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What are your plans/goals for 2015? New merch ideas? Trying more cons? Trying a new art style?
>still that image
A-All of the above. We are going to out of state cons with another artist friend.
I will be experimenting with a new way of binding books to make them more accessible to all price ranges by cutting the time spent binding them. As well as a slew of other unique-to-AA items that I rarely see sold.
As for new art style, my partner who does mainly posters will be practicing a more lifelike style. We had comments from anons here that our previous works were odd, looking back on it, I would have to agree that we are not at the point we want to be artistically.
my plans for fanime and anime expo
also, does anyone here table by themselves regularly and have any tips?
I am desperately hoping to get into some closer cons like akon and san japan. I got wait listed on a lot of cons I was hoping to go to but there are still plenty I can apply to. I have a goal to try and get into some larger out of state cons, I do not live in the right state to do AA.
I'm going to be investing in and testing a capsule toy machine that I will fill with stickers, buttons and charms. I'm hoping it goes well and I plan on putting in shiny pokemon as a sort of gimmick, along with other popular series. Fingers crossed that it goes well and I won't have to return it.
Working on all the things. I'm applying to more out of state cons and ones with juried applications. Also want to do more comic cons then anime this year. Replacing some older fanart prints also
I'm working on more merch including an acrylic keychain line.
I also want to launch a webcomic this year.
Sorry, I think it's become the official AA thread image ^^;
I love that table setup.
>also, does anyone here table by themselves regularly and have any tips?
I started to in the last half of 2014. Here's what I can think off of the top of my head:
If you get a second ticket for your table, offer to a friend you know you can rely on to cover your table when you need a break.
-bring your own food so you don't have to leave the table as often
-make friends with the artists beside you just in case you have to take the inevitable pee break/need change scenario
-try to pack as light as possible, you'll only have yourself to carry your stock/display supplies
Just plan ahead in general and you should be fine :)
>I'm going to be investing in and testing a capsule toy machine that I will fill with stickers, buttons and charms. I'm hoping it goes well and I plan on putting in shiny pokemon as a sort of gimmick, along with other popular series.
I love this idea! Where can you buy decent capsule machines? And are they allowed at cons?
I can't get over how cute that Dedenne charm is <3 I love your work
Anyone have experience with Wonder Con? I thought it was primarily for comic/print artists, but I recently got accepted (surprised me since I mostly have miscellaneous goods). Are they really strict on how you setup your booth? Are there any restrictions on table sharing?
While we're sharing stuff...
I'm excited for these.
I'm gonna make 1D my niche.
Come at me.
I applied for Hanadokicon when it was open and now I'm thinking about doing Anime Conji too. Did anyone sell there last year since the venue moved? I'm wondering if the change maybe deterred people. I guess I just want to know how good the traffic was and if you broke even at least.
From what I've heard, Conji is only really worth it if you're in the area. It's still a fledgling con, so there's always promise for growth, especially if you establish yourself as a local, but I haven't heard of anyone doing super well there yet.
Just getting some opinions here...I was thinking about printing some small runs of little coloring books/jokey "activity books" to sell at cons. I'm not sure what price I would sell them for (It would probably depend on how much it costs to print them.) I'm just wondering if that kind of thing would sell at all.
I'm applying to more out-of-state cons, and adding new merch to my line.
Right now I sell mostly buttons(online) but I just put an order in for pencil bags last week(pic related) and got a Silhouette cameo so I'm hoping to offer stickers and maybe stationary sets soon?
I'm working on a comic I've wanted to do for a bit as well..
And I kind of want to do themed valentines this year since those seem really fun!
I have a lot of time on my hands due to issues with school so I want to make the most of it for sure.
you sure that niche will be profitable? the type of pre-teen/teenage girl that frequents anime conventions is usually the nerdier kind that eschew mainstream pop culture in favour of anime/cartoon culture or obscure subcultures and bands
Only dumb if that's exclusively what you sell. My gay bff loves 1D so maybe he would dig these. I think they would hold up decent for the morbidly curious friends of weebs who tagged along for the cons or those whose powerlevels are still low. Where do you get wipers made?
I wanted to ask this since digital art is more popular with fan artists, although this is kind of an unrelated question, but I wanted to know how you guys tended to practice/started out with digital painting. I know most artists say to "practice practice practice!" but was there anything else that really helped with getting into the hang of it
Same with the non-digital artists actually, how did you get into it and decide to do fanart
Sage because this is kind of off topic
I....I think his long hair is pretty majestic but baby Zayn with the fade will always have my heart
Hahhh I dunno. Probably not, but I really like drawing then so I'm gonna add some to my inventory. I do well enough with what I have (mostly vidya, comic, cartoon, and some anime fanart) so if this is a bust, nbd. I sell maybe one of my gltas prints every three cons, but it's no hard feelings because the money from selling 5 pairs of young justice prints every two hours works as a bandaid
I'm hesitant to actually join the fandom. It's kind of fucked up, from what I've seen, and it looks like shipping fanart does the best/gets the most popular. Rpf is weird as hell and I don't want to really be associated with people who will tell the boys to their faces that they're gay or whatever.
But hey, whatever, I do what I want so fuck you buddy
Getting then done by Jimi agency!
I have a friend who dominates that nice, so I don't want to step on her toes. Also, at most I would just do Big Bang. Can't bring myself to care that much for many others.
It helped to have a community to draw with. I used to drawfag for /co/ and I felt like I grew a lot while I did. It just kept me drawing and made me draw stuff I wouldn't have otherwise.
Same for Gaia, Flight Rising, etc. I'm a relatively social person and like getting feedback or components, so if I know people are watching, I'm more inclined to draw, and the more I draw, the better I get. It's important to find what you like about drawing and find an environment that nurtures that.
Have any mid-tier artists found it profitable to switch to having acrylic charms made?
I'm not really well known, but I always make at least a couple hundred into the green when I go to conventions. I'm not sure if I can bring myself to blow a minimum of $90 for something that might not sell well.
I never want to make another laminated charm again, I have seen the light.
I know places like zap creatives offers multiple designs with larger orders. I think if you order 50 you can submit up to 5 designs, giving you 10 of each so there's less of a risk of you having overstock.
I think the biggest thing for acrylic charms, at least in terms of design, is having a cohesive set. Stick to one fandom (i.e- Pokemon, Love Live, Free, etc.) and do sets so that people buy more.
Most of my friends price their charms at $10-$15 each, 3 for $25, 2 for $20 or something to that effect. It might take a while to break even on charms, but they're definitely a solid enough product to be worth investing in for both the artist and the buyer. I also think they sell fairly well online because shipping is usually so cheap for them.
I want to do the zap creatives clear! I think I'm going to spring for a hunter x hunter set when I'm caught up. I need to get a better feel for whose important but maybe Gon, Killua, Kirupika, Hisoka, Illumi?
I'm at the dodgeball fight with laser right now so only about halfway.. things could change..
Can one assume that, say, headshots of characters in a particular series would work well for buttons versus a handful of assorted ones, much like charms? I'm furiously getting things together for a con this Spring.
It's good to have a mix of both, but having a bunch of characters from a series encourages people to buy more instead of just individual buttons
Their wood charms are super underrated. The clear acrylic and candy coat is nice, but there's something just classier about the wooden charms. Also, lighter so less likely to damage your phone/ds/other device when you're swinging it around
How do you guys feel about artists with a huge following charging $25+ per character for a commission and then giving you sub-par work? Do you think they can get away with it because they're popular (and have a bunch of attack drone fans) or should we just name and shame them regardless?
I think the adult thing to do would be to talk to them first and let them know you're dissatisfied for whatever reason, even via email after the con. If they're a big enough artist they'll have business sense to likely offer a refund/redo.
It would have nothing to do with their "attack drone fans" because if you named and shamed without contacting them first they'd just be able to say something like that you made absolutely no mention of not liking the piece and then their inevitable refund/redo offer would be public and you'd just look like an asshole.
20 a character is cheap as fuck, anon. I agree with >>8046771 and you should talk to the artist saying you're dissatisfied, and see if you can get it fixed.
But considering most professional artists (I use this term for people working in the comics industry, mostly) charge 100+ a character, 20... isn't outrageous. By any means. Shit, I'd jump at a 20 dollar character commission
Showing off the couple things I've made so far for 2015.
Notepad and charm wipes so far, hoping to try out some cosmetic bags too.
What would you guys pay for a notepad or charm wipes?
I was considering $5 each for the notepad and for the charm wipes. Worried that may be too much.
oh geez, that makes me really happy to hear, you have no idea. I'm trying to do more original art and I'm worried no one would like it.
>working on my notepads past deadline
These are super cute!! Mm I usually do my charm wipes for $3, 2 for $5, but I feel like that's also underpriced. They're relatively obscure/less common fandoms too so at that point I'm just happy if people buy them haha. I'll probably do my 1D ones at maybe $5 each, 2 for $8 or the set for $20
I was thinking $7 for notepad, 2 for 10? I'm also doing mine as matching themes to give people more incentive to buy them together.
Echoing the other anons, 25 is not that much.
Unless they like insulted, harmed, or scammed you directly, I don't think there's any reason to shame anyone. Keep in mind also that commissions are a little bit of a crapshoot. A lot of factors come in the way of a commission coming out decently (artist taking on too many, complications at the con, etc.) and "subpar" is extremely subjective. Unless you gave them a very specific criteria to draw to (i.e- "Make it look as on-model as possible," "I want it to be in the same style as that picture you drew" etc), a "subpar" quality commission could most likely be a mishap. For all you know, the artist might have been super pleased with it, I dunno.
in general, I feel like commissions are more of a way to show support for the artist, not necessarily a guarantee of a perfect product. If you ARE expecting a certain kind of quality, it's really important to make sure you communicate that to an artist.
Sucks that you had a bad experience with one, though.
It's cool, you have until tomorrow, right? This is my first time with JiMi so I made sure things were there days before the deadline, I hate being late for anything.
I think I'll try pricing the charms at $5 and see what happens. I may drop them to $3 if they don't sell well at my next con.
>I was thinking $7 for notepad, 2 for 10? I'm also doing mine as matching themes to give people more incentive to buy them together.
Good plan. Maybe I'll make my next notepad sea creature themed? I might just go with vista or artscaw for my next set just so I can get some made sooner.
Yeah. Or even just like.. monster/creature themed (Nagas, centaurs, etc). I feel like that's usually a pretty popular theme.
Let us know how it goes with Vista/Artscaw! It'd be interesting to see the quality/differences between the three companies.
my friend did a couple of the larger ones through artscaw and loved them.
>monster/creature themed (Nagas, centaurs, etc)
I'd like to get into AA one day, but I don't really know what I should do as far as art and networking. Does anyone have advice for someone just getting into selling and networking their art? Here's an example of my work if you want to critique that too.
Wow that's great!
Just a random table pic
she did mention that "there is a front page with like promo stuff, but you can take that off"
Also, I love that artist! When my niece gets older, I'm definitely getting her one of those stegosaurus.
Wow this looks nice! There is a promo now until March for 2 large memos for 6 and something bucks. I read though, that first page comes with a print of the promo...I gave it a try and now I'm waiting for them.
Ahh good to know, thank you and your friend for sharing the info!
OP of that incident. It was a commission for someone else who couldn't be there, so she couldn't complain in his place since she didn't know how he would feel about it. Call it secondhand unsatisfaction maybe? Art quality aside, he also told her to pick it up at a specific time the next day and when she came by it wasn't even ready and was told to come back later.
As far as stationary goes...
I was thinking of getting a few different notepads printed, each featuring a different character, then taking them apart to make character cast sets, say sets of 5-6 sheets with each sheet featuring a different character from a particular series along with some envelopes. Is this kind of thing considered okay to do?
Has Storenvy been fucking up for anyone else lately?
Sometimes I'll get an email of an order, and I'll have the money and info in paypal but it won't show up in my store. Sometimes it shows up in shippingeasy but not always.
I emailed them about it a week ago and no response.
I will do the same anon, it was discussed some threads ago if you want to check that out. Most people include stickers too to seal the envelope. The usual is 5 items of everything, as far as I looked out the other week. Also the price goes in almost all cases to 8 bucks. (Like the picture I'm posting, not mine but I found it cute)
What's going to be the hot new animal this season? Alpacas seem to be phasing out. My guess is Deer/Fawns
It's the year of the sheep, duh.
can I ask which digimon are your/your buddie's favorites? I love digimon too and I would love to make charms out of some but I can't afford to do the entire season 1 cast. At least not now anyways.
Doesn't have to be season 1 could be any season