Ohayocon was a lot of fun! I think I did pretty well as an individual, I saw lots of friends, I had a wonderful assistant (and an assistant’s assistant, heehee), and great table neighbors and room buddies!
So, I bring you a few commissions from the con. Enjoy!
First up is a black and white/basic color bust! I was offering these at the con for $20. The second is a badge of Kagamine Len, a character from the Vocaloid video game series! Badges go for $10-15, plus shipping! GET YOUR COMMISSIONS NOOOOOW!
Happy 2011, universe! Let’s end the first week of this here new year with another cute-ified commission from my friend Wes!
Also, soon I’ll be sending postcards out to art directors, because after buying a small amount (thank you, OvernightPrints.com for your sales), I sent one to myself and it came back with all the right markings, keeping pretty much all my art in tact. (Though, it seemed to a lil’ ravaged in the mail…) I am, however, annoyed that the word “Creator” got partially cut off. I may fix that before I get a new batch.
Ooh, scary scary! Belated “Howloween” commission for my good friend and repeat customer Wesley! He is best known for the extremely cute badges. These days he fumbles around with a wolf footpaw in his maw.
Photoshop. Texture from PlainTextures.com.
Hello, folks! Got a doodle for you all tonight!
Also been working on my webcomic script, little by little. I’m outlining it first and then I’ll flesh it out a bit, hopefully this week, then email it to some WONDERFUL FRIENDS who I hope will help me edit it. Step one, yeeeeah!
So, tonight I met Gary Dumm, the artist of the American Splendor comics, at a meeting of the Northern Ohio Illustrators Society. He was extremely friendly and just such a cool, relaxed guy (and his wife was pleasant, too). I gave him a postcard and business card and he seemed excited to receive them. He said we may talk again soon, and I said, “Even if it’s just an email saying, ‘Hey, I remember you!’, I’ll be satisfied!”. He also had a really relaxed opinion on the adaptation of books to movies and vice versa, so then he really became one of my new heroes.
I also got to catch up with my instructors/colleagues from school, one of whom is a seasoned art director and designer Larry O’Neal. He gave me sage advice about what to do now that my brain and life are more stable than they were when I graduated in 2009. Needless to say, I feel better about this whole artist thing now that he put it back in perspective for me.
LET’S DO THIS THING!!!
A friend of mine asked me to sketch his Second Life avatar for him. It was fuuuuun!
Sign up on the homepage, people, on the right side of the page! It’s aweeeesooooome! Cuz we’re all aweeeeeesoooommmmmme!
Tekkoshocon was in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and I was happy to go not just because they allowed me to show there, but because it was a brand new con for me, as I’d really only been to cons in Ohio. Fresh faces, fresh eyes on my work, and a whole room to the Artists! It felt like we were our own Dealer’s Room. :D The head of the Alley was really nice, too, and the head of the con’s Art Auction bought the piece I put in there – I still have the bid sheet, she was vehement in gettin’ it! I had a super-helpful assistant, and a good time in the Burgh of Pitt. In terms of sales, I made less than I have at the Ohio cons. I was told by a friend who’s done Tekko’s AA that the attendees really like plushies, so maybe that’s where some of my sales went.
At Colossalcon this year, I finally was able to go to the freaking waterpark! The Colossalcon community is calling 2010 “Tornado Con”, “Disaster Con”, etc, because an alleged fire broke out and there was a tornado warning out in Sandusky nearby the con’s location, so we did in fact have to be evacuated to the resort’s basement. In any case, I got several commissions to do, which will occupy some of my time for a while, heh. Sales seemed normal for me, being window-shopped upon on Friday, picked up a lot on Saturday, and average on Sunday. Several assistants this time, thanks to my roomies, heehee!
I love it when people give me their original characters to draw. It means a lot to me, because these people are entrusting me to visualize their own characters which have been in their heads for who knows how long. I’ve been the first person to illustrate OCs (original characters), and I’ve been the latest in a line of them. Either way, I get to do what I love doing the most: character design, and doing a heck of a lot of it! So, thank you, Colossalcon attendees, for giving me a nice stack of commission order forms filled with requests for pictures of your OCs!
I may redesign my commission sign to be a lot simpler. For example, right now it says color work starts at $20 and up, and black and white starts at $15 and up. I saw other commission signs that said something like, “Headshots $20, Full Body $30″, with no mention if you get black and white, color, or any other details. I have to go through negotiations when people commission me at cons, and sometimes I lose sales that way. At Colossal, the majority of what I got were for full-body sketches, some with a little bit of detail, some as just loose pencil sketches, all for the same price. Any ideas? I think simplifying it might make my life a smidgen easier. I can add a price for pieces with backgrounds, too. My sign says “[price] and up” because I don’t want to limit people to just getting a headshot or a full body, but looking back on most of my previous cons, and the commissions I get online, individuals seem to like headshots, full body pieces, and if they can afford it, they’d like a background with a pinup shot of the character(s). I may have just reasoned myself into changing my sign, heheh.
So, I’m open to ideas, folks!
And here’s to the next convention! I’m aiming to do a search for local comic conventions, too, and I’m going to try to go back to Mid-Ohio Con this year. Yay!
Hey, all! There will be a more thorough post about Ohayocon soon. Enjoy table pictures!
Originally doodled for a friend, who totally didn’t believe me when I said I would doodle him a Rachel desktop wallpaper. XD She’s his favorite “Oxford Road” character. I also composed this so the circle and her portrait would be a heart shape, because he toooooootally fanboys over her. ;} I wonder if he noticed (he will if he sees this here update, heh heh).
There’s a download link on DeviantArt! Enjoy! :D If you would like a different size, I will gladly edit this for you.