About Jackie Lo

Just another artist who wants to get into the world. Except I wanna be a comic artist, a teacher, and win the lottery. Also, I graduated from the California College of the Arts in Illustration. If you'd like to see my work, just visit my main site!

Krakencon 2016 Pre-Con Commissions are OPEN!

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It’s been a while, but I’m still alive!
Actually, my computer broke, and the image files I want to attach with those blog articles are in that computer ||orz

Anyhow, I’ll be at the Fall Krakencon, 2016!
I’ll be at the indie artist alley section, table N7, next to the very awesome Mewblood, whom I met in person for about 5 minutes in Seattle two years ago. Check out their super duper cute comic!

To make things less stressful for myself, I’m opening up commissions today for EVERYONE reading this, and will be closing Krakencon requests next Wednesday, and online commissions on the 20th.

For those who are going to the convention, you do NOT need to pay shipping; just come to my table, pay, and pick it up. For those that don’t know, I do not do most of my commissions at conventions anymore–they’re mailed out, because I don’t like to be rushed by pulling all-nighters or distracted by attendees, and would rather put my best effort into my work. By preordering, you don’t need to wait for me to mail it to you.

For anyone on the internet, I am opening up commissions as well for you too! The only catch is that you need to pay additional shipping. Online commissions close on November 20, at the end of Krakencon.

Here’s some stuff to think about for these commissions:
These are ALL TRADITIONAL ART commissions. I will provide a scanned image if you want, but the thing HAS to be mailed you you.
You can also order anything in my online shop too, which will be cheaper because you would not have to pay additional fees for the item, and combined shipping would be cheaper (but you would still need to pay the necessary shipping). I will consider discounts, depending on what you want to purchase.
-I can write or paint something in blacklight ink for no additional cost. Blacklight ink is invisible in normal light, but bright blue when under a blacklight–I refuse to write anything bigoted, racist, or offensive in that matter.
-I’m okay with some nsfw, but no heavy R-18 stuff. Don’t be shy to ask, I’m not going to disclose your name and your fetish to the whole world.
-I’m not drawing anything that involves politics and presidential candidates. That’s for someone else to do.
-I’m okay with drawing someone covered in gore and blood, but I am not okay with drawing someone in the act of killing someone else.

Okay, now for a few samples.
Because the commissions vary so much and can be customized, here are some samples, what they represent, and the approximate price range. a2016-10-30-23-38-57
above sample: Card sized commission,monochrome with a hint of color, color paper, no round corners, and chibi: $8

Card Sized Commissions, 3.5″x5″-great for Christmas  and birthday cards…or cards for any occasion. I can make it folded, or cut it to a small rectangle.
$8 each, and if you go to Krakencon to pick it up, there is a $1 discount off anything on the table when you pick it up!
-Will be drawn as chibis on default. If you want it to look more realistic, you will need to indicate that, and no additional cost for that.
-Order more than one card sized commission, and each one will be $7.50
-Default color is Monochrome, with a hint of color. I can add more color, or keep it monochrome on request.
-Additional character or two for no additional cost
Shipping within US: $0.60
Shipping outside of US: $1.60
Pickup at Krakencon: Free!
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above sample: Medium Size Commission, color, color paper, with rounded corners: $15
Medium Size, 5″x7″
$15+
-Optional Rounded Corners, no additional cost
-Color or Monochrome, no additional cost
-Random Color paper, or you can choose brown paper or parchment/cream paper, or white, for no additional cost
Shipping within US: $1.50
Shipping outside of US: $2.50
Pickup at Krakencon: Free!
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above sample: Larger Size, Brown Paper, monochrome, $25

Larger Size, 8.5″x5.5″
$25+
-Brown Cardstock (but you can request color/parchment cream/white paper for no additional cost)
-Optional Rounded Corners, no additional cost
-Color or Monochrome, no additional cost
Shipping within US: $2
Shipping outside of US: $3
Pickup at Krakencon: Free!

To order, please email pennydox@gmail.com
Commissions will be completed 1-2 weeks after the convention
Please include:
1) If you are picking up at Krakencon or if you live inside or outside the United States
2) Size of the commission
3) Color or monochrome (or monochrome with a hint of color), and rounded corners or straight corners
4) If you follow a fandom I draw/follow–I might leave something extra…if I feel like it.
6) I post these online, but if you want to keep it a secret, please indicate that, or if you don’t want me to post it until a certain date (such as christmas). If you want me to tag the image when I post it via instagram/twitter/tumblr, please indicate the screenname.


Thank you, and I hope you will enjoy your commission! :3

 

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Angry Artist Alley: Does Fanart really help? (opinionated RTX2016 experience)

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I need to stress that this entire article is based off of my one trip to Texas in Roosterteeth Expo. Therefore, there is no scientific whatever evidence if this happens to everyone at any con, or if it was coincidence and is entirely my own opinion. I just want to share my own, PERSONAL experience, and I want those who have tried this technique or similar to tell me how their experience was as well. Am I the only one who has experienced this? I don’t know, but if you have a story to tell, feel free to leave a comment! This article may or may not apply to you, because you are one artist and I am another, and we both likely live in two very different situations. But I’d love to hear if these situations are similar with other people or not.

So one day I decided ‘Hey i’m not gonna sell fanart, i’m going to sell my original art’ with the mindset that I’ve learned ‘no one really buys fanart’. Because let’s face it–most people go to conventions to make bank, and the majority of people making big bank is just drawing and selling fanart prints of the most popular intellectual property they can figure. Or some sort of niche. I mean…it works, that’s why you see it everywhere.

I was helping Jason Shiga with printing his comic Demon for a while, and through many lunchtime conversations, he convinced me to be brave and just make my own thing. I mean, what’s the worst that can happen? Money defecit. But hell, it’s a risk I will take if I want people to see MY work, if I want to share my OWN personal stories. But where would I do this with lower risk?

Roosterteeth Expo. Bam. That’s what I thought. I was very, very, VERY far from being right. But at the same time, far from being wrong too.

In the ‘agreements’ section, it mentioned that you weren’t allowed to sell ANY Intellectual Property that you do not have written permission to sell. I was totally stoked! A convention where you can’t sell fanart with official permission? So everyone’s selling original art? I bought a table, packed my bags, and took a trip to Texas. RTX2016 was my first gaming convention, my first out-of-state artist alley, and omg my first convention where everyone just sold original art.

BUT I WAS WRONG. Far from it! Like totally fucked, as every table except two (mines and Tanya Burr had some amount of fanart on it. Some entirely of fanart. Apparently, they meant ‘Intellectual Property of their own work’. So wow I was very, very screwed. But then, this is the big moment–will people REALLY buy my work even if it’s not fanart?

In Roosterteeth Expo, you could technically show fanart of their stuff or give out free art of their stuff, which I took advantage of. I had a fanart display on half my table to draw in customers, while the other half was my actual artwork.

I had an entire display of tiny custom RWBY nendoroids! Not for sale, of course. Just display. Here’s a small sample of what was on the table:

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Custom Ruby Nendoroid

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And even freebies like this:

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I WAS BASICALLY SELLING ONLY ORIGINAL ART, SURROUNDED BY TABLES FULL OF FANART. I totally screwed myself over. And of all conventions, this was the most expensive, ever.

Friday and Saturday:

This is what I saw: That display REALLY drew in a crowd of customers. I encouraged photographers to take photos and tag my name and table. It was a HUGE success! Even some voice actors/actresses and animators from RWBY came to check it out! People were wondering if it was official merchandise, and it was so overwhelming. It was working! Well, until they turn their heads a little to the right, and see a print artist who decided to tape their fanart prints on the other side of the display and walk away. By the way, don’t ‘double-side’ your massive wall of prints, because you’re taking advantage of your display and it’s a real dick move to the people sitting next to you (your display should be pointed towards YOUR table, not someone else’s. It absolutely does not help bring attention to the other person’s table, if that’s what you’re thinking. At conventions, you can’t tell any artist to fix anything because then you’re just considered a dick on social media (at least i can write these blogs, right?).

This is what I also saw: The fanart that was drawing the hoard of crowds to my table did almost NOTHING to benefit the art I was actually trying to sell at my table. I really mean it–nothing. They didn’t bat an eye in that direction. Even when I was giving my free minicomic, CONventional, in the direction of my art. They really didn’t care. Like somehow a piece of my dignity was ripped out because people only cared about the display but not the work I was making. Hope was really downhill. I couldn’t even pay back for half the table from the profits of Friday and Saturday combined. And I’d like to emphasize that artist alley was less than 20 artists with a 44,000+ crowd.

Sunday. The last day.

Now this one, I did something different. I realized it was the display that’s making it difficult to grab any attention, so I dumbed down the display so that it looked much ‘less’ interesting. It was a bit more bland. Minimal props, and the table was brown instead of moss-green. None of the characters popped out as much because they weren’t shown with their weapons or normal outfits. So……what happened?

What happened:
The eyes trailed towards my work and less on the display. People started picking up the comic on display. I’d say the majority of those who picked it up ended up asking for the price, and many of those actually bought the comic. I got a lot of great comments like ‘wow I don’t see people making stuff like this much these days’ (i think they were mentioning more like non-vampire/werewolf horror comics, not original art shtick). In fact, I didn’t notice this until I went home, but half the comics I brought to RTX were all sold–the most I’ve EVER SOLD EVER. Seriously, just on Sunday. I also got a number of commissions on the last day too! To be honest, I didn’t think the majority of my profits would just come from selling the one comic I had on my table, not commissions. My other work didn’t fare well, which is an incredible disappointment, but in the future, Ihave plans for this unsold cute merchandise, so it’s okay.
COVER PAGE_previewAbove: The cover of ‘Eerie’, my horror comic, was the item that sold the most on my table. This is the second time it’s ever happened to me. The first time was at Krakencon, coincidentally in a row of tables that didn’t allow fanart as well. 

Of course, the table next to mine was still the bummer to some of my business. Many people who turned their head to the right often just continued to walk to the right. The table to the left was courteous enough to only put their display pointing at their table, so I was really damn relieved, considering the dilemma I was in. Again, I gotta stress-if I said anything like ‘please take down your prints facing my table’ that day I’d be such an ass, and thanks to the internet and social media, I’d just be flamed about it. But now I can fume a little, as it’s mostly anonymous now. I ain’t gonna say who it is, but I mean…just don’t do it in the future, I guess. All of you. It gives your business an advantage, but it’s a bigger disadvantage and a bit insulting to those around you.

Conclusion:

Fanart is amazing, it really brings a lot of attention to my table, BUT it doesn’t help people see my original work at all.
Fanart really does take away from my work. It grabs attention, but not quite the business I wanted. In the future, I know I’ll definitely NOT have a kickass fanart display. But I *may* sell some fanart, but only at a VERY minimal amount. And make sure it’s spread out smack in the middle of my original work, instead of the other way around. What really drew the customers was the ‘mystery’ of what the heck my table was about. Something any comic artist should do is learn to pitch their comic in less than two sentences. Mines was literally ‘oh it’s a comic with some short horror stories. About a barber, a tongue fetish, and loose teeth’ Simple, yet effective.

From this experience, and my past experience at Krakencon’s Indie Artist Alley (a set of tables that aren’t allowed to sell fanart), I can confidently say that if you are really serious about advertising your personal work, make the sacrifice of tossing the mass amount of fanart at your table. You will probably lose a lot of business, but your sacrifice will allow people to keep their eyes on your prize–your personal work that you really want to share. If your followers love your work enough, they’ll commission you anyways.

In the end, I could not earn enough profit to pay for the table, trip, and food, BUT, because I was distributing my CONventional comic to all sorts of people at the con, I have definitely successfully grabbed the attention of east bay convention-attendees, some texas cons, and now it’s really going somewhere. This was the main intent, and because I was able to give it to various press/media/even staff from Roosterteeth, I’d say it was a successful con!

This entire stack was gone before the second half of Sunday (and i had to hold back on Friday and Saturday too). I am really happy that all the people, press, media, and even staff from Roosterteeth got them. Hello New York, Rhode Island, Texas, Singapore, UK, and everywhere else! Welcome to CONventional:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BHEaOjihHUQ/

More info on CONventional

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Okay, this is a bit different. This time, it’s a KICKSTARTER! Woot woot!
Ben Seto’s ‘Skullbunnies’ was one of the darn cutest comics I’ve ever read, and one of the first comics that brought tears to my eyes (no seriously, I’m not kidding). It was mostly tears of joy though..it was so damn cute. Ben has done some real amazing watercolor work, and is compiling all of them in a book! If you look at the info, it says ‘192 pages’. And yes, he’s made a LOT of illustrations!
So just check it out, and back the project. If you’ve never read Skullbunnies before, one tier comes with the comic itself :D

 

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RWBY Photoshoot (part 2): Nuts and Dolts (with spoilers)

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[See Part 1 of the blog here]

I’m VERY sure by now you guys have realized what kind of nut I am for RWBY.
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……oh wait. hold on a sec here.
If you haven’t seen all the way until Volume 3, don’t read this blog article. It’s just a bunch of huge spoilers, my afterthoughts on it, and my biased opinion on the staff of Roosterteeth.
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….you still reading? I assume you saw the end of Volume 3 then. Okay good.

*deep breath*
…here we go.

So towards the end of Volume 3, a bunch of really sad things happen. The harder they fall, the more epic they are when they come back up. So just because my favorite character, Penny, is dead, that doesn’t mean her death will end JUST like that. I’m definitely sure the deaths of Penny and Pyrrha will not be in vain. Assuming this is a ten volume series, they were just characters that drove the plot forward, and it’s just the beginning of some crazy epic journey. Who knows, maybe they’ll come back. Maybe Penny will come back as Freckles (from RvB) :P
I sound a bit shallow on this, but studying scriptwriting, I know this is just the beginning of the ‘journey’ part of the story. And that was the last few minutes of the very last episode. So trust me when I say this is the tip of the iceberg, and something way worse is going to happen later. When team RWBY rendezvous, it’sgoing to be epic.

But I still feel sad for Penny. She was so cool. I’m very grateful for meeting these two lovely cosplayers who agreed with me to do this shoot. It’s not supposed to be a rude thing, but it’s just something I want to remember them by.

I’d like to thank Valkyrjur Cosplay (her sister is the one cosplaying Penny), and Rikuko Cosplay (dressed as Ruby) for the shoot.

Oh, and this cute one:

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(cosplayers unknown atm)

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I am very sure you all know Monty left us, and the staff had to continue the series without his guidance. Assuming the series was animated mostly-chronologically, I can see the flaws of the first episode, but major change towards the last few episodes. I had my doubts, but knowing that they had such a great ability to adapt and improve, that has mostly disappeared. I’m not an animation expert, but if the Roosterteeth animation crew is reading this, I think you need to listen to the opinions of the fans who watch this, and also recruit a very talented storyboard artist whose job is to choreograph fight scenes with way better timing and angles for the sequences.

I don’t feel like explaining myself a lot, but Roosterteeth needs to get someone who knows how to design fun awesome swag. In America. I don’t want to get in a heated argument or anything, but I wish we had more artists in America doing this stuff. Japan is WAY ahead of this game and only Volume 1 is there. If you’re a Roosterteeth staff member, there’s a fat pool of artists in America who are dedicated to RWBY and you could try contacting us nobodies for a commission for awesome art. And make some RWBY headphones. Shit, that would be so awesome.
And if you think you’re qualified to help Roosterteeth out as an artist, I highly encourage you to submit your portfolio to them ^_^

Anyways, Penny’s dead, but I’m not that sad about it anymore. It’s what made this story finally have a definite plot for the main character, and now Ruby has a purpose for her life. Congrats, I better see some awesome shit in Volume 4.

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RWBY Photoshoot: Kimono Edition! (part 1)

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This will be a two part blog article with two different topics. Part 2 of this article is here. This one is a lot darker, so bear with me, and I hope you read through the entire thing. I am sure some of you will disagree with me on this, and if you do, I urge you NOT to send your hate to me or any of the cosplayers here. Just stop reading, close the window, and move on with your life. Stating your opinion is alright though. Everyone’s got a different opinion, and I’m open to changing mines if I’m convinced enough.

Let’s start with something more lighthearted though, shall we?

I went to the Spring Norcal Cosplay Gathering and as usual now, I met up with the posterboy and postergirls of the RWBY cosplays in the Bay Area–Stormflower Cosplay, Valkyrjur Cosplay, and Kiba Cosplay, as well as others.

Every time I meet up with them, there’s always a ‘theme’ to their outfits. One thing I love about their cosplays is that they don’t just stick to the norm of the outfits in the series. There was ‘swimsuit edition’, ‘christmas edition’, and now we have ‘kimono edition’
If Roosterteeth is ever looking for fashion alternatives for these characters, they need not look any further. Valkyjur is a master of fashion design.

I guess this round, they got a group to cosplay.  Quite a treat!

Cosplayers:
Ruby- Rikuko Cosplay
Yang- N/A
Blake- Kkibsong
Penny- Valkyrjur Cosplay (in affiliation with)
Nora- Valkyrjur Cosplay
Lie Ren- Stormflower Cosplay
Coco Adel-Rebecca F.

(sadly, no Weiss or Velvet, and the Yang cosplayer came very late that day)

[MORE COSPLAY PHOTOS HERE]
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The rest here is personal ranting, but if you don’t want to go into drama and stuff unrelated to RWBY, just skip to the next blog article.
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Cultural Appropriation.

If you’re not japanese and you wear a kimono, it’s not offensive. You’re being too sensitive about the term ‘cultural appropriation’. Cultural Appropriation and the misunderstanding, misuse, and ignorance of it. Get your head out of a rock. Now let me enjoy my sushi burrito I got from Berkeley.

I was going to write a long ass rant about how people are oversensitive about the term, but let me clarify a few things. We’re living in the twenty first century, where language, religion, fashion, food, and daily necessities have all mixed together into a happy ass chunk of cheese fondue. Our world and culture is rapidly changing. Racism is very real, but the way we’re treating the term ‘cultural appropriation’ almost always as a negative thing online, it may as well just be reinforcing it for some. There are some bright sides to it. Be open for many things!

And going back to the photoshoot above, we can see a bunch of happy people with fashionable kimono-yukata-kickass ninja hybrids COSPLAYING. I do not see anything wrong with this at all. Do you? Hopefully not. If you were a fan of RWBY, these are amazing, but if you didn’t know the series, what would you think?

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Working under Shiga

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For an entire year, once a week, I would go over to Jason’s place to help him print his comics for his Patreon for his comic ‘Demon’. The 720 page webcomic has been completed, the last of the Patreon orders mailed out, the limited print run chapters all done, and now my job has been retired. It was a great ride while it lasted.

Every day I worked there, we always had a nice chat during lunch break. And I always learned something new. For the entire year I was there, I always asked questions, and many times, I was surprised about the answers he gave me.  I feel it is because I’m in a different generation of artists in artist alley, while he is in a generation of artists who haven’t really relied on artist alley. Well…sorta?

Here are some highlights I learned from working there.

A comic artist’s life may not be for every person who dreams to be a comic artist-this one might be a bit hard to explain, and is in no way offensive. For some people, crouching over and making comics 8 hours a day is the best thing ever…..if you want to do that for years and years. For some, that might be too much work, and having a part time job to split the work (although that also means more working), is actually a better way to both get stuff done, have a breather, and still get paid for something else. I think the best decision for my future was to take a step back, study pharmacy tech, and get a job. I recently got a job, and although the sacrifice is energy and time, I now have an income and a way to fund my projects.
I don’t know if I’ll be a pharmacy technician for the rest of my life, but one day, if I get a constant stream on income for my artwork, I might become a full time comic artist. But for now, I’m quite contempt being a hard worker.

Artist alley should be a way to promote. Earning money at artist alley is a plus, but don’t think you can live solely off of this when selling comics–I know there is the 1% who can, but for most people, it’s more like a fairy tale. I really thought this was possible, but there was one week where Jason went all the way to Canada just to sell his comics. I asked him about how he’d ever profit from that, and his answer was that promoting it is more important than just selling it (that and I think he wanted to go on vacation). He doesn’t go to a lot of conventions because there’s not much profit in the work, but promoting it online and carefully choosing which conventions to go to display your work is more important. For me, cutting back on conventions was also one of the best choices I’ve done for myself. Instead of stressing over what kind of ‘fanart’ I should make, I was able to utilize that stress-free time to create my own comics–I was published in three anthologies, and working on two anthologies right now. And now that I think about it, the people I often see who really DO live off selling at conventions are often the people who have massive walls of fanart prints, not self published comics.
I don’t make as much money at artist alley now, but I definitely feel a lot prouder of the work that’s come out of having extra time to do the work. At the same time, my hard work has been paying off, as my internet shop has had a few more frequent sales through the months.

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Draw what you want to draw.–If you’ve ever read Jason Shiga’s Demon, then you know exactly where I learned this from.
It may have been one of my most ‘crude’ looking comics, but I definitely wanted to make a comic about proper convention behavior. I gave these out for free at Yumecon and Anime on Display, and got some great reactions.
previewMy fear of people judging me for my work was one of the biggest hurdles I had to overcome when I made that comic. I’ve made comics where I spent months perfecting, while this comic was drawn in a span of two days (albeit it took several hours of interviews over a span of several weeks to get the right info). I look back at that piece of paper folded in half, and I think to myself ‘what the heck was I so scared of? I’m giving the comic out for free o_O’
What’s important is that you make a piece of work you’re proud of.

You don’t have all the time in the world-I’m not sure how to word this correctly, but I hope my explanation makes sense.
Sometimes you will get one chance to do something, and whether you take that opportunity or not, if you miss it, you may never get that exact same chance again. I could always drive down to San Jose for Fanime in fourty five minutes. But a plane ticket to Austin Texas? I’m not sure if I’ll ever make time next year. Or there might be a steak restaurant there that might go out of business. Or maybe that plane ticket will be more expensive the next year. I mean yea, going to RTX will cost at least three times as much as Fanime, but having the opportunity to do something may never come back in a long, long time.

I went on my first plane ride last year to Seattle to go to Emerald City Comic Con, met artists I’ve only dreamed of shaking hands with, discovered new amazing artists, made connections with companies I thought was impossible, had some amazing food, and somewhere in the far, far back, I saw a mountain with snow for the first time in my life! I may have spent a shit ton of money to do that, but I regret nothing from this experience.

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above: While most people were closing the shades in the airplane and trying to take a nap out of boredom on the plane to Seattle, I could not help but stare out the window for the entire time. It was the first time I’ve seen a sunset from an airplane, and it was so beautiful. I saw rivers, creeks, some mountains with snow, and while the sun was setting, I could see the building lights slowly turn on in the cities.

Everyone starts from nothing-Everyone who is a comic artist has all started from a single thing–making a comic. So if you want to be a comic artist, and improve your comics, and get recognized for comics, you need to make them to climb your way up a crazy mountain of other creators. And unlike other professions, there’s no end to this chain. You can keep climbing higher and higher–make more comics, create new works, branch into movies, games, and other things. But everyone starts from nothing.

You won’t know unless you try; don’t be scared to try things few have ventured out to do. This is my very first custom nendoroid. And also, my first time with my professional camera, shooting figurines. I started from nothing, and now this is my new hobby :3

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Kids are a lot of work–He’s got a kid. Sounds like a lot of hard work. Be prepared.

Well, I’ve changed a lot in the past year. Maybe these tips will help you, maybe they won’t. But for me, I think I’m finally walking on the right path to my future, thanks to Jason. I hope you look forward to my future blog articles ;)

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Sweet Meats! Kickstarter Campaign :D

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I haven’t posted in a while, because I’ve been working on…..
SWEET MEATS!

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*applause*

..okay. Anyways, what the heck is ‘Sweet Meats’?

Well, the predecessor was a full color zine called ‘Sweet Treats’, published by Dapshow. I was one of the artists who contributed a short comic in there, and then our second anthoogy, ‘Sweet Meats’ is the next in line–another full color anthology, all about meat!

I’m contributing a full color 5 page comic about HOW TO COOK A CRAB. No seriously. It’s a cookbook comic. With a crabgirl :D
prev2_Jackie_LoIf you look down the list of artists, there are some real crazy awesome talent, like Doug Harvey and Brendon Tapper!

Anyways, There’s less than two weeks left, and we’re in dire need of support! Please support the kickstarter, or share the kickstarter with “http://sweets.dapshow.com”

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A Look Back at 2015

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2016 marks a new year for all sorts of shit. So here’s my reflection. I only chose a few images for every month, but I definitely made more. Anyhow…

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January: furiously doing conventions to earn enough money to satisfy me for
Emerald City Comic Con
February: Reminiscing over Monty’s legacy, I drew a comic about it. And then finished my Street Fighter comic. Then started another comic.
March: Finishing up some pages and heading off to Emerald City Comic Con. I learned a lot of things there, and my perspective of my future drastically changed.
April: Internet harassers changed my life. I could barely draw. From this point, I stopped tabling, and felt ashamed to go to a lot of conventions.
May: Since I wasn’t tabling, I stopped stressing over which fanart I should make for the next convention, and draw fanart of series I personally liked, no matter how obscure. Oh, and practicing coloring technique.2015 artB
June: More practice. If you take out the color, the drawings look the same as the ones in January btw. So it was just color experimentation and methods here.
July: I remade some old drawings, and I used to love drawing chibis. Of course, because I wasn’t selling at artist alley, I didn’t really have incentive to post many. I guess I changed my mind. Then I went bonkers and made a crap ton after that.
August: Preorders for two anthologies and keychains came up around this time. Really crunching that stuff. I can’t really post the anthology stuff because that’d screw up the whole point of buying the thing in the first place =_=’
September: WORLD TRIGGER AHHHHH!!!!
This was when my twitter was flooded about World Trigger. I’m so sorry you guys…it’s just that the series is so great. This was also the time when I decided to try Crunchyroll’s ‘Fanart Friday’ series, and draw a weekly fanart of the theme (and trying to do obscure series/characters). You’ll notice from this month, the fanart is a bit harder to recognize. 2015 artC
October: I started experimenting different stuff. The Sio Ogura anthology came out, along with my keychains. Bob Ross streams on Twitch.tv are amazing.
November: I got a watercolor set and I really wanted to do more Sumi-e like artwork. Suddenly my art looked a lot simpler. Indivisible had a kickstarter and I tried my best to advertise it. I made a TON of chibis this month.
December: I finally got the parts to make custom nendoroids for my own enjoyment (yay another hobby!). I was incredibly generous this month, with a ton of handmade gifts, christmas cards, and other stuff.

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2015 marks the year that I was harassed on the internet by strangers and anonymous, and I saw others get harassed as well. I also learned that although Artist Alley is very fun and friendly in real life, it’s incredibly hostile on the internet. I feel like tabling outside the state now.

Regarding the universe outside of mine, I am very disappointed in many people who have decided to make extra time to harass other artists and their work. You can’t draw some girls because their breasts don’t fit your standards of ‘normal’? Or the fanart isn’t representing the character’s original design enough? Even saw a petition to keep one artist from selling certain goods because it’s against their personal beliefs.

I’d like to defend a lot of these people, but I learned this year that anyone who decides to be a prominent speaker and defend someone (even themselves) will get shot down so badly on the internet. People on the internet are incredibly oversensitive these days, I’m probably offending someone reading this about being offended right now.

If it’s one thing I can pick up from 2015 that will guide me through 2016, it’s that blocking people and facebook groups that have way too much drama, arguments, trolling, and hate really helped me a lot.

Anyways, do you think I improved? Got any tips for me for this year? Critique? Anything you want to see me draw? Feel free to leave a comment.

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Angry Artist Alley: The Origin

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Okay, so you might have wondered: Why is this blog called Angry Artist Alley?

Well, today you finally get to hear a history lesson ^_^

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Actually, I’m writing this because of some shenanigans that people think this is some sort of negative blog about artist alley or whatever….like, 9 months ago? I’m sure I’m the only one who cares about it now, but I knew one day someone would start a riot about it, as all bloggers get some sort of shit for speaking their opinion online. In the end, it was just a bunch of oversensitive people, haters, and someone whom I assume didn’t like my response to them so they started a riot on 4chan about me with false information. But *anyhow*…

Hopefully this clears up a lot of complications or future complications, or whatever:

Why is the title of this blog series ‘Angry Artist Alley’?
The title of this blog, ‘Angry Artist Alley’, was a joke my friends and I made many, many, MANY years ago in my younger years of tabling. I would be very eager and excited at the beginning of conventions, and by the time the convention ended, I would end up flipping tables (metaphorically, of course). It didn’t matter if business was good or bad, I always felt angry at the end. So my friends described the situation ‘Angry Artist Alley’. I don’t think I really feel this way anymore…I’m used tabling now. So no, Angry Artist Alley is not a hate blog about why I hate artist alley, it was a joke about how people saw me at the end of conventions. If you ever met me in real life, I’d highly doubt you’ll ever see me angry. Oh yea, and ‘Angry’ started with the letter ‘A’, and if I used the word ‘awesome’, I felt it would have given a more false representation of artist alley if it was your first time tabling. Not that my first time was bad, but I’ve seen people on the verge of tears before.

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Why did I write this blog?
When I was in college, my website teacher made us create a blog and write articles. He convinced us that by writing weekly blog articles, more traffic would come to our art websites. One week, I ran out of ideas of people i could interview or document for a blog article. Whelps, guess I’ had to write about something else…
Back when I was doing research on artist alley, I was really shocked to find little to nothing about artist alley (I know, crazy, right?). Like, maybe two decent articles? Tumblr was very underground at that time. It struck me that I had tabled for more than half a decade, and there was a recent frustration I had at the latest tabling incident–someone claimed my tape as theirs! OH NO THE AGONY! (sarcasm) So I wrote an article about how I solved the problem. I guess people liked it, and wanted me to write more. Then people started voicing their own problems or asked me about how to solve some, and so on. Knowing that I was practically invisible and unknown on the internet, it wouldn’t really do much harm if a nobody talked about these issues. About a few articles in, I decided to name all the articles ‘Angry Artist Alley’, thus, the series began. But seriously, this blog isn’t about hating artist alley.
Tl:DR: It started out as a weekly homework assignment from my website teacher.

Is all the information based on your own experience?
IT IS NOT. Actually, I’ve been tabling long enough to be a ‘regular’ artist at Bay Area Conventions. I’ve made many friends behind artist alley, and we’re comfortable talking about our problems in artist alley and how we fixed them. Some artists I’ve only met once or twice in person but keep in touch online. Some are in San Diego, some in Seattle, some in New York, etc etc. I understand many artists don’t want to tarnish their name with opinions, so I just take the burden and I usually write the information under my own name (so if you have any concerns with artist alley, don’t worry it’ll be a secret between me and you).  Although the majority of experience is my own, a chunk of it is based on many other artist’s experiences.

How ‘experienced’ am I?
Okay, so I’m just adding this in because some people believe i just fart all sorts of shit about artist alley. Every single ‘personal story’ in this blog are absolutely real stories from my life. I started in early highschool. The very first experiences I had was sharing tables with BAAU (Bay Area Artists Unite) selling small pinback buttons…somewhere around 2005? The bay area had more closer conventions, so at some point, I’d be going to nine conventions a year (and back then you didn’t have to fight for the whole first-come-first-serve thing like we do now in the Bay Area). Other than tabling at the BAAU table for about a year, I didn’t really have any mentors or whatever, and went through a LOT of bad experiences. You learn from your mistakes, I guess. Nowadays, we have internet tutorials and guides for practically everything. Back then we just ranted about it to our tablemates and hope we learn something from it.

However, I didn’t really table for a year around 2013. I went through some serious depression issues. Two artists got me out of it: Tone Rodriguez and Toshio Maeda (yes, THE godfather of tentacle porn). Then I tabled all of 2014 because I needed the extra cash boost to get to Emerald City Comic Con. Soon after, someone on Tumblr said I should stop tabling at artist alley until I improve, so I decided to stop tabling until 2016.

Your blog has a lot of topics.
That’s because I’ve been tabling for about a decade. And I’ve never been an expert at tabling–I went through a LOT of things. I mean, if I didn’t go through so much trial and error, I wouldn’t have so much to say about it. If you just popped in with god-like skills, then you probably wouldn’t have as many problems to deal with.

Some of the topics are very harsh. 
Back when I wrote it, it really wouldn’t matter if people bashed on me because I was non-existent online. I had about two thousand views on my deviantart and I had nothing to protect. My older articles are a lot harsher than my newer articles.

There was some shennanigan where people were complaining my articles ‘scared’ them and other newcomers from tabling, and ironically, they ended up having a great time. Seriously though, I never guaranteed anyone that their first time tabling was going to be good or bad. My first time was freakin amazing, but I’ve seen some people on the verge of tears when they table their first time.

So to prevent that drama again, I have to write disclaimers on my articles *sigh*

Is there anything you won’t write about?
Yes. I will never write an article that concentrates on fanart vs. original art. It’s too controversial. If I take one side, I’ll get bashed by the other side. If I take both sides, I get bashed by BOTH sides.
Another one is mentioning if you think your art sucks. I once posted this phrase and the artist alley facebook group blew up. The irony is that for a whole week, a number of people were just describing how my art was terrible and that I shouldn’t be selling at artist alley (PLUS some were on that same facebook group too). So like, I guess my art sucks, but I can’t say that? =_=’

Do you do well at conventions?
I’d say I’m just average. I’m pretty good with holding conversations with people, but when it comes to sales, it’s average. Nowadays, I have more fun talking to people who visit my table than actually buying my work (since it’s likely they already have something because I’ve tabled for so long at Bay Area conventions)
You probably won’t believe me on this, but I used to earn at least twice as much in my earliest days of selling at conventions compared to today’s conventions. Now that I have a more sustainable amount of income, I will be taking advantage of conventions more for pursuing personal projects instead of trying to make profits from it.

Have you ever had an actual good artist alley experience?
Yes.

Are you actually angry?
I was told I used to have anger issues in highschool, but it completely subsided after college.

Will you write future Angry Artist Alley articles?
Yes, but much, MUCH more infrequently. I already promised myself that articles will subside the moment someone sends a hate mail to me about it, and that has already happened.

Seeing as there’s like…over 30 articles, I am PRETTY sure I’ve covered the most important topics. If you ever have questions, feel free to ask. If you have a concern or problem, I’ll listen. Like I said, I do keep artist alley problems anonymous and write it under my own name. I completely understand what kind of problem it may cause for an artist to say something stupid on the internet. For me, unfortunately, it’s too late, so meh :T

Are you a good role model for Artist Alley?
According to the people who don’t like my blog articles, no I’m a shitty role model.

I hate your art, you shouldn’t be selling it for that price.
Thanks. Enlighten me and tell me why.
If you feel no one should buy my work at all, that’s totally fine! Let me share half your artist alley table (I’ll pay for the entire table too!), and I’ll give out free drawings and free sketch requests for the whole day! I’ll even advertise that the table will be giving out the free art too! It’s not like people should pay for the art at artist alley, right?

What’s wrong with Angry Artist Alley?
This blog is supposed to be about troubleshooting, which is why there are so many ‘problems’ indicated in this blog. Obviously, people walk in the blog, not prepared for that, and then they become very sensitive about it, and feel that I am too negative about artist alley. I mean, the title of the blog series should have indicated *something*.

What are your future plans for Artist Alley?
I feel like shit right now. I mean, I feel better after not tabling for a while (suddenly all the drama disappeared), and I’ve got a lot of things I plan to do. Yesterday I had my first episode of carpal tunnel syndrome in the middle of the night. But here’s some insight for the following year:

I bet you didn’t know I was in 12 anthologies, since 2005. Only two of them were fan art. And for all the anthologies, I mean comic submissions. I bet you didn’t know that either. That’s because my work is flooded with fanart (that, and posting the comics online defeats the point of having the incentive to buy the thing). I hope to change this in the upcoming year. I may have a shitton of fanart in my online store, but there will be some conventions where I won’t sell a speck of it. I hope my original art will be a bit more prominent in the future.

I’m going to be tabling a LOT less than before (maybe about 3 times a year), but try and earn money to travel to further conventions (as advised by some anonymous person on tumblr). I’ll probably be updating my online shop with an average of 3 new fan art miniprints a month, and shipping will be cheap, for anyone who is still looking for that stuff. But for some conventions, I may not be selling any of that at all, and just my original art.
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random illustration print to break up all the text :P

What did you learn from writing this blog?
I learned there was a huge influx of artists from the beginning of writing this blog to what it is now (like I mentioned before, there wasn’t much info about AA when I started making this). I learned that artist alley changes within time, that the perspective of what artist alley should be changes over time. It has evolved into a battle of fanart and getting pissy over not getting a table (well, in the Bay Area it is). I wonder what generation of artists are the ones who began scorning others over sites like Tumblr and 4chan. From this experience, I learned that the worst people in artist alley aren’t crazy customers, but the artists who scorn you for your work, for any action they deem inconsiderate, or for just being there. I am very sure it was not like this when I began tabling, but the atmosphere has definitely changed over the years. Or maybe the internet is bringing light to all this for me. I don’t know. I’m sure if I tabled where no one knew me, I’d feel a lot safer.

What will future blog articles be about?
Well, it won’t be Angry Artist Alley, that’s for sure. Art, sculptures, interviews, panels, photography, preorders, whatever.

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Angry Artist Alley: FAQ for Newcomers

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I’ve got a TON of articles, and if you’ve never tabled and don’t have the time to read every single article here, I totally get it. Hopefully writing this article will prepare you for the most basics of basics before you start your first tabling.

Key notes:
-This isn’t in-depth. If you’re curious about a topic, check the links underneath for a little more clarification or additional reading if you have time.
-Some of these are personal opinions. Some of the questions I get asked I can’t answer myself. I’m not the all-knowing of everything. My expertise is selling comics, prints, stickers and buttons in Bay Area Conventions. Mostly prints, buttons, and stickers. In the Bay Area. Any knowledge outside of the Bay Area are passed down from my many other veteran artist friends and acquaintances, or personal research.
-If you have questions or want clarifications, feel free to ask. 

What should I prepare for the convention?
-A waterbottle (don’t get dehydrated)
-Snacks (don’t starve)
-paper/pencil to draw on (helpful for commissions)
-tape (for taping emergencies. also, you might want to write your name on it)
-Change for twenty dollar bills (don’t bother bringing twenty dollar bills, trust me)

How much should I price my art?
-This is too hard to answer, because it varies depending on where you are selling. Here’s a good way of figuring it out: 1) look at all the other tables and find out what the average price is. 2) Never price your art lower than the lowest person’s pricing at that entire convention who is selling whatever the heck you’re selling–average is GOOD, underselling is BAD.
See “My Art is worth TOO MUCH!” for info about why under pricing your artwork may be frowned upon

Seller’s Permit? Taxes? What?
Oh boy…All I’m gonna say is that every state is a little different. You will need to do a little research, but you basically sign up for a temporary or permanent seller’s permit to use for the convention. After the convention, you count your earnings, calculate taxes, and depending on your seller’s permit you will file your taxes before a certain deadline. Like I said, it’s different for every state, so you’re going to need to do your research. I can only recommend you look up “[insert state name] Board of Equalization” as a little direction.
-A seller’s permit is a number you register with the state that you’re selling goods at, and is used to file taxes when you’ve earned the money. Pretty much every convention will ask you for this number, and you need to be ready to have that permit number to file in those taxes.
-Along with filling out a Seller’s Permit, you should also do some research if you need to do anything else while you are selling, such as owning a ‘Business Licence’ (there could be other things too!).

How many of _____ should I make?
-Prints: since it will be your first time, I highly recommend you only make a few copies. They MAY sell out, but then now you know to make more. But if it doesn’t, you’ll just have a bunch lying around. By the time you do your next convention, you would have a better grasp of what people might like, what doesn’t sell, etc., and some more revamped stuff. It’s my own opinion, but I wouldn’t go over five or six on my first print run. That way I won’t regret it as much if they barely sell. This is assuming you didn’t pay more than $80 on your table. Your first prints are most often your worst because you will find that the more you make them, the more you will improve.
-Buttons: Some people stock buttons by bringing the machine and only making them as they order with pre-cut templates. I can’t give you a definite count, but buttons tend to sell more often than prints, in my personal experience. From my own experience, I started out with making ten copies of each button, and just reprinted more stock of the ones that were falling down faster. Eventually I’d have twenty of one button and five of another, so it’s really sporadic.
-Stickers: It’s different for everyone, and just as sporadic as buttons. My method is similar to the buttons (except I don’t bring a button machine)–I make about ten copies, and after the first sale I determine which copies I should make more of and reprint extras of those.
-Comics: This one varies depending on which conventions you go to. I usually keep an incredibly low stock of comics (about 10) because they often don’t sell at anime conventions. In comic conventions, I bring about twenty. I’ve sat next to seasoned professional comic book artists, and they would load two entire cardboard boxes and run out of some titles…and I’ve seen some that would only sell four at a convention. I would recommend you print a low stock of comics on your first print run (usually the minimum is 25), and when you realize people find interest in it, give it another higher print run.
**For everything else, you should ask some other artists what their system might be. When I started selling prints/buttons/stickers, this was a long time ago, so it could be different with today’s demand. All I’m going to say is that if it’s your first time, don’t go overboard, because you’re going to probably end up with better stuff and a better understanding of things you’d want to sell on your second round, and third, and so on.

Important: NEVER ASSUME YOU WILL SELL ALL YOUR STOCK IN ONE CONVENTION. Never, ever, ever! If you have such high expectations, and only two or three sell, you’re going to feel like shit. If you only brought enough to pay back for your table, and you only sold a little bit, you’re just breaking your own ego. Maybe for one convention, half my stock is gone for keychains, and maybe at another con, not a single one sold. So never assume you’ll sell out of everything in one convention!

How many things should I put on my table?
-whatever you can fit nicely, you can put it there. The limit is usually the height of your display, and sometimes you can’t put stuff in the front of your table (you need to check with the convention rules for this). Avoid huge blocks of space. Also, propping things vertically often gathers more attention than just laying them on the table top :)
If you want some recommended items for setup, check this out–there are many other companies too! I recommend looking at what other people use to display for inspiration on how to set your table up.
For tips on setting up, I found this Pixiv artist to have useful cheap DIY setups, and this pixiv tag to have others who have useful setup DIYs


Is fanart okay to sell?

-Depends on the convention. Usually yes. Not all though. Some require a percentage to be original art.
-It’s super controversial to side with whether or not selling fanart should be allowed due to intellectual property rights vs. creative rights. I’m not even going to state my opinion, because every time I’ve done it, someone who disagrees with my idea will relentlessly argue with me, treating my opinions as meaningless without a second thought that everyone has their own DIFFERENT opinions. BUT if you really want a very good answer in every perspective of the topic, ask this question at the Artist Alley Network International facebook page, since there are plenty of people who have their own different ideas on the concept.
-Some companies DO NOT want people to sell fanart of their stuff (of course it’s okay to draw it though), but they may not police it very well. It is up to your good heart to make the decision if you want to make fanart of that company’s intellectual property (their logos, their characters, etc) even though they would prefer you not to do it. Indie companies like Roosterteeth (especially RWBY) and comics like Homestuck are examples of such. OF COURSE, you will see people do it anyways, and just make excuses like ‘oh well, i’ll keep selling unless the company gives me a cease and desist’, which in my opinion is just getting a little too greedy as an artist, but like I said, this is up to you to make this decision. I’m not the police, I can’t do shit about this.  But I personally follow this rule.

Extra credit homework: If anyone mentions Japanese artists selling fanart, then you can have fun and research about Japanese copyright laws, as they’re far more stringent, and you’ll be surprised about how their system works! You’ll also be surprised at what kind of stuff they sell compared to the bulk of America, and you’ll be even more shocked at their pricing! 

Can I get paid to draw stuff for people at conventions?
Yes, that’s usually called a ‘commission’. They pay you some money to draw something they like. It’s usually fanart. Just make sure not to under price your work (it’s good to keep your pricing higher than the cost you are selling your prints).
-You are NOT required to draw every single commission that comes your way. If for some reason their commission request makes you feel uncomfortable, YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE THE COMMISSION. Also, try not to judge people for what they commission for–everyone has their own personal fetishes, even you.
See “How do I order a commission?” for additional info on the process of ordering and distributing conventions
Also, check out “I’ll come back to your table later” to learn about a slightly more fool-proof way of making sure your customers don’t forget they commissioned you

Are there any rules I should know of?
-Don’t block your own table by sitting in front or having someone stand in front to help out. I don’t know why it’s not enforced enough, but taking advantage of an artist alley space you did not pay for not only makes it unfair, but also blocks the tables around you. There may be some exceptions, but you must ask the head of the artist alley department before doing so.
-Don’t play loud music without everyone else being okay with it. It bugs people. If you decide to bring an instrument, don’t do it in front of your table, and don’t do it on a constant basis (like more than twenty minutes straight, every hour, etc).
-When setting up, don’t lug all your junk on someone else’s table. put it on the ground under or near your table while you set up. If the other artist isn’t there and the convention begins, don’t start selling your swag on their table–wait a few hours, then ask permission from the head of Artist Alley before you do something like that, since you didn’t pay for that table.
-Some people find it easier to drag in customers by ‘calling’ them in. If you do this, there’s a point where you need to consider that grabbing attention from people who are staring at the tables next to you, and/or speaking so loudly over the people selling next to you can barely communicate with their own customers is very inappropriate.
See “Great for You, Not for Them” for additional info about treating you and your neighbors with respect

Why don’t some people enjoy photos taken of their work?
Many artists I’ve met are photo shy, and don’t like cameras in general. Some people also want to reduce the risk of their artwork being stolen (people would take the photo and print them on the computer). Another thing is that some people would enjoy the art, take a photo to keep on their phone, but won’t buy the actual art. Lastly, some people take photos and post them without credit, thus leaving an amazing piece on the internet without anyone knowing who the hell made it. Sure, people would see it on the internet, but they wouldn’t care who the hell made it if your name wasn’t attached to it.
I’m not saying you should prohibit photos. This often gets misunderstood. If you don’t care, cool. If you care, then you might want a sign about asking permission first. If you’re really anxious, you can go full throttle and have a sign that indicates it. It’s up to you. Years of convention experience will dictate what your preference will be.
see “Do Not Photograph Signs” for more info and a free printable template

What if I don’t make much profit in my first time?
A few factors:
1) You were selling at the wrong place or wrong time. Basically, you did not go to the convention that suited you best, or it was at an awkward week or location.
(when conventions happen back-to-back with other conventions, or even multiple big events happening on the same day, there are usually less attendees or attendees aren’t as willing to spend as much)
2) Your work needs improvement. It could be improvement skill-wise, or that your work was not appealing to the right audience (again, to #1–not the right convention). To be honest though, it’s highly likely that it’s answer #1, and not that you need improvement. It’s pretty crazy how conventions can make or break your expectations.
3) Social skills. I have no proof of this one, but I know people who hide behind their tables and too scared to talk to customers don’t drag as many customers.
4) The con was too freakin fabulous–okay, that’s sarcasm. Maybe not. Actually, I’ve noticed when there are HUGE stars at a convention or have many, many panels or very long wait times for autographs and the such, attendees end up stuck in line and outside the artist alley longer. It’s not always the case, but definitely something to consider.
When Stan Lee comes to a convention, don’t expect a lot of people to walk in artist alley for hours XD

see “Not Selling Much” for a more in depth answer

Some last tips on your first tabling experience:
Have realistic expectations. Don’t expect people to buy every single thing out of your inventory, and don’t expect every single person to go to your table telling you your art is the most amazing thing in the world. There will be many, many people walking past your table. Don’t sweat it, it’s your first time. It happens to everyone…all the time.
Your first time tabling is to gauge whether or not you want to do it again: It’s likely you tabled because you want to do it more than once. Well, don’t worry too much about sales on your first time. If you can handle whatever stress gets thrown in your way while you’re tabling, you’re good to go. If you didn’t make a lot of sales, or possibly sold out in the first hour, your first time is to determine if you want to try it again. If you make a lot though, I recommend you go celebrate :D
Bring change: Don’t even bother bringing $20s. You will be breaking $20 bills for the first half of the convention, trust me. $5 and $1s are very essential. In case of emergency, and your nearby table members don’t have $1s, go to your nearby coffee shop to break them.
Know the convention: Make sure you know where the convention is, where the food places are around the convention, where the bathrooms are, and where the atms are (so you can direct some people to the atm machine if they only have a credit card)
Advertise your spot:
Before you go to the convention, tell everyone you’re going to that convention weeks ahead, and the moment you know your table number, post it all over your social media. Otherwise people won’t know where the heck you will be.
Business Cards: Make business cards with your web address and/or social media. Facebook, Tumblr, etc with your art–put it on a card. Or paper. Anything. People will want to follow you online to see what else you make :)
Don’t be stinky: If you have bad breath, or you have some body odor problems, please eat a mint/chew gum and wear deodorant.

Featured Artist:
Hai-Na-Nu Saluque, aka. “Nooligan”


This awesome dude is one of my top favorite artists I’ve discovered at conventions this year. I mean, holy crap that’s some really awesome style! The art is full of attitude and spunk whilst holding a very unique 1920s cartoon feeling to it. And he also made a comic called ‘Union St. Choir’. Just…yea, go check it out. I love the fresh style in all his work <3
You can check out more of his work here:
Illustration Site
Online Shop
Instagram
Deviantart
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Angry Artist Alley: My First Time Making Acrylic Charms

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Note: This article isn’t about ‘Artist Alley’ per se, but more of an article about something many artists make at artist alley. I put it in Angry Artist Alley because it could possibly be relevant to some people.

Chilly Pig Creations
is an independent company that prints acrylic and wooden charms. This article describes my first experience with making acrylic charms, and working with this company.

THIS IS NOT A PROFESSIONAL GUIDE TO MAKING ACRYLIC CHARMS. I REPEAT. THIS IS NOT A PROFESSIONAL GUIDE TO MAKING CHARMS.

It’s a beginner’s perspective on making charms. If you’re a noob who wants expert advice, go ask an expert on it. Heck, if I wanted expert advice I’d be asking my other friends on this (which I did). I’m just writing this article based on my very first experience making them. I just have a LOT to say. I’m sure someone on the internet probably wants to read a personal article about me struggling and crying in agony. Here you go. 

I couldn’t find a good article that puts making acrylic charms into a beginner’s point of view. More like an expert’s point of view, that describes quality, perks, and etc. with these things. This is more like the process of making them. If you’re looking for expert advice, I’ve just warned you now, this isn’t the article you should be basing all your opinions from.

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