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1  Artists Haven / New Artists Questions / Re: A lesson to who you badmouth... on: November 06, 2007, 01:47:33 PM
Thanks for addressing this, meauho. Smiley

I dunno if I can make it to Atsui 08, but I will definitely keep this in mind.

Again, thanks Smiley
2  Artists Haven / New Artists Questions / Re: A lesson to who you badmouth... on: November 03, 2007, 09:36:03 PM
Clear, accurate, publicly available information about Artist Alleys makes me every bit as delighted as fresh baked lemon bars do  Cool
3  Artists Haven / Gallery and Chat / Re: Need help & crit on rush WIP on: November 03, 2007, 09:28:30 PM
4  Artists Haven / Gallery and Chat / Re: Need help & crit on rush WIP on: November 03, 2007, 06:39:10 PM
ksjdlakjsdlaksjdlajd don't even joke about that man  Shocked
5  Artists Haven / Gallery and Chat / Need help & crit on rush WIP on: November 03, 2007, 05:43:33 PM
I'm helping a friend out and doing a rush illustration for a con. This is going so fast I know I won't spot all the anatomy and color troubles, so I need all the criticism and correction I can get, and quick!

Here's how it's evolved so far:




Spot something that needs fixing?  Please please please let me know!  I've got 24 more hours on this thing.
6  Artists Haven / New Artists Questions / Re: A lesson to who you badmouth... on: November 03, 2007, 05:15:40 PM
So... what brought this on, specifically?
7  Conventions / Convention Feedback / Re: Does anyone know about the convention in OK this weekend? on: November 03, 2007, 05:14:09 PM

Edit: Yup, that's it.

Funny thing.
8  Main Forum / Introductions / Re: Hello from Planet Aeruen on: October 30, 2007, 03:34:19 PM
Yo!  Good to see you here. (I was the chick in need of $1 bills whom you bought the .01 microperm from)  Smiley
9  Conventions / Convention Feedback / Re: Oni-Con 2007 on: October 22, 2007, 12:06:08 AM
I found out about  table distribution at 9:30 PM Thursday night, when my table partner called my cell.  Lucky for us, we could get there super early. Unfortunately, it was not lucky for anyone with an inflexible schedule or a long drive.

Crowd-wise, it was really good. Very few campers, and a lot of pass-by traffic. Hectic!  I'm finishing up a couple of left-over commissions this week, which I usually don't do.
Talking to other artists, traffic flow varied pretty wildly. Lines for the DR and registration blocked a few tables.

Mostly sold commissions and badges. T-shirts weren't a bust, but they didn't sell like I expected.

All in all, nothing remarkable I can think of offhand. I did appreciate the police presence throughout the con, though. (Not being sarcastic here.)

God, I'm tired. If I think of anything else, I'll edit it in.

This was the weekend of Kamina and Maes Hughes, apparently.
10  Conventions / Convention Feedback / Re: Ikkicon, February 8-10, 2008 on: October 04, 2007, 08:17:38 PM
Quote from: Spizzy on October 04, 2007, 09:45:08 AM

my bad--I actually went and checked my bank history and seems the check for my ikkicon table was cashed on halloween. But I saw other people there that said they didn't register for it until sometime in the nov/dec range.

Okay, Nov/Dec makes a lot more sense.

I still don't get why having registration info available to the public isn't a desirable situation, but hey.
11  Conventions / Convention Feedback / Re: Ikkicon, February 8-10, 2008 on: October 04, 2007, 01:13:50 AM
Quote from: Spizzy on October 03, 2007, 05:11:12 PM
I find ikkicon being sold out VERY hard to believe. Especially considering what PFW said. The only place I had seen the form is when Ves posted it here, then was asked to take it down. Last year I didn't sign up for it until  December, maybe even January. Plus  in light of the oni-con ordeal, I don't trust any information in regards to table avaliability from HT.

What, for real? He had to take it down? What.

Also, you got a table in January?  I couldn't get a straight answer on table availability for most of December AND January, then heard the tables were all gone by November. What x2.

Anyway, I sent in my check in August/early Sept, so...
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: little survey for my class ^^ on: September 29, 2007, 12:22:48 PM
IIRC, there's no formal restriction on profits for doujinshi. Most circles either break even or end up eating a loss, unless they're somebody famous like Duo Brand.
I believe doujin artists that DO profit are required to report it on their taxes, though.
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: CS3...and other crap on: September 27, 2007, 04:14:37 PM
There's an Adobe CS3 suite training seminar in Austin from October 23-25.  (I'm going for the Flash portion)
14  Conventions / Convention Feedback / Re: Oni-Con 2007 on: September 27, 2007, 02:03:05 PM
I got a confirmation a couple weeks before my check was cashed  Huh?
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: little survey for my class ^^ on: September 27, 2007, 01:56:19 PM
1)  How do you feel about fanart and IP issues?

Fan art is for fun. As long as you're not claiming to have created the characters or claiming that your work is official merch, I don't really see a problem.

2) If you think fanart is OK, then do you sell it?  Have you seen any issues with fanart being sold?

I will do fan art on commission, but I won't sell multiple prints any more.  Partly because I dislike making prints, partly because prints sell poorly, and partly because mass reproductions are getting into very iffy territory.

3) How do you feel about conventions starting to limit or ban fanart?

They're free to do what they want. I think that artists might lose out, since 99% of artist alley visitors aren't interested in original work, but in the end, the con's a private organization and can do whatever they please.

4) How do you feel about the way artist alleys are being run today?  Do you see a lot of underhanded techniques or moral issues (with the way the overall alley is run), etc?

oh lawd i am so not answering this in public

5) Has anyone ever had a problem with the way you price your pieces?

Some folks think they're too expensive, but the way I figure it, for the time put into each one, I'm making less than half my hourly regular-work rate, so they can suck it.

6) Has anyone ever had a problem with your pieces?

There've been objections to the life drawings in my sketchbook (which is why I now have the Nudity Warning signs), but AFAIK no problems that I can think of offhand.

7) Why did you originally start attending artist alleys?

June 1999, at A-kon 10.
ETA: OOPS, read that as "when."
I did it mainly for fun, but also to offset the cost of the plane ticket.

8. Has any artist ever tried to undercut you deliberately or use any other method of trying to draw away customers?

Yes. At Anime Central (forget which year) the artist next to me kept making nasty remarks in my direction, but it didn't keep anyone from buying my art. There was also a rather pointed comic circulating the con bashing artists who charged more than $20 a piece, but that had no effect either. 

On one or two occasions, I've  been deliberately misled about table availability.

Edited to add: OH!  I doubt it was deliberate, but I have been near other artists who were so obnoxious that they drove customers away (AVENUE Q SINGALONG DIPSHITS I AM LOOKING AT YOU), tables where lines to play DDR blocked access to my table, etc.

9) What's the worst experience you've seen, heard of, or dealt with at an artist alley?

Anime Matsuri. Nuff said.

10) Any other issues or experiences you've had with artist alleys...

Artist Alleys need:
1. clear and timely registration info
2. good communication from the staff
4. conduct rules that are enforced

That's all I can think of.
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