Questions about the Frogs On Ice Store
There's a problem with my order, can you fix it?
For questions about, or problems with, your order, please refer to the
CafePress.com Customer FAQ. Please remember that I can't help you
with returns or other problems with your order -- I'm only responsible
for providing the artwork that CafePress.com prints on the shirts, and
for linking to their order server.
Why aren't mugs available for all designs?
Some of the graphics I drew for T-shirt designs are too large and/or
the wrong aspect ratio to fit on the mugs. I haven't had good luck
with trying to scale the images (aliasing artifacts and "jaggies"
are very evident).
Why aren't ash gray T-shirts and sweatshirts available
for all designs?
The dye sublimation printing process CafePress.com uses can't print
white -- the grey background of the shirt will show through in the
white areas. Some of my designs have parts of the artwork that are
supposed to be white, and they just won't look right if it's gray
CafePress.com may offer white sweatshirts in the future. Stay tuned.
Why don't you sell mousepads?
I found that the process CafePress.com uses to print mousepads
produces colors that look significantly different than on the
T-shirts, or on a computer monitor -- the green frog colors, in
particular, came out looking faded and sickly. I haven't been able to
figure out a reliable way to adjust the colors in my images to match
their mousepad printer, and I don't want to sell ugly mousepads.
Why don't you sell anything with the SkateWeb logo?
The existing logo image I have is too small/low resolution for printing
purposes. I have been thinking about designing a new logo, and I may
also add some other skating-themed, non-frog designs at that time.
Why don't you sell T-shirts with images from the "Gallery" section?
The images in the Frogs On Ice Gallery are
too small/low resolution for printing purposes. The images which I drew
specifically for printing on the T-shirts are about twice the size of
the gallery images.
Can you draw a frog cartoon of my favorite skater to put on a T-shirt?
At this time, I am not selling any merchandise with images that resemble
real skaters, because I haven't worked out the legal details of doing so.
I don't want to get sued, and I specifically don't want to cost any skaters
their eligibility by using their likenesses for commercial purposes without
getting proper approval from their national governing bodies.
Can you do other custom T-shirt designs?
I'm willing to consider it for bulk orders or for an up-front fee, but
it depends on how much spare time I have available. If you're
interested in doing this, please
e-mail me directly.
Is it possible to buy T-shirts wholesale?
If you're a retailer who would like to sell Frogs On Ice merchandise
in your real-world or online stores, please
e-mail me directly.
Can I sell my own T-shirt designs through CafePress.com?
Yes. It's actually pretty easy. The first step is to
sign up at CafePress.com.
They use a forms-based interface for uploading your images and
specifying how you want your "stuff" to look. I suggest that you sign
up and browse through the product design forms before you produce your
artwork, so that you can make your images are the correct sizes for each
product you want to sell.
If you're interested in selling your own designs through CafePress.com,
you can support SkateWeb
and The Froggy Page
by listing the Frogs On Ice store as your referral when you
set up your store.
How did you come up with a silly idea like "Frogs On Ice"?
Back in 1994, in the early days of the web, I started two web sites:
SkateWeb and the
Froggy Page. A few people
noticed my two interests and asked me if I had any pictures of skating
frogs.... so I thought about it for a while, and decided to draw some.
Can I put copies of these pictures on my own web site?
The short answer is, no.
These images are Copyright (c) 1994-2000 Sandra J.
Permission is granted to download these images for your personal
viewing. You may print out a single copy of each image for your own
personal use or to share with your friends.
Other republication of these images, or using them for commercial or
promotional purposes, is not permitted without
explicit, prior written consent from me. (In the past, I have been
uniformly turning down all requests for republication of these images,
even for nonprofit use.)
How did you draw the frogs?
I use a variety of standard Unix/X window system graphics tools,
including xpaint, the pbmplus utilities,
xv, gimp, and the like.
I start by drawing a stick figure to work out the pose and scale, then
fill it out by sketching freehand. Then I clean up the drawing and
add the details of the skates, hands, face, etc. I do all of the
detail work by magnifying small sections of the image and manipulating
individual pixels. I make a plain black and white line drawing and
don't draw in the costume (skirts or baggy shirts) or add color until
I'm satisfied with the basic pose and proportions of the figure.
I referred to photographs for some of the poses, and in other cases I
made some sketches on paper while watching videos, drew from memory,
or used myself as a model (mostly to check positions of hands and
feet). I also used photos or videos as a source for costume details.
How do I contact you for answers to other questions?
My e-mail contact information is listed on