Friday, April 9, 2010

Internet Artisan Interview - Jessica Doyle

I came across Jessica on Etsy, and fell in love with her drawings and her use of color. I didn't realize she had two other Etsy shops till I started snooping around. Most of her artwork deals with either nature or the ocean, two subjects that are dear to my heart. Jessica's second art shop, HangsaLittleLeft, shows a darker side to her artwork. And then there is a third shop, filled with vintage printed materials and small hand tools. So there's really something for everyone, and that's just on Etsy! She has a wonderful blog too, along with some social networking sites, but I'll let her tell you about those:
  • What's the name of your business/shop?
I use my real name Jessica Doyle as my shop name which is found at
http://www.etsy.com/shop/JessicaDoyle

  • Do you have a registered domain name and/or a blog?
Yes, I own http://JessicaDoyle.com and http://JessicaDoyle.ca which is my blogging home. I also just registered another secret domain name which will house my personal online shop that will be tied into my blog.

What type of handmade products do you sell?
I sell original artworks, open and limited edition prints, handmade calendars, miniature and regular sizes greeting card sets, ACEO's and handpainted boxes and other art objects.

  • Show us a piece you recently finished
A little Something - series of three illustrations which will soon appear on a new line of greeting cards and Seasonal Kaleidoscopes a set of handpainted boxes that recently sold from my Etsy Shop


  • What are you working on right now? Any sketches?
I am currently working on a few things. A set of Running illustrations that feature feet. They can be seen in this Google Buzz post (here). They are receiving great feedback from the community there.
I also recently shared a collection of sketches from my newest sketchbook which can be seen here: http://jessicadoyle.com/2010/02/27/recent-sketchbook-drawings/

  • If you have a website or blog, what do you use for advertising? What do your avatars look like?
I have a website as mentioned in the first question. I do not pay for advertising but do share my blog posts on Facebook, Twitter, Google Buzz and link to them from within my Etsy listings as well at times. My avatar tends to be either the avatar of the Sassy Sea Urchin that I use in my Etsy shop or the photo of me that I use as my avatar on Twitter.

  • If you have a website or blog, tell us about your favorite widget.
My favorite widget would be perhaps the Facebook Fanpage widget and second the Google Friend Connect widget as they give an easy way for people to connect with and follow what I'm doing. I'm also searching for a decent Google Buzz widget as I truly enjoy using Google Buzz too.

  • Which online selling vendors do you use? What do you like best about each one?
My primary Shop is located on Etsy while I have a much smaller shop located on Artfire. I believe that where one chooses to open a shop one will only get out of the site what one puts into it.

I've spent a lot of time on Etsy and therefore Etsy is my main source of income. I am a member of almost all the selling vendors basically to just reserve my name if I decide in the future to pursue their site more.

I am working on my own shopping site to which will become my main shopping site. It will be heavily interconnected with my blog. It will be opening in the next 3 or 4 weeks. Do keep an eye for it. I'm excited about it as I'll be able to sell in my native currency of Canadian Dollars.
  • Are you involved in social networking? What's your favorite and why? If you're not involved, you must have a good reason!
Yes, I am heavily involved on mainly three sites. With my favorite being Google Buzz and Facebook.
My Google Buzz profile is: http://www.google.com/profiles/EastVanEsica#buzz
The conversation on Buzz are the most fruitful and I go there to socialize and learn.

Facebook is great for sharing and for brief conversation while Twitter is more of a broadcasting tool as many people use it as their reader and not to communicate on.

My Facebook Fanpage is http://www.facebook.com/JessicaDoyleArt
My personal Facebook is http://facebook.com/JessicaDoyleArtist
And my Twitter is http://twitter.com/JessicaDoyle
  • All of us can use a helpful business hint once a week. What's yours?
My secret is honesty. I do not hide who I am or where I've been. Being transparent online is needed. I just recently celebrated my four year blogging anniversary and to celebrate I shared three personal reader emails in this blog post: http://jessicadoyle.com/2010/03/30/three-personal-blog-reader-emails-to-share-with-you/ They give a good idea about who I am and link to many forgotten posts on my blog. At last count there is 691 blog posts on my blog and it is growing weekly.It's s good idea when you blog to link back to older articles when they are relevant to what you are writing today. It gives your readers a little peak into your history.

  • Do you have a "modus operandi" for computing the price of a handmade object? Tell us your formula?
That is a tricky one as everyone has a different formula. If it is a one of kind item such as my handpainted boxes the price is much higher as they can not ever be reproduced. Sometimes, the material costs are very low but the time spent creating the item are very high and likewise the materials costs can be high where the time spent creating the item is lower.

An example of low cost in materials item with very high time to create would be my miniature greeting card sets [left]












An example of higher material cost item with low time to create would be an ACEO mini print [right]
  • We'd love to see your little corner of the world, where you create.
Most certainly! I recently just blogged about my studio and shared many before and after shots


  • Where do you see your artwork in one year? Any plans in the works?
I hope to be creating just like I am today. I am hoping to begin to offer digital downloads in the form of print your own soon. I'll hopefully have this implemented later this year on that secret website that I registered ;)
  • OK, it's the storybeader's turn to pick a favorite:
I fell in love with this mixed media illustration when I first saw it. This original is a combination of watercolor, ink, colored pencils, pen and pencil crayons. It's so beautiful. There's also has a limited edition reproduction...

5 comments:

TiLT said...

I LOVE her style! And those mini cards look like they'd take forever...but so worth it :)

:-) MaryLou said...

Wow, I love her work! I've always been a fan of pen and ink, and the detail in her drawings as well as the whimsical nature of them is just great. I also love the colors she uses. Great find, and great interview! :-)

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

I do love the colors she uses!
I remember seeing that last photo in your treasury a while back :)

Patch said...

Wow!! Another great artist!! Going to check her shop!!

Beadwright said...

This is a fantastic interview. I am going to check out all of Jessica's sites.
Thanks for sharing this talented artist with us.
Nicole/Beadwright

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