This is my first journal entry. I wanted to share with you guys my first convention experience and things I've learned from it. Today, I got to sell my work at my local comic convention. My art teacher let me share a booth with her. It was really surprising how much work you need to put into getting ready for a convention. With loads of help, I had to get prints of my work, make business cards, cut down my prints, staple my comics... the list goes on. I was even making business cards while at my booth. Getting set up was exciting. Actually, the whole ordeal of selling my art was so fun that I never got up and looked around! It was great meeting all the people who wanted to buy my art. I knew some of the people who bought my stuff, but a good lot of them I didn't. A few people bought my physics comic
set. I also sold sold some cute watercolor originals. Sadly, no one bought my portraits, but I made a good amount of money.
From this experience, I have learned many things which I will share with you today. Here are some tips for you if you are new to conventions:
- Make sure you have change- Where I live, none of the banks opened early enough to get ones before the convention. Always make sure you have enough change.
- Know your audience- None of my watercolor portraits sold. While I do not think I am a master of portraits, I thought they looked nice and had some sort of likeness of the person portrayed. The problem was that I didn't totally know my audience. My cartoony and semi-realistic pieces sold much better than my realism because that's what more people were looking for.
- Be nice and polite- This might seem obvious, but I found that smiling and saying "hello" attracted more customers. Friendliness resonates with people.
Also, thank you to everyone who supported me by buying one of my prints or comics. Your support means a lot to me. Thank you for coming to the website written on my business card. I hope that you enjoy the rest of my gallery.
I have another announcement. For the past year or so, I have been making a graphic novel. I am nearing the end of the art process and believe that the book will be out this summer. I'm not going to say too much, but basically it's a story about two sisters who become superhero/vigilantes for hire in a world where that kind of activity is illegal. I will be sure to make more journals about it as it gets closer to completion.
Thanks for reading,