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, ( that is the compendium of all my art.

  • Do you have a registered domain name and/or a blog?
Yes,, and My blog is

  • 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!


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 :) 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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