Archive for January, 2013

fun with custom post types!

i’ve added a new feature to my site: custom post types. you can see the page here — as you can see, it’s all of my sketches i’ve done since last august

code

functions.php
first add this to allow for featured images (if it’s not already in there):

add_theme_support( 'post-thumbnails' );

This part will register the custom post type to wordpress

add_action( 'init', 'create_sketch' );
function create_sketch() {
$labels = array(
'name' => _x('Sketches', 'post type general name'),
'singular_name' => _x('Sketch', 'post type singular name'),
'add_new' => _x('Add New Sketch', 'Sweet'),
'add_new_item' => __('Add New Sketch'),
'edit_item' => __('Edit Sketch'),
'new_item' => __('New Sketch'),
'view_item' => __('View Sketch'),
'search_items' => __('Search Sketches'),
'not_found' => __('No Sketches found'),
'not_found_in_trash' => __('No Sketches found in Trash'),
'parent_item_colon' => ''
);

$supports = array('title', 'editor', 'revisions', 'thumbnail', 'comments');

register_post_type( 'sketches',
array(
'labels' => $labels,
'public' => true,
'supports' => $supports
)
);
}

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possible new venture?

so i talked to dave yesterday and asked him if he wanted to partner up with me to make a line of t-shirts geared to kids. he said he was down!

so my role would be the sketches and his would be the line work and coloring (in illustrator — since i’m still a noob at that). it all needs to be vectorized so i could possibly print out the drawing and post it on the side of a skyscraper

i think it’s pretty obvious why it would be geared to kids if you look at my drawing style: cute, cuddly, happy-g0-lucky animals are all the rage with kids

in talking with greg, there are a couple of avenues to go down with respect to selling. i could either do bigcartel, threadless, etsy, or any of the other countless numbers of online stores. that is, if they’d have me. if my stuff’s not that good, then it’ll be self hosted (womp womp)

the thing to remember is that this is for fun… no pressure to sell a ton of things… and i don’t want it to be an leech on my wallet (ie buying a ton of inventory and paying each time to get it printed — which is why i kinda like the online sellers doing all that work for me and i get a cut)

i just see my nephews wearing suuuper simple shirts and i think, “hey… i could do something like that”

just my initial thoughts on this… i hope it moves forward… wish me luck, peeps

happee noo yeer

so it’s a brand new year… and i feel like this is a turning point in my life. i’ve had many life changes last year and am excited for more in 2013.

things i want to do (in no particular order):

  • lose 10-15 pounds – exercise more, eat healthier
  • learn more wordpress stuff (general php, plugins, database stuff, etc)
  • make a screenprint* –¬†get better at illustrator
  • continue sketching to keep my brain creative

that’s just off the top of my head. i know there are more, the list isn’t complete at this point.

* i really want to make a screenprint. i see some stuff from OMGposters or fab and i think, “hey, i could make something like that.” i think it’s totally possible. i’d just need a vectorized file, which means illustrator… seems tough, but so is photoshop. i think i have enough room in my brain for another program

i also want to start posting things i like/want. “isn’t that pinterest?” well yea… but i can actually build things for me… so, there you go

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