When I finish a new piece, the first thing I do is photograph or scan it into the computer so it can be made into the various products. Prints, key-chains, bookmarks, magnets. They all have their own file formats and manipulations that need to be done for the final product. Prints are as close to the original as I can get, where bookmarks get cropped, and the title of the piece added to the front. Everything has to be fit to its own dimensions and specifications. I do all of my own printing on my large format printer with pigment based ink on special papers. Once all of my printing is complete, its time to assemble my products.
Mats are cut on my large mat cutter, and all of the smaller products are cut out and trimmed to size. Prints are set in the mats, and attached using a low tack tape, so they can be moved if desired. Magnets are done in my magnet press, key-chains are snapped into place, and bookmarks are laminated with 7ml lamination film. For most shows I need to replace what has sold at my last show, and add more depending on the size of the show. I usually end up making 60-120 prints, 30 key-chains, 50-80 magnets, and the same for bookmarks. Ill make anywhere from 2-6 of each product for each image, depending on what is selling at the moment, and weeding out items as they no longer sell.
Once everything is shinny, and put together its packed up, and off to the next show. This year Ill have a total of 18 shows, 6 of which have been in the past 7 weeks. I drive to all my shows, so I have been getting home Mon, making stock (and working my day job) Tue and Wed, only to load the car up on Wed night, and be off again to the next show on Thurs.
I love what I do 100%, even when I'm exhausted and worn down, but I wouldn't trade it in for anything. Both the art and creation, and the business stuff.