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What We Learned From Selling at Our First Convention
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As we have posted a bit on our social media accounts, we recently sold art at a convention for the very first time at the Greenville NC Comic Con and boy was it fun!  We had a blast talking to people and seeing all the cosplays.  Seeing peoples' reaction to our art in person was also a fantastic learning experience for us as it helps us see not only which pieces make an impact but in what applications.  As anyone who's ever sold at a convention may be able to attest, there are some things you should think about going in.  We actually kept a running list of things to do/not do the next time around.

 

 Our overall setup from afar

Our overall setup from afar

Larger variety of artwork - We didn't want to wait for some magical time in the future to start selling and we believe the best time to start any venture is always the present.  It would have been nice to have more options for people so this is something we are working on currently.

More vertical space - Slightly contradictory to the above, we had quite a bit of items and it would have been great to spread out more.  Of course getting more table space at conventions isn't something you can always so anything to get things *up* is always better.  It also catches peoples' eyes better.  We did have the banner which was great!  

Extra table cloth - you may be able to see in the pictures posted here but our table didn't quite cover the whole table.  Apparently different conventions have different size tables (according to our neighbors). Either get different size clothes or use multiple clothes.  

NO GIANT PRINTS - These huge prints were difficult to work with in every way.  They're hard to store, hard to put on the table, more difficult to transport and they are actually overwhelming for potential customers.  We actually pulled these from our store on here because for us they completely violate the law of diminishing returns.

 Giant print taking up tons of space!

Giant print taking up tons of space!

 

More small ticket items - This may not be a problem at certain conventions but when selling where there may be a younger audience or people with more mainstream tastes its better to give them options.  There are people who want original work and such, but it's good to have something for everyone.  This is an area where we artists can get creative!

Give con-goers something to interact with - People enjoyed flipping through our portfolio.  It keeps them at the table longer and seems to be more fun for them since it gives them something to "do" other than just walk around.

Bring Water - This should be self explanatory.  Fortunately there were two of us and one of us could run to the Walmart across the street.

Bring change and something to put it in - Obvious but easy to forget in all the hustle and bustle.

Bring chapstick - talking all day with dry chapped lips is not okay.  #firstworldproblems

 

 Portfolio full of drawings for sale

Portfolio full of drawings for sale

These are the lessons we learned from our first convention experience.  Share this with someone who is interested in selling work.  We would also love to hear YOUR tales of convention craziness.  

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Taisa Wrote a Graphic Novel
 

After roughly a year and a half, and four drafts, I am happy to say my graphic novel is written. I’ll still need to make adjustments along the way but the plot and dialogue are sorted out. Going forward I have page layouts, and lots of concept art to do. 

 
 Taisa's Comic Script, 2018

Taisa's Comic Script, 2018

 

 

This has been a side project, mostly done in short increments in my spare time. A few times I would work on it all day but that hardly ever happened. Usually I wrote when I’d otherwise be playing video games or watching tv. I pegged away scene by scene over time and it’s all added up.

My comic will be the source of a lot of art. Next up is getting references, sketching characters, environments, etc. The world building is mostly visual so the artwork needs to have plenty of content. I’ve put a lot of detail in the writing so I look forward to thinking through the visuals too. There’s still a lot to be done so I’ll have updates across all social media.

 
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Drawing for Fun!

Lately we’ve really been on our grind.  We’ve both been working on our respective series.  Taisa working on her Steampunk Seasons and Tyra’s Seven Heavenly Virtues.  We are still working on smaller one-off drawings in the interim.  We have found that the best way to not get burnt out from long projects is to do what we call “fun drawings”.  Posted here are our latest fun drawings.  As we specified in a previous post, we are working extensively in graphite.

 

 
 Taisa's "SteamPunk Explorer"

Taisa's "SteamPunk Explorer"

 Tyra's "Bride and Lamb"

Tyra's "Bride and Lamb"

 
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Postcard size prints
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Steampunk Postcards.jpeg

We just got postcard size prints done locally!  They will be listed on the new store we’re launching!  These are nearly the beginning, we want to do more of these.  It’s always cool to see artwork on actual things!

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Rediscovering our Forgotten Medium, Graphite

Tyra and I frequently show graphite drawings all over our web presence, but usually they are sketches or studies. Since we’ve been concentrating on painting and ink, graphite seem to have been demoted as far as finished work has been concerned. But we started out drawing in almost exclusively graphite and lately we’ve been rediscovering our graphite roots. graphite 2

Art involves a lot of delayed pay off so it is nice to use a relatively neat material that is portable and that we’ve used our whole lives. Even if a painting takes days and weeks we have the finished product of a drawing to carry us on till the painting is complete.

We spend a lot of time on our value stages anyway, so the next logical step is complete value drawings. Our workflow involves increasingly more complex value drawings so there’s no reason not to make finished graphite work. It’s important not to get hung up on using the “right” material. It sounds fancier to say “I am painting” versus “I am drawing” but if a drawing can’t be developed anymore without overworking it’s Finished Art.

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