From Illustrations to Merchandise: Market Your Artwork

A course by Louise Lockhart
Illustrator and Business Owner. Todmorden, United Kingdom.
Joined November 2020
, Illustrator and Business Owner

Discover the design process behind building an identifiable brand and create products with your artwork to sell online

  • 98% Positive reviews (64)
  • 1853 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
From Illustrations to Merchandise: Market Your Artwork

Discover the design process behind building an identifiable brand and create products with your artwork to sell online


  • 98% Positive reviews (64)
  • 1853 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: English
  • Level: Beginner
  • 11 Lessons (1h 36m)
  • Available from the app
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course


When illustration meets entrepreneurship, the opportunity to make a living from your artwork becomes a reality. Louise Lockhart started a business selling stationery with her illustrations on her online shop, The Printed Peanut, which soon expanded to a wide range of products and collaborations with clients like Anthropologie and Casetify.

In this course, Louise teaches you how to design a collection of products with your illustrations that are ready to be manufactured. Get a walkthrough of how to market your products online to attract customers and how to build a recognizable brand that clients trust. Ready to put your illustrations on the market?

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Finding Your Voice
  • U3
    U3. Making and Marketing Your Design
  • U4
    U4. Establishing your Brand
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Meet Louise, illustrator and teacher of this course. She shares her journey from studying illustration at the Glasgow School of Art to starting her business, The Printed Peanut. Hear about her artistic influences from other printmakers, artists, illustrators, and designers.

Start by defining your style, from product ideas, packaging to the color palette, then create a mood board. Create a visual identity by deciding on your brand values, the design concept, and your line of products. Discover the process behind selecting the right image and viewing it on a mock-up tote bag.

Dive into the business aspect of the process by deciding on a budget, a pricing model, and creating a marketing plan. Next, learn how to apply your design to your mock-up on Photoshop while taking note of the size specifications the product manufacturer needs. Louise shares some tips on how to attract clients to purchase your products through marketing campaigns.

Establishing a brand goes beyond customers buying your product. Discover concepts like customer experience and personalizing your products to create brand loyalty. As your brand begins to grow, explore the process of expanding your product range, networking, and creating a business social media account. Wrap up the course by hearing Louise’s tips on running an online shop and explore other platforms such as Mailchimp, which can help boost your online presence.

What is this course's project?

Design a screen printed product and prepare it for manufacturing and marketing.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for illustrators and designers who would like to create a brand by applying their artwork onto products to sell.

What you need

Illustration skills and basic knowledge of Photoshop is required.

To take this course, you only need access to a computer with Photoshop or similar software installed.


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Louise Lockhart

A course by Louise Lockhart

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Illustrator and Business Owner

Louise Lockhart is an illustrator from the UK. After studying illustration at the Glasgow School of Art in 2009 and finding it difficult to find work, she decided to pave her own way as an illustrator. After a few years of travelling the world, she started The Printed Peanut in 2012, her online store where she sells products with her illustrations. Her products have attracted the attention of over 200K Instagram followers.

The Printed Peanut started out selling stationery items inspired by retro children’s books and vintage print ephemera. Following the brand’s success, she quickly expanded her product range to include everything from homeware, cards, toys, games and decorations. Louise has collaborated with clients such as Heal's, Casetify, Boden, Blue Q, Anthropologie, Design For Today, M&S and Liberty. Her work has also been featured in publications like Bibelot Magazine, The Independent, Chronicle Books, Ladybird Books, and Flow Magazine. She has also illustrated a series of children’s books including The Dictionary of Difficult Words, The Encyclopedia of Unbelievable Facts, and The Big Book of the UK.


Contents

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Finding Your Voice

    • Finding Your Inspiration and Style
    • Turning Your Art Into Design
    • Planning Your Design
  • U3

    Making and Marketing Your Design

    • Pricing and Budgeting
    • Applying Your Design to Your Tote
    • Marketing Tools for Promoting
  • U4

    Establishing your Brand

    • Think About the Customer Experience
    • Expanding Your Product Range
    • Running a Shop
  • FP

    Final Project

    • From Illustrations to Merchandise: Market Your Artwork

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From Illustrations to Merchandise: Market Your Artwork. A Illustration, Marketing, and Business course by Louise Lockhart

From Illustrations to Merchandise: Market Your Artwork

A course by Louise Lockhart
Illustrator and Business Owner. Todmorden, United Kingdom.
Joined November 2020
  • 98% Positive reviews (64)
  • 1853 students