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


[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.
……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.
….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:


(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.


RWBY Photoshoot: Kimono Edition! (part 1)


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!

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)

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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.

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?


‘Arquebus Dance’ Anthology: The Conclusion of the Project (and KrakenCon Photos)


Aye! And so, this is the part 3, the last part, of my 3 blog article revolving around my ‘Arquebus Dance’ collaborative project with my friend Kayu. And a photoshoot.

At this point, both Kayu has completed the layout and the book was sent to the printers. We’re both crossing our fingers that it will turn out great.

I thought it would be a bit unfair for every artist who contributed only to get one free copy and preorder bonuses, but in addition, I’ve printed every artist five quality prints for their own use, and a framed one to hang on their wall as a special gift. Not much, but so far the best we can manage, since this is all privately funded with barely anyone interested in preorders.

Layout design took a little over a week, which involved nightly conversations on Google Hangout, lots of file transfers over gmail and dropbox, and a crapton of swearing at the monitor.

There were some serious issues though. We expected the layout to be B5 sized (typical doujin size), but the printer we had our eye on suddenly made a note saying they aren’t picking up any more orders, so we had to find an alternate. Eventually we decided that printing on regular comic book size and trimming the bottom would suffice. I’d like to thank RA Comics for putting up with our shit, because we honestly weren’t sure what the hell we were doing. Thanks for your patience and troubleshooting!



Last weekend, there was a convention called KrakenCon, and IT WAS ON A FLIPPIN AIRCRAFT CARRIER SHIP HOLY SHIT. Like…I could go on about how it was one of the most amazing convention experiences I had in my life, but you can just ask anyone who went, and they’ll just flip out as much as I did.

In Nobunagun, Sio was a military fanatic, and it was appropriate to have this photo shoot with her admiral outfit (not featured in anime, but later in manga). We visited all sorts of places all over this ship and snapped a ton of photos. This photo shoot is pretty much like the conclusion to our project. Hope you enjoy it!

Let’s kick off the celebration off with a photo shoot of Sio when she [INSERT SPOILERS] :D


Fanime 2015 Monty Oum Gathering


This is another random blog post I wanted to share about another new experience I encountered at Fanime, as a photographer. I have been to Fanime for almost a decade, but I’ve NEVER gone to a cosplay gathering there. Crazy, yea? Well I have been at artist alley almost every other time, so this was pretty new.
As another note, I have uploaded the photos on my facebook album too if you want to see it there instead.

For the past record, I went to my first convention cosplay gathering at Emerald City Comic Con for Roosterteeth, and it was super duper chill and tiny, and the second gathering was a Marvel/DC one at Big WOW! but I was only there for the very last ‘group shot’ moment. I’ve gone to cosplay gatherings outside of conventions, and it’s waaaaaay different (just imagine cosplayers grilling hotdogs and drinking soda). So I decided to write an article about my experience.

So for those who did not know, Monty Oum passed away a few months ago, and although very mournful, the meet was more about celebrating his work than anything else. Other than these two cosplayers below, everything else was RWBY.

The very beginning
 It wasn’t too hard to find this gathering–look for the hoard of cosplayers with red scythes, big yellow hair, and green guns.

At usual cosplay meets I would warn everyone I’d take candids beforehand to make sure I don’t get in trouble. Cosplay doesn’t equal consent, right? Well it felt REALLY awkward saying it at a convention instead of a cosplay gathering. But it’s better than being blacklisted at a convention for doing something that creepy. I got to do, what I got to do, yea? I had to think quick and figure out a way to just tell everyone all at once. Eventually I found out who the head of the gathering was, and asked permission to use the stage.

The beginning of the actual gathering
 First we had an announcer introduce the meet, and then they let me get on stage to yell on stage ‘HEY I AM GONNA TAKE CANDIDS WHERE YOU AREN’T PAYING ATTENTION. WHO DOES NOT WANT THAT?’ [silence, no hands are raised] ‘OKAY GOOD THANKS EVERYONE’. Problem solved. *whew*

I didn’t feel very comfortable being a complete stranger sitting within this giant crowd of strangers…

But thank goodness I could at least recognize this guy from past cosplay gatherings, and sat next to him.

I want to say I met this guy at the last Sac Anime when I wanted a photo of his Mercury cosplay, but when I saw him cosplay as Robin at another gathering and say hi to me again, I realized I may have met this guy more than just a few times XD

First Call: Characters

Here, the announcer called each character on stage to strike a pose, turn left, turn center, then turn right, to make sure all photographers got a good angle. Unfortunately for me, I was too short to move back to take a good pic, and my camera is too zoomed in to take good pics that cut out the people sitting in front of me. So unfortunately, the only thing I could resort to was luck, and Photoshop cropping.

And so…the characters in solo pop up. I didn’t include every character in this gallery, but I assure you, we went through the WHOLE THING.

Second Call: Groups
Next, we have the groups. Trying to call characters up on stage got some effort, but I think as the gathering progressed, people kind of got the hang of it.

Third Call: Ships
Half an hour has passed, and now everyone gets really excited. REALLY excited >:D
Some people got really ‘in character’ with their cosplays, hehe.

That was the end of the meet, but there were more people lingering around. I can’t believe these two cosplayers missed the fun!

 Conclusion Of the Gathering

Well, after that, everyone dispersed or stayed for the Roosterteeth gathering that was right afterwards. That was one hell of a meet! Sadly I didn’t really get to make any new friends. I passed out some stickers…hmm..that was it. Would I go to another one of these in the future though? Hell yes! <3

Check out this gallery for more photos: Chad Cosplay

If you’re a photographer who also took photos, please send me a link and I’ll add on to this list.



Photograph with Consent: What is it?


I’ve decided to halt my ‘Angry Artist Alley’ series because I am not tabling until April 2015 and when I come back my work will be transformed into something very different (hopefully). I hope I have written enough articles to prepare everyone of almost every problem someone might face once in their lifetime at artist alley, and if you ever have any more questions, feel free to email me at jackieloart[at]’


I am quite aware that there are many artists who are completely open to others photographing without permission. I do respect that you are okay with photos, but I myself and just trying to support the other side. Please don’t start an argument with me, or pick an argument with someone who has a sign on their table. In the end, it is up to the artist’s choice, not you or me, to make that final decision. 

Now, back to topic.

I have always been told that ‘no photos’ signs are completely useless, that people shouldn’t even try it, and artists just straight out tell others ‘they’re going to steal the art and sell it themselves, why bother?’ Some artists and customers find it to be some sort of dick move for another artist to do that and refuse to buy from them. It leaves a sour impression, and I know some people are completely okay, but that doesn’t mean they should start trying to convince people that they shouldn’t do it in the first place.

Very few people try putting up the signs. When I wrote this article, it was the very first time i saw a sign so bold on a table–the sign was an entire sheet of paper. I may have seen an obscure tiny piece of paper before that says ‘no photos’….I can see how that isn’t effective. But I mean…they tried, right?

If conventions won’t enforce consent from artists to take photos or the like, then the artist themselves should try an enforce it. Many have given up, but I decided not to lose hope. I will make signs available for conventions, or go to conventions myself, or even mail signs to the conventions and pass it out to everyone who wants one, and then take a photo of their booth WITH CONSENT OF THE ARTIST and make an online gallery. That’s pretty much it. I just want to make a statement that says ‘hey, why don’t you have a friendly conversation with the artist before snapping a photo and walking away?’ or ‘hey, you shouldn’t rub your fingers on stuff without permission’ I actually have absolutely no idea the statistics of who likes or doesn’t like this, but I still believe that something should be done about it nonetheless!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I’ve actually worked on this project since last year, but obviously if you haven’t heard of it until now, it’s because it’s been a failure almost every time. But I didn’t lose hope. Recently in Fanime 2015 it was my first success! But will it stay that way? Only time will tell.


Angry Artist Alley: When they got no cash


If you’re new to artist alley, then you might not understand this. And it happens a LOT more often at conventions now, and well, it’s kind of hard to solve it. I have a lot of solutions, most of which are inconvenient or lack of trust with a customer makes it difficult. I have my methods, other people have other methods, but altogether it’s not a sure way to solve this issue. What’s the issue?

When someone has no cash but a credit card, how do you approach this?

and also: If there’s no wifi, how do I handle the payment?

SAFEST OPTION: Do NOT do transaction without the moo-lah.
However, they might give you the cold shoulder (oh well, it’s not like they could buy it if they didn’t have the cash).

FIND THE CLOSEST ATMS (wifi not needed)

1) Find out if there is an atm in the building where you are selling art. Find every single one. Find the closest banks too.

2)Print out a map of the floor plan of your convention and mark the areas. This is a safety precaution in case the convention does not provide a good enough map. Many conventions take place in hotels, and there are usually one or two atms nearby because of that. Mark all the areas where the atm is on the map on the floor plan of your convention, or local ones. ALSO take note if there are nearby banks at walking distance and write their address.

3)When someone has a credit card, you can do direct them to an atm. If the convention provides a free map in their freebie bags, mark the area where the atm is on the map so they can find it for the future.

CARD READER (wifi needed)

Now, this is if you have a cellphone that has internet service. Otherwise, you will have to pay the hotel area money to use internet (and that usually costs about $60 per person). NOTE: Card readers take a percentage of your transaction. It’s wise to add an extra twenty five cents just to make up for it.

Square:, transaction fee: 2.75% (and $3.75+$0.15 for manual entered transaction)
This is your classic reader. It’s the first and most popular.

Paypal Here:, Transaction fee: 2.7%

It looks like a triangle, and actually takes a smaller percentage of a fee than square. The advantage is that people can use their paypal account, BUT it’s not restricted to that. You can also use normal credit cards if you want too.

CARD READER-OFFLINE (wifi not needed)

Square has the option of doing cellphone transactions offline. They keep the information of the credit card in the system for a day and when wifi is attached, the transaction can be completed. You need to take the chance of having a successful transaction for this to work-hopefully the credit card isn’t busted, or bank suddenly has issues, etc.

Check transactions via. cellphone (wifi needed)

There are some companies, like Chase Bank that has a cellphone app that allows you to photograph the front and back of a check and send it to the bank for the payment.

I don’t like to leave the house to the bank, so when I ask for payments that I want to put in the bank, I request that my clients send a paper check to me. I don’t go to the bank, I just immediately use the Chase app and do the transaction via smartphone. Very nifty. 

If you trust your customer, you can request payment AFTER the convention (wifi not needed)

This is pretty simple: Both of you exchange information about what you want for the commission and the price and a contact, and then wait for them to send you the payment via. paypal. When you receive the payment, you start on the convention and voila! It is up to you if you request for extra money for shipping or if you want to keep it the same price.

Nowadays I only get about two or three commissions a day. So usually for my customers, I will tell them I’ll mail it when I’m done with no additional cost (or give it to them the next day if the con is multiple days). I order a lot of things on amazon, so I have a lot of padded envelopes and I use those to mail my commissions out, and so shipping costs less than two dollars. It’s very helpful for me because I can concentrate on grabbing customers to my table instead of sitting quietly drawing. 

And there you have it. Do you have any other methods? Do share!

Featured artist: Me! (and BlizzardTerrak)


Photo courtesy of BlizzardTerrak, one of my sensei for camera stuff. He’s a great cosplay photographer and has a lot passion for doing it. He came by my table at KrakenCon and snapped one real quick.

You see all that stuff on my table? If you want any of it, it’s likely on my online shop so you can get it there or message me. 

My next article will feature a LOT of artists, so be prepared!

And a list of the EXACT supplies bought on Amazon that I used for my table in that photo:

Whitmor 6070-1723 Wire Storage Cubes Set 4 Black
4-Pack 6AC Gibson Holders – 3 Wire Display w/ Deep Edge – Black
MyCraftSupplies 5 1/4 x 7 1/4 A7 In Resealable Clear Cellophane Plastic Packaging Set of 100
Pack of 50 5×7 Picture Mats with White Core Bevel Cut for 4×6 Pictures Various Colors
100 EcoSwift 8.5×11 Chipboard Cardboard Craft Scrapbook Material Scrapbooking Packaging Sheets Shipping Pads Inserts 8 1/2 inch x 11 inch Chip Board


Angry Artist Alley: Printable ‘Do Not Photograph’ Signs


Okay I admit I did this in a jiffy, but I mean I REALLY need to do it for Fanime this year. Oh, did I mention?

Back to subject, in this post, I’ve attached a few files that ANYONE, including you and your cat sitting next to you (if you have one). Just print it out and put it on your table.2014-05-16 10.45.53

This is a tiny promotion piece, as the character that is drawn on that sign is actually one of the main characters to my comic ‘The Dark Side of Conventions’. I’m drawing a comic about proper behavior at convention, misconceptions about conventions, and more. PLEASE READ THIS AND SUPPORT MY PROJECT IF YOU CAN. It’s my Patreon site, and even though this comic will be free to read when completed, I need a lot of funding for me to get enough time to work on it efficiently (PLUS the perk is that you get to see every page when it’s done instead of waiting for each chapter to be completed).

So here are the directions:

  1. Download the file.
  2. Print it.
  3. On your convention table, just tape it to the front.
  4. If you’re nice enough, take a photo of your table and tag #angryartistalley and possibly my tumblr ( Not mandatory, but I’d LOVE to check out the photos when tagged to see people actually using it. Or feel free to message me with a photo of your table :3


  • Printing on colored paper makes it stand out more20140516_105012
  • Laminating or covering it in a plastic mylar bag helps make it last longer and waterproof. Also prevents people from straight out ripping it in half. 20140516_113646
  • Don’t like my picture on the side? That’s okay, I made one of the templates empty on that corner so you can draw your own doodle there :)
  • Feel free to shrink it to whatever size you want
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Anything Else?

  • Did you make your OWN design? Feel free to post it here, I would like to share it on my blog, rip off your awesome idea, and implement it into a better sign for everyone in the future.
  • If you have any tips to improve my poor graphic design skills, feel free to help me out on that.
  • I will have more designs in the future, and they will all be available on another page on this site (have not made link yet)



….or look below and choose which one you like.

Below: Black and White



Below: With Color



Below: Black and White version with empty areas so you can decorate the sign on top and draw in your own character on the bottom right area.





Attack on Christmas!


I went to a Norcal Cosplay Meet in Fremont on Saturday, it was a crazy scene. Anyways, it’s a get together with cosplayers and photographers to chill out. I take candid shots, but as I’ve promised people, I will not post those shots. However, there were ‘photoshooot’ places, so I think it’s okay to show this REALLY AWESOME SHIT THAT HAPPENED:


Yes, it is indeed Shingeki No Kyojin Meets Santa Claus, and epic. It was so well thought out, from the signs, the stuff on their head, the patching, and holy shit the christmas lights on their legs. Quite a sight to see. I even compiled of some of the clips I got from the event:

If only I knew of this beforehand, I would have been way more prepared. Anyhow, they had some really cool poses. Although the video is shaky, here were the moments, where my hand was steady:


Yep, the lights were lit up on their legs. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Notice one of the characters is wearing what must be 12 inch platform shoes to match everyone’s height? That’s freakin hardcore. Omg the patches on the back!! X3OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Omg that Hanji cosplayer, totally into it!


And those halos on the dead characters!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Omg those heels again!


Yea they’re gonna woop some titan ass with dem candy canes!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The planning in this was incredible >:D

Towards the end of the meet the sun was setting, and I found them here, and I just thought ‘HOLY SHIT THIS IS EPIC’ and snapped a few more photos.


Merry Christmas all!

Eren- Effektd Cosplay,
Mikasa- Primadonna Cosplay,
Armin- Haku Zoi Cosplay,
Jean- Ryoga Rocket,
Ymir- Dagger Six,
Christa- Anya’s Cosplay,
Sasha- Kimba Sprite Cosplay,
Annie- Adel Cosplay,
Marco- Tryston Levi Nyankyun,
Hanji- Lala Dawn Cosplay,
Levi- Anti Ai-chan Cosplay,
Petra- Raven Roth,
Mina- ICosplayInsanity,

And special thanks to Becca , coordinator of the Norcal Winter Cosplay Gathering on Saturday! cosplay page:




CosDrawing: Speedpaint


This is just a small segment of this blog entry: I practice doing figure drawings with cosplayers when I don’t have the money or resources to get nude figures. Because they sit still the entire time I’m staring at them, I use them more for color studies and perspective/proportion studies than I do with trying to keep drawings as accurate as possible. Kind of my self-study class thing, I guess. Anyhow, here’s some stuff from some conventions I went to this year. Method: Speedpaint. Although some people can whip these things in twenty minutes, it’s more like thirty to fourty minutes for me, and I just stop when I think I’m fleshing too much stuff in. This was just a not-so-good-but-better-than-last-time attempt. Hell, if I keep doing it I might be as awesome as HaveConquest from Deviantart (whom I look up to on these things). He was the first person who I know of who coined that name with that technique.


This was Kraken Con. I actually saw this dude in a TOOOOON of cons for quite a while. But didn’t get to really walk up and meet him until this con…..well, not take off his mask. I just kinda heard a human voice in that helmet.

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This beautiful gem was at a cosplay meet that was at the beach in San Francisco. It was just the perfect weather, perfect setting for her cosplay. When I worked on this, I noticed how strong the shadow is on the piece of cloth floating in the air. Knowledged-aquired.

Her alias:  CraftySorceress

Website: speedpainting1b

Yep, there were two Korra cosplayers that day :Pspeedpainting1bphoto

For a few minutes, I didn’t get who he was–he looked SO FAMILIAR but I just couldn’t figure it out until my friend told me he was cosplaying as a guy version of Valentine. This was many months back when the game just came out I think, and so I was so excited I emailed it to the artist and the game people, but they never responded. Oh well, must be busy with the other amounts of fan mails. speedpainting1c speedpainting1cphoto

If you’re interested in one of these, and have a photo of yourself as a cosplayer, feel free to ask for a commission. They are $25 each, +5 per additional person. I’ll have brown-sketch versions to show too.


Angry Artist Alley: Let me photograph your artwork!


NOTE: This article is about refusing photos without permission. If you let them take a photo of your work, then go ahead.  Also, YES I did get permission from everyone here and even gave them a slip of paper with my contact and blog in case they’re pissed about it. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Artist: Aurelia Toscano. “Nope. Don’t think so.”

“Hell no, you cannot take a picture of my work and shove it on instagram with your stupid ass meme or whatever” No. NO.

If you’re one of these people, please dunk your head in some ice water and think about what you just did:

I don’t care if you’re a fellow artist, public media, or whatever shit. Please ask the artist behind the table before zooming in and taking a pic of the artwork. If my reputation behind artist alley table didn’t matter, I’d seriously get up and take that person’s cellphone and throw it against the wall. Of course, that won’t happen, because well….my reputation would go down the drain. So as fellow artists, LET’S STAND UP FOR OURSELVES!


Artist: Scuttlebutt Ink. “Not on my watch!”

Photographing someone’s artwork in artist alley is very impolite. The artist  has spent so much time creating artwork to sell for cash to make up for the table and expenses, and the person with the camera takes the photo for free without even asking. I started hearing stories about people photographing artwork, and with such high resolution cameras and phones, they used those photos to re-print and sell. Copyright infringement, artist exploitation, sometimes internet harassment/cyber bullying is built from these things. When you take a photo and keep it for your own viewing or post it online, you’re exploiting the artist’s hard work and effort making it. So please support an artist by buying something that is worth the picture itself.

There’s no 100% definite way to fix this. Actually at conventions, they often have a note in their booklets or websites that already say ‘please do not take photos of artists and their property without permission from the artist themselves’ SO UH, WHO ACTUALLY READ AND KNEW THAT? Almost no one, since that’s usually an obscure sentence hidden in the ‘artist alley’ section of the booklets or website, where only artists really actually read. SO, here’s some ways to help you, us, and everyone in artist alley. It only works if we all work together on this, okay?

Things to understand about these people with cameras

  • They are usually using phone cameras, which usually also leads to things like instagram, which means an instant photo of your work posted on facebook while the convention is going on.
  • You need to understand that when they do that, they usually will never buy anything from your table. I mean, they have a photo they can look at and post and show off online, why do they need another picture?
  • After taking a photo, they usually walk off. Usually no conversation whatsoever.
  • Along with no-conversation, this means that after taking the photo they won’t know who you are, what you look like, or where the art came from, because they got the picture. I mean hey, if they have a free picture, why the hell should they care who made it? (sarcasm)
  • Taking photos, posting them online without knowing the artist, that’s not going to give you publicity–no one will know who made it :T
  • Their excuse would likely be ignorance. “I didn’t know!” Well, informing people is just the first step. Artist alley is not just a show of your artwork, it’s getting enough cash to pay back for your table and more in the first place and get exposure for your work.
  • No payment required. Just *click* and you got a picture of it.
  • Memes

So, how should we artists stand up for ourselves?

  • When they whip out the camera and point it at your work, quickly cover it with your hands and politely say ‘please, no pictures unless you’re buying, okay?’
  • Have an obvious sign that says ‘NO CAMERAS without permission of artist’
  • Straight out tell them ‘Excuse me, but why are you pointing your camera at my artwork?’ and then explain your situation to them.
  • If they ever EVER want to, make sure they take a photo of you and your sign/name. When you have a sign or name on your table, people can at least find your screenname or site from it. For example, my sign would be ‘Pineapple Pocky Productions’. Someone finds that phrase online, whips it to my website. This can be both good or bad, so be cautious on this too.


Artist: 777Sprites. He knows what’s up. Don’t worry, I ASKED before I took this photo :P

How do the customers feel?

  • Usually, they get really giddy about the picture. I’m pretty sure you’ve seen this reaction a few times somewhere. “Oh my god check this out!”
  • Taking a photo of the picture WITH themselves in it makes it into proof that they didn’t just clip it online.
  • They like the picture
  • When you refuse, they’re angry and think you’re an ass for not letting them ‘show’ your artwork
  • Your reputation will go down because of that.
  • They walk away not buying anything
  • They don’t understand your situation.

If they don’t understand how you feel or your situation,

would you think they’d be an actual customer in the first place?

I was once ignorant and used to take pics of tables (and cosplayers, I’m so sorry). So yes, I’m guilty, and when people started doing it to my own artwork, I began to understand too. Not that I’ve ever posted a photo of these things online, but I would do it anyhow. The only time I remembered doing it was to post something about art theft. I’d like to apologize to anyone here in my earlier years with a camera that I had no idea how you felt. Hopefully other people who were once ignorant about this situation is not anymore now.


  • If you’re in this category, it’s highly likely that you’re one of those *ahem* successful-talented-artists-that-actually-make-a-good-profit-at-cons and people know you and you actually sell pretty well at cons. Honestly, you’re in the safe zone. For everyone else, which is like the 99%, when people take photos, they do NOT know the artist, they do NOT credit the artist, and they do NOT know their art site or will ever tag their art site.
  • Also, if you’re in this category, I’m surprised you read through this whole article.


I noticed this when I was asking for photos at Fanime for people to hold up their signs. Not every artist was compliant with photos (no I didn’t take photos of those people), but many said they’d only get their picture taken if they covered their face (you’ll notice some in the gallery). So some artists are seriously camera shy, and DO NOT want photos of themselves. Maybe they’re cool with people taking photos of their work, but not of themselves. Or maybe they want to put a prop on their head before any photo is taken of them. Just another thing to consider. Just ask first, yknow?

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