Also, Len tells us how he creates] I always do a rough pencil first and then ink using FaberCastell pitt pens. I haven't made the total switch to digital yet, and I don't know if I ever will. Even though I finish a lot of my art in the computer, I like having a tangible piece of paper that it started on. I'm old school like that.




  • All of us can use a helpful business hint once a week. What's yours?
Never underestimate yourself. Stay focused and do the best job you possibly can every single time. (That's three for the price of one!)

  • We'd love to see your little corner of the world, where you create.


  • Where do you see your artwork in one year? Any plans in the works?
I always have plans. Nothing definite, but I'd love to do more books. Those have been very rewarding.



  • It’s the storybeader’s turn!

I had a lot of fun looking at Len’s different sites, especially watching him draw at youtube. Here’s one, Apple DogCow!

8 comments:

Beth said...

What cool art!!

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Lots of fun pieces! Great interview :)

UberArt and Emerson Bindery said...

What a fabulous interview, and a great find! I love his work!!

TiLT said...

I absolutely love his style!!!

Duni said...

Wow, this guy can DRAW!!!

ps - those glasses in your blog header look very similar to mine :)

wwww.jewelrydelicacies.etsy.com said...

What an awesome interview!

Splendid Little Stars said...

Thanks for introducing us to Len!

customdesigns4ubynan said...

hi storybeader - terrific interview, one of the most helpful I've read.

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