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Twitter Artist Series: Doug Solomon’s Unamused Rabbits

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Doug Solomon received his MFA from Ohio University, where he became the embodiment of the Groucho Marx quote, “I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept people like me as a member.” This Etsy seller and freelance illustrator likes to draw unamused rabbits, which are currently on display as part of our Twitter Artist Series. As a bonus, the design is available as a free download for mobile and desktop devices (scroll down for available formats). But first, here’s a quick chat I had with Doug about Mel Brooks, design inspiration, watching mindless television, and his best tips for Etsy sellers.

It’s been said that the best designs are ones that punch you in the gut or at the very least stop you in your tracks. Talk to us a bit about your design process and specifically your contribution toward Etsy’s Twitter Artist Series.
I’m more interested in having people do a double-take than stopping them in their tracks. My process is pretty straight-forward: I draw an outline in pencil and then ink in the lines and tones. For Etsy’s Twitter art I wanted to do an Easter theme and thought it would be interesting to draw a parallel between the fertility of rabbits and the fecundity of the super-extended family of Etsians.
 
Your work often includes a lighthearted, witty sense of humor. I totally appreciate that, but I’m wondering, where does it come from?
I was weaned on people like Mel Brooks and Woody Allen. I probably get my dry sense of humor from my mom. As an artist, I like the idea of taking something harmless and subverting it in some way. An odd juxtaposition or subtle facial expression is enough to make me laugh rather than things that are overtly silly or slapstick.
 
You’ve been an Etsy seller for some time now. Any tips or words of advice for up-and-coming designers that are interested in selling their work?
Find your niche. Develop your own distinct style and maintain a consistent point of view throughout your body of work. It’s also important to have at least enough work to fill a page on Etsy — I think the average buyer shies away from empty shelves.
 
How do you currently market yourself as a designer? Does social media play a factor?
I currently market myself on Etsy and Blackbook. I just joined Twitter (which I love) and Facebook (which I’m finding rather a hot mess).
 
What’s something people would be surprised to know about you?
I have three digital tape recorders full of hundreds of absurdities that I have created or captured from movies, television, etc. I usually have one in my pocket and get an abnormal amount of joy from them.

Pick up your free mobile or desktop download of Doug’s exclusive design below. And be sure to check out his sweet Etsy shop.

Download for iPhone / iPod Touch
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Instructions: 
1.  Pick your device above and save the image to your computer. 
2.  Sync your device and click the photo tab to include your pretty new wallpaper. 
3.  After syncing, view the photo and click the lower left button to use as wallpaper.
4.  That’s it! Now show off and tell all your tweeps to follow @Etsy.

Get Caught Up With Etsy’s Twitter Artist Series

  • SRPS

    SRPS says:

    "As an artist, I like the idea of taking something harmless and subverting it in some way." I love this line. It is the whole purpose of my life, it seems. Take the ordinary, and turn it on its head. Or at least shift the perspective. Bravo. And congrats on the feature!

    3 years ago

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts says:

    Awesome! Love the rabbits!

    3 years ago

  • WoodlandCottage

    WoodlandCottage says:

    I just love bunnies--thanks for sharing!

    3 years ago

  • EminenceDesign

    EminenceDesign says:

    Love your wallpaper! Especially the fact that the rabbits are unamused - cracks me up!

    3 years ago

  • artemisartbiju

    artemisartbiju says:

    nice article. I downloaded the illustration for my desktop. thank you.

    3 years ago

  • ThePolkadotMagpie

    ThePolkadotMagpie says:

    He's App fantastic. Love this...down loading. :-)

    3 years ago

  • ModernShop

    ModernShop says:

    Those rabbits are so unamused! Love it!

    3 years ago

  • thisisblaise

    thisisblaise says:

    i thought it might be wrong that those bunnies kind of remind me of donnie darko (or maybe donnie darko's cousin), but then i read this: "As an artist, I like the idea of taking something harmless and subverting it in some way." so now i feel okay about it. i also didn't know if, in his photo, dave's holding a giant telephone receiver or a cabinet door handle. in any case, where can i get a miniature rotary telephone!?

    3 years ago

  • NaturesNote

    NaturesNote says:

    I like the attitude, especially liked the line about wanting to get a double take but not stopping them in their tracks. Also very good tips, thanks

    3 years ago

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage says:

    Love your sense of humor! Funny bunnies!

    3 years ago

  • LizzyLizano

    LizzyLizano says:

    Go Bunnies! Great stuff, thanks for the downloads....awesome! :)Lizzy http://fb.me/lizzylizanojewelry

    3 years ago

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye says:

    Bunnies! Sorry, I am obsessed with all things rabbit of late! :)

    3 years ago

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage says:

    great tips for up and coming designers! developing your own style and staying true to that style really makes a difference.

    3 years ago

  • TheZestyDesk

    TheZestyDesk says:

    Awesome! Thanks for the download!

    3 years ago

  • FluffyFlowers

    FluffyFlowers says:

    lol that's a studly lookin' rabbit :)

    3 years ago

  • WriteTheGoodWrite

    WriteTheGoodWrite says:

    "Find your niche. Develop your own distinct style and maintain a consistent point of view throughout your body of work." Some great advice - I agree!

    3 years ago

  • LeafandInk

    LeafandInk says:

    How fun! Thank you so much for the download treats!

    3 years ago

  • gabrielefelt

    gabrielefelt says:

    He's hilarious :>>

    3 years ago

  • marjudesignsforyou

    marjudesignsforyou says:

    lovely rabbits...

    3 years ago

  • auntjanecan

    auntjanecan says:

    Great!!!! I love Doug's Shop.

    3 years ago

  • kilas

    kilas says:

    @thisisblaise it's definitely an oversized phone. in fact, it was purchased from an etsy seller. glad you liked the feature! thanks for all the great comments! -dave

    3 years ago

  • rebourne

    rebourne says:

    heehee, "god knows i tried" --- so great! definitely a dry sense of humor and a niche that you fill very well.

    3 years ago

  • theroyal

    theroyal says:

    it is the year of the rabbit

    3 years ago

  • SailThouForth

    SailThouForth says:

    The bit about the digital tape recorders reminded me of a summer in the late '80s when my cousin and I filled many childhood days recording our own "radio show" (that no one ever heard) on an old tape recorder. Fun stuff! Meanwhile, I find Facebook rather a hot mess, too (which is why I have so far avoided being on it) - great way to put it! :)

    3 years ago

  • spontaneousreality

    spontaneousreality says:

    those bunnies remind me of candy!

    3 years ago

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka says:

    Interesting post. Thank you very much.

    3 years ago

  • TheCreativeVineyard

    TheCreativeVineyard says:

    Nice post. I had to laugh at the first few lines, since that is my husband's favorite quote, too.

    3 years ago

  • SlippinSouthern

    SlippinSouthern says:

    What a hoot! Nice story.

    3 years ago

  • ArtsbyDaisy

    ArtsbyDaisy says:

    Love your da it's:)

    3 years ago

  • emwi

    emwi says:

    These are great illustrations! I recently found an etsy with elephant and rabbit illustrations (http://www.etsy.com/shop/ElephantDancing?ga_search_query=elephant+rabbit&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_facet=handmade), and they are all very cool as well. My boyfriend also carries a recorder everywhere. I love the idea of doing that. He's gotten some really awesome things, like funny conversations, cool bird calls, and (my personal favorite) a Mexican clown troupe's music and performance (just the audio though). A recorder is a great way to get ideas, too.

    3 years ago

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie says:

    So cute!!!

    3 years ago

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign says:

    I like doing the double-take when looking at things. Thanks for giving me that curled around the edges smile.

    3 years ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery says:

    Very striking background, like the Easter theme for me whats most striking is the colour combination and the pose. Arms folded is all body language.

    3 years ago

  • poorjimsvintage

    poorjimsvintage says:

    twitter is for sell outs who only have thoughts that are what? 140 characters long.

    3 years ago

  • fashionL

    fashionL says:

    nice article. Thank you!

    3 years ago

  • prisonbreak007

    prisonbreak007 says:

    awesome , i love it

    3 years ago

  • dally7

    dally7 says:

    Congrats!! Wag that tail!

    3 years ago

  • TallyLocke

    TallyLocke says:

    i think you lie! the bunnies ARE smiling! (rather a rye smile tho)

    3 years ago

  • CountrySquirrelsRUS

    CountrySquirrelsRUS says:

    I love the cat sketches! If you ever think of anything with squirrels, do let me know! I need something adorable for my studio. Great interview! Congratulations on the featured story!

    3 years ago

  • dougsolomon

    dougsolomon says:

    It's great to hear all the feedback and personal stories. Thanks everyone, I appreciate it!

    3 years ago

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    wantong says:

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    3 years ago

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    wantong says:

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    3 years ago

  • ConceptsInClay

    ConceptsInClay says:

    I love that you steer away from the obvious! Things with just a little "warpage" are way more fun than stuff this is "in your face" crazy. You have quite a talent there - best wishes for coninued success!

    3 years ago

  • BlueStarrGallery

    BlueStarrGallery says:

    year of the rabbit, yeah

    3 years ago

  • kathyjohnson3

    kathyjohnson3 says:

    Great sense of humor, love the bunnies!

    3 years ago

  • NotYoMommasHandbag

    NotYoMommasHandbag says:

    Wonderful! thank you......smiles

    3 years ago

  • conspiracytheory74

    conspiracytheory74 says:

    great work!

    3 years ago

  • coralsolo

    coralsolo says:

    that's my boy!! - how could anyone not be craxy for his work; speaking objectively, of course, i love everything he does!!

    3 years ago

  • stepbackink

    stepbackink says:

    Love the rabbits :)

    3 years ago

  • miamimom1

    miamimom1 says:

    I know that wry rabbit! His name is Pavey.

    3 years ago

  • vintagemaison

    vintagemaison says:

    My mum died recently and we have found 4 old reel-to-reel tapes of our childhood, but no tape player! Arggggh! I love the way Doug mixes modern tech with design. And I love Twitter! It's very good brain practice to condense down to 140 characters, and heaven knows, at my age, I need the excercise...

    3 years ago

  • Iammie

    Iammie says:

    I love bunnies!

    3 years ago

  • rarebeasts

    rarebeasts says:

    Great designs.

    3 years ago

  • moonmistress86

    moonmistress86 says:

    these are awsome even better than the first set which i have....hi uncle Doug!!!!! see you at gpas sometime

    3 years ago

  • tiffanymcfarland

    tiffanymcfarland says:

    my love of bunnies says good idea!!! I love it!

    3 years ago

  • AngryDustBunnies

    AngryDustBunnies says:

    I saw bunnies and HAD to check it out! Funny...although I prefer mine angry. ;P

    2 years ago

  • dianeswebdesign

    dianeswebdesign says:

    interesting

    2 years ago

  • girliepains

    girliepains says:

    manly rabbit.

    2 years ago

  • artisilk

    artisilk says:

    Cool rabbits!

    2 years ago

  • NYLeatherRose

    NYLeatherRose says:

    xo-xo funnnnnnyyy :)

    2 years ago

  • earthtoartceramics

    earthtoartceramics says:

    I love the advise and enjoy the humor in your work.

    2 years ago

  • Google says:

    Google Usually posts some extremely interesting stuff like this. If you are new to this site.

    4 hours ago