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Hello! I’m so sorry for my delayed reply, I’m not very good at tumblr messages.
I’m on my phone so this might come out weird/ longer then intended. My computer is being repaired but I didn’t want to leave you hanging still!
Also: if you haven’t already gotten a table at megacon, I’m pretty positive they’re sold out by now. I got mine at the beginning of the year and it’s a pretty huge convention so I’m not sure any tables are available. But I don’t think tables for AFO next year have gone on sale yet so definitely go for that!!
As for tips and tricks let me seeee…(this might get lengthy, sorry about that)
1) always have water and snacks, bring some with you every day. Hydration is key! If you don’t bring those things, I hope you have a nice friend who will fetch food and beverages for you. And don’t forget to get up and stretch!
2) wire frame cubes are the things I’ve used to create my table displays and they’re awesome! I couldn’t find them anywhere and then voila! Kmart, oddly enough had them. I got two boxes and that was enough for one 8’ table to myself! You can look online to see how people use them differently to display their work. You can get them online like everything, if you can’t find them in store.
3) get a long piece of dark fabric for your table. It just looks nicer, things stick out better on darker fabric. and I haven’t been to a con where they provide any table cloths. Just try not to get anything too busy and distracting. Some solid color or a simple pattern would work great.
4) fast clam clips for hanging your art
5) or some drafting or double sided tape as long as you have your art in sleeves or just have display prints you don’t mind getting dinged up some.
6) order some plastic sleeves for your art beforehand! They’re invaluable and I had to borrow a ton from my super sweet neighbors at metrocon and AFO! It looks nice too. Just get one size up then your largest print. For my smaller prints like 8.5x11 I used sheet protectors haha so that’s a cheaper alternative if you don’t have bigger prints. It worked though!
7) your sketchbook and drawing utensils of choice! When you’re bored or don’t have commissions you’ll be able to draw. I like to make small inked drawings and sell them, just to have some original art work or show I actually do draw lol
8) have a coin pouch for change, and bring change! I bring at least $20 in various bills.
9) a square reader! It’s the most amazing thing, oh my god technology!! It’s great for those who run out of cash or just don’t carry any.
10) wear comfortable clothes/shoes. Unless you want to cosplay which I hope it’s a comfortable costume.
11) smile and talk to people, invite them to approach your table and ask questions. Be friendly. There’s one artist in particular I met in person at AFO a few years ago. I loved her work and followed her on tumblr. When I went to say hey and tell her how much I admired her art, she couldn’t be bothered to even look up or acknowledge I was talking to her. She was so rude, I stopped following her and i don’t even enjoy her art anymore knowing she’s that arrogant. :/ anyhow, the point of that was to reiterate being nice. For some reason people behave as if there’s a 2 foot moat around tables, and they just can’t come closer. I like talking to people at cons, even if they never get anything.
12) bring business cards! Hand them out with every print someone gets and to people who just walk by to browse. I tend to run out, and I haven’t ordered any online so I just print a sheet and my friend helps me cut them out
13) bring Fanart and original art! Some cons won’t let you bring Fanart, some demand you have 50/50, half Fanart half original art. Just check the guidelines/rules of whatever con you’re attending.
14) most cons I’ve been to, plugs are scarce. So keep that in mind in case your phone battery life isn’t so great.
15) sign your work! I sometimes ask if whoever is buying something minds that I sign, or if they prefer me to sign the back or front. I think it’s nice to ask but there’s no way I’m not signing—it’s my art, you know? So have a sharpie!
16) I like to being a pad of Bristol board for commissions. It’s sturdier then printer or sketchbook paper, and I’d like it if I had a commission if it came on something other then printer paper.
17) Scissors, rubber bands, pencil sharpener…some form of caffeine to keep you going haha.
I’m trying to think of anything else but this will work for now. Mostly what I consider basics? I’m not a professional at anything and every year I figure out some way to do it simpler or better. I hope this is helpful, though! But if you have anymore questions please feel free to ask.
And good luck at whatever convention(s) you go to! I’ll be at megacon next year you could come say hey if you’re there as an artist or a con-goer!
I’m done typing on my phone now, my hand is cramping. Freaking auto correct…
Telling someone their opinion is wrong isn’t the best place to start. (Also: you’re*). But what the hell, it’s anon.
Not wanting to reblog something you consider vulgar, sure. I can respect not wanting to share that.
But as someone who tends to omit vulgarity from the comments when I post art, it stands to reason I get heated when what I say is removed.
Also, if it comes down to deleting artists comment and reblogging versus not reblogging at all because you don’t like the comment, maybe consider the latter? Not saying what I do is worth much or museum-worthy, but it’s as if you’re going to a gallery where the artist is there presenting and speaking about their work, and you sound a bullhorn every time they go to say something.
That’s basically how it feels.
But opinions aren’t right or wrong, it’d be good to remember that.
I can’t quite put into words how irritating it is when people delete artists comments.
It’s disrespectful, discouraging, inconsiderate, and makes me strongly think about not posting anymore. That and you’re basically marking that post as your own, as if what the artist has to say is inconvenient for you.
It’s on the same level as googling an image of a cabbage and posting it.
You’re reducing artists’ work to a googled image of cabbage. Please stop.
Cleaning up my blog, leaving mostly my own art and music posts.
Tutorials, references, and inspiration can now be found HERE!