Help me make a calendar!

SAJ-2022-calendar-cover

Okay, die hard SAJ fans (all four of you), I need some opinions. I’m finally trying to make a real calendar out of my banner illustrations. Not the usual edges of illustration around boxes as a free printable (like I’ve done in the past) but full 8×10 illustrations imported into calendar program (like shutterfly but cheaper) so I don’t have to manually typeset number by number of each month. (It’s a lot of work and as you know I make a ton of mistakes!)

I’m not sure it’s a good idea because I want to have this printed and I’d love to recoup my costs by selling it BUT I’m not sure anybody is going to want a calendar that is so personalized. SAJ and her two teenagers and boyfriend aren’t exactly in demand as characters. But I have all these illustrations and I want to make something out of them. I need your thoughts. I am also working on a SueBea (based off my mom) calendar as well and I think that might be more marketable but what if I made a calendar out of these images… what do you think?

SAJ-January

I do like this one (above) and I think it works.

SAJ-February

I like this one (above) too.

SAJ-March

I love this one (above).

SAJ-April

And I like this one (above).

SAJ-May

I don’t love this one (above). It looks like I phoned it in but it is funny. Maybe I need to make the dogs show up more.

SAJ-May2

I do like this one too (above).

SAJ-July

I don’t like this one (above). I love flowers but the smile is too simplistic. I should draw a better face.

SAJ-August

I like this one but it’s pretty personalized. I don’t know, I guess everyone needs to read books about how to be kind to themselves… it could work.

SAJ-September

This one I dont’ like. I like the flowers but it’s too personal to us and our trip to New York. Will people wearing masks still be relevant next September? I hope not.

SAJ-November

I made this one today (above) and I love it! I think it could work for anyone.

SAJ-December

Eeck. Don’t love this one, though I remember loving it when I made it. I need to make a new December banner anyway so maybe I’ll come up with something new for this one.

What do you think? Should I keep working on this or maybe just print one for myself and go back to the old freebie formatting?

 

Thanks you guys