If my Etsy stats (and sales) have taught me anything, it’s that people adore Futurama. Luckily for me, they adore it enough to buy primitive mask stylings I do of the characters. These guys were recent additions to my Etsy shop.
A lot of the business advice to indie creators is “know your audience,” and the Simpsons/ Futurama/ Matt Groening audience I know very well, since my house is littered with those products. I have figures, a wind-up tin Bender, a painting of Zoidberg in Australian Aboriginal art style, large tin wall advertisements, etc.
I frequently make masks inspired by the Simpsons and Futurama. At their respective peaks they are my favorite shows and have probably shaped my brain more than anything else- more than Star Wars, Star Trek, the Muppets, the Beatles, any other slice of pop culture you could name. It’s a joy to do these masks even if they come out as very primitive renditions of the characters. Too bad one can’t make a whole art career doing Zoidbergs! These and other sculptural masks are available on my Etsy.
2013 was a revival of making ceramic masks for me, and in 2014 I’ve been able to get a better workflow of creating around 30-40 masks in a 2 month period and getting them glazed/ fired/ photographed in the 3rd month. This batch was a pretty even split between Nobodies (weirdos I make up in my head), Pop Culture characters, cultural guys that reference things like Noh Masks and mythology, and animal faces that give alternatives to hanging innocent dead creatures in your house. I had quite a few requests too, and I can’t make a batch of masks without Futurama or Simpsons guys showing up. Here’s 18 of the latest characters, most of which are available on my Etsy and Ebay.